Keogh Qualifies for All-Ireland Schools’ Cross-Country Finals

CCSAthletics20 2Ulster Schools' Cross-Country Athletics photo album

Diarmait Keogh delivered one of his best performances in cross-country last Wednesday (26th Feb) when he finished 8th the under-17 boys race at Ulster Schools’ cross-country finals in Mallusk, Belfast. This performance booked his place in the All-Ireland Schools’ cross-country finals in Santry, Dublin, on Saturday 7th March. After the initial fast start over the opening 500m, Diarmait was always in contention for a top 12 qualifying place. In the first of three laps of the Belfast City Playing Fields, Diarmait moved steadily up through the field and was in the top 12 after 2km. For the remaining 3km, Diarmait continued to make inroads into the top 10. A brilliant sprint finish over the last 200m ensured that Diarmait crossed the line in 8th place. In addition to qualifying for the All-Irelands, Diarmait’s top 12 finish secured an invitation from Athletics Northern Ireland to participate in trials for the Ulster & Northern Ireland Junior Mountain Running Team. If Diarmait is selected from these trials, he will represent Ulster & NI at international competitions later in the year.

Oisin Fogarty finished a very respectable 50th in the under-17 race. This was Oisin’s first experiences of Ulster Schools’ cross-country. With a leg injury forcing Oisin to miss a significant amount of training prior to Christmas, he did very well to finish 12th the Ulster Districts in January. This performance guaranteed Oisin’s place in the Ulster finals. With another year in the under-17 age group, Oisin can look forward to further progress at both Ulster and All-Ireland level.

Athletics training continues every Thursday from 3:20-4:45. Meet in the Gym @ 3:20. All students are welcome to attend.

Ulster Success for CCS Athletes

Cross Country 2020

Diarmait Keogh and Oisin Fogarty will represent CCS at the Ulster Schools’ cross-country finals in the City of Belfast playing fields in Mallusk, Wednesday 11th February. In the qualifying Ulster District Schools’ race held in the Finn Valley Center, 31st January, Diarmait raced very strongly to finish 5th in the Under 17 boys race. The fifth-year student lead the 4.5km race for over a 1km and secured a place in the Ulster finals with a top six finish. In the same race, Oisin moved through the field in the closing stages and finished a highly creditable 12th despite being out of the sport due to injury over the last few months. On Wednesday, the target for both Diarmait & Oisin will be the All-Ireland Schools’ Cross-country Finals which take place in Santry Demense, Dublin on Saturday 7th March. We wish both athletes all the very best of Wednesday.

Athletics training continues every Thursday afternoon, 3:20pm-4:45pm. All are welcome to come along.

Annual Sports Awards 2019

Annual Sports Awards 2019

Annual Sports Awards 2019 photo album

The Annual Sports Awards took place on Friday, 17th May. The guest speaker on the day was Michael Murphy. While it was great to have a Donegal-based sporting icon in attendance, the real star of the show was our own Mr. John Farren, who received what was tantamount to a lifetime achievement award. Mr. Farren was always quick to credit pupils and staff for their efforts over the years, and time had finally arrived to repay the compliment. Mr. Farren appeared to fight back a tear as Mr. O'Donnell delivered an emotional speech recounting his accomplishments in CCS and the wider community. We would like to bid Mr. Farren a fond farewell as he moves beyond CCS, leaving behind the legacy of a long-awaited Ulster Senior Championship title. Thank you JF!

Annual Sports Awards 2018

CCS Sports 2018

PHOTO ALBUM - Carndonagh CS Annual Sports Awards 2018

On Friday, 11th May, the Áras welcomed the most successful group of athletes ever assembled in CCS for the Annual Sports Awards. With the stage weighed down by silverware, a conveyor belt of teams and individuals took to the stage for certificates, medals and mementos recognising their many and varied achievements. Treasa Doherty - past-pupil, Donegal Football star and Carn woman - was on hand to do the presenting. She outlined the values that are critical to achievement at the top level, highlighting 'dedication' as key to getting the best out of yourself, regardless of silverware. She did lament the lack of Saturday lie-ins. But such sacrifices must be made! Members of the Senior Boys Soccer squad (once again National Champions) and the Mackey Cup winning Gaelic Football squad were each presented with a display photo for the mantlepiece. There were Ulster titles all over the place with First Year soccer and futsal (boys and girls) taking many of the plaudits. Some big futures there. (Remember, DEDICATION!)...The afternoon was rounded off with the ‘Inishowen Tours Outstanding Prospect in Sport Award'. The worthy recipient of that prestigious accolade was Daniel Houghton, now a two-time National senior boys soccer champion and an International goalkeeper. We'll endeavour to publish the full list of titles secured throughout the year, if we can remember them all. Overall, 2017-18 will be remembered as the most successful year to date for sport in CCS.

Cross-country Athletics - Ulster District Success for CCS

Cross Country Team U17 2018

Intermediate (U17) Cross-country team: (Back row) Mr. Niall McGee (Coach), Lughán Devenny, Brian Houghton, Christopher O'Brien, Mr. Paul Fiorentini (Principal); (Front row) Diarmait Keogh, Fionn Bowyer, Jack Leddy

Intermediate Cross-country Trials & Team photo album

Carndonagh Community School continued their long tradition of success at the Ulster District Cross-country Championships by taking team gold in the Inter-Boys (Under 17) race in Coleraine. In the process, they qualified for the Ulster Schools’ Cross-country Finals in Mallusk on 21st February. Transition Year student Fionn Bowyer led the team to the top of the podium with a fine individual performance in 8th. Lughán Devenny made a seamless switch from the track and indoor scene to the country by securing 10th. Lughán was followed six seconds later by the ever consistent Jack Leddy in 11th. Multi-sport competitor Christopher O’Brien raced well to earned 23rd place. The ever determined Brian Houghton completed the victorious team in 46th. These collective performances gave the C.C.S athletes a comfortable 16-point winning margin ahead of Lumen Christi in second. St. Joseph’s Creggan collected the bronze medals with 10 teams finishing.

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