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All-Ireland Senior Colleges Title 2016

St Kieran's College 1-15


Ardscoil Rís, Limerick 1-13

28-March-2016, Semple Stadium, Thurles

Back Row: (L-R) Oisín Gough, Martin Keoghan, Conor Byrne, Geoff Brennan, James Phelan,
Colum Prendiville, William Spencer, Edmond Delaney, Padraic Mullen.

Third Row: (L-R) Mr Michael Walsh, Victor Costello, Adrian Mullen, Ben Lawler, Eamonn Fennelly,
Jake Cullen, Patrick Brennan, Dylan Jordan, Evan Carroll, Tommy Ronan.

Second Row: (L-R) Mr Ken Maher, Bríon Kirwan, James Mulally, Robert Kerwick, Darragh Phelan,
Aidan Nolan, Eoin O’Shea, Ciarán Brennan, Niall Delaney, Brian Crowdle, Mr Liam Smith.

Front Row: (L-R) Diarmuid Phelan, Joe Cuddihy, Matt Kenny, Joe Connolly, Michael Cody (Vice-Captain), Tommy Walsh (Captain), Edward Moylan, Darren Mullen, Seán Carey, Tom Whitty.

St Kieran’s College v Árdscoil Rís, Limerick
All-Ireland Final – Semple Stadium – Monday 28th March

1. Darragh Phelan
2. Conor Byrne
3. Tommy Walsh
4. Evan Carroll
5. Michael Cody
6. Darren Mullen
7. Matt Kenny
8. Martin Keoghan (0-01)
9. Edmond Delaney (0-02)
10. Joe Connolly (0-02)
11. Calum Prendiville (0-01)
12. Adrian Mullen (0-05/0-03f)
13. Seán Carey
14. Joe Cuddihy (1-03)
15. Edward Moylan (0-01)

Subs: Aidan Nolan for Matt Kenny (40), Geoff Brennan for Seán Carey (59), Niall Delaney for Conor Byrne (60+1)
Ciarán Brennan, Victor Costello, Oisin Gough, James Mulally, William Spencer, Brian Crowdle, Dylan Jordan, Robert Kerwick, Bronn Kirwan, Ben Lawler, Padraic Mullen, Eoin O’Shea, Tommy Ronan, Eamonn Fennelly, Paddy Brennan,
Jake Cullen, Diarmuid Phelan, James Phelan, Tom Whitty.

The following is how the teams lined out on the day:


21st Croke Cup Title for St Kieran’s College

St Kieran’s College captured the Croke Cup for a record 21st time following a 1-15 to 1-13 win over Árdscoil Rís of Limerick in the 2016 All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Final. Click on the 2016 All-Ireland post Primary Schools A Final Match Programme for the more details about the teams.

Semple Stadium in Thurles was the venue on Monday March 28th for what proved to be yet another tense but absorbing All-Ireland Final between the Munster and Leinster Champions with St Kieran’s deservedly winning out in the end.

Ardscoil Rís made the early running to be ahead 0-6 to 0-4 at the end of the opening quarter but St Kieran’s quickly drew level with Adrian Mullen to the fore and it was 0-6 apiece by the 19th minute. Soon after, the College pounced for a crucial goal when Joe Cuddihy got on the end of a ball and, having been hooked, managed to skilfully pull on it into the net.

St Kieran’s were 1-8 to 0-7 clear at the interval yet Ardscoil Rís received a huge boost early in the second-half with a goal almost immediately after the restart. But that was not the impetus for Árdscoil Rís to push on and instead St Kieran’s took over. Colum Prendiville raised a white flag and Joe Cuddihy emerged as the focal point of their attack as he picked off three points in a row. It was 1-12 to 1-7 in favour of St Kieran’s before Ardscoil mounted a strong rally in the last quarter. Árdscoil had four unanswered points until Edward Moylan popped up to score a point for the College which made for a nail biting finale. The margin was now down to two, 1-13 to 1-11 with eight minutes remaining.

Adrian Mullen pushed St Kieran’s three clear before O’Brien landed a pair of frees to cut the gap to just one point. However, despite keeping in touch, Árdscoil could never break down the resilient St Kieran’s defence and were unable to draw level. Joe Connolly landed the insurance point to seal glory for the College in the final few seconds and St Kieran’s were crowned All-Ireland champions for the 21st time. Tullaroan clubman and captain of the team,Tommy Walsh accepted the Croke Cup.

Reflecting back on the year, this was one of the most successful years in the history of hurling in St Kieran’s College. This team won the Leinster League, a record 54th Leinster title and a record 21st All-Ireland Colleges title. Not only that, but this All-Ireland victory made it an historic three-in-a-row All-Ireland Colleges A Senior hurling titles for the school, a feat which has only been accomplished once before in the school’s history in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Great credit is due to Mr Liam Smith who managed all of the three-in-a-row All-Ireland winning teams from 2014-2016 and who also won an All-Ireland Colleges title as a Leaving Certificate student with St Kieran’s in 1992. 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 photos of the 21st Croke Cup Title from Semple Stadium click here

Match reports from the Kilkenny People to follow

Video links to Joe Cuddihy’s goal and the TG4 video of the full game will be available here shortly

For reports in the National Media click on the links below:

The Irish Examiner Match Report

Irish Times Match Report

Irish Independent Match Report

Match Report from The GAA.ie

The 42.ie All Ireland Match Report


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Wednesday 25th
Staff Day (No school for students)
Thursday 26th
6th Years return to school at 8:50am
Thursday 26th
Induction for First Year students at 2pm
Friday 27th
Third and Fifth Year students return at 8:50am
Monday 30th
Second Year and Transition Year students return to school at 8:50am
Friday 3rd
Leaving Certificate Results
Friday 17th
Sports Day (To be confirmed)
Monday 11th
TY Work Experience Begins
Friday 22nd
Mid-Term Break Begins
Monday 1st
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 4th
LC Careers Information Evening (TBC)
Thursday 11th
Sixth Year P/T Meeting (TBC)

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Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the below times and dates. Please check the school website throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

Monday 2nd
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Thursday May 5th
3rd Yr Parents Evening for TY
Friday 3rd
Summer holidays begin @1pm
Thursday 25th
Staff Day - No school for students
Friday 26th
6th Year students return to school at 8:50am
Friday 26th
1st Year Induction begins at 11am
Monday 29th
3rd & 5th Year students return at 8:50am
Tuesday 30th
2nd Years & Transition Year students return at 8:50am
Monday 17th - Friday 28th
TY Work Experience
Friday 28th
Midterm Break Begins at 1pm
Monday 7th
School reopens after Mid-Term Break at 8:50am
Thursday 10th
6th Year Careers Information Evening at 7pm
Thursday 17th
6th Year P/T meeting (4:15 -6:45pm)
Thursday 24th
3rd Year P/T Meeting (4:15 -6:45pm)
Friday 25th
Staff Training Day - No school for students
Monday 28th
JCT Cluster Day - No school for students
Thursday 8th
5th Year P/T Meeting (4:15 -6:45pm)
Wednesday 21st
Christmas Holidays begin at 1pm
Thursday 5th
School reopens after Christmas at 8:50am
Tuesday 12th
Subject Choice Meeting for 1st Year Parents
Thursday 19th
1st Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Thursday 26th
2nd Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)

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