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St Mary's Academy Carlow Bound for National and International Glory

The attached photograph is of those students in our school, who have excelled in their chosen sporting discipline. Their dedication, skill and commitment to each of their sports have been recognized at both national and international level, where each of these students have achieved a high level of acclaim. Included in this picture are: Finn Lynch, Eoin Stynes, Simon Doyle, Marcus Lawlor, Mark Furey, Seamus Harmon & Shaun Hennessy. (Absent from the photo is Cathal Hennessy, member of the Irish Squash Team).


Congratulations are extended to Seamus Harmon (6th year), Cathal Hennessy (4th year) and Shaun Hennessy (2nd Year) who recently participated in the Nordic Squash Open in Sweden. This tournament is an extremely significant one in the squash world, with teams from all over the world participating in it. Each of the students performed excellently in their individual age group as they represented Ireland. The commitment and talent of the Irish Team in this sport is not to be underestimated.


The Irish and international sailing community had cause to sit up and take note, when it became clear that a new talent has emerged in the form of second year student, Finn Lynch. Finn was recently awarded second place in the Topper World Championships. This event took place in Lake Ebensee in Austria, over the course of six days, with nine nations participating in the competition. Despite having to sail during extreme weather conditions, Finn flew the Irish flag, and was awarded second place on the basis of his performance over the entire championship. A member of the Irish National Topper Squad since 2007, Finn is clearly a talented sailor and one to watch for the future.


Marcus Lawlor, a third year student in St. Mary’s Academy, C.B.S., Carlow made history this summer when participating in the All-Ireland Schools and Colleges Athletics Championship. In addition to finishing in second place in the 100 metres event, Marcus also won the 200 metres. This victory was made all the more special when it transpired that Marcus had broken the current record, which had been held for 33 years, with his time of 22.80 seconds. Following this record-breaking accomplishment, Marcus was selected to run the 200 metres in the Tailteam Games, where he competed in the U-17 event. This time, Marcus came in second and shaved a further .10 of his own record time, to finish in a new personal best (PB) time of 22.70 seconds.

As a result of these performances, Marcus was selected on the Schools International team to compete in Antrim. He is now the A.A.I 100m and 200m champion at U-15 level, breaking records at both levels. In honour of his achievements, Marcus was selected to captain the Irish U-16 team at the Celtic games in Wales, where all will be watching to see what this superstar athlete will do next. A burgeoning star in the athletic circuit, Simon Doyle is another of our students to leave a blazing trail in his wake of late. Simon was the recent victor of the Leinster multi-events.

Additionally, Simon recently won the All-Ireland multi-events to qualify for the International Athletic Championships in Glasgow. Furthermore, Simon came second in the team game, and qualified for the Internationals in Antrim where he came fourth, despite a serious injury two weeks previously. The talent of this fifth year student is evident to all, and it is clear that Simon is on track for the Junior Olympics in multi-events and the long jump in Moscow.

Eoin Stynes – a rugby star in the making

After gruelling year long trials since last September, Eoin Stynes, a present fifth year C.B.S. student, has successfully secured a place on the South East Leinster rugby squad. Since joining the team, Eoin has managed to start every single match and is blazing a trail of success in his wake.

Also, at the start of the summer, Eoin was called up to the Leinster Youths squad and has trained with them since, surviving numerous cuts in the team to retain his much coveted position. After the squad’s win against Ulster, Eoin received his first cap in the unfortunate loss against Connaught. However, the thrill of playing at such a high paced, experienced level was a victory in itself. Eoin also has next year on the Youths as he is still a year young and is certain he can reinstate himself as a member of the squad again next year.

Martial Arts

Another student making some serious noise in the sporting world is 3rd year student Mark Furey, In October of this year, Mark participated in the Carlow Martial Arts Championship, where he came 2nd in the Kata Championship, 1st in the Fighting Championship, 2nd in the International Fighting Championship and 1st in the team Kata Championship. In the same month, Mark participated in National Martial Arts Championship, where he came 1st in the Kata Championship, 1st in the Kumite Championship and 1st in the team Kata Championship.

On the basis of his supreme performance in the National Championships, Mark has now qualified for the World Martial Arts Championship due to take place next year. The level of dedication required to excel in these sports is immense and we congratulate all these students as their hard-work reaps dividends and we wish them the best of luck in the future.

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