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The Gallen Community School hosted three former players in the Domestic Rugby Manger and the Triple Crown and Championship Trophy recently.

Headmaster John Irwin spoke highly of the success of the three players and their involvement in schools rugby and then Connacht Age Grade programmes he praised their efforts as professional players and their successes in Age Grade Irish teams and Connor O’Loughlin’s involvement in the Irish ‘A’ team.

He thanked the Connacht Branch and IRFU for their ongoing support and for being able to have the trophies in the school for the day.

DRM, Martin Gallagher congratulated the school on the recent success of their academic performance as the top school in Offaly and one of the top schools in Ireland. He commented on the prowess of the sporting capabilities in the school and the quality of rugby players that the school has produced over the years. He thanked the headmaster John Irwin for the support he has given to rugby and for his passion for his students to play completive rugby.

Connor O’Loughlin, speaking on behalf of the players paid tribute to his former school and past teachers. He talked to the pupils about the day-in day-out of a professional rugby player’s life including training and matches. He also informed them of the need to be academic to do well at school to learn as much as they can and do well in their leaving cert and university exams.

The day was wrapped up when the players met children in the Special needs class in the school where there were two students who competed in the Special Olympics.

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