Back Row: (left to right) Billy Hanlon, Ally Rafter, Joe Cuddihy, Eoin Walsh, Daniel O’Connor, Brian Cody, Ray Lahart, Conor O’Carroll, Michael Cody.
3rd Row: (left to right) Robert O’Flynn, Shane Walsh, Kieran Freeman, Bill Carrigan, Richie Leahy, Billy Ryan, Paul White, Edmond Delaney, Robbie Donnolly, Niall Walsh, Conor Murphy, Mr Ger Flood (trainer).
2nd Row: (left to right) Mr Liam Smith (trainer), Josh Haines, Dylan O’Shea, Jason Barcoe, Conor Browne, Tadhg O’Dwyer, Gavin Costigan, Tommy Walsh, Gary Tynan, Mr Ken Maher (trainer)
Front Row: (left to right) Jack Keoghan, Jason Byrne, Kevin Blanchfield, Jason Cleere, James Maher (captain), Darren Mullan, Liam Blanchfield, Sean Morrissey
19th Croke Cup Title for St Kieran’s College
St Kieran’s College captured the Croke Cup for a record 19th time following a 2-16 to 0-13 win over Kilkenny CBS in the 2014 All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Final.
Nowlan Park was the venue on Saturday April 5th for the first ever All-Kilkenny final. St Kieran’s went into this game as outsiders following defeat to the same opposition in the Leinster Final a month earlier, but confidence was high following a thrilling quarter final win over St Brigid’s, Loughrea after extra time and then an outstanding performance and victory over competition favourites Ardscoil Ris, Limerick in the semi final. (Click here for St Kieran’s V Ardscoil Ris Match Report in Kilkenny People and here for photos from that game).
St Kieran’s started slowly in the final and trailed early in the game by 0-5 to 0-0. All was about to change however as Conor O’Carroll set up Brian Cody to score the 1st goal of the game in the 13th minute. St Kieran’s were right back in the game. At half time the score was level 0-7 to 1-4. Two quick points from Kilkenny CBS at the start of the 2nd half were immediately followed by the 2nd goal of the game for St Kieran’s scored by Tadhg O’Dwyer who flicked the ball brilliantly to the net to put St Kieran’s ahead for the first time in the game. From here to the finish St Kieran’s produced the display of the year, outscoring the opposition by 0-12 to 0-4 and powered on to a famous 2-16 to 0-13 victory in the end. James Maher accepted the Croke Cup on behalf of the team, just as his father Noel had done in 1990. James and Noel now join Ted (1957) and David Carroll (1996) as father and son All-Ireland Colleges winning captains.
Well done to everyone involved on this outstanding achievement as another glorious chapter is added to the proud hurling tradition of St Kieran’s College.
For all the match reports in the Kilkenny People on Wednesday April 9th click on the links below.
Click on Kieran’s are Kings of the hurling Castle for John Knox’s report on the game.
Click here for Trevor Spillane’s Reports
For reports in the National Newspapers click on the links below.
To see Highlights of the game click on the Youtube link below.
To see the Full Game (TG4 coverage) click on the Youtube link below.
To see the after game celebrations and the presentation of the Croke Cup click on the Youtube link below.
For a full Preview of the Game, including media articles, videos and photos click on the link.
Click on this link for the Match Programme for the 2014 All-Ireland post Primary Schools A Final.
For photos and report on the Leinster semi final victory over Colaiste Eoin, Dublin click here.
For photos and report on the Leinster quarter final victory over Castlecomer CS click here.
For photos and report on the Leinster League Final victory over Kilkenny CBS click here.
Click on the Youtube link below to enjoy Shane Walsh’s promotional video for the Leinster Final earlier in the year
Good luck to all the players and the management team of Mr Liam Smith, Mr Ken Maher and Mr Ger Flood in the All-Ireland Colleges Final in Nowlan Park on Saturday April 5th at 5pm. St Kieran’s will go into this game as underdogs but the team has improved steadily since the Leinster Final defeat to Kilkenny CBS less than a month ago and hopes are high that the lads will produce a big performance on the day to land a record 19th Croke Cup Title for the school. Preparations have gone well and the two recent victories over St Bridgid’s, Loughrea and Ardscoil Ris, Limerick in the All-Ireland series will give the lads great confidence heading into the final. We wish everybody involved the very best of luck and we look forward to what promises to be an enthralling game.
