Three cheers as Barntown school celebrates a hat-trick
SCOIL Mhuire in Barntown celebrated a rare sporting treble last week with a well-attended and much-deserved civic reception hosted by Wexford Mayor Cllr Jim Moore.
A large number of well-wishers gathered at the Wexford District Council buildings in the old County Hall last Monday (August 28) to honour the school's Rackard League double 'ROINN A' hurling and football winners and victory in the rounders primary school championship.
It was a very impressive performance at the conclusion of the school year to claim a historic hat-trick for Scoil Mhuire.
The football team was managed by Tony Cleary while the hurling was managed by Damien Barron. Willie Carley had the task of playing a pivotal task in the management of both teams, bringing a capability and a passion for both disciplines to the school and the teams.
The rounders management team of Nicola Brazzill, Jennifer Moroney and Caitriona Walsh had much to be proud of on the night as their victory as county school champions for 2017 made for an unprecedented level of silverware in the school's history.
Rounders has a long history as a sport in Barntown and the management team have a wealth of personal talent and success over many years. The rounders victory celebration at the mayoral reception was all the more sweet in light of the second (in a row) All Ireland victory of the ladies team from Barntown last weekend.
Cllr Moore said he was delighted to honour the achievements of the young and he congratulated the school on the tremendous level of 'parental involvement'. He also spoke of the 'uniqueness' of the triple victory and took the occasion to welcome double Rackard League winner from the 196O's - musician and fellow Kilmore man - Nick Kinsella.
Principal Ms. Louisa O Brien expressed her joy at the achievements and paid tribute to staff, parents and the board for their hard work and diligence in the interests of the young.
Ms O Brien paid particular gratitude to brothers Mark and Michael Brazzill whose oversight work at the school and on its pitches is now virtually complete. A word of welcome to Niamh Doyle of the Parents Council was issued.
School board chairman and school chaplain Fr John Carroll thanked councillors Tony Dempsey, George Lawlor and Philomena Roche for their advice, help and assistance in the securing of a new school and sports grounds and he thanked council officials for their attentiveness in the planning and execution phases.
Turning to the young players - most of whom begin secondary school this week - he urged them to continue to pursue the 'holistic Catholic education' that they had received at Barntown National School - 'mind, soul, heart and body - all four working in tandem - not one left out!' and to use it as 'a model for balanced living as you mature into full adult civil and Christian life.'
The vast majority of the team has now moved on to school in Wexford town where they will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the schools, clubs and disciplines with which they are involved now and into the future. All present were unanimous in their well-wishes to the young people as they move on to the next chapter of their academic and sporting lives.