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Past Pupils’ Reunion

The Seven Oaks hotel was the venue on Saturday 23rd November for old friends from various year groups to catch up and reminisce about the good old times. Many stories were exchanged and a few tales were told. Class groups from the 1959/1960 era right through to 2009/2010 cohort gathered to enjoy the company of friends with whom they had soldiered with, as students in Knockbeg, whether as borders or more recently as day pupils.

Before heading to the hotel, the new school was opened from 6pm to allow our past pupils to take a stroll through the grounds to see the complete transformation in what was once a home away from home for many. The past students were mesmerised by what the experienced. An air of disbelief as many went searching for the studyhall and Siberia; nowhere to be seen. A new state of the art, purpose built campus greeted them. A long wait but worth the wait according to many who were instrumental in getting the project over the line. Fr. Sean Maher, from the class of 1989, said a mass in the new autistic unit in memory of all deceased past pupil. This was very well received by those present.

The Seven Oaks hotel, as always, provided the ideal venue for the reunion. The meal and service was top class. Many thanks to Michael Walsh and his staff for making it a memorable night. Joe Farrell from the 1995 class acted as MC on the night and introduced our guest speakers. Fr. John Dunphy, Chairperson of the Board of Management, started with grace before dinner. After the meal, Minister Charlie Flanagan, who is currently the President of the Knockbeg College Past Pupils Union, addressed us and recalled his account of his time in the school. Bishop Denis Nulty, on behalf of the Trustees, said a few words and congratulated all who had worked tirelessly over many years to get the college to where it is today. Michael Fitzpatrick, chairperson of the Dublin branch of the PPU and also a member of the 1989 class said a few words also. Finally our Principal, Mike Carew concluded the formalities.

Many thanks to all who made the effort to attend on the night, particularly those who were celebrating their reunion year. It was great to see old and new faces attend this biannual event. Thanks for the memories. We look forward to seeing even more Past Pupils back in the new year for the official opening of the new school. Also, all Past Pupils are welcome to the AGM on Friday 24th January in the College at 7.30pm, by which time all renovation work will be completed.

Minister Charlie Flanagan, President of the Knockbeg College Past Pupils Union.

Bishop Denis Nulty, speaking on behalf of the Trustees, at the Past Pupils’ Reunion.

Class of 1968/1969

Class of 1969/1970

Class of 1979/1980

Class of 1989/1990

Class of 2009/2010

Good start for Junior Footballers in South Leinster Championship

Knockbeg Junior Footballers got their South Leinster championship campaign off to a commanding start with a win against a strong St Peter’s side played in Eire Og GAA.

Although the rain was able to hold off for the duration of the game, the pitch was very heavy and quite difficult to play on. Some might have thought this would have hindered Knockbeg’s game plan but Oisin Doyle was able to win the throw up and go down the field for a score instantaneously. St Peters were able to win the resulting kickout and move up the field. After some patient play by St Peters, they were able to capitalise on a free conceded by the Knockbeg defence. This brought the game back to level terms. After some ill-discipline by the Wexford side, Conall Bergin was able to kick-off his scoring tally, knocking over two frees both inside the 21. Knockbeg began to dominate with a point from Oisin Hooney. Kyle Nolan was dragged down in the large rectangle and Conall Bergin was able to convert the penalty. Jack Doyle added another point with Oisin Doyle scoring 1-1 within 3 minutes. St Peters were able to get another point before half time from a free leaving the score at 2-6 to 0-2 in favour of the home side.

The second half started off similar to the first with Oisin Hooney scoring within the first minute of the restart. St Peters worked the ball well up the field and would have scored a goal only for an excellent save from Oisin Ramsbottom to tap it over the bar for a peters score. Conall Bergin was able to add 2 more points from frees and 1 point from open play while Michéal Downey was able to turn his man and add another to Knockbeg’s cause. Although Knockbeg were dominating most aspects of the game, St Peters were able to cash in on some defensive mistakes, scoring 2 goals in 2 minutes. This gave them some hope leading into the last 15 minutes of the game but Conall Bergin was able to add to his personal tally to 1-6 on the day and put Knockbeg into a good position going down the home stretch. Good points by Conor Bowe and Oisin Nolan secured Knockbeg a hard-earned win.

Final score: Knockbeg 2-14 St Peters 2-4

Oisin Ramsbottom (Park- Ratheniska), Fiacc Brennan(Palatine), Fergus Langton, Sean McDonald(Stradbally), Jack Byrne(Graiguecullen), Oisin Nolan(Castledermot), Jesse McEvoy(Ballylinan), Aodhan Lowry(Arles-Kilcruise), Oisin Doyle(Clonmore),Kyle Nolan(Eire Og), Oisin Hooney(St. Joseph’s), Conor Bowe(Palatine), Jack Doyle(Palatine), Micheal Downey(Ballylinan), Conall Bergin(Grangenolvin).
Subs used: Ruairy Scully(Athy), Oran O’Callaghan(Tinahely), Lee Shannon (Palatine)

By Michael Wall and Colin Dunne TY

Senior Footballers beat Scoil Aodhain to top group in Leinster Championship

Knockbeg have progressed to the quarter final of the Senior ‘A’ Leinster Championship following a convincing win over St Aidan’s College of Dublin in the DCU Sports Campus on Wednesday.

