Peace 3 Project

On Monday 28thNovember we accompanied Mrs Kane, Mrs Cosgrove and our fellow students from Larne High and Roddensvale School

Peace 3on what was to be an eventful journey around Belfast. Over the past three years we have been studying cultural and heritage awareness. On this occasion we visited various key destinations in the city including Stormont, the Ship Yard, The Odyssey Arena, The Titanic Quarter and much more. We travelled in a large double decker bus and had the privilege of having a personal tour guide to enlighten us on the historical and political features of each area.

We went on to explore the most affected parts of Belfast during the troubles including the Europa which was bombed 28 times, Sandy Row, Shankhill Road and the Falls Road. We also saw the famous murals. The most memorable part of our trip was signing the Peace wall. To end the day we were treated to a trip to the Continental Market at Belfast City hall. We tasted food from different countries. It was a great experience and a trip we will never forget.

By Rachael O Boyle, Laura O Boyle & Aoife Walsh


St Killian’s Clinch Fontenoys’ Cup

St Killian’s Garron Tower 4-9 St Louis Ballymena 1-4

St Killian’s Garron Tower lifted the Liatroim Fontenoys’ Cup for the first time after a power-packed display in Quinn Park Ballymena on Saturday.

And it was their captain Sinéad Cosgrove that was the stand-out player in the final.  Despite being double-marked she was able to gain plenty of possession and burst through for scores, while sister Dervla also worked hard in the centre of the attack.

Their defence was only troubled during the last quarter, when St Louis tagged on 1-3, but the contest was over by that stage. Leah Cosgrove, Annie Leech and Niamh McKendry stood out at the back with Tierna Carson probably edging a tight midfield.

The losers fought hard – Emma and Jane McAleese, Roisin Kelly and Dearbhail Elliott providing most resistance – but they were always searching for a foothold in the game.

Sinéad Convery turned to shoot the opening goal in the second minute and her second goal, coming in the 24th minute following good work from Tierna Carson and Niamh McKendry, made the half-time score 2-6 to 0-1.

All six points were delivered by Sinead Cosgrove and she added another at the start of the second half, as St Killian’s moved in for the kill.

Tierna Carson’s angled goal clinched the game soon after, while Sinead Convery completed her hat-trick in the 38th minute.

There was fight in Ballymena with Sorcha Conlan crashing home a goal and Dearbhail Elliott and Ciara Dobbin pointing, but these proved to be consolation scores as time ran out on them.

St Killian’s : Sarah Kane, Hannah McLoughlin, Leah Cosgrove, Annie Leech, Niamh McKendry, Hannah Okasha, Clodagh McKillop, Tierna Carson 1-0, Claire Kearney 0-1, Aisling Mulvenna, Dervla Cosgrove, Mary Kane, Sinéad Convery 3-0, Sinéad Cosgrove capt. 0-8, 0-4 frees, Dara Martin.

Subs : Shauna Murray for H McLoughlin, Natasha Dempster for D Martin, Michelle Ward for M Kane, Siobhán McKillop for A Leech, Aimee McDonnell for S Convery, Eimhear Carey, Clodagh McAllister, Jade Bradley, Laoise McKenna, Catherine Marshall, Molly McLaughlin, Fiona McDonnell.

St Louis : Sephora O’Connell, Laura McGarry, Roisin Kelly, Kate Hagan, Una Doherty, Jane McAleese, Anna Gribben, Therese McKinley, Emma McAleese capt., Dearbhail Elliott 0-3, Ciara Dobbin 0-1, Niamh Carberry, Niamh McLernon, Sorcha Conlon 1-0, Leona Traynor.

Subs : Megan Boyle for K Hagan, Eimear Higgins for L Traynor, Eimear McCloskey for U Doherty, Martina O’Kane for N McLarnon.

Referee : Cathair Cunning (Dunloy)

St Killian's College Faul Cup Winning Team

St Killian’s College Win BT Faul Cup

BT Faul Cup final

St Killian’s Garron Tower 2-4 Lumen Christi 1-4.

