The Stag's Voice: September 19th, 2018

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Contents:

  • In Pictures: Oneness Kicks Off

  • Want to earn €400 per hour?

  • U9s Cake Sale: Saturday 22nd

  • In Pictures: Scoil All-Ireland 7s Shield

  • Scoil Gear Xmas Order Starting….NOW!

  • Scoil Sirens Update

  • Meet the Members: Emma Smith

  • Other News

    • Congrats Dublin Ladies

    • Sam Maguire in Scoil: 20th October

    • Pictures & Video: North Inner City Folklore Project

    • An apology: website email error

  • Team News

  • Fixtures

 

In Pictures: Oneness Kicks Off!

The Scoil contingent who are our boots on the ground, enjoyed a wonderful visit to Notre Dame University. The hospitality from the College was fantastic as the group visited the important parts of the campus including the Museum, Basilica, Grotto, Student Centre and football stadium. The guides at each location were fantastic and shared the history and traditions of the College. A once in a lifetime experience for the Scoil Uí Chonaill members on their tour of Chicago, before they roll their sleeves up and get everything in place for the Lunch & Gala.


What to earn €400 per hour?

Nothing like a misleading headline to get your attention! But really, you can earn €1,000 for 2.5 hours work (for the Club!). Details below:

Volunteers Wanted!!

The Club is for the second year stewarding at the Great Dublin Bike Ride next Sunday.

The volunteers will meet at the Clubhouse and be placed along the route from Fairview to Baldoyle.

We are looking for your time from 7.00am-9.30am next Sunday 23rd September.

The Club will receive funding of €1,000 from the organisers if we can reach 30 volunteers.

The funding received will be used to purchase equipment for the Juvenile section.

Please contact Ronan Murphy 087 9295105 if you can spare a couple of hours for Scoil.


U9s Cake Sale: Saturday, 22nd

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With their intensive training regime and targeted nutrition program, the u9 boys are beginning to grow out of their nursery match jerseys. The team is holding a bake sale on the morning of Saturday Sept 22nd in the Clubhouse to go towards funding a couple of new sets of jerseys for next year! It’s thought that the new jerseys will make them 5% more effective on the pitch and 20% more handsome. Thanks in advance for your support.


Scoil Ladies All-Ireland 7s Runners-Up

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Well done to the Scoil adult ladies team who reached the Shield Final of the All Ireland Junior Sevens competition last Saturday. There were 30 teams in the competition from all over Ireland and overseas. Each team was allowed a panel of 12 players, but due to some late withdrawals there were only 9 Scoil players available to participate.

The final opponents were Ballyboughal who were runners up in the main competition last year and were clearly well prepared for this years event. The Scoil players gave their all, but six tough games had taken their toll and while the spirits were willing, the legs were weak. Final score was 6-4 to 2-8 for Ballyboughal. While disappointed, the players were absolutely delighted to have done so well and were very pleasantly surprised with the lovely set of trophies they received.

Full report in Team News section

 Captain Aoife DeBurca accepting the runners-up shield on behalf of her team

Captain Aoife DeBurca accepting the runners-up shield on behalf of her team


Scoil Gear is Open for Orders!

With unfaltering demand, and an increasingly dapper-looking Club, we’ve decided to reopen the Club online shop for orders.

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Please note the following:

  • We must order in bulk so orders will be submitted as one large order following order deadline of end of this month

    • What that means is that your waiting period will start from this point

  • This is the pre-Xmas order, so if you want Scoil gear for pressies - order now!

  • We will be adding a few additional items to our offering in the coming days - more on that to come!

  • Sample sizes will be available for fitting in the Club shop on the next two Saturday mornings (22nd & 29th) from 9.30am - 11.30am


Scoil Sirens (G4Mas) Update

As the Scoil Sirens are gathering momentum and had 23 ladies out last week, they're in serious (not!) training for the National G4M&O Blitz in Naomh Mearnóg on Sat 6th October.

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In the last two weeks the Sirens hosted friendlies against G4M&O teams from neighbours St.Vincents & Whitehall Colmchilles.

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And would ya look! They’re also the promotional poster girls for the Inner City Initiative funded by Dublin City Council. 

THEY're always welcoming new ladies on Tuesday nights 7pm-8pm @Scoil grounds


Meet Emma Smith!

 This soccer star turned Gaelic gal may be called Ronaldo, but last time we checked he could put away a peno! Meet the Copper Faced Jackie…Emma Smith

This soccer star turned Gaelic gal may be called Ronaldo, but last time we checked he could put away a peno! Meet the Copper Faced Jackie…Emma Smith

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
14 years

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Some people like to call me Ronaldo

Where do you hail from?
Raheny, Dublin.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
Was a dual star with soccer as an 11 year old and Fred Quinn approached me and asked me to come down and give the GAA a go as well and have never looked back..

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any. 
Have won quite a few medals throughout the years and also coached in a few of the camps and at the girls nursery over the years too.

What is your favourite sporting moment / sportsperson? (any club, any sport)
Has to be Cluxton in 2011

Relive the moment...AGAIN!

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in Scoil?
Probably ruining my reputation of once being a soccer star and missing a penalty in a match

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
Probably talking about love island excessively at training. But that’s done now for another year

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Probably beating Ballyboden at under 14 for Richie Egan

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
Very exciting Accountant

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Coppers

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
The jerseys

Finally, if you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
Bring Grainne Egan back from South America to be a full time goalkeeper for the ladies team. An all weather pitch would also be a great addition.


Want to feature in the Stag's Voice?

As a Club, we really pride ourselves on the close-knit community that we have at Scoil Uí Chonaill - help us in our effort in getting to know all of our members by filling out the Meet the Member's Questionnaire


Other News

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  • Congrats to the Dublin Ladies on retaining their All-Ireland title in Sunday’s match vs Cork. And particular congrats to our own Hannah Leahy, pictured above.

