The Stag's Voice: October 18th, 2017

Contents:

  • Open Executive Meeting
  • Scoil Stag Trip to Scotland
  • AFL7 Promotion Playoff 
  • G4MO All Ireland Blitz
  • Meet the Members: Alan Darcy
  • Other News
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

Open Executive Meeting 

This Saturday, Oct 21st we are holding an open Executive meeting in the clubhouse at 10am to give all our members the chance to learn more about how our club is run.  All Adult members - and parents of members - are encouraged to come along and find out what work our Executive Committee does.  The AGM will be held on Thursday 30th November in the clubhouse. All adult members are encouraged to attend and have their say in how our club is run. 

This Saturday, Oct 21st we are holding an open Executive meeting in the clubhouse at 10am to give all our members the chance to learn more about how our club is run. 

All Adult members - and parents of members - are encouraged to come along and find out what work our Executive Committee does. 

The AGM will be held on Thursday 30th November in the clubhouse. All adult members are encouraged to attend and have their say in how our club is run. 


Scoil Takes on Scotland 

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D-day is fast approaching as our juvenile section get ready to fly the Scoil colours further afield. Saturday the 28th of October will see 150 of our Juvenile players and parents head north to Belfast and then on to Scotland where they will be partaking in a weekend of football and fun.

FULL DETAILS:

The group will travel to Belfast where they will play a game against St Paul's GAA, then take the ferry to Cairnryan and travel to Ayr in Scotland. After an overnight stay they will then travel to Glasgow to play Glasgow Gaels.


AFL7 Head for League Playoff

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Congratulations to our AFL7 Footballers who beat St James Gaels last Sunday Morning in their league Semi-Final. This win guarantees their spot in the playoff final which will see them battle for promotion to division 6 with Thomas Davis on October 19th @11am in Kiltipper Rd, however as this clashes with the AFL2 playoff semi, please watch this space for a change.

#UpScoil  


Scoil Sirens Time to Shine  

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Saturday saw our Mothers & Others put their skills to test in the G4M&O Blitz in Portmarnock. Our Scoil Sirens looked the part in their new gear. Special thanks to the coaches - Nicole, Sinéad and Molly who have been putting these Ladies through their paces every week! 

Check out all the action from the day here


Meet Alan Darcy

From Saturday mornings spent chasing screaming children in our Nursery to recruiting new members for our G4M&O, this man is a very welcome addition to our club! 

From Saturday mornings spent chasing screaming children in our Nursery to recruiting new members for our G4M&O, this man is a very welcome addition to our club! 

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
About two years.

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Not really, school friends still call me Darc.

Where do you hail from? 
I’m from Portmarnock but live in Killester now.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
My kids go to Scoil Neasain and Scoil was recommended (mandated) by Ciara Crowe Leahy.  My second week in Scoil I lingered just the little bit too long at the hurling barrel and John Kelly shoved a hurl in my hands (size 20) and I’ve been helping out with the nursery ever since.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil?
The Nursery.  We spend Saturday mornings chasing screaming kids around the pitches.

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Convincing Aedamar (my wife) to join the Scoil Sirens (G4MO).

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
I’m COO for Anam Technologies a Telecommunications Software company. 

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Being a big Dubs fan means Saturdays for Scoil and Sundays for Croker for most of the summer (long may it last).

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
A indoor facility for winter training and good all-weather pitches.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’? 
Definitely the jersey.  It’s really unique and really identifies the scoil brand.

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
A thriving club playing Senior Football and Hurling and with successful ladies football and camogie teams. 

Finally, if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why?
I don’t know but an internet quiz told me I’m a fox.


Other News 

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Juvenile registrations are now due and can be paid online by following this link

  • Big turnout from the Nursery this week with over 50 players out training
  • Jack Kennedy and Patrick Geraghty (from our U12 team) who represented the club on the Belgrove Senior Football school team. Unfortunately Belgrove lost to a strong St Mary's Rathfarnham team in the quarter finals of the Corn Kitterick
  • Nursery players of the week - Tadhg, Reilly and Sinéad

Our PRO Team is Expanding! 

As we continue to look at ways to improve how we do things in Scoil, we have expanded our PRO (i.e. marketing) team and Alan is now being assisted by Molly Power and Gráinne Egan in creating the weekly newsletter. 

Please send us on any club related news and updates so we can keep all our members up to date with the great work going on in our club! Any news or items to be included in the newsletter should be sent to the PRO inbox (scoil.pro.eoc@gmail.com) before 12pm on Tuesday.


Team News

IN SUMMARY:

  • AFL2 beat Tempelogue Synge Street in final AFL2 game and and will now play Na Fianna in the promotion playoff semi final on October 19th @11am in Scoil.
  • Minor boys suffer disappointing defeat after late goal in shield semi-final against Parnells 
  • U12 boys, Lightenings lose out to St Peters in Ballyboughal 
  • U12 boys, Thunders beat St Patricks in hard fought game in Donabate  
  • U10 boys finish Blitz on a high with wins in 6 out of 6 games 
  • U9 boys put their skills to test against local rivals Raheny last Saturday 
  • U9 camogie team showcase their skill and determination during Blitz in Na Fianna on Saturday
  • Nursery continues, and welcomes newcomers as always

 

SCOIL SIRENS

The Scoil Ui Chonaill Sirens Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others team (GAA for Ma's!!) took part in the LGFA All Ireland Blitz Day in Naomh Mearnog last Saturday the 14th of October.
There were 200 teams from all over the country with approximately 2000 women playing. The team played five matches throughout the day against Aghaderg, Co. Down, Balyna, Co, Kildare, Annaduff, Co. Leitrim, Walterstown, Co. Meath and St. Dominic's, Co. Roscommon.

The Scoil Sirens showed off the range of skills they have learned this year as all the panel have only started to play football this time last year.  Scoil more than held their own and with great support from all the panel and supporters the team got stronger with every game and certainly had the most vocal supporters on the day with scores being met like ones from Croke Park.  Many thanks to all who came out and supported the team on the day and to the LGFA, Naomh Mearnog and St Sylvester's club for organising a great event.

The year has been an exciting one for each and every team member, ably mentored by Scoil Senior Ladies Nicole Rock, Molly Power and Sinead de Burca.  Thanks to all in the club for all the support including the financial sanction for jerseys. They were very distinctive on the day. If anyone is looking to get involved please talk to any team member. The next outing for the Scoil Sirens is an invitational blitz in November to Binn Eadair.

#UpScoil

 

MINOR BOYS

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The Scoil Minor team played their B Championship Football Shield quarter final last Sunday 15th October in Sean Moore Park against Parnells. Half time left us 6 points down but we drew back level only to have Parnells score a goal and a point in the last couple of minutes to win the game. 

The team still has a football league semi-final as well as a B Championship Hurling Shield quarter final to play – dates to be confirmed.

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UNDER 9 BOYS 

 v Raheny 14/10/17

How it all played out

The boys had a home game against Raheny on a balmy October morning. We fielded 2 teams of 9 a side with a little help from a couple of under 8s and under 10’s. Raheny are traditionally a strong team with good numbers to select from. Whilst they won both games the scoreline flattered Raheny somewhat as they got a few handy goals from a slow Scoil start and some misplaced kick outs. The scoreline aside it was really positive to see the boys preforming a much higher level than a few months ago and doing on the pitch the things they have been working on in training. Some of the lads probably even surprised themselves with their level of tackling, blocking, etc.

Who were the star performers / scorers

Team Brendan and Colin – top scorer was David who ran the show in midfield in the second half chipping in with 1-2 well supported by Temi who scored 1 goal. Up front Noah scored 0-4, well supported by Ruairi with 0-2 and Evan. After a slow start where we conceded couple of goals from poor kickouts from an injured goal keeper Conor Meehan who soldiered on regardless, the defensive line of Eoghan Og, Cody, Calum and Luke put in some great defensive tackling to keep Raheny at bay.

