The Stag's Voice: July 18th, 2018

Contents:

  • Oneness Tables Sold Update
  • Bath Time
  • Summer Camps
  • Meet the...Reality
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

 

 

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What is expected of YOU?

Simple: Send ONE email for Oneness
Start NOW and email: sheilakelly@oneness2018.com* with the simple message:
How can I help?
YOUR PITCH, YOUR CLUB, YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

*Or speak to another Oneness committee member::
 Niamh Murphy | Ramona Kennedy | Dave Walley


Oneness Conversation Starter

Click the image below to find out all you need to know to start the Oneness conversation


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Bath Time!

Our Adult Hurlers & Footballers enjoyed a trip to the newly refurbished Clontarf Baths for a recovery session ahead of another busy week of important league matches


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Summer Camps

140 boys and girls are this week enjoying the first summer camp of 2018 in cooler weather.
Special guest Dublin Senior Footballer Cormac Costello - seen here enjoying a game of Duck, Duck, Goose - dropped by today on his birthday of all days - thankfully Thomas & the crew arranged a cake...which he probably couldn't eat with a big game vs Tyrone on Sunday :)
Contact Thomas @ 085 113 77 28 to book a place in the next camps.

See more pics from today here: 


Meet the...Reality

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Keeping with the Oneness-focus, Meet the Members is put on hold to focus on the cold hard truth relating to answers to one of the questionnaires favoured questions:

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?

With the vast majority of answers relating to astroturf pitches, floodlights & other such pitch developments, this editor wanted to do a quick sensecheck to ask:
You do realise we can't do any of it until we own the pitch, right?
Oneness is looking to put that right. Now is the time for action. We can dream up what to do next when we get there.

Take action NOW and email: sheilakelly@oneness2018.com* with the simple message:
How can I help?


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


Team News

  • Adult Junior Footballers win well vs St Brigids in AFL7, while Senior Hurlers & Footballers both suffer losses in AHL2 & AFL2
  • The Ladies B team championship kicked off with an exciting draw against St Brendans. Final score Scoil Uí Chonaill 1-11  St Brendans 3-5

Full Ladies Report

The Ladies B team championship kicked off with an exciting draw against St Brendans.

Both adult ladies teams were due to commence their championship campaigns on the same night. However, with 30 adult players unavailable due to holidays etc., the A teams game was deferred to a later date. The B team were fortunate that a number of juvenile players were willing to play. So Holly O`Rourke, Saidbh Murphy, Caoimhe Mulligan  and Eve Courtney made their adult team debuts while Lena Donnelly Sheridan made a long awaited comeback. They all played creditably.

The team made a fine start and lead by 1-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. St Brendans scored 2 breakaway goals but the Scoil players were confident that the match could be won. Aideen Naughton was very accurate with her free taking, Caoimhe de Buitlear continued her recent scoring form and there were good points from Lily Kavanagh and Saidbh Murphy. In spite of this, the teams were level as the game entered the closing minutes. St Brendans were then awarded a fortunate penalty. Aideen Naughton showed real leadership by volunteering to go in goal for the penalty. She then made a fine save and cleared to safety. The final whistle came shortly afterwards for a well earned draw.

Next championship game is away to St Judes on Wednesday 19th

 


Fixtures

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The Stag's Voice: July 11th, 2018

Contents:

  • Oneness Success Stories - Part Two
  • Oneness Conversation Starter Pack
  • Summer Camps
  • Meet the Members Special
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

 

 

Oneness Success Stories

We asked:
“What’s stopping you from sharing the Oneness message?”

You spoke:
“I have someone who’s well connected but I know they can’t/won’t go.”
“I don’t think my contacts have any interest in the GAA!”

We listened:
This week read some examples of success stories which met these same roadblocks. See how other members got around them to help promote the event and ultimately purchase the Clontarf Road pitches.

This week…

 “I don’t think my contacts have any interest in the GAA!”

Pat Agnew, of the Agnew Law Office which operates in the Northwest region of the US, isn’t a GAA man. But with family from Donegal, and a keen interest in the Irish he simply loved the idea of having the opportunity to meet former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who will be keynote speaker at the event.

Pat was introduced to our tireless Project Manager Sheila Kelly by a friend in Chicago, and when she had the opportunity to meet him in the Shelbourne Hotel Pat didn’t need much convincing and bought five tickets on the spot!

