Sport - Across the Irish Sea

2nd July 2010 at 01:00

A shinty-hurling match has helped cement relations between a Highland school and Northern Ireland, and across Ulster's religious divisions.

The game, a hybrid of the Gaelic sports on either side of the Irish Sea, took place between teams from Plockton High and the Cuchullains, which brings together schools from the different religious traditions in Belfast to play hurling.

The west Highland school has had this sporting, cultural and language link since 1996. As well as hosting matches in Scotland, pupils have made trips to play in Antrim, Dublin and Belfast.

Headteacher Duncan Ferguson said: "We have been greatly encouraged by the benefits of cross-community relations in Belfast arising from this project over the years."

The driver of the initiative has been the principal of St Patrick's College, P.J O'Grady, whose pupils play alongside those of Corpus Christi College and Ashfield Boys' School. He said: "This is a rich link which has had great benefits for all the youngsters, staff and parents."

The match, played on June 24 at the Plockton High shinty pitch, finished Plockton 9, Cuchullains 3.

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