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Huge success for Capwell students

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018 5:10pm

Coláiste Chríost Ri recently celebrated a hugely successful year in sport with principal Micheal Carey presenting medals to students in Gaelic football, athletics and basketball.

Gaelic football

Having last won the Simcox Cup in 2016, Criost Ri regained it this year for an unprecedented 25th time. After suffering a shock exit in the Corn Ui Mhuiri group stages before Christmas, under the guidance of Paul Kerrigan and Brian Coughlan, the team regained their focus in January to make a run at the County Championship and make amends for their Munster exit.

This particular group has been hugely successful during their time in school and have added to history of the storied college, maintaining Criost Ri as the premier football school in Cork.


Teachers Alan Haynes and Barry Kelly led the senior cross country team who won the South Munsters for the second year in a row.

To top this achievement off, the team went on to win the Munsters for the first time since 1982. This 36 year gap was bridged due to the combined efforts of Charlie O’Donovan, James Mintern, Jack O’Connor, James Allen and Lee Moore. One of the runners, Charlie O’Donovan, jets off to Philadelphia to take up a sports scholarship with Villanova in August.


In recent years Criost Ri has come agonisingly close to winning an All-Ireland title in basketball under the tutelage of Deborah Hennessy and Aris Pyrowalakis. A new crop of basketballers are on the rise again in the school with Craig Sweeney and David Bongcayao who represented the Capwell school in the under 14 and under 17 Cork regional basketball teams recently.

A number of students were honoured at the schools sports awards, drawing the school sports year to a close.

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