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U18s Ladies Gaelic Football 2014/ 2015

This year was an eventful one for our U18 ladies, it was a year we couldn’t have predicted but a season we most definitely worked hard for. It kicked off back in September when we headed to Swords to meet Fingal C.C.  They provided little resistance as we scored goal after goal and sliced over the points. With a reduced squad and all of our subs getting their game the full time score proved one-sided with a 10-11 : 0-00 win for Donahies.

After that comprehensive win we met St. Finians S.S. for a home game in October. It was a very close game but with Mary Cawley fighting in mid-field, and Simone Shaw’s tremendous goal after a 70 yard run from half-back our victory was sealed with a 7-11 to 4-06 win.

With a bye granted in round 3 we met St. Oliver’s Drogheda on their home turf. We had our reservations due to St. Oliver’s equally impeccable record but they were unfounded as we managed an impressive 6-16 to 2-06 win.

Needless to say we were brimming with confidence as we entered the semi-final. We had just won with the U16s so we had plenty of big-stage practice under our belts. Next we met Coolmine in the semi-finals. Luckily we had earned a home semi-final so the girls’ nerves were kept to a minimum. It was clear from the outset that the Donahies girls were going to secure a win with four goals by Nell Maughan within 10 minutes. The game flowed along in a similar vein. Ending in a glorious 9-10 to 4-08 victory for DCS.

There was nervous excitement in the air as we met St. Peter’s Dunboyne in Parnells. We were quietly confident that we could win although we knew Peter’s would prove to be tough competition. With an explosive start from Tracey Fitzgerald the game quickly took a turn and our strategies started falling one by one. Peter’s proved too strong and Donahies were down by 4 points at half time. The team spirit; and never-say-die attitude by Lisa-Marie Breheny were laudable as they fought hard through the second half. Unfortunately it was not our day and we lost with a FT score of 6-11 to 3-07.

This year was not our year but our girls played their hearts out and did their very best. I look forward to the successes that I know next year will hold.

T. Kelly

I felt it wouldn’t be appropriate to let this year go without saying farewell to two of our seasoned Donahies players, Mary Cawley and Nell Maughan. Although we are losing a few players this year, these two in particular have played their hearts out for the school over the last 5 years. They represented the school in every age category since first year and never once faulted, even giving up on school trips to play for their position. They’ve played under all of the girls’ team managements with Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Vickery and myself and all have commented on their dedication to the sport. We wish the girls the best of luck in the future and we sincerely hope that they continue their GAA journey

Congratulations Chloe!

We are very proud of our second year student, Chloe Monahan who is currently on the U14 Dublin Girls' Gaelic Football Team. She has been an exceptional player for our school, as well as for her club, Trinity Gaels. We wish her all the best! 

Under 18 Gaelic Football Champions

The U18 Gaelic Football Leinster final was contested in McCann Park Portarlington on Monday 22nd April. This was an historic day for the school as we landed our first Gaelic Leinster football title. The opposition were Cistercian college Roscrea who had won their Leinster section out to reach the final against Dublin Champions the Donahies. The Dons Captain Graham Dinh won the toss and decided to play with the strong wind. The Donahies team played some exhilarating football in the opening exchanges with great long range scores taken by Craig Burke, Evan Whelan and Steo Robinson. Adam Ryan was particularly impressive in the first half giving the team a solid platform to build from. Sean Boylan was instrumental in setting up some great scores too. A crucial moment in the match was when Aaron Farrell saved impressively a penalty from Roscrea’s talisman just before half-time. The half time score read Donahies cs 0-11 Roscrea 0-2 much to the delight of team managers Ronan Tuite and Mark Tuite. Roscrea started the second half very impressively with a well crafted move cutting open the Dons rearguard leading to a goal. The Donahies showed great spirit to respond with Jake Stewart popping up to fist in a goal at the far post. This settled the Streamville Road outfits nerves. The decisive score in the game arrived when the enigmatic Jordan Guiden fielded a well delivered ball above his marker turning and firing to the net. This unsettled the Roscrea side who took several minutes to recover their composure. As the game wore on Roscrea became dominant around midfield as their huge physical presence began to tell and the Donahies team tired due to a catalogue of injuries carried into the game by several players. Roscrea managed to score two late goals but it wasn’t enough as the Dons hung on manfully with some great last ditch blocks and efforts in the closing minutes with Sean Eustace and Scott Murphy particularly to the fore. All told the Donahies deserved their great victory and were the better footballing side throughout the game. The team were well received by the bus load of supporters who had come to cheer them. This was a fitting reception for a team who had completed the perfect season. The final score read Donahies CS 2-15 to Roscrea 3-9.

