Football / Handball

Clonmore Blitz 2018


West Wicklow Blitz- Hollywood- 27/04/18


Our senior boys hit the ground running after having a good rest from any competitive action in schools football during recent months. We were delighted to get the opportunity to take part in a West Wicklow blitz in Hollywood GAA grounds. Despite missing two important players, Aaron Byrne & Nathan Flynn, we arrived with great optimism and hungry for success!

Our first game was against Valleymount N.S. From the very beginning we knew we had a battle on our hands. It was clear that they had some very skillful players on their team. Our 6th class contingent of Aaron Kelly, Aaron Davis, Lee Doyle & John Mc Kernan showed all their experience in this game.  We limited our opponent’s attacking opportunities to the minimum and were quick and ruthless in  counter-attack when we had chances of our own.  Jack & Cian Weekes worked tirelessly in this game whilst Oran Keating’s kickouts gave us a great platform on which to build our attack. Conor Forde and Daire Byrne were solid in defense and kept their markers quiet. We ground out a gritty victory and moved onto our next game.


Our next game was against Glendalough N.S. We played some scintillating football during this match but in truth we were far too strong for our opposition and defeated them at our ease. William Doyle and Luke Kelly were very strong in defense whilst Conor Joyce and Kyle Davis were troublesome for their markers in the forwards.


We played Hollywood N.S in the final as they were the other undefeated team in the blitz and favorites for silverware. Our Hacketstown boys had much different ideas. From the very beginning the entire team were switched on and knew what they had to if victory was to be theirs. Defensively we were top notch and Aaron Kelly, Lee Doyle and Aaron Davis made no mistake when opportunities for scores presented themselves. Again, Oran Keating was very steady in goals and Conor Forde and Jack Weekes fought to the very end to ensure that no cheap scores were given away. Most encouraging was how we worked as a team. The attitude and work ethic among our players was excellent and the senior players offered great encouragement to their younger counterparts. We were worthy champions on the day and can be very proud of our performance.

Handball Success

A huge congratulations to those who competed in Garyhill in their first handball tournament. Despite having never played until the weeks leading up to the event, the pupils gave it their all and reaped the rewards as a result. Well done to all!

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Handball Coaching

The infamous Cecil Whelan joined us in Carlow Lawn Tennis Club in order to prepare for our first Handball Tournament.

Thank you to Mr.Corcoran for organising the lunch time school competition in order to choose the pupils who qualified to compete, to Cecil Whelan for coaching us voluntarily,  to C.L.T.C. for providing a coaching venue, to the pupils who refereed the matches, and of course to parents who drove children to both training and the competition itself. Well done to those who participated at such a high standard, having never played before and with great success!


West Wicklow Blitz- Baltinglass  25/10/2017

Following a disappointing Cumann na mBunscol season where we put in some great performances but results didn’t go our way our senior boys were back in action in Wicklow today. Thankfully we returned to winning ways and had a very enjoyable day out in this 7-a-side blitz which took place in Baltinglass GAA grounds.

We played 4 games in total and were victorious in 3. Our near neighbors Knockananna narrowly edged us out in a thrilling first game in which we were a little slow to get going. Once we found our feet we were the dominant force in our other games and played some fantastic football.

Aaron Kelly, Lee Doyle & Jack Weekes were the driving force behind the team throughout. Daire Byrne & William Doyle defended tremendously and also got into attacking positions on numerous occasions. Cian Weekes,John Mc Kernan & Aaron Byrne were a constant threat in the forward line. Special praise must be given to Conor Joyce & Oran Keating who worked hard from beginning to end in every game and displayed an excellent attitude and a never say die approach.


1st/2nd Class Football Blitz 29/09/2017

1st and 2nd class attended a football blitz in Stratford. Two teams from Hacketstown, Stratford and Grange took part. The two Hacketstown teams won all their matches. They displayed amazing football skills and really enjoyed the games. Well done!


Clonmore GAA/Hacketstown NS Blitz – 30/05/17

The torrential rain cleared just in time today for the tenth annual Clonmore GAA/Hacketstown NS Boys Blitz. In glorious sunshine eight teams took part in the competition which is restricted to children in fourth class and younger.

The younger boys from all the the schools served up a feast of football in some tightly contested games and the skill levels of the players impressed the large attendance.

At the end of the competition Tullow won the D final, Hacketstown won the C final, Knockananna won the B final while a late, late score from Baltinglass pipped Rathvilly in the A final.Kareem Mtoto from Baltinglass received the Player of the Blitz award.