Another $2,500 towards the Clontarf Road pitch purchase!

This event offers so much to so many people – if you think you know someone who might be interested but you can’t think of the selling point, get in touch with us and we’ll help you position it!

“I have someone who’s well connected but I know they can’t/won’t go.”

Oneness committee and Scoil member Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin realised he knew someone who would likely cite being ‘too busy’ to attend himself, but was certainly worthwhile contacting.

With that, he introduced Chicago-based Irish Senator Billy Lawless to Oneness. Billy – who shares our passion for social inclusion – was extremely forthcoming from the offset and made several additional introductions, without ever committing to attend himself…perhaps he was waiting to see how serious we were!

Billy introduced Chicago-based Irish-American businessman Ed Stritch who kindly arranged a meeting in his offices in Chicago with some of our committee and some key local businesses.

We walked out of that meeting with seven tables sold – that’s $35,000 towards the Clontarf Road pitch purchase!

And how serious does Billy think we are? Very – he bought a table last week.

Add another $5,000 towards the Clontarf Road pitch purchase!

Do not underestimate the value of a contact, even if they can’t attend themselves – get in touch with us and we’ll work on it together!


Oneness Conversation Starter

Click the image below to find out all you need to know to start the Oneness conversation


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Summer Camps

It's that time of year again... time to book your kids' place at the legendary Scoil Uí Chonaill Summer Camps!

Catering to all ages, skill levels and at an affordable cost, these camps are not to be missed.

Being outdoors, getting active & making new friends - could you think of a better way to spend your summer?

First up is the Kellog's Cúl Camps 16th - 20th July!

Contact Thomas @ 085 113 77 28 to book a place.


Meet Oneness!

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How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
Well, I was actually conceived in Scoil so I suppose my whole life!

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Well, my full name is The Oneness Gala but I’d love if people called me The OG

Where do you hail from?
Born and bred on Clontarf Road, with strong lineage in Dublin’s North East Inner City. But I’m making the leap over to Chicago soon – September 20th to be exact!

What’s the reason behind your conception?
Long story short: believe it or not, we don’t own the Club grounds on which the pitches sit…and, well, we reckon owning them is fairly important! We've already had amazing contributions from members over the years but unless we want to keep digging into our own pockets it was felt we needed to think BIG SPLASH IN A BIG POND!

Briefly describe why you’re so important to all Scoil members, even the people who can’t attend the Gala. 
The Gala is a very important means to an end – what we’re trying to achieve with the funds raised will ensure Scoil Uí Chonaill has the security and stability to live on indefinitely …

Even if you can’t make the event, you still have the potential to make a huge contribution in the quest for the Club to own the grounds. Simply think about ANYONE you might know who would be interested and let us know

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
I’m kind of a big deal…you probably hear my name around the Club a lot - and if you’re not talkin’ bout me, you better start!

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Get back to me in a couple of months after we boss it in Chicago 😊

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
To spread the Scoil story, which is what Oneness is all about!

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
I love big events in Chicago…and Enda Kenny.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
How many clubs can you think of that host fundraisers in Chicago? Go on…I’ll give you a minute!

Finally, if you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
An astroturf pitch (but of course we need to own the grounds to make any changes to them)

 


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Team News

LAdies Football

Scoil Ui Chonaill 4-15 Ballinteer St Johns 6-12

A three point loss for the Scoil ladies team in a most entertaining game played in sweltering conditions in Alfie Byrne Rd. 

Ballinteer got off to the better start and scored 2 quick goals in the first few minutes. Scoil gradually came to terms with the Astro surface and some fine scores from Niamh  Bunyan and Caoimhe de Buitlear gave the team a half time lead of 1-9 to 2-4. The lead was not a true reflection of the team`s territorial dominance. However, as in most of the games this year, some wayward shooting in front of goal was to prove costly.

There were some excellent scores from both teams in the second half, the highlight being a brilliant solo goal from Molly Power. Unfortunately after this score, Ballinteer scored 3 goals in quick succession. The Scoil players were undeterred and some lung bursting runs from Anna Power, Kathy Delaney and Naoise Ni Bhroin produced scores to keep the outcome in doubt right up to the final whistle. In spite of their tremendous efforts the team could not secure an equalising goal.

