School kitted out for Jerseys of Champions fundraiser

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_DSF2910 copyJERSEYS signed by Ireland’s victorious Six Nations squad and the hurlers who took Clare to All-Ireland glory in 2013 are among those being auctioned off for a fundraiser in aid of the development of Sixmilebridge National School.

The ‘Jerseys of Champions’ fundraiser also includes signed shirts by All-Ireland club hurling champions Portumna, Heineken Cup semi-finalists Munster, Pro12 champions Leinster and the Connacht side that recorded a historic win in Toulouse last December.

The fundraiser is one of many initiatives organised by the County Clare school for its fund to facilitate the development of a new 24-classroom building and the provision of essential additional learning resources in the new school.

The development fund’s target is €150,000, with more than 40 per cent of this figure already raised by initiatives such as a bluegrass music night and a golf classic.

School principal Gareth Heagney, who is also a four-time club All-Ireland winner with Portumna, gave thanks to those who donated jerseys for the fundraiser, saying: “What a privilege it is to have this unique collection of framed and signed champions’ jerseys.

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“The collection consists of highly desirable sporting jerseys of the country’s most recognisable and successful teams. Each jersey has been worn with respect, courage, pride and commitment, and these are all values we seek to achieve in our school.”

Among those in attendance at a recent presentation of the six jerseys at Sixmilebridge National School were past pupil and Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald and Munster Rugby forward David Kilcoyne, whose brother Alan is a teacher at the school.

Tickets for the Jerseys of Champions fundraiser are now available from Sixmilebridge National School.