  • North Inner City Folklore Project: Enda Kenny was joined by Lord Mayor Nial Ring, Dubs Brian Fenton & Michael Darragh McAuley and a strong contingent of OCS pupils as he officially opened Dublin's newest (and possibly smallest) museum. Also in attendance were Scoil’s Ramona & Colm Kennedy and Br. Pat Madigan. Watch the video here

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  • Well done to players of the week Calum, Eimear and Ultan.

  • Apologies to all those who received an email from Scoil relating to order fulfilments. This was in error and was caused by some routine website back-end housekeeping! Shame on us!

  • Sam Maguire will be making an appearance in Scoil on Saturday, 20th October, from 2pm til 6pm.


Team News

Full reports below

  • The Adult Hurlers aim to secure their Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final spot as they face St Kevin’s this Saturday 22nd @5pm in Dolphin’s Park.

  • The Adult Footballers booked their place in the Intermediate Football Championship 1/4 Final with a convincing win vs Garda - next up: O’Tooles @5pm on Saturday Sept 29th in Scoil.

  • Ladies 7s runners-up in All-Ireland Junior Shield.

  • U16 girls win strongly in game of ooh’s and aah’s

  • U9s pound Pats with tenacious tackling

 

Ladies 7s Football

Well done to the Scoil adult ladies team who reached the Shield Final of the All Ireland Junior Sevens competition last Saturday. There were 30 teams in the competition from all over Ireland and overseas.Each team were allowed a panel of 12 players, but due to some late withdrawals there were only 9 Scoil players available to participate.

The first game in the round robin section was against a strong Ballyhaunis (Mayo) team. In a game which could have gone either way, Ballyhaunis won 3-5 to 2-4. Next up were wins against Galtee Gaels (Limerick) 3-6 to 2-4, Colmcilles (London) 3-11 to 1-5 and possibly the toughest game of the day Caherlistrane (Galway) 1-7 to 1-5. The latter win meant that the Scoil ladies tied for first place in the group with Ballyhaunis. A shoot out was necessary to determine which team went into the  main competition and the other team into the Shield. Scoil narrowly lost the shoot out. 

The first knockout game took place immediately against Robert Emmets (Donegal). The Scoil players were now playing with great confidence and attacking flair and scored an emphatic win 3-11 to 1-5. There was just time for a short break to take on some refreshments before the semi final against Douglas (Cork). Semi finals are usually tense cagey affairs but Scoil maintained their attacking policy and were rewarded early with 3 goals in quick succession from live wire Sophie Gibney. Douglas were always dangerous but Scoil maintained the advantage to the end to win 4-8 to 2-9.

When the game finished, it took the players and mentors a few moments to realise that they had reached an All Ireland final. As they set out early that morning from Clontarf with just 9 players, the players thoughts were about doing their best and enjoying the games. No one mentioned semi finals or finals.

The final opponents were Ballyboughal who were runners up in the main competition last year and were clearly well prepared for this years event. The Scoil players gave their all, but 6 tough games had taken their toll and while the spirits were willing, the legs were weak. Final score was 6-4 to 2-8 for Ballyboughal. While disappointed, the players were absolutely delighted to have done so well and were very pleasantly surprised with the lovely set of trophies they received.

Scorers: Aoife de Burca 7-8, Lucy Murphy 0-18, Sophie Gibney 5-3, Caelinn Ni Bhroin 2-9, Ciara McComish 1-5, Anna Power 1-3, Cathy Delaney 0-4 Katie Doolan 0-1. While she was the only player not to score, Nicole was the rock in defence

 

U16 Girls Football

vs St. Mary’s Saggart Sept 9th 2018

This was a game of ooh’s and aah’s because there were so many near misses at both end of the pitch. The ball hit the goalposts and was saved so many times during the game that our parents could hardly catch their breath. It didn’t start well for us with two immediate points for St. Mary’s but soon a ball sent in from Holly to Caoimhe who slammed it right into the goal.  So we were one point ahead but we didn’t stay like that for long because Mary’s soon got another point.  This was the story of the whole game. We got goals from Ella and Caoimhe and included a penalty from Holly and they got point after point.  This was a game where all the Scoil girls were stars. In the second half they had to play uphill and it was more of a struggle but they kept going till the bitter end. They came out as well deserved winners with the score of 7.3. for Scoil 2.12 for St. Mary’s

Our next game will be on Saturday 22nd against Clanna Gael at home for the under 15’s while the under 16’s will play on Sunday the 23rd away to Na Fianna.

 

U9 BOYS FOOTBALL

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The u9s played with great spirit on Saturday against St Pats Donabate and there were plenty of good performances – especially from the Amber team. Our stats man tells us that the tackle count hit an all-time high across all 3 games but that our percentage of kick-outs won dipped below target levels!

The Blues got off to a great start with 3 of the first 4 scores of the game. Jamie up front was anticipating every pass and got out in front of his marker repeatedly. Pats began to dominate the kick outs and exerted a lot of pressure in the last 5 minutes of the half. Some superb committed defending though, from Sam and Brodie in particular, forced Pats into wides and turnovers and there was very little in it at half time. The struggle with kick outs continued in the second half, although there were some great counter attacks from James and Sean to keep Scoil in the game. With the tie in the balance, the efforts of the Scoil defence finally told and Pats got a few handy scores to allow them to pull away in the end. The commitment of the Blues couldn’t be faulted and with a bit more work on passing the ball out of defence, the Blues will be on the right road.

The Maroons faced a very strong Pats side. Oisín put in one of his best performances for Scoil covering every inch of the pitch throughout the game. Danny had a great stint in goals – on one occasion pulling off a great save while himself being bundled over the goal line. Dennis too did well in defence and it’s great to see him start to use his steps to burst out of the tackle. Highlight of the game though was a superb goal from Zach from a sideline ball.

