Stars of the Future- 02/05/2017

Four 5th and 6th class children participated in the ”Stars of the Future” competition in Sharkx snooker hall in Newbridge today. Amy Byrne and Nadine Kelly put in great performances and secured early victories. Lee Doyle and Aaron Kelly were also taking part and whilst things did not go their way they did themselves proud. It was an enjoyable day and a very well run event. The children enjoyed playing on full length snooker tables and this can only make them stronger for the next event.

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National Primary Schools Girls Snooker Championship

A team of four girls from the school travelled to the Ivy Rooms in Carlow for the National Finals today.Amy Byrne and Ailbhe Maguire were first up to play,both winning comfortably which left Hacketstown NS with all four players in the quarter finals.In the first of these Ailbhe Maguire pipped Ella Ryan and with Amy Byrne and Nadine Kelly winning their contests there were three Hacketstown girls in the semi finals.

Amy Byrne and Nadine Kelly were drawn together in one pairing and in a close contest Nadine qualified for the final. Ailbhe Maguire played the eventual  winner in the second semi final and while Ailbhe was level on scores in the last few minutes she was a few points behind when time was called.

Nadine fell behind early in the final and at one stage trailed 32 to 16.She then staged a dramatic recovery to bring her almost level with her opponent  at 36 to 33.Time ran out for Nadine however but she can be very proud of her performance which was  admired by all present.

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Chalking the cue.


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The cue ball on its way.

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Using the stand.


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Into the pocket.

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Quarter finalists

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Semi finalists

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National champion and runner up.


National Primary Schools Snooker Championship

The annual National Primary Schools Snooker Championship was held in the Ivy Rooms, Carlow today.Boys and girls are eligible to participate in this competition and the school had four representatives Lauren McGrath, Megan King, James Whelan and Killian Walsh.

Three of the school pupils won their way through the opening rounds and Hacketstown ended up with all three in the semi finals.One of the semi finals was between Killian Walsh and a player from Ballinabrannagh N.S.This was a very close affair with Killian sinking the pink ball when the match was neck and neck to earn his place in the final.The other contest was between two Hacketstown players,James Whelan and Megan King.Again it was a close affair with Megan just getting the vital few points to win her place in the final.

All eyes were on the two Hacketstown pupils in the show down and the spectators were treated to a succession of great shots from both players before Killian prevailed to become the second successive Hacketstown winner of this competition.

Dan Carroll of Stars Academy Ireland concluded a most enjoyable tournament by presenting the quarter finalists and semi finalists with medals and Killian Walsh with the winner’s trophy.

Primary School Group 2016

The players before the action started.

Quarter finalists (1)

The semi finalists.

Megan & Killian Final

National Primary Schools Champion and runner up.





Hacketstown Snooker Players Meet the World Champions

Today two girls Megan and Lauren set off to Dublin to meet Ken Doherty,Stuart Bingham and Fergal O Brien.When they got there they met all three of them and they were really lucky because they got to play with Ken Doherty,first Lauren was up,then Megan.They both got a great opportunity to meet all the different snooker players and they both enjoyed the day.Thanks so much to Caroline Cullen for the transport.  Written by Megan King

Top Hacketstown snooker players attended a reception in Dublin Civic Office today where they met World Champion snooker players Stuart Bingham and Ken Doherty.Irish Primary School champion Lauren McGrath and Megan King were accompanied on the trip by staff member Caroline Cullen.Not only did the girls meet the world champions,they also got to play against them.

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The girls meet reigning world champion Stuart Bingham and get to hold the World Championship trophy.

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Meeting former world champion Ken Doherty

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With top player Fergal O Brien

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Ken poses with the girls and staff member Caroline Cullen

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Lauren advises Ken on his next shot.

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Megan pots the blue.

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Ken looking worried before his match with Lauren.

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The game is in the balance.

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Lining it up.

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A sure pot on the red.

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Ken, Fergal & Stuart with group 2

The top professionals meet Ireland’s top young female players.

Stuart with RILSA National Champions 2

Ireland’s National Champions in the different age groups meet the world champion.


 National Primary School Snooker Championship

The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association held their 2nd National Primary School Snooker Championship today. A team of three Hacketstown N.S. girls  accompanied by Caroline Cullen headed off to Sharkz games centre in Newbridge this morning to take on the best players in the country.As soon as the competition started it was obvious that the school team had been doing lots of practice and were more than a match for their opponents in the early rounds.