Afterwards all repaired to the clubhouse for the trophy presentation and a great spread of refreshments provided for everyone by the Hacketstown NS Parents Association.


Hacketown 4th/3rd/2nd class boys who beat Baltinglass in their final.

Carlow GAA – 10/05/2017

Approximately 50 children from 2nd, 3rd and 4th class were lucky enough to spend most of their day in the scorching sunshine in the Clonmore GAA grounds. They used the brand new dressing rooms and were divided into groups and practiced their skills with some of the best coaches in Carlow who came out from county headquarters to coach them. The groups worked on a variety of skills and then played an action packed and fun filled blitz. We are very thankful to all the coaches who helped us.  The coaches in turn were very impressed by the great skills our students possessed.

First & Second Class Blitz- Stratford – 28/04/17

Three mixed teams of boys and girls travelled to Stratford for a very enjoyable few hours of football. Every child played four games of football. The children were a credit to their school being extremely well behaved and displaying all the skills they have been working on throughout the year. It was wonderful to see the energy and great attitude the children possessed and the teams really played well together. The future of our school’s football teams looks bright!

West Wicklow Blitz- Blessington – 31/03/17

We set off in great spirits for Blessington with two teams of young and very enthusiastic footballers and a large number of parents who were equally very enthusiastic supporters. As we were leaving our 6th class contingent at home due to preparations for their confirmation we knew we may find it difficult against such strong opposition as Baltinglass, Blessington and Dunlavin. This did not at all dampen the spirits of the 2nd-5th class children who prepared themselves for battle.

Our senior team faced two outstanding teams in Dunlavin and Baltinglass. While they acknowledged the difficulty of the task at no point did any of our players give up. We tackled and worked hard from start to finish and never gave up in any of our games. Jack and Cian Weekes covered a huge amount of ground whilst Daire Byrne,Lee Doyle and Kyle Davis tackled hard in defense. Aaron Kelly and Aaron Davis led by example in midfield and encouraged those around them. Up front we had very few opportunities but John Mc Kiernan and Aaron Byrne worked well defensively when needed and Oran Keating was constantly looking for possession. Conor Joyce chipped in with a very well taken goal.

Our second team provided great entertainment for the large number of parents who came along to support. Some of the 5th class girls were truly exceptional with great displays from Emma Whelan, Heidi King and Abaigh Doyle. Sophie Myers and Tara Lyons worked tirelessly while Leah Furlong chipped in with a few outstanding scores. William Whelan was steady in goals and Luke Kelly was constantly tackling and working hard. Four boys from second class were also part of the team on the day and showed no signs of nerves. Tough tackling Rory Doyle and Luke Mulvany brought the 5th and 6th class opposition players to their knees on more than one occasion. Jack Lyons read the game very well and always seemed to be in the right place. Conor Forde put his head on the line with a wonderful block and always made himself available for the Hacketstown kick outs. Everyone agreed it was a great day and despite not all the results going our way we were a happy bunch as we made our way home.

Thank you to Niall – 21/12/16

Children in the school designed a special card signed by all those who were coached by Niall Humphries over the last six weeks.Niall will be back in the school to coach the Infant classes after the Easter holidays. Thanks to Clonmore GAA for providing this Club/School Link.

Pella Indoor Football- 29/11/16

Boys from third to sixth class took part in their first ever Pella tournament in Scoil Chonglais in Baltinglass today. This is an interesting new game which is based on the obvious skills of Gaelic Football but also includes some of the skills which are associated with Basketball. Speed, accuracy and support play are the order of the day if your team is to succeed and it leaves out some of the more physical tackles associated with the mainstream game. The boys involved agreed that they really enjoyed the experience.

We played 5 games in total. Conor Mulvany was outstanding throughout and was our top scorer while also working tirelessly for his team. Jack Weekes, Lee Doyle and Darragh Mc Kernan were excellent in defense but also managed to get up to threaten in attack as well.

In attack we had three very young but very talented forwards to aim for. Oran Keating and Cian Weekes never stopped working and chipped in with scores of their own. Aaron Byrne was also excellent. His movement and support play was fantastic throughout and he contributed three sublime scores, one off each foot and one with his fist.

Club School Link Coaching 25/11/16

Niall Humphries was in school today for the third week of the Clonmore GAA Club School Link Programme. Children from 1st to 4th classes got to enjoy a coaching session with Niall.

Boys Football 10th October

Our boy’s team took on local opponents Ballyconnell in a spirited encounter in Clonmore on Monday. Having seen the girl’s team play so well and suffer a cruel defeat the boys were all very eager to get one over on their historic rivals. The game started at a furious pace and continued in a similar fashion.