The performance of the morning came from the Amber team. Jeaic had a tremendous game in goals, not only pulling off a couple of great saves but also giving his team a great platform with pinpoint accurate kickouts. He was ably assisted by Eoin at the back who has clearly been working on his slap tackle. In one period of play he stopped 4 attacks in a row by getting his body between the attacker and the goal and dispossessing him. Paddy meanwhile sprinted back twice to cover counter attacks. Faolain had his best game of the year and solo’d through the St Pats defence a number of times to set up scores. Shay also had a great game – running into space for kickouts and giving long accurate kicks into forwards. Overall it was a great team performance.

Next week the u9s host a blitz Vs Castleknock and St Brigids.


Fixtures

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The Stag's Voice: September 12th, 2018

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Contents:

  • Oneness Week is HERE

    • Irish Times feature article

    • Robbie Kelleher interview

    • Oneness on LinkedIn

  • North Inner City Folklore Project

  • Mentors Gone to the Dogs

  • Wise Words From Scoil Dub

  • Meet the Members: Eoghan O’Connell

  • Other News

  • Team News

  • Fixtures

 

Oneness Week is HERE

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It’s been the word around the Club for almost nine months, but the week is upon us. With the first of our events in Chicago – the Business Networking Lunch – taking place on September 19th, this will be the last issue of The Stag’s Voice before proceedings kick off.

Our remaining ask to you all is to simply share the below pieces of content on your social media pages to help create a real buzz around the events, and help to sell remaining tickets.

As always, you can get in touch for more specific information.

 

Irish Times Feature Article

Stars line up for Dublin club’s fundraiser in Chicago

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Read here an excellent write up which appeared in both the print & digital issues of The Irish Times on Friday, September 7th.

 

Robbie Kelleher Interview

In the below post, our Oneness team gained valuable insight from a recent discussion with four-time All-Ireland winner and four-time All-Star Robbie Kelleher. The Scoilman won the 1983 Senior Football Championship as player/manager and, as a former Davy Group Director, spoke to us about the Oneness Business Networking Lunch & Innovation Competition, in association with EY, and the immense value it offers.

 

Oneness on LinkedIn

Our focus in the coming week is now to promote the above mentioned Business Networking Lunch and the place for us to do this is on LinkedIn.

This event has incredible value with some really big names, including;

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Judges

  • Enda Kenny

  • Kevin Willer (Chicago Ventures & Founding CEO of 1871)

  • Kristen McGregor (Director of Global Brands and Measurement Solutions, Google)

Hosts/Emcees

  • Andrea Metcalf (Health Expert, Media Personality, Journalist, Blogger, Speaker, Influencer, Visionary)

  • Israel Idonije (Former Chicago Bears Linebacker, Entrepreneur/Humanitarian, IF Foundation)

So, regardless of what you have done to support this event until now, please COMPLETE THIS ONE TASK:

Follow & share the Oneness LinkedIn page here, and share the post about the Lunch using the buttons below.


North Inner City Folklore Project

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Support our Oneness Ambassador Enda Kenny  at the North Inner City artefacts exhibition at 12pm on September 13th, located near the HOPE offices on Buckingham St.

More details here


Scoil Mentors at the Dogs

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A great night was had by the Juvenile Mentors at Shelbourne Park last Saturday night. The Club had some great exposure with a two page advert in the programme and presentation to winning owner in the Scoil-sponsored race. Thanks to Paul Maher for organising a well deserved outing for our hard working Mentors.

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Wise Words from Scoil Dub

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It was great to have Scoil #1 and Dublin panelist Andy Bunyan giving our Under 11 squad some excellent advice on how to keep practicing and working hard to develop their skills in Gaelic football and Hurling.


Meet Eoghan O’Connell!

 This Chairman’s cheeky son fancies a return to Hurling, but we all know the only thing this Nipper will be swinging is a dumbbell! There’s no EXCAPING this fella’s love for fitness…

This Chairman’s cheeky son fancies a return to Hurling, but we all know the only thing this Nipper will be swinging is a dumbbell! There’s no EXCAPING this fella’s love for fitness…

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
My whole life (27 years).

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
I’ve loads of nicknames but the one I’m known for in Scoil is nipper/ knipper. There is an ongoing debate amongst the lads on which way it should be spelled.

Where do you hail from?
Chapelizod, Dublin.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
Both of my parents played for Scoil so as soon as I could walk I was thrown into a pair of boots.

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any. 
Well I played football and hurling all the way up until I gave up hurling at U16 - a potential return is still on the cards! Been playing on the first team in football since minor and we had a good run up the divisions from 5 to 2 so it’s been an enjoyable journey. Plenty of big days still ahead so I’m excited about that.

What is your favourite sporting moment / sportsperson? (any club, any sport)
Has to be Cluxton kicking the winner in 2011.

Relive the moment!

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in Scoil?
May not have been me directly but I was playing when Aidan Mulvey ran the pitch against Whitehall on a massive solo run in an U9s match and took a shot that narrowly went wide only for him to turn around and realise he was going the wrong way when the ref had his hand up for a 45. We still laugh about it to this day.

If Scoil was a country, what would it be?
Nigeria. We’ve plenty of men and women (Marion mottram) who love a pint of Guinness.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
The chairman’s son is the safe the answer here 😀

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Winning the minor E championship. It wasn’t exactly the highest level I ever played but I played with most of those lads all the way up and that was the last game a lot of us played together so it was great to finish on a win. Also, if I’m not mistaken it’s the last football championship the men’s section have won.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
I recently set up my own company called EXCAPE. Go check us out on Instagram and Facebook @excapestudios.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Going the gym and running.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
I always find the laminated A4 sheet that Peter Morley sticks on the dressing room door saying the pitch is closed amusing.

