10 medals for D.C.C. at Meath Athletics.

A total of 22 students competed in the first major meet of the season in a variety of disciplines at Claremount Stadium in Navan.  Amy O’Connor, who recently joined the school, was the first to put D.C.C. on the scoreboard with a super 2nd place in the long jump.  Niamh Hetherington proved she is the Queen of the Sprints with a convincing 1st place in the U19 race-this is the 6th year in a row that she has taken the title.  The boys were very successful in the initial rounds of the sprints with Luke Phelan, Eoin Harkin and Aaron O’Connor battling their way to the finals.  Eoin Harkin secured 3rd in his competition.  Jarlath Jordan was very impressive, making the transition from cross-country to track look effortless with a 1st in the 800m and a 3rd in 1500m, while Paddy Maher took the 1st in the later race.  Sarah Bateson, despite being our youngest competitor is already established as a stalwart of the school’s athletics team and she shone in her 800m race as she sailed to victory with ease! The u15 1500m race was very tight throughout and a great battle ensued on the home straight for the bronze medal with Sean O’ Connor just inching ahead of Jake Cullen.  Ciaran Quinn, a new man to the track was rewarded for all his hard work over the past few months with a well-deserved 3rd in the senior race, while Evan Maher ended the day with a solid 3rd in the shot putt.  Special mention must go to both Aaron O’Connor and Rajul Singh who showed great determination today in their respective competitions. 

 

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All Ireland Junior Duathlon Championships

Congratulations to Grainne Hanley who came 2nd in the All Ireland Junior Duathlon Championships on Saturday. The duathlon was on Mondollo race track, in Kildare and included a 3.4km run, a 20km cycle and another 3.3km run.  This was Grainne's first ever duathlon.  

 

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All-Ireland Hunter Trials

Lisgarvan House, Co. Carlow provided the picturesque setting for this year’s All-Ireland Hunter Trials Inter-schools competition. Yet again D.C.C. Equestrian Team were in the ribbons with a fantastic fifth place from Sophie O’Connor in the senior individuals, on her horse TJ. This is a huge achievement as the class had over 150 competitors.  Bathed in sunshine, the D.C.C. Equestrian Team arrived in style armed with their new school numnahs. Their six horses were immaculately turned out-so much so that the announcer complimented some of our competitors over the PA system. After a very early start, our senior team was first to take to the course at break-neck speed with Colm Kiernan in front on his beloved Patch, Patrick Lally in the middle on new steed Lily and Clare Meehan on her trusty mount Buster. The team were very unfortunate to have an elimination at the third last fence but all horses and riders returned safely to fight another day.  Both Colm and Patrick had fantastic times in the individuals but a few penalties robbed them of a place. Georgie Benson had a very stylish round on the beautiful Otto to go clear, while last but by no means least, Reece O’Connor gave a fantastic display of determination and courage on Charlie in the Junior Individuals.  A fantastic day was had by all and Ms. Solan and Ms. Curran would like to acknowledge the support and commitment shown by both students and parents involved in the D.C.C. Equestrian Team.

 

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Holland Easter Open Success

Well done to DCC students who are members of Ratoath Harps, the winning team who played the Holland Easter Open on Easter Sunday in Eindhoven. Left to right Mika Mikamibua, Paddy Conway, Paul Kennedy and Luke Hynes. Missing from photo is Luke Thorpe.

 

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Spelling Bee Champions

Well done to all those who took part in the Annual DCC Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week.

First place, Roy Horan, 6th year.

Joint second, Molly Regan and Fiyinfoluwa Adeniranye.

Third Rory O Mahony.

Well done to all the runners up.

 

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