Team Alan – we had a bit of help on this team from the under 10s Tadhg and Fionn who in the second half in particular helped even things up against a strong Raheny team. Saoirse, Isaac, Senan, Jake, Joe, Cillian and Paddy worked tirelessly and put in some good tackles and blocks and scored a few points between them.

It was an all around good team performance and team spirit was very much in evidence despite the scoreline and Rahenys strength.

What’s up next:

Next up is a Wednesday night hurling training and a hurling game against Bray Emmets on Saturday 21st October.

#UpScoil

UNDER 9 CAMOGIE

v Na Fianna 15/10/17

The U9 girls played away to Na Fianna in a Camogie Blitz on Sunday morning. Our 2 teams played a total of 6 matches against 3 teams from Na Fianna and all games were very closely fought.

It was great to see a noticeable improvement in our ground striking thanks to the excellent recent sessions with Joan Cushen. The skills are really improving with every match but as always our battling qualities were our biggest asset.

What’s up next:

Football match this Sunday at home to O’Tooles at 10am.

#UpScoil

SCOIL NURSERY

After a very good training session last Saturday, Scoil Academy (kids born in 2010) will play Beann Eadair and Naomh Barróg in both football and hurling this Saturday.  This will be third (and final time) we will play these teams this year and it has been a great opportunity to see how our players were progressing throughout the year. There has been great support provided by parents and family so far this year and it is much appreciated by the players and coaches. Final details regarding time and venue for this Saturday will be sent through the whatsapp group.

Scoil Nursery enjoyed a great turnout last Saturday with all players being put through a range of activities to help them enjoy the morning while learning key skills.  The participation of parents is greatly appreciated and everyone is encouraged to help out at anytime.

Congrats to our players of the week and as always new players are welcome to join in and have fun this Saturdaymorning at 10am.

#UpScoil


Fixtures 

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The Stag's Voice: October 11th, 2017

Contents

  • Open Executive Meeting
  • AFL7 Promotion Playoff Semi-Final
  • Scoil Stag Trip to Scotland
  • G4MO All Ireland Blitz
  • A Final Note of Thank You
  • Other News
  • Meet the Members: Andrea Murphy
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

Open Executive Meeting

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What the Exec is it all about?

Ahead of the AGM, ANY MEMBERS or PARENTS are welcome to join the Executive in a breakfast get together on Oct 21st @10am in the Clubhouse.

To give anyone and everyone an insight into what the Exec happens on the committee! No pressure. No jobs. Just tea, coffee, pastries & a chat.


AFL7 Promotion Playoff Semi-Final

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Please support our AFL7 side as they bid to repeat their promotion success of two years ago (pictured), with the first step being to overcome St James' Gaels this Sunday @11am in Iveagh Grounds

#UpScoil


Scoil Stag Trip to Scotland

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It's not the Stags on Tour we normally think of. A lot more civilised and a whole lot more memorable, 150 juveniles and parents will descend first on Belfast, and then Scotland as they march the Scoil colours across the Irish Sea!

Full details:

The group will travel to Belfast where they will play a game against St Paul's GAA, then take the ferry to Cairnryan and travel to Ayr in Scotland. After an overnight stay they will then travel to Glasgow to play Glasgow Gaels.  


G4MO All Ireland Blitz

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Our Gaelic for Mothers & Others team 'Scoil Sirens' take part in their second competitive blitz of the year this Saturday @12.30pm in Naomh Meanóg, and will be sporting their new jerseys - purchased with proceeds from The Beach Ball

#UpScoil


A Final Note of Thank You

Liam Blood couldn't leave his correspondence lie without a final thank you, after he received the elusive jersey of old at last weekend's IHC semi-final which he travelled from Cavan to support.

Liam pictured here with his wife Bernadette holding the 1968 IHC winning medal!

Liam pictured here with his wife Bernadette holding the 1968 IHC winning medal!

The search Is over

After last weeks letter I thought that was the end of my story, but after the friendship and generosity shown to me at the refixed game in Mobhi Rd on Saturday I couldnt just leave it as it was. On Saturday I had only stepped out of my car had not even reached the pitch when I was approached by the coach of the team who out of the blue handed me another jersey this one with the v neck and collar also a number. I was so taken by surprise that I never got a word out and to my shame never found out the mans name or thanked him properly. So coach I am thanking you now and the gesture was deeply appreciated. Just after the game started Ramona approached and she also had a jersey for me My wife Bernadette was with me this time and between the introductions and then the conversation struck up between the two ladies I never really got to look closley at the jersey. It was only when we got home that night and were discussing the events of the day and compareing the jerseys that I realised that we had struck gold the jersey Ramona had given me was THE JERSEY. Old material full length sleeves a number and even the signs of battle a small tear at the collar. This jersey reeks of the blood sweat and tears that went into the wearing of it, it is also steeped in the history of the Scoil. I just couldnt resist putting it on with all present having a good laugh saying thats not going to fit you but believe it or not it has that very pliable material and did fit admittedly a little tightly especially down the arms but I felt enveloped in comfort. I was transported back in the mist of time, I was in my element in the comfort zone stepping over the white line already planning how I was going to face the throw in knowing if the ref threw it in where I could have a right hand swing then ok it was shoulder to shoulder with the enemy if it came the other side a lefthand swing then I was attacking the ball before it had really left the refs hand hoping to flick it up into my hand and drive it away. Either way I was at ease knowing the fourteen other lads had my back if needed. Ah well all daydreams come to an end and Im back in the kitchen but that jersey is still on happy days.This jersey is everything I could have asked for, the only problem I have now is wheather to frame it with the championship medal attached or leave it on a hanger where maybe I could slip it on every now and again Im opting towards the frame any suggestions welome. I will close with a hugh THANK YOU to Ramona and all the personal who helped in the SEARCH FOR THE JERSEY

Liam Blood


Other News

  • Juvenile registrations now due and can be paid online; Family - €250 Juvenile - €90. Alternatively, registrations will be taken in Scoil Saturday 10am-12pm
  • Nursery Players of the Week; Aoife and Orla
  • Gym schedule: open to all adult members with exception of Wednesdays 7-8pm & Saturdays 9.30-10.30am

Meet Andrea Murphy

Another of our Strictly Stars, meet the cuddly panda who wound up in Scoil via nightclub...Andrea Murphy!

Another of our Strictly Stars, meet the cuddly panda who wound up in Scoil via nightclub...Andrea Murphy!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
Over 20 years

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Andrea is fine

Where do you hail from?
Walkinstown, Dublin.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
I met a fella in a nightclub ….

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
Washer of jerseys for whatever team my husband manages !

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
Being Ronan’s wife and Mum to Eoin (Junior Adult), Alan and Luke (Under 10’s)

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Taking part in Strictly Scoil

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
Medical Secretary Temple Street

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Reading

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 flood lit pitch

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
The amount of people you met that know someone in Scoil – for such a small club it makes a large impact!

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
A thriving adult and juvenile sectionwith hopefully a Dublin player or 2!

Finally, if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why?
Panda cos according to my kids I am so cuddly


Team News

In Summary:

  • AFL2 promotion playoffs to follow final AFL2 game vs Templeogue Synge Street
  • Intermediate Hurlers beaten in IHC semi-final. League promotion now the target.
  • A convincing semi final win by the adult ladies team propels them into the Cup final against Foxrock Cabinteely. 
  • Minor Boys beaten in final hurling c'ship game by strong St Brigids side
  • u14 & u15 girls see themselves into championship finals
  • U8 hurlers continued their good form with impressive performances against Fingallians in Balheary.
  • Scoil Academy (kids born in 2010 and 2011) travelled to Howth to play Beann Eadair and Naomh Barróg in both football and hurling last Saturday. 
 

