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Eureka Secondary School, Kells Courting Success

For a second consecutive year the Eureka Secondary School PAL (Public Access to Law) team triumphed in the All Ireland Mock Trials Final which took place on Saturday May 9th in the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ), Dublin and will now be representing Ireland in the Empire Mock Trials World Finals in New York City in October.

Eureka Team: Emma Gillick, Aoife Flanagan, Asling Cadden, Aoife Brady, Amy Tobin, Catriona Smith, Melissa and Lauren Anderson, Rebecca O’Reilly, Aoife Muldoon, Georgina Martyn, Christina Cassidy, Rebecca Murray, Nicole McEntee, Aoife Dugdale, Emily Hannon, Rebeeca Warren, Lauren Farrelly and Emma Smith.

The Public Access to Law competition requires Transition Year students to prepare both sides, i.e. prosecution and defence, of two different cases. This year’s competition saw students prosecute and defend an arson case.

Two weeks after defeating all comers in the qualification stages at the CCJ the Eureka girls competed against a strong team from Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon, in the final displaying some outstanding advocacy and dramatic skills to the extent that the presiding Judge The Hon. Mr. Justice Max Barrett remarked that the performance of the Eureka girls exceeded what he often saw in front of him from qualified barristers.

Eureka barristers Aoife Brady and Nicole McEntee picked up some vital points on their cross examination of witnesses with Aoife delivering a flawless and powerful closing speech.

An excellent performance in the final by all team members, in particular the Eureka witness, Caitríona Smith as the would be arsonist Ruby Chavel ensured that Eureka came out on top. Aoife Flanagan, Amy Tobin and Georgina Martyn wowed the court with their emotive performances as friends and foes of the accused.

Eureka barristers Aoife Brady and Nicole McEntee, assisted by solicitor Aoife Muldoon, picked up vital points on their cross examination of witnesses with Aoife delivering a flawless and powerful closing speech.

Caitriona Smith also won the prestigious Harry Hill cup for best individual performance on the day meaning that trophy also returned to Eureka after Catherine Dolan and Mary Carpenters shared the award last year.

The Eureka Team were well prepared by their Team Coaches, Edel Traynor (Solicitor), Elaine Traynor (Solicitor) and Ronan Fahy (Teacher).

The team and coaches would also like to thank Anne Dolan and Martin Cosgrove for all of their kind help and assistance in coaching the girls to All-Ireland success. The Eureka girls now have the opportunity to travel to Brooklyn, New York in October to represent Ireland in the Empire World Finals in October.

Eureka Secondary School National Swimming Champions!

Eureka are All-Ireland Schools Medley Relay Champions and All-Ireland Schools Freestyle Champions.

Congratulations and well done to the swimming team who have been crowned All-Ireland Schools Medley Relay Champions & All-Ireland Schools Freestyle Champions.

They captured both titles on Sunday 10th May at the National Aquatic Centre.

Eva Boyle, Laoise Fleming, Mollie Gillic and Lisa Cooke pictured above with Principal Ms O'Reilly.