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To enter, schools must complete the online form below for all teams and provide the relevant details.

Entries will close on Wednesday 7th of September 2022.

Click here for the season plan which will give schools an indication of when games will be played throughout the year. This also includes the age limits for all levels at the top of the relevant categories.


This Wednesday we have four Cup finals to look forward to with the U14 Schools League Finals held at The Sportsground.

Kick-off is at 11:30am for the U14 C League Plate Final, 1pm for the U14 C League Final, 2:30pm for the U14 B League final and 4pm for the U14 A League Final and you can get the teams for all eight squads below





Alfie Cooney 1 Joshua Okafor
Alan Bryan 2 Ethan Burke
Owen McNamara 3 Ross Glynn
Kelvin Gaffen 4 James Ivory
Brion O’Dowd 5 Cian Feeney
David O’Gara 6 Jamie Gill
Luca Martin Nolan 7 James Mangion
Antonio O’Donnell 8 Jamie Burke
Cathal Garavan (Captain) 9 Jamie Gerathy
Alexander Oates 10 Ethan Brennan
Cormac Lee 11 Paul Thornton
Conor Cooke 12 Conan Tierney (Captain)
Kyle Tigh 13 Eoghan Cooley
Luke Kelly 14 Joshua Lowe
Ben McGarry 15 Gavin Kearney
Sean Henry 16 Charlie O’Neill
Nathan McDermottroe 17 Jack Ryan
Damien O’Dowd Hayden 18 Joseph Hurley
Kyran Downes 19 Orian Hanlon
Shaun Lynam 20 Cian Mac Eneaney
Peter Walsh 21 Ronan Cahalan
Peter Morahan 22 Ciaran Mahony
23 Daniel Flatherty

Clarin College Extended Squad

Cormac Morris


Anne Marie Hession, Alan Daly, Cian Tottman and Seamus Clancy



Andy Joyce 1 Aonghus O’Flatharta
Robbie Cruise 2 Evan O’Lionsigh
Jack Hayes 3 Marcas Mac Con Iomaire
Matthew Shine 4 Patrick O’Leary
Daniel Cruise 5 Eoin Mac Donnacha
Jack Kelly 6 Cuan O’Domhnaill
Emmett Muldowney 7 Padraig Seoighe
Dean Harkin Brown 8 Emmet O’Conghaile
Scott Powell 9 Daithi O’Flatharta
Emmet Killeen 10 Kieran Mac Diarmads
Shane Toomey 11 Tom O’Loing
Shay McGuinness 12 Eoin Mac Donnacha
Micheal Brooks 13 PJ Mac Donnacha
Szymon Skoczen 14 Ruadhan O’Coisdealbha
Enda Brown 15 Conail O’Comghaile
Sean Finneran 16 Luke O’Flatharta
Ryan Cooley 17 Luke O’Murchu
Timothy Tselapedi 18 Ryan O’Flatharta
Harry Johnson 19 Michael O’Tuathail
Chris Henry 20 PJ O’Griofa
Diarmaid Killeen 21

Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiarain Coaches

Eamon O’Domhnaill and Ted O’Se



Kacper Podalak 1 Daniel Hastings
Colin O’Connor 2 John Langan
Robert Mitchell 3 Adam Morrisson
Darragh Dickson 4 Oisin Breslin
Callum Carthy 5 Diarmaid Duggan
Liam Oliver 6 Conor Mayock
Dylan Carr 7 Matthew Beale
Dara Walsh 8 Oisin McCann
Rowan Dickson 9 Alex Mescal
Luke McEvoy 10 Tom Ruane
Jack Vale 11 Anthony Neary
Conor Dalton 12 James Fox
Shane McGovern 13 Peter Quinn
Filip Glinka 14 Dylan Devaney
Malachy Maloney 15 Conor Jordan
Keith O’Neill 16 Jamie Devers
Jack McEvaddy 17 Nathan Duffy
Joseph Carroll 18 Daithi Cullinane
James Harvey 19 Jack Clarke
Cormac Clarke 20 Cian Fitzpatrick
Daniel Kennelly 21 Cian Hannon
Ceidhlim Larkin 22 Ryan Coldrick
Quin Maloney 23 Jack Clarke