Intermediate Hurlers

It was a disappointing day for our Hurlers as they werebeaten in the IHC semi final by Na Fianna on Saturday in Mobhi Rd. However, this marks another year of progress in this competition and with league promotion still up for grabs the lads are refocussing themselves.

#UpScoil

Ladies Football

Scoil 1-15 Raheny 1-4

A convincing semi final win by the adult ladies team propels them into the Cup final against Foxrock Cabinteely. 

With the ladies games now switching to Sundays, Raheny were the opposition in the Cup semi final. They had won the Junior B Championship against O'Dwyers the previous Sunday, so a tough game was expected. 

The match began with Raheny winning the throw in and going on the get the first score of the tie. Scoil however, responded in great fashion, with high tempo moves and constant pressure on their opposition. 3 unanswered points really settled Scoil into the game, before a great run from midfield from Hannah Leahy, blew open the Raheny defence as she slipped through Aoife De Burca who was 1 on 1 with the keeper, who rifled home low into the bottom corner. Urged on by the lung bursting runs of Naoise Ni Bhroin and Ciara McComish, there was a plentiful supply to the forward line. The game was turning into the De Burca sister show, with Aoife netting 1-5 and Sinead 0-5, giving Scoil a 1-10 to 0-4 lead at the break.

The team maintained their dominance in the second half, but found scores harder to come by. Excellent defending from Molly Power, Nicole Rock and Katie Doolin, who was making her return to the team after a near 18 month hiatus, limited Raheny to just one score in the second half, a very dubious goal, that had hit off the crossbar, but the referee deemed to have hit the top of the net. 

The date and venue for the final has yet to be confirmed. Many of the players made huge sacrifices to play in this game, which was the first ladies game to be played on a Sunday in Scoil in over 4 years. Including getting time off work, giving up school grinds, but special mention goes to Lucy Murphy who got a plane home from the most picturesque airport in Ireland (we'll take your word Lucy) Carrickfinn, Donegal on the morning of the game. Once again a big thanks to all the Scoil support who came out in numbers to cheer on the girls, in what was a busy weekend for Scoil teams.

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Minor Boys

Scoil Minors (Isles of the Sea) lost their last hurling game in the championship group last Sunday morning against a strong Brigids side containing two of their Senior Panel. Our next outing is football championship shield quarter final against Parnells next Sunday 15th October at 11am in Ringsend Park. 

#UpScoil

Under 15 girls

vs Clontarf  6/10/2017

How it all played out

As far as the girls were concerned this was like an All- Ireland. Games with our local opposition are always exciting and this was no different. We opened with a point from Caoimhe and then Clontarf started to show us how they could play. It was nip and tuck all the way and at half time we were leading by only one point 2.3 to 2.2.   The second half was very exciting as we started to push ahead cheered on by very supportive parents. Clontarf never gave up and scored a lovely goal and a point but we werein the driving seat., The final score was 4.7 Scoil to 3.4 Clonarf.

Who were the star performers / scorers

There were lots of scores with Eve and Caoimhe leading the way. An excellent point from Ella showed she is back in form and Sadhbh Murphy got a beauty too. Our backs played their hearts out and it was overall a great and very determined team effort.

What’s up next

Our girls have qualified for the final of the championship to be held on the 21st details to follow.  Keep the date free

#UpScoil

Scoil under 14 girls

Div 5 championship semi final v Templeogue 8-10-2017

How it all played out

Flushed with success after their winning performance with the under 15’s on Friday night against Clontarf our girls were determined to show Templeogue it was no flash in the pan. A missed goal opportunity right at the beginning led to an opening point by Holly. From the on it was scores, and it has to be admitted some wides, all the way. By half time the girls were leading 4.5 to Templeogue’s 1.3. With some words of advice from captain Siobhan they went into the second half raring to go. Cheered on by their enthusiastic supporters they continued their scoring spree and despite five points by Templeogue they came out easy winners 7.11 to 1.9.

Who were the star performers / scorers

Isabelle played outfield this time and managed to get two successive goals. As usual Caoimhe was in scoring humour aided andabetted by Holly, Siofra M and Sadhbh Murphy. Lia made some fantastic saves and our backs defended valiantly while the whole team played their hearts out and supplied lots of ammunition for our scorers. Our thanks to Sorcha and Liabhan from the under twelves for their help. Maria and the other parents were so impressed by the girls hard work over the weekend,  reaching two finals, that they brought the girls back to the club and treated them to pizza. Of course they  first cheered on our ladies as they too made the final in their match against Raheny!

What’s up next

Whopee it’s a final against Thomas Davis on the 22nd of October details to follow.  We hope for a huge crowd of supporters on the day.

#UpScoil

U8 Hurling

Landmark for U8s against Fingallians

Our U8 hurlers continued their good form with impressive performances against Fingallians in Balheary.

This was a particularly pleasing as we had struggled against the same opposition earlier in the season and is further evidence of our improving skills and game awareness.

How it all played out

Saturday’s games were also landmark moments in our players’ fledgling careers as “air” hurling was played for the first time during the second halves of all matches.

Despite the increase in the tempo, we were highly competitive and more than held our own in these exchanges to the delight of the coaches. Those players who are practicing their lifting and striking skills at home are really beginning to stand out.

The disappointing trend of players opting out of away matches continued so all players who turned up got significant game time.

Who were the star performers / scorers

For the Blue team Tadhg made some super tackles and blocks to prevent his opponent from scoring. Emily was not afraid to get in close to tackle and, after winning the ball, made some excellent clearances on the ground and in the air.

For Amber team, Oisin played really well with some excellent tackling, blocking and long striking. Shay had another wonderful game, always getting to the ball first and finding a team mate with accurate passes.

For the Maroon, Cody had a superb game in goal, making a number of crucial saves and delivering long puc outs. Aibhilinn was excellent in all three games and did a number of jab lifts and strikes on the run.

A special mention also for Jake and Sean who both took knocks but bravely carried on.

What’s up next

We have a bye this week so will be training at 10:00.

#UpScoil

Scoil Nursery

Scoil Academy (kids born in 2010 and 2011) travelled to Howth to play Beann Eadair and Naomh Barróg in both football and hurling last Saturday. This was second time we travelled to Howth to play these teams this year and it was a great opportunity to see how this group were progressing.

We divided in 2 teams and played games against both Beann Eadair and Naomh Barróg. After a slow start our teams began to show their range of skills as well as a great awareness to stay in theirpositions. This allowed some great scores to come, often involving 3 or 4 passes starting with our goalkeeper or back and working the ball up to the final scorer.  All the training both at the club and at home is really paying off. We will play both these teams on the 21st of October and we look forward to more great displays. Thanks to all in Beann Eadair for a well organised event.

There was a great support provided by parents and family on the day and was much appreciated by the players and coaches. This is a great group of players and it is great to see more parents stepping up to look after them as they move into under 8 league football next year. Wednesday night training continues for kids born 2010 and 2011 in the club from 7pm to 8pm and will continue until the mid term break. This is in addition to the usual Saturday morning training at 10am.

There was also a great turnout to Scoil Nursery last Saturday.  It was great to see parents joining in with training last Saturday and everyone is free to help out anytime. Congrats to our players of the week. As always new players are welcome to join in and have fun. Nursery continues as usual for everyone this Saturday morning at 10am.

#UpScoil


Fixtures

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The Stag's Voice: October 4th, 2017

Contents

  • Super Semi-Final Saturday
  • Scotland trip draws closer
  • AGM & Open Executive Meeting
  • ABBAsolutely Brilliant!
  • Correspondence Concludes...for now
  • Other News
  • Meet the Members: Paraic Naughton
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

Super Semi-Final Saturday

Eyes on the Prize: Senior Hurling Awaits

Eyes on the Prize: Senior Hurling Awaits

Two weeks on from the now infamous referee debacle, our Intermediate Hurlers look to book a place in the IHC Final, and change their title to Senior Hurlers.

