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Star Quality at Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney!!

Ladies GAA in Our Lady’s Secondary School received a tremendous boost recently with the announcement of no less than 3 Ulster College’s Ladies All Stars for the school.

The worthy recipients, Muireann Atkinson, Niamh Callan and Aoife Duffy have ensured their places in the sporting history of the school and indeed in Ulster GAA, with 3 All Stars in the one year to the same school being a record-breaking achievement!

Muireann, Niamh and Aoife were delighted with this exciting news as were their coaches & mentors, Tony Graham, Ms Karen Clerkin and Ms Roisin O’Keefe.

Following round one of the process, 48 girls out of a total of 117 were invited back to trials, including six students from Our Lady’s, namely Aine Mc Elroy, Roisin Finnegan Alanna O'Donaghue, Muireann Atkinson, Niamh Callan and Aoife Duffy.

After much deliberation the Kutri Sports Ulster Schools All Star team for 2014 was announced and the three girls were selected on the final panel of 25 players who will represent the province in the inter-Provincial tournament on the 25th January.

Being awarded an All Star is no flash in the pan for the three students as all three have a very impressive track record with major achievements to their name.

Sixth Year student, Aoife Duffy is Vice Captain of the girl’s senior team in the school and was a member of the successful Monaghan Minor which won the Ulster Championship 2013.

Niamh Callan 5th Year student was also a member of the Monaghan Minor and played centre forward on the Donaghmoyne Ladies team which won the Ulster club title recently.

Muireann Atkinson  was a member of the Monaghan Senior Ladies team which reached the All-Ireland Final 2013.

The girls will receive their awards at an All-Star presentation Dinner which will be held in Kelly’s Inn on 10th January.

Speaking at the school during the week, mentor Tony Graham congratulated the three girls on their achievement.

“The school has won two Ulster Finals in 2 years which sees us compete at Ulster ‘A’ level this year. All three girls have played a pivotal role in this achievement and have been tremendous role models for the younger students.

Last year, we celebrated our first Ladies All Star in the history of the school, when Emma McKenna, Scotstown scooped this award.

To have six girls recalled for trials and to emerge with three All Stars this year, is a fabulous achievement and certainly guarantees the future of ladies GAA in Our Lady’s.

This is a major boost to the Senior Girls panel ahead of their Ulster A semi-final which takes place in December, a game which we are all looking forward to.”

Congratulations to all three girls.

Pictured above Muireann Atkinson, Niamh Callan and Aoife Duffy.