StKil­ian’s Com­mu­nity School

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St Kil­ian’s un­der-17 soc­cer team trav­elled to Ark­low’s Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre Park for the sec­ond time in the space of two days on Fri­day, Jan­uary 27. Against the odds, the team had reached the FAI Schools Cup fi­nal for the Wex­ford/Wicklow re­gion. Just 48 hours ear­lier the team, from Bray, seemed all but out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

With five min­utes to go in their semi-fi­nal, St Kil­ian’s trailed a phys­i­cal and com­bat­a­tive side from CBS, New Ross, by a 3-2 score-line. Dur­ing the fi­nal min­utes of the game St Kil­ian’s ap­plied con­stant pres­sure to the CBS de­fence, with cap­tain Jake O’Brien urg­ing his team-mates on, push­ing for­ward from his cen­tre back po­si­tion to an at­tack­ing role, and com­ing close with a spec­tac­u­lar ef­fort from a free kick, al­most 30 yards from goal.

Dogged run­ning from wingers Shane Devlin and Gary Pur­cell and clever move­ment from the St Kil­ian’s for­wards fi­nally paid off, when pro­lific striker, An­drew Knight, equalised in the dy­ing sec­onds of the game. Af­ter a tir­ing pe­riod of ex­tra time, winger turned goal­keeper; James Ryan, took his turn to play the hero. The stand in keeper twice de­nied New Ross’ penalty tak­ers, prompt­ing wild cel­e­bra­tion from his team-mates and ce­ment­ing his team’s place in the fi­nal. (St Kil­ian’s-3 New Ross, CBS-3, 3-2 on pens)

With just a one-day break be­tween semi-fi­nal and fi­nal, it was in­evitable that the early Fri­day morn­ing kick off would be phys­i­cally test­ing for the Bray boys. Just be­fore kick off, man­ager Mr Jenk­ins was hit with a se­lec­tion headache. Ja­son King, who had played a ma­jor part in get­ting his team to the fi­nal, with hard-work­ing and con­sis­tently in­dus­tri­ous per­for­mances from right-back, was ruled out of the game. Luck­ily Seán Leggett, one of the team’s stand­out, util­ity per­form­ers through­out the tour­na­ment, stepped in as re­place­ment.

St Kil­ian’s num­ber one, Jor­dan Con­roy, was also strug­gling with in­jury but was forced into start­ing af­ter semi-fi­nal stop­per, James Ryan, was in­jured in the warm up. Jor­dan might have wished he stayed on the bench when ad­verse weather forced an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic er­ror, and put St Kil­ian’s op­po­nents Coláiste An Átha 1-0 ahead, in the open­ing min­utes of the game. Where lesser keep­ers might lose con­fi­dence, Con­roy only ap­peared to get stronger from this stroke of bad luck. He be­came vo­cal and com­mand­ing, keep­ing his new-look back four or­gan­ised and, most vi­tally, mak­ing a string of top-class saves to keep his team in the match.

Af­ter a poor start, St Kil­ian’s grad­u­ally grew in con­fi­dence. Jor­dan Smith, was in­stru­men­tal in the teams re­nais­sance; his fe­ro­cious tack­ling and surges for­ward from his left back po­si­tion be­gan to ig­nite St Kil­ian’s. As the Kil­muck­ridge team’s early dom­i­nace be­gan to wane, St Kil­ian’s pass­ing and move­ment be­came sharper. Af­ter win­ning a string of cor­ners and en­joy­ing good spells of pos­s­e­sion in the Kil­muck­ridge half, St Kil­ian’s break­through came via a clin­i­cal fin­ish from lead­ing scorer, Michael McMa­hon, lev­el­ling the match 1-1 be­fore half-time.

Af­ter show­ing their men­tal for­ti­tude dur­ing the fi­irst half, St Kil­ian’s kicked in to fifth gear af­ter the break. Af­ter har­rass­ing the Kil­muck­rige de­fence for much of the game, Andy Knight got his re­wards when a de­fen­sive mix-up al­lowed him to put his side 2-1 in front. In­cred­i­bly, this put St Kil­ian’s front two on a com­bined tally of 10 goals for the tour­na­ment. Not to be un­done, Michael McMa­hon, put the Bray side 3-1 up, soon af­ter, with a goal wor­thy of win­ning any cup; a scin­ti­lat­ing strike from 20 yards.

One would think that with three goals be­tween them, McMa­hon and Knight would be ob­vi­ous choices for man of the match. The en­gine room of the St Ki­il­ian’s team, mid­field duo Dy­lan Ber­ming­ham and Jack Ro­nan, had other ideas. The com­bi­na­tion of Ro­nan’s strength, fierce de­ter­mi­na­tion and ball win­ning abil­ity and Ber­ming­ham’s skill, com­po­sure and in­tel­li­gence on the ball were what ul­ti­mately proved the un­do­ing of Kil­muck­ridge’s spir­ited per­se­ver­ance. Ber­ming­ham, who had been St Kil­ian’s cre­ative spark dur­ing the tour­na­ment, de­liv­ered a fi­nal blow (via a Gra­ham Kane as­sist) mak­ing the fi­nal score­line St Kil­ian’s four – Coláiste An Átha 1.

Be­side his hard graft­ing cen­ter back part­ner, CJ Buck­ley, it was Jake O’Brien that em­bod­ied the perserver­ing spirit of the St Kil­ian’s team and, fit­tingly, it was he who lifted the tro­phy, in front of school prin­ci­pal and team sup­porter, John Mur­phy. Hav­ing been sec­onds away from head­ing back to Bray as beaten semi-fi­nal­ists on Wed­nes­day, the squad (inc. subs Aaron Brad­shaw and Jamie Gun­ning) proudly boarded their bus and re­turned to school in Ballywaltrim on Fri­day af­ter­noon with FAI winner’s medals around their necks.

