All-Ireland fever comes to Ballycastle college

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All roads lead to Kilkenny this Saturday (April 5th) as students, teachers, parents and fans of Cross and Passion College’s hurling team make their way to Kilkenny for what will be the sporting highlight in the school’s calendar.

The hurling team have secured their place in the All-Ireland Colleges Hurling Final.

The throw-in takes place in Nowlan Park in Kilkenny at 3.15pm on Saturday.

Cross and Passion take on Roscrea in what is probably the most eagerly anticipated match in the college’s history.

The Danske Bank Mageean Cup champions from Ballycastle secured their place in the Paddy Buggy Cup after beating St Fergal’s Rathdowney in Inniskeen.

Cross and Passion coach Joe Cassidy said his team have nothing to fear from taking on Colaiste Phobail Roscrea in their own territory in Thurles.

“This team has a never-say-die spirit,” said the manager.

“The strength of the team - that’s what got us over the line. Everyone of the boys has worked their socks off and they got their reward.”

Cassidy says his players will relish the opportunity of playing in an all-Ireland final.

“They’ll go in as favourites but we’ll prepare as best we can and see what happens. It’ll take a good team to beat us,” he added.

Social media sites such as Twitter have been awash with good luck messages this week.