Cumann na mBunscol 2017


St. Joseph’s N.S. camogie team attended the Cumann na mBunscol indoor camogie blitz on Tuesday 28th November in Ballon.

The girls played outstandingly on the day. We won two matches against Clonegal and Kildavin but were unsuccessful against Ballon. Ballon proceeded to the Division 1 final and St. Jospeh’s N.S. to the Division 2 Final, which was a fantastic result.

We attended the Division 2 final in  Old Leighlin on Tuesday 5th of December. Old Leighlin, Glynn & Ballinabranna were in the finals too.

The matches were fast paced and intense. St. Joseph’s N.S. came in 3rd place. Well done girls for putting in all the hard work. The team consisted of Leah Furlong, Emma Whelan, Abaigh Doyle, Tara Lyons, Pia Kavanagh, Emily Kelly, Lucy Myers and Lillian Keating.


1st./2nd Class Hurling Blitz

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The Hacketstown Greens

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The Hacketstown Blues

Ms. Doyle’s Hurling/Camogie group got a chance to show the skills they have been learning from their teacher in a blitz at Kiltegan GAA today.

First of all the Hacketstown Greens and Blues played each other in a very tightly contested match.After this,both teams played sides from Baltinglass NS.

Even though this was the first time for most of the children to play a proper hurling match they impressed all the onlookers with their skills.

Not alone were all the children proficient at striking the sliotar on the ground but many of them were also able to lift and strike from the hand. Also notable were the many occasions when the Hacketstown players got their hurleys in to block their opponents.


Cumann na mBunscol Hurling


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The school hurling team took to the Fighting Cocks pitch today to play Rathoe.Even though we were missing star midfielder Rosemary Keating the other eleven players tried hard and gave a determined performance against an older Rathoe team.


Due to the small number of interested boys this year a combined boys/girls team entered the boys competition.The first match was at home against Ballinabrannagh today.Aaron Davis struck a few long range frees to put Hacketstown ahead but every time we went in front Ballinabrannagh seemed to score a goal to regain the initiative.

Cian Weekes played well in goal and in front of him the Doyle siblings Courtney and Lee defended heroically.Lee in particular made a dramatic appearance from his sick bed to win every ball that was put his way.Leah Furlong and Jack Weekes never gave the boys from south Carlow an opportunity with their tackles and clearances.

In midfield Aaron Davis and the hard hitting Rosemary Keating were on top for most of the game with Aaron contributing all the Hacketstown scores from frees and open play.

In the forwards Ailbhe Maguire chased and harried and won plenty of ball while after a slow start Kyle Davis played a storming second half.

Aaron Davis won his contest with the full back on the Ballinabrannagh team and would have bagged several goals if it hadn’t been for the outstanding opposing goalkeeper.Luke Kelly gave him plenty of help also in front of goal.

Special mention to only substitute,third class pupil  Emily Kelly who came on in the second half to give a tremendous fearless display in the full back line.

Final score Ballinabrannagh 4-2  Hacketstown 2-4


Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Camogie

 Division 2 Final


On Thursday 8th of December 2016 Hacketstown N.S. attended the Division 2 Final in Old Leighlin. The girls knew they would have tough matches ahead of them.

The first team we had to play was Glynn. We held our own in the match with every player displaying great determination. The final score was 6 – 1 to Glynn.

The girls played Queen of the Universe next. They contested every ball from start to finish which was a difficult task as the girls of the Queen of the Universe team were older and taller than most of our team, but the girls were not deterred. Rosemary Keating struck a cracker of a goal into the net. The final score was 7 -1 to Queen of the Universe.

Lastly we played Drumphea. We won this match 4 -2. Leah Furlong scored 3 goals and Rosemary scored another goal.

Ailbhe gave a masterful display in the backs in every match.  Abaigh, Emma and Courtney shared the goalkeeper and full forward positions. All three girls gave it their all in every match. Rosemary and Leah both worked relentlessly and gave outstanding performances. Unfortunately Grace Hillard could not attend the final.  They received medals as runners up. Well done Girls. We are all very proud of the girls here in Hacketstown N.S.


Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Camogie

Hacketstown N.S. Indoor Camogie team attended a blitz in Ballon on Tuesday 29th November.

We played Clonegal N.S. first. Hacketstown dominated the game. We won 4 – 1. Leah Furlong scored four fantastic goals. Ballon was up next. They were a strong team. Rosemary Keating scored the first goal of the match with Leah sending home two more goals. The end result was 3 – 1 to Hacketstown. We were the winners of Group B.

We were through to the final against Talbotstown who won out Group A. We were up against it in this match. The whole team worked tirelessly in this game but they found it harder to get the scores. We were narrowly defeated by one goal. As runners up we were though to the Division 2 Final.