Finally, if you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
Really wish this wasn’t limited to one. if I had to choose one it would be to build an underground car park to free up more land for building other facilities and allow us to maximise the space.


Want to feature in the Stag's Voice?

As a Club, we really pride ourselves on the close-knit community that we have at Scoil Uí Chonaill - help us in our effort in getting to know all of our members by filling out the Meet the Member's Questionnaire


Other News

  • The very best of luck to the Dublin Ladies Senior Football Team as they take on Cork in the All-Ireland Final in Croke Park on Sunday, September 16th.

  • Join the Scoil Sirens: Any interested ladies who are interested in fun, fitness & friendship (with a bit of LGFA thrown in!) should contact Mairead O'Sullivan on 086 2675392
    Training: Tues 28th August 7pm-8pm


Team News

Full reports below

  • It’s do or die for the Adult Footballers as they face Garda in Westmanstown on Saturday September 15th at 5.30pm as they look to book their place in the Intermediate Football Championship 1/4 Final.

  • Adult Hurlers draw with St Sylvesters in their final Intermediate Hurling Championship (IHC) group fixture. Next match: IHC 1/4 Final vs St Kevin’s on Saturday September 22nd in Dolphin Park at 5pm.

  • Scoil & O’Tooles combined minor team off to winning start in the championship.

  • Under 10 boys start back hurling after the summer break with an away win against Good Counsel.

  • Fantastic grit in performance from U9 & U10 Girls Footballers

  • U9 hurlers hit high notes against Skerries Harps

 

Minor Boys Football

St. Paul’s 3-15 Skerries Harps 3-7

Scoil & O’Tooles combined minor team got off to winning start in the championship. We started strongly with some well worked scores. A costly turnover gifted skerries a goal and at half time the two sides were level. In the second half we started to dominate the middle third & eventually that started to show on the scoreboard & a very strong last quarter left us winning by 8 points. 

Some excellent performances from Scoil lads notably Adam Nolan with a man of the match display at centre back. Others to show well were Sean Downes, David Kennedy, Donal McKay, Ciaran MacDonald, Feargal O’Connell, Peter Cronin & Eoin Sterio stand in goal keeper for the day with excellent kick outs. 

Next round away to St Marks, Sep 23rd.

 

U10 Boys Hurling

The under 10 boys started back hurling after the summer break with a away game against Good Counsel. We had a narrow win 3-1 to 3-0. We did all the good work and scoring in the first half but took our foot off the gas in the second and let the opposition back into the game - a couple of injuries during the second half didnt help. 

Goals were scored by Temi, Jake and Paddy (who also got the point). The game featured our two new players Michael and Matteus - neither of them has ever played hurling before but notwithstanding that they were well able to contribute to overall a great team performance and are welcome additions. Isaac and Senan put in a great performance in midfield dominating the first half and winning some great ball for the forwards. Ruairi, Callum, Conor Meehan, Cillian and Evan performed well at the back in the first half keeping the opposition scoreless. Good Counsel fought back well in the second half with a few scores. Overall a good return from the summer break.

 

U9’s & U10’s Girls Football

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The U10’s Girls were away to Fingallians on Saturday. This was a big challenge for the girls as Fingallians were on the whole an older and stronger side. The girls played extremely well with some excellent defending and some good scores but the physical strength of the opposition told in the end. However this was an impressive display of commitment and grit and these games will help bring on the girls particularly those playing up a year.

Green Team
Really brave performances all round. Abbey, Eabha and Caoimhe battled hard in mid field and chipped in with some good scores. Niamh, Abigail and Aoife were busy in the forward line while Taiya, Lauren, Emily and Aoibhín tackled heroically in defence.

Amber team
Strong performances all round, Aishat and Andrea covered lots of ground, tacking and marking some very strong opposition. Aibhlinn was strong in midfield and towards the forward line scoring some lovely points. Angelica on her first football day out showed real promise and read the game well

U9 Girls

U9s played Clanna Gael on a lovely Sunday morning. Strong performances all round and some fantastic team play.

Green Team
Abigail was strong in all positions, kicking ball off her left and right and scoring some beautiful points. Abby and aoibheann were strong and battled hard breaking through and making plays from many positions. Some of our younger players came into their own today. Sarah Mc grane was strong in midfield and Roisin and Sarah were on the ball in the forward line.

Blue Team
The strength in depth of the team allowed us to try out players in different positions with the overall aim of developing players who are tactically aware and confident in possession. Nessa was the prototype for this as her skill and intelligence seemed to transmit to those around her as the game unfolded. Taiya and Priya were the chief collaborators as we consistently turned midfield possession into scoring opportunity for which Aoife was the ideal finisher. Every team member contributed greatly to the performance including Abbey Whelan on her debut in Scoil colours.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Saturday 15th September @ 2pm

U10 Camogie V Peregrines / Crumlin
St Peregrine's - Main Pitch

Sunday 16th September @ 10am

U9 Camogie V Nh Fionnbarra
Clontarf Road

 

U9 Hurling

U9 hurlers hit high notes against Skerries Harps

With skilful, committed performances by all teams, there was never a danger that our U9 hurlers would play second fiddle to Skerries Harps on Saturday morning. This was a great performance by our players and from the coaches point of view, it is great to see the continuous improvement.

The maroon team had a tough, tight game with a lot of tackling and few scores. Noah was in a very determined mood and did three perfect block downs to dispossess his opponents. Sean looked like Joe Canning when he sent a brilliant long range free over the bar. Sam put in another great performance in defence with some inspirational tackling and hooking.

For the amber team Cody had a wonderful game in goal and make a number of super saves.  Conal had a wonderful game with a number of strong tackles and long clearances. If he keeps playing this well, John Kiely might be looking for him next season! Rory covered lots of ground and kept the ball moving forward with super strikes.

