Great success for Coláiste School Bank

The hard work of the Coláiste’s bank team was recognised in the regional finals of the “Build a Bank” competition on Tuesday in the South Court Hotel in Limerick, with the Coláiste team emerging as winners of the Best Newcomer Award. The Build a Bank challenge is an enjoyable way for transition year students to run their own bank. The team, led by Manager Maureen Murphy aided by Assistant Manager Sophie O’Dwyer and Auditor Alana Bourke, have been working very hard throughout the year lodging and withdrawing students’ money, setting up promotional campaigns for Valentine’s Day and Easter and encouraging internet and phone banking among students.ondary

The hard work of the Coláiste’s bank team was recognised in the regional finals of the “Build a Bank” competition on Tuesday in the South Court Hotel in Limerick, with the Coláiste team emerging as winners of the Best Newcomer Award. The Build a Bank challenge is an enjoyable way for transition year students to run their own bank. The team, led by Manager Maureen Murphy aided by Assistant Manager Sophie O’Dwyer and Auditor Alana Bourke, have been working very hard throughout the year lodging and withdrawing students’ money, setting up promotional campaigns for Valentine’s Day and Easter and encouraging internet and phone banking among students.ondary

For the regional final each school had to create and display an exhibition of the work they had completed throughout the year. Each team was allocated approximately 10 minutes to discuss, present and participate in a questions and answers forum with the allocated adjudicators. In evaluating the teams, adjudicators focused on three areas – the business plan, exhibition and presentation, and overall innovation. Six key criteria were assessed. These included business operations, marketing, finance, quality of exhibition and presentation and overall innovation and creativity. From the Coláiste’s bank facebook page, video of the opening of the bank by Tipperary hurler Brendan Cummins, numerous posters and its own unique logo- the ‘Budding Bank’ as it is aptly called- the Coláiste’s entry was well positioned to attract the eye of the judges. To the delight of the six students involved the school was given the award for best newcomer, an award given to schools who had set up a school bank this year. The six students involved deservedly won this award not only for the hard work they put in on their display on the day but also for their effort and dedication throughout the year.

All Ireland Heartbreak for the Coláiste

Coláiste Dún Iascaigh’s junior camogie team experienced heartbreak for the second time in the space of twelve months, losing their second All Ireland final to worthy winners New Ross in the Junior B Final on a score of 5-9 to 3-9.

Unfortunately going into the final the team experienced a crippling injury crisis due to weekend action for club and county three days before the All Ireland. Faced with the loss of key players, the team management were forced to rethink and patch up the team going into the match. Credit to the girls on the day because they dug deep and gave it their all against strong and balanced opponents.

The positional switches saw injured full back Claire Walsh slot into goal with regular keeper Laura Dillon moving outfield, and despite the final score line she acquitted herself between the posts. In the first half New Ross were the most balanced of the two teams with a very pacey full forward line. Cahir’s two corner backs Kirsty Arbuckle and Jessica Weste did settle early on but they certainly had their hands full during the half.

Aishling Moloney switched to centre back and slowly but surely New Ross were pegged back. Up front Roisin Howard and Caoimhe Condon started picking up the scraps that came their way. However, New Ross’ ability to get goals at crucial times meant that at the half time whistle the Coláiste were four points behind.

The resumption of the second half saw the Cahir girls demonstrate the determination and grit that they have shown all year, but New Ross continued to press ahead. Going into the last quarter of the game New Ross were ten points up. The Cahir girls went for broke and threw everything at New Ross who were starting to tire at this stage. Laura Dillon made progress at midfield while dogged defending at the back from Roisin Costigan, Shauna Burke and Maureen Murphy and the switch of Emma Buckley to centre forward meant New Ross still had their work cut out. Colaiste’s first years, when brought on, got stuck in to girls who were most likely two to three years older than them.

Yet time was ticking and despite goals from Aishling Moloney and Roisin Howard Colaiste’s hearts were broken by New Ross with their fifth goal. This was despite the heroic defending of Jessica Weste who twice blocked down her attacker before the Wexford girl drove the ball to the back of the net.

Goals win games and despite Colaiste scoring 3-9 –a score which would win many a game- New Ross were a more physically and skilfully balanced side and worthy winners in the end. For the Coláiste it was another year, another heartbreaking All Ireland camogie defeat and it will always be a case of what if the full starting fifteen were available. On the day their heart and determination could not be faulted, but overall they could not reach the levels that saw them defeat the Ulster champions and the Leinster runners up in the previous rounds. Wexford camogie is currently on a high following their recent successes at inter-county level, and New Ross had players from six different clubs on their panel. Coláiste Dún Iascaigh’s players are all from one club - Cahir – and while they are undoubtedly disappointed they must take heart from their great campaign through the year. They have represented their school, club and county with great distinction.

Team Claire Walsh, Jessica Weste, Kirsty Arbuckle, Emma Buckley, Roisin Costigan, Laura Dillon, Rachel O’Dwyer, Maureen Murphy, Aishling Moloney, Shauna Burke, Roisin Howard, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Laura Casey, Caoimhe Condon, Joye Arbuckle. Subs used: Alyssa Keating and Jessica Coffey.