Bray People - - SCHOOLS REPORT -


Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents of Scoil Chonglais have be­gun spend­ing time with the ser­vice users at the Lalor Cen­tre in Balt­in­glass this week. Through­out the week stu­dents have par­tic­i­pated in ac­tiv­i­ties such as golf­ing, swim­mings, so­cial skills and art and lit­er­a­ture. This seems to have been a suc­cess­fully en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for both the stu­dents and mem­bers of the Lalor Cen­tre and will con­tinue for the du­ra­tion of the school year.


Scoil Chonglais U19 Girls Bas­ket­ball team played against Pre­sen­ta­tion Sec­ondary School Ballingarry of Thurles in the U19 C Plate Play­offs on Thurs­day 4th of De­cem­ber. The game took place in the P.E. hall with Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents in attendance to support the girls. De­spite an ex­cel­lent start from Ballingarry, the scores were equal at the end of the first quar­ter through bas­kets from Court­ney Ga­han and Ni­amh Oliver. Two un­suc­cess­ful free throw op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond quar­ter meant Scoil Chonglais trailed by 3 bas­kets at half time.

The third quar­ter saw fur­ther scores for Court­ney Ga­han and Ni­amh Oliver as well as a bas­ket from Keadi Adams. How­ever, the score­board still fa­vored Ballingarry 22 points to 16. Ballingarry stormed ahead in the last quar­ter, while Scoil Chonglais didn’t man­age to score in this time pe­riod. The fi­nal score was 16 points to 32 in fa­vor of Ballingarry. Com­mis­er­a­tions to Ms Murphy and all the girls in­volved who put in a mas­sive ef­fort. We wish Pre­sen­ta­tion Sec­ondary School Ballingarry the best of luck as the progress through the com­pe­ti­tion.


Scoil Chonglais Ju­nior Rugby Team are de­fy­ing all odds by pro­gress­ing even fur­ther in the Le­in­ster School Rugby Com­pe­ti­tions. Scoil Chonglais started off the year in the Ju­nior De­vel­op­ment Cup, in which they are now in the fi­nal of after an un­de­feated run. The top two teams in the Ju­nior De­vel­op­ment Cup then pro­gressed onto the Duff Cup a higher di­vi­sion com­pe­ti­tion. The boys trav­elled to Long­ford to face St. Mel’s Col­lege last Mon­day, in the hope of mak­ing a Duff Cup Semi-Fi­nal and fur­ther­more pro­gress­ing to the Le­in­ster Di­vi­sion 1A, a goal they never man­aged to com­plete be­fore in the school’s rugby his­tory. The boys left school early on a cold Mon­day morn­ing pre­par­ing for the long jour­ney to Long­ford.

The team ran out onto the pitch wel­comed by a crowd of par­ents who trav­elled to Lon­ford to watch this well an­tic­i­pated game. An ex­cel­lent try by Adam Wynne which was con­verted by Jake El­liott and a fur­ther penalty by Jake El­liott en­sured the trav­el­ling side were 10 points clear at half time.

How­ever, the St.Mel’s Col­lege Team were not giv­ing up with­out a fight by scor­ing an un­con­verted try at the start of the sec­ond half. A burst­ing run by Jor­dan Deans fin­ished off by Tadgh O’Toole sealed the vic­tory for Scoil Chonglais. The fi­nal score was 15-5.

This se­cures Scoil Chonglais in the semi-fi­nal of the Duff Cup against Maynooth next Mon­day. It also re­sults in Scoil Chonglais pro­gress­ing into the Le­in­ster Di­vi­sion 1A and rewrit­ing the school’s his­tory books. Well done to Mr. Bai­ley and all the stu­dents in­volved, and good luck in all your up­com­ing matches!

Scoil Chonglais Ju­nior Girls played out an in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive win over Carnew. The girls team won 14-8 to 2-2 with an ex­cep­tional team per­for­mance. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the team and their man­ager Ms. Ho­gan.

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