St. Patrick’s Progress to All-Ireland U-19 ‘A’ Cup Semi Finals

St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Castleisland, All-Ireland U-19 Basketball Cup Team. Front from left: Adam Kelly, Shane Óg McGaley, Aaron Fleming, Gearoid Coffey, Garry O’Sullivan, Darren O’Donovan and Cathal Culloty. Back from left: Nathan O’Callaghan, Jack Tobin, John Curtin, Padraig Hilliard, Padraig Fleming, Dara Culhane, Keith Deniel and Donal Geaney.

The St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Castleisland U-19 basketball team has reached the semi-finals of the All- Ireland U-19 ‘A’ Cup competition.

This has been a fantastic journey for the team and it’s the first time in the school’s history that a basketball team has reached the semi-finals of the U-19 cup competition in the ‘A’ grade.

34 Teams Started Out

“A competition which started out with 34 teams last September it is a wonderful achievement for our boys and their mentors to reach the last four of the competition,” said Principal Denis O’Donovan.

“In round one we defeated St. Pats Classical School, Navan 84 -46, in round two, defeated St Oliver’s Community School, Drogheda 75-62.

Huge Credit Due

“These two wins secured a quarter-final clash against Coláiste Chiarain Leixlip which was played this week with St Patrick’s winning 66-54.

“There is huge credit due to the team which have trained very hard since September and richly deserve a place in the semi-final in which they will play St. Joseph’s The Bish of Galway or Templeogue College, Dublin,” said Mr. O’Donovan.

The St. Pat’s Panel

Aaron Fleming, Pádraig Fleming, Gearoid Coffey, Jack Tobin, Garry O’Sullivan, Donal Geaney, Shane Óg McGaley, John Curtin, Adam Kelly, Darren O’Donovan, Padraig Hilliard, Cian Ring, Dara Culhane, Keith Deniel, Nathan O’Callaghan, Cathal Culloty and Darragh Kelly.

Coach: Denny Porter. Managers: Owen Hayes and Paul Butler.