Colaiste Iosagain, Portarlington had its most successful year ever in the sporting field, bringing home many medals and trophies.
Pride of place must go to the first year basketball team who won the All-Ireland final recently against Loreto, Navan.
The second years won bronze medals in the All-Ireland series. Awards were presented by teacher and Clare All-Star hurler, Brendan Bugler. Boys Basketball is also riding on the crest of a wave. The teams competed in the ‘A’ grade this year at both U-16 and U-19 level and both teams finished runners up in their competitions .
The U-16 Boys football team won the South Leinster final when they defeated Portlaoise CBS in O’Moore Park. They put up a brave fight in the Leinster final against Gallen CS but unfortunately it was not to be .The Girls U-16 football team also reached the Leinster Final.
The Equestrian team continues to increase in numbers and has many successful outings in charity rides and hunts. Athletics in the school is also bringing home lots of medals. The first year athletics team of Eva Galvin, Naoimi Lutrell, Shauna Fenlon and Jessica Higgins came fifth in Belfast in the All-Ireland Cross Country having previously won bronze in Leinster.
Many students won gold medals in the County Cross Country event in Killenard. Seodhna Hoey’s outstanding form of late saw her win gold and silver in the discus and hammer throw at the Leinster Track and Field Championships. Seodhna now goes on to represent the school at the All-Ireland Finals at Tullamore.
To complete the students impressive sporting year in a highly enjoyable fashion they put a stop to the teachers run of five in a row victories in the annual charity Teachers Vs Pupils basketball game.
Athlete of the Year: Male - Cormac Curtis; Female - Eva Galvin (Cross Country), Seodhna Hoey (Track and Field). Boys Basketball: 1st Yr - Jordan Fallon; 2nd Yr - Niall Reid; U-16 - Sean Smith; U-19 - Conor Vandendries. Girls Basketball: 1st Yr - Fiona Dempsey; 2nd Yr - Sophie Devereaux; U-16 - Shauna Vandendries; U-19 - Shannon Murphy. Equestrian: Youth - Leanne Fitzpatrick (Lightning); Junior - Megan Dunne (Paddy); Senior - Emma Jane Hyland (Rocco). Boys Fotball: 1st Yr - Rory Doyle; U-14 - Johnny Kelly; U-16 - Ryan Havill; Senior - Tommy Brereton. Girls Football: U-14 - Allana Havill; U-16 - Marie Byrne; Senior - Libby Waldron. Golf - Sean Byrne