ALL Ireland Inter Schools Showjumping Championship

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Tomhaggard, November 9th 2014

 Link to Article from the Irish Field –

Good Counsel College hosted a leg of the All Ireland Inter Schools showjumping championships on Sunday last in the Wexford Equestrian Centre, Tomhaggard. A total of 47 teams and over 180 individual riders competed in a range of events including Novice, Primary School and Open teams.

The huge turnout for the event was, no doubt, in large part due to it also being a fundraiser for past pupil Darryl Murphy who represented the school in showjumping and hunter trials on many occasions. Darryl, an apprentice jockey, is recovering from illness and it was a great pleasure to have him and his family present on Sunday when he presented prizes to the winning teams and riders. Indeed, Darryl’s younger brother Cian rode on one of the Good Counsel teams while his sister, Paula, was part of the Holy Faith team which came very close to landing the main event, the J.Ryan Haulage Perpetual Trophy for Open teams.

After a jump off involving 14 teams, and hugely exciting action, the trophy was lifted by the host school represented by Noel Dunne, Oisin Aylward, Ruairi Aylward and Jack Ryan. Also representing Good Counsel were Jack Kehoe, Aidan Byrne, Eoin Byrne, Jack Dalton, Jim Redmond, Daniel Holden, Robbie Walsh and Cian Murphy. We congratulate all of them and thank them for representing us with such distinction.

We must also thank the parents who put such an enormous amount of time and effort into organising what was a tremendously well run show. Their work in securing sponsors, who we are also very grateful to, in getting personnel to help out on the day and indeed their own efforts on the day ensured the success of the event. We must also thank Wexford Equestrian Centre, their staff and all who supported the day, especially all the schools who entered teams.

Finally, we take this opportunity to wish Darryl a speedy recovery.

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