The School held its GAA Medal presentation function on Tuesday night last for the victorious teams of the 2010 to 2011 school year . Presentations were also made to students who were members of victorious Inter-County teams over the past twelve months. Guest of honour was recent past-pupil and Captain of the victorious Tipperary Minor football team, Liam Mc Grath .
Welcoming the guests, Acting Principal Mr Butler, congratulated all the medal winners and their families. He paid special tribute to staff members who prepare teams every year in spite of the increasing demands being placed on their time and in spite of the growing number ofchallenges involved in running a successful games programme in the school.
Mid Board Chairman, Mr Mattie Ryan congratulated the school on its recent successful Whole School Evaluation and praised all those involved in games in the school. Referring to Drom and Inch’s recent County Final victory, Mr Ryan said it shows that if, in the face of failure, you continue to persevere, success will come at last.
Mr John Costigan spoke of the long tradition of games in the school and made a link between the success of various school teams and success for Tipperary inter-county teams - the most recent example being Our Lady’s victory in the Mc Gabhann Cup in 2011 and the central involvement of four members of that team in Tipperary’s victory in the Minor All Ireland.
Mr. Hugh Coughlan in his speech recaptured vividly the drama and magic of the Tipperary Minor victory and especially the victory over Kerry in the Munster Final.
Medals were presented to the Mc Gabhann Cup, Munster Senior Football champions; the Kinane Cup, U16 ½ Munster B hurling champions; the Westcourt Cup (Rice Cup Shield) winners, and to the U16 ½ Munster B Camogie Champions.
Finally presentation were made to Liam Mc Grath, John Mc Grath, Colin O’ Riordan and Alan O’ Riordan who were prominent in Tipperary’s All Ireland Minor Football victory; to Elaine Fitzpatrick, Maria Curley, Niamh Treacy and Kate Kashman who were part of the All Ireland winning, Tipperary U 14 Ladies’ Football team ; to Ann Eviston, Mairead Evistion, Eimear Cahill and Niamh Treacy who won All Ireland hounours with the Tipperary U 16 Camogie team; and to Anne Evistion who won player of the year in the All Ireland minor Camogie final.
The function was followed by refreshments in the school’s social area. Thanks to everyone who attended the function and to Ms Kinane and her Home Economics students who prepared the refreshments. Thanks to Mr Noel Fogarty and Ms. Teresa Brennan and Mr. Paul Fogarty who helped organise the function.
Well done to the U16 Basketball team and to their Manager, Ms Fitzpatrick on the team’s victory Rathmore Grammar School Belfast on Tuesday last. The score in the game was 42 -14 in favour of Our Lady’s. The team now play Causeway Comprhensive School, Kerry in the quarter-final.
The Harty Cup team played a useful challenge against Johnstown V.S. on Wednesday last. The performance of the team was very encouraging with all players and subs very much on form. This game gives a boost to the school’s confidence as we face a very strong Waterford Colleges’ team in the crucial final round of the group stages of the competition. Only a win will do in this game which is fixed for November 16th.