Colaiste Einde Extended Squad

Adam Gulec, Oisin O’Curraoin, Adam Forde, Tomas Philips, Ethan Molloy, Aaron Keane, Charlie Carroll and Evan Craughwell


Alan Curran, Sean Regan, Matthew McNamara and Thomas Walsh

St.Muredachs Extended Squad

Kai Kilbane and Sean Foody


Trish Walkin, Richard West, Jim Mescal and Ray Sheehan



Ciaran West 1 Nigel Wood
James Kelly 2 Aron Martin
Hugo Hannon 3 Sam Carnegie
Evin Claffey 4 Jack Kells
Peter Bourke 5 Reece Hill
Jimmy Walshe 6 Sean Duffy
Ryan Nagle 7 Alistar Hewson
Rueben Colleran (joint Captain) 8 Cathal Moffat (Captain)
Owen Egan 9 James Whelan
Andrew Cotton 10 Jasper Gimena
John Finnan 11 Darragh Moran
Oisin O’Donoghue (joint Captain) 12 Reuben Galvan
Darragh Glennon 13 Kelvin Kalu
Jacob Bourke 14 Oisin Choo
Philip Finnan 15 Kenneth Kalu
Daniel Cleary 16 Arran O’Donoghue Symmons
Donncha Dullea 17 Evan Barrett O’Neill
Conor Doran 18 Hammad Chaudry Hussain
Jack McDonnell 19 Daniel McGoldrick
Myles McSharry 20 Aaron Williams
Hugh Loftus 21 Aaron Galvin
Sean Brett 22
Conor Flynn 23

Marist College Extended Squad

Senan Nugent, Alex Connor, Barra Powell, Daniel Standard, Feidhlim Byrne, Daniel Kamphambale, Luis Afedoaei and Aidan Costello


Mick Loftus and Charlie Couper

Sligo Grammar School Extended Squad

Ronan Mullan and Dylan Nicholson


Simon Galvin and David Cummins


Connacht Schools Junior Cup Final

Marist College Athlone                 10

(Thomas Cotton, Tom Sheehan tries)

Sligo Grammar School                  7                                          

(Diarmaid O’Connell try, Mark Tempany con)

Kevin Egan at the Sportsground.

The Connacht Schools Junior Cup final has thrown up no end of close and dramatic encounters in recent years, but none were more nerve-wracking than the meeting of Marist College and Sligo Grammar School this afternoon, a thrilling contest which went the way of the Athlone school thanks to a Tom Sheehan try in the corner with just three minutes to play.

This was the fifth consecutive Schools Junior “A” Cup final to be decided by a single score or less, though the remarkable form of the Marist coming into this game suggested that Sligo Grammar School would do well to get anywhere close to the pre-match favourites.

47-7 against Garbally College and 59-0 against the Bish were their last two scorelines, but an incredible defensive effort from Sligo Grammar School made it very clear that there was going to be nothing like that in the Sportsground today.

The rugby played by the midlanders was very simple and direct, but devastatingly effective. Their tight five was impeccable at the unseen work in the ruck, which meant that turnover ball was almost impossible to secure from a Sligo perspective. The centre partnership of Thomas Cotton and Conor Dowling was the perfect mix of power and elusiveness, and Sheehan on the left wing was a real threat every time he got ball in hand.

When these two schools met in a Senior Cup semi-final a month ago, Sligo Grammar School picked up a fully-deserved win in the Marist due to their incredible front-up tackling and their impeccable discipline, and the same pattern repeated itself today with their juniors. The back row of Oscar O’Connor, Diarmaid O’Connell and Ambrose Devine got through a world of work, while Alan Lawlor and Harry Graham both had to deliver vital stops in one-on-one situations, and both players stepped up to the mark in style.

There wasn’t much space offered by the Marist defence either, and the sight of outhalf Conor Naughton killing a promising Sligo Grammar School attack with a wonderful wrap around tackle on Andrew Hewson proved that they weren’t going to concede easy ground either. However that was a relatively rare foray forward by the Grammar School, who spent the vast majority of the first half trying to protect their own try-line.