Panel


  1. Aaron Farrell

  2. Scott Murphy

  3. Sean Eustace

  4. Josh Kennedy

  5. Jamie O Connor

  6. Adam Ryan

  7. Karl Clifford

  8. Graham Dinh (C)

  9. Sean Whelan

  10. Steo Robinson

  11. Evan Whelan

  12. Sean Boylan

  13. Jake Stewart

  14. Jordan Guiden

  15. Craig Burke


Substitutes


Ciaran Moylan for O’Connor  47

Aarron Hannigan for Jake Stewart 60

 

Coaches

Mr. R Tuite and Mr. M Tuite

Under14 Ladies Football Blitz

On 27th February, our U14 Ladies Football team took part in a Leinster Blitz in Naomh Mearnóg in Portmarnock. Our ladies had to compete in three gruelling matches. The first challenge against Mercy College, Coolock put the team in high spirits as they successfully took the match with a victory of 5-06 to 0-02 under captain Lauren McMahon. The first half was challenging as the Mercy College defence kept us at bay, but our team really came out to play in the second half with an impressive performance by Chelsea Shaw.

After a brief interval we then took on a strong team from St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush. However our passion and skill shone through with a stunning display from the Donahies ladies and another victory was ours with a score of 5-02 to 0-02 under captain Chelsea Shaw. Joyce Komolafe, Nikita Dunne and Chloe Alden put in powerful performances in defence lending to the resplendent feat of our forward team.

Unfortunately our final game of the day against St. Mary’s, Glasnevin ended our winning streak with a 4-02 to 0-03 defeat. Our girls played their hearts out but the Glasnevin ladies proved too strong.

Panel:

Britney Maher, Erika Graham, Joanne Butler, Tracey Fitzgerald, Lisa-Marie Breheny, Lauren McMahon, Rachel Batty, Chloe Alden, Joyce Komolafe, Caitlynn Kelly, Chelsea Shaw, Gemma Graham, Nicole Kennedy, Nikita Dunne, Daiden O’Hanlon and Alex Gibbons.

Coaches:

Mr. L Ferguson

Ms. T Kelly

DonahiesCS Champions!

DonahiesCS Senior Gaelic Footballers won the Dublin Colleges Senior Final on Wednesday February 6th 2013, beating HFCS Rathcoole 3-9 to 1-12. 

Read the Evening Herald article here.


U16 Hurling Champions!

After years of heartbreak and the odd hard luck story the GAA flag is once again flying high in the school. The Donahies are the Dublin Colleges U16 hurling champions. On a bitterly cold and windy afternoon on Ballymun's all weather pitch we overcame Rathcoole in a tremendous game.

Playing against the gale in the first half we were soon 1.2 to 0.0 down and reduced to 14 men. However some tremendous displays and massive heart pegged this lead back where we actually led at half time by 2.3 to 1.4. We continued this into the second half and eventually won by 2.9 to 2.4.

Great scenes of jubilation greeted the full time whistle. The entire squad deserve great praise but Dean Farrel certainly put in a man of the match performance. When the big man was needed he delivered spectacularly. His ball striking, effort and leadership was fantastic. Captain Aaron Smith was a colossus as were Jamie Bishop, Sean Eustace, Evan Gooch Whelan, Calvin Benson and Jordan Guiden. Throughout the campaign everyone played their part at some stage and their victory was well deserved.

Sport in general in the Donahies is extremely competitive at the minute and hope abounds that this victory will be the springboard for many others in Gaelic, Soccer and Basketball.

Team. Glen Lynch;Calvin Benson,Adam Ryan,Sean Pettigrew;Aaron Hannigan,Sean Eustace,Dean Hannigan;Evan Whelan,Aaron Smith;Adam McDonald,Jordan Guiden,Paul Dillon;Sean Boylan,Dean Farrel,Jamie Bishop;;;Ross Moore,Josh McKenna,Jaon Yeates,Nathan Browne,Thomas Reeves,Jack McCarthy,Jamie Abbott,Dean Kane,John Paul O Mahony,David Hannigan 

 

Ladies Gaelic Football

On Friday the 26th of October the Donahies under 16 girls played their first league match of the new year. It was a game in which we controlled from start
to finish and in truth we were much stronger than our opposition. We won by a high score margin.  There was some excellent performances from many of our players especially Chelsea Shaw, Lisa Marie Breheny and Tracey Fitzgerald. This match was a great start to our campaign and hopefully the girls can continue their good form in the coming matches. Well done to all involved

Panel :
Gemma Graham, Erika Graham, Megan Donegan, Kirsty Moore, Chelsea Shaw, Mary Cawley, Tracey Fitzgerald, Lisa Marie Breheny, Nell Maughan, Aoife Eustace, Chantelle Ward, Lauren McMahon, Chloe Andrews and Kelsey Waters.