For previews of the game in The Kilkenny People click on the links below:
The St Kieran’s College senior hurling panel:
Alexander Rafter (St Lachtain’s)
Bill Carrigan (Clara)
Billy Hanlon (Barrow Rangers)
Billy Ryan (Graigue Balllycallan)
Brian Cody (Ballyhale ShamrocConor Browne (James Stephens)
Conor Murphy (Graigue Ballycallan)
Conor O’ Carroll (Lisdowney)
Daniel O’ Connor (O’ Loughlin Gaels)
Darren Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
Dylan O’ Shea (James Stephens)
Eddie Delaney (Conahy Shamrocks)
Eoin Walsh (Lisdowney)
Gary Tynan (Danesfort)
Gavin Costigan (James Stephens)
Jack Keoghan (Tullaroan)
James Maher (St Lachtain’s)- Captain
Jason Barcoe (Clara)
Jason Byrne (Clara)
Jason Cleere (Bennettsbridge)
Joe Cuddihy (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
Josh Haines (John Lockes)
Kevin Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge)
Kieran Freeman (Durrow Harps)
Liam Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge)
Michael Cody (Dunnamaggin)
Niall Walsh (Windgap)
Paul White (St Lachtain’s)
Ray Lahart (James Stephens)
Richie Leahy (Rower Inistioge)
Robbie Donnelly (Thomastown)
Sean Morrissey (Bennettsbridge)
Shane Walsh (Tullaroan)
Tadgh O’ Dwyer (James Stephens)
Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan)
A lot is happening: we continue to be a vibrant secondary school which is at the heart of all that we do here, its pupils the standard bearers today for the great tradition and history of the College: a research centre that facilitates the cooperation of the Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology; an outreach campus for the National University of Ireland Maynooth, which this year offered First Arts through the CAO for the first time; a centre for adult learning; a Certificate in Theology in conjunction with St Patrick’s College Maynooth for those involved in ministries in our parishes; the Diocesan Faith Development Office; the Forum Office and the Vocations Office.
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In this past year we hosted several wonderful class reunions along with the Annual College Reunion for those ordained from St Kieran’s. Much fun was had! It occurred to me, sharing in the laughter and story telling, that these men – our exports – are now the ambassadors for St Kieran’s College in the world today. They, like any of us who went here, have one thing in common – we are ‘black and white’ to the core. We still wonder: How are the College teams getting on? What is happening there now? What do today’s students think of the place? How are those who left here getting on? Are there any past pupils living near me? Where are my classmates and what are they doing now?
It is our exports therefore, our past pupils, that make us most proud. It is wonderful, then, when a former student comes back to the College, alone or with family, to share memories of time spent here. It is great to hear what so many have done and achieved in the years since they left the Glass Hall behind. It is, after all, for them and the fulfilment of their possibilities that we exist.
Since the first days of our existence, in 1782, we have worked to move people on. The College exists precisely for the function of educating people to the highest standards possible, in accordance with the values of the Gospel, so as to prepare them to head out into the world: their families, their parishes, their workplaces. We do this so that when they are there they are in a position, hopefully partially as a result of their time here, to achieve all that is possible for them and for those they love
Conscious of this we are hoping to try to establish a greater network of our past pupils – something as simple as a list of those who might like, two or three times a year, to receive an email updating them on what is going on in St Kieran’s College. With this in mind I would like to invite you to drop onto the College website www.stkieranscollege.ie and add your email address to the past pupils section or simply write to the College with your contact details. We would love to be in touch more frequently to tell you all that is happening.
Well done to the Senior Hurlers and team management who defeated Kilkenny CBS by 1-17 to 1-15 in an exciting Leinster Colleges Senior Hurling League Final in Nowlan Park on Wednesday November 11th. We now look forward to the championship proper in the New Year. In the meantime read below the match report by Transition Year student Michael and enjoy some photos and video clips recorded by Transition Year students Maurice Walsh and Stephen Carolan.
By Michael Ryan (Transition Year)
St Kieran’s College overcame old rivals Kilkenny CBS on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-15 at a gusty Nowlan Park on Wednesday to clinch another Leinster Colleges senior hurling league crown. This physical, high-octane encounter was played out front of a large crowd of supporters from both sides.