Having got to half-time with the game still scoreless, there was a visible increase in the Sligo side’s confidence after the break. Marist went right back on the attack after half time and almost broke through, only to be denied be another brave tackle from Lawlor to deny Sheehan, just when it looked like their line was opening up. Still they pressed forward, but with the line in sight, a rip tackle and run from Diarmiad O’Connell reprieved the danger.

60 seconds later, Sligo Grammar had brought play up to the Marist 22, with Ambrose Devine helping to force a penalty. Mark Tempany pushed his kick wide left, but now they had a foothold in an attacking position and weren’t about to relent. A powerful run from James Winters O’Donnell brought them right up to within five metres of the line again, and with a penalty advantage, Diarmiad O’Connell forced his way over.

Mark Tempany added the conversion, but Marist didn’t panic, and within four minutes, had undone most of the damage.

Their score was the perfect traditional try, with the forwards establishing dominance, earning a penalty, and then the backs stepped in to inject pace and make the chance count.

A quick tap penalty from Charlie O’Carroll sent Conor Naughton crashing forward, and the outhalf’s pass into the path of Thomas Cotton was every bit as good as the power and drive from the centre to finish off the move.

Another lovely piece of handling from the backs almost set up another similar score almost immediately, only for Conor Dowling’s pass to fly inches too far in front of Sheehan, meaning it spilled off the winger’s fingers before going out over the line.

Marist were still enjoying the lion’s share of possession, but the clock was beginning to become an issue. Sligo’s zest and commitment in their defensive effort was unrelenting, and even when the Marist finally did break through, it was only after knocking on the door, battering on the door, and eventually breaking it down – just about.

Eoin Naughton and Thomas Cotton were both involved in setting up Conor Naughton, who didn’t quite get across the line in the right corner, then Seán O’Donoghue and Tom Bourke took up the initiative as Marist worked through the phases and went back across the line again. It seemed like Bourke left it too late to spin the ball out to Sheehan with defenders converging, and as the winger tried to crash over the line with bodies piling in, the split second that Johnny Quinn took to assess the situation seemed to take forever.

That interminable second ended with a raised arm, elation for the Marist, and heartbreak for the Grammar school, as the try was awarded to make it 10-7.

There was still time for one last surge and Sligo Grammar weren’t found wanting, as a big lineout steal helped them get a final possession up around the Marist 22. They were awarded what looked like one kickable penalty but opted to play it short to O’Connell, who wasn’t able to break a tackle and ended up penalized for holding on.

If the story of the first 57 minutes was that of Sligo’s incredible defence, now that the Marist needed to make a stand at the death, they dug deep and produced the goods.

Seán O’Donoghue made a huge tackle to knock Ambrose Devine back just when looked like the big flanker might break through, and with the last play, forward pressure forced an errant pass off the base of the scrum, forcing Andrew Hewson to scramble backwards to gather possession.

With no support and Marist players piling in, one last penalty for holding on was the last act of a dramatic and memorable encounter that ended with an eighth ever Junior Cup title for Marist College, and their first since 2018.


Marist College: Seán O’Donoghue; Patrick Begley, Conor Dowling, Thomas Cotton, Tom Sheehan; Conor Naughton, Charlie O’Carroll; Seán Walshe, Eoin Naughton, Kailin Blessing; James Heaslip, Rian Claffey; Tom Bourke, O’Teaga Awhinawhi, Callum Kelly.

Replacements: Phillip Finnan for Begley (54 mins), Kyle Byrne for Heaslip (59 mins)

Sligo Grammar School: Alan Lawlor; Harry Graham, Dara Holmes, Andrew Hewson, Jacob Norris; Mark Tempany, Jack Draper; Kamsi Mojekwu, William Draper, James Winters O’Donnell; George Collins, Isaac Marsden; Ambrose Devine, Oscar O’Connor, Diarmaid O’Connell.

Replacements: Bobby Hanrahan for Holmes (54 mins)

Referee: Johnny Quinn

Connacht Schools Junior “B” Cup Final

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir                    15                                        

(Dara Noone, Eoin Higgins, Charlie Keane tries)

Coláiste Einde Salthill                    12

(Miguel Rubio Tobar, Rory Shaughnessy tries, Seán Walsh con)

Kevin Egan at the Sportsground.