Throughout Courtney Doyle and Emma Whelan worked hard in the goals. Ailbhe Maguire was truly fantastic at defending in the backs. Rosemary was outstanding in midfield. Grace Hillard and Abaigh Doyle fought for every ball in the forwards. Leah Furlong worked well with Grace and Abaigh and scored numerous fantastic goals.



Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Hurling

The boys defended their Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Hurling County Title in Old Leighlin hall today.Their first game was against Newtown and the team was up against it after conceding a goal in the first few seconds of the match.However,to their credit the boys fought back and dominated most of the remainder with Aaron Kelly eventually finding the net to level the match with cracking shot.A draw looked the likely outcome at this stage but disaster struck again with Newtown scoring with just over a minute left on the clock. Hacketstown threw everything at their opponents at this stage but time ran out and so we had to relinquish the title.

The next game was of no importance at this stage but once again the boys gave a great display of skill as they drew 3-3 with Old Leighlin. Aaron Kelly once again scored first and Aaron Davis then added two.

Throughout Cian Weekes was outstanding in goals.Aaron Davis gave a masterful display in the backs before switching forward to net two goals.Jack Weekes gave a great display of striking and blocking while upfront Aaron Kelly was scorer in chief before switching to the backs in the second game.Lee Doyle won plenty of ball while Kyle Davis was unlucky not to score with one tremendous effort.

While the boys were disappointed to lose the title,they know that all six of them will be competing again next year to try and bring the trophy to Hacketstown once again.



Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Hurling

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The boys indoor hurling team set out today on their quest to retain the Carlow title when playing in a qualifying blitz in Ballon.The team will have a difficult task as none of our players are from sixth class and so we will be playing against older opponents Hacketstown met Clonegal in the first game.Our boys dominated possession but found it difficult to find the net and at half time the scores were tied 1-1  with Aaron Kelly providing the goal.

We continued to apply the pressure in the second half and finally got our reward with goals from Aaron Kelly again and also from Aaron Davis to win 3-1 and secure our place in the Division 2 finals.

Cian Weekes was outstanding in goals.Aaron Davis and Jack Weekes formed a very solid defence that Clonegal rarely breached and in the forwards Aaron Kelly, Lee Doyle and Kyle Davis showed great skill.

Hacketstown played Ballon in the second game.In this the boys conceded a few early goals and found it hard to get back into the game with Ballon running out 6-2 winners.Aaron Davis supplied the two Hacketstown goals.

Next up for the boys is the County Final Blitz in Old Leighlin on Dec.5th.



Hacketstown NS Pupil Represents Wicklow


5th class pupil Rosemary Keating proudly represented the school in a hurling blitz held at the famous Nowlan Park.Kilkenny today.Rosemary was chosen to represent Wicklow when she played for the school in a trial blitz held in Kiltegan some weeks ago.Rosemary is pictured above at Nowlan Park with the Wicklow squad.

4 stars

The girls met some members of the multi All Ireland winning Kilkenny hurling team.

Pictured above are Conor Fogarty,Richie Reid,Colin Fennelly and Paul Murphy.

Paul Murphy

All star Paul Murphy meets Wicklow star Rosemary Keating


Liam McCarthy showed up too.


Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Final.


The boys hurling team contested the County Hurling Final for the second consecutive year today.The team has lost only to Borris since the start of 2015 and once again the south Carlow team proved a bridge too far for our gallant hurlers.Having been dealt a body blow with the news that midfielder Aaron Davis was unable to play the eleven players nonetheless impressed everyone with the way they contested every ball from start to finish.

No matter how far we fell behind on the scoreboard not one of the eleven boys and girls on the panel dropped their heads and stopped trying.In the process they also showed some great skill when under pressure.Aaron Kelly gave an outstanding display of shot stopping and puck outs.In defence Ciarán Mooney and Lauren McGrath showed great tenacity with Ciarán’s catches and Lauren’s uncompromising challenges catching the eye.In front of them Eva Kavanagh and Lee Doyle showed great determination  while in midfield Killian Walsh and James Whelan ran their hearts out with Killian rounding off an outstanding display by pointing a long distance free.In the forwards the two youngest players on the team Jack Weekes and Kyle Davis won everyone’s admiration by contesting everything against their older and bigger opponents.In the full forwards Oisin Doyle and Ailbhe Maguire,who was to play in a football blitz with the school girls team later in the day,gave the Borris defence plenty to think about.Oisin’s excellent goal which opened the scoring in the second half was also a highlight.

The team can be very proud of their performances all year with some of the team already having collected  the school’s first indoor hurling title earlier in the year.

Wicklow Camogie Blitz


The nine girls from 4th./6th. classes represented the school today at this blitz in Kiltegan

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Chosen to represent Wicklow in Nowlan Park,Kilkenny


Cumann na mBunscol Hurling

Hacketstown     6-5

Leighlinbridge      1-3

The hurling team notched up its fourth successive victory in impressive fashion at Clonmore GAA today.From the start the players showed great determination and with Killian Walsh and Aaron Davis taking command at midfield the chances were soon created.

