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2020/21 Schools GAA Latest News

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic and associated risks and fears around that, the Schools Committee have decided not to run the much loved Schools Competitions across 5th and 6th Class this Year.  Those include the Cooney Cup, The Corn Cois Farraige and lastly the Jimmy Curran Cup.    We look forward to running these competitions once again in the 2021/22 season.   In mean time keep safe.

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 2019 Schools Finals Preview

The 2019 East Meath and South Louth Schools Finals take place this coming Friday 14th of June in Pairc Tailteann.  Now in its 6th year, this years deciders have thrown up some great mouth watering ties.
Corn Cois Farraige Final: Throw In 10:30
The Corn Cois Farraige Final throws in at 10:30 and this will see Duleek Boys NS taking on Le Cheile Educate Together NS from the Marsh Road , Mornington.   Its the first ever final for Le Cheile under the guidance of Clodagh Harney and Principal Fiona Rock as they take on the Duleek Boys NS who won the inaugural Cooney Cup back in 2014 but have found themselves demoted to Division 2 last year.     Le Cheile have been in terrific form beating St Stephens NS in the semi-final whilst Duleek made light work of St Marys NS from Donore in their semi-final.  This promises to be a very close game and  whilst Duleek Boys NS have the tradition, one suspects Le Cheile could well run this all the away.
Jimmy Curran Cup  Final: Throw In 11:45
The Jimmy Curran Cup Girls final will see St Marys PPS from Bryanstown taking on St Pats NS Stamullen.  Both teams topped their respective 4 team groups and both came through very tight semi-final games to reach Fridays decider.    On form St Pats probably have come through the more competitive semi-final with a 1 point win over Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa  who were fancied by many to make the final.    St Marys in turn saw off Scoil Sporaid Naomh from Bettystown by 3 points to make the decider.    This will be another very tight game to call.    St Pats may go in as slight favourites  but St Marys PPS have some wonderful players and this game is another expected to go right down to the wire.
Cooney Cup  Final: Throw In 1pm
 This years renewal of the Cooney Cup Final pits the champions Realt Na Mara against local rivals Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa in what is a huge Derby match.   For Realt  Na Mara they are going for their 3rd Cooney Cup success having won it in 2016 and 2018.   They have not had it all there own way this year and in fact these two teams drew  11 each in Round 3 of the Group stages.   The Donacarney school have however the tradition and are backboned by some terrific players and coach Niall Arthur will be confident he can lead his school to yet another Cooney Cup Title.    For Gaelscoil an Bhraain Feasa they are aiming for their first Cooney Cup title and saw off a wonderful side in Whitecross NS in an epic semi final encounter by 2 points. They have some wonderful players particularly going forward to give Realt Na Mara plenty to worry about.    This game like the rest is very tight to call.   Both teams have serious firepower and perhaps Realt Na Mara will go into this game as favourites.  However it would be foolish to underestimate the Irish speaking boys from Gaelscoill an Bhradain Feasa and if they shoot the lights out like they did against Whitecross, the Cooney Cup could well end up on the Marsh Road.
Throw In Times
10:30 Corn Cois Farraige Final ( Div2) Duleek Boys NS V Le Cheile ( Mornington)
11:45 Jimmy Curran Cup Final ( Girls League) St Pats NS ( Stamullen) V St Marys PPS ( Bryanstown)
1:00  Cooney Cup Final ( Div1) Realt Na Mara Boys NS ( Donacarney) V Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa ( Mornington)

Realt Na Mara Boys NS Crowned Cooney Cup Champions

Realt Na Mara Boys NS 0-17 V Whitecross NS 0-9

News Report To Follow

Scoil Sporaid Naoimh Lift Corn Cois Farraige Crown

Scoil Sporaid Naomh NS 2-12(14) V St Stephens NS 0-10

News Report To Follow

Realt Na Mara Girls NS Lift Inaugural Jimmy Curran Title

Realt Na Mara Girls NS 0-9 V Whitecross NS 0-6

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Schools Finals Pairings Confirmed

Schools Finals

Corn Cois Farraige  Round 3 News

Le Cheile 0-18 V Bellewstown/Mount Hanover 0-3

Le Cheile go top of the Table and 2 wins from 2 as they see off Bellewstown/Mount Hanover.