A strong and balanced team performance that featured power up front, good handling and defensive play in the back division and a clinical ability to convert try-scoring chances powered Coláiste Bhaile Chláir to Junior Cup glory, as they claimed the Schools Junior “B” Cup thanks to a narrow victory over Coláiste Einde at the Sportsground this afternoon.

A 15-12 final scoreline would suggest a typically tight and tense Cup tie, but these were two teams that looked to run the ball and attack at every available opportunity, and between them they produced a thoroughly enjoyable contest in which Coláiste Einde never had the lead, but never were out of touch either.

Attacking rugby was on the agenda right from the start, when Conor Dooley set the tone by bursting down the right wing under the shadow of the grandstand and setting the Claregalway school right on the attack, albeit one that ended with a misplaced penalty that was kicked dead, instead of into touch to set up what would have been a threatening Coláiste Bhaile Chláir lineout in the corner.

Arguably the strongest facet of the winners’ play however was their line speed and tackling, which made it very difficult for their city opponents to work their way out of their own half of the field. Connor Oliver, Jarel Tabi and Seán Walsh were all exceptionally strong and direct with ball in hand, but they struggled to break the Coláiste Bhaile Chláir line, and consequently found themselves pinned deeper and deeper back inside their own half.

Eventually that pressure told and a few phases after a turnover win, Dara Noone was able to break one tackle and gallop straight through for the opening score. Mark Cullinane’s conversion rebounded off the post, meaning the score was left at 5-0, but that was soon doubled when a wonderful try was finished in the left corner by Eoin Higgins.

A huge amount of credit for the score goes to Pádraig Ryan, who stepped up to join the line and with three defenders in front of him and just his winger in support, needed to produce an inch-perfect pass to set up Higgins. His delivery was whipped flat, and at incredible pace, inviting his winger to hit top speed and just about make the touchdown after being brought to ground.

In a game where the defensive play was strong on both sides, Coláiste Einde needed the boost of a score before half-time to keep their hopes alive, and they got it with three minutes to play.

Seán Walsh, as he was throughout much of the afternoon, created the opening by drawing in three tacklers before getting the ball away to Karl Bona Makongo at the last second. The winger still had a lot of work to do but a subtle little jink and incredible take-off got him right up the line, just two metres inside the sideline.

That two metres was all that Miguel Rubio Tobar as picked from the base and touched down just inside the flag, setting up an incredibly difficult conversion.

Walsh was equal to the challenge, shaping his right-footed kick up and inside the near post with precision, leaving just three points between the schools at the break, 10-7.

Coláiste Einde continued to play off the front foot after half time, taking the game to the maroon and white-clad opposition, but this was where the defensive strength of the winning side really came to the fore.

Conor Dooley’s enforced withdrawal due to injury robbed Coláiste Bhaile Chláir of their best strike runner through midfield, but every one of their backs justified their selection through a series of excellent tackles, most prominently Cian Heavey, who twice sucked the air of Coláiste Einde attacks with incredibly brave one-on-one stops.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir soon found their attacking rhythm again and it looked like they had scored again when Higgins darted into the left corner, but the score was ruled out for a knock on in the build-up.

Their third and most crucial try wasn’t long in coming, as they crowned a ten-minute spell of pressure, mostly spent inside the Coláiste Einde 22, with a score from Charlie Keane.

It looked like they were set to cross the line when Euan Kavanagh stretched out for a score under the posts, but he didn’t quite get the ball grounded and the city side was briefly able to clear their lines. Claregalway didn’t take long to work their way back into scoring range, where Keane applied the finishing touch.

Coláiste Einde made sure to die with their boots on and with a Claregalway player in the sin bin, they set up a dramatic last five minutes.

Connor Oliver was again central to the move as his barnstorming run brought play within ten metres of the Coláiste Bhaile Chláir posts, and quick hands from Walsh put Rory Shaughnessy over in the corner.

Once they went back up to their full complement however, the Claregalway side were able to protect possession, use their forward power and work down the clock, ensuring that the last three points of their lead was kept intact up to the final whistle.