For the blue team, Cian showed that he has been practicing at home and did some marvellous strikes. Michael Murphy has never put in as many tackles as did Hugh who chased, hooked and blocked his opponents all day. Fionnán also tried hard and showed great striking skills.


Fixtures

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The Stag's Voice: September 5th, 2018

Contents:

  • Dubs Four-in-a-Row

  • Nursery Cake Sale

  • Mentors Gone to the Dogs

  • Ladies Shield Success

  • à bientôt Molly

  • Meet the Members: Niall Doherty

  • Team News

  • Fixtures

 

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Four-In-A-Row: Dublin Retain Sam

As a fella said to the news cameras at the Homecoming in Smithfield on Monday night:
"Santa comes at Christmas, the Easter Bunny comes at Easter and the Dubs win the All-Ireland in September!"
Rest assured we all know it's much less a foregone conclusion, despite this incredible team's dominance.  The hard work it takes week in, week out over the course of the year cannot be understated or over congratulated.
Comhghairdeas to all those involved, and particularly to our own Andy Bunyan for his hard work and perseverance with the squad this year.
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Scoil Contingent in the Mansion House:
Chairman Mossy O'Connell & wife Maura; Lord Mayor Niall Ring; Vice-Chairman TJ Farrelly & wife Niamh; Senior Footballer & Dublin Panellist Andy Bunyan;  Ladies Footballer Aideen Naughton; Scoilmen Sean & Stevo Lee


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Nursery Cake Sale

With new children and parents expected this Saturday morning, September 8th we want to showcase the social side of Scoil, as well as the marvellous Nursery!


Please support any way you can – by showing off your baking skills and/or eating some cake!


Scoil Mentors Are...

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It’s true...our Juvenile mentors are taking a well deserved break and heading to Shelbourne Park next Saturday night.

The outing has been organised by Under 14 Mentor and Strictly runner-up, Paul Maher. Paul has kindly organised race sponsorship which will give the club some exposure in the programme on the night.

All Mentors are asked to be in the blocks at Shelbourne Park by 7.30pm.

Definite winner alright...Enjoy folks!!


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Ladies Shield Success

Congrats to our Ladies 'B' Footballers on their fantastic 3-17 to 3-3 win in their Shield final in Chapelizod last Wednesday evening.  The scoreline indicated a comfortable win, but this did not look likely in the early stages as St Brendans raced into a 1-2 to 0-0 lead.

The Scoil team settled down and gradually got on top in the middle third. They scored a remarkable eight points in a row to take a 3 point lead. However, St Brendans had a number of experienced players and were determined to stay in the game. They scored an excellent goal to level the scores. 

One of the best players for the second team all season has been Katie O`Rourke and she made a crucial contribution by scoring 1-2 in the few minutes before half time. Confidence was high at the break and levels were raised even higher by rousing speeches from team manager Alva Cushen and our Tipperary native Aoife Murphy.

Alva`s words had an immediate effect as Caoimhe Keohane scored a goal and this was followed by a couple of fine points from Kate Egan and substitute Siofra Malone. St Brendans were undeterred and scored another goal. The Scoil half back line of Lili Kavanagh, Sarah Keohane, Sadhbh Murphy and midfield of Aoife Murphy and Melissa Courageot maintained their dominance and not only ensured a plentiful supply to the forwards but snuffed out any chance of a St Brendans comeback. 

There was a great attendance of Scoil supporters at the game and there were happy scenes at the final whistle. This was the first time in several years that Scoil had fielded a second adult team. While the team naturally struggled at the start of the season, great credit is due to the management team of Alva, Aifric, Aideen, Eithne and Aodhan and to the players for their perseverance and making it a fine end to the season.


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à bientôt Molly

Bye for now & best of luck to Molly Power as she has very selfishly abandoned her post as the stellar Stag's Voice reporter for her Erasmus in France!
Any and all complaints about any drop in editorial standard can be made directly to Molly :)


Meet Niall Doherty!

 This self-proclaimed fatheaded WhatsApp-Warrior has big hopes for the future, including robbing us all...

This self-proclaimed fatheaded WhatsApp-Warrior has big hopes for the future, including robbing us all...

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
3-4yrs

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Many .... big head, fat head, Boulder head, globe head, sponge bob square head, hey Arnold, beans

Where do you hail from?
Ballina , Co Mayo

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
I worked with Dec O’Sullivan

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any. 
Disappointing but there is hope for the end of this year

What is your favourite sporting moment / sportsperson? (any club, any sport)
Harrington he is unstable but ballsy

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in Scoil?
Prob texting into the management WhatsApp group while slightly intoxicated looking for a lift to training the next morning and subsequently missing said training

If Scoil was a country, what would it be?
Ireland small but ambitious

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
Being a WhatsApp warrior. I really can’t stop WhatsApping. The boys will know what I am really known for 😋

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Prob leathering Dan Lane with a shoulder last week

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
Boring accountant with a creative mind.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Guitar and badminton, baby!

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
Peter Morley’s valuables bag, it’s unique and I am going to rob it if I ever decide to go home

Finally, if you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
Jacuzzi in the furthest dressing room, slide from the bar to the pitch, tar the car park, fence around the pitch and better nets behind the goal. Also ban foam rollers, we will look back on these days and laugh at how we rolled around on mangled pipes for 20mins. Think about it!


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Other News

  • It was great to see the Club packed on Saturday morning as schools return and the training resumes fully. Well done to Nursery players of the week: Eleni, Amelia, Cillian, Roisin, Ollie & Miguel!

  • Support our Oneness Ambassador Enda Kenny at the North Inner City artefacts exhibition at 12pm on September 13th, located near the HOPE offices on Buckingham St.

  • Junior Trad Sessions Resume: We hope all our young musicians had a great summer and got some tunes in. Our junior session resumes this Friday, September 7th and will continue up until July. It will take place on the first Friday of every month from 7-8pm. All are welcome.