The match vs Na Fianna takes place at 5pm in Mobhi Rd. We had a fantastic Scoil cohort the last day, and aim to emulate it on Saturday

Our Minor girls footballers have their own (div 2) championship semi final on Saturday. Luckily, their game is at 3pm in the 12th Lock so our diehards can get both games in! Please see Lucan to Na Fianna directions here

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Scotland trip draws closer

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Following plenty of planning, work and fundraising, the stage is set for an experience of a lifetime for many of our juvenile members (and some lucky chaperones) as 150 Scoil members head to Scotland on October 28th! 

The group will travel to Belfast where they will play a game against St Paul's GAA, then take the ferry to Cairnryan and travel to Ayr in Scotland. After an overnight stay they will then travel to Glasgow to play Glasgow Gaels.  


AGM & Open Executive Meeting

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The 2017 AGM is approaching fast, with lots of positives to reflect on and, importantly, even more to look ahead to. All members & parents of members are encouraged to attend both the AGM and open executive meeting on Oct 21st.


ABBAsolutely Brilliant!

Well done & thanks to Joan Cushen, Marian Mottram & Gillian Linnane on organising what was a wonderful night for adult members young & old. The ladies also wish to thank all who supported the evening and made it such a success. This was another great evenign in what has been a fantastic year for the Stag Bar.

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Correspondence Concludes...for now

Scoil Hurler of the 60s & 70s Liam Blood pens a final reply to Ramona's letter ahead of this weekend's refixed IHC semi-final which Liam will once again travel from Cavan to support.
We may even have a jersey for him...

The Jersey Part 2 

At the conclusion of Part 1 I promised to reply to Ramon's letter so here goes. I suppose reply is not really the correct term to use as there was no real questions asked rather it was just a conversation between 3 people who had just met. It helped that all 3 people had one thing in common; a love of hurling and 2 of us a love of the scoil. My daughter Fiona who was the third person had only heard of the scoil through 2nd hand information from myself. Fiona did most of the talking with Ramona most of it to do with my involvement with the scoil in the course of the conversation I managed to get some information on Ramona that her second name was Kennedy and that her husband had managed the minor hurlers and footballers at some stage and that 2 of her children now played. I actually met one of her sons on the day a fine well built young man who no doubt has a promising career in front of him. As the news of the cancellation broke so ended our conversation so i will do my best to fill in the remainder.

The scoil had not been my first club as having been born in East Wall the local club was O Tools so that is where my involvement with the GAA started. After having some success with them at juvenile level I was approached by none other than the scout AKA Tony Hempenstall who somehow or other convinced me my future lay with the scoil. Now how all that came about i really do not know but all of a sudden i was a scoil player. I won one trophy at underage level. I am not sure what age group it was maybe under 16 or minor. I progressed from minor to the intermediates and that started the most successful period of my hurling life. My first year as a intermediate hurler was just trying to break into the team. By the second year i think i was a starter and playing center field this was 1969 and we took of winning the league championship and Bolland Cup. I am not sure if there was another cup competition that year but something is nagging me that I am missing something. We played out the next few seasons as a senior side and then unfortunately i emigrated. On my return from the states in 79 I was by then a married man with a new born son we bought a house in Tallaght then a small suburb of Dublin with a very limited service sector and very few buses running from it so i struggled to make it to the games and as a result transferred to St Marks which was then just getting on its feet.I stayed with them till I retired. I won my second championship medal with them playing at full back in 1994 exactly 25 years after winning my first one. Now living in Cavan I have no involvement with any club, but Fiona and I are members of the friends of Dublin hurling and go to as many games as possible. As I haven't heard anything from any of my old team mates this is as far as i can go. Best of luck to the lads on Saturday we will be there to shout you on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Liam  


Other News

  • Nursery Players of the Week; Donnacha, Evie, Fred and Aodh
  • Members revel in Sam's presence
  • An appeal for spare books to OCS library
  • Juvenile registrations now taking place; in the Club 10am-12noon Saturday
  • G4MO All Ireland Blitz October 14th
  • All coaches should verify with Aideen Lawlor that they are Garda-vetted

Meet Paraic Naughton

Hurler, Footballer, Clubhouse Manager, Strictly Star, Executive member and juvenile coach. The man who really does do it all...meet the Flamingo Paraic 'Podge / Naughy / Nodge' Naughton!

Hurler, Footballer, Clubhouse Manager, Strictly Star, Executive member and juvenile coach. The man who really does do it all...meet the Flamingo Paraic 'Podge / Naughy / Nodge' Naughton!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
For as long as I can remember, I'll say 18/19 years

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Podge, Nodge or P. I don't mind how I'm addressed as long as people don't ask where's Rodge, that joke gets old quickly!

Where do you hail from?
I hail from Clontarf, Dublin.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
Both my parents played for the club, so there was no question that I wouldn't get involved with the club.

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
I started off in the nursery with Cormac Hickey under the tutelage of Julie Egan, then played underage with Patsy O’Keeffe as my manager. Then I joined both adult panels with Matt & Dec as my managers. I have now started to help the U11 in hurling and manage the club bar.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
I say most people would associate me with the club barman. I would like to change that to hurling/football player.

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Winning Minor football championship with the 91/92 guys.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
I work in the Bank, studied in DIT product design, still have to find my passion…

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Listening to music, and woodwork projects (when I get the chance)

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
Turn the training area into a 3g pitch and have it floodlit. And a rooftop bar for the club during the summer.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
The fact that the club originated from a school instead of a region/parish, very few clubs can say that (very similar to rugby clubs)

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
Every underage panel having 20 to 25 players and have a team in every age group, and the adult mens & womens teams to be in the first divisions and second teams to be on div 5.

Finally, if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why?
I would be a flamingo because I've only one good leg to stand on!!


Team News

In Summary:

  • Final AFL2 game vs Templeogue Synge Street set for Oct 14th
  • AFL7 playof semi-final fixed for Oct 15th
  • Red card and crossbars the story of a tough day for Minor Boys 
  • u10 Footballers fight back to take a draw & win vs well drilled St Peters
  • Slow start only temporary as u9 girls found their rhythm vs Ballymun
  • u8 Footballers keep best for last vs St Sylvesters
  • Nursery continues, and welcomes newcomers as always
 

MFC Scoil Minors (Isles of the Sea)

1-07 vs Templeogue Synge Street 1-13 on 01.10.17 in Dolphin Park

How it all played out

Final football game in the group stages of the B Championship for Scoil minors. First half was a close battle until we were reduced to 14 men after 20 minutes. A couple of goal chances were not converted thanks to the upright and the cross-bar. Half time score of 0-6 to 0-3 to Templeogue left if all to play for in the second half. A bright start to the second half with a well-worked team goal followed by a point, brought us level. Although every single player on the pitch gave it their all right up to the final whistle, it wasn’t to be. The match finished with a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-07 to

Templeogue. Once again, many thanks to the great support on the sideline.

Who were the star performers / scorers

David Kennedy 0-3; Evan Caulfield 1-0; Robert Kennedy 0-2; David Pugh, Conor Ennis 0-1 each.

What’s up next

Final hurling match in the B championship vs Brigids on Sunday 8th October in Scoil at 11am.

#UpScoil

U10 Football

How it all played out;

Team Liam Ryan:

Team travelled to Ballyboughal this morning to take on St Peters.

With some of our regulars missing, Scoil kids struggled in the first half to keep up with some brilliant football on display from St Peters - we've no doubt that some of those players will be playing in the Dubs jerseys, in years to come. 

