Irish Olympian Ciara Mageean visited St Killian’s this week to take a morning workshop on Cross Country.
The Rio 1500m competitor and European Bronze medallist represented Ireland a couple of weeks ago in the European Cross Country championship and she took charge of 1 hour session around the Garron Tower site on a blustery January morning with groups drawn from Years 8 to 12 who will represent St Killian’s next week in the Ulster Schools’ Cross Country championship.
After the session, Ciara took a Q & A session indoors where the students got a chance to ask her about her own sporting career and her plans for 2017 and the future. Ciara also posed for photographs, allowing the aspiring young athletes to wear her European bronze medal.
Later in the day, she addressed a meeting of Sixth Formers discussing career paths (she is a graduate in Physiotherapy from UCD) and the importance of continuing education through to Third Level while pursuing sporting dreams. She also discussed many issues around funding for athletics and, in an open session, the talk pursued many avenues of interest for the students.
Ciara also met up again with Miss Alex McLaughlin, a past pupil of Garron Tower and now a teacher in the school, The pair had met many times through school camogie and Alex and Ciara played at midfield in the 2010 Ulster Colleges’ All-star camogie team.
Watch this clip of Ciara when she was still at school