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Well Done to The Senior Gaelic Panel!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Mr Breslin’s  Senior Boy’s team won an exciting home encounter with Milford by  two points finishing much the stronger side. We wish them the best of luck in their next match.

Another Great Sports Day at “the Comp”!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The St Columba’s Comprehensive open mile 2010!

In the next day or two, we hope to have a folder of photos from this year’s  – and last year’s - sports day. Watch this space!

The St Columba’s Comprehensive open mile 2009!

Rugby awards for Michael and Donagh

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Congratulations to Michael Molloy, IC, and Donagh O’Callaghan, 6D,

who were presented with their award for

“Most Improved Player” in their respective age groups

at Donegal Town RFC ‘s Presentation Day.

This is Michael’s first season playing rugby and he has made a big impact at both club and school level. Anyone who saw his amazing try for the school’s U15 team on out own field will know why he is thought of so highly. Well done and continued success with your rugby in the future! Donagh has just been selected for the Ulster U19 Rugby squad and will be training in Belfast for three days a week over the summer in preparation for matches against the likes of Leinster, Munster  and The London Irish Exiles.

The rugby season is over and well done to all those students who made it such a pleasure and privelege to work with them this season. Enjoy the break and see you all, God willing, next season!

Former students in U21′s bid for All-Ireland Glory

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Best wishes to Jim Mc Guinness and his under 21 side as they face Dublin in the All-Ireland under 21 final in Breffini Park, Cavan, this Saturday night at 7pm.  All at St Columba’s will be wishing the best to our former students – Glentie’s men Leo McLoone, Dermott Molloy and Ciaran Boyle who line out beside Ardara’s  Peter McNelis Conor Classon and Paddy McGrath.

Donegal are managed by another former pupil of St Columba’s Comprehensive Jim McGuinness.   The  former Donegal star from Naomh Conail in Glenties brought home the first major football title for Donegal at provincial level since 1995. Jim was a panel memeber of the Donegal All-Ireland winning team of 1992. The Derry People said:

” Jim McGuinness has been the brains behind the current operation. By his own admission, the Donegal U21 manager cuts his cloth according to the occasion, and those who have witnessed his team in action throughout the Ulster championship will lay testament to that. Preparations have been excellent to date, as McGuinness’s way of thinking and beliefs upon how football should be approached have become part of his panel’s mindset.”

BELOW: Leo McCloone in action against Carlow . Jim McGuinness visits  the comp to present the ” McGuinness Cup ” in memory of his late brother, Charles RIP. Pictured with Manus Brennan and Dara Gallagher.

Donegal beat Munster Champions Tipperary on a score line of 0-12 to 0-04, while Dublin defeated the Connacht champions Roscommon 2-10 to 0-08. Dublin last tasted All-Ireland success in the U21 grade in 2003 when they defeated Ulster opposition in the final (Tyrone). Donegal have to look back  to 1987  when Donegal last claimed the U21 title when they beat Kerry after a replay.

Second Rugby Blitz on the School Field

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

St Columba’s Comprehensive Junior Rugby XIV 2010
Back, L to R: Tony O’Callaghan, coach, Evan Spence, Keith Young, Seán McLaughlin, captain, Cathal Gallagher, Gerard Breslin, Aiden McCready, David Weir, Donagh O’Callaghan, IRFU  Referee. Front: Paul Quinn, Reuben Heatley-Mulhall, Michael Molloy, Csongor Banaryi, Stephen Maloney,  Daniel Breslin, Lorcan O’Donnell, Thomas Dawson.

Columba’s Comprehensive Girl’s  Junior Rugby XIV 2010
Back, Ella Heatley-Mulhall, Evan Breslin, Lauren Gallagher, Alanna Sweeney, Aisling Shovlin, Katie Molloy, Niamh Boyle, Tonya Kiely, coach.Front: Rosemary McGuire, Nicola Gallagher, Kerrie McGroarty, Niamh Bonner, Enya O’Callaghan, captain,  Enya McGill, Nabla Furey, Hannah Maloney


The matches were watched by Donegal Community Rugby Project manager Jonathan Llewhellin who was delighted with the standard of rugby on show and spotted several potential county players among these new recruits to the game.

Glenties boys  second week running St Columba’s Comprehensive, Glenties played hot to a series of matches on their school grounds. This time it was both the boys and girl’s teams from Magh Ene, Bundoran and the boys team from Killybegs that provided the opposition.

On the day the Bundoran teams came away unbeaten displaying great organisation and teamwork. They were made to fight all the way by spirited Glenties and Killybegs teams that lacked for nothing in terms of skill and conviction.

St Columba’s began their games seven first choice players down from last weeks victorious line up and this was evident in the first half against Bundoran who ran in 3 excellent first half tries.  The Bundoran men were always looking to tie in numbers up front and send the ball out wide across the backs with great effect. The second half was a revelation for the Glenties boys with the new men finding their feet and taking the game to Bundoran. They scored  the only try of the s half when  captain Seán Mc Laughlin broke from the scrum to run at the heart of the defence to feed centre Cathal Gallagher who drove his way over the line with a great  combination of speed and power.

Michael Molloy on his way to great score

Glenties faced the boys of Killybegs next and played their best rugby of the day with a spectacular run from Sean McLaughlin to weave his way through the Killybegs defence and sprinted clear to score . Evan Spence then took a quick tap penalty and went at the line like a runaway train he smashed his way over for a fine score. In the second half one of the quiet men Michael Molloy did his talking with the ball.  Displaying great skill and determination he led a one man assault on the Killybegs line scoring an unforgettable try. Cathal Gallagher grabbed a score after running on to a beautifully flighted pass from Seán McLaughlin to score in the corner. Killybegs played their part to the full and scored a superb try of their own. The team are new to rugby and got caught out by the more experienced teams but they displayed the kind of individual skills and fierce tackling that marked them out as a team to watch for the future.