Inishowen wins at Queen’s Gaelic blitz

Coláistí Inis Eoghain McLarnon Cup team pictured at the Queen's blitz in October

Coláistí Inis Eoghain McLarnon Cup team pictured at the Queen’s blitz in October

 

Coláistí Inis Eoghain returned from Queen’s University in Belfast on Saturday afternoon as proud winners of the McLarnon Cup Blitz.

The tournament had been organised by Aidan O’Rourke of Queen’s prior to the commencement of the McLarnon Cup competition in a couple of weeks time.

Inishowen won each of their four games, running up an impressive tally of 6-23 in the process.

In their first game they defeated St Louis’ Ballymena by 0-7 to 0-2 and followed this up with a five point victory against Rathmore Grammar School from Belfast. In their final group game they defeated St Patrick’s (Red High) from Downpatrick by 2-6 to 0-3.

Inis Eoghain met Red High again in the final and on this occasion they won by 3-6 to 0-7, with captain Darach O’Connor, who was recently called up to the extended Donegal senior panel, hitting all three goals. There was good news for Inis Eoghain when Caolan McGonagle was selected as Player Of the Tournament by unanimous choice of all managers present.

 

Coláistí Inis Eoghain captain Darach O'Connor is presented with the trophy for winning the Queen's Blitz by Aiden O'Rouke

Coláistí Inis Eoghain captain Darach O’Connor is presented with the trophy for winning the Queen’s Blitz by Aiden O’Rouke

Manager Sean Noonan and coach David McLaughlin expressed their delight at the success of the tournament, and especially the performance of the Inis Eoghain boys who had a very early start in order to be there on time. They also thanked Aidan O’Rourke of Queens University for the opportunity for Coláistí Inis Eoghain to participate, as they continue their preparations for the McLarnon Cup competition which gets under way later this month.

Inishowen have been drawn in Group C of the Danske Bank McLarnon Cup where their opponents will include St Patrick’s Keady, St Louis’ Kilkeel and La Salle, Belfast.

 

 

 

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.

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