 A disappointing loss, but considering that there were 10 players from last years league winning squad unavailable, it was a very encouraging performance.Well done to the players who deputised, Rachael Mulligan, Niamh Bunyan, Eirinn Heary and Caoimhe de Buitlear, Best wishes to Grainne Egan who played her last game for a while as she heads off on her travels. You will be badly missed Gra

Blitz, Beach & Break for the U9s

Before taking a short summer break, the u9s welcomed Craobh Chiaráin and Clanna Gael for a football blitz, which was followed by some basking in the sunshine on Dollymount Beach!

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Fixtures

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The Stag's Voice: July 4th, 2018

Contents:

  • Oneness Success Stories
  • Hurl with Me
  • Summer Camps
  • GAA Healthy Clubs: Cardiac Screening
  • North East Inner City Fun Run
  • Minor's End of the Road
  • Meet the Members: Mark Cunningham!
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

 

 

Oneness Success Stories

We asked:

“What’s stopping you from sharing the Oneness message?”

You spoke:

“The people I know wouldn’t be able to afford tickets.”

“I don’t think my contacts have any interest in the GAA!”

 “I have someone who’s well connected but I know they can’t/won’t go.”

We listened:

Over the next few weeks we’ll share some examples of success stories which met the same roadblocks. And we’ll share how we can get around them so we can promote the event and ultimately purchase the Clontarf Road pitches.

First, this week…

 “The people I know wouldn’t be able to afford tickets.”

We understand that tickets – starting at $500 – seem expensive, but the value we’re offering makes it well worthwhile (not to mention the possibility of a large tax-deductible thanks to The Ireland Funds support).

Long-time Club member Liam Egan thought maybe it was a stretch for the pocketbooks of the volunteer-run Wolfe Tones GAA in Chicago – with who Liam won a North American Championship – but decided it was like all things in life; worth a shot!

Wolfe Tones stalwart and former Scoil player John Devitt immediately saw the value in this event, not only to support the Club and School and celebrate Irish culture, but to offer its members the opportunity to network with some major Irish-American influencers.

To get around the financial aspect John sold 50 tickets for a club wide raffle at $100 each for five pairs of Oneness tickets (which cost $5,000).

This clever approach removed the financial burden and gave anyone who contributed an opportunity for an unforgettable evening!

And that’s $5,000 towards the Clontarf Road pitch purchase.

Got a contact but don’t know how to approach it? Get in touch with us and we’ll help!


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Hurl with Me

Over 20 kids and 20 parents took part in the Hurl with Me National Blitz last weekend in Abbotstown.

Scoil was represented by 2 kids teams and 2 adults teams - with the girls getting a chance to show their parents how it's done!

With only 32 clubs being selected, Scoil were very lucky to be given the opportunity to take part in this great initiative.


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Summer Camps

It's that time of year again... time to book your kids' place at the legendary Scoil Uí Chonaill Summer Camps!

Catering to all ages, skill levels and at an affordable cost, these camps are not to be missed.

Being outdoors, getting active & making new friends - could you think of a better way to spend your summer?

First up is the Kellog's Cúl Camps 16th - 20th July!

Contact Thomas @ 085 113 77 28 to book a place.


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GAA Healthy Clubs
 

As part of the GAA Healthy Clubs, the Club is organising a Cardiac Health Screening with Declan Lyones from Precision Healthcare.

There must be a minimum of 20 people interested before booking a date.

Participants must be over 14 years old.

Prices start at €45 pp - will vary depending on numbers.

Contact Maura @ mauraderham@gmail.com if interested by THURSDAY 5TH JULY.


Run Garda Run!

Instead of running from them, here's you're chance to run with our local Gardaí!

Our North East Inner City friends have organised a fun run this Thursday 5th July through the North Inner City.

If you're planning on heading down, why not whack on your Scoil colours?


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Minor's End of the Road

Commiserations to the Dublin Minors on missing out on a All Ireland Final spot to Cork last Saturday.

Hard luck to Scoil's Hannah Leahy - Dubs vice-captain & a Leinster title under your belt - the Club couldn't be prouder!

 Hannah (POM) pictured with teammate Sarah Fagan (Clontarf GAA) after winning the Leinster Final 

Hannah (POM) pictured with teammate Sarah Fagan (Clontarf GAA) after winning the Leinster Final 


Meet Mark Cunningham!

 Marko hails from the pot of gold at the other end of the N17, a freelance Buckfast rep, he contributes to all aspects in the Club - most notably the social side!

