Category Archives: Athletics

Local Sports heroes officially open Scoil Chóca Naofa playing field and running track

Scoil Chóca Naofa Kilcock officially opened their new playing field and running track at an event hosted by the school on Thursday morning, October 24th.

Local Athletics legend Bobby King and current top class runner Paul Robinson were both on duty to cut the ribbon, with Robinson aslo joined by Kildare Ladies Captain Grace Clifford in giving a talk on sport to the kids, parents, teachers and fellow dignitaries in attendance.

School principal Mrs Daly addressed the large crowd in the school’s sports hall, introducing the teachers and parents who worked so hard over the past few years to fundraise to ensure the school could reach its goal of putting in a playing field with goals and a catching net at either end, as well as a running track around the perimeter of the field.

One way in which the parents association fundraised was by holding the very successful ‘Colour Run’ in 2017, 2018 and again this year in 2019.

The very progressive school are not hanging around in putting their new facilities to good use, with the students today completing a marathon that they have been chipping away at since they returned to school in September, running the final mile alongside King and Robinson, as the crowd made their way outside to cheer them home.

The kids started running three times a week, before upping it to four and then five times a week, before completing their final mile today. Mrs Daly commended the students for their hard work and endeavour and couldn’t stress enough how important exercise is in their daily routine. She went on to say that the teachers had noticed how alert the students were when they would come back in from their run to continue with the remainder of their lessons for the day.

It was clear to see how much energy and excitement these new facilities along with the exercise and fresh air had brought to this very productive school.

Mrs Daly singled out certain people, thanking them for their hard work, including Ms Diggin for helping the kids complete the marathon. Val Herbert was also thanked for her part in training the kids in Gaa and caretaker and clearly the very popular caretaker Tommy Simms for his hard work in looking after the new surface and the school in general. Members parents association both past and present including Sarah Acton Keene were also thanked for their hard work in making everything possible.

This is a school that seems to be only going one way and that is forward. Congratulations to all. Here’s to the next marathon.

Reidy helps Ireland claim Bronze medal

Orla Reidy in action in Nottingham

A fantastic run by St Cocas’ Orla Reidy saw the Maynooth Post Primary student finish the 2nd Irish girl home and in doing so, she helped Team Ireland claim the bronze medal in the Home Nations International in Nottingham earlier today.

Orla’s improved her position by three places amongst her Irish team mates as she had previously finished 5th in the All-Irelands in Waterford a few weeks ago.

Congratulations Orla from everyone at home.

St.Cocas Orla Reidy to represent Ireland in Nottingham

Orla Reidy and her Irish team mates prior to departing for Nottingham

St.Cocas AC athlete Orla Reidy, will tomorrow represent Ireland at the SIAB International Schools’ in Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England.

Orla will become the first girl from St.Cocas to represent Ireland at schools level and qualifies after her 5th place finish two weeks ago in the All-Irelands in Waterford.

The event is part of the Home Countries International (4 nations) and sees 16 Irish schools’ athletes compete. Orla ran for Maynooth Post Primary in the Leinsters and All-Irelands, with the St.Cocas runner firstly capturing the Leinster Schools Intermediate Cross Country title in Santry on February 21st before her 5th place finish in Waterford.

Orla’s achievements so far are all the more remarakable as she is also eligible for the Intermediate ranks again next year.

The junior girls will compete over 4km with the Intermediate girls (Orla’s race) competing over 4.5km.

Well done to her coaches Larry Kelly & Michael Reidy in helping her to reach this level.

Silver for Kelly at the National Championships

Kilcock’s Kevin Kelly secured the silver medal, finishing 2nd behind Sean Tobin in the final of the 1500m at the National Championships at Santry on Sunday evening, 23rd July.

Kelly, representing St Cocas produced a superb display and lost nothing in defeat behind pre race favourite Tobin, with two-time winner Eoin Everard back in 3rd.

Meanwhile in the women’s 1500m final, Kelly’s St Cocas’ team mate Rachel Smyth also ran an excellent race, just missing out on a medal in 4th place. 

A good evening for St Cocas was capped off when the club were presented with €1000 by Irish Health Life.

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