The Evening Echo celebrates the Sciath na Scol in a 16-page special

The Evening Echo celebrates the Sciath na Scol in a 16-page special
Ciara Walsh in action for Carrigtwohill.

NOW in its 114th year, the annual festival of hurling and football that is Sciath na Scol Chorcaí continues to go from strength to strength.

The past two weeks have seen the hurling finals take place in CIT and Páirc Uí Rinn much to the delight of the teams that reached the finals and all those who come to watch the future of the game in Cork enjoy participating in the event.

Joseph O'Brien-Whitmarsh in action in defence for Bartlemy against Donoughmore. Picture: Larry Cummins
Joseph O'Brien-Whitmarsh in action in defence for Bartlemy against Donoughmore. Picture: Larry Cummins

In Friday's Evening we bring you some of the best pictures from all the finals in our 16-page special. We hope you enjoy this taste of Scath Na Scol and long may it continue.

Over the years we have seen numerous Cork inter-county stars have commenced their careers in these games. 

This year’s hurling competitions contained just over 50 schools with nearly 1,800 pupils taking part. An estimate of an average daily attendance of 1,900 adults supported the finals. 

Therefore, it is quite a logistical operation to co-ordinate such a high volume of games and the credit for this most go to the schools and the teachers who devote their time and diligence.

Rushbrooke pupils cheer on their team against Carrigtwohill. Picture: Larry Cummins
Rushbrooke pupils cheer on their team against Carrigtwohill. Picture: Larry Cummins

As well as the schools, the committee of the Sciath na Scol programme should be applauded for the effort and hard work they put into running these games. 

Coiste Sciath na Scol are incredibly proud of the Festival of Hurling/Camogie finals which took place for the past two weeks in both CIT and Páirc Uí Rinn with 32 finals in total and PRO Seamus O'Connor praises the work and effort put in by everyone involved.

"It was another fantastic year for us, to see so many great games being played," said Seamus O'Connor. 

"We were delighted with the balance and standard of the games this year but we still intend to review grading and divisions in the coming year to ensure the best service to all schools."

Ben Hutchinson of Scoil Chroí Íosa, Blarney, being challenged by Sean Owens of Clonpriest NS. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Ben Hutchinson of Scoil Chroí Íosa, Blarney, being challenged by Sean Owens of Clonpriest NS. Picture: Denis Minihane.

O'Connor, who has been involved in Sciath na Scol games, since 2000 stressed the importance of having the voluntary help of so many people who help out on an annual basis.

"We, as a committee would like to thank CIT and The Cork County Board who opened their facilities to us. The availability of these venues helped to make the children's day so special. 

"Many retired teachers volunteered for stewarding, commentary and gates and we could not complete our programme of matches without them.

"The Order of Malta provided essential cover over the 10 days of matches. Assumpta Weldon in the office in Pairc Ui Rinn did a tremendous job to ensure everything went off smoothly. 

"A huge thank you must go to all the schools, their pupils, staff as well as their entire communities who supported the games. 

"We all 'do what we do' to ensure they are facilitated and encouraged. While the finals themselves are competitive, the majority of our emphasis is placed on coaching and encouraging boys and girls to take part and have fun, and that is something we hope will continue throughout the years."

Aisling O’Keefe Cloghroe eyes up the ball watched by Sorcha Nic Chárthaigh, Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin. Picture: Andy Jay
Aisling O’Keefe Cloghroe eyes up the ball watched by Sorcha Nic Chárthaigh, Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin. Picture: Andy Jay

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