Oisin Doyle and James Whelan were doing great work in the forward line and with Kyle Davis and Jack Weekes giving their best performance of the season the team opened up a 2-3 to 0-1 lead by half time.

Ciaran Mooney gave an imperious display in leading the full back line with able help from Lee Doyle, Ailbhe Maguire and Eva Kavanagh to make sure that Leighlinbridge’s scoring chances were kept to a minimum.

The team started the second half as they finished and with keeper Aaron Kelly switching to the forwards and helping himself to some scores Hacketstown ran out convincing winners.The team gave a great display of the skills of hurling in this game with many players showing they could shoot equally well from their left and right sides and lift and carry the sliotar with great confidence.

Scorers: Oisin Doyle 3-1

Aaron Davis 1-2

Aaron Kelly 1-1

Killian Walsh 1-1

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Cumann na mBunscol Hurling

Hacketstown     3-2

Old Leighlin        2-4

The school hurling team won its third successive game in Old Leighlin today ina closely fought match against a strong and skilful home team.

Every ball was hotly contested from the start but Aaron Davis and Killian Walsh in midfield managed to win enough possession to supply the forward line with sufficent for Oisín Doyle to score two points.

Old Leighlin came into their own then and scored three points without reply. Aaron Kelly in goal pulled off two great saves during this period to keep our side in contention. During this period of pressure Ciaran Mooney and Lauren McGrath were rock solid in the full back line while in front of them Lee Doyle and Eva Kavanagh harried the Old Leighin forwards any time the sliotar came near.

Before half time Oisín Doyle struck again with a goal to give Hacketstown a two point interval lead.

Hacketstown made a powerful start to the second half and with Kyle Davis,Jack Weekes and James Whelan in the forwards winning their individual contests, they managed to set up two more goals

Hacketstown looked to be coasting to victory but Old Leighlin showed great spirit to storm back into the game and scored a goal and a point to close the gap to four points.With a minute remaining Old Leighlin struck for another goal to leave the minimum between the teams. Possession from the puck out was vital and Aaron Kelly who had excelled all day managed to get the sliotar down the field where the green and reds managed to keep possession until the final whistle.Special mention to a late addition to the squad, Ailbhe Maguire who came on in the second half and played a key role in defence.

Next up for the team is a home match against Leighlinbridge with the winners qualifying for the county final.


Oisín Doyle 3-2


Cumann na mBunscol Championship

Hacketstown 2-2

Newtown       0-2

The boys hurling team made the trip to Fenagh GAA today for their 3rd. match of the championship.In very cold,windy conditions they took on Newtown in what was a tough low scoring encounter.Our boys were slow to get into a rhythm and Newtown were awarded a lot of frees,two of which they scored to put Hacketstown on the back foot.Bit by bit the midfield of Aaron Davis and Killian Walsh began to take control and with help from  half backs Lee Doyle and Eva Kavanagh, both of whom played a stormer, a free was awarded from which Aaron Davis pointed. He later sent another long range free straight to the net to give Hacketstown a narrow two point lead at half time.

The second half was an equally tight affair and even though full forwards Oisín Doyle and James Whelan worked hard,they just could not beat the excellent Newtown goalkeeper.Ciaran Mooney  and Lauren McGrath made sure that nothing would pass them in the full back line while goalkeeper Aaron Kelly kept his second  clean sheet.In the half forwards Ailbhe Maguire and Kyle Davis as well as winning ball did really well in closing down the Newtown defence any time they launched an attack.Late on Killian Walsh suffered an injury and he switched places with Ciaran Mooney.Ciarán took advantage of this switch to launch an attack and score a spectacular goal to ensure a hard earned victory.

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Cumann na mBunscol Championship

Borris 5-6  Hacketstown 1-4

The school hurling team played a very strong and skillful Borris team in Clonmore today.All lines of the team were under pressure from the start but they battled with great determination against their opposite numbers.One passage of play towards the end of the half,when midfielders Aaron Davis and Killian Walsh working together managed to win a tussle with five Borris players to emerge with the sliotar, epitomised the sprit of the team.At halftime the score read 2-3 to 2 points to Borris.

Our players upped the performance in the second half when Lauren McGrath was outstanding in the full back line.3rd. class pupil Jack Weekes also put in a very brave performance while first Eva Kavanagh and later Ailbhe Maguire played key roles.Ciarán Mooney once again delivered an awesome defensive performance.Aaron Kelly who had pulled off some fine saves to keep Borris out in the first half now moved to the forward line to be replaced by Lee Doyle who had run his heart out in the first half.