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Studying her options


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Lining up a tricky shot.


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 What’s my best approach?

The competition was played on a knockout basis and when it came to the last four unbeaten girls to compete in the semi-finals,Lauren and Megan from Hacketstown N.S. were still  unbeaten.Megan was narrowly beaten in her contest but Lauren won her game to reach the final.

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A crucial shot in the final match


Things did not look good early in the final when Lauren fell behind her opponent but she rallied to win the trophy and become the school’s first ever national champion in any sport.


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Lauren receives the National Snooker Championship trophy from national chairman Dan Carroll.


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Megan is presented with her runners up medal.

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The competitors pose for a photograph.


Many thanks to Dan Carroll for organising this most enjoyable competition.Further pictures and reports will be available on in the next few days and watch out for reports in the Nationalist also.

RILSA National Primary School Champion Lauren McGrath

National Champion

Semi Finalists Megan & Ellie

3rd. Place in the Nationals


 Rilsa Ladies U 21 Snooker Competition

Hacketstown NS was represented by a team at this competition in The Ivy Rooms, Carlow.Although the girls were competing against much older players ,they performed very well and two pupils, Lauren McGrath and Kayleigh Bracken reached the quarter finals.A very enjoyable day was had by all with those who were eliminated early on able to avail of the pool and table tennis facilities free of charge.


Well done to the team members,Megan King,Holly Twamley,Kayleigh Bracken and Lauren McGrath.


The Hacketstown girls pose for a photograph with their fellow competitors.

Primary Schools Snooker Competition October 7th.

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Seven children from Hacketstown NS took part in the inaugural schools competition today.The tournament organised by Stars Academy Ireland was held in The Ivy Rooms,Carlow. Each pupil played a singles match to qualify for the  following round.Those who were eliminated could use the pool and table tennis facilities  downstairs or avail of expert coaching from Stars Academy organiser Dan Carroll.Most of the children had not played on a full size table before so it was a great opportunity to play in a top class facility and meet and compete against  pupils from other schools in Calow and Laois.


The games get underway in The Ivy Rooms


Where’s the best angle for my shot ?


Leaning in to pot a red.


Lining up the pink with the pocket.

Boys Competition

Three boys from Hacketstown reached the semi final stage. Sean Mulvany outpointed his opponent from The Glebe school to reach the final while the other game was a nail biting tussle between classmates Dylan Doyle and Bradley Walsh.Some of the shots in this contest drew gasps of admiration from the admiring audience before Bradley came out on top by a narrow margin.After a short break for a snack in the downstairs restaurant the all Hacketstown final took place between Bradley Walsh and Sean Mulvany.Both boys edged in front at different times during the contest but eventually Sean Mulvany finished stronger to become the first ever winner of this competition.


All square in the final with the cue ball in a tricky position

Girls Competition

In this competition both Megan King and Kayleigh Bracken won through to the semi final stage.Megan lost her contest narrowly but Kayleigh came out on top in her match to reach the final against an opponent from Ballinabrannagh. It was nip and tuck all the way but after giving it her best shot Kayleigh lost narrowly.


All to play for in the girls final.


When the contests were over a trophy and medal presentation was held.Great credit is due to Stars Academy Ireland and The Ivy Rooms  for a really well organised event.Watch out for more reports and pictures in the local papers over the next week or two.It is hoped to give all senior pupils in the school a chance to play on the school’s table during the course of the year.Primary School Boys Championships 2014 FinalWinner and runner up.

Primary School Boys Championships 2014

The Hacketstown boys take centre stage.Primary School Girls Championships 2014 FinalRunner up Girls Competition.

Primary School Girls Group Championships 2014The Hacketstown girls with Irish ladies champion Sandra.

September 26th.

Sixth class  boys and sixth and fifth class girls have been involved in a play off on the school’s snooker table to win one of four places on the school’s snooker team to play in an inter schools competition next month in The Ivy Rooms in Carlow .So far Dylan Doyle,Sean Mulvany and Bradley Walsh have qualified on the boys team with play offs next week for the one remaining place. Kayleigh Bracken,Holly Twamley,Megan King and Lauren McGrath are the four players on the girls team.


That’s a tricky looking shot.


Putting the red in the pocket.

WP_20140926_003[1]I’ll need to put a spin on this one.


He can’t miss!

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