The third years participated in a special end-of-year and pre-Junior Cert prayer service on Friday, May 24. The prayer service was attended by the parents and family of the late Dean Byrne. When a first year student in 2010/11, Dean was a classmate of the current Junior Certificate group. Tragically, he lost his life in a drowning accident in June 2011.
At the conclusion of the prayer service a magnolia tree was planted in the school grounds in memory of Dean. Its elegant flowers will serve as a tribute to Dean each May and June.
One week earlier, the annual Dean Byrne memorial soccer match was played at Palmer’s Hill Park. In front of a large crowd, the game saw the school’s U15 team take on Cashel F.C.’s U15s.
It was the school side who took the lead when Tom Keating headed home James Walsh’s free kick. The club side quickly responded though with two goals from Ger Browne. James Ryan then added a third to put the club team well in control. However, Jack Burke converted a penalty to bring the school team back into contention and make it 3 – 2 before half-time.
Tom Keating’s deflected shot made it 3 – 3 just after the break and from there on the school team dominated proceedings, coming close to getting the winner on a number of occasions but the club’s goalkeeper Adrian O’Dwyer made some fine saves.
There were no further goals and so the game was destined for penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Killian Hayde made the decisive save for the school before James Walsh sealed victory with his successful kick.
Afterwards, Mr. Morrissey thanked Dean’s parents Liam and Shirley for sponsoring the medals and trophy. The man-of-the-match award went to Jack Burke. Well done to all involved.
School team: Killian Hayde, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Wade, James Walsh, Conor Horan, Ronan Quinn, Alan O’Donnell, Tom Keating, Adrian Maguire, Mark Furlong, Jack Burke. Subs used: Alan O’Brien, Jack Corcoran, Lorcan O’Dwyer, Murragh McDermott, Joe Griffey. Scorers: Tom Keating (2), Jack Burke (1).
P.J. Davern Cup
The final of the first year soccer tournament was contested by class groups Foyle and Nore. The match was the culmination of this annual boys-and-girls’ competition held in memory of Mr. P.J. Davern (who taught at CCS.)
Nore dominated the first half with Lorcan O’Dwyer and James Kirby coming very close to scoring the opening goal. Foyle defended well, though, with Ger Cummins and goalkeeper Scott Scanlon doing well. The second half repeated the pattern of the first half, with Nore having a great deal of possession but unable to beat a determined Foyle defence. This led to a penalty shoot-out in which Foyle’s Scott Scanlon was the hero, making three vital saves to win the cup for his class.
Mr. Morrissey afterwards presented the cup to Foyle’s joint captains, Murragh McDermott and Aoife McCarthy. He thanked Jimmy Walsh and Martin Coleman for refereeing the matches, sixth year students André McLeod, Shane Gubbins, Dean Thompson and Andrew Ryan for managing the teams, and Joe Ahern of the Rock House restaurant for sponsoring the prizes. Well done to all involved.