Killian Walsh and Aaron Davis fought fearlessly to win possession at midfield while in the forward line Oisin Doyle,James Whelan and Kyle Davis gave the Borris defenders plenty to do as they scrapped for every ball.The team were disappointed with losing the match but can be proud  of the massive effort they put in to stay in the game right up to the final whistle.

Scorers:Aaron Davis 1-4

Oisin Doyle 1-0



umann na mBunscol Hurling

Hacketstown 6-6

Ballinabrannagh 0-0

The school hurling team played its first match of the year in Ballinabrannagh today.The players took control of the game early on and a point from play and a pointed free from Aaron Davis soon settled the team.

Killian Walsh and Aaron Davis took control at midfield but despite the lions share of possession we led by just 1-3 to 0-0 at the break.

After the restart the players really came into their own.The two midfielders with Kyle Davis and Lee Doyle in the half forward line put plenty of good ball into our two full forwards Oisín Doyle and James Whelan.The two boys combined very well and soon notched up the scores. In defence Jack Weekes,Eva Kavanagh and Lauren McGrath repelled the Ballinabrannagh boys anytime the crossed the half way line while Ciarán Mooney played an outstanding role in leading the defence.Aaron Kelly kept a clean sheet in goal before moving to the forwards late in the game where he scored a point with his first touch.

Next up for the team is a home match against the champions Borris this Friday.


Oisín Doyle 4-1

Killian Walsh 1-1

Aaron Davis 0-3

James Whelan 1-0

Aaron Kelly 1-1


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Boys Indoor Hurling Team

The boys took part in a West Wicklow hurling blitz in Baltinglass today.The team’s first game was against Talbotstown and the boys put in a storming display to win 6-1.Next our team won 7-0 against Bigstone before beating Baltinglass 1 by 7-1.The next match was far tougher and drew a pulsating encounter 1-1 with Donard.Drama followed in the next match with a late Killian Walsh strike earning our side a 4-3 victory against Baltinglass 2.In the final game Hacketstown took the lead early on against  Dunlavin but by this stage the legs were beginning to tire and the opposition stuck a few late goals to win 3-1

Throughout the games Aaron Kelly excelled in goal while in front of him Aaron Davis and Ciaran Mooney were rock solid in defence. Killian Walsh dominated the midfield exchanges while up front James Whelan and Oisin Doyle were a formidable strike force.Kyle Davis,Lee Doyle and Jack Weekes also played key roles in various matches.VLUU P1200  / Samsung P1200


Girls Indoor Camogie Team


Hacketstown N.S. camogie team attended a West Wicklow blitz in Scoil Chonglais on Tuesday the 9th of February 2016. In the first match Hacketstown N.S. played the first Baltinglass team. Rosmary Keating, Grace Hillard and Nadine Kelly scored three fantastic goals in the match. Unfortunately we were narrowly defeated 4 – 3 to Baltinglass.

We faced Dunlavin in the second match. The whole team worked together and we were victorious 5 -3 to Hacketstown N.S.

We played the second Baultinglass team next. Ailbhe Maguire and Nadine Kelly worked tirelessly in mid-field. We won by one goal. The final score was 3 -2 to Hacketstown.

In the last and final match we played Talbotstown. Eva Kavanagh was fantastic in goals. Lauren McGrath and Ella Ryan worked relentlessly in the backline to clear the sliotar out to the forwards. The team held their own and we drew 2 -2.


Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Hurling Final.


Cumann na mBunscol County Hurling Final

Six members of the Hacketstown indoor hurling headed to Old Leighlin Hall hoping to be the first team from the school to win a county hurling title.The boys were competing against schools from all over the county who had won their regional blitzes.

The fials were played in a blitz format and the boys first opponents were from Ballymurpy NS, the home school of many of the famed Mount Leinster Rangers  hurling club.

Our boys started in determined fashion and managed to get the first goal but Ballymurphy proved to be skillful and committed opponents and soon equalised.Hacketstown seemed to be galvanised by this and with Aaron Kelly rock solid in goal and Ciaran Mooney and Aaron Davis snuffing out the danger anytime Ballymurphy crossed into our half, the goals soon came.The forward line of Killian Walsh and Oisin Doyle delivered four goals to run out 5-2 winners in a hard fought game.

Next up were Ballinabrannagh and our boys really clicked into gear during this game.Aaron Kelly proved unbeatable in goal,Ciaran Mooney and Aaron Davis dominated their forward line and up front Killian Walsh and Oisin Doyle showed some great combination play and we ran out 8-0 winners

The final game was against Bishop Foley NS.Although we led the overall table by a point at this stage the boys knew that winning the match was the only sure way of getting our hands on the silverware.Hacketstown tore into action right from the start and led deservedly by 5-0 at half time.Although Bishop Foley scored soon after the restart our boys were in no mood to let it slip and with Kyle Davis entering the fray to help out,we ran out 8-1 winners to finally win the title after many years of near misses.