The game was played in great spirit and both teams had a huge amount of respect for each other. St Peters were on top for the first half but the team responded to an inspirational speech from Conal. 

Great tactical switch from Ronan Murphy by pushing Conor up front - Adam & Alan fought hard in midfield to feed the ball into Conor, who was scoring for fun today. 

Alex, Ronan & Diarmuid worked tirelessly to protect their goalkeeper Tadhg today also.  

In the end a well earned / hard fought draw against a really good team.

Team Jp Courtney:

First half performance was appalling by the lads and they were well and truly humbled on the scoresheet by half time. A few choice words and soul searching during half time talk, produced a recovery, one could only have dreamt of.

From the restart the lads dragged themselves back into the game, chipping away at opposition lead. I must say I nearly had an anurism as they insisted on going for goals only, rather than taking their points. With about 5 mins to play we pulled level and through a number of great kick outs from Liam, Jack & Conal pulled off some brilliant individual points/scores. 

In the end a remarkable turnaround with a 5-8 to 7-14 win for Scoil Team.

Who were the star performers;

Team Liam Ryan:

Conor was superb and had his best game in Scoil Jersey today but 

for pure attitude Conal was key & kept the lads chins up when game could have run away from them.

Team JP Courtney:

Despite getting a consistent bollocking from me, Jack was super with his points / frees today,  followed closely by Conal Kenny (If I can get them running/passing I'll be onto a winner). Absolutely delighted for Aurelian (smallest player on field) - who pulled off a magical fist point to take the lead.

However for sheer determination & desire to get the ball, I'm going to give joint MOM to Alex Culligan & Calvin - who between them pulled off some great blocks, to keep us in the game.

To echo earlier sentiments - Two brilliant games played in good, tough spirits with some fantastic scores to boot. On a personal level, very proud of all my lads for today's fight back - would have told them but they legged it to see "SAM" & Dean Rock.

"Tough as Teak" alive and well.

Draw & Win against a very well drilled outfit/club - Good times!!

#UpScoil

u9 Ladies Football

How it all played out

We played away to Ballymun Kickams on Sunday morning. The girls had a slow start and despite having the best of the chances we found ourselves narrowly behind. However a few words of encouragement as well as a few positional changes at half time changed the game completely. Scoil took complete control in the second half and moved the ball at pace into scoring positions and our forwards did the rest.

Who were the star performers / scorers

Again every player contributed greatly to the performance and a noticeable improvement in positional play which was the main theme of the half time rant/discussion. However a special mention for Caragh who had possession stats that were off the chart throughout as well as putting the shackles on their best player. Also Cliodhna who was absolutely lethal in the second half.

What’s up next

Another away football match at Westmanstown Gaels on Sunday morning

#UpScoil

u8 Scoil Uí Chonaill

vs St Sylvesters @home 30/09/2017

Scoil keep best for last Vs Sylvesters

How it all played out

Our under 8s turned out in large numbers on Saturday and were joined by two new players in Cody and Denis. We had a good chat about the fact that we need to get the football in order to be able to play and all the players agreed to compete hard for the ball. The teams must have been still mulling over what this meant in the first round of matches as Sylvester’s started very dominantly with Scoil finding it hard to lay a hand on them. Each Sylvester’s team seemed to have 2-3 strong players that could carry the ball, side step and burst through tackles and they racked up a lot of early scores in this way. It looked like it would be a long morning for Scoil.

But very gradually, after the first round of games, the tide began to turn. The second round of games were much tighter affairs and Scoil began to put together some nice team scores. In a remarkable turn of fortunes, Scoil finished on top in the last round of games. As Sylvester’s strong individual players began to fade, Scoil began to find a rhythm and some neat passing, combined with better pressure from the defenders, saw us finish strongly.

The coaches and supporters present were incredibly proud of the way that the teams stuck at their task to finish strongly  and never let heads drop. While results on the day were mixed, it was a real victory for the character of the Scoil kids and if we can keep that spirit alive over the coming months we’ll see great progress without doubt.

Who were the star performers / scorers

For the Ambers, Jake was everywhere, executing block-downs at one end and popping up with scores at the other. Meanwhile Shay continued his recent improvement and was also very influential for his team. Oisin worked hard throughout. Our two new boys, Denis and Cody also made good contributions.

For the Maroon’s, Darragh was tenacious and epitomised the team spirit right to the end. Cody won some good loose ball, while Sylvester’s defenders will be having nightmares about Cónán who continually chased and harried.

Finally for the Blues, Aoibhinn competed hard throughout and her work was rewarded by a great point at the end. Jamie was a revelation in the backs as he began to figure out how to use his strength to drive Sylvester’s players wide, while Aoife too made a big contribution in defence, in particular discovering a canny knack to hoover up and clear loose ball.

What’s up next

Fingallians away in hurling @10 a.m. on Saturday

#UpScoil


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The Stag's Voice: September 27th, 2017

Contents

  • ABBA THIS SATURDAY; not to be missed!
  • Sam Maguire in Scoil
  • Reply (sort of); A Letter to the Editor: Appeal for retro jersey
  • All Ireland Ladies Sevens report
  • A Tribute: Patrick 'Patch' McVeigh
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

ABBA THIS SATURDAY; not to be missed!

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This night is not one to be missed with all your favourite ABBA classics being performed live in the Stag Bar!

Tickets available from:

  • Joan Cushen - Mobile 0838101332
  • Gillian Linnane - Mobile 0863857846
  • Marian Mottram - Mobile 0861068028

The ladies will be in the club on Thursday night & Saturday morning, or anyone can just text & book tickets.

Looking forward to seeing you all there...


Sam Maguire in Scoil

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The Sam Maguire Cup, recently secured to the Capital for the third year in a row, will be making an appearance in Scoil from 1pm-4pm on Saturday Sept 30th.


Reply (sort of): A Letter to the Editor

Appeal for retro jersey

Last week we included a letter from Ramona regarding 1969 Scoil Hurler Liam Blood. By utter chance, this week Liam sent his own letter (Liam was not a recipient of this newsletter until now!)

We are appealing to any members who may have a spare original Scoil jersey (you know the ones; plain, heavy and oozing with history) to please do the honourable and donate it to Liam who was part of such an important team, just as this generation's seeks to do similar.

See below the letter received from Liam:

The search for the Jersey

I really don't know where to start this story. Let me first introduce myself. My name is Liam Blood and I represented 'The Scoil', as I always addressed them, from around 1960–1972 when I emigrated to USA.

In the course of my career with The Scoil I was very fortunate to have had some success and met a lot of brilliant sportsmen. But more on that later, lets go back to the search.

I have always had a place in my heart for that beautiful and unique jersey and was determined to get one for myself to wear with pride just as I wear the Dubs jersey. So in May 2016 when my daughters asked me what I wanted for my upcoming June birthday, it struck me that now was the time to get it. So I told them I wanted to get The Scoil jersey, thinking in my naivety that they could just go out to The Scoil shop and buy one. Oh boy, how wrong I was! There started the search for the jersey.......

My eldest daughter Aoife, a primary school teacher took on the responsibility of getting the jersey. She took a trip out to Clontarf thinking she would just collect a jersey and scratch Dad of the birthday present list. Unfortunately things didn't work out the way shethought they would and she was told that she would have to wait until the club were ordering new gear, with no date promised. Well that birthday is long passed and the next one also and it wasn't until this August when she got in touch again and was dealing with Mr Dominic Morgan. Well one thing let to another and it was eventually agreed that he would meet her in the Club House at 10 o'clock on a given date. Aoife decided she would cycle from her home in Tallaght to Clontarf in the morning to collect the jersey only to find the premises locked up. She phoned Dominic to find out what had gone wrong only to find it was 10.00pm he had meant. So the search still went on. The poor man ended up going to Aoifes home in Tallaght to deliver the jersey. Thank you very much Dominic.

