Latest News from Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney

The following news of student achievements was kindly shared by school Principal, Eddie Kelly of Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. 

Our Lady’s group ‘Spraoi’ will represent Ireland

Huge congratulations and celebrations were the order of the day in Our Lady’s when staff & students received the news that traditional group, Spraoi, has been chosen to represent Ireland in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod next July. After weeks of preparation & rehearsal, the CD was sent off and submitted to the very rigorous selection process involving groups from all over the world.

So it was with great delight that the news was received that Spraoi will be performing in the following three categories: Instrumental Ensemble, Cultural Showcase & the Open Floor Dance.

Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged the International Eisteddfod, one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals.

Each year around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors from every country in the world converge on the beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship.

Having competed on two previous occasions and successfully returned home with high honours and accolades, Music teacher, Ms Cara Murray is really looking forward to this amazing experience but says “there is lots of practising & rehearsing to be done”!

A big congratulation to her and all her students, exciting times ahead!

Pictured above is the traditional group, ‘Spraoi’ in Our Lady’s who have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod next July. Also pictured is Music teacher, Ms Cara Murray.

Our Lady’s Qualify for the Ulster Final

Our Lady's Castleblayney 2-10
Coláiste Oiriall 2.08

Our Lady's Castleblayney qualified for their fourth Ulster Senior Final in five years following a narrow two point victory over Coláiste Oiriall in the Peace link Clones on the 12th December.

The all-Monaghan clash was eagerly anticipated and a large attendance watched an enthralling contest which was keenly contested throughout. The form guide suggested a close encounter with Coláiste Oiriall who comprehensively defeated a highly fancied St Paul’s Bessbrook in the group stages, adding to this they had won Ulster titles at Senior and U/16 C level in 2015. Castleblayney for their part were backboned by four Ulster Colleges All Stars and have become a major force at Ulster Colleges at both A & B levels in recent years.

Three times Ulster All Star, Muireann Atkinson opened the Blayney girls account with a well taken score in the opening minutes and her duel with O' Neill Shamrocks club mate Hannah McSkeane was to prove the contest of the game. Aoife McBennett increased Our Lady’s lead with a well taken goal, however the hugely impressive Caoimhe Ward responded for the Monaghan girls with a well taken goal.

Atkinson & McBennett added further scores from frees as aided by a strong breeze Our Lady’s stretched their lead with scores from team captain Eimear Finnegan and full back Emma Kerr. Sorcha McCague increased Our Lady's lead with a well taken goal but on the stroke of half time the Monaghan town girls replied with a goal by Emma Clerkin. Our Lady's had an eight point cushion at the break but had to play the second half into a strong breeze.

Coláiste Oiriall dominated early proceedings of the second half with Emma Clerkin, Morgan Mc Kenna and Caoimhe Ward all narrowing the deficit with well taken scores from distance. With the lead now reduced to one point, injured Ulster All Star Celine Nally entered the fray hitting Our Lady’s only score of the second half.

A combination of some wayward shooting and some heroic last ditch defending by Orlaith Maguire, Emma Kerr and the ever- dependable Sorcha Mc Donald ensured that Our Lady’s defence was not breached in the closing stages.

Our Lady's ran out deserving two point winners to set up an Ulster final date with St Mary’s Magherafelt on the 14th January in Garvaghy.

The Our Lady’s team and scorers were Sorcha Mc Donald (O’ Neill Shamrocks), Orlaith Maguire (Castleblayney), Emma Kerr 0.01(O’ Neill Shamrocks), Ashling Callan ( Donaghmoyne), Megan Byrne ( Doohamlet), Sarah Boyd (Latton), Eimear Conlon ( Aughnamullen), Andrea Duffy ( Aughnamullen), Eimear Finnegan 0.01 ( Donaghmoyne), Jennifer Duffy 0.01(O’ Neill Shamrocks), Niamh Kerr (O’ Neill Shamrocks), Saoirse Boyd (Latton), Aoife Mc Bennett 1.03 ( St. Bridget’s), Muireann Atkinson 0.03 (O’ Neill Shamrocks), Sorcha Mc Cague 1.00 (O’ Neill Shamrocks). Subs used Celine Nally 0.01 ( Scotstown).