Hurlers from Cross and Passion College in Ballycastle were given a rapturous farewell when they left for the final of the All Ireland Colleges final against Roscrea at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.
Hundreds of cheering supporters lined both sides of the Chapel brae on Friday morning as the bus carrying the squad was given the sort of send off usually reserved for FA cup final teams.
The send off exceeded anything the College or, indeed, the town had ever witnessed before with pupils from Ballycastle High, St. Patricik’s and St. Brigid’s Primary School turning out in force to give the team the best possible start.
All studying stopped as teachers joined the celebrations and the enthusiasm displayed will have given the team a tremendous fillip.
Principal Mrs. Barbara Ward, said she had not witnessed anything like it and was delighted that the surrounding schools had taken part in the celebrations.
Cross and Passion took on Colaiste Phobail Roscrea in their own backyard in the All Ireland Paddy Buggy cup final.