Colaiste Dun Iascaigh’s Junior camogie team have made history again by reaching the Junior B All Ireland Final for the first time in the Colaiste’s history.
They will now face Leinster champions New Ross in the national decider.
The panel may be small in numbers but the commitment shown after losing the Munster Final to Lismore earlier in the year has been all too evident. After accounting for Borris VEC in the quarter final it set up a semi final tie with Ulster champions St. Killian’s Garran Tower of Antrim, who had recorded an impressive win in their respective provincial final.
Once again the girls were up bright and early for another Saturday trip, this time to Clana Gael Fontenoy in Dublin City. The pitch surface was superb and the girls made full use of its qualities. In a marked contrast to the Borris game the girls hit the ground running with Joye Arbuckle opening the scoring with a goal. With a strong wind at their backs the Coláiste piled on the pressure and were it not for the heroic actions of St. Killian’s goalkeeper Coláiste Dún Iascaigh would have had a much greater lead.
The loss through injury of tireless defender Rebecca English was a severe blow but scores from Aishling Moloney, Roisin Howard and Caoimhe Condon late into the first half saw the Cahir girls lead 3-4 to 0-0. While the scoring was going on at one end attacks on the Colaiste’s defence were ably dealt with by Emma Buckley at full back and corner-backs Jessica Weste and Kirsty Arbuckle. Outside them in the halfback line clever play from center back Aoife Corcoran with Roisin Costigan and Laura Casey cleared up the remainder.
On the resumption of the second half Cahir really tightened the screw on their opponents for the initial ten minutes, racking up 2-2 without reply. Lauren Fitzpatrick was having a fantastic game at half forward and the introduction of Shauna Burke at really paid off. Maureen Murphy and Aishling Moloney worked tirelessly at midfield, while Caoimhe Condon and Roisin Howard were like sharks in a fish pond such was the continuous threat they posed.
St. Killian’s did strike back with 1-3 to which the Coláiste responded with 1-1. Towards the end the girls did perhaps take the foot off the gas as St. Killian’s snuck in three goals in the dying minutes. But Roisin Howard settled any lingering nerves with a trademark goal after Lauren Fitz had moments before struck the crossbar. The final score was 7-7 to 4-4.
The final whistle saw great scenes of delight amongst the girls and it sets up an All Ireland Final with New Ross this Wednesday, February 29. It’s been some journey to get to this point; the girls have done themselves, the Coláiste and their clubs proud and it’s not over yet!
Team: Laura Dillon, Jessica Weste, Emma Buckley (C), Kirsty Arbuckle, Laura Casey, Aoife Corcoran, Rebecca English, Maureen Murphy, Aishling Moloney, Roisin Costigan, Roisin Howard, Rachel O Dwyer, Joye Arbuckle, Caoimhe Condon, Lauren Fitzpatrick.
Fashion Show for Day Care Centre
As part of their Enterprise Plan for the Links Module, a group of fifth year students organised a Fashion Show in the Coláiste in aid of the Cahir Day Care Centre. The Fashion show, held on Monday, February 20, was attended by almost 230 students. Students from first, second, fifth and Transition year joined teachers to model a variety of outfits from shops in the locality and in the process €E458 was raised for the Day Care Centre.
A number of the organisers are members of the Coláiste’s Justice Group, and thus it was decided to combine their Enterprise Plan with the fund-raising efforts of the Justice Group. Coláiste chaplain Ms. Jospehine Wade worked with the group and following on earlier fundraisers, the Justice Group are now well on their way to raising their target of €E2,500 for the Day Care Centre.
This was also a very worthwhile venture for the student organisers who learned first-hand about the work involved in any enterprise. They contacted the shops, organised outfits, scripted the outfit descriptions, sourced models from the student body and staff, organised the venue, promoted the venture within the college and sold the tickets. The students wish to acknowledge the support of all who helped them, and particularly the shops who gave outfits, the models, Coláiste caretaker Paddy Lonergan and chaplain Josephine Wade.
On Tuesday a group of students joined with Ms.Cathriona Maher to organise a Pancake Party as part of the national initiative to raise funds for the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght. Students were happy to donate their money and feasted on pancakes though lunchtime. On Friday a group of students from various years participated in the annual Sponsored Silence to raise money to send three fifth year students as helpers on the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes in June.
Energy Flag secured for Coláiste
Coláiste Dún Iascaigh celebrated the news from An Taisce that the Coláiste has secured its second Green Flag – the energy flag. This is just reward for the work put in by all the Coláiste in reducing energy bills and increasing awareness and implementation of conservation initiatives. Particular credit is due to the hard working Green Schools Committee co-ordinated by Mr. Stephen O’Brien and chaired by fifth year student Jessica Rowe, who have initiated and driven the campaign forward. The Green Flag will be presented to the Committee at an An Taisce function shortly, and will later be formally raised at the Coláiste.