Among those cheering on Ulster champions, Slaughtneil in their first All Ireland club final in Dublin are pupils from St. Mary’s, Limavady.
The Derry club are playing Galway side Corofin in the St. Patrick’s Day Croke Park decider.
Robert Emmet’s Slaughtneil defender, Chrissy McKaigue, is the Gaelic Games coordinator at St. Mary’s, and pupils who look up to the Slaughtneil man are there to cheer him and his side on.
St. Mary’s Principal, Mary McCloskey left with a bus load of pupils to cheer on their teacher, along with staff, including teacher Stephen Keown.
Mrs McCloskey said: “Croke Park is buzzing. Everyone is geared up for a wonderful afternoon of football. All of Slaughtneil is here, and most of Derry too.”
St. Mary’s has an extra special connection with the team as Slaughtneil manager, Mickey Moran, is a former long time sports teacher at St. Mary’s.