Captain Ciaran Mooney proudly accepted the trophy from Cumann na mBunscol secretary Sean Hannafin to become the first boy from the school to receive a county hurling title and impressed everyone with his speech as well as his hurling skills.


Tremendous shot stopper who always stayed calm under pressure and conceded only three goals in three games.


Always came out with the sliotar when there was a tussle with an opponent and capped a fine display with the last goal of the blitz.


Rock solid in defence all through and always clearing the sliotar with great accuaracy.



Covered so much ground there seemed to be two of him on the floor at times, scored  a spectacular volleyed goal from the half way line.


Suffocated the opposition defenders with constant blocking  and harrying and time after time his pressure on  the backs forced them  into conceding goals.


Played a valuable role during the campaign, a great player for doubling on the sliotar.


County Champions 2015

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With the trophy and their proud teacher.


Indoor Hurling Boys

Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Hurling Championship.

The boys on the indoor hurling team headed to Ballon Hall today for their first outing of the year.The panel of seven players was made up of three boys from 6th. class with the other four players coming from 4th. class.

The first game was against Tullow Boys.This was a great game between two evenly matched teams. Hacketstown gained an early lead but every time we scored a goal Tullow seemed to respond immediately with an equaliser. With the score at 3-3, our boys really lifted their game showing great determination to contest every single ball and were rewarded with a late score to run out 4-3 winners.Aaron Kelly pulled off some great saves in goal while defenders Aaron Davis and Ciaran Mooney threw themselves into every tackle to repel the Tullow attackers.Up front Killian Walsh and Oisin Doyle worked tirelessly to get the scores and also kept pressure on the Tullow backs who were always closed down when they went to clear their lines.

Next up was the home team Ballon , who had also won their first game.Once again our boys gave a powerful display of grit and determination. Hacketstown boys were dominating possession but were finding scores hard to come by and Ballon managed to score from a few of their breaks to lead 3-1 with minutes remaining.Once again our team put in a massive effort at this point and eventually the Ballon defence yielded and we scored two goals to earn the draw.

The final game was against Clonegal and this was a chance for Kyle Davis and Lee Doyle to take to the stage.They proved just as effective as the other five players and dominated this game from the start.The older players could now been given  a rest and Hacketstown played the second half with the 4th class boys,Aaron Kelly,Aaron Davis,Kyle Davis and Lee Doyle in the outfield positions.The younger boys took the opportunity very well and ran out 12-1 winners.

The team showed great character throughout the blitz and maintained their  discipline so well  that they did not concede a single free.The boys will now contest the Carlow final which will be run as a blitz in Old Leighlin on Wednesday December 2nd.


Indoor Camogie

Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Camogie Championship.

17th November 2015

Nine girls from 5th and 6th class attended an Indoor Camogie Blitz in Ballon on Tuesday the 17th November.

They played Clonegal N.S in the first match.  It was a close match throughout. Ailbhe Maguire worked tirelessly in midfield. Unfortunately Hacketstown N.S. was narrowly defeated 3 – 2.

They played Ballon N.S. in the second match. Ballon was a very strong side and Hacketstown N.S. fought hard and had a great game.  Rosmary Keating scored two fantastic goals. Lauran McGrath worked hard in the backs and Eva Kavanagh completed an amazing job in the goal. The end score was 5 – 2 to Ballon.


Anna Lynch, Lauren Myers, Rosemary Keating, Megan King, Ailbhe Maguire, Grace Hilliard. (Lauren McGrath, Eva Kavanagh and Ella Ryan also attended)

Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Championship


Hurlers Make History

The boys team headed south today to the hurling stronghold of Leighlinbridge in determined mood.The team knew that only a win would guarantee a place in the final.The match took place in the local pitch used by the Naomh Brid hurling club.The ground is known locally as the superbowl and it was certainly a fitting venue for a super display by the boys in green and white.

Leighlinbridge had the better of the exchanges in the opening minutes but any ball delivered into their forwards was quickly dealt with by the Hacketstown defenders Cathal Foley,Ciaran Mooney,Killian Walsh and Conor Whelan.Sean Mulvany andAdam Smith gradually gained mastery in the middle of the field and began to deliver ball to the hard-working half forwards Aaron and Dean Davis.

The opening score came when Sean Moran struck a point and moments later showed what a lethal finisher he is by adding a goal.Bradley Walsh netted another goal before Dean Davis struck over a point from well out the field.As Sean Mulvany and the half backs Killian Walsh and Conor Whelan continued to dominate the middle third of the pitch  Sean Moran added another goal and Adam Smith a point to give Hacketstown a  3-3 to 0-2 half time lead.

Leighlinbridge had the advantage of a stiff breeze in the second half and Hacketstown had to put in a moghty effort to preserve their lead.In this period goalkeeper Aaron Kelly pulled off another of his wonder one on one saves coming off his line to clear the ball off the ground to prevent a certain score.