Scoil Sporaid Naomh 0-11 V St Stephens NS 0-11

All Square as SSN and St Stephens play out spirited draw

Cooney Cup Round 3 News

Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa 1-13(14) V Whitecross NS 0-7

Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa  Scorers: Tadgh McCann-Duff 0-5, Niall Kelly 0-3, Conor Christie 1-1, Daragh Reidy 0-1, Luke Walsh 0-2, Andrew Garland 0-1, Oisin Cummins 0-1

Whitecross NS Scorers: Will Richardson 0-4, Ben O’Reilly 0-1, Ronan Quinn 0-1, Coor Black 0-1

This was a compelling encounter in which for 40 minutes both teams went hammer and tong with tackles flying left, right and centre but with high skill on show from both teams.   At the break Whitecross led by 1 point 0-6 V 0-5 in what was great first half.  In the 2nd half the Gaelscoil turned up the tempo a notche higher and wonderful scores from Tadgh McCann-Duff, Niall Kelly, Luke Walsh, Oisin Cummins and Andrew Garland saw them outscore the Julianstown school eight points to one.   On this evidence the new favourites for the 2018 Cooney Cup reside on the Mill Road.  Could The Cooney Cup make its way there for the very first time come June ?

Man of The Match: In a brilliant match Will Richardson was at his usual high standards for Whitecross NS as was the talented Ronan Quinn who was great throughout.   For the Gaelscoil Tadgh McCann Duff was superb as was the brilliant Niall Kelly who  landed 3 wonderful points in terrific display.   Conor Christie, Oisin Cummins and Daragh Reidy also played great throughout. However star man goes to Luke Walsh.   He may be small in size but his undoubted quality shone threw from start to finish.  Out in front, quick off loads, and great team play and two wonderful points capped a stellar display in a very hot looking Gaelscoil team awash with talented players.

St Pats NS 1-5(6) V Duleek Boys NS 0-5

It is only Round 3 but this had all the hallmarks of a key relegation battle.  Played in Seafield, Laytown , this was a tight affair throughout and only for a last minute fisted point by Kobe Ndebs, this could well have ended up in a draw.   The game at the break saw St Pats lead by a single score with fines scores from Sean and Andrew Cadwell keeping Duleek firmly in the game whilst Daragh Bracken and Kobe Ndebs caught the eye and kicked 3 fines scores in the first half to see St Pats  lead at the break.

The second half saw the gamed levelled with 2 minutes to go when Sean Cadwell kicked two great scores to cancel out key scores from Daragh Bracken and Rain Skinner.  However with time almost up Kobe Ndebs was ice cool among the Duleek Boys defence to fist over to grab the winning score in this Round 3 tie.

Duleek Boys Scorers: Sean Cadwell 0-3, Andrew Cadwell 0-1

St Pats Scorers: Charlie Martin 1-0, Daragh Bracken 0-2,  Kobe Ndebs 0-2, Rain Skinner 0-1

Man of The Match: On a dreadful day for football, the Cadwells Sean and Andrew played great for Duleek Boys whilst Daragh Bracken was terrific for St Pats.  However in a tense and tight game the stand out figure was Kobe Ndebs.    Young Ndebs caught some great ball and his kick passing was great at times.  However his ice cool finish when surrounded by Duleek Boys at the end was the key moment and the key score that could well at the least keep his side in the Cooney Cup and Division 1 next year.

Jimmy Curran Cup Round 1 News


Le Cheile 1-6(7) V Whitecross NS 3-5(8)

Le Cheile Scorers: Molly McGuirk 1-4, Kate O’Brien 0-1, Rachel Fanning 0-1

Whitecross NS Scorers: Ciara Cronin 2-2, Grace Sweeney 1-2, Ciara McMenamin 1-1, Sarah Hartnett 0-1,

St Pats NS 4-7(11) V SSN 1-7(8)

St Pats NS Scorers:  Aoife Tudes 1-4, Kate Cromwell 2-1, Grace Dalton 1-0, Nicole Martin 0-1,  Fay Wardell 0-1

Scoil Sporaid Naomh Scorers: Cala Van der Wall 1-2, Ciara McMenamin 0-2, Siofra Butler 0-1, Shannon Brodigan 0-1, Katie Burke 0-1,


Donore NS 1-5(6) V Realt Na Mara Girls NS 1-8(9)

The opening game of the Jimmy Curran Cup saw an enthralling affair between two very good sides.  Two sides that did enough to suggest that they could well be a the business end of this years competition.  Ciara Mounan kicked two great scores in the opening half for Donore NS before three wonderful scores from the eye catching play of Amy Scurry saw Realt Na Mara take the lead.     Further first half scores from Sarah Mullen  and Clodagh Gorman saw the Donacarney school lead at the break by 0-5 V 1-1(2).

The 2nd half saw the dangerous and talented Louise Creavin reduce the margin to a single score with two wonderful scores for Donore NS, before Enya Kelly , Kate Ball and Bronagh Brant replied in kind for Realt Na Mara to extend the lead out to 4 points.  Ellen Jackson and Saoirse Dixon then duly reduced the margin once more to two points with fine scores before Bronagh Grant however sealed the win for Realt Na Mara with another fine point from play to see them win out by 3 points in the end .