 

U14 BOYS v CHANEL

Under 14 boys lose first league match

On Thursday the fourth of October we played our first game in the under 14 Gaelic boys
league. We were playing against Chanel College and despite the fact they were much bigger and stronger than us we made a great start. An early Jamie Bishop goal gave us great confidence and this was followed by further points from Carl O’Connor and David Hannigan.

Unfortunately Chanel also managed to take some impressive scores which left us chasing the game. An excellent goal from Josh Mckenna had us in the lead with only minutes left in the first half but then Chanel scored two well worked goals to leave us trailing at half time. The second half was a tough lesson for the Donahies as we never managed to get back into the game.

The effort of all our players must be applauded but Chanel were too physical on the day for our players. This was a good performance from the Donahies considering so many of our players are under age again next year. It was also great to see so many players wanting to represent the Donahies.  Well done to all involved.

Panel : Rafael Farraira,Sam Burgess, Jack McCarty,Thomas Reeves, Jordan Reilly, Craig Sutton, Calvin Benson, David Hannigan, Jamie Bishop, Scott Stanley Karl O’Connor, Jamie Loftus, Craig Wilkes, Jamie Gafney, Jack O’Connor, Reece Grehan, Shane Degan, Conor Kelly,Jake Keegan, John Paul O’Mahony, Josh McKenna, Jamie Byrne, Conor Moran,Gary Whelan, Evan Hand, Stephen Furlong, Alex Ingle, Jamie Abbot, Aaron Boylan

 

DONAHIES WIN FIRST YEAR BOYS GAELIC FOOTBALL BLITZ

 

The first year boys represented the school for the first time in the North Dublin Gaelic Football Blitz last Friday Sept 28th. The competition took place in the excellent new facilities in Parnells GAA grounds. We were drawn in a group with St. Fintans of Sutton, St Aidan’s of Whitehall and Gael Cholaiste Reachrann.

Our first game was against St Aidan’s and we got off to an excellent start with a super goal finished by the impressive Stephen Furlong. The Donahies dominated this game and further goals were added by Aaron Boylan and Alex Ingle. This was an excellent performance by the our boys with super games from Reece Grehan, Josh McKenna and Conor Kelly. We won the game on a score line of 3-4 to 1-2.

Our next game was against GC Reachrann who were a stronger opposition we had two players who really stood out in this game Jamie Abbot scored 1-1 which put us in the lead and at the other end of the field Rafael Farraira was pulling off some top class saves.

There were also great performances from John Paul O’Mahony and Karl O’Connor. We won the game by 2-5 to 1-4. Our final group game was against St Fintans Sutton and it was a game we controlled from start to finish. Fintans were unable to recover from a few early scores we got. Gary Whelan , Jack O’Connor, Shane Deegan, Jamie Loftus and Jake Keegan all played staring roles.

The game finished 1-5 to 3 points and this ensured we qualified for the final where we would play GC Reachrann once again.


THE FINAL

The final was a much more even and tense contest than the previous match. We were playing with a strong breeze but were only winning by one point at the interval. We came under immense pressure in the second half but great defending from Conor Kelly, Josh McKenna and some fantastic saves again from our goalkeeper Rafael Farraira ensured we were still in the match.

With minutes to go the game changed with an excellent solo goal from our danger man Aaron Boylan to give us a two point lead. We managed to hold on to our lead and win on a score line of 1-5 to 1-4.

This was an excellent team performance in which every member of the panel played and well done to all players involved. Fantastic for the lads to emerge victorious in their first ever outing for the school. Here's to years of success from this talented bunch of footballers.

Big thanks to Mr Ferguson and Mr Farry who managed the team on the day. 