Coláiste Bhaile Chláir: Pádraig Ryan; Cian Heavey, Conor Dooley, Mark Cullinane, Eoin Higgins; Robbie Dolan, John Farragher; Donagh Kilcommins, Euan Kavanagh, Harry Akani; Aaron Walsh, Dara Noone; Charlie Keane, Seán O’Flynn, Mark Farragher.

Replacements: Joshua Craig for Akani (35 mins), Eanna Flaherty for Dooley (35 mins), Ronan Duggan for J Farragher (52 mins),

Coláiste Einde: Seán Walsh ; Rory Shaughnessy, Scott Dillon, Michael Brosnan, Karl Bona Makongo ; Lorcáin Sampietro Daly, Miguel Rubio Tobar; Troy Tabi, Seán Regan, Connor Oliver ; Cormac Keady, Cillian Onorato ; Killian Schouten, Matthew McNamara, Jarel Tabi.

Replacements: Pasha Thiem for Onorato (51 mins).

Referee: Brian McGrath

Connacht Schools Junior “C” Cup Final

Gort CS                               19                         

(Barry Cunniffe, Jackson Flanagan (2) tries; Calum Prendergast two cons)

St. Raphael’s Loughrea  5

(Jack Colohan try)

Kevin Egan at the Sportsground.

The value of old-fashioned forward power was in full evidence this afternoon when Gort Community School crowned a memorable campaign by knocking over local rivals St. Raphael’s of Loughrea in the first of this afternoon’s Connacht Schools Junior Cup finals, the “C” decider.

Right from the opening kick-off, St. Raphael’s lock Cian Conway fielded the ball and straight away looked to bring their backs into the game, moving it through the hands and trying to stretch the field as wide as possible. The tone had been set by St. Raphael’s, and it was one they were happy to continue throughout the game.

Gort too were happy to run the ball, but they realised quickly that their strength was in the tight exchanges, popping passes to straight-line runners driving hard at the inside channels.

Conway and his second row colleague Josh Maloney tried to carry the fight to the Gort pack and they enjoyed plenty of success in the lineout in particular, but the scrum exchanges were being dominated by the pack in black, with props Harry Howley and Aaron McGann the driving force for the South Galway school.

Flankers Barry Cunniffe and John Durkan had early attempts to power over the St. Raphael’s line but some superb goal-line defence kept the scoreboard from moving, while at the other end of the field, a counter-attack that ended with Ronan Bowes saving his school with a strong last-ditch tackle to force Adam Keane over the sideline within ten metres of the Gort line.

Most of the early play was in front of St. Raphael’s posts however, and the relentless pressure finally told when Barry Cunniffe blocked down a clearance and was able to pick up the loose ball and saunter over the line for the game’s first score. Calum Prendergast duly added the points from the conversion, and at this stage it looked like Gort might win with plenty to spare.

Effective as their power and depth was, there was a noticeable element of clever game-management about St. Raphael’s play, epitomized by outhalf Jack Quinn. This kept them in contention in a game where they weren’t quite on the same level in terms of grunt and grind.

One of the smaller players on the field, Quinn mixed up his kicking, running and passing very well and that helped Loughrea to work their way up the field and play some rugby in advanced areas of the field. Two penalties in the left corner of the pitch set up a series of phases that eventually opened up the Gort defence and created the hole for Jack Colohan to drive through for their first score, reducing the gap to 7-5 with eight minutes to go to half-time.

Gort’s reply to this concession was swift and decisive.

They earned a penalty which Prendergast nudged a few feet wide of the target, but from the restart, team captain Jackson Flanagan picked up the ball and saw a disorganized defence, so he quickly took advantage. A sharp injection of pace and one good sidestep saw him break through the lines and touch down under the posts, to leave Prendergast with a much simpler kick this time around.

St. Raphael’s strategy to try and work their way back into the game was simple – lean heavily on Cian Conway to break the gain line, take defenders out of the game and create space, and trust in the hands of the backs to try and force their way over, and there were several instances where this almost bore fruit.