In this period Cathal Foley gave a masterful display of full back play while time after  time. Ciaran Mooney giving his best display all year, emerged from defence with sliotar in hand to clear his lines.The half backs Conor Whelan and Killian Walsh also dropped back during this spell  to to help their defence and frustrate their opponents.

At midfield every time Sean Mulvany entered a ruck of players he seemed to come out with the ball in his hand while Adam Smith always seemed to be there to pick up the breaks and find a space in the crowded midfield to send deliveries into his forwards.Sean Moran scored another two goals and a point and Aaron Davis capped a fine display by scoring his first goal at this level before Adam smith added another point to ensure victory for Hacketstown,Kyle Davis and Lee Doyle entered the fray as bodies began to tire and also played their part in ths win.

The boys now become the first Hacketstown team to make it to the hurling final in the top two divisions in Carlow.The squad and their followers are eagerly anticipating the clash with Borris NS in the Eire Og pitch at 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday June 3.

Final Score;

Hacketstown 6-4

Leighlinbridge  2-5


Sean Moran 4-2

Bradley Walsh 1-0

Aaron Davis 1-0

Adam Smith 0-1

Dean Davis 0-1



Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Championship

The boys team took on Old Leighlin today in a make or break game for the championship.As this was Old Leighlin’s final game,a win would take them straight through to the final and mean elimination for Hacketstown.Also at stake was the boys proud record of having won all their home football and hurling matches in the 2014/15 season.

The game itself was a pulsating affair with our boys facing very skillful and committed opponents.Although Hacketstown dominated the opening exchanges,Old Leighlin goaled with their first attack of the game and it was obvious the home defence would have a difficult afternoon trying to contain the mobile and skillful attack of the south Carlow side.

Eventually Sean Moran caught a long ball from midfield and rifled the ball to the net to settle the home side.Bradley Walsh added another goal soon afterwards but once again Old Leighlin goaled to draw level.Points from Sean Mulvany and Sean Moran edge Hacketstown ahead.Old Leighin responded by scoring two more goals but a brace from Sean Moran gave Hacketstown a narrow 4-2 to 4-0 halftime lead.

The second half opened like the first with Hacketstown dominating but once again the opposition grabbed the opening goal to leave the home side trailing.A goal from Sean Moran and a goal and a point from Adam Smith followed and eventually a point from Sean Mulvany gave Hacketstown a five point advantage.

It was at this stage that the Old Leighlin boys really showed their spirit with a mighty effort to regain the initiative. At this stage the Davis cousins Aaron and Dean who had been delivering good ball into the full forwards all day,came into their own as they blocked and harried their opponents to prevent them setting up attacks.Sean Mulvany blocked any attempt to go down the middle while Adam Smith swept up ball on both wings.Conor Whelan kept his opponent well shackled while Killian Walsh who was named at half back seemed to pop up all over the field tackling and blocking any Old Leighlin player who went near the sliotar.In the full back line Cathal won his duel with a very dangerous full forward and sent sweeping delivery after delivery to his midfield.Ciaran Mooney also was marking a very talented player but showed his bravery by subduing him despite getting  a few hard knocks in the process.

The Hacketstown supporters knew that a five point lead in hurling can be wiped out very quickly and their hearts were in their mouths when a lapse in concentration allowed an Old Leighlin forward clean through on the goal with the sliotar in his hand.Goalkeeper Aaron Kelly bravely dashed off his line however to make a crucial save and preserve the team’s lead. Soon after Sean Mulvany won a free inside his own half. He took the free himself and drove it over the bar for a score which drew gasps of admiration from the onlookers.

Soon after the final whistle blew to give Hacketstown a six point victory.

Final Score

Hacketstown 6-4

Old Leighlin 5-1


Sean Moran 4-1

Sean Mulvany 1-2

Adam Smith 1-1

Unfortunately the school photographer became over-excited during the game and forgot to take any photographs.

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West Wicklow Hurling Blitz

The boys hurling team braved a wet and windswept pitch in Baltinglass today to take part in a hurling blitz.The boys played four games in all and despite the difficult conditions played some very skillful hurling.

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Cumann na mBunscol Carlow Hurling

The school hurling team put up its best performance this year in today’s game against the champions Newtown. The boys were in determined mood from the start and after good early pressure Sean Moran struck over a point to open the scoring.Sean Mulvany and Adam Smith began to dominate in midfield and soon Bradley Walsh drove over a point.

Half forwards Aaron Davis and Dean Davis kept the ball supplied to the inside line and soon Sean Moran and Sean Mulvany added further goals to give Hacketstown a 3-2 to nil halftime lead.

Aaron Kelly kept another clean sheet in goal during this half and Cathal Foley and Ciaran Mooney were rock solid at full back. Killian Walsh gave an outstanding performance  in the half  back line and Conor Whelan also made a vital contribution.

