PE Newsletter – Summer 2011

We have had a very successful sports year this year in all the extra-curricular areas. The hockey season was particularly successful with 3 wining teams. The basketball, equestrian, golf, swimming and cross-country teams all had a very enjoyable and successful year.

The summer sports have started including athletics, cricket and tennis with lots of events and matches to be played in this short summer term.


Well done to all hockey players this year. There was so much effort and enthusiasm throughout all teams in all age groups. We are always impressed with the dedication and love for the game shown by the Muckross hockey players.

The hockey season ran quite late due to the snow days in the winter, resulting in the finals being pushed later in the year than usual.

Well done to all teams this year and especially to the Senior 1’s who won the Leinster Plate final, the Senior 3’s who won the Leinster Senior 3 league and to the Minor B’s who won the Leinster Minor B league.

Well done to the Junior A’s as runners up in the Leinster Junior A league AND runners up in the Leinster Junior Cup.

The Minor D’s and 1st Year B’s were also runner-up in their leagues.

The Junior B’s, Junior C’s, Junior D’s and the Minor C’s all reached the semi-finals of their leagues.

The Senior 4’s and 1st Year A’s both reached the quarter finals of their leagues.

The Senior 2’s, Junior E’s and Minor E’s all reached the play-off stages for their leagues.

Well done!


Well done to all athletes who took part in the East Leinster Athletic Championships. This was held in Irishtown Stadium. Muckross was extremely well presented throughout all the events with over 60 athletes involved.

All girls who were competing had an enjoyable time and performed with great enthusiasm and determination.

Well done to all athletes and good luck to all athletes participating in the Leinster competition on Wednesday 18th May!

1st places – Minor A relay team

Junior A relay team

Kate Murray – 2oom

2nd places – Senior Relay team

Jade Leahy – 200m

Jade Leahy – Hurdles

Emer Bennett – Hurdles

Heather Barnes – Fast Walk

3rd places - Pauline Lowe – Triple Jump

Niamh Ferry – Hurdles

Orla Murray – 200m

Aisling McCann – Triple Jump

Alice McCarthy – 500m B

Niamh Ferry – Long Jump

Pauline Lowe – Fast Walk

Sarah Merriman – Long Jump

Hannah McWade – Javelin

Grainne McGuil – 800m 


We had a very busy cross country season this year. The new training twice weekly proved very popular with up to 40 runners every week. The training culminated in a trainng race in DCU and the East Leinster Race in Avondale in January

Well done to the following girls who qualified to run at the Leinster schools cross country competition in Santry in February.

-Ciara Feeley, Christine Cullen and Sarah Windle.

-The Junior A team (Kate Murray, Beth O’Brien, Isabelle Flanaghan, Ali O’Riordan, Aislinn O’Brien, Aislinn McCann).

-The Senior Team(Ciara O’Rourke, Sinead Kennedy, Kate O’Neill, Hannah Collins, Clodagh Ni Cleirigh and Alice Farrelly)

The Junior Mountain Running team was also delighted to win silver medals at the Schools Mountain Running Competition in March. Sarah Windle came 2nd and Ciara O’Rourke came 3rd in their respective age group races.


The swim team were successful in the Leinster Schools Swimming Gala this year in January

The Junior Relay Team and Senior Relay team both won bronze medals

Aoife Byrne won a gold and silver medal

Aoife Murray won a silver medal

Well done to Aoife Byrne and the Junior Relay team who travelled to Galway to participate in the All-Ireland Schools gala.


Well doen to all basketball players this year who trained and competed in various matches. A special congratulations to the Cadette B team who reached the final of the league and the Under 16 team who reached the quarter final of the league.


There are 10 tennis teams this year in the Leinster Schools Tennis League. There has been a great response this season to training and the players are all showing lots of skill and enthusiasm. It is the first time in 5 years that we have a Senior 1 team in the premier league. All teams are unbeaten so far in the first rounds.


The equestrian team was reinstated this year and has so far been a great success. Currently competing for the team are Maggie Brennock, Sarah Eustace and Sonja Egan. They competed in the Hoof-prints Inter-Schools League. They came 4th in the teams events and achieved 3rd, 4th, 7th and 10th places in the individual events.


The golf team played in the All Ireland Schools Golf Tournament in Clontarf in March. The Junior team consisted of Emma Kinney, Anne-Marie Conlon and Ruth Shaw. Alex Hernan competed in the Senior Competition. Well done to the Junior Team who placed 2nd in Ireland overall.


We have 4 cricket teams this year. The league has started and the Minor and Junior teams are excited to play their matches.


Our Senior hockey development squad, Senior basketball team and soccer team participated in the Dominican Cup this year held in March in Cabra College. Our hockey team were runners-up in their tournament, the soccer team came 3rd and the basketball team came 3rd in their group. An enjoyable day was had by all.


We will hold the first Muckross Park College Sports Day for 10 years on Friday 6th may. All pupils will participate in a range of events and games. The highlight of the day will be hotdogs for lunch! And the 6th year versus staff hockey match. The day will end with the annual sports awards assembly. This is a day to celebrate and congratulate all sports participants in Muckross Park College.