What an ex­cit­ing com­men­tary from their coach Mr Jenk­ins. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the team and to Mr Jenk­ins for bring­ing this much cov­eted prize to St Kil­ian’s. The team re­ceived a hero’s wel­come and staff and stu­dents are very very proud of them. Very well done to all.


Con­grat­u­la­tions to past pupil Colin Keogh, who has been named on the highly pres­ti­gious Forbes 30 Un­der 30 list for Europe (2017).

Cur­rently an en­gi­neer­ing PhD can­di­date, Keogh has been recog­nised for his work in us­ing low-cost dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies to help im­prove the world. He co-founded the Rapid Foun­da­tion to put tech­nol­ogy such as 3D print­ers and low-cost elec­tron­ics in the hands of peo­ple who need it most in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

St Kil­ian’s CS is very proud of its as­so­ci­a­tion with Colin, who has main­tained strong links with the school since he grad­u­ated in 2007. He is a reg­u­lar and wel­come vis­i­tor, giv­ing talks and shar­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise in the area of en­gi­neer­ing with our stu­dents.

We wish Colin every suc­cess for the fu­ture, both in his stud­ies and in his work with the Rapid Foun­da­tion.


Bank of Ire­land Junk Kouture aims to in­spire and ig­nite a pas­sion for cre­ation in teenagers, while at the same time sub­tly ed­u­cat­ing them about the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling and reusing waste.

Junk Kouture is a Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion, which en­cour­ages young de­sign­ers in sec­ond level ed­u­ca­tion to cre­ate strik­ing fash­ion de­signs and im­pres­sive works of wear­able art from ev­ery­day junk stuff that would nor­mally find its way into the bin.

Here at St Kil­ian’s Ms. Mur­ray and her stu­dents have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in Junk Kouture for the last three years and each year the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and de­signs cre­ated has grown this is largely due to the very hard and com­mit­ted work of Ms. Mur­ray, and also to the suc­cess of her stu­dents in re­cent years.

Ms. Mur­ray has suc­cess­fully made it through to the Leinster Re­gional Fi­nals in the Helix with one of her stu­dent de­signs for the last two years run­ning, and we are hope­ful that this year one of our en­tries will again re­ceive a cov­eted place.

This year we have a to­tal of seven de­signs to en­ter, all in­cor­po­rat­ing dif­fer­ent types of waste ma­te­ri­als, reused to make a wear­able piece of fash­ion. We hope you saw all the won­der­ful pho­tographs of our stu­dents and their en­tries, taken by Bar­bara Flynn and shown in the Bray Peo­ple of Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 8.

The com­pe­ti­tion is cur­rently be­ing judged, and the top 160 de­signs from Leinster will per­form in the re­gional fi­nal in the Helix on March 2 and 3. Ev­ery­one at St Kil­ian’s is very ex­cited and we wish all the de­signs the very best of luck.

All the stu­dents worked ex­tremely hard and were imag­i­na­tive in their choice of waste ma­te­ri­als and in the very wear­able de­signs that they pro­duced.

A huge thanks to Ms. Mur­ray for all her hard work, and for her vi­sion in bring­ing this very ex­cit­ing and pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion to our school.


St Kil­ian’s boys un­der-15s foot­ball team played Kil­muck­ridge in the Wicklow fi­nal last Wed­nes­day. In an ex­tremely ex­cit­ing game St Kil­ian’s lost out af­ter penal­ties. The match fin­ished three all af­ter full time and four all af­ter ex­tra time. St Kil­ian’s got off to a great start and quickly scored three unan­swered goals. Mathew Tyn­dall got two and Davey Berry the third. Kil­muck­ridge fought back and scored two be­fore half time. Kil­ian’s could have been a few more ahead but they hit the post and cross­bar and the Kil­muck­ridge goal­keeper made some great saves. Daniel Keogh, Adam Byrne and Ryan Stafford put in great first half per­for­mances.

The sec­ond half was hard fought but Kil­muck­ridge man­aged to score the equaliser to take it to ex­tra time. Sergiu Lu­pez and Dy­lan O’Ha­gan worked very hard in de­fence against a grow­ing wind. Kil­ian’s went ahead again in ex­tra time with a great goal from Kyle O’Con­nor but Kil­muck­ridge scored the equaliser with al­most the last kick of the game.

The game went to penal­ties and Kil­ian’s went ahead when To­mas O’Con­nor made a great save. Un­for­tu­nately for Kil­ian’s the Kil­muck­ridge keeper made two good saves in a row to seal the game. The Kil­ian’s team put in a huge ef­fort, and were ex­tremely un­lucky to lose in this way.

Very hard luck to the lads and their dedicated trainer Mr Forde. They put in a se­ries of great games and hope­fully this will pay off for them in the fu­ture.

The team and panel are as fol­lows: To­mas O’Con­nor, Ciaran Man­gan, Alan Coster, Davey Berry, Matthew Tyn­dall, Mark Byrne, Daniel Keogh, Sergiu Lu­pez, Jake McMa­hon, Dy­lan O’Ha­gan (sec­ond year) Adam Wes­lowsky, Adam Byrne, Dy­lan Hughes, Alex Ho­ran, Eoin Joyce, Al­bert McEvoy, Ryan Stafford, Aaron Grey, Adam Melia, Adam Byrne (third Yr) Kyle O’Con­nor, Jamie Car­ney, Oisin Treacy Coster.

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