So we thought that after 15 months the search had come to an end, unfortunately they didnt bargain on my stubbornness and I dislike the jersey with the advertising and round neck. So the search goes on. However, I will wear it with pride for the moment.The jersey got its first official outing at Mobhi Rd on Saturday the 16th September when the intermediate hurlers were to play Na Fianna in the championship semi final, a game that could make them a senior outfit next season if victorious. It was a real coincidence as the most memorable game I played for The Scoil was an intermediate final in 1969 which sent us senior. Unfortunately on this miserable wet September Saturday the ref failed to show and the game was postponed.So there I am standing on the wet embankment when I feel a pair of inquisitive eyes sizing me up a quick glance over my shoulder andmy eye is caught by this pretty young lady and a conversation begins.                                                                                                       

To be continued next week. In the meantime should any of my old team mates be reading this I would love to hear from them at lpblood@gmail.com

Liam


All Ireland Ladies Sevens report

Having finished 3rd in the group our Ladies just missed out on the shield quarter final. But in a brilliant day enjoyed by all, with some very strong teams, the girls gave a good account of themselves.

Results:

Scoil 2-5 Kilkenny 6-5

Scoil 4-9 Kilkerrin/Clonberne 5-10

Scoil 10-9 Creggan 2-2

Scoil 4-6 Douglas 3-1


A Tribute: Patrick 'Patch' McVeigh

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In respect to the memory of Scoil legend Patrick 'Patch' McVeigh the popular 'Meet the Members' article will be replaced with a note about the man who did it all for the Club. Patch can be seen here on the far left proudly wearing a Scoil supporters top and enjoying a laugh with his former teammates at the recent reunion of the '86 Dublin SFC winning team.

Patch joined Scoil from Clann Colaiste Mhuire in the early seventies and fulfilled practically every role within the Club over a period of over 45 years, mentor of several teams over many years, Chairman, Secretary, Fundraiser, Social Committee Chairman, Juvenile Chairman etc.

Patch, a fluent Irish speaker, played a significant role in Scoil's two Senior Football championship wins in 1983 and again in 1986 playing at centre half back and, apart from being a great player, he was a huge inspiration to the younger members of the panel. Patch also got a run with the Great Dublin Team of the 70's and a fact that not too many people know, he is the holder of a national football league medal from 1978. Patch also spent a stint running the Dublin minor football team .

Patch was the classic all-rounder and had many strings to his bow (guitar!). A fantastic guitar player, finger picking style, and blessed with a beautiful deep mellow voice many members of the Club particularly - those from the 80's and 90's - will look back with great fondness on the social nights in the Club when Patch entertained for hours on end with wide variety of ballads and anti war songs of Bob Dylan ---The Universal Soldier and Blowing the Wind! A great favourite was Dante loved the Summer Sun. 

On behalf of the Club, we offer our deepest condolences to his wife Mary, daughters Aisling and Roisin, sisters Maire, Monica & Eilis and brother Proinsias, Eamonn and Donall.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Please see here the speech which Patch recently gave on the evening of the Championship team reunion; as always, effortlessly entertaining his audience.


Team News

In Summary:

  • Intermediate Hurlers demolish Crokes & IHC semi looking like Oct 7th
  • Minor Boys hard day at the office vs Balinteer St John's
  • u15 girls hold out in shootout of two halves for championship victory over Castleknock
  • u14 & u15 Girls proudly show off Scoil colours in Croker while making sure every fan gets a flag
  • u10 hurlers perform well in testy affair with Setanta
  • u9 Camogie Girls have another day of strong performances vs Commercials & Clontarf
  • u8 Hurlers perform well against Erin's Isle
  • Nursery continues, and welcomes newcomers as always
 

Intermediate Hurling

The hurlers played the third last fixture of the league knowing that we needed to keep up the pressure on the teams ahead of us. We played Crokes in Silverpark on Saturday in windy conditions and racked up one of our highest scores in years to the delight of the team and supporters. Fair to say the game was over as a contest 20 minutes in. We had ten scorers on the day including all 6 starting forwards, considering the windy conditions we only had 7 wides which was a great return. 

Scorers on the day

Barry 0-10,  Podge Naughton 2-2, Mick Mc Cluskey 1-3, Neil 1-1, Joe 1-0, Ruairi 0-2, Padraig Kinsella 0-3, 1 point each for Alastair, Andy & Eoin O Carroll

e hope that the championship will be played on Saturday th October subjecting to confirmation.

#UpScoil

MHC Scoil Minors

Scoil (Isles of the Sea) 0-06 vs Ballinteer St. Johns 2-21 on 24.09.17 in Ringsend Park

How it all played out

Second hurling game in the group stages of the B Championship saw the minors beaten by a strong, clinical and determined Ballinteer team. Once again, many thanks to the great support on the sideline.

What’s up next

Final football match in the B championship on Sunday 1 st October away to Templeogue at 11am.

#UpScoil

Under 15 girls

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How it all played out;

This was the proverbial game of two halves.  A very strong wind favoured Scoil who were playing downhill in the first half.  An opening goal by Siofra M set us up for a scoring blitz. The half time score of 5,10 to 2.2. said it all. The second half was a different story however with the girls only managing two points while wind favoured Castleknock started scoring. The question was whether or not we could hold out. We did and finished 5.12 to 3.9 very good for our score average.

Who were the star performers

Caoimhe K was, as usual our chief scorer. It was great to see Ella De Brun back in Scoil colours and getting a nice point.   In the second half however it was the backs who showed their skill as they held out determinedly against an improving Castleknock side.  Dogged defending ensured this win, making it three out of four for our under 1`5’s

What’s up next

We play near rivals Clontarf on the 5th October time yet to be agreed.

#UpScoil

U14 / U15 Girls

Scoil under 14 and under 15 squads were amongst the 46,000 odd  present in Croke Park on Sunday.  Our girls were there with a mission. We had been asked by the Board to get girls to distribute flags before the big game. At 11am 21 girls and nine parents as mentors attended and spent the whole day at Croker. The girls wore Scoil jerseys and were a credit to the club. The fact that the Dubs won was the icing on the cake of a very long day out. Well done to our girls and to the parents especially Martina who ensured that all the jerseys came back and to Larry who was our chief co-ordinator for the day.

#UpScoil

U10 Hurling

How it all played out;

Scoil U10 Hurlers entertained Setanta this afternoon. Due to shortage of numbers, opposition only had one team. This logistical nightmare required Liam Ryan to be on top of his game as he juggled the players available to ensure all saw sufficient pitch time.

Match definitely had a bite to it, as Setanta laid down early marker with a well worked team goal. Opposition were very competitive as expected and lads had to be very alert and full on to bring game level. Thankfully Scoil found their groove and started to take charge. Little Conal Kenny as a constant thorn up front today.

Unfortunately the game took a nasty turn when opposition player decided to use his hands rather than hurl and was deservedly was red carded.

Despite the charitable nature of Liam in allowing him to return second half, the poor lad couldn't handle the constant successes Scoil were having in getting Sliothar forward and decided to clean poor Fionn D out of it (his Dad Dave Daly was surely thinking he was going to be joined on the crutches by his son!) - earning his Second Red Card! Some choice words towards one of our players as he left the pitch was bang out of order also - thankfully Ref will address in his match report!!

Who were the star performers

Everyone of them but on individual basis Conal & Fionn were our stand out players. Well worked goal from Alex, Diarmuid & Fionn was great to see also. Delighted to see the composure shown by our lads in face of off & on ball antics - Win Lose or Draw they never drop the standards set!! Conal(Twin) very gratefully agreed to play for U12's and scored in well earned draw v Maurs - Well Done Conal.

What’s up next

ABBA NIGHT at Scoil!

