Raising the Barr.

On Thursday 16th November the Irish Olympian Thomas Barr trained our students in a two hour session. The school won this amazing training session as a prize for competing in the Irish Life Health Schools Fitness Challenge.

The event was supported by Irish Life Health and they work in close partnership with Dublin City University and the creator of the Irish Schools’ Fitness Challenge, Professor Niall Moyna.

Thomas was so generous with his time and the school is still buzzing with excitement from the event and the lucky students who got to participate #RaisedTheBarr thoroughly enjoyed it! Who knows he may have inspired future Olympians!

For a full report click here.

 

 

Well Done to the Running Club.

Congratulations to all 30 students who competed in the Cross-Country Race in the Phoenix Park yesterday. Individual winners were; Naoise Cullen 1J (2nd), Maximilian Kelly (1st), Aaron Cullen (2nd) and Craig Giles (1st). Team winners were both the Senior Girls and the Senior Boys’ Teams won the team events.. Both have won Perpetual Trophies that will be engraved and displayed in the school.
The First year girls team narrowly missed medals and placed 4th overall – with more training as a team I am sure they will place soon. Special mention must go to Rhys Chapman 3N and Jamie O’Hanlon 3C who jumped up to the Senior Boys. They nearly doubled their distance but, with their help, the Senior Boys’ won best overall Team.
Thanks to Ms Malone and Ms McDonald who have established PCS as an athletics force to be reckoned with.

Swimming Success.

Lara Mcevoy, Sean Church, Cian O’Keeffe-Tighe, Cillian O’Sullivan & Lilly Yu represented Portmarnock Community School at the Leinster Schools swimming gala on Sunday 22 October at the National Aquatic Center.
The following are the results:
Lara McEvoy 100 breaststroke 1st, 200m individual medley 2nd, 400m freestyle 4th.
Sean Church 100 m breaststroke 1st, 200m individual medley 4th, 400 m freestyle 4th.
Cian O’Keeffe-Tighe 100 freestyle 1st, 400 m freestyle 3rd, 100 m individual medley 4th.
Cillian O’Sullivan 100 m breaststroke 3rd, 200m individual medley 3 rd, 100 IM 6th, 400 m freestyle 7 th.
Lily Yu 100 m butterfly 7 th, 100 m backstroke 12 th, 400m freestyle 13th.
Sean Church, Cian O’Keeffe-Tighe & Lara McEvoy will represent Leinster in the upcoming Schools Interprovincial Championships.

First Years Drive Teachers up the Wall.

First year students were brought to ‘Awesome Walls’ in Finglas last Thursday 25th of May. Students had some fun and a well-deserved break before the summer exams. Thanks to the first year tutors and Mr. Maynes for organising the trip and accompanying the students and thanks to Miss Clarke for supervising on the day.

Athletics News.

Congratulations to Aaron Cullen 3F and Craig Giles 4G who have both qualified for the All-Ireland Track and Field Competition which takes place in Tullamore on Saturday 3rd June.
Aaron finished first in his U16 Mile race. He ran a very tactical and fast race with a finishing time of 4 min 42 seconds. Aaron has grown into such a mature athlete that is improving his running with every race.
Craig won the 800m race and also received the FISEC Maastricht Cup, again a very tactical and fast race sub 2 minutes (1.58). Craig also competed in the 1,500m and placed second which qualifies him to compete in both races in Tullamore. To qualify in both races and to recover so quickly is a testiment to his dedicated approach to training every week.
The club and school are very proud that the boys will represent the school at such a prestigious sporting event. Best of Luck!!

Pride in the mud.

Yesterday Aaron Cullen 3F and Craig Giles 4G represented our school at the All-Ireland Cross-Country Championship in Mallusk Co. Antrim. Unfortunately Maximilian Kelly 1F couldn’t compete in his race due to a conflicting important soccer match – there is always next year! 
Aaron and Craig were both competing in the same race the Inter Boys 5,200m. With a large amount of rain that morning and the previous days the course was very heavy underfoot with many athletes losing their footwear! They raced against 127 competitors and both finished with pride after a very long and tough hilly race –  Aaron finished 45th and Craig finished 57th. The running club and school are very proud of both boys and their achievements in this sport, they are an inspiration to the younger athletes in our club! We look forward to the track and field season – training has already started!