Marko hails from the pot of gold at the other end of the N17, a freelance Buckfast rep, he contributes to all aspects in the Club - most notably the social side!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
1 year

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Marko

Where do you hail from? i.e. county, country, suburb etc.
The beautiful Galway

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
Daire Ryan recruited me at a social gathering

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any. 
Littered with questionably timed tackles and even more questionable football boots

What is your favourite sporting moment / sportsperson? 
Galway winning the All Ireland

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in Scoil?
Podge Morrisseys dance moves

If Scoil was a country, what would it be? Why?
Ireland. It's a small, friendly and very welcoming.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
Has to be my boots, that's the best option really.

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
The league final was unforgettable

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
I work in human resources for a tech company - I enjoy dealing with people

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
I'm a connacht rugby season ticket holder and a league of Ireland fan.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’? e.g. the Geese on the pitch
Supporters driving onto the grass to watch the matches at the club

Finally, if you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
An astroturf pitch


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


Team News

Nursery

The Nursery finished up for summer last week - make sure to keep practicing your skills over the summer months!

U10 Boys Football

The boys finished off the season with a home football game against Na Gael Oga from Lucan. Saturday morning was warm and sunny and ideal for football with a nice hard pitch. After so many game cancellations in Spring it was great to have a football game to finish off the season and despite the start of the holiday season we had 10 kids. We finished off the season with a narrow win in a very competitive game. Thanks to Saoirse, Paddy, Eoghan Og and Conor K who played a half each for the other team. As the other team are an Irish speaking team we gave them our Irish speakers and they didn’t hold back when playing against their Scoil team mates. We had a narrow win by 4 points 3-6 to 3-2. Conor M with some fantastic scores and Isaac with some great defending and runs forward up the pitch from his corner back position were men of the match. Ruairi and Cillian with some good long kick outs got play started quickly and allowed us to push forward and Luke and Jake won a lot of the midfleld ball and put in some great tackles.

A good end to a season where we have made good progress particularly in hurling – this time last year we didn’t field a hurling team. Our early season participation in Gormanstown and hurling practice on the Astro in the spring has helped us come on a lot.

Thanks to all the kids and their very supportive parents  over the season particularly in the miserable spring days  

We will have training most Wednesday evenings over the summer depending on coaches availability. They will text out beforehand to confirm that it is on. Please get the lads down if you can as all practice is good and doing nothing for the summer will mean that we are starting off on the back foot in September. And if going on holidays throw a hurl and a ball in the car and get out with the kids for a puck/kick around and work on the basic skills (hurling pick ups, hitting off both sides particularly the weaker one, kicking with the weaker foot, etc.) which you will all have seen the kids doing on the pitch.


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The Stag's Voice: June 27th, 2018

Contents:

  • The Voices of Oneness
  • Dubs Bring Home Delaney
  • Summer Camps
  • Best of Luck, Hannah!
  • Hurl with Me
  • Meet the Members: Hannah Carr
  • GAA Healthy Clubs: Cardiac Screening
  • Other News
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

 

 

The Voices of Oneness

This week the Oneness Gala video series continues, as does it's message:
Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Club leaves it's mark on each of us in it's own way. 

Two more videos were released this week on the Club's social media pages.

Most people have done their part for Oneness by simplely sharing these videos on their Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn.  Have YOU?

Listen to Grá & Adam voice their unique stories on how Scoil has shaped their lives.

Have you played your part and contributed to this event yet? 
Well, now you can without leaving your seat!


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Dubs Bring Home Delaney!

Well done to the Dublin Seniors on their win against Laois in the Leinster Final on Sunday.

I'm sure we can all agree that seeing Andy Bunyan's name announced in the squad makes the win so much sweeter!

A more hardworking and admirable guy you'll struggle to find.

Massive congratulations Andy, from everyone at Scoil!

#UpDaBleedinDubs


Summer Camps

It's that time of year again... time to book your kids' place at the legendary Scoil Uí Chonaill Summer Camps!

Catering to all ages, skill levels and at an affordable cost, these camps are not to be missed.

Being outdoors, getting active & making new friends - could you think of a better way to spend your summer?

First up is the Kellog's Cúl Camps 16th - 20th July!

Contact Thomas @ 085 113 77 28 to book a place.


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Best of Luck, Hannah!