It was obvious that the boys were fired up for this game from the very beginning. Conor Mulvany and Aaron Kelly were very quickly on the scoreboard while Lee Bowes had the game of his life scoring two brilliant goals but just as importantly working tirelessly for his team from start to finish. Near the end of the half Cian Weekes got up the field from half back to score a well taken point while his brother Jack was carrying a huge amount of possession out of defence and was always an option for the quick kick-outs from keeper Óran Keating. At half time we were leading by 8 points.

The second half got off to a rocky start with some poor concentration leading to some quick Ballyconnell scores. However, Lee Doyle became the dominant force in defence and swept up Ballyconnell passes time and again. Daire Byrne was like a bulldozer as he constantly broke up their attacks and William Doyle and Darragh Mc Kernan showed huge spirit and worked so hard for their teammates. The game continued to be close but Aaron Davis and Conor Mulvany began to take control of the game once more with help from Kyle Davis and Aaron Byrne. We were eventually one point victors on a scoreline of 6-11 to 6-10.

Scorers: Conor Mulvany 2-4, Aaron Kelly 2-2, Lee Bowes 2-0, Aaron Davis 0-4, Cian Weekes 0-1

Commiserations to our fantastic girls football team who fought bravely against a very strong Ballyconnell side today in Clonmore.  We narrowly missed out on victory by only a single point.  However, every member of the team left the pitch with their head held high after giving their very best effort right up until the final whistle.  Well done girls!

1st and 2nd Class 

On Friday the 23rd of September a number of students from 1st and 2nd Class attended a football blitz in Stratford. They played against against Stratford and Tynock. There was a very impressive display of football skills from both of the Hacketstown NS teams. An enjoyable day was had by all.

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A hugely determined Hacketstown team took to the field in Clonmore today in our third match of the new school year against Grange.  The girls were thrilled to gain their first taste of success this year, with the end score being 8-6 to 2-0 in our favour.  Well done to every team member who played an important role on the day and gave it their all.

Scorers:  Ailbhe Maguire, Grace Hilliard, Emma Whelan, Nadine Kelly, Leah Furlong and Amy Byrne.

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Lining it up

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Hacketstown attack again

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My ball

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You can’t stop me.

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Boys Football – 30/09/16

The boys had a thrilling victory over Grange NS in what was a super team performance from start to finish. Every player did themselves proud and showed great commitment.

Óran Keating was fantastic in goals with some fine saves and accurate kick outs. Our defenders were excellent. Daire Byrne, Luke Kelly and Cian Weekes were tenacious and didn’t give their markers any sniff of possession. Jack Weekes worked tirelessly and won an enormous amount of possession and carried the ball forward. Kyle Davis and Conor Joyce also made a huge effort in the second half.

In midfield Conor Mulvany and Aaron Davis really led by example and showed great toughness as well as skill to break up Grange attacks and get some fine scores of their own.

Our forwards were excellent and put together some great passages of play. William Doyle, Lee Bowes and Aaron Byrne showed great skill while John Mc Kernan worked tirelessly. It was an excellent day for Aaron Kelly who produced some wonderful goals as well as a number of fine points. He showed well for every ball and took his chances when they came. It was a very encouraging day and the large number of spectators got to enjoy a feast of fine football.

Scorers:  Aaron Kelly 5-2,Aaron Davis 0-4,Conor Mulvany 0-1.

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Kick it that way!

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My ball!

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Hacketstown in control

Girls Football 2016

Our 5th and 6th class girls have taken on two teams so far this year – Tinryland and Old Leighlin.  The young footballers have shown fantastic spirit and determination, working as a team at all times and remaining positive and optimistic throughout.  Unfortunately, we have yet to emerge as victors when the final whistle blows.  However, we are ready to take to the field again this Friday against Grange where we hope to come out on top!


Boys Football 16-9-16

Our boy’s football team had our first game of the year today when they took on Tinryland N.S. We got a very early wake-up call when Tinryland scored a quick goal but a very well taken point from John Mc Kernan settled the nerves and let the opposition know they’d a battle on their hands.

From the very beginning our midfield were in charge with Aaron Davis and captain Conor Mulvany showing great leadership and both got some great scores along the way. Aaron Kelly, playing in the full forward line was always a threat and won every ball that came his way. Lee Bowes and Aaron Byrne were always an option and really showed great skill and delivered some brilliant passes as the game progressed. William Doyle and Conor Joyce also made a big impact late in the game. Oran Keating played his first game in goals for the school team. The accuracy of his passing was magnificent and we only lost one of our own kick-outs during the course of the game.

