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Wednesday 22 August 2018

íosagáin girls top of the class

'IS Feidir Linn,' was the message that rattled across the Stillorgan dual carriageway all season.

Coláiste íosagáin is nestled in off the N11. It's beside the palatial Radisson St Helen's hotel.

The íosagáin girls delivered a five-star performance of their own when winning the All-Ireland Colleges Senior 'D' Camogie crown.

"It was brilliant. It's the first time the school has ever done it. There was terrific excitement," explains manager, Ciarán ó Mhurchú.

"It's a boost for camogie in the school, and also for Dublin. Most of the squad will be eligible again next year, so that's another positive."

The panel have been training since they returned to school in September. They also used Clanna Gael Fontenoy to sharpen their touch.

Ciaran is a Clanns man. He plays for the junior hurlers and he's also on the management of the club's U14 hurlers and footballers.

"The facilities at Clanna Gael are first-class. Colum Reynolds from Clanns gave me a hand with the team, and the Dublin hurler, Niall Corcoran, came into the school every Thursday to do a session. That was very beneficial as well.

"The girls have done very well. They come from a wide spread of clubs like Kilmacud Crokes, Cuala, Ballinteer St John's, St Jude's, Balyboden St Enda's and Naomh Olaf.

"We have players on the Dublin minor and U16 teams, so there is excellent talent there. And they have all been so well coached at their clubs. They come to us having already mastered the basics, so that is a huge advantage."

The íosagáin celebrations didn't linger into the night. "No, we still have the Dublin Championship to prepare for," said Ciaran.

The priority there will be to repeat the heroics from the All-Ireland final against St Mary's Macroom at The Ragg in Thurles.

If they manage that, Ciaran might well give the okay for afternoon tea at the Radisson.

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