Wishing the very best of luck to the Dublin Minors and vice-captain Hannah Leahy as they take on Cork this Saturday 30th June in the All Ireland Semi Final!

Hannah was previously named Player of the Match in the Leinster Final - more superb football is yet to come from this gal!


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GAA Healthy Clubs
 

As part of the GAA Healthy Clubs, the Club is organising a Cardiac Health Screening with Declan Lyones from Precision Healthcare.

There must be a minimum of 20 people interested before booking a date.

Participants must be over 14 years old.

Prices start at €45 pp - will varying depending on numbers.

Contact Maire @ mauraderham@gmail.com if interested.


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Hurl with Me
 

Scoil Gets Ready to Hit the National Stage:

In the year of ‘Oneness, the World Cup, the Pope’s visit and a royal wedding, the Scoil girls under 8s to under 10s are getting ready to make memories of their own  in 2018. Thanks to the foresight of coaches Dave and Sean, the team were selected to take part in the Hurl with Me programme run by the Camogie Association as one of one 32 teams in the whole Island. The programme is designed to encourage parents to learn the basics of hurling.

After some preparation (and encouragement) over 25 parents signed up to take part. To ensure that everyone has enough space to show off their skills, the team moved to the St. Anne’s Astro Park for 4 weeks which accommodated over 40 players and 25 parents.  A big thank you to Aine Fanning for coaching our parents at the Hurl with Me Programmes. All the parents involved were delighted to take part and really enjoyed learning new skills.

After 4 weeks, our parents and players are now ready to take part in the National Blitz in the GAA Centre in Abbotstown. The team will play Watty Graham’s of Derry, Ardrahan of Galway and Enniskeane of Cork.  Everyone is looking forward to the day and their first experience of representing Scoil on a national stage. The girls are really looking forward to managing their parents.

Thanks to Irish Coaches for sponsoring Skorts for the team and everyone who support the team’s fundraising at the Scoil blitz which has enabled us to buy jerseys for all our 42 players.  

From starting small with 1 team in 2017, we now have over 42 girls with 4 teams playing every weekend and training twice a week. With our number growing each week, the future is certainly bright to this group.


Meet Hannah Carr!

 Hailing from a farm in Donegal, muinteoir Hannah is our newest recruit! She hasn't quite finished signing the transfer papers - be sure call her out on it when you see her!

Hailing from a farm in Donegal, muinteoir Hannah is our newest recruit! She hasn't quite finished signing the transfer papers - be sure call her out on it when you see her!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
This is my first season with Scoil

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Han

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

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
My fellow Donegal teammate Lucy Murphy said the Scoil team needed a wee bit more diversity in the squad! Still haven’t officially signed the transfer forms yet!

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any. 
Just the beginning

What is your favourite sporting moment / sportsperson? 
My wee sister winning two Gold medals and a silver medal in the Irish special Olympics 2018! A memory I will never forget!

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in Scoil?
When a well known juvenile coach took my good Donegal bag out of the changing room and brought it home to keep it ‘safe’.. I can laugh about it now but at the time it was a bit of a shock!

If Scoil was a country, what would it be? Why?
Germany, they let anyone in

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
Being a wee Donegal lass

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Whacking on that hooped jersey for the first time against a division one team in a friendly

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
Primary school teacher

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Well there’s not much free time for hobbies after all the cows have calved and the sheep have been sheared!!

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’? e.g. the Geese on the pitch
It’s probably the most welcoming club I’ve been a part of

Finally, if you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
BBQs not just for the dubs matches - not discriminating against other counties!


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

This is the final week to collect the new gear for the Siopa between 10am - 11.30am. 


Team News

Summary:

  • Nursery continues on Saturday at 9.30 (last training before summer) and as always new members are welcome to join in and have fun!
  • Under 11-14 Hurling Development squad training continues on Friday night @7pm in club
  • A strong start for Parnells was no match for our super U11s
  • U9 Hurlers show plenty of bright sparks against Raheny
  • U10 Girls travel to Clontarf for a blitz vs Clontarf and Clann Mhuire
  • U8 Girls play their first game at this age group

 

Nursery

The Scoil Uí Chonaill Under 7s (Scoil Academy) pre-summer schedule concluded this weekend.  We travelled the short distance to St Paul's to take on Clontarf and Binn Eadair with boys and girls teams for football.