Realt Na Mara Scorers: Enya kelly 1-0, Amy Scurrey 0-3, Bronagh Grant 0-2, Clodagh Gormon 0-1, Sarah Mullen 0-1, Kate Ball 0-1,

Donore NS Scorers: Ciara Mounan 1-1, Louise Creavin 0-2, Saoirse Dixon 0-1, Ellen Jackson 0-1

Man of The Match:A great game to open the 2018 Jimmy Curran Cup Girls League.  There were many fine performances .  Louise Creavin and Ciara Mounan will be names heard much about as this competition progresses and they were great for Donore NS.  For Realt Na Mara NS Macey Hayes was great and Bronagh Grant  was terrific and kicked 2 great scores whilst at the back Caoimhe Cairns, Grace Toolan and Kate Ball were great throughout.  However star player  in this contest was Amy Scurry.  Her 3 points were terrific and her all round attacking play setup scores for others as her attacking play caused Donore NS all sorts of problems throughout.

Corn Cois Farraige  Round 2 News


Bellewstown/Mount Hanover NS 7-5(12) V  Donore NS 3-8 (11)

This Round 2 match was as tight and competitive from start to finish and indeed ended with a one point victory to the Bleewstown/Mount Hanover. The first half saw scores traded as first goals from Conor McGinty and four goals from the wonderful Ben Sullivan were cancelled out by some great scoring from Liam Lynch and 4 stunning points from Tadgh Dixon as teams went in at the break with Donore NS trailing 6-1(7) v 0-6.

The 2nd half saw Bellewstown/Mount HAnover extend their lead to 5 points courtesy of great scores from Conor McGinty, a brace from Dylan Kelly and a goal from Jamie Hoey as there fine play began to turn the screw.

However just when it seemed it was all to much for Donore NS, back they came and proceeded to hit the next 4 scores courtesy of Andrew Brien, Liam Lynch and two wonderful scores from the talented Cormac Victory.    Now a 1 point game Bellewstown/Mount Hanover then grabbed the key score from Dan Kierans before Cormac Victory then setup Liam Lynch again to reduce the margin to one at the death.  Try as they might however, Bellewstown/Mount Hanover held on to grab the points in a fine match.

Bellewstown/Mount Hanover  Scorers: Ben Sullivan 4-0, Conor McGinty 1-1, Dan Cairns 0-2, Loughlin Harris 1-0, Dylan Reilly 0-2, Jamie Hoey 1-0

Donore NS Scorers: Liam Lynch 1-2, Cormac Victory 1-1, Tadgh Dixon 0-4, Andrew Brien 1-0, Andrew Creavin 0-1

Man of The Match – This was terrific encounter, hard and competitive from start to finish with great football on show.   For Donore NS Tadgh Dixon put in a great display and married great play with some wonderful scoring. It must be said he was ably assisted with very fine play from Liam Lynch and the great play making from Cormac Victory who kept pulling the strings throughout.

For Bellewstown/Mount Hanover Conor McGinty, Dylan Kelly and Dan Kierans played great throughout.  However star man goes to Ben Sullivan.  The apple has not fallen far from the Sullivan tree and in 50 minutes of football, Ben Sullivan  tormented the Donore NS defence and grabbed four wonderful goals.  In a great team display, young O’Sullivans silky play was the difference on the day.


Ardacath/Clonalvy NS  V  3-11(14) V St Stephens 8-12(20)

This Round 2 match was a competitive and entertaining affair played up in St Vincents.  The first half saw the Walterstown school lead by 7, on a scoreline of 6-6(12) V 1-4(5) with some great football from the Walterstown School side.   The talented Matthew Alonge and the brilliant Sam Curtis at midfield set the tempo and between them run up 5-3 between them in the first half, a half in which the talented Kate McCarron also to the fore with 1-1.   For Ardcath/Clonalvy NS the brilliant Michael McIvor was in wonderful form and kicked 4 of his sides 5 first half scores as they tried to stay with the Walterstown school side.

The 2nd half saw the briliant McIvor then put on an exhibition of scoring and proceeded to hit 5 points to narrow the gap to 2 points.  However St Stephens NS replied in kind and dominant play from Sam Curtis saw him kick 3 wonderful points and he also had a hand in great scores from Kate McCarron, Eanna Holland and Conor Erity as St Stephens ran out 6 point winners in the end to grab their first win in the Corn Cois Farraige.

