2010 brought unprecedented success in an untested field for Jarlath’s when Leaving Cert student Michael Moran (pictured with President Fr Brendan Kilcoyne and Vice President Mr. Charles Kelly) finished in first place at the Irish Physics Olympiad. Held in DCU, this competition was to decide the two Irish Competitors in the International Physics Olympiad, this year being hosted in Zagreb, Croatia. The Olympiad consisted of two exams, one a straightforward information test and the other a more involved multiple choice quiz; when the results were tabulated it was Michael who came out on top. He will now travel to Croatia this July to represent Ireland in the International competition, which consists of a five hour theory exam and a practical experiment section. This was the first year a Jarlath’s student had entered the competition, and Michael’s great success shows great hope for the future in the field of science for both him and the College.
The Jarlath’s Juvenile team had a year of convincing success, in which they won both the League and the Championship competitions. This success came after two very convincing victories in both the two finals, both against Headford School. In the Championship Final, the Jarlath’s team overcame an initial Headford rush to pull ahead before halftime, a late goal by Joseph Donnellan sealing it for the lads in blue. In the League Final, Headford again opened up strong, getting the first score of the match, but after 4 goals between Martin Connell, Jason Leonard and Damien Comer, they just couldn’t keep the pace and yet more accolades were brought home by a dominant Jarlath’s team. This stunning success by the Juvenile team shows the first stirrings of a coming storm, and if this year is anything to go by, other Irish Colleges should watch these players closely and with growing fear for future competitions.Juven
Junior football had another very successful year in St. Jarlath’s, winning the championship against St Colman’s and reaching the league final. A very convincing Jarlath’s side lined up in Milltown to face old senior rivals St. Colman’s, with new management panel of John Duggan and Liam Quinn fielding a team with a tactically unique three man mid-field formation. The gamble paid off in spades, with 2 fantastic goals from Gearoid Armstrong and a stream of solid points from the likes of Pa Glynn and Ian Burke pushing the lads to a 2-13 to 7 points victory. After a great league semi-final performance (in which Jarlath’s’ backs and keeper completely shut out a terrified Gerard’s 6-9 to no score), they couldn’t repeat the magic as some sloppy defending from Jarlath’s backs eroded a halftime surplus with some Summerhill goals and an unfortunate loss. However, it’s clear from the successes this team did show that there’s great hope for Jarlath’s football in the coming years.
The Jarlath’s Second Year team fought hard, reaching the league final against an energetic Headford team, but were unable to convert that tenacity into silverware. A quick scoring Headford team racked up an impressive 5-9, and despite a second half improvement from Jarlath’s with Kevin Newell scoring an impressive 1-2 without reply. All in all, it was a disappointing but character building year for the young team
First year football had a very successful run in Jarlath’s this year, winning the Connaught Championship with a very emphatic 7-16 to 0-3 win against Headford. Perhaps showing an advantage to the larger group available to trainers in the newly amalgamated school, this young squad impressed, especially the full forward line of Darragh McElroy, Padraig Coen and Darragh O’Holleran Forklan who racked up a very respectable 4-4 between them. This can only bode well for the future of the new school, the youngest generation very much holding their own on the pitch.