School Newsletter : April 8th 2011

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The Irish Orals took place throughout the week so another box on the Leaving Cert. checklist is ticked. In the coming week European language oral examinations will take place so our students of French, German, Spanish and Russian will be busy preparing for those. The school year is hurtling on and with the Easter break coming up at the end of next week, only 5 teaching weeks will then remain until the end of term – something to concentrate the minds.

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Captain John Tubritt with the Leinster U-16 A Football Trophy

On Tuesday last the school’s U-16 football team added the Leinster ‘A’ title to the U-14 one lifted only weeks earlier. To hold 2 of the 3 provincial titles at once is fair testament to the talent of the boys here and to the work put into preparing the teams by their teachers. The Counsel won this one comfortably putting up a stunning display of fluent accurate football. Captain John Tubritt received the cup on behalf of the team and paid tribute to the work of Mr Kehoe and Mr Moran while also thanking all the supporters who travelled. (A full report will appear in the Sports News section of this website.)

When the Wexford U-21 footballers took the Leinster title for the first time on Wednesday night last in Portlaoise, Good Counsel College was especially well represented. 8 of the starting 15 were past pupils with another coming on to play in the second half. In addition the team is managed by Mr Kevin Kehoe,a teacher here in the school while another past pupil, Brendan Kehoe is the team trainer. Many congratulations to all of them on an historic achievement and best wishes to them for the All Ireland semi final.

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The U-14 Badminton team travelled to Gormanstown College for the All Ireland ‘A’ final on Wednesday last and lost out agonisingly on a countback in the final. It could not have been any closer and it was a shame that the boys had to lose out in such heartbreaking fashion. Nonetheless, they did themselves and the school proud and huge thanks must go to Ms Byrne for all her work with the team, to Mr Wall who travelled up with them, to Nicholas Murphy, TY, himself an international player who also helped with the coaching and to the boys’ parents for their help and support.

Well done to Matthew Murphy, 3rd year who became the first student to represent the school in the national schools rowing regatta in Cork last weekend. He finished 3rd in his heat narrowly missing out on a place in the final.

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