The girls played 4 matches against Clontarf and had a blast.  In all 4 games the girls stuck to their positions and put great passes together. The boys played several matches and showed great skill and commitment throughout. Both the boys and girls really enjoyed playing matches against some classmates which resulted in some interesting conversations. Many thanks to Clontarf for the welcome and the treats and we look forward to future games and battles being played in the same great spirit.

Nursery continued as usual for everyone last Saturday morning at 09:30 and it was great to see more new girls and boys joining in. Congrats to our players of the week. This Saturday is our last training before we break for the summer.  As always new players are welcome to join in and have fun!

 Scoil Academy go out witha bang in theur last blitz vs Beann Eadair & Clontarf.

Scoil Academy go out witha bang in theur last blitz vs Beann Eadair & Clontarf.

 

U8 Girls Football

Scoil Girls under 8s played their first ever games at this age group on Sunday last at Clontarf road. It was meant to be a 5 team blitz but unfortunately Clanna Gael were unable to field any teams and St Sylvester's could only manage 1 team. Despite this Scoil girls got to play 3 great matches against a very strong Sylvester's team. Despite haven't never played together before Scoil created many great chances and defended well in all games. It took 3/4 opposition players to mark Emily while Sarah and Lena never gave up. Thanks to everyone for coming out and hopefully everyone enjoyed the ice cream and medals.
 

U10 Girls Football

We made the very short away trip to St Anne's pitch 22 on Saturday afternoon for a Blitz with hosts Clontarf and Clann Mhuire.
We had 2 teams on the day and each team played 3 matches all against the local rivals in red.

Team Blue had a bit of a slow start in our first game where despite applying a lot of the pressure got caught a few times on the break. Like the players the Mentors are learning every day and the defensive structure was quickly addressed. In the following two games our application improved greatly and we exceeded our stats targets in all areas. Most pleasing was the number of hand blocks on opponents shots and the number of turn overs from swarming the opposition. Taiya was easily top of the charts for defensive play and Caragh was equally good in attacking and defensive duties. Abigail was creative throughout and had a moment of pure magic when playing a perfect overhead kick pass to Caoimhe when surrounded by several opponents.

Team Amber played well throughout, the score lines didn’t reflect the performance where scores just would not convert. The first game was very close and showed some gaps that we closed in the second, but the heat of the day got to some going into the third game. The girls showed great spirit and determination throughout. It was a joy to see our girls  using the skills we have been working on.  Aishat dominated midfield in all three games dropping back to defend while also positioning herself for many scoring chances. A solid back line headed up by Abby defended well. Great blocking and teamwork in covering back for each other. Nessa and Aoibheann put in solid performances. The forwards were met with some strong defending from Clontarf, and despite many good chances the scores just wouldn’t come our way.

Well don’t to all, it was a great days football

 

U9 Hurling

Our u9s played Raheny in St Anne’s park on Saturday. Overall, the bigger more physical Raheny team edged us on the day, but there were plenty of bright sparks.

The Blues were involved in a very competitive match and after a slow first half they really stepped it up in the second half. Orson had his best match ever for Scoil, covering acres of ground and tackling anything that moved.

The Maroon and Blue teams had off-days and in particular couldn’t match a much bigger Raheny side. The plan is to put our lads on the protein shakes for the summer holidays. Leaving size aside though, we did talk afterwards about the need to fight harder in the tackle, getting tighter and leaning in. Too often we saw hurleys going in with half-hearted tackles from distance.  There will be wrestling at training this week.

That said, for the Maroons, it was great to see Joseph, Matthew and Danny all rise the ball and strike from the hand during the game. Joseph was another man to have his best game ever for Scoil. It’s a great sign of his character that he had his best game in the most difficult of matches. Aibhilín too was superb and led the way in showing the boys the level of physicality needed at this level.

The Blues showed their determination too, right to the end. For the last 5 minutes they were camped in the Raheny half peppering away at their goal.

So, plenty to work on for this young Scoil team, but the good thing about being the younger team is there is extra time for improvement! No better time to work on this than the summer holidays – make sure you have a hurley and ball with you wherever you are this summer!

 

U11 Boys Football

Scoil Uí Chonaill 9-9 Parnells 4-6

Parnells started brightly and hit a goal and a point in the first few minutes. Scoil responded well with Conor and Adam getting control of midfield. Ronan put in some excellent tackles to stop scores. Scoil finished the half leading 4-3 to 3-3. Scoil dominated the second half with Conor putting in a very strong dominant performance with himself and Neil adding a couple of very good goals. Liam showed really well for the ball and scored some lovely points and goals. Special mention to Cornell who hit the back of the net as well.


