St.Cocas Orla Reidy to represent Ireland in Nottingham

Orla Reidy and her Irish team mates prior to departing for Nottingham

St.Cocas AC athlete Orla Reidy, will tomorrow represent Ireland at the SIAB International Schools’ in Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England.

Orla will become the first girl from St.Cocas to represent Ireland at schools level and qualifies after her 5th place finish two weeks ago in the All-Irelands in Waterford.

The event is part of the Home Countries International (4 nations) and sees 16 Irish schools’ athletes compete. Orla ran for Maynooth Post Primary in the Leinsters and All-Irelands, with the St.Cocas runner firstly capturing the Leinster Schools Intermediate Cross Country title in Santry on February 21st before her 5th place finish in Waterford.

Orla’s achievements so far are all the more remarakable as she is also eligible for the Intermediate ranks again next year.

The junior girls will compete over 4km with the Intermediate girls (Orla’s race) competing over 4.5km.

Well done to her coaches Larry Kelly & Michael Reidy in helping her to reach this level.

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Perfect 5 for Scoil Dara’s first ever Junior Rugby team

Scoil Dara Kilcock’s first ever Junior Rugby team

Scoil Dara Kilcock fielded a Junior Rugby side for the first time ever today, when they travelled to Barnhall Rugby Club for a Junior blitz.

The lads, trained by Niall McCann and Mr Fanciulli, played five games, amazingly winning all five. Local rivals Maynooth Post Primary were one of the teams dispatched, along with Dunlavin, Confey, Cross and Passion Kilcullen and Celbridge Community School.

Scoil Dara also has a senior squad in the school but it’ the first time the school has played a game.

Niall McCann spoke to extratimesportlive.com in the aftermath of the school’s flying start; “There was some great rugby played this morning by the lads in Barnhall. We had two teams from the North Kildare RFC area taking part, both Maynooth PPS and Scoil Dara. It was extra special for Scoil dara as they were fielding a rugby team for the first time. Fair play to the lads, it’s a great start and their is some decent talent after been unearthed.”

Scoil Dara would be more notable for producing Gaa and soccer stars through the years but maybe just maybe instead of a future Ciaran Kilduff or Ciaran Fitzpatrick, we might see the next Johnny Sexton coming out those green gates!!

As a past pupil the only rugby yours truly played there was 30v30 on the tarmac of the basketball courts at lunchtime. Needless to say that didn’t last long after a couple of ambulance appearances.

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St.Cocas Athlete is Leinster Schools X-Country Champion

Orla Reidy (1) on the podium after her Leinster Schools Intermediate cross country win

St.Cocas Kilcock athlete Orla Reidy has captured the Leinster Schools Intermediate Cross Country title with victory at Santry today, February 21st.

The Intermediate race was ran over a distance of 3500 metres.

Orla’s win is all the more special as she is also eligible for the Intermediate ranks again next year. She will now also progress to the All-Irelands.

Both Orla and her St.Cocas team mate Aoife O’Cuill, who ran a great race to qualify for the All Ireland finals next month, were representing Maynooth Post Primary. Aoife ran in the Senior race, over a distance of 2500 metres.

St.Cocas AC were quick to congratulate all their athletes on their Facebook page this evening; “Congratulations to all athletes who represented their schools today in the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Santry. A special congratulations goes to Orla Reidy who won gold in the Intermediate girls race and is now Leinster Champion. Well done also Aoife O’Cuill who ran a great race to qualify for the All Ireland finals next month.”

Please find below a break down of the school’s different ages for the respective years.

Minor = 1st year

Junior = 2nd year

Intermediate = 3rd&4th year

Senior = 5th&6th year

Give or take ( it’s based on age)

Aoife O’Cuill in action for Maynooth PP

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