Entrance Scholarships

Congatulations to our former students Donal Kaye and Oisín Chelmiah who received academic scholarships to the Institute of Technology, Carlow at a presentation ceremony this week. Both have entered the Faculty of Science. Donal is studying for a Bacholer of Science in Biosciences and Oisín is undertaking an Honours Bachelor of Science in Cybercrime and IT Security. Both had the highest points total of all entrants in their chosen area of study.

Donal Kaye and Oisin Chelmiah, with Mr Carew (Principal), and Mr Hoyne (Careers & Guidance Counsellor) at the IT Carlow Entrance Scholarship Presentation Ceremony recently.

Retirement of Ms. Louise Dillon Reeves

Ms. Louise Dillon, a Meath native, joined the staff of Knockbeg College in 1989. Louise was the first female on staff in this era. She taught modern foreign languages (French and German), but is most noted for introducing the German language to the Knockbeg students. Her deep appreciation and love of the language was clear to see by all, but most especially by her students who walked through the door of room five daily. The numbers opting to study German began to grow enormously – all credit to Ms. Dillon’s dedication and commitment. Students excelled in this subject in written, aural and oral communication and indeed, were often even heard singing in German by passerby’s of her room!! Ms. Dillon coached teams for German debating competitions and enjoyed national success with her students.

Ms. Dillon was involved in many extra-curricular activities during her years in Knockbeg. She introduced horse-riding to students and brought them to Carrigbeg riding school on their traditional leath-lá on a Wednesday afternoon. They participated in many competitions in the Greenhills riding school and the Spring Show at the RDS. Gaisce – the president’s awards, were also organised by Ms. Dillon in the college. Many long walks along the riverbanks and an overnight stay was enjoyed by participating students. The school tours were regularly organised by Ms. Dillon, especially those to Germany or France where her language skills were required. If not organised by her, she always travelled on these trips in a supervisory role!

She will be missed by all her students and colleagues and we wish her all the very best of good health and enjoyment in her well-deserved retirement. Thank you, Louise!

Fundraising for St. Claire’s Hospitality Kitchen in Graiguecullen

Our students will be having a Raffle and Singing Carols in order to raise much needed funds for St. Claire’s Hospitality Kitchen in Graiguecullen in the lead up to Christmas. Please support them in their efforts.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their generous prizes for our Christmas Raffle;

  • Mythen Construction
  • Seven Oaks Hotel
  • Talbot Hotel Carlow
  • Ivy Rooms
  • The Dome Carlow
  • McCauley’s Pharmacy
  • Doyles of the Shamrock.

Raffle tickets are available to purchase (€2 for one strip, €5 for three strips) from our school, at the Fairgreen Shopping Centre on Monday 16th December, and at our Carol Service on Wednesday 18th December.

2nd Year Footballers Claim South Leinster A Title Over Good Counsel

Knockbeg 2nd years came looking for their first silverware of the year, facing Good Counsel of New Ross in Mount Leinster Rangers GFC, Borris. This was the inaugural year of this particular competition as it replaced the old U14 competition. Knockbeg hoped to replicate their away win over Counsel in the group stages but were minus the services of Jack Brennan, Jamie Walker and Brian Broderick through a combination of injury and illness.

Knockbeg set their stall out early as they won the throw in and went straight on the attack. It only took Knockbeg a minute to strike when Bobby Doyle turned his man and slotted it into the back of the net to open the scoring. Doyle from Tinryland only took 5 minutes before he scored a point to put Knockbeg up by 4 points in the first 6 minutes reflecting their early dominance.

With the ball rallying between the two teams for the next few minutes in the middle third, Knockbeg hit Counsel on the break and when a loose ball fell to the feet of the other corner forward Josh Brady he showed all his soccer skills by unleashing a thunderbolt into the top corner for Knockbegs second goal of the game. Knockbeg would stay in the drivers seat with Michael Murphy converting a free as Doyle was fouled. Two wonderful saves by the Counsel keeper followed as one deflected over the bar from another goal bound Doyle effort. Influential midfielder T.J Nolan added another as they dominated the opening third of the game.

Finally, Good Counsel were able to get things going as they found themselves through on goal. However, they were halted by the Knockbeg keeper Sean Browne who tackled their player to the ground. This resulted in a black card for Sean and a penalty. With Michael Gaffney stepping in for the penalty from wing back, he made a brilliant save to keep Good Counsel scoreless before returning to normal defensive duties as Daniel Brennan took over in goals. Counsels first score did follow soon in the 24th minute when their center back put it over the bar. This would be followed by two more points from Good Counsel. They seemed to gain some momentum but still trailed by 9 points at the end of the half.

Half time SCORE: Knockbeg 2-6 Good Counsel 0-3

Good Counsel had come into the second half with a lot more drive and the breeze in their backs but still had a long way to go for a comeback.

No score came for 14 minutes into the second half as Knockbeg held firm until Michael Murphy converted a free right in front of the post followed by another free right after as Doyle bore down on goal again. Almost immediately after, one of Good Counsels backs worked a one two for a well earned point.

Knockbeg and Good Counsel went back and forth for the next 12 minutes with neither team managing to score. Tension between the players were building as the game entered the final quarter.