#UpScoil

Camogie u9

How it all played out

We made the journey to Rathcoole on Sunday morning with two teams to play a blitz against Commercials and Clontarf. Both teams played two matches and put in powerful performances in all four matches.

Who were the star performers / scorers

Again there was a notable improvement in skills and a big increase in scores from the hand from several players and also some great clearances from defence. Of course the usual determination was shown around the field and it would be impossible to single out any player for effort. Score of the day was a fantastic goal from a puck out from her own goal by Caoimhe (it must be the Limerick influence).

What’s up next

Back to the big ball next week away at Ballymun Sunday at 10am.

#UpScoil

u8 Hurlers

Scoil Uí Chonaill Vs Erin’s isle @home 23/09/2017

Our under 8 hurlers competed against a strong opposition in Erin's Isle on Saturday.

How it all played out

The minute the sliotar was thrown in, it was clear that it was going to be a tough competitive game. Both teams giving it all. While our mighty U8s kept going until the last play, it wasn't to be our day. There were plenty of moments to be inspired by and skills to savour though. Our goalkeepers had plenty of opportunity to puck out from the hands and they showed their “air” hurling practice is paying off. There were also a couple of great goals from long distance. Despite the skills on show, the games were a lesson in the need to earn the right to play through toughness and competitiveness. All 7 players on the pitch need to be brave and battle hard at the same time. In training we’ll be looking to imbue them with a little of the strength and energy of the stag until November is out!

As always the U8's put on a mighty show for all the parents and supporters. Well done for the effort and commitment.

Who were the star performers / scorers

For the Ambers, Conall defended brilliantly and demonstrated tremendous skill throughout. Striking the ball from side to side. Up front, Shay was determined and resilient. Aisling in goals got great distance in her puck outs. The midfielders showed great promise and skill and put the opposition under pressure.

For the Maroon’s Jamie and Sean hit some marvelous puck outs from the hand. The most stirring performance of the day came from Cody. After a disappointing first half in the second game by the team, Cody came out like a man possessed for the second half and on numerous occasions, through sheer strength of will, kept play in the opposition half.

Finally for the Blues, the team was put to the test in the second match when Noah had to depart early. There was some great striking of the moving sliotar from the defence by Riain, while Aoibhinn scored a great goal from 20 metres out. Abigale and Emily, meanwhile, were everywhere on the pitch getting stuck in fearlessly.

What’s up next

Football next Saturday, at home to St Sylvesters, meeting @10 a.m. sharp

#UpScoil


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The Stag's Voice: September 20th, 2017

Contents

  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! a ticket to ABBA!
  • Scoil Hurlers Frustration
  • A Letter to the Editor: Hurler of 1969 
  • All Ireland Ladies Sevens
  • An Invite: Autumn Equinox Experience
  • Meet Ciara Black
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! a ticket...

...available from the Super Troopers:

  • Joan Cushen - Mobile 0838101332
  • Gillian Linnane - Mobile 0863857846 
  • Marian Mottram - Mobile 0861068028

The Ladies will be in the club Wednesday & Thursday nights & Saturday morning or anyone can just text & book tickets

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I Have a Dream that you will all be saying ...Thank You for the Music & Take a Chance on Me for what will be a wonderful night for all Dancing Queens (& Kings !!) Make sure you don't miss out, BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!

So grab Fernando and your Mamma Mia & head to Waterloo (Scoil Uí Chonaill) for a Voulez-Vous...& see...Does your Mother know that you're out !

Looking forward to seeing you all there & remember The Winner Takes It All


Scoil Hurlers Frustration

Our Hurlers were due to take on Na Fianna at on Saturday, but due to a noshow referee the game is postponed (TBC). 


A Letter to the Editor: Hurler of 1969

A bright side to the unfortunate events of the Hurling semi-final on Saturday (above) is this wonderful tribute by our own Ramona Kennedy to the sight of 1969 Scoil Hurler Liam Blood and his daughter Fiona supporting on the sideline.

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Ode to what we don't know we have

With the rain pouring down, and the uncertainty at 5.20pm on Saturday evening, of whether a sliotar would be thrown in or not for the IHC semi-final between Scoil Uí Chonaill and Na Fianna, one could be forgiven for feeling a bit like the weather – dark, dreary, grey. 

But then you spot something that makes your spirits soar. A face in your crowd that you don't know - proudly sporting the Scoil jersey. Is it somebody from America? Is it somebody we haven't yet met who is a granny, grandad, parent of one of our many players from around the country? How important is the match to this unknown spectator among the Scoil die hards on the hill in Mobhi Road? 

He's sure as hell not from our parish because we don't have one.

We have something better.

The conversation is struck up – polite at first – not too probing but curious. The rain continues to drizzle down and the news filters out that the match won't be played. No referee. In fairness to the county board, it's a rare error at this level. 

Back to the stranger on the hill in Mobhi Road – the young lady in his company takes up the conversation – yes, we're here for Scoil and we're proud and yes, it's important to us. We have history. In 1969, Dad had the honour of wearing a Scoil jersey. A Scoil jersey that's unique, impeccable – the colours stand out – nobody mistakes it. But hang on, this die hard loves Scoil and is happy to be here but has a gripe. And more of that later. From Scoil Uí Chonaill in 1969 to America in the 70s, career and family like many of that generation take them from their community. But their community is not taken from them.

Lots to be said about America but the drizzly rain on Mobhi Road doesn't encourage dwelling too much. And from America back to Tallaght and home to the GAA - that GAA being St. Marks. But is it really home? Or a temporary home? The years go by, ups and downs as we all experience, retirement and for matrimonial harmony, back to somebody else's home – Balieboro in Co. Cavan.

But now's the chance for the salmon to swim back up that river. Maybe with a little bit of trepidation, we decide, yes, we want a Scoil jersey - that’s where I come from. The Scoil jersey in the most modern of ways is ordered online and delivered to Cavan. What's the next step? I'm going to get to a fixture and it's an important one. Finding out about fixtures is not like it used to be in the Herald or Press or any other publication that you would buy for sixpence – you've got to assert yourself and overcome your fear of technology. But it's worth it. There's the fixture. There's the match. I'm coming back!

Liam Blood and his daughter Fiona drove from Cavan on Saturday to attend the Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-final – we hope to see you again at the re-scheduled fixture.

P.S. he'd rather the jersey he received in the post was more like the traditional one. 

What was that about needing a parish? We're in every parish!


All Ireland Ladies Sevens

The Scoil Ladies side will take part in the All Ireland Junior Sevens tournament this Saturday in Naomh Mearnogs & Sylvesters GAA Clubs. Please support them in what is set to to be a great day. Details of times & opposition in fixture list below.


An Invite: Autumn Equinox Experience

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An invitation has been extended to the club and friends of the Edmund Rice Community, to attend a celebration of the Autumn Equinox next Saturday evening, 23rd September 2017 at 7pm in The Emmaus Centre, Swords. See full invite here


Meet Ciara Black

An honourary member, another Strictly Scoil Star and lover of a halftime rousing speech; meet the fox who looks after our players' knocks...Ciara Black!

An honourary member, another Strictly Scoil Star and lover of a halftime rousing speech; meet the fox who looks after our players' knocks...Ciara Black!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
3 marvellous years!

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Most people call me Ciara but people screaming “Physio!” across a pitch tends to get my attention too.

Where do you hail from?
Castleknock gal, born and bred.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
After a stellar recommendation from Ruairi Coady, I worked as a Physiotherapist with the (then) intermediate footballers at the end of their 2014 season. Originally it was supposed to be just one game, 3 years on I’m still there and I’ve managed to weasel my way into working with the hurlers too.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
As the Physio/girl who carries 100 bags at all times or the extraordinary dancer who came 3rd in Strictly Scoil last year.

