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Leinster Juvenile Colleges Title 2016

St Kieran's College 4-13


Good Counsel, New Ross 3-06

6-May-2016, Thomastown

The following report appeared in the annual edition of the Record at the end of the school year.

Juvenile Hurling 2016

Another year and another group of enthusiastic young hurlers vying to wear the black and white. Great interest was shown by both first and second years who turned out in huge numbers to fight for a place on the Juvenile hurling panel. Trials went on in the months of November and December before the panel was finalised in January. The great run by the Juvenile footballers gave us momentum as we had many from the football panel. As the evenings started to stretch we trained on Monday and Wednesday evenings and on Friday afternoon.

Our first outing in the league turned into an exciting battle against Westmeath Schools in early February. We eventually won in wet miserable conditions. We then had two wins against St. Peters away and Mountrath Community School out in the Dunmore training facility. We faced our biggest challenge in March against Dublin South up in O’Toole Park in Crumlin. After a dreadful opening 15 minutes when we went 10 points down, we started to hurl. The game ended all square on a scoreline of 4-14 each, leaving teams, mentors and supporters happy. We qualified to meet Dublin North in the league semi-final which took place in Ballykelly, Monasterevin in April. After a good display, especially by the forwards, we won on a scoreline of 4-13 to 1-13. Then in the space of three days we had two important games to play. On Wednesday April 20th in the Éire Óg pitch in Carlow we faced Dublin South in the league final. While we were flat on the day and never got to grips with the opposition Dublin were on fire and beat up comprehensively on a scoreline of 3-9 to 1-8. We had to get over our disappointment quickly as we were facing St. Peters in the the championship semi-final on the Friday following. We duly dispatched St. Peters but there was one concern. Though we scored 2-15 we scored 2-10 in the first ten minutes and only five points in the remaining forty minutes.

The way was now clear for the final against Good Counsel, New Ross on May 6th. Sun drenched Thomastown was the ideal venue with just a swirling breeze preventing it having the ideal conditions for a Leinster final. We played against the breeze in the first half and were good value for our six point lead at half-time. Knowing Good Counsel like we do we knew there would a strong comeback. They dominated the first twenty minutes of the second half and brought the deficit back to two points. Our players responded magnificently and we finished the game strongly, winning by 4-13 to 3-6. The Dr. Barry Cup was back in St. Kierans.


Stephen Keoghan (Graigue-Ballycallan), Liam Barron (Ballyhale Shamrocks), David Fogarty (O’Loughlin Gaels),Kieran Buckley (Dunamaggin), Harry Walsh (Dunamaggin) (capt.),Pádraig Moylan (Dicksboro),Jamie Harkin (Bennetsbridge)

Conor Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels),Killian Rudkins ( Barrow Rangers)

Darragh Maher (Freshford),Alex Moore (Dunamaggin),Oisín Egan (Graigue-Ballycallan),Stephen Barron (Ballyhale Shamrocks),Peter Donohoe (Danesfort)

Ciarán Mullen (Danesfort),Diarmuid Galway (Thomastown),Conor Fitzpatrick (Young Irelands, Gowran),Vincent O’Grady (O’Loughlin Gaels),Padraic Foley (Windgap),Ciarán Rice (Conahy Shamrocks),James Carrigan (St. Martins)

Peter McDonald (Thomastown),Eoin Guilfoyle (James Stephens)

Luke Campion (Lisdowney),James Duggan (Harps, Durrow),Darren Cuddihy (Conahy Shamrocks),Eoin Delahunty (Graigue-Ballycallan),Denis Walsh (Dunamaggin),Andy Hickey (Dunamaggin),David Conway (Dicksboro),Dara Glynn (Clara),Richard Cash (Tullaroan), Jack Sheridan (O’Loughlin Gaels), Jim Kirby (Harps, Durrow)

Many thanks to our TY students who helped at training and at the games during the year and often doing so in their own free time. Our helpers this year were Ruairi Breen, Eoghan Moylan, Ciarán Hogan, Jack Nolan, Mark Nolan and James Phelan. And for the final we had to draft in Ryan Scanlon and Kyran O’Sullivan. Not forgetting our cameramen, Conor Drennan (TY) and Maurice Walshe (6th yr.) who has done Trojan work for all our teams for the past three years and is leaving us this June. Thanks lads.

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Key Dates

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)

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the above times and dates. Please check back to this webpage throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

Key Dates

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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