First Years win Connacht

Connacht Final Web 031St. Jarlath`s College, Tuam, 3-11    St. Colman`s, Claremorris, 3-10

Milltown GAA pitch on the afternoon of 10 April was the scene for an extraordinary 1st year championship decider between SJC and league champions St. Colman`s of Claremorris.

Watched keenly by parents, teachers, fellow students and even local GAA patrons the young players on the pitch gave an exhibition of footballing quality and commitment that utterly belied their youth. Indeed, despite the heartbreak that greeted them on the final whistle the Mayo lads can be justly proud too of their efforts in narrow defeat that forced the Jarlath`s boys to summon up reserves of resilience that are completely in keeping with the school`s footballing tradition.

The opening 10 minutes was largely nip-and-tuck but, with the aid of the breeze, Colman`s hit 2-3 in five minutes that saw them wrest control of the game and indeed a palmed goal prior to half-time from SJC captain Keith Boyle would ultimately prove very significant for the Jarlath`s boys later on.

The beginning of the second period nonetheless witnessed a further surge from Colman`s whose lead stood at a commanding 3-8 to 1-4 with 20 minutes remaining.

Thereafter, the tide of the game turned completely. A Jarlath`s forward line that had been free-scoring in the two previous rounds had been largely shackled on this day; however their perseverance and hard work was about to bear fruit. Corner forward Rossa Ryan essentially took the decider by the scruff of the neck with a staggering contribution of 2-6 in the closing minutes. This spell included 4 nervelessly despatched placed balls. Coinciding with a renewed rearguard action, Jarlath`s reeled in the deficit to the point where Rossa`s final score with a minute remaining saw Jarlath`s hit the front for the first time in 50 minutes of action.

The final whistle arrived following some heart-stopping moments of end-to-end action. In the midst of frenzied Jarlath`s celebrations, understandable given the inherent drama of the win, it wasn`t forgotten that this was very tough on a valiant Colman`s team. It was therefore pleasing that Keith Boyle`s mature speech acknowledged this point.

In the final analysis, this was a hugely satisfying campaign for a Jarlath`s 1st year team full of resilience, talent and graft. In overcoming the loss of three of their first four league games, the young boys championship win was made all the sweeter- an achievement to make the school community proud. Photos.



Dean through to All-Ireland Boxing.

Dean WardFirst Year student, Dean Ward, from the St Ailbhe’s Boxing Club, won the County finals in West Side, Galway in February to progress to the Connacht finals, which were held in Oughterard last weekend. Dean won  in his category and will now represent his club at the All-Ireland competition later this month, which will be held in the National Stadium, Dublin.
Congratulations to Dean and we wish him the very best of luck!


St. Jarlath’s through to Connacht Final Debating

Connacht semi-final All Ireland Debating 2014On Wednesday evening, 26 March, two teams representing St. Jarlath`s College contested the Connacht semi-final of the All- Ireland Schools debating competition. Having won the prestigious All-Ireland second-level title in 2011 St. Jarlath`s boasts a recent run of success. Stephen Moriarty, a 5th year student, paired with Adam Cronin from the Junior Certificate year. A second team, Oisin Donnellan and James Glynn, both Junior Certificate students, also worked in tandem. The motion ” That this house believes that forced labour is an acceptable form of punishment ” was indeed challenging.
However, all four Jarlath`s boys delivered fine responses that resulted in both teams securing their passage to the Connacht final due to be held on Wednesday 2 April. This great achievement means that the school will eagerly await the final hopeful of further success.


Fifth Year Agricultural Science Farm Visit.

Class photo 1The 5th year Agricultural Science class recently visited The Massmore Dairy Farm as part of their Farm Enterprise Project accompanied by teachers Pat Qualter, Michael Talty and George Moran. The farm is run by the Martin family, brothers John, Michael, James, Patrick, who are all past students of our college, and father TJ. This is the second year that the college has visited the Martin farm who are always very welcoming and accommodating.




First Year Championship Win

Sjc 1st yrs 017St. Jarlath`s 5-9   St. Gerald`s 2-6
After a league campaign that saw many highs and lows in terms of results, a vibrant SJC 1st year team produced their finest performance to date this year in beating a strong St. Gerald`s outfit in their first championship outing.
Friday 21st March in the GAA centre in Ballyhaunis witnessed an absorbing encounter between two very committed teams in extremely adverse conditions. In the face of sleet, rain and a fluctuating breeze the young Jarlath`s lads nevertheless endeavoured to play the traditional Jarlath`s good, fast attacking football; while staging a strong rearguard action at the back. The speedy astro surface poses many challenges, but all starting 15 and substitutes coped admirably well in this regard- indeed the impact of several substitutes on the pattern of play in the 2nd half was one of the most pleasing aspects of a heartening victory.
With the aid of the breeze SJC built up a lead of 2-5 to 0-1 at half-time. A fine finish to the net from Keelan Creavan and an eye-catching point from distance by Sean Raftery arguably the highlights. But it was a blistering start to the second period that would prove decisive; Jarlath`s struck for a rapid 2-3 in the opening 5 minutes of this half and thereafter coped very well with the conditions in consolidating a lead that would keep them in charge to the final whistle. It is worth noting however that Gerald`s provided a stiff challenge throughout the game and it was a hard-earned victory for the Jarlath`s boys. Captain for St. Jarlath’s boys was Keith Boyle and his tenacious performance was one of many for his team on the day.
St. Jarlath`s will return to the Ballyhaunis venue for the 1st year A championship semi-final against Rice College Westport, week ending 28/3/14. Match photos here.