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Teachers face off in county final

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 4:59pm

Professionalism will rival friendship this weekend as two Coláiste Chríost Rí teachers compete for a county title.

Sunday’s Cork Senior Football Final between St Finbarr’s and Nemo Rangers will feature Finbarr’s Jamie Burns and Nemo’s Paul Kerrigan, both teachers at Chríost Rí in Turners Cross. Cillian Myers Murray, a Leaving Cert student in the school, will also line out for Finbarr’s. The final will feature over 30 Chríost Rí past pupils and teachers among the two teams’ selectors and panels.

Teacher Jamie Burns said the atmosphere in the staffroom was jovial and that the pair weren’t taking things too seriously:

“It’s good craic – you know, there’s 20 odd teachers in the school involved in GAA. Some of them have been giving us a bit of stick, cracking a joke when they come into the staffroom, but we’re just getting on with things.

“Nemo have a lot of good players and we’ve a big challenge ahead. They don’t have all those county wins for nothing.”

Paul Kerrigan of Nemo will compete for his seventh county win while Jamie is hoping to win his first, something he says won’t factor too much into the day: “Paul wouldn’t really be mentioning it no, you wouldn’t hear him bragging or anything like that. ‘Barrs last won a county title way back in 1985, when funnily enough our current Chríost Rí principal Michael Carey was in the team!

“We’re just delighted to have so much involvement. We’re a school really driven towards the GAA, something you’ll see on Sunday and which will hopefully continue.”

Fellow teacher Kevin Foley said there was nothing but pride in the school’s atmosphere over the inclusion of the players: “There’s always been a huge tradition here with ‘Barr’s and Nemo. It’s a healthy rivalry, people are keeping their heads down and getting on with their own training schedules.”

Kevin also praised the attitudes of the pair and said the school would be celebrating regardless of which team won out.

“Jamie and Paul get on very well, meet often and are both extremely involved in after-school activities. Jamie looks afters the school’s hurlers and Paul the Corn Uí Mhuirí team. They work very closely together in general – but that won’t be the case Sunday!”

“We’re very proud that so many lads have played to a high level in football over the years, but leave their club allegiance at the door every time they come into Chríost Rí. [The final] is a win-win situation for us and we’ll be as neutral as we can on Sunday.”

St Finbarr’s play Nemo Rangers in the Cork Senior Football Final on Sunday 15 October at 3.45pm in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

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