The pupils of Ardeevin National School had a very special visitor last week as former Ireland captain Paul O’Connell visited the Galway school as part of the Aldi Play Rugby initiative.

The small school in Williamston, Galway, which contains just 34 pupils, two full-time teachers, and a handful of resource teachers were delighted to welcome O’Connell, IRFU Nutritionist Marcus Shortall, and Connacht Rugby Club and Community staff Emer O’Dowd, Wendy Hickey, and Peter O’Hara.

After welcoming O’Connell to the school, the kids were taught about healthy eating habits as Marcus guided them through the preparation of a healthy breakfast and lunch.

Connacht Rugby Club and Community staff Emer, Wendy, and Peter were then on hand to put the kids through their paces with two fun rugby sessions.

Aldi’s Play Rugby programme is delivered by Connacht Club & Community Rugby Officers throughout the province as they guide teachers, coaches and parents through the process of introducing a non-contact rugby programme to schools for children between the ages of 6 to 14.

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