Josh Maloney and Conor Spellman also carried the ball well at times, but that simple ability to run into the tackle and still fall over the gain line, creating front foot ball with little risk of a turnover, simply wasn’t there.

Whether it was their front row, back row, or even three-quarter line players Dara Burke and Gabriel Castor, both of which showed plenty of pace when they got the chance to move the ball, Gort had too many players with the ability to put their colleagues on the front foot.

Leading the way at all times however was captain and number eight Jackson Flanagan, and it was no surprise that he crashed over for his second try of the game 12 minutes into the second half

This turned out to be the only score of the second half, ensuring that the final quarter was quite comfortable for the large and boisterous Gort crowd in support, as their team had a secure lead to protect.

Conway, Quinn, Colohan and Adam Keane continued to press for a breakthrough right up to the end, forcing a series of penalties that led to two Gort yellow cards, but they couldn’t find their way across the whitewash as Gort’s defensive line held firm, showing that on and off the ball, their title of Connacht Junior Cup champions was fully-deserved.


Gort CS: Ronan Bowes; Gabriel Castor, Dara Burke, Charlie Kelly, David Andrews; Pádraig Canole, Calum Prendergast; Harry Howley, Gavin Whelan, Aaron McGann; Roibin Hussey, Sam Guilfoyle; Barry Cunniffe, John Durkan, Jackson Flanagan.

Replacements: Seán Mahon for Durkan (6 mins), Harry Mullins for Cunniffe (20 mins), Jamie Molloy for Andrews (half-time), Dylan O’Malley for Howley (56 mins)

St. Raphael’s: Cian Duignan; Adam Keane, Donnacha Campbell, Jack Colohan, Luke Marjanovic; Jack Quinn, Liam Kilraine; Jake Poland, Joe Gallagher, Rory Dillon; Cian Conway,  Josh Maloney; Arthur Kelly, Dan Doheny, Conor Spellman.

Replacements: Shaun Sweeney for Kilraine (half-time), Seán Cahill for Duignan (42 mins), Eoin Reilly for Colohan (56 mins). Michael O’Neill for Kelly (56 mins)

Referee: Stephen Gregory

Callum KELLY (C) 8 Diarmaid O’CONNELL
Thomas COTTON 12 Andrew HEWSON
Patrick BEGLEY 14 Harry GRAHAM
Cian DUFFY 17 Seamus CASEY
Daithi O’LEOCHAIN 18 Bertie BAMBER
Stephen O’CONNOR 20 Andrew RYAN


Marist College Extended Panel

Matthew Turner, Finnán Kilcommons, Isaac Jocher, Daire Burke, Richard Heaslip, Andrew Henson

Management: Shane Broderick, Graham Heaslip


Sligo Grammar Extended Panel

Mark Bradley, Andrew Deegan, Ryan Burrows, Harry Lee, Harry Dennison, Calum Scott, Zak Brennan, Ben O’Connor, David Chen, Mark Greer

Troy TABI 3 Harry AKANI
Cormac KEADY 4 Aaron WALSH
Cillian ONORATO 5 Dara NOONE
Matthew MCNAMARA 6 Charlie KEANE
Miguel Rubio TOBAR 9 John FARRAGHER
Lorcain Sampietro DALY 10 Robbie DOLAN
Michael BROSNAN 13 Conor DOOLEY
Karl Bona MAKONGO 14 Cian HEAVEY
Scott DILLON 15 Padraig RYAN
Patrick MALONEY 18 Fionn SEXTON
Pasha THIAM 19 Ethan FORDE
Stephen TIGHE 21 Thomas GREALISH
Michael MULLERY 22 Ronan DUGGAN
Hassan SHALABY 23 James DOOLEY


Colaiste Einde Extended Squad

Ronan Gilligan, Ronan Barrett, Ruairi Keady, Kane Campbell, Daniel Gilmore, Eanna Coffey


Alan Curran, Philip Mularkey, Mark Halliday, Bryan Casburn, Eoghan Harlowe, Ben Magee


Colaiste Bhaile Chlair Extended Squad

Joe Canavan, Sean Qualter


Shane Lynam, Will Johnston, Michael Connolly, Martin Noone


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