  • Join the Scoil Sirens: Any interested ladies who are interested in fun, fitness & friendship (with a bit of LGFA thrown in!) should contact Mairead O'Sullivan on 086 2675392
    Training: Tues 28th August 7pm-8pm


Team News

  • Business end of Adult season looms as Footballers & Hurlers both leave no stones, footballs or sliotars unturned in Championship prep. First up: Final IHC group game vs St Sylvesters on Saturday.

  • Disappointing results, but lots of of positives for U16 & U15 Girls Football

  • Flying start to new league structure for U14 Boys Football with 10-15 to 7-6 win over Castleknock

  • U14 Hurlers denied hard fought with by late Naomh Barróg goal

  • Strong performances across the field saw U10 Camogie girls finish up with two wins and two draws

  • Work ethic shines through on beautiful Sunday morning for Camogie U9s

  • Differing fortunes the tale of three U9 Boys Football teams vs Whitehall

 

U16 Girls Football

vs. O Dwyers – Sept 2nd

This match was fixed for 10am.in stead of the more usual 4.30p.m to allow everyone to shout for the Dubs. This was an exciting game with a score a minute. Sadly for us we had a few missed opportunity of goals which would have made all the difference to the outcome. Nonetheless we showed some brilliant team work with some of our goals the result of excellent passes. Caoimhe M never gave up defending the whole game and was ably assisted by Sophia. Amelia was outstanding and Blathnaid was always the right person in the right place. Abby too showed her much improved skills while Aine was very good in a roving capacity. Siobhan continues to play a really solid game. Ella scored a lovely point and Roisin played her heart out, in fact she was breathless and Reailtin does not approve of playing that early in the morning!

Final score was O’Dwyers 5.7 Scoil 4.6. 

Scoil vs Thomas Davis – Sept 4th

“Revenge is mine said the Lord” must have been the mantra of Thomas Davis last night. In last year’s final we beat them narrowly but this time it was different. They got the first point but after that we hit a golden patch and by half time we were two points ahead., due in no small part to some excellent team play. Playing downhill in the second half we expected to keep scoring but instead they came at us all guns blazing starting with a goal and following that with two more. We just couldn’t keep up with their accuracy at catching balls and their brilliant defence work although Sophia and Kellyann aided by Eve did their level best to defend. Davis were tough and they were determined that Caoimhe wouldn’t get near the goal pulling her down on numerous occasions. Siofra also went down to one of their attacks and had to come off.

Our scorers were Caoimhe Aoibheann and Sorcha. Despite our best efforts we lost this game 5.10 to 3.6

Next game is under 16’s in Saggart on Sunday.

 

U15 Girls Football

vs St. Pat’s Donabate – Sept 1st

This was the first round of the championship and unfortunately we came up against a very strong St. Pat’s team. The fact that they opened the match with three goals made us sit up and take notice.  Our girls tried hard but they were up against a very fast team who beat them to the ball most of the time. Nonetheless we fought back and managed to get our name on the sheet with three goals in the first half and one in the second. It was on points though we failed because we only managed two points in the whole game where the opposition scored ten. 

Caoimhe Siofra and Holly were the most accurate of our players on the day. Liadan popped up all over the place while Eve was staunch in defence and Lia played her heart out .  Aoibheann was impressive and  Siobhan  never put a foot wrong. Meibhin continues to improve while Jody, as usual, made some excellent blocks. How does she do it? Our next game is on Tuesday against Thomas Davis in Tallaght although our girls also lined up on Sunday with the under 16’s They will have four games this week which is very demanding on them in the heat we have been having. They don’t moan though they just play their football so well done girls. We are proud of the way you are real Scoil players willing to play wherever you are needed. Best wishes to Sadhbh Murphy who played on despite feeling ill and who final succumbed to a dose near the end of the game.

Final Score Scoil 4.4. St. Pats – 5.9

 

U14 Boys Football

Scoil 10:15 Castleknock 7:6

The U14 ‘s first football match under the new league structure got off to a flying start. Scoil led from start to finish in this one sided game. Training over the summer period paid dividends as the previous match had been a very close affair. Well done to all.

U14 Boys Hurling

Naomh Barróg 4-4 Scoil 2:9

Scoil were denied a hard fought win by a late goal by N Barrog. Even without the services of Jack the Scoil lads battled hard against a strong opposition and the Monday night training by Darren is paying off.

 

U9’s & U10’s Girls

The U9’s & U10’s girls were back training on Wednesday with a great turnout for the first day. This boded well for the weekend and that’s how it turned out.

On Saturday the U10’s girls Camogie teams were at home to Trinity Gaels.

Strong performances across the field saw the girls finish up with two wins and two draws.

Team Green
There were no signs of hurling rustiness as the girls got stuck in from the beginning. All contributed to a strong performance. Big welcome to our newest team member Angelica who played a storming match for her first day out.

Team Yellow
The team started well and improved over the two matches. By the second match the level of camogie had reached a standard we hadn't seen before. All our benchmark skills targets were reset particularly striking from hand. Lauren was truly awesome with several score off left and right. Sadhbh found her range when moved to the forwards and contributed the score of the day by lifting and striking without catching. There was no stopping Cliodhna once she got going.

The U9’s Camogie teams were away to Clanna Gael on Sunday

Team Blue
This was another strong performance from our u9s with some great displays especially from some of our younger players. Emily easily had the most possessions even the half where she played for the opposition and used the ball well every time. Abbey's striking was very impressive. Two of our youngest and least experienced players Eleni and Aoibhín contributed greatly to the overall performance.

Team Maroon
A hard working performance on the beautiful Sunday morning is the best summary of this team's excellent display in their 2 matches. With strong ground hurling backed up by players making great efforts with 'air hurling' the team never stopped even as the temperature rose. Plenty to look forward to for future matches

 

U9 Boys Football

Vs Whitehall 01/09/18

There was a great turnout for the u9s against Whitehall in their first post summer outing. There were differing fortunes for the 3 teams. 

