St Killian’s into BT Faul Cup Final

St Killian’s Garron Tower are through to their first ever BT Faul Cup final after beating Lismore Comprehensive last Friday evening in Greenlough.

Lumen Christi had qualified for the final a week earlier defeating the holders Aquinas Grammar in the quarter-finals and then Glen Road CBS in the semi-final.

Field work courses and work experience had delayed this game but it opened at a blistering pace with Lismore breaking on their right wing and Niall Kerr’s angled lob for a point dipping into the net.

St Killian’s though responded immediately and Cushendall hurler Christy McNaughton buried a fourth minute goal to put them back on an even keel.

After that it was a case of holding the opposition and edging forward to pick off points.  Defender Brendan Lynas fired over one on the overlap, while Jack Martin claimed the rest of the first half scores to help the east Antrim outfit establish a 1-4 to 1-1 interval lead.

Lismore came more into the frame during the second half – Niall Kerr shooting three fine points.  But St Killian’s worked hard in all departments, their disciplined tackling breaking up the Armagh side’s attacks time and again.

Goals from Stephen Hamill and Ryan McIlroy clinched victory for St Killian’s with Jack Martin guiding over a point late in the game.

St Killian’s achievement is put into context in that less than half of the side have experience of club football – and that being with only one club, Glenravel.

The rest are newcomers to the game and of those Stephen Walsh, Liam Young, Hugh McNeill, Paddy Burke and Colin Hayden showed up well.

However it would be amiss to mention the significant contribution of the strong running Sean McCann and Ryan McIlroy in attack as well as the skilful play of Carnlough pair Jack Martin and Stephen Hamill.

St Killian’s : Christy McNaughton 1-0, Stephen Hamill 1-0, Ryan McIlroy 1-0, Jack Martin 0-4, Brendan Lynas 0-1.

St Killian’s : Niall McCormick, Stephen Walsh, Don Whelan capt., Aidan O’Neill, Brendan Lynas 0-1, Liam Young, Paddy Burke, Jack Martin 0-4, Colin Hayden, Hugh McNeill, Ryan McIlroy 1-0, Stephen Hamill 1-0, Sean McCann, Christy McNaughton

1-0, Connor Matthews.

Subs : Michael Dunne for B Lynas (41), Christy McHenry, Frank McHenry, Charlie McHenry, Aodhan Matthews, Ronan McKillop, Cathal McKillop, Ronan O’Loughlin.

Lismore.: Niall Kerr 1-3, Dwyer McKendry 0-1, Conor Callaghan 0-1.

8T Arclinis Letter to Mr Brady

26th October 2011

Dear Mr Brady

We would really like to thank you for letting us go to Ardclinis on Tuesday 25th October. We had a great day!

As a small class, we were able to meet other people in Year 8 and we made new friends. The team building games helped us to work together and they were very worthwhile.

We played games like Crate Building. This meant that we had to stack crates as high as possible and one person stood on top. When the crates fell a member of the team held the climber up on a rope before lowing them to the ground. We really had to trust each other.

Indeed, our trip to Ardclinis was really enjoyable and made for a brilliant day out. We all agree that Laser tag was great fun and this is probably what we enjoyed the most. You should have seen Miss McFaul and Mrs Blaney in the Laser gear; it was hilarious!

We’ve attached some photos for you to see.

Thanks again.

Kind Regards


School Council Elections

The Year Group Assemblies in St Killian’s were buzzing with election excitement in October, as students from Years 8 – 14 went to the polls to elect their representatives for the School Council 2011. The council is made up of two elected representatives from each year group. Each prospective candidate is asked to speak in front of their whole year group and give an outline of their manifesto pledges, a valuable experience in itself. Once elected, the councillors have to make sure that they put forward both their views and the views of pupils in their year group as they are the representatives of the other students in the school. A School Council is a great opportunity for the whole school community as it fosters, nurtures and promotes student involvement.

Mr McIlwaine, who is co-ordinating the School Council, explained: “A School Council should make the school a better place for the students, as they consider issues which can lead to school improvement. They are given a voice and the forum to try and make their suggestions become reality. I hope that the School Council will enable pupils to contribute, influence and initiate strategic ideas relating to the day to day running of school.”