Westport GAA

Hurling New Jersey

Students from Brackloon National School put their creative skills to the test recently when tasked with designing a new GAA jersey for the Westport Senior Hurling team for 2017.  Under the watchful eye of Principal Brendan Tunney, an underage hurling coach with the Westport GAA club, the students from 3rd class to 6th class embraced the challenge and presented their imaginative designs to the club this week.

“The students were delighted to be asked to support the local hurling club and they really enjoyed working on this project.   From a teaching and educational perspective the task was also very beneficial to the pupils as they had to develop their computer, design, art and creative skills to come up with the different jersey designs,” commented Tunney this week.

The final designs were presented to the Westport Hurling Team and management recently and after much deliberation the players; who will be wearing the jersey, selected the winning entry.

The design by fourth class pupil Lara Furlong was chosen as the winning entry and her creation will be worn with pride by the club hurlers in the senior championship this year.  Lara is daughter of Padraig and Gillian Furlong (nee Broderick) who have a long association with Westport hurling club.  For her prize, Lara was presented with the first edition of the new jersey, bearing her own design.

Westport senior hurling team manager Sean O’Reilly thanked the pupils and Brackloon National School for taking on the challenge.  “Westport GAA club is on an all-time high at present and we hope the hurlers can now also build on the recent success of the footballers.  Hurling is very much part and parcel of the fabric of Westport GAA and it is great to see such local support and interest for all the hurling teams from under 8 right up to senior.

The Westport Hurling club also announced this week that former Antrim hurler and owner of the Cú Chulainn Bar and B&B on Altamount St., Adrian Robb is the new sponsor of the Westport Hurlers for 2017.

Stephen Gallagher, Chairperson of Westport Hurling Club thanked all the players, families and businesses in Westport for their continued support of the hurling club.  “I just want to thank everyone from players, coaches, teachers and especially parents who support the hurling club.  We hope to develop our underage structures further this year and without the support of the entire community we would not be able to keep hurling thriving in the town,” he said.

Training for the Westport Senior Hurling team takes place at 8pm every Wednesday and on Sunday mornings at 9.00am.  New players are always welcome to join the club.