In defence we had some young but very enthusiastic players who hassled and harried their opponents constantly. Jack Weekes and Daire Byrne were excellent throughout the game. Lee Doyle was equally steady and the experience he gained last year was clear for everyone to see. Cian Weekes displayed huge energy and flung himself around the pitch with no care for his own safety. He left the field battered and bruised but having got the better of his opponent. Kyle Davis and Luke Kelly showed great determination when they came on in the second half.

In the end we were defeated by just 4 points in what was a thrilling game. While there was a little disappointment after the game the team were proud of their performance and are looking forward to the next game with great optimism.

Scorers: Conor Mulvany 3-1, Aaron Kelly 1-2 , Aaron Davis 0-3, John Mc Kernan 0-1.


Oisín Doyle stars in Croke Park – 28/08/16

Oisin Doyle did his school proud when lining out as the Carlow representative in the Mini Sevens match in Croke Park today. The match was staged at half time during the epic clash between Kerry and Dublin. Lining out in the sky blue kit of the Dubs Oisín displayed all the skills he has frequently shown when playing for the school. Oisin also managed to do what the Dublin seniors were unable to so when netting two goals along with a well taken point.

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West Wicklow Participation Girls Football Blitz -27/05/2016

A huge congratulations to our girls team who took part in eight rounds of competitive football in Donard today, winning a total of five matches.

The girls showed tremendous teamwork and a high level of skill throughout the competition by making clever use of the fist pass on the very short pitches.  They worked together and encouraged one another, maintaining a positive attitude even when the outcome of a few matches didn’t go in their favour.

Well done to everyone involved.

Comórtas Peile Ghlór na nGael 2016 –  24/05/16

On Tuesday, our younger girls football team traveled to Carlow and faced two competitive sides from the Gaelscoil.

The girls were on fire during the first round, showing fantastic teamwork and great spirit.  With one win under our belts, we went into the second round with our heads held high.  Unfortunately, we narrowly missed out on the victory by only two points in the final match.  However, the positive attitude of the young team made the day an enjoyable one for both the players and the spectators alike.

Many thanks to the parents who drove to the blitz on the day also.

Coogan Cup Winners – 13/05/16

Last Friday we participated in the Coogan Cup which took place in  the Tinahely GAA grounds where a mixed team of boys and girls from the senior end of the school came home carrying the silverware. Eight strong teams took part in the competition and for some of the players this was their last chance to represent the Hacketstown football team.

 In the group we faced an impressive Knockananna team in our first game. They did not allow us to play our usual fast flowing football and it was only through the great leadership of players like Lauryn Quigley, Killian Walsh and Oisin Doyle that we secured a slim victory. Lee Bowes won a lot of possession in the forwards in the closing stages.

Our second game was against our greatest rivals Ballyconnell. Having suffered defeat to them earlier in the year our team had no shortage of motivation as they approached this encounter. Players like James Whelan, Ciaran Mooney, Aaron Davis, Anna Lynch and Conor Mulvany all gave storming performances in this game. Ailbhe Maguire and Aaron Kelly were also rock solid and didn’t give their opposing players a look in. The movement and speed of the players was a joy to the watch and we were very satisfied with a comfortable result.

Victory in the last group game secured our place in the ‘A’ final. We once again gave a brilliant display against Tinahely and our place in the final never looked in doubt. Lauryn Quigley was our most impressive forward here with a number of fisted points. Lauren Mc Grath defended brilliantly and also scored an impressive point whilst Marty Walsh was a constant threat. James Whelan scored one of the points of the year with a sideline kick from a long distance out.

In the final we faced a strong team from Tullow Boys School. We got off to a great start through a long range point with his left boot from inspirational captain Ciaran Mooney. The team never made a mistake throughout the game. Aaron Davis and Killian Walsh worked tirelessly and Oisin Doyle and James Whelan showed tremendous leadership. The girls from Hacketstown were more than a match for their opposition with Lauren Mc Grath and Anna Lynch in control in defence while Lauryn Quigley tormented the poor Tullow defenders throughout the game. Our team controlled the game and despite the final scoreline being only  5-3  there was never any sense of anything other than a Hacketstown victory.

The skill level from our Hacketstown players was an absolute joy to watch. The high fielding, quick hand passing and ability to both score points and make passes with both right and left feet was something the opposition teams couldn’t deal with. The team showed great respect to both the referee and their opposing teams throughout the day and they were very gracious and deserving winners. Well done to everyone involved.


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