The game started off slowly but some great defending by the Knockbeg fullback line halted the Dublin side’s forwards. Some great build up play lead to the first of Fionn Bergin’s scores which was followed up by a well taken Paddy Regan point. Disaster struck for St Aidan’s as a short kickout went astray and lead to Paddy Regan sticking the ball in the back of the net. Killeshin’s Ross Bolger added a point before St Aidan’s added two points in quick succesion. But St Aidan’s would quickly concede again as Ross Bolger scored a wonder goal that stunned the keeper. Bergin then added another score as Knockbeg’s midfield began to dominate the kickouts. Saint Aidan’s added another point before Knockbeg keeper Craig Doyle pulled out a great save. The Dublin side scored again before Arles Kileen man Colin Dunne got a point for the Carlow side. The half time whistle soon blew with Knockbeg being up 2-05 to 0-04.

Knockbeg opened the half with another Bergin point which was followed by a well worked St Aidan’s point. Bryan McMahon responded with a point following some great skill. St Aidan’s then had a relative purple patch scoring two points in a row before Dylan Doyle added a fine score. Knockbeg then won a penalty which Fionn Bergin coolly slotted away. St Aidan’s then responded with a goal of their own, which would prove to be their only despite hitting the crossbar twice. They followed this up with another score before Bolger got Knockbeg back scoring with another point. Knockbeg then got five scores in a row thanks too Bergin, Regan and Bolger, who’s score came a result from midfielder Ciaran Burke plucking a ball straight from the sky. The full-time whistle was blown with Knockbeg winning 3-14 to 1-08. The side now wait to see who they will face in the next round.

KNOCKBEG: Craig Doyle (Graiguecullen); Jamie Kelly (St Joseph’s), Conor Donlon (Annanough), Orrie Doran (Killeshin); Eoin Fitzpatrick (Killeshin), Ben Crotty (Eire Og), David McDonald (Killeshin), Ian Shanahan (St Joseph’s), Ciaran Burke (Crettyard); Fionn Bergin (Grange, Kildare), Ross Bolger (Killeshin), Bryan McMahon (Palatine); Colin Dunne (Arles-Killeen), Paddy Regan (Tinryland), Dylan Doyle (Clonmore) SUBS: Shane Buggy (Eire Og) for Fitzpatrick, Oisin Hooney (St Joseph’s) for McMahon, Leeson Hughes (Killeshin) for McDonald, Adam Fennelly (Tinryland) for Doran.

Junior Basketballers claim Midlands League Title

Knockbeg went into this Midlands League B Final as underdogs having lost out earlier on in their campaign to an impressive Presentation College Carlow team by 6 points.

Knockbeg raced off to a good start when captain Conall Bergin put the 5 to the good within the first 2 minutes. Throughout the first and second quarter the teams went toe to toe , with Jack Byrne registering his first two baskets and Fionn Anthony adding one.

In the 3rd quarter Pres Carlow outscored Knockbeg by 5 points , the highlight of the game came in the 3rd when Conall Bergin went behind the back and scored an excellent layup under severe pressure from the opposition defenders.

Going into the 4th and Pres lead by 32-27 and looked to be in control. Knockbeg dug deep and found it within themselves to get back into the game. With 4 minutes 32 seconds to go Knockbeg trailed by 7 points their largest margin of the game. They began to draw Pres back in with some excellent play on the offensive and defensive ends. Bergin slotted 2 free throws to leave 4 in it and then Jack Byrne scored another basket to leave 2 in it. Lewis Gannon scored an excellent layup off an organised full court press from the whole team , the game now tied at 36-36.

Pres Carlow had two key players for them fouled out late on in the 4th and Knockbeg were given the opportunity to go and make free throws. After missing 2 from the line Jack Byrne bounced back to make 4 in a row and give Knockbeg a 40–36 lead. Pres replied with there own set of free throws but Knockbeg held on to run out deserved winners on a scoreline of 40-38. What makes the win even more impressive is that none of the starting team play with basketball clubs.

Panel: Jamie Conway, , Pablo Byrne, Jack Doyle, Aodhan Lowry, Fionn Anthony, Conor Bowe, Lewis Gannon, Brian Cox, Luke Bramley, Jack Byrne, Conall Bergin(captain) Matthew Farrell, Gavin Dowling.

by Oisin Nolan TY

Athletics

The Three Counties Cross Country Schools League, Monday 18th November, finished well for Knockbegs athletes. We had teams in each category and all runners gave it their all on a very cold day at St. Laurence O’Tooles Athletics grounds.

Evan English, Harry Gordon, Callum Hayden, Sean Murphy and Cillian Whearty all put in brave performances and finished well over 4x 500m. The junior teams also braved the cold and over 4x500m all 9 fought hard for places. The A team consisting of Luke Buggy, Mackenzie McIvor, Ben O’Gorman and Sean O’Sullivan finished strongly and brought home an overall bronze medal in division one of the league. The intermediate team, Tadhg Ronan, Eoin Cawley, Lee Murray and Harry Lee also finished third overall in the league bringing home well earned bronze medals for all.

Finally our senior team, T.J. Burke, Finn Cummins, Alex Mackey and Patrick Kelly ran a strong 4x800m but unfortunately did not medal. Well done to all our athletes who competed, some for the first time, in the Three Counties League.