St Patrick’s NS welcomes Irish rugby international

Kevin Forde

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Kevin Forde

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Irish rugby star Ellen Murphy pictured with some of the students

Irish rugby star Ellen Murphy pictured with some of the students

Ellen Murphy, an Irish Women’s rubgy international player who hails from Longford, recently took a trip to St Patrick’s National school in Ballinamuck.

Ellen, who plays her rugby with Belvedere in Dublin and operates as scrum half for Leinster, visited all of the classrooms and spoke to students of her rugby career to date. She also answered many questions about her life as an athlete and success in the game.

Ellen is a three-time interprovincial champion, having won two titles with Munster and one with Leinster in recent times.
The former Moyne Community School student saw her efforts in rugby recognised on an international level in November of last year, as she lined out against England to win her first cap at senior level.

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The Dromard native and daughter of Ray and Mary Murphy, continued the day of rugby in Ballinamuck with an outdoor rugby workshop for the students. During the workshop, Ellen passed on plenty of tips, tricks and advice, as she sought to inspire the next generation of international rugby stars from within the county.

Overall, it was an extremely enjoyable occasion for the students of St Patrick’s NS and Ellen herself. It was an event that is sure to live on in the memories of the children for many years to come.