A blast from the recent past in Knockbeg

Knockbeg will take a step back in time tomorrow (Thursday) when past and present footballers go head to head in an eagerly anticipated match which will take place on the college grounds throwing in at 3pm.

Knockbeg will take a step back in time tomorrow (Thursday) when past and present footballers go head to head in an eagerly anticipated match which will take place on the college grounds throwing in at 3pm.

The school has had an exceptional run on the field in recent years and in 2005 ended a long 50 year wait for a Leinster title before going on to win their first ever Hogan Cup in the Senior Schools ‘A’ All-Ireland Final where they defeated Saint Mary’s of Galway in a truly memorable final.

That team boasted players such Colm Munnelly, Simon Shortall, Colm Doran, Brendan O’Shea, Shane O’Neill, Seán Ramsbottom, Seán O’Shea and David Conway who have gone on to perform admirably for club and county alike since that fantastic victory.

It is hoped that many of them, along with others such as Rory Stapleton, Ross Munnelly, Donie Kingston and Colm Begley will return to the grounds where their football career began on Thursday. Brian McDonald has been ruled out due to an injury.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Patron Saint of St Mary’s Knockbeg College and traditionally, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, has been the feast day in the school making it fitting that the game be played on this date.

Teacher and footballing guru Chris Conway, who took charge of Knockbeg back in 2005, is hoping to use the game to give his current crop of starlets a run out before their South-Leinster semi-final against Athy which is due to take place the week after.

“The lads have played really well so far with wins over Good Counsel and St. Peter’s already under our belt, with our only loss coming against Colaiste Eoin by a point earlier in the campaign.

“We play Athy in the semi final which is provisionally set for next week and this will give us the perfect preparation for that game along with being a brilliant way to celebrate our college’s feast day”, he said.

Colaiste Eoin take on Colaiste Isogain of Portarlington in the other semi final

The celebration will begin at 2pm with a mass in Knockbeg with throw-in in the eagerly anticipated clash set for 3pm. This will be followed by refreshments in the college refectory afterwards.

All past pupils and their families are welcome to attend along with GAA enthusiasts across the surrounding areas as this game promises to be an enthralling encounter.