The Amber team faced tough opposition but put in a great defensive performance to keep the game tight.  Jeaic is clearly a big fan of Stephen Cluxton and helped set up a number of attacks by finding a free player with quick, accurate kick-outs. Riain had a great game and kept looking for the ball and kicking long into the forwards. Eoin tackled hard in defence and saved what looked like a certain goal for Whitehall with a great block.  

The Maroons were up against a very strong side, but despite this they never stopped trying. There was a great performance from Matthew, both in goal and outfield. Brody was tireless with his running as were Jake and Sean and all three got some great shots away under pressure.

Finally the Blues were involved in a great game. Joseph continues to grow in influence for Scoil and led the way with the first score of the game from 30 yards out. Rory and Tadhg were tireless bursting through midfield as Scoil dominated the first half. Whitehall magic'd a new player at half time and were a new proposition in the second half and began to reel in Scoil. Darragh however was ever-reliable at the back showing great strength in the tackle. Special mention must go to Hugh who helped turn the tide back in Scoil's favour with a superb point where he took the ball with his back to goal and spun to kick it over the bar.

Overall it was a useful morning's work. Some of the marking that we had worked on before summer seemed to have been forgotten and we need to concentrate for the full game on that front. The tackling too needs to be that bit harder. But it was great to see more players comfortable on the ball and confident to take players on using their steps, bounce and solo. 

This weekend its hurling at home to Skerries Harps.


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The Stag's Voice: August 29th, 2018

Contents:

  • All Ireland Ticket Draw
  • Irish-American News Feature
  • Fun Camps
  • Join the Scoil Sirens
  • Meet the Members: Eoghan McKay
  • Picture Appeal
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

 

 

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All Ireland Tickets Draw

The countdown is on..  it's All Ireland Senior Football Final week, baby!
Here's all the info you need to be in with a chance of snatching up one of these bad boys:

  • Ticket raffle will take place this Thursday 30th August @ 9.30pm - limited tickets available!
  • You MUST be a fully paid up adult member to be entered into the draw (includes adults w/ family membership)
  • Clubhouse will be open on Saturday 1st September - with an additional 2 tickets up for grabs!
  • Stag Bar will be open before the match on Sunday 2nd September

    #COYBIB
 *Expected reaction from any unsuccessful Dubs on Thursday*

*Expected reaction from any unsuccessful Dubs on Thursday*


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Irish-American News Feature

Great to see the Oneness Project featuring in the Irish American news - which has a publication list of over 15k!

The article shares  everything you need to know about Oneness - the project, our goal and events.

Make sure to share this article with any of your contacts who might find this of interest!


Scoil Camps Come to an End..

Last week saw an end to the 2018 Scoil Summer Camps with the Fun Camp taking place.

Another GAA filled week with lots of kids having a lot of laughs.

The kids were even lucky enough to take a trip to Croker!

Massive thank you to Thomas & Johnny for all their hard work organising the camps this year! Thanks to all of the great helpers also!

Who's already counting the days till the Halloween Camp?!


Join the Sirens!

The Scoil Sirens team are back with a bang after their successful outing at the Scoil Ladies 7's recently.

We'd like to extend a a warm welcome to any interested ladies to join us this September. With the emphasis on fun, fitness & friendship with a bit of LGFA thrown in. Only condition is you're over 18 and don't play for a Senior Ladies team anywhere.

We follow a strict code of Ethics set down by the LGFA under the G4M&O initiative. With no previous experience of Football at all necessary, this is the team to join for a bit of craic.

Training: Tues 28th August 7pm-8pm

Contact: Mairead O'Sullivan 086 2675392


Meet Eoghan McKay!

 The most chilled out guy we know, known to 'do a few bits' of his own around Scoil, at only 18 years young this dual coder is already making a splash in the Senior Adult section.

The most chilled out guy we know, known to 'do a few bits' of his own around Scoil, at only 18 years young this dual coder is already making a splash in the Senior Adult section.

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
11 years about

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Mckay I'd say is most common

Where do you hail from? i.e. county, country, suburb etc.
Killester

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
I was encouraged by my two best mates in Scoil Neasain Robbie Kennedy and Manus Glackin, glad I was

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any. 
Always playing, either training, matches or doing my own little bit but that could be argued for this year

What is your favourite sporting moment / sportsperson? (any club, any sport)
Search Diarmuid O'Sullivan on youtube and you wont be disappointed

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in Scoil?
Probably my rendition of Sweet Caroline at last years Christmas party

If Scoil was a country, what would it be? Why?
I'd say Cuba cause we're a pretty chilled out club and Clontarf are the US

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
Gaelic and hurling I suppose or my speedy bar tending...

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Winning U16 championship was pretty great

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
Haven't yet decided 

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
I like a bit of everything

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’? e.g. the Geese on the pitch
If you were to ask me before we got use of the baths I would've said the bar

Finally, if you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
A nice north facing balcony would be nice during summer


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Picture Appeal

Calling all Club members, an appeal has been sent into Scoil HQ from former Scoilman Joe Colgan - who is searching for the 1967 U21 Championship winning team photo.

This is the only U21 Championship the Club has ever won - so let's hope we can help this fellow Stag out!


Team News

Ladies A Football

Ballinteer 3-11 Scoil 4-12

A hard fought win secures a Cup Semi Final place for ladies team.

While this was the final game in the round robin stage for both teams, it was essentially a quarter final as the winners would top the group, while the losers faced elimination. Scoil had lost narrowly in a high scoring league game against the same opposition earlier in the summer. With the return of Katie Doolin and Lucy Murphy from their summer sojourns and Hannah Leahy from Dublin duty, hopes were high that the league result could be reversed. 