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In the second half Ciaran Mooney took over in goal and Aaron Kelly went in at full forward.Kyle Davis and Lee Doyle also entered the fray. Hacketstown continued to dominate with a long range goal from Dean Davis,a tremendous long range point from Sean Mulvany , a goal batted in from a cross from Sean Moran being some of the highlights.The team worked hard right until the final whistle and just before it blew Adam Smith capped a great performance with a fine catch in the middle of the field which he drove over the bar.


Sean Moran 5-1

Sean Mulvany 2-2

Dean Davis 1-1

Adam Smith 1-2

Bradley Walsh 0-1

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Watching the puckout.

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Ready position.

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Hacketstown hunting in packs for the sliotar.

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Adam Smith sets off on another run.

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Keeping the hurley in.


Cumann na mBunscol Carlow Hurling

The boys played their second match of the tournament in Clonmore today against Ballinabrannagh.Having lost their opening match to Borris the boys were determined to make amends and ddid well in the early exchanges. Ballinabrannagh were also launching attacks but were repelled by a very solid Hacketstown defence where Cathal Foley,Ciaran Mooney,Killian Walsh and Conor Whelan were very solid.When the defence was breached Aaron Kelly was very dependable in goal and kept a clean sheet in the first half.

The first score was a while in coming but eventually Sean Mulvany slotted over a free to open our account.Sean added two more points before he then made a run from the left wing to drive a bullet of a shot low into the net.The half time whistle then sounded with the score at 1-3 to no score in favour of Hacketstown.

Hacketstown dominated the second half with Adam Smith winning lots of possession around midfield.The forward line of Dean Davis,Kyle Davis,Lee Doyle Sean Moran and Bradley Walsh created lots of chances but some desperate defending by their opponents kept them at bay.The only score of the half came when Sean Mulvany delivered a cross field ball to Dean Davis,Dean floated it into the square where Sean Moran was on hand to bury the sliotar in the net.


Wicklow Hurling Skills Contest

Congratulations  to Dean Davis who represented the school today in  the skills final in Balinakill.Dean qualified from the West Wicklow contest last week and finished in 3rd. place in today’s competition.

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Carlow A Indoor Hurling Finals

The top six schools in the county qualified for the finals played in Old Leighlin today.There were two groups with three teams in each group. Hacketstown were pitted against local team Old Leighlin and the 2013 champions Gaelscoil.We played Old Leighlin in the first game and Dylan Doyle with one goal and Dean Davis with two gave us a comfortable lead heading into the final few minutes. Old Leiglin pulled two goals back however to put the game back in the balance.Sean Mulvany then scored to open up the gap again before Old Leiglin scored another with about a minute remaining.This led to a nervous conclusion but Hacketstown survived to keep our hopes alive.

The next game against Gaelscoil was a winner takes all encounter with whoever came out on top going straight into the final.It was a very even game which remained scoreless for a long time. Gaelscoil however scored the crucial opening goal and when a quickly taken free caught Hacketstown napping shortly afterwards it was clear the boys faced an uphill task.Although they then added a third, Hacketstown kept on fighting and a Ciaran Mooney goal gave us renewed hope.There was a desperate onslaught on the Gaelscoil goals in the final minutes but time ran out and Hacketstown missed out on the big prize for the second week in a row.

This ends the indoor competition competitions for the school year and when training resumes after the Christmas holidays,the emphasis will be on outdoor hurling once again.

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Team: Adam Smith, Cathal Foley, Sean Mulvany, Dean Davis,Dylan Doyle,Bradley Walsh,Ciarán Mooney.


Wicklow Indoor Hurling Finals

The boys team reached the final for the first time ever this year and headed to The Community Hall in Aughrim with hopes of bringing home the silverware.In the first game the boys took on the team from the hurling stronghold of Carnew. Hacketstown stormed into the game with Dylan Doyle scoring a goal early on.The match was finely balanced from then on but as the game progressed Carnew began to gain the upper hand and they finished with three late goals which left Hacketstown depending on other results to remain in contention.As it happened Carnew beat both Aughrim and Bray quite easily so we knew by the time we played our last game that it was not to be our day.

The boys did defeat Bray 3-0 with goals from Sean Mulvany and Dylan Doyle but it was to no avail.The final match gave a chance to the younger members of the team to  get a run and it finished with Hacketstown losing 4-1 to Aughrim,the highlight being a cracking goal from Dean Davis.

