IT was a ‘Marty Party’ of a different kind when the distinguished sports broadcaster visited Kinsale Community School just before Christmas, writes Kieran O’Mahony. Not only did Marty Morrissey get his own plaque on the school’s Wall of Fame – where he joins fellow RTÉ colleagues Ryan Tubridy and Dáithí Ó’Sé – he also launched the school’s Sports Wall of Fame. It was fitting that Leaving Cert student and female sports captain Saoirse McCarthy was the first name added to it for her outstanding contribution to sport at Kinsale Community School.
And it is expected that other names will be added to the wall over the next year. Meanwhile, Marty now joins former MEP Pat Cox, Captain John Mauger, Gary Fitzsimons, University of Toronto Professor Barrie Bennett, Glen Dimplex chief executive Sean O’Driscoll, Jewish holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental and Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Ahmad Abdelrazek on this illustrious Wall of Fame, which has become an important feature of the school. ‘We sincerely thank Marty for visiting Kinsale and all the students and staff thoroughly appreciated his supportive comments and dance moves,’ said a school spokesperson.
Our picture, above, shows sports captains of Kinsale Community School, Kealan O’Rourke and Saoirse McCarthy, with broadcaster Marty Morrissey.