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Working with the footballers when they got promoted to senior football in the league playoff final in 2014 was a great moment. I had only been involved for about 6 weeks but I realised then that they were a special group that were going places. Being involved in Strictly Scoil was also a great experience, it was so good to see how much everyone pulled together & the end product was brilliant.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
At the moment as a day job I work as a Maternity Physiotherapist in the Coombe Hospital, but I’ve a huge interest in Sports Medicine & Neurorehabilitation so I’ll probably move into one of those fields eventually.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
I love most sports, particularly basketball. I do some running in my spare time & I’m currently training for the Dublin half marathon at the end of the month.

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
I’d have a state of the art bullsh**t detector, to keep the soft lads from wasting any more of my valuable time before games (you know who you are, lads…)

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
I’m a big fan of Tommy Naughton’s animated pre-match motivational talks. Inspirational in all their glory.

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
Both the Football & Hurling teams playing Division One & a few Championships under their belts. Hopefully Conor Coady will have retired by then and I’ll be wearing the number 8 jersey.

Finally, if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why?
Alan Cronin once told me I was the Mother Hen looking after 30 lads every week, but I think I’m probably more of a fox ;)


Team News

SUMMARY

  • Minors beat St Anne's football championship with strong close.
  • Half time speech spurs u15 girls onto strong victory vs Plunketts
  • u12 Camogie Girls' extra sessions come up trumps
  • 'Relentless' u10 hurlers with another strong performance vs St Peregrines
  • u9 Camogie Girls blitz sees the fruits of ample game time
  • U8’s Rush to Victory against St Maur’s as skills continue to improve
  • Nursery continues, and welcomes newcomers as always

 

MFC Scoil Minors (Isles of the Sea)

2-08 vs St. Annes 1-07 on 17.09.17 at Scoil

How it all played out

Second football game in the group stages of the B Championship for the minors last Sunday got off to a slow start. Scoil missed a few goal chances in the first half and at half time the score was 0-4 to Annes and 0-3 to Scoil. Second half got off to a livelier start with both teams trading 3 points each. Penalty awarded to Scoil and was slotted home to the bottom right-hand corner by David Kennedy. Another point tagged on left the home team 3 points ahead only to have that margin reduced to zero a few minutes later when Annes equalised with a goal the other end. It looked like it was going to end in a draw as time was nearly up, but, as seems customary now, there were several minutes added on which allowed Scoil’s half-time substitute (Dublin Seniors are not the only ones with a bench!), Kevin McGrath, score a well-worked goal. The icing on the cake, and the insurance score, was a fantastic point taken almost from the sideline by Seamus McCann which allowed the home team finish the game 4 points ahead.

Who were the star performers / scorers

Scorers: David Kennedy 1(pen)-02 (1f); Kevin McGrath 1-0; Des Duggan 0-3; Conor Hennessy, Eoghan McKay, Seamus McCann 0-1 each.

What’s up next

Second hurling match in the B championship on Sunday 24th September home to Ballinteer. Throw in 11am in Ringsend Park.

#UpScoil

Under 15 girls

vs Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh 16/9/2017

18 girls made it up to Navan Road on Saturday encouraged by their last win. By half time there was only a point between the sides and they were a little concerned. A pep talk by Captain Isabelle at half time lifted their spirits and their game.  As a result Scoil decided to put the pressure on and by full time they had beaten Plunketts 5.9 to 2.8

Aine started us off with a lovely point and as usual Siofra Malone and Holly added to the score. Caoimhe Keoghan hit the woodwork a few times in the first half but more than made up for it when she went on a goal scoring spree in the second half. Our backs defended with gusto and a few clever changes ensured a great win.

Next Saturday the girls hope to make it three in a row when they take on Castleknock in a postponed game in pitch 22 at 1.30p.m.

#UpScoil

U12s Camoige v’s Naomh Olaf

After a summer of fitness and skill work the girls were back into league action this week against Olafs who had beaten us well ion our first ever match in Feb of this year. We had asked the girls to do 3 sessions in the week leading up to the match to get their stick work sharper and it worked in great style.

Our girls although smaller fought from the front like tigers to prevent the opposition getting clean primary possession to launch it back into our half. This gave us a fantastic chance to level the playing field and put our stamp on the game.

The strength of the girls in tackling and winning the dirty ruck ball was a pleasure for the coaches to see as they had been standing off in previous games and allowing bigger teams dominate them. This created the chance for every player to ensure they met their target of lifting and hitting or handpassing to players in better positions which was the marker we had set for them.

As regards the game we scored two brilliant points from distance and a well worked and hard earned goal to run out 1.2 to no score winners and with a game against Lucan this Saturday the confidence is high and girls all wanted to keep the 3 days of training going again this week. Maith sibh !!!

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Scoil U10 Hurlers v St Peregrines

Sat 16/09/17 at Stag Park

How it all played out

Team Liam Ryan; 

Under 10 Hurlers welcomed St Peregrines to Clontarf this morning. The team were on top from the start but failed to turn possession into scores for the first quarter of the match. They picked up the pace towards the end of the first half with Nathan Oates scoring from pin point long range passes in from Adam Ryan.

Team Jp Courtney;  

Due to previous night's celebrations, being tired & emotional, Jp handed over the reins this morning to Ronan Murphy.

Great performance by all the lads in particular Addi.. One of Peregrines parents said to me at half time.. "My God your kids/team are relentless"!! 

Who were the star performers

Team Liam;

Score of the match/season came from Luke Murphy in the 2nd half with some sublime interlink play with his brother Alan-even the visitors were applauding the score 4.18 - 0.1

Team Ronan;

Very difficult to single out someone, as all the kids played their part in a super win but some stunning pieces of skill/interplay from Addi, Kyle,  Aurelian & Fahad this morning. Obviously Ronan said he wasn't going to drive them home if they didn't score!!

Delighted to see Liam Carr getting some great points under pressure today & Big Finn getting stuck in..

What’s up next

Some Sleep! 

ABBA nite!!!

#UpScoil

Camogie u9

How it all played out

We welcomed teams from St Kevin’s, Commercial’s and neighbours from Raheny for a Camogie Blitz on Sunday morning. Both Scoil teams performed strongly through three rounds of matches. Skills are improving all the time and standard of Camogie rising rapidly with the matches coming thick and fast.

Who were the star performers / scorers

Special mention for Ciara who lead the defence at all times. Eabha striking who kept us going forward. Nessa who was very effective and used her great skill in middle. Also some great scorers on the day including Caoimhe, Ella and Simone

What’s up next

Another Blitz at Commercials Rathcoole and also including our other neighbours Clontarf

#UpScoil

U8’s Rush to Victory against St Maur’s

Our excellent start to the second half of the season continued with an excellent display against St Maur’s. Our skills, team spirit and game awareness are coming on in leaps and bounds. It is clear that all the hard work and extra training which our players have being doing in recent weeks is beginning to pay off. There is no doubt that they are becoming a great bunch of skilled footballers.

How it all played out

As a number of players dropped out on the morning of the match, all the players who made the long trek to Rush got lots of game time.

We were highly competitive in all games and more than held our own against solid opposition with excellent movement and passing.

Who were the star performers / scorers

The Blues team were very competitive in all three matches, Abigail ran tirelessly and made some super tackles and interceptions. Noah had a powerful game, winning great ball and smartly taking a number of excellent scores.

For Amber team, Jake had another outstanding game with some great tackling and blocking as well as sprinting up the field to get some fine scores. Danny also worked hard and showed great determination and tackling skills throughout.

For the Maroon, Aibhilinn was excellent in all three games and delivered long accurate passes to her team mates. Conán also worked hard and showed great determination and tackling skills throughout.

What’s up next

Hurling match at home to Erins Isle at the later time of 11:30.

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Fixtures

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