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All-Ireland Senior Colleges Title 2018

St Kieran's College 5-19


Presentation College, Athenry 3-16

March 31st, Thurles

Saturday 31st March will be spoken about and remembered for quite some time, as the senior hurlers of St Kieran’s College claimed their 22nd All-Ireland Croke Cup title following a thrilling game of hurling in Semple Stadium against Presentation College, Athnery. St Kieran’s won the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools title after extra time on a score line of 5-19 to 3-16.

St Kieran’s got off to a great start and put in a fine first half performance. The highlight of the first being three goals in five minutes from Daithí Barron (Captain), Ciarán Brennan and David O’Carroll. This meant the St Kieran’s were 10 points clear at half-time (3-7 to 0-6). They built on that lead in the second half, and made substitutions showing the depth of talent in the St Kieran’s side. They looked comfortable with 10 minutes but suddenly, the Presentation rallied to score two goals in quick succession, followed by a third late into the game. The Presentation had done enough to force extra time with a full time scoreline of 3-12 to 3-12.

However, the St Kieran’s team showed great character and didn’t panic in extra time and quickly recovered and set about restoring their lead. Jamie Young certainly helped, grabbing a goal in the first half of extra-time and the College were 4-16 to 3-14 in front after the first period of extra-time. From there they never looked back. Points from Conor Kelly (2) and Ciaran Brennan stretched their lead before Ciarán Brennan’s second goal ended an epic evening of hurling in Thurles and once again, the hurlers of St Kieran’s College had showed great resolve, courage and character to secure the Croke Cup for a record 22nd time.

SCORERS: St Kieran’s College – Ciaran Brennan (2-1); Adrian Mullen (0-7, 0-2 frees); Conor Kelly (0-7, 0-2 frees, 0-1 65); Daithi Barron (1-2); David O’Carroll, Jamie Young (1-0 each); Eoin O’Shea, Ian Walsh (0-1 each). Presentation Athenry – Mark Kennedy (1-9, 0-5 frees, 0-2 65); Adam Brett (2-1); T.J. Brennan (0-3); Ian McGlynn (0-1, free); Cillian Lawless, Eoin Caulfield, Conor Walsh (0-1 each).


All in the St Kieran’s College community would like to take this opportunity to offer hearty congratulations to everyone involved in this fantastic achievement. We would like to congratulate all of the parents and their families who supported the lads throughout the year. Without the support of parents and families such achievements would be impossible. We would like to especially acknowledge the mentors of the team: Mr Hogan, Mr P Walsh and Mr M Walsh for their commitment, leadership and for the long hours of preparation put into training the team and getting them ready for the All-Ireland final. Many thanks to those in the local community who sponsored the team and wished them well before the game. Such support is invaluable. Finally, we wish to thank all of the panel of players who trained so hard and prepared themselves so well in order to earn this victory. All players can be very proud of the part they have each played in this wonderful achievement. Well done to everyone involved.

St Kieran’s College

1. Dean Mason (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

2. Tommy Ronan (Graigue-Ballycallan)
3. Conor Murphy (Bennetsbridge)
4. Mark Nolan (Dicksboro)

5. Diarmuid Phelan (Danesfort)
6. Jesse Roberts (Graigue-Ballycallan)
7. Luke Murphy (James Stephens)

8. Killian Egan (Graigue-Ballycallan)
9. Adrian Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

10. Eoghan Moylan (Dicksboro)
11. Eoin O’Shea (O’Loughlin Gaels)
12. Daithi Barron (Thomastown)

13. Conor Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels)
14. Ciaran Brennan (Bennettsbridge)
15. David O’Carroll (Lisdowney)


19. George Murphy (Rower-Inistioge) for O’Carroll (36)
18. Ian Walsh (Dunamaggin) for Moylan (46)
20. Jamie Young (O’Loughlin Gaels) for O’Shea (49)
17. Eoin Cody (Ballyhale Shamrocks) for Barron (51)
12. Barron for Egan (half-time in extra-time)
22. David Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge) for Murphy (half-time in extra-time)

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

For more photos from the game please click here.

For some media reports of the game please click on the links below:

The Kilkenny People

The Irish Examiner

The Irish Independent




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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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Thursday May 5th
3rd Yr Parents Evening for TY
Friday 3rd
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Thursday 25th
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Friday 26th
6th Year students return to school at 8:50am
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TY Work Experience
Friday 28th
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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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