Two weeks ago the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition took place at Croke Park. The competition is typically aimed at transition year pupils and those at senior cycle in mainstream schools, studying agricultural science. It’s run by the Irish Angus Producer Group, along with its processor partners ABP Ireland and Kepak Group. Over 120 schools entered the competition. Of those just 28 make it to the finals in Croke Park.

From the schools that did make it to the GAA headquarters, one drew particular attention. Not least because it is the first school for children with special needs and learning difficulties to make it to Croke Park for the final. Actually, St Ita’s School in Drogheda is the first special school to enter the competition full stop.