St Killian’s Garron Tower upset the form-book yet again to collect their first Ulster Colleges’ football title with a late, late show against Lumen Christi in blustery Ballycastle on Monday evening.

The sheer grit and determination of the Tower team came through – particularly during the first half when they were under the cosh in their own half of the pitch for the full 34 minutes of play.

It then surfaced again in the final quarter, when frustration at failing to register more than a single score may well have derailed a superb campaign.  But individual and team discipline came through and they kept driving forward until eventually they found the breaks to secure the coveted title.

There were many players who put in a great shift on the night.  The defence was excellent in the first half, with sweeper Stephen Hamill reading the game expertly and breaking up the play.

A few forays and strong runs from Sean McCann and Ryan McIlroy relieved the pressure at times – but it took a lot of concentration and hard-work from everyone to keep Lumen Christi down to just three points entering first half injury time.

When Jamie Devine lofted over a free in the second minute, it looked as if the sweeping play of Lumen might well dominate.  However after a quarter of an hour, their lack of scores resulted in shooting from distance, a tactic that was merely on a wing and a prayer in the windy conditions, where 20 metre frees were difficult to control.

Lumen Christi’s best player was Michael McLaughlin who drove them forward during the first half and his efforts paid off in injury time when he placed Ronan Reilly for a goal and then added a point himself almost immediately to leave his side 1-4 to 0-0 ahead.  It was better than the 3 points they had registered in normal time, but a dodgy enough lead given the force of the breeze.

St Killian’s had to replace play-maker Jack Martin at half-time and his composure and free-taking was missed during the third quarter when only a punched point from Christy McNaughton was registered.

Jack was then sprung from the bench to corner-forward for the last 13 minutes and suddenly things began to happen again for the Tower.

A long ball from midfield bounced awkwardly in front of goalie Cormac Gillan and Christy McNaughton, ever alert, punched to the net.

Jack Martin rounded his player to flash over a great left-footed point and then Sean McCann burst through the centre to tag on another point.

It was down to a single point game and 6 minutes on the clock.  Lumen Christi to their credit kept working the ball patiently out of defence, McLaughlin and Leo Casey huge presences.

However further up the field the moves broke down, with tiredness a key factor at this stage.  St Killian’s had the impetus and they were strong in the tackle and quickly got the ball back into the full-forward line.

With three minutes remaining Jack Martin’s 35 metre free glanced off a couple of sets of finger tips and ended in the net.  It was the decisive score.  Lumen were shell-shocked and St Killian’s were in control probably for the first time during the match.

With time running out Sean McCann fired over another point and time ran out on the Derry side.

It was a tough way to lose, but in hindsight they did not get enough scores when they had the elements behind them.  The result may well have been different on a calmer day, where Lumen’s short hand-passing style may have controlled the game.

However the strength in the tackle and overall discipline of St Killian’s came through over the hour and sees the BT Faul Cup take up residence in the Tower for the first time ever.

St Killian’s : Niall McCormick, Aiden O’Neill, Donn Whelan capt., Liam Young, Paddy Burke, Stephen Walsh, Michael Dunne, Jack Martin 1-2, 1-1 frees, Colin Hayden, Hugh McNeill, Ryan McElroy, Stephen Hamill, Sean McCann 0-2, Christy McNaughton 1-1, Brendan Lynas.

Subs : Connor Matthews for B Lynas, Ronan McKillop for J Martin, J Martin for C Matthews, Cathal McKillop for R McKillop.

Lumen Christi : Cormac Gillen, Tiarnan O`Kane, Conal McGlinchy, Matthew Canning, Michael McLaughlin 0-1, Ciaran Flanagan, Pearse Bradley, Leo Casey, Andrew Sammon, James Corry, Jamie Devine 0-1 free, Jack Dixon, Emmett Carlin 0-1, Emmett Deane, Ronan Reilly 1-0.

Subs: CJ Martin for A Sammon, Stephen Doherty for E Deane.

Referee : Barry Cassidy (Bellaghy).