Suddenly Knockbeg were opened up and let Good Counsel in for a goal. With man of the match Doyle getting his second yellow late on a Counsel rally was expected. But instead Knockbeg kept their heads and worked the ball up the field to win a free which was put over once again by Michael Murphy of which sealed Knockbegs win.

The ref blew it up after 4 minutes of injury time as the celebrations started for the team and supporters as Knockbeg deservedly won the South Leinster A Final on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-4.

Scorers for Knockbeg: B.Doyle 1-3, M.Murphy 0-4, T.J Nolan 0-2, J.Brady 1-0.

Sean Browne (Crettyard), Cian Cashman (Palatine), Daniel Wall (Grange-Kildare), Brian Cox (Michael Davitts), Michael Gaffney (Killeshin), TJ Nolan (St. Laurence’s), Mackenzie McIvor (Ballylinan), Oran Kirwan (Grange), Darragh Loughman (Ballylinan), John Phiri (Askea), Cialann Brady (Eire Og), Josh Brady (Eire Og), Mikey Murphy (St. Joseph’s) , Bobby Doyle (Tinryland).

Subs: Brian Broderick (Palatine),Tommy Hutton (Killeshin), Ronan Creery, Adam Hennessy ( b Stradbally), Eoin Cawley (Killeshin). James Murphy (Killeshin), Eoin Brennan, Eoin Dunne, Diarmuid Downey( Ballylinan) Kevin Fennelly (Annanough), Pierce O’Dwyer, Ray Glynn ( St Laurences) Kyle Holden, Chris Fitzgerald ( Killeshin), Alex Downes (Graiguecullen), Luke Bramley (Askea), Callum Nolan, Cian Campion, John Byrne ( Palatine), Daniel Brennan ( Eire Og), Daniel Walsh (Athy), Jack Brennan (Killeshin), Jamie Walker (O’Hanrahans).

School Feast Day

To celebrate our College Feast day, Bishop Nulty, Monsignor Byrne and Fr. Dunphy led a prayer service in our sports hall with all staff and students in attendance. The day was particularly special for Brodie Feeney, Canice Whearty, Dylan Grufferty, Joshua Dunne, Conor Donlon, and Ciarán O’Hagan, as they were selected to be Prefects for this school year. Dylan Grufferty was given the extra honour of being Head Prefect. This old tradition was thankfully re-introduced based upon feedback received from our active Past Pupil’s Union. These students were selected by the staff for their leadership qualities and the high regard they are held in by the student body. Thanks to Joe Farrell (Class of 1994/1995) for attending today’s Prayer Service. A very active member of our Past Pupils’ Union, Joe shared some great words of wisdom, along with some funny stories of his time as a student in Knockbeg.

Brodie Feeney, Canice Whearty, Dylan Gruffferty, Joshua Dunne, Conor Donlon, and Ciarán O’Hagan with Bishop Nulty

Dylan Grufferty, Head Prefect, with Bishop Nulty

Prefects were presented with their badges by Bishop Nulty

Joe Farrell (Class of 1994/1995) speaking at our Feast Day Prayer Service

Senior Footballers beaten by PDLS in Carlow Schools League Final

On a cold night in Carlow IT, Knockbeg faced a strong team in the shape of Pres De La Salle Bagnelstown in the Carlow Schools ‘A’ final. The game started with PDLS starting the brighter, racking up 1-3 before Knockbeg finally woke up. A fine kick pass by Ciaran Burke found its way through the PDLS defence to Alex Mackey who slotted it past the PDLS keeper. As quick as the game had been restarted Mackey found himself in a similar position and once again made no mistake in finding the back of the net. PDLS once again took control of the game and they soon got their second goal of the game. It wasn’t until near the end of the first half that Knockbeg would get the scoreboard moving again with Fionn Begin scoring two frees along with a fine effort from Ross Bolger. The half finished with PDLS in front 2-7 to 2-3.

Knockbeg started the better of the two in the second half with Robert Bulmer splitting the post with an effort after the midfield partnership of Ian Shanahan and Ciaran Burke had won the throw up. Paddy Regan followed up Bulmers effort raising a white flag for himself leaving it 2-7 to 2-5 in favour of PDLS but after this early push, PDLS had gained back their form from the first half, keeping the score board moving and Knockbeg at arms length. Coming to the end of the game Ciaran Burke increased his tally, once again putting the ball over the bar. A late goal from Cormac O’Brian, gave hope to Knockbeg but PDLS soon extinguished that hope getting their third goal of the match and along with some late frees as the game drew to an end, they ran out 3-12 to 3-6 winners.

Team: Craig Doyle (Graiguecullen); Jamie Kelly (St Joseph’s), Conor Donlon (Annanough),Adam Fennelly (Tinryland),Shane Buggy (Eire Og), Ben Crotty (Eire Og), David McDonald (Killeshin), Ian Shanahan (St Joseph’s), Ciaran Burke (Crettyard), Fionn Bergin (Grangenolvin), Ross Bolger (Killeshin), Bryan McMahon (Palatine), Alex Mackey (St. Laurence’s), Paddy Regan (Tinryland), Dylan Doyle (Clonmore).

Subs used: Cormac O’Brien (Tinryland), Robert Bulmer (Clonmore), Orrie Doran (Killeshin), Eoin Fitzpatrick (Killeshin), Oisin Byrne (Arles-Killeen), TJ Burke (Barrowhouse).

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