THE excitement, the passion and the glory of school sports is back today as the well-respected Evening Herald School Sports section returns.
We bring you the best games, the best competitions and the best players from the world of second-level schools. The rising stars who have already featured on these pages include current Dublin senior hurler David Treacey, Heineken Cup winners with Leinster Luke Fitzgerald and Cian Healy, plus many more.
Indeed, just last May the Evening Herald spotted and rewarded the potential of Blackrock College centre Brendan Macken by handing him the coveted School Sports Star of the Year Award.
And the young man has since made huge strides for Leinster, having just recently received his first call up to the senior Magners League squad after impressing in pre-season for the European champions. Gordon DArcy, speaking to the Herald recently, was quick to praise the young man who topped our chart as the most talented sportsperson to feature on these pages last season.
“I have watched him in training. He is just built for rugby. He is 6 foot, a big frame, has good hands, and is seriously quick. Over the next two years, you are going to see him pushing through,” said D’Arcy.
Another one of our former favourites shone over the summer as Annalise Murphy, a young sailor from The High School who received one of our prestigious Star of the Week awards, finished eighth overall in the World Laser Radial Women's Championship in Japan in her first year as a senior.
A huge Olympic hope for Ireland, Murphy is just one of the many young potential stars to have had her early career watched by our team of top sports writers.
And you can catch the stars of the future here, only with the Evening Herald School Sports section!