St Kieran’s who had made a host of changes from the semi final victory against Coláiste Eoin laid down a marker in the opening minute, orchestrating an attack that concluded with a point for Sean Morrisey. The CBS weren’t rattled by the determined St Kierans outfit however, netting a goal on three minutes when a wind assisted clearance was gathered by their midfielder Luke Scanlon who gracefully cut the St Kieran’s defence open, rounding two defenders and accurately firing the ball to the net. St Kieran’s trailed for the majority of the first half and kept in touch mainly through frees from substitute free taker Conor Murphy who was excellent throughout and finished the game with eleven points to his name.
St Kieran’s regained their lead with three minutes left in the first half with a splendid goal from half forward Billy Ryan. In an event of sheer bravery and commitment, Ryan controlled a pass from corner forward Conor Murphy while withstanding pressure from CBS netminder and with a deft touch flicked the ball to the net to give St Kieran’s a one point advantage. Conor Murphy added a point from play soon after to leave a half time score of 1-9 to 1-7 in favour of St Kieran’s.
St Kieran’s increased their advantage to four points by the 48th minute, when the highly influential Bennettsbridge clubman Liam Blanchfield pointed and it looked as if St Kieran’s were cruising to a comfortable victory. This wasn’t to be the case however, as CBS free taker Andrew Gaffney reduced the lead following a succession of pointed frees, ensuring a nerve racking final few minutes. Points from the ever reliable Sean Morrisey and supreme defending by the St Kieran’s defence ensured a derby victory for the men in the black and white much to the delight of the St Kieran’s supporters. Celebrations were restrained at the final whistle however, as both sides know that there are bigger and better things to come, namely the championship which commences in the New Year. Click on League Final Programme to view the programme page including both panels on the day.
St Kieran’s College: Conor Murphy (0-11, nine frees), Sean Morrissey (0-4), Billy Ryan (1-0), Kevin Blanchfield, Conor O’Carroll (0-1 each).
Kilkenny CBS: Andrew Gaffney (0-9, six frees, one 65), Luke Scanlon (1-0), Paul Delahanty (0-2), Niall Mullins, Robbie Murphy, Robbie Buckley, Matthew McWey (0-1 each).
On the night of the 10th December, a group of students, their parents, families, teachers and friends gathered in the Chapel of St Kieran’s College for a festive evening of Christmas Carols. Fifty-four students in total from both the Senior and Junior choirs in the school performed a range of carols from the well loved “O Come All Ye Faithful” to the more intricate “Christmas Lullaby”. Click on Christmas Carol Service 2013 for full programme for the evening. The candlelit chapel provided a very intimate setting for this atmospheric evening. The students put on a great performance, singing the carols beautifully under the expert guidance of their choir teacher, Ms Aisling Phelan. Texts from Scripture, prayers and poetry were also recited to compliment the carols and also helped to heighten the prayerful atmosphere. The College Chapel served as an ideal location for this Carol Service with its excellent acoustics. The Students and Staff of St Kieran’s can look forward to more prayer services in the Chapel in the future.
Click on the link below to enjoy for yourself the Carol Service in the St Kieran’s College Chapel.
The first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, of the Holy Father Pope Francis, to the Bishops, Clergy, Consecrated Persons and the Lay Faithful on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World. from Pope Francis was published on Tuesday 26 November 2013.
“THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
– Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium)
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Every summer on the First Tuesday after the 15th of August the College is delighted to host the Annual reunion for those Ordained from St Kieran’s. It is always a great occasion with many from the College who are celebrating significant years, and many more besides, returning to the College to catch up with old friends and share memories.
Towards the end of the summer, and in fact throughout the year, the College often plays host to many different reunions of classes of former students who studied on the Lay Side. People gather to recall anniversaries of the year they started and/or the year the finished. These evenings are a wonderful occasion for friends and classmates to come together to recall time spent in St Kieran’s College and to renew old friendships. If your class is shortly marking a significant time spent from the College – or if you just want to catch up with old friends why not contact the College to arrange a reunion. We are always delighted to welcome back that which makes us most proud, former students!
While there is no set format to the reunions the following seems to have been most successful for classes. If you would like to try something different please make contact we will be delighted to welcome you back.
|6pm:||Gathering in the College for Mass in the College Chapel|
|6.45pm:||Drinks reception in the College dining room with a word of welcome from the College President and maybe a word on behalf of your class. During this time there is also the possibility of a tour of the school where many class pictures, teams and other memories are now on display documenting the years.|
|7.30/8pm:||Dinner in a nearby restaurant|
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