Fixtures


The Stag's Voice: June 20th, 2018

Contents:

  • Meaney Tells His Tale
  • Gold for Stevo!
  • Summer Camps 2018
  • AED/Defib Training
  • Meet the Members: Luke Brannock
  • Other News
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

 


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Meaney Tells His Tale

This week as part of the Oneness Gala, we will sharing four videos, with one message: Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Club leaves it's mark on each of us in it's own way. 

In the first part of the series actor Colm Meaney recalls his Scoil Uí Chonaill tales.

The rest will be released this week on our social media pages so keep an eye out!

Eeny Meaney Miney Mo - Catch Colm's video here!


 Steven Lee with pals Conor & John Coady

Steven Lee with pals Conor & John Coady

All Smiles as Stevo Wins Gold!

Massive congratulations to Steven Lee on winning a gold medal in basketball at the Special Olympics Ireland Games last weekend.

What a fantastic achievement for this Scoilman!

Steven has previously represented Ireland at the Olympics - no doubt there's more medals heading his way!

...On another note, don't the Coadys look smokin' in their brand new Scoil gear?


Summer Camps

It's that time of year again... time to book your kids' place at the legendary Scoil Uí Chonaill Summer Camps!

Catering to all ages, skill levels and at an affordable cost, these camps are not to be missed.

Being outdoors, getting active & making new friends - could you think of a better way to spend your summer?

First up is the Kellog's Cúl Camps 16th - 20th July!

Contact Thomas @ 085 113 77 28 to book a place.


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AED/Defib Training

Thank you to Vinnie & Jeff from MrSafety.ie who helped 10 of our Club members complete their AED/Defib training last Thursday. 

In case of an emergency, do YOU know where the defibrillator is kept at Scoil?
 


 This Banner man made an impressive debut for the Seniors last season but now he's jetting off to Dubai! The very best of luck Luke from all of us here at Scoil!

This Banner man made an impressive debut for the Seniors last season but now he's jetting off to Dubai! The very best of luck Luke from all of us here at Scoil!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
1.5 seasons

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Sausage (apparently soft in the tackle). Iron Man.

Where do you hail from?
The Banner County

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
Neil O'Flynn is my cousin and he had been at me for a few years to train with Scoil. I reckon he had it all planned as I was signed up after 2 training sessions.

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any. 
I am a member of the senior football team. In my first season, we made it to the div 2 league playoffs. Moving to Dubai for now but hopefully back next season!

What is your favourite sporting moment / sportsperson? 
Fulham FC reaching the Europa League Final

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in Scoil?
Plenty of funny moments, not sure what is appropriate to share. My fat % test when I first joined Scoil was hilarious though.

If Scoil was a country, what would it be? Why?
Sri Lanka - Plenty of sound people there.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
Sausages & Curls

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Scoring 1-5 off the bench in a recent league match against Whitehall. I was rightfully taken off in champo at half time and dropped for this match. It felt great to make a positive contribution for the team.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
I just completed a Msc in Aviation Finance in Smurfit. Now working with the Aircraft Investor Services team at Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Capital. Passion is clearly for birds.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’? e.g. the Geese on the pitch
Shaking Peter Morely's hand before every training session and match, what a legend!

Finally, if you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
Floodlights/enhanced training facilities. The Oneness gala in Chicago is a great initiative to fund future development..Scoil Abú.


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Other News

  • The new gear is ready for collection from the Siopa Saturday 23rd/30th June between 10am - 11.30am. Can all recipients of new gear please double check that they have not received anything in error. Contact scoil.pro.eoc@gmail.com if you suspect you have

Team News

Summary:

  • Nursery continues on Saturday at 9.30 and as always new members are welcome to join in and have fun!
  • U11 Boys made the trip out to Stillorgan last Saturday for a football game against Geraldine Moran’s
  • Syls prove to be a strong side vs our U9s.
  • U10 Girls played very well against local rivals Raheny

 

U11 Boys Football

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Geraldine Moran’s 0-11

Scoil made the trip out to Stillorgan last Saturday for a football game against Geraldine Moran’s. Scoil started well and hit some very good scores after excellent interplay by Fionn, Alan and Adam. Alex was keeping his man well marshaled at the back with Luke a very cool presence between the sticks. Charlie showed for the ball really well while Conor worked tirelessly in the first half.

