Good Counsel top of sporting class
The sheer range and depth of sporting talent within the confines of Good Counsel College was clear for all to see at a medals presentation ceremony in the school on Friday.
The New Ross establishment is a byword for excellence on the G.A.A. fields, but there is even more to it than that as a number of individuals were also honoured for their feats in other codes and disciplines.
Pride of place went to the Junior footballers and hurlers from the 2014-'15 school term as they were presented with their Leinster and All-Ireland 'A' championship medals.
And the Senior footballers were also on hand to collect their rewards for Leinster 'A' championship success, with all presentations made by past pupil and recent All Star winner Ger Aylward of Glenmore and Kilkenny, along with ex-Wexford footballer Redmond Barry.
The cups from the three victories were paraded by team captains Donnacha O'Connor (Senior football), Darragh Lyons (Junior football) and Andrew Walsh (Junior hurling).
Meanwhile, there was recognition also for two of the school's outstanding young athletes: Ryan Carthy-Walsh, the national high jump and Youth Olympic silver medal winner, and national walking champion Joe Mooney, both from the Adamstown club.
Adrian Jasik was feted for his bronze medal win at the world kickboxing championships, while four pupils were recognised for their admirable feats in the equestrian world: Rúairí Aylward, the national showjumping champion; Danny Sheehy, the national pony racing champion jockey; and Irish international showjumpers Jack Ryan and Oisín Aylward.
An incredible array of talent was on show, and the successes are far from over it would appear.
The latest players to qualify for a Leinster 'A' championship final are the Under-14 footballers who will be in action in Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow on Friday at 1.30 p.m.
They appear to be in a rich vein of form right now, having beaten Knockbeg College of Carlow by 0-15 to 1-6 in the South Leinster semi-final, Naas C.B.S. by 6-8 to 2-5 in the subsequent decider, and St. Benildus of Kilmacud in the provincial penultimate round by 8-10 to 3-4.
The Senior footballers are also due to begin the defence of their Leinster 'A' title this week with a home game against Carlow C.B.S.