A couple of late changes meant last minute call ups for 14 year old Eve Courtney and a start in goal for Niamh Bunyan. Both players performed creditably and Niamh made a number of fine saves which would have got the approval of big brother, Andy. 

As in the league game, both teams traded early scores. Sinead de Burca pounced on a pointed effort which came back off the crossbar to score a goal but the lead was cancelled out immediately with a Ballinteer goal. And again when Sophie Gibney scored another goal the opposition replied straight away with a goal of their own. Just before the break Scoil got the score of the game. Caelinn Ni Bhroin caught a ball in a crowded midfield and passed to Molly Power. Molly surged deep into the opposition half, passed to Naoise Ni Bhroin who flicked to Sophie Gibney who rounded off a great move with a clinical goal. 

Straight from the kick out, Caelinn made another great catch ran through on goal but settled for a point to leave Scoil leading at half time 3-7 to 2-8. 

The second half was evenly contested but some tenacious defending from the experienced trio of Nicole Rock, Laura O`Reilly and Katie Doolin confined Ballinteer to scores from frees. A typical Hannah Leahy goal secured the victory and Scoil could even afford to miss a penalty and concede a last minute goal from a free kick.

There is no date yet for the Cup Semi Final as there are still some games to be played in the other half of the round robin.

From the players and management, wishing the Ladies B team the best of luck in their Shield Final against St.Brendans tonight!


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The Stag's Voice: August 22nd, 2018

Contents:

  • Stags on the Dubs Scene
  • Join the Scoil Sirens
  • Good Luck, Pat!
  • Picture Appeal
  • Gold for Keane!
  • Meet the Members: Alva Cushen
  • Other News
  • Fixtures

 

 

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Stags on the Dubs Scene

After weeks of tough training, the Dublin U17 Girls Development squad headed to Abbotstown for the All Ireland National Blitz.

For the 2nd year in a row the Dublin Girls won the Blitz!

Well done to Scoilwoman Caelinn Ní Bhroin and all of the squad.

Special mention to Aidan Mulligan who was part of the management team.

#COYGIB


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Join the Scoil Sirens!

The Scoil Sirens team are back with a bang after their successful outing at the Scoil Ladies 7's recently.

We'd like to extend a a warm welcome to any interested ladies to join us this September. With the emphasis on fun, fitness & friendship with a bit of LGFA thrown in. Only condition is you're over 18 and don't play for a Senior Ladies team anywhere.

We follow a strict code of Ethics set down by the LGFA under the G4M&O initiative. With no previous experience of Football at all necessary, this is the team to join for a bit of craic.

Training: Tues 28th August 7pm-8pm

Contact: Mairead O'Sullivan 086 2675392


Good Luck, Pat!

We send our best wishes to Pat Madigan who has completed his tenure as 'Head of House' in O'Connell Schools this week.

Pat has been a great supporter of the Club over the past few years and we wish we well on his move to Artane.

We hope he will continue to visit the Club and support our activities from his new home.


Picture Appeal

Calling all Club members, an appeal has been sent into Scoil HQ from former Scoilman Joe Colgan - who is searching for the 1967 U21 Championship winning team photo.

This is the only U21 Championship the Club has ever won - so let's hope we can help this fellow Stag out!


Gold for Keane!

Super stuff from Ellen Keane who won two medals at the World Para Swimming European Championships last week!

Keane secured a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke SB8 and a bronze in the 200m medley!

What a woman! #Bród


Meet Alva Cushen!

 Can be found behind the bar or dancing on it, one of the infamous Cushen's, she's out of retirement and back with a bang - player, coach and a whole lot of craic! Scoil's girl next door..  

Can be found behind the bar or dancing on it, one of the infamous Cushen's, she's out of retirement and back with a bang - player, coach and a whole lot of craic! Scoil's girl next door..
 

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
Well I'm 27 so probably about 27 years!!

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Nope, just Alva

Where do you hail from? i.e. county, country, suburb etc.
Born and bred in Drumcondra

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
I suppose I was born into it as my mam and dad met here!

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
It ranges from being there on the first day that ladies football was introduced in Scoil to coaching at camps. I took an extended break but since January I've been playing with the Ladies B team and really enjoying it!

What is your favourite sporting moment / sportsperson? (any club, any sport)
Bias I know (or because Barry would kill me if it wasn't mentioned) but it has to be the feeling at the end of the Senior hurling promotion final last year with lots of family members involved with the team.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in Scoil?
Hard to explain, but I did unknowingly walk into a club dinner dance one year with a tennis ball stuck in my shoe!! (Don't ask!!)

If Scoil was a country, what would it be? Why (optional)?
Croatia, small in numbers, often the underdog but always hold our own amongst the big dogs.....and we sure know how to throw a party!!

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil?
Unfortunately not for my sporting ability but most likely for being a member of the Cushen family.

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Captaining an all boys Scoil hurling team at half time of an All Ireland Quarter Final in Croke Park. I may not have touched the ball but if anyone asks I was still the captain!!

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
I'm an English and Geography teacher in Ardgillan Community College.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
I have a love for drama and I've been known to enjoy some retail therapy and the odd social gathering!

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’? e.g. the Geese on the pitch
It's been said a few times but I really love the jersey!! You can spot us playing a mile off!

Finally, if you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
An all weather pitch with floodlights is probably the most obvious!


Want to feature in the Stag's Voice?

As a Club, we really pride ourselves on the close-knit community that we have at Scoil Uí Chonaill - help us in our effort in getting to know all of our members by filling out the Meet the Member's Questionnaire


Other News

All Ireland Senior Football Final - Ticket Draw: 

  • Ticket raffle will take place on Thursday 30th August @ 9.30pm
  • Clubhouse will be open on Saturday 1st September - with 2 tickets up for grabs!
  • Stag Bar will be open before the match on Sunday 2nd September

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