Conal gained the upper hand in his midfield battle and some further scores by Adam left Scoil well ahead at halftime. Scoil were playing up the hill and against the wind in the second half but looked very solid in defending the lead. Neil and Luke got on the scoresheet with two well taken goals in the second half. It was obvious that the opposition weren’t used to losing but after a tough physical encounter Scoil can hold their heads up high.

 

U10 Girls Camoige

The u10’s girls played very well against local rivals Raheny resulting in 2 wins, a draw and one loss.

Red Team
The girls showed great determination in both matches and their skills in lifting the ball is improving all the time. Nessa played her best game of the season covering across the back line and striking the ball well out of hand. Score of the day came from Sadhbh who struck a brilliant point. Emily too battled hard throughout.

Blue Team
In low scoring matches, both teams were well matched in a beautiful sunny afternoon on Clontarf road. Aishat played her now normal central role with great blocking, lifting and scoring. Aoibhinn too had a good game as did Ciara who bounced back from a hit on her shinguards from a hurl that could be heard all around the grounds.

 

U9 Girls Camoige

The U9’s were in good form at the weekend winning well away at Clanna Gael

Green Team
All the girls played very well and contributed to a fine overall performance. In the back line Abigail performed very well and scored a great goal from distance. Lena battled all day and was rewarded with some great goals. Joya and Priya both played very well and their skills are improving each week.

Yellow Team
With Clanna Gael light on numbers, some of our players played for them to ensure everyone got a game and it worked a treat. All the team showed great skill and great scoring and defending. Aibhilin scored a point and hit the underside of the cross bar from her puck outs!!! Aoife scored some great goals and Aifric showed great determination in blocking.

 

U9 Boys Football

With Syls unavailable on Saturday, they visited us on Monday night on pitch 13. They proved to be strong opposition.

The Yellows were involved in a really cracking full-blooded match with some of the hardest tackling we've seen at u9 level. Syls got a bit of a run on us at the start, but once we got our marking sorted out it turned into a fantastic end to end affair. Just as we were getting on top, Sean took a nasty bang to the knee and the tide turned again. It would be difficult to single out anyone on the night as they all gave so much, but special praise must go to Noah who was an absolute hero and gave everything to every challenge. His flying block down was the highlight. Brody too was a ball of energy up and down the pitch and scored one phenomenal point from a tight angle out on the wing. There were some superb passing moves up the pitch too involving all the other players. What the team needs to focus on for next time out is maintaining concentration for the full 40 minutes. On a few occasions players lost sight of who they were marking or forgot their positions altogether, allowing Syls some easy scores. But overall this was a stirring encounter.

Both the Blue and Maroon teams were very sluggish in their respective first halves; not marking our opponents and often second to the ball. Both teams regrouped during half time, putting in strong second half performances with most players giving their best. 

For the Blues, James was superb in the second half and energetically covered back to start many attacks.  Rory, Conan and Darragh stayed close to their opponents and made some strong tackles and turnovers.

For the Maroons, Cian and Caleb fought bravely while Shay chipped in with a few nicely taken points. The whole team showed a lot of character in the second half to fight their way back into the game.

The clear lesson from these games is that we are as good as any team - but need to be more tuned in and doing our best from first to final whistle. 

Finally, thanks to all the parents for such a great turnout on a Monday night.

 

Nursery

The Scoil Uí Chonaill Under 7s (Scoil Academy) grueling schedule continued this weekend.  We hosted 3 strong teams from Whitehall for hurling matches.  With our coaches on refereeing duty we had 3 excellent managers in Aideen, Jackie and Cormac.

The standard of hurling was superb with great blocking and striking from all players.  All the training is certainly paying off.  The Whitehall coaches were very impressed with the standard of the Scoil players. 

A great mornings hurling was topped off with some treats for all players.  Next up are football matches next Saturday with Beann Eadair and Clontarf. 

Nursery continued as usual for everyone last Saturday morning at 09:30 and it was great to see some many new girls and boys.

Congrats to our players of the week and as always new players are welcome to join in and have fun.

Well done to the Scoil Academy on their hurling blitz against Whitehall!
Also well done to the three excellent stand-in coaches Aideen, Jackie & Cormac!


Fixtures

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