Coláiste past-pupils Eoin Donaghy, Sean Flynn and Dean Lonergan were enthusiastically welcomed back by students and staff alike on Friday last, October 28, as they brought the All-Ireland Minor football trophy to the college.
The three, along with another past pupil, Oisin O’Flynn, were members of the Tipperary Minor football panel which scored a dramatic win over Dublin in this year’s All-Ireland final. They were accompanied by team-mate Jason Lonergan, team manager David Power, physical trainer Alan O’Connor and County Board Chairman Barry O’Brien.
The group were formally welcomed by principal Mrs. Mary Finnegan Burke, who congratulated the team, manager and his back room team on their historic win. She also commended County Football Board Chairman Noel Morris, secretary Michael Power and former secretary Eddie Lonergan of Cahir for their unstinting efforts at promoting football in the county, and the Munster Board for recent under-age training initiatives in Tipperary.
Team manager David Power thanked teachers and coaches whose efforts had contributed to the development of the players. The minor panel had over 100 training sessions in preparation for their assault on the All-Ireland, and the manager also noted the successes achieved by many of the players previously at U16 and U17 level. He commented on the strength of football in the ladies game and encouraged all students involved in football to continue to work on developing their game.
County Board Chairman Barry O’Brien spoke of his delight in accompanying the minor footballers back to their school. He thanked the Coláiste for the role played in promoting games and was fulsome in his praise of the great attitude and spirit in the school. Barry spoke of the success and achievement enjoyed by the school in the academic, theatrical and sporting areas. He also thanked the Munster GAA Board for the new football coaching initiative introduced last year, in which Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, the High School Clonmel and The Abbey Tipperary Town all participated.
Speaking on behalf of the players, Eoin Donaghy thanked David Power and his team for the huge effort they had put in to the minor panel and players. He also paid tribute to the work of Coláiste coaches Shane Ronayne and Colm O’Flaherty for their role in developing the talent of the players in the college.
Shane Ronayne congratulated all involved with what was a tremendous success. He spoke in particular of the role played by the team management in instilling belief in the players. Shane also paid tribute to Barry O’Brien for a very successful tenure as County Board Chairman, and for the tremendous support Barry has given to Coláiste Dún Iascaigh. Like other speakers, Shane also spoke of his wish to see current pupils return in years to come with other All-Ireland trophies.
It is widely agreed that the Minor Football final this year was one of the highest quality, both in terms of the standard of play and the excitement generated. For Tipperary this was a first success at this level in 77 years, and following on from the 2010 Munster victory for the U21 footballers, its bodes well for the future of the sport in the county.
Company in Coláiste
As part of the Friendship Week initiative, Humourfit Theatre Company returned to the Coláiste on Monday, October 24, for a number of shows with junior students. The first year students saw “The Malice of Miss Brady,” which focused on bullying and isolation. Through the drama they came to understand the plight of the bullying victim, and the importance of telling and not merely being a bystander. The second years saw “The Dan Cool Show,” presented in the format of a TV chat show in which Dan Cool interviews three different people. The focus was on teenagers’ attitudes to growing up, and gave a clear message to them on the importance of being yourself, making one’s own decisions and not being easily led by peers. Third years watched “The Importance of Breathing,” a drama which dealt with such diverse topics as friends, sexuality, exams and being inspired. They also heard the stories of three well-known people who triumphed in the face of adversity – Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey and J.K. Rowling. The importance of accepting difference was emphasised, as was the ability we all have to find inspiration even when things do not appear to be going your way. The reaction from students was very positive, enjoying the humorous but telling way the message of each show was presented.
Senior Soccer six-goal thriller
Colaiste Dun Iascaigh 3
St Ailbes 3
The senior boys’ soccer team got this year’s campaign off to a start with a six-goal thriller against St Ailbes last Monday, October 24. Exchanges in the opening minutes of the game were even, but midway through the first half St Ailbes took the lead. At this stage the young Coláiste team were second best to the more experienced St Ailbes team, and soon after the score was 2.0. With half time approaching Anthony Condon scored a great striker’s goal with a low hard shot into the bottom corner to leave the game poised at 2-1.
After a strong half-time talk the Coláiste team came out for the second half with more vigour and began playing the better football. The St Ailbes goal was constantly under pressure and with about 15 minutes gone Anthony Condon got his second after some good work by Barry Cooney. However St Ailbes immediately responded with a third goal as a result of poor concentration at the back from Cahir. The boys showed great determination and despite a saved penalty never gave up. Their hard work was rewarded by a fine individual goal by Keelan Hickey. Cahir came very close to winning it at the end with a shot from Jamie Deveraux somehow staying out.
An excellent second half performance from the Coláiste team undoubtedly, and one that gives hope for a successful campaign this year.
Munster Under 18 Football
Coláiste Dún Iasaigh Cahir 0-9 Askeaton 0-6.
Cahir Senior footballers had an early start on Friday last when they played Askeaton, in Cappamore, in the first round of the Munster competition. Coláiste Dún Iascaigh fielded a very young Senior team, with most of the players being under 16. Playing with the wind in the first half, Cahir had plenty of possession but failed to convert it into scores. Indeed it was a very low-scoring first-half, with Coláiste Dún Iascaigh enjoying a 6 points to 3 lead.
Coláiste Dún Iascaigh started the second half very strongly and scored 3 unanswered points to extend their lead to 6 points. In the final quarter Askeaton staged a comeback, scoring three points and keeping Cahir scoreless, but it was not enough.
This was a satisfactory result for a very young team, but no doubt there will be stiffer challenges ahead. However, with a commitment to training and the return of a number of injured players, progress in this competition is achievable.
Team: Jason Burke, James Shine, Brian Littleton, Oisin Moloney, James Fitzpatrick, Alan Condon, Pierce Murphy, Michael O’Connor (0-1), Brian Hyland, Anthony Condon (0-3), Shane Lowry (0-1), James Morgan, Daire O’Brien , Keelan Hickey (0-4), Liam Howard. Subs used: Colin O’Gorman, Brendan Donaghy.
Coláiste Musical dates
The Coláiste Musical will take to the stage from Thursday, November 24, to Sunday, November 27, in the Coláiste hall. The cast of 130, musical director Norma Barry-Hurley and producer Deirdre Buckley are working hard to ensure that “Does your mother know?” will reach the high standards of previous musicals. Rehearsals are currently being held at lunch and after school, and reports suggest that this will be a show to remember. Tickets will be available soon, with prices at E12 per person and family tickets at E40 (two adults and two children).
Mid-term tests for third and sixth year students will be held from Monday, November 7, to Wednesday November 9. Timetables may be downloaded from www.colaisteduniascaigh.ie. Exam students and their parents will also be interested to note that the State Exams Commission have announced that the Leaving Cert Orals, Junior and Leaving Cert Music Practicals and Junior Cert Home Economics practicals will be held nationwide during the fortnight of 16 April to 27 April 2012.