PANEL

Rafael Farraira, Karl O’Connor, Jamie Loftus, Craig Wilkes, Jamie Gafney, Jack O’Connor, Reece Grehan, Shane Degan, Conor Kelly, Jake Keegan, John Paul O’Mahony, Josh McKenna, Jamie Byrne, Conor Moran, Gary Whelan, Evan Hand, Stephen Furlong, Alex Ingle, Jamie Abbot and Aaron Boylan

 

 

U18 HURLING

Game two resulted in a great victory for our senior hurlers by 6-8 to 1-11. There is no doubting the ability of our lads, but if consistency of performance improves success might not be far away. well done lads, keep it up.

 

BASKETBALL

Fantastic to see our basketball teams gracing the courts again. With the luxury of three committed coaches, Mr Yaru, Miss Cogan and new staff member Miss Regan.

Our U19 boys had a great win while our U16s had a narrow defeat last Tues against the Grange CC. We look forward to further exploits from these teams and also our junior and senior ladies. All first year girls are encouraged to participate. Names to be given to Miss Regan ASAP.

 

U16 HURLING

DCS 6-12, Chanel 0-9. A very good display from our lads resulted in a good win. Special mention to Dean Farrell who scored 4-7 in his first game back from a nasty shoulder injury.

 

U14 GAELIC FOOTBALL

Donahies under 14 boys secure first league victory

On Monday 7th October our under 14 boys played against local rivals De La Salle Raheny. This proved to be a very high scoring match with lots of goals. Once again we had a big panel of players which is great to see and we hope this continues.

We started the match very strong and got goals thanks to David Hannigan and Jamie Bishop. It was very encouraging to see the number of points we scored with great scores coming from Aaron Boylan, Calvin Benson and a superb individual score from the impressive Shane Deegan in the second half.

Our man of the match was the excellent Conor Kelly who had a solid display in the full back line.

This was a great display from the Donahies boys and we hope to see further similar displays in the future. Well done to all involved.

Panel : Rafael Farraira,Sam Burgess, JackMcCarty,Thomas Reeves, Jordan Reilly, Craig Sutton, Calvin Benson, David Hannigan, Jamie Bishop, Scott Stanley Karl O’Connor, Jamie Loftus, Craig Wilkes, Jamie Gafney, Jack O’Connor, Reece Grehan, Shane Degan, Conor Kelly,Jake Keegan, John Paul O’Mahony, Josh McKenna, Jamie Byrne, Conor Moran, Gary
Whelan, Evan Hand, Stephen Furlong, Alex Ingle, Jamie Abbot, Aaron Boylan

U-18 GAA  

Channel 3-5 Donahies 8-9                    Fri 9th Nov 2012

The Donahies had a comfortable victory in their opening match in this years championship. We played Channel in the excellent facilities of Parnell's in Coolock. There are high hopes for this team this year after a narrow extra time defeat in last years u-16 championship.

The lads didn't disappoint with an excellent start to the game resulting in us going 3-2 to 0-0 up after 15 mins. Channel did manage a few scares at the other end and scored 4 points by half time. Donahies however had tagged on even more goals to leave a 6-4 to 0-4 score at  the interval.

Channel came out with a fight in the second half registering 3 goals in quick succession to give the Donahies a bit of a wake up call. Some excellent play by Adam Ryan, Evan Whealen and Jake Stewart keep Channel at bay and in the end the Donahies ran out 8-9 to 3-5 winners.

There will be tougher challenges ahead and there is plenty of work to be done on the training ground to fulfill the undoubted potential of this team. 

U-18 GAA

Donahies 3-12 Finnians 1-6                       Fri 23rd Nov 2012

The Donahies had another excellent win in the second match of the championship group stage. On a dry but windy day, as well as contending with a number of injuries, the lads turned in a decent performance to overcome their testing opponents. Truth be told the damage was mostly done in the first half when first Craig Burke and then Stephen Robinson scored two excellent individual goals. These were quickly followed by 3 points from Sean Whelan and further scores from John Murphy, Sean Boylan and Jake Stewart. Dean Farrell and Evan Whelan were dominating at midfield and it wasn't until the 25th min of the first half that we conceeded our first score. Finnians missed 5 easy chances before that but credit has to go to the Donahies defence for putting the kickers under so much pressure. At half time the score was 2-9 to 1-1 to the Donahies.

The second half was a more even contest on the scoreboard due to the Donahies kicking 11 wides. Some excellent points from Dean Farrell and Jake Stewart kept a safe distance between the teams. Finnians did test the Donahies defence at times but were kept at bay by the excellent defending of Sean Eustace, Adam Ryan, Jamie O'Connor, Ciaran Moylan, Karl Clifford and Scott Murphy.

