This is the few lines re: Croke Park trip…
Leaving Glengormley at about 8am, we arrived in Dublin at roughly 10:30am. Driving straight into Croke Park, the privilege of this not lost on us, we made our way to the statue of Michael Cusack and waited for the An Dúin contingent to finish up, so that the Aontroim teams could take to the field!
We were then directed to follow the stewards. Imagine walking into the dressing rooms at Croke Park and putting your boots on, where other greats had gone before you...Éoin Liston, Kieran McGeeney, Barney Rock, Joe Brolly, Mickey Linden, Enda McAtamney...(don't think any of the boys were thinking about them...but you never know).
Then it was time to take to the field, our group included St. Paul's and St Joseph's Glenavy and it was fantastic! The sun was shining and the boys acquitted themselves brilliantly against both teams, relishing the chance to play on the greatest football pitch in the world (...Pairc Éanna comes a close second!). After "hang sandwiches and tae or mineral" eaten as we watched the hurlers, we were then were taken on a tour of the stadium with the lads from St James' Aldergrove.
A massive highlight was getting the chance to stand at the winners' platform and shout "Naomh Éanna Abú", ---when they're doing that in a few years time as Club Champions, they'll be able to brag - "been there, done that!"
The boys left Croke Park, following the obligatory visit to the club wall to find the Naomh Éanna badge, and the shop. Back on the bus, and back to Glengormley, stopping off at McDonalds at Sprucefield for a bite to eat.
We were back in home for just after 5pm, knackered but very, very happy. It was an absolute privilege to be in the company of this great bunch of boys. Their behaviour all day was impeccable and the officials from Antrim also commented on this. They were and are a credit to their parents and families and our club.
This was their first trip to Croke Park as a team, but I have a feeling it won't be their last.