The Stag’s Voice: October 9th 2019

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  1. Championship Final

  2. Scoil AGM

  3. Call for Content

  4. Thomas Gleeson GPO

  5. U10/11’s Meet Ali Maguire

  6. Team Updates

Championship Final


Our senior hurlers won the Senior B Championship Final on Saturday night. In what was an historic night for the club, the team overcame a half time deficit of 0-8 to 0-4 in horrendous conditions to come out 1-11 to 0-11 victors at full time. Robbie Kennedy put in a man of the match performance with 10 points from placed balls and open play. His overall game was phenomenal. Celebrations after the game were typical of our club with fans, parents and children all flooding onto the pitch to join in with the team!

Manager Matt Cushen has the following message for everyone who came out to the game: ““On behalf of the management, players and myself I would like to say a huge thank you to all our supporters who attended our championship final. The positive energy generated from the stands contributed to our victory in no small manner. I know the expression the sixteenth man is used a lot but in this case it’s so true. So again míle buíochas.”

Please click this link for highlights of the game!

Scoil AGM

The club’s AGM will take place next month on Thursday the 18th of November. A date for your diaries.

Call for Content

Sending out a call for content from anyone who was at the game on Saturday evening. I will be compiling all of the pictures and videos so if you could please email anything you have to it would be hugely appreciated.

Thank you, Joey.

Thomas Gleeson GPO

Thomas Gleeson - Games Promotion Officer, Scoil Uí Chonaill.

It’s over three years now since our club games promotions Officer, Thomas Gleeson has been in his full-time role for the club.

A question that is often asked is what exactly does Thomas do? Hopefully this piece will give all our members some idea of the time and work that Thomas puts into helping our club to retain and gain new players.

Thomas coaches in eight schools from Tuesday to Friday’s during school hours. The schools are Scoil Neasain, O’Connells, Colaiste Mhuire, St Joseph’s East Wall, St Lawrence O’Tooles, St Colombas and St Vincents.

Thomas takes the children out from their classes to coach them in both Gaelic football and hurling. Thomas encourages the children to play for the club and directs any possible recruits to the relevant team Mentor. For our inner city schools, who may not have transport to get to training, Thomas would direct the children to our twice weekly bus service which operates on Monday and Wednesday’s to training and return.

Thomas organizes coaching courses for our team mentors and parents. Over 25 of our coaches attended a level 1 coaching course over four weeks in January put together by Thomas in conjunction with the Dublin County board. Thomas has also organized a number of foundation and “on the job” coaching to upskill coaches and to get more parents involved in improving the skills of the game.

Thomas set up our very popular development squad training sessions on Friday nights which ran for 20 weeks and got children from our Under 12 to Under 15 teams to upskill with club members at the same level. This concept is a new departure for Scoil and one which will continue as it proved to be a great success with noticeable improvements in confidence and skill levels. Thomas had Scoil hurling legends and former Dubs, Tommy Naughton and Darren Benham heavily involved in the sessions and brought out a number of senior hurlers to assist.

Thomas played a major role in our camogie success at Under 14 where he took the team for a number of training sessions and was on the line (on his day off!!) for a number of games. Thomas was acknowledged by the Mentors as having played a key role in the teams success.

On Saturdays, Thomas is in charge of our nursery programme for children starting in the club aged 4-7 years. The sessions are superbly organized and give the children a fun start to the start of their experience with Scoil.

Thomas organises our Easter and Summer Camp programme which with little technology assistance is a major challenge!! From taking bookings, to organizing coaches, daily coaching plans, fun activities, day trips etc, Thomas just gets along with it and the camps are hugely popular with our members. Indeed even a non member commented recently at the difference between their own camp and Scoil camp, “a world apart, this camp, it was so much better compared to my own club camp who have coaches on phones and little or no organisation, congrats to Thomas and the team, my kid will be back”.

Thomas is heavily involved in the clubs ongoing work in the North East Inner City. Our inner city nursery commenced in Larkin College on Wednesday’s last November and Thomas along with a number of club members coached approx 30-40 children from 4-7 years every week. A number of these children are now playing on teams in the club. You probably saw photos of Thomas in croker at the Gaelic for Ma’s match as he had been coaching the ladies on a weekly basis. Thomas has also been heavily involved with the club Executive in setting up additional coaching at Rutland street, central model school, scoil chaoimhin and Gardiner street schools. A number of promotions took place recently at these schools fronted by Thomas.

Thomas offers advice to a number of our teams and takes team training sessions when time permits! He observes sessions and offers constructive feedback to coaches on how improvement to the sessions can be made.

Hard to believe in his spare time, Thomas is a inter county referee!!

Thomas is not one to shout about the work he does but as a club we are absolutely delighted to have such a dedicated, hard working Games Promotion Officer.

Thank you, Thomas, keep up the good work.


U10/11’s Meet Ali Maguire

Some of our U10 and U11 Camogie players met Dublin star Ali Maguire at their training on Monday night. They were all delighted! Thank you to Ali for coming down and showing the girls some new skills.


Team Updates

U15’s: Scoil 4-10 Vinnies 2-13

After the tumultuous celebrations of the night before and the historic achievement of our Senior Hurlers, it was back to Earth for a grudge league game for the 15boys in football.

On a good morning our lads flew out of the blocks and with a strong breeze at their backs played with great energy to score some wonderful team scores with points from Rian Brendan,Eoin and Darragh and goals from Max, Callum and a wonder strike from Darragh meaning we led by 8 at HT.Our defence and midfield were superb and the whole forward worked and interplayed brilliantly.

We knew we would be under pressure in the second half but heroics and unbelievable hard workfrom Lee, Rian, Caleb, Callum, Cathal, Nikhail, Ethan, Sufyian, Thomas and magnificent saves from Rory in goal kept Vins to 2 points behind before further scores from Darragh and Brendan and brilliant overall play and assists from Max and Cameron and Stephen and Eoin and great work from the whole forward line defence and midfield meant we ran out 3 points victors in the end. Brendan epitomised the never say die spirit by sprinting 60 metres to make an interception in the final minutes .

Rory made a brilliant save at the death too.

Onwards and upwards!

Up Scoil!!

U12’s: O'Dwyers (4-0) v Scoil (6-13)

Away win today on a challenging pitch & blustery conditions.

Great to see Alex Culligan get himself on score sheet including excellent assist to little Calum for a well taken poacher's goal. Aurelien & Cornel were very lively up front contributing to the score line also.
Big Tadhg came on 2nd half and not sure how he did it but managed to bag a goal also.

Falling concentration levels from our more experienced players and enforced positional changes, led to Scoil conceding a number of sloppy goals which were completely unavoidable!

No matter, Scoil U12'S march on and look forward to their next game (Na Fianna at home/Hurling).

Fair play to Annemarie taking a number of the U12 lads out on the train to Balbriggan today also.


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