Overall it was another impressive display from the lads with some excellent support play and flowing attacking moves. However, there are many things to work on for the next game, shooting practice comes to mind. The lads are now through to the next round where tougher challenges await.

 

St. Pauls 2-3 Donahies 4-12       Tues 4th Dec 2012

The senior GAA team had a great win on Tuesday 4th Dec away to St. Pauls of Raheny. Having won their group the lads werre in flying form coming into the second round. They got off to a great start once again with a goal from Sean Boylan who went on to produce a massive performance throughout the game. We had a strong wind with us in the first half and knew we had to rack up a few scores with that advantage. Further scores from Stephen Robinson, Boylan, Graham Dinh and Sean Whelan gave the Donahies a decent lead. However, towards the end of the first half the team fell asleep and let a soft goal in. This woke the Donahies up and some long range scoring from Evan Whelan kept the Donahies in front at half time.

Paul's came out very strong in the second half and shored up their defence with two extra defenders. This worked for about 10 mins and Donahies conceeded another goal and 2 points. Again this served as a wake up call and, through some excellent link up play right from the full back line, the Donahies scored 2 further goals and 6 points. 

There were some excellent performances all round and it was the best team performance of the year so far. St. Pauls were tough opponents and never stopped trying. There are still areas of concern for the team as they kicked 16 wides for the second match in a row. In contrast Pauls only kicked 4 wides. 

Sean Eustace had a solid performance at full back and Adam Ryan was extremely efficient at centre back. Jake Stewart was lively as were Stephen Robinson and Sean Boylan. Special mention has to go to Graham Dinh at midfield who totally dominated his direct opponent and earned the Donahies superb primary possession.

Colastie Rocrain 0-5 Donahies 4-13

The Donahies had a good win against a tough Rocrain team who started the match very well and really got stuck in to our lads. We stood up to the test and in the end it was the firepower of the forwards that achieved the result.

Dublin semi-final      St. Marks 2-9 Donahies 2-10

The senior GAA team had a great win on Thursday 31st Jan against St. Marks of Tallaght. In horrendous conditions in St. Bridgets all weather pitch the team were engaged in a mighty battle against the defending champions, who were excellent opponents. The gale force wind in the first half favoured the Donahies although it was difficult for both teams to force the ball over the bar. Evan Whelan got us off the mark with a long range free but St. Marks replied with a score of their own. It was neck and neck for the next 15 minutes with further scores from Craig Burke and Sean Boylan along with two from St. Marks. The game then sprang into life with a fantastic solo goal from the unstopable Stephen Robinson. This gave the lads a big boost and with Dean Farrell, Graham Dinh and Sean Whelan winning every kickout the Donahies were looking good.

A further goal from Evan Whelan gave the Donahies a decent lead and they were looking good. St. Marks were far from throwing in the towel however and they hit back hard with a goal from their superstar midfielder followed by a couple of points from their forwards. At the break, Donahies were 3 points up, not a great lead considering the wind advantage.

The second half started well for the Donahies with instructions from the management to carry the ball instead of kicking it into the wind. This led to a few chances but none were taken. St. Marks got another score to reduce the deficit but up stepped Sean Whelan with 2 super scores off his left foot into the strong wind. This again lifted the team and with Stephen Robinson getting a grip on their midfielder, Jamie O'Connor, Sean Boylan and Ciaran Moylan hoovering up a lot of ball and Evan Whelan kicking some classy frees, things were looking good.

The game was far from over however and St. Marks took advantage of the wind becoming stronger as well as bringing sleet and hail with it. The Donahies were 5 points up when the blizzard started but Marks got a second goal from their midfielder which was quickly followed by another point. With the slenderest of advantages, up stepped Sean Whelan, Dean Farrell and Sean Boylan to steady the ship and re-establish a 4 point advantage.

With gazebo's being blown around the carpark by the wind, St. Marks tacked on two more scores to reduce the gap. It seemed as if the half would go on forever as the referee played at least 5 minutes over time and Marks got another score followed by two 45's with a gale force wind to give a helping hand. However, some heroic defending from Sean Eustace,  Evan Whelan, Adam Ryan and Josh Kennedy sealed the win for the Donahies.

Overall it was a tremendous effort from the whole team and they are delighted to reach a second final in two years. Best of luck to the team in the final next Wed!!