St Cocas AC athlete Aoife O’Cuill has been selected for Ireland’s u20 Cross Country team to compete in the upcoming European Championships, that are due to take place in Lisbon on the 8th of December this year.
Aoife is the current u20/Junior Leinster Cross Country champion and she finished in 5th place at yesterday’s All-Ireland Championships at the same age group in Abbotstown.
It won’t be the first time that the Newtown native will pull on the green singlet, as she represented her country on the track over 3000m in the Celtic Games in Scotland in August 2018.
Aoife is a past secondary school student in Maynooth and the took to Facebook today to send their best wishes to one of Irish Athletics rising stars: “We send our warmest congratulations and good wishes to past pupil Aoife O’Cuill who has been selected for Ireland’s U20 Cross Country team to compete in the upcoming European Championships. Aoife has had great success while running for her school and club and now we wish her the best of luck as she runs for her country”
Aoife also won the u18 All-Ireland 3000m in Tullamore in 2018 (which lead to her representation in Scotland) and was crowned Extra Time Sport ‘Sports person of the year 2018’
Well done to the Maynooth Post Primary/Community College u14 boys footballers who beat Coláiste Eoin in UCD today to reach the Dublin A Final.
The lads trailed by nine points at one stage in the second half but turned the game on its head to win by three on a full time score of 4-11 to 4-08.
It turned out to be a mixed day for the school’s footballers as their senior boys team suffered heartbreak when conceding a late goal at home to St Aidan’s Whitehall in the Leinster Senior A Championship, ending their campaign for this year.
Leinster Senior A football Championship ‘Br Bosco Cup’ FT: Maynooth 1-15 St. Aidan’s Whitehall 2-13
Maynooth trailed by 1-07 to 0-06 at the break and after fighting back to eventually take the lead, they conceded the late goal to lose by a point.
Kilcock Gaa will have two representatives on the 2020 Kildare Minor Football panel after Sean O’Sullivan and Shane Farrell were both named on the panel in the last week.
Both players were part of this years u16 panel, with Scoil Dara student Farrell captaining the side in the Gerry Reilly Cup. The highly rated midfielder, who can also play in the forwards, is sure to be an important cog in the wheel as the Lilywhites look to retain their Leinster Minor Championship title.
O’Sullivan, who attends Maynooth Post Primary School/ Community College and impressed from centre forward as the school beat St Benildus over the mid term, will also be looking to make a big impact in the white jersey over the next twelve months.
Both players are currently involved with the Kilcock u17s and were prominent as the boys in green and gold beat Sallins in the first round.
Well done to Kirsten Monaghan of the North Kildare Eagles u18 girls basketball team who won MVP (most valued player) when her side played in a tournament in UL on Saturday last.
The Eagles finished third in the tournament, beating the hosts UL Huskies & losing to Titans from Galway & St Colms from Limerick.
Monaghan, who is also a top athlete with her club St Cocas in Kilcock, was joined on The Eagles team by fellow Kilcock girls Katie Goodwin, Caoimhe Matthews & Hanna Eneaneke. The rest of team are made up of girls from Maynooth, Leixlip & Naas.
Maynooth Post Primary/CC student Aoife Doran has been specially selected to take part in a regional development squad for the Irish Swim Team. Effectively, this will give Aoife the very best shot at being picked to represent Ireland in the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France.
The ambitious programme aims to enter 4 young Irish females as a relay team to the 2024 Olympics.
Interestingly, this will be the first Irish entry since the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.
There are only 3 hubs of 12 swimmers based around Ireland and athletes will have to maintain high standards to stay in the squad. As well as being in the Leinster Regional development squad, Aoife trains hard 7 times a week. She could also be called up to the Swim Ireland International team shortly.
This Sunday, Aoife will compete in the Senior Schools gala for Maynooth Post Primary.