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Team:Bradley Walsh,Dean Davis,Dylan Doyle,Aaron Davis,Kyle Davis,Cathal Foley,Adam Smith,Sean Mulvany,Ciarán Mooney,Aaron Kelly


West Wicklow Indoor Hurling

The boys team contested the West Wicklow Finals in Baltinglass today against other schools who had also won qualifying blitzes.The team had a nervous opening against Baltinglass in the opening encounter but showed their battling qualities by twice coming from behind to level the match 3-3 at the final whistle.Final score:

Hacketstown NS 3

Baltinglass NS 3


Sean Mulvany 1

Cathal Foley 1

Dylan Doyle 1

The players now knew they had to win their next match to keep their hopes of reaching the Wicklow finals alive.Playing against Dunlavin NS, the game was on a knife edge all through but the boys managed to score in the dying seconds to snatch victory.Final score:

Hacketstown NS 3

Dunlavin NS 2


Sean Mulvany 1

Cathal Foley 1

Dean Davis 1

The very last match of the blitz pitted our side against Talbotstown NS with the team knowing that a win would guarantee a place in next week’s finals.This knowledge seemed to drive them on and they stormed into an early lead which they never relinquished with a long range goal from Dean Davis and a perfectly struck free  by Adam Smith being among the highlights.Dylan Doyle got among the goals as usual while Sean Mulvany and Cathal Foley worked tirelessly in midfield.Bradley Walsh tackled tigerishly in the back line while Ciarán Mooney pulled off some stunning saves in goal.Final Score:

Hacketstown: 6

Talbotstown: 4


Dean Davis 2

Dylan Doyle 1

Sean Mulvany 1

Cathal Foley 1

Adam Smith 1

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Team:Bradley Walsh,Dean Davis,Dylan Doyle,Aaron Davis,Kyle Davis,Cathal Foley,Adam Smith,Sean Mulvany,Ciarán Mooney,Aaron Kelly

The Wicklow Finals take place Wednesday 3 December in Aughrim at 10.30

The Carlow Finals take place in Old Leighlin on Wednesday December 10 at 3.30


Wicklow Indoor Camogie

Ms. Doyle’s indoor camogie team was in action in Hacketstown Community Centre today in the Wicklow Indoor Camogie qualifiers.

The girls started with a great win over Donard with stellar performances from many on the team.In the second match they found the girls from Knockananna too strong before playing really well in their final match against Talbotstown.This match was nip and tuck until the final minute when Talbotstown scored a goal to knock the gallant girls in blue, out of the competition.

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Team members: Ailbhe Maguire,Eva Kavanagh,Grace Hilliard,Nadine Kelly,Rosemary Keating,Holly Twamley,Lauren McGrath,Megan King,Sarah Murray,Geena Kearney,Kayleigh Bracken

Some of the girls are playing again in Ballon on Tuesday 25th.November

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Boys Indoor  Hurling Wicklow Competition

The boys team were also in action today and started the blitz with a good 6-1 victory over Donard.The scorers were Sean Mulvany 4 goals, Dylan Doyle 1 goal and Cathal Foley 1 goal.

Next up were Knockananna and again the boys played well to win 7-3. The scorers were Dylan Doyle 2 goals,Sean Mulvany 2 goals,Dean Davis 1 goal,Aaron Kelly 1 goal and Adam Smith 1 goal.

The team saved the best until last when they met a very strong Talbotstown team.The players shot from the traps and got some early scores to run out 8-4 winners in what was a top class team display.The scporers were Dean Davis 2 goals,Sean Mulvany 2 goals,Cathal Foley 2 goals,Dylan Doyle 1 goal and Adam Smith 1 goal.

The boys are in action again on Thursday 27th. in the West Wicklow Finals.These will take place in Scoil Chonglais,Baltinglass first game 10.45.

The team members are Cathal Foley,Aaron Davis,Dean Davis, Ciaran Mooney,Sean Mulvany,Lee Doyle,Bradley Walsh,Adam Smith,Kyle Davis,Dylan Doyle and Aaron Kelly.


Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Hurling.

The boys indoor hurling team took part in the qualifying round of the Carlow County Championships in Ballon this evening.

In the first round Hacketstown took on Tullow boys and played some inspired hurling to run out 14 to 4 winners.Adam Smith drove the team on from the back with his long chipped deliveries from the goalmouth while Cathal Foley,Sean Mulvany and Ciaran Mooney blocked ,hooked and harried the Tullow forwards any time they threatened the Hacketstown goal.In the forward line Dean Davis,Dylan Doyle and Bradley Walsh punished the Tullow defence with some accurate striking.

Scorers:Dylan Doyle  7

                 Dean Davis  3

                Bradley Walsh 3

                Cathal Foley   1

After a break the boys found it difficult to reproduce the same form in their next game against Ballon and went down to a 5-3 defeat.When Tullow defeated Ballon in the next match, everything depended on the last game of the tournament between Hacketstown and Clonegal.Hacketstown had to win to go through and win by at least 3 goals to finish on top on goal difference.The Hacketstown boys quickly got the scores required and ran out easy winners to qualify for the Division 1 Finals to be held in Old Leighlin in the next few weeks.


Group winners


Doubling on the ball


My Ball