Hurler was driving by the Scarvey at noon on Tuesday and passed a crowd of young fellas from Scoil Mhuire heading down to the pitch. Hurler’s mind flashed back the best part of three decades to the days when another generation of students would have played for the Convent – as we called it – in the Convent field, down at the Boy’s Club or at the Sports Complex in Derry. Those were the days. One year, after the inter-schools Gaelic league finished, Hurler and another likely lad from Burt continued to excuse ourselves from class to “play for the school Miss” at imaginary matches against imaginary teams and at a venue known only to us as Henderson’s Snooker Hall on Buncrana’s main street!
Big Kate finally rumbled us. She happened to remark in passing to Frank Rodgers, the P.E. teacher: “there’s an awful lot of Gaelic matches this year Frank?”
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