- Published: Monday, 12 August 2019 08:00
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!
CCS travelled to Cruit Island Golf Club for the final of the Derryveagh Crystal Donegal Schools' Golf Championship. Weather conditions were favourable and the scoring was good. Ryan Collins secured 3rd place in the individual standings with an impressive 36 points on an unfamiliar course. Martin O Connor and Cormac Monagle battled bravely but CCS lost out on the team title to Rosses CS by a handful of points. Ryan, Martin and Cormac have been stalwarts of the CCS golf team for the past number of years and we wish the boys the very best of luck in their upcoming Leaving Cert exams.
CCS v Crana College
In a changed knockout format, CCS were paired with local rivals, Crana College. The Buncrana team enjoyed home advantage in the first leg, played in perfect golfing conditions at Northwest Golf Club, Buncrana. Jack Duffy secured the individual prize for Crana College with a magnificent 4 under par round. However, great credit must go to the CCS boys who battled away to win the overall team score for the day. Martin O'Connor, Ryan Collins and Cormac Monagle all scoring well on an unfamiliar course.
The return leg was played in very challenging conditions at Ballyliffin Golf Club. The CCS boys certainly made most of home advantage, winning both the individual and team prizes. Martin O'Connor secured the individual honours with a brilliant 32 points in near gale force playing conditions. Ryan Collins won second with a very respectable 29 points. Cormac Monagle ensured a clean sweep for the CCS team when he posted the final score to ensure passage into the next round for CCS.
CCS secured their third title in four years in a well fought out final at Dunfanaghy Golf Club. Played in near perfect golfing conditions, the team, led by stalwarts DJ McGeoghan and Oisin McGonigle, played steady and consistent golf through the final round. Newcomer to the CCS team, Martin O'Connor, put together an impressive round on a course he had never played before. Ryan Collins again showed his class, scoring 35 points and ensuring the title for the CCS team.
CCS Golf Champions 2018; DJ McGeoghan, Oisin McGonigle, Cormac Monagle, Paddy Monagle, Martin O'Connor, Ryan Collins.
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.