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The girl’s vision of playing in Croke Park sadly ended yesterday on Monastery Road. Having already had well earned victories over St. Finians New Castle and St. Mary’s Sagart and being marginally beaten by Scoil Chronain in the last group game we were still given a chance in the quarter final of the cup. The girls were up against a tall, strong side from Our Lady Queen of Apostles Clonburris and up until the last 5 minutes when a soft goal snuck into the corner of their net it could have went either way. Despite very wet and windy conditions it was a fast-moving and exciting game from start to finish. Clonburris got an early goal to lead but we came back with some cracking scores from Saoirse Murphy, Susie Cronin and Anna Magliozzi. At half time the sides were level and Saoirse got another key point which had us in the lead for the majority of the second half. The backs had a tough job throughout the match with Hannah Byrne particularly showing great bravery. Unfortunately when Clonburris’s third goal came to put them ahead they built on this and got another goal soon after leaving the scoreline at 4-1 to 1-5. The girls were devastated but did themselves and the school very proud. Well done to the team for their fantastic attitude, effort and enthusiasm throughout the season.


4 Corners GAA tournament Girls team

The girls team won the 4 corners Gaelic football tournament last June for the 3rd year in a row & the credit union sponsor the cup. Scoil Cronán won the boys. Past pupils Sophie Simpson, Molly McGlynn & Amalia Svarsiuc & Meaghan Quinn from the current 6th class. And of course Peter Elliot 🙂 

The boys football team have had mixed fortunes on the playing fields this past week. On Thursday 21st September, they lost a cracking game against Sacred Heart NS, Sruleen on a scoreline of 3-11 to 3-9. The teams were very evenly matched throughout. Sacred Heart led at half time by 3-6 to 3-3 with Holy Family’s goals coming from Lee McConnell, Dean Simpson and Jacob Comiskey. It was score for score in the second half but unfortunately, we just came up short despite a great effort.


Team v Sacred Heart: Kyle Maguire; Jamie Moore, Aaron McCusker, Tony Ashby; Kyle Humphries, Ben Ratcliffe, James Dignam (0-1); Lee McConnell (1-3), Conor Quinn (0-1); Dean Simpson (1-2), Cillian Byrne, Jacob Comiskey (1-0); Daniel Kelty (0-1), Shane Manscier, Eoin Keane. Subs: Lee Campbell, Seán Craig, Cormac Dixon, David Idemudia, Seán Mattison, Andrew Millar, Evan.


On Thursday 28th September, we got back to winning ways after a good win over St Patrick’s, Corduff. The old adage that ‘goals win games’ was evident in this game as Holy Family emerged as 7-1 to 2-5 winners. In a keenly contested first half where we struggled for long periods, goals from Dean Simpson, Rhys Bankin and Lee McConnell gave us a two point interval lead. The lads put some lovely moves together in the second half and further goals from Lee McConnell, Rhys Bankin, Daniel O’Kelly and Lee Campbell meant we were travelling back to Rathcoole in high spirits! The backs played especially well in the second half with great performances from Ben Ratcliffe, Jacob Comiskey, Adam Coughlan and Alex Baxter. All 30 lads that were togged got to play a part. We are now through to the quarter finals which are scheduled to be played on the 11th/12th October. Well done to all!


Team v St Patrick’s:

Liam Goodwin; Cormac Dixon, Ben Ratcliffe, Aaron McCusker; Kyle Humphries, Conor Quinn, Jacob Comiskey; Daniel O’Kelly (1-0), Lee McConnell (2-0); Seán Reilly, Dean Simpson (1-0), James Dignam; Seán Craig, Rhys Bankin (2-0), Aaron Brereton. Subs used: Kyle Maguire, Jamie Moore, Ben Noone, Alex Baxter, Adam Coughlan, Cillian Byrne, Jack O’Callaghan, Zach O’Reilly, Lee Campbell (1-1), David Vickers, Travis Moore, Jack O’Connor, Daniel Kelty, Tony Ashby and Eoin Keane.


Green team news


Litter and Waste is our first flag. The Green Schools Flag is a two year programme. We need to be working on this for a year before we can apply for assessment and flag. Therefore 2017 – 2018 will be the year we set it up in our school. It will be monitored and evaluated throughout the year. We cannot apply for the flag until December 2018 and assessment then is March 2019.  While there is a committee it is a whole school approach.

Green Flag meetings will take place in Junior Hall at 12 noon on Fridays. For the moment, they will be weekly but will become fortnightly.

The following items and categories of materials can be placed in our staffroom recycling bin.

Newspapers, Magazines, Paper, Sugar Bag, Computer Paper

Used Beverage, Milk Cartons And Juice Cartons (washed out)

Food Boxes, Packaging Boxes, Cereal Boxes and Kitchen Roll Tubes

Yoghurt Containers, Margarine Tubs, Liquid Soap Containers.

Over 100,000 tonnes of contaminated recyclable material goes to landfill each year. Just one contaminated item can ruin our good recycling efforts!

Make sure you know what shouldn’t be in your recycling bin:

  • Food Waste
  • Contaminated Packaging (greasy, dirty or with residue)
  • Garden Cuttings / Soil
  • Polystyrene (EPS)
  • Liquids/ Oils
  • Glass – bring this to your local bring bank
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment i.e. anything that can contain a battery or a plug
  • Batteries
  • General waste that should be in the General waste Bin

Girls GAA team news

The girls football team had their second great victory recently against St. Mary’s Saggart 8-4 to 0-2 in miserable conditions. They also won against Newcastle by 2 points in a tight game. We hope to continue the winning streak next against Scoil Chronáin and be one step closer to Croke Park.

Boys GAA team news

The boys football team got off to a great start to the year, defeating St Mary’s Saggart on a score line of 5-4 to 1-0. Congrats to James Dignam who has been chosen as the team captain for the year.