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Doyle inspiring the next generation of soccer players at the Faythe School!

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Thanks to Ms. Gahan and Mr. Murphy who somehow managed between them to get former Republic of Ireland international, and Wexford native, Kevin Doyle, up to the school recently to mark the school's success in the FAI Spar 5-a-side Soccer Tournament. Thanks too to Padraig Byrne for his lovely article in this week's 'People' which is reproduced below for your delectation!

Having managed to win the Wexford District of the Spar FAI School's 5 a-side soccer tournament recently, and only being denied the South Leinster crown on goal difference, the boys at The Faythe School know a thing or two about soccer. With this in mind, their jaws dropped as they saw a former Premier League and international footballer making his way through the halls of the school, having come specially to visit them and present them with their medals.

Funnily enough it was a hurling legend that brought Wexford's finest soccer export to the school.
'Ms (Dara) Gahan up here is married to hurling legend Larry O'Gorman,' explained principal Liam Turner. 'Larry would know Kevin from various things and he managed to persuade him to come in to us here and have a little chat with the lads.'

'He was absolutely brilliant with them and he did a little 20 minute question and answers session. I was amazed just how much the lads knew about him.' When the inevitable question of Messi vs Ronaldo came up the youngsters could hardly believe when Kevin said he had played against both! 'It was really great for them,' said Mr Turner, who even remembered observing Kevin playing in a Mini World Cup game for Adamstown 25 years ago! 'This is a fella who has played for the same clubs and the same pitches as them. He also pointed out how there was no soccer team in the school he went to and he just worked hard himself and didn't let that stop him. It was lovely to give our lads a little boost and it was great to see them competing in the school colours.'



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