St Stephens Scorers:Matthew Alonge 3-3,  Sam Curtis 2-4, Kate McCarron 2-2, Conor Erity 1-1, Darragh Conor 0-1, Eanna Holland 0-1

Ardcath/Clonalvy NS Scorers: Michael McIvor 1-9,  Cillian Daly 1-0, Ronan O’Donovan 1-0, Matthew Tuite 0-1, Amy Gough 0-1

Man of The Match – There was a number of great performances.  Matthew Alonge was terrific especially in the first half and his 3-3 was terrific in great display whilst Kate McCarron was outstanding from start to finish.  For Ardcath there is not many better in this competition, than the talented Michael McIvor and young McIvor is a real playmaker and score getter.  However in the end the star man was St Stephens Sam Curtis.   Big, powerful and very athletic, his wonderful movement and fielding was great to watch and asides hitting 2-4 he dominated centrefield from start to finish in terrific display.

Cooney Cup Round 1 News


Whitecross NS 1-19 (20) V Duleek Boys NS 0-4
 2017 Cooney Champions signalled their intent for the 2018 season when they put in a scintillating performance against what was a decent Duleek side played in windy St Pats. 7 points a piece from the boot of Will Richardson and the very talented Ryan McBrearty put the Julianstown School on their way.   They were aided by 1-1 from Sean Caldwell and 0-2 each from Michael Timmons and Ronan Quinn. This was a wonderful performance and with conducter and chief McBrearty pulling all the strings, Whitecross could well feel they can become the first school to perhaps target back to back Cooney Cup crowns.
Whitecross NS Scorers: Ryan McBrearty 0-7, Will Richardson 0-7, Sean Caldwell 1-1, Ronan Quinn 0-2, Michael Timmons 0-2
Duleek Boys NS Scorers: Karl Connor 0-1, Sam Heaney 0-1, Adam Cadell 0-1, D Murphy 0-1
Man of The Match – Ryan McBrearty.   No end to this young mans talent and had Whitecross purring from start to finish in great performance
Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa 1-11 (12) V St Marys PPS 8-1(9)
Gaelscoil and Bhradain Feasa opened their 2018 Cooney Cup challenge when they took on St Mary’s PPS from Bryanstown.  Playing against a strong win in the first half it was the Bryanstown boys who led at the break 6-0 (6) V 1-1 (2) courtesy of some fine play from Patrick Browne who netted 3 of his sides 6 goals in the opening period, whilst 1-1 came from the boot of Niall Kelly.  The 2nd half saw the game turn on its head as the Gaelscoil slowly but surely cut the deficit.  Scores from the Tadgh McCann-Duff 0-6, Daragh Reddy 0-2, Conor Christie 0-2 had them ahead by 4 with minutes to go before Paddy Browne hit another goal to leave 3 points in the contest at the end.
This was an even match with plenty of skill on show , ruined somewhat by the high wind. However both teams showed plenty to suggest they will be at the knockout stages this season
Gaelscoil Scorers: Tadgh McCann-Duff 0-6, Niall Kelly 1-1, Daragh Reddy 0-2, Conor Christie 0-2
St Marys Scorers: Patrick Browne 4-1, Ali 2-0, Lincoln Dollier 2-0
Man of The Match –  Lincoln Dollier.   On the losing side  but lived up to pre match billing, the towering power house midfielder did not disappoint , kicked two goals  and his range of kick passing was great to watch.
St Pats NS 2-4 (6) V Realt Na Mara 1-13(14)
Realt Na Mara last years beaten Cooney Cup Finalists took on St Pats NS in Round 1 of the Cooney Cup in game 3 in St Pats Stamullen.   The Donacarney School raced into a 0-8 V 0-1 lead at the break, courtesy of Charlie Tunsted, Aidan Clarke and Jake Hough before some wonderful play from the Brennan’s Oisin and Conor saw them tag on 2 and 3 points respectively to lead by 7 at the break, the solitary St Pats score coming from the boot of Kobe George.  The 2nd half was a more even affair with two scores from Bruno Benoit , Charlie Newton and two more from Kobe George did make a contest of this match .  However Realt Na Mara kept their noses in front and 1-3 from Aidan Clarke, and points from Jake Hoch and Oisin Brennan saw the Donacarney boys take the points and win in the end by 8 points   in what was a keenly contested Round 1 match
Realt Na Mara Scorers: Aidan Clarke 1-4, Oisin Brennan 0-4. Conor Brennan 0-2, Jake Hough 0-2, Charlie Tunsted 0-1
St  Pats Scorers:Kobe George 1-2, Bruno Benoit 0-2, Charlie Newton 1-0
Man of The Match –  Aidan Clarke.  Big powerful and talented player.  Made his size count but it was his ability to score that set him apart in great display