St Mary’s NS have entered the Cumann na mBunscol football competitions for over 20 years. Our first success in Division 1 came in 2007 while the same bunch of players won the county mini-sevens in the same year.
County U-21 star Mark Magee was selected from this team to play in Croke Park prior to the Kerry-Tyrone senior final in 2008. Further titles came in 2012 and 2014.
In 2015 Mullagh NS narrowly defeated us in the semi-final after extra time. Ramor United send coaches to our school every Friday to fine tune our skills. Our principal Mr Peadar Quealy trains the boys teams in our school pitch and in Dolan Park on the Ramor pitch.
Past pupils Conor Bradley, Micheál Smart, Jack Doyle and Liam Brady have represented Cavan U-21’s while Damian Barkey has represented Cavan Seniors numerous times and won an All-Ireland Junior title in 2014.
Every year St Mary’s N.S participates in the Cumann na mBunscol girls footballleague. We are currently placed in Division 1 along with many other large schools in county Cavan. The league generally takes place in term 3 with the majority of games being played outside of school hours.
All games are two touch, 13 aside and 20 minutes each half. The team usually plays 4-5 league games and is generally made up of 5th and 6th class girls.
Details regarding games are given to the girls on a match by match basis. Training takes place after school from 3-4pm weekly and all girls are welcome to attend. The team is currently being coached by Ms. Louise Maguire and Mrs Caroline Gaynor.
St. Mary’s has enjoyed much success in the Cumann na mBunscol Girls football league with our most recent victories in 2009, 2010 and 2014. Over the years, a number of girls have also represented St. Mary’s N.S in Croke Park as part of the Mini Sevens series. We wish the girls the very best of luck in this yearsgames. We know you will do St. Mary’s proud.
Our senior girls play indoor camogie in February and March every year. The Cumann na mBunscol league takes place in September and October and the girls take part in a camogie blitz in May and June. They have enjoyed much success under the expert eyes of teachers Ms Áine O’Reilly, Ms Melissa Gilcreest and Ms Grace Kelly.
Handball commenced in school in April 2013 when our caretaker Joe constructed a one-wall in our school hall. Five time world handball singles champion Mr Paul Brady was teaching in our school at the time.
Cavan Cumann na mBunscol competitions were entered in 2014 where we won two county titles. Three titles were won in 2015 and Seán McEvoy reached the Ulster singles final.
In 2016 we again won three county titles. Our U-11 girls team of Sophie Keogh and Chloe Kerrigan won the Ulster title and finished second in the All-Ireland series while our U-11 boys narrowly lost the Ulster semi-finals.
We are in the process of building two outdoor walls in our playground. Matthew Smith and Oliver McCrystal represented Cavan at U-12 level in 2016 and reached the Ulster semi-final. They won an U-9 doubles tournament in Loughmacrory in Co. Tyrone in 2014.
Every year St. Mary’s brings pupils to the one wall national competition in Co. Mayo. In 2016 we entered the community games U-13 boys and girls handball competition.
St Mary’s have entered the FAI schools 5-a-side soccer competitions for the past 10 years. In 2006 our boys were crowned All-Ireland champions after winning two and drawing our last game in the finals. We were crowned Ulster champions again in 2012.
Our girls have also won two Ulster competitions in 2010 and 2011. Our county competition is held every year in Cootehill soccer grounds in March and April. Master Quealy trains the boys soccer team while Mrs Leddy and Mrs Brennan train the girls team.
There is a proud history of girls soccer in St Mary’s NS. The girls of fifth and sixth class are trained by Ms Claire Leddy and Mrs Karen Brennan. The soccer is centred around the SPAR FAI Primary School 5-a-side competition.
The competition is organised on a county, regional and provinsional basis, before the best schools take part in overall FAI 5-a-side finals.
The girls of St Mary’s NS have experienced great success on a county and regional level in the past. In 2010 and 2011, the girls brought home Ulster titles. We look forward to continued success in the years ahead.
St Mary’s NS has entered teams in the County Cavan cross-country running competitions for the last 10 years. There are junior, intermediate and senior races for boys and girls.
We have had many top ten results since 2006. Marius Zakurinovas won first place in the senior boys’ competition in 2014. Racing takes place in October every year on Killinkere football grounds. Training for cross country starts in September. Mr Peadar Quealy, Ms Rosena Jordan and Mrs Caroline Gaynor train the cross country teams on our school grounds.