Kilkenny City Vocational School Welcomes their Hero Home
Joey Holden, teacher in KCVS, got a rapturous welcome when he brought the Liam McCarthy Cup back to Kilkenny and into his City School with John Joe Farrell.
Joey, who is a permanent Engineering teacher in the school, was hailed as a hero, captaining his home county to All Ireland victory in his first season. As he said himself “This is beyond a dream….You can’t dream this stuff up”.
Mr Holden, as Ms Mc Sorley Principal of KCVS said, “He has all the traits of a hero but behind all his glory, there is hard work, discipline and dedication and an indomitable spirit that never gives up”. Ms Mc Sorley said that this is evident in Joey’s day job working quietly in the background in the school often below the radar to achieve his goals. She said Joe Canning and the Galway team witnesses this last Sunday in Croke Park. Three points up at half-time and the momentum was with Galway but Joey and his team came out fighting. That indomitable spirit that was not going to give up and the culture of success that giant of management, Brian Cody has cultivated prevailed and the Liam McCarthy was brought home to its rightful place by Mr. Holden.
The principal congratulated Joey and his team on behalf of all the teachers, students and parents and all the KCVS community. She finished by saying “It’s a proud moment for Joey, his family, his school and his county! Long may his success continue”
Joey was presented with an engraved crystal sliotar to acknowledge his momentous achievement in his hurling career.
Well Done Mr. Holden