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• The fantastic 2017 School Calendar is now on sale in the office. Price €5. All proceeds in aid of our Zambian Immersion Project.

1st Years Tuesday, August 25th @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
2nd Years Friday, August 28th @ 8:45 AM – Full Day
3rd Years Thursday, August 27th @ 8:45 AM – 1:35 PM
5th Years Friday, August 28th @ 8:45 AM – Full Day
6th Years Thursday, August 27th @ 8:45 AM – 1:35 PM
LCA 1 Friday, August 28th @ 8:45 AM – Full Day
LCA 2 Thursday, August 27th @ 8:45 AM – 1:35 PM
Repeat Year Monday, September 7th @ 8:45 AM – Full Day

Homework Club & Evening Study continues for students Mon – Thurs. from 3.45pm onwards.

Leinster First Year Soccer Final

2014-15

Friday, April 16th 2015

O’Connell School | 4 : 0 | St. Killian’s Clonskeagh

It has been a long time coming, 12 years in fact, but it has come to pass that O’Connell School are once again Kings of Leinster in juvenile soccer. Following their impressive 4-3 defeat of the hot favourites Trinity Comprehensive in the semi-final, OCS were crowned LEINSTER CHAMPIONS after a 4-0 victory against a determined team from Clonskeagh. Last year, OCS were narrowly defeated in the final of this competition and this year the squad were keen to go one step further and claim the prize.

On a beautiful day on a fantastic surface in Richmond Road, the stage was set for the boys from O’Connell School who started brightly and made the early running in the first half. A super strike from the impressive OCS captain Troy PARROTT gave O’Connell’s the lead in the 17th minute. This goal was a signal for the team from Clonskeagh to attack and this is exactly what they did for the next 20 minutes. However the OCS resolve and determination came to the fore and Jordan BOYLAN, David OPREA, Sebastian CORCAN and Jamie MURPHY were faultless at the back and were well marshalled by their keeper Denis ROBU.  The lively Leon WHEELOCK at centre-forward crashed a tremendous effort against the bar just before half-time. One – nil to OCS at the break.

In the second half OCS began to exert a lot more pressure and further strikes from Troy PARROTT (2) and Leon WHEELOCK secured the cup for OCS. The OCS midfield engine was controlled by Troy PARROTT, Lloyd LAWLESS, Scott SHANNON and Evan CROSBIE. Up front, Eduