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Saturday 3 December 2016

Eileen reveals the bright Scoil news

Scoil making waves at their scenic sea-side home

GLORY days at The National Stadium. Billy's Babes.

Gary Keegan was the Director of Boxing's High Performance Unit. He's now the head of the Institute of Sport.

He was the guest speaker at the Scoil Uí Chonaill lunch in Croke Park; an event that had a key message for the sporting and business community about 'punching above your weight - achieving high performance in business and in sport'.

Gary's message was about creating a vision of where you want to be in the future and generating a passion so that people are completely focused on getting there through high performance. The Scoil Uí Chonaill story is a more localised example of high performance.

Eileen Dunne hosted the event. Her Dad, Mick, was an iconic figure in print, on radio and on screen.

The lunch was sponsored by Vayu Energy, whose MD, Colm Kennedy, is a dedicated Scoil member and U16 manager.

"We want to raise the club's profile. We have a great story to tell. Our gates are open and we have big plans," says Declan O'Sullivan.

Declan joined the club four years ago. "I felt like I had been here all my life."

He played for Louth. He broke onto the senior team at 18. "But I was gone by 23."

Two torn cruciate ligament injuries ended his inter-county career, but he came back to win his second Louth Senior County Championship medal with St Joseph's.

"At inter-county level, inches make all the difference, and I just lost the required agility after my second cruciate reconstruction."

He's now in his third year managing the Scoil senior footballers. Five years ago they were Division 5, but two successive promotions in the last two years sees them in AFL 2.

"It's a high standard. You are meting all the first teams, and, depending on the time of year, you are also coming up against inter-county players. But that is exactly what we have been working so hard for."

They play Cuala this Friday in the Intermediate Football Championship. "Cuala are a good young side."

Scoil's own juvenile department is thriving. "We have the potential, the facilities, and great people, so the important thing is to keep going. To keep building."

Scoil would love more people to join. The welcome would be as embracing as the one Declan received.

Scoil's website is www.scoilgaa.com or contact Scoil directly scoilclg@gmail.com

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