01 Oct 2022

Ardagh pupils rub shoulders with Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell

Ardagh pupils rub shoulders with Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell

Pupils from St Mel’s National School, Ardagh this week lined out with Paul O’Connell for the National Aldi Play Rugby Festival held at the Aviva Stadium.

Representing Longford, the St Mel’s NS team joined over 240 children from 16 schools across the country at the festival.

A national IRFU initiative for school children, Aldi Play Rugby is a supervised non-contact rugby programme for primary schools that provides suitable equipment, tools and training courses for teachers, coaches and parents.  

The overall objective of the programme is to encourage school children to get active, participate in regular exercise and to eat healthily.

St Mel's NS Ardagh would like to thank Longford RFC and Leinster Rugby and especially Steve Coy for providing Tag Rugby in the school and giving the children excellent coaching every year.

Picture shows former Ireland and Munster rugby legend Paul O’Connell with the St Mel’s National School, Ardagh team. Photo by: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

To continue reading this article,
please subscribe and support local journalism!

Subscribing will allow you access to all of our premium content and archived articles.


To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.