Roscommon footballers will get support from an unusual source next weekend when they take the field to face Galway in their Connacht championship match. Thirty youngsters from two Glasgow primary schools will take in the game as part of a unique International exchange involving the schools and Woodbrook and Croghan schools in Roscommon.
The exchange is part of a two-year project initiated by the Glasgow based Tir Conaill Harps GAC and Shannon Gaels who have formed close ties in recent years. With the theme of using gaelic games as a positive tool to break down religious and cultural barriers the Glasgow schools, St. Michael’s, which lies in the shadow of Celtic Park and Thorntree, also in the city’s East end, have been working together in an area of Glasgow blighted by sectarianism.
Apart from the sporting aspect there is an educational and social aspect. Last week the schools visited the Glasgow Rangers study centre to explore their own perceptions of other cultures. They will be participating in workshops with their hosts and the Roscommon schools will visit Celtic Park and Ibrox when they come back on the second leg.
The Scottish group will be visiting the two schools and taking part in a wide range of other social activities, which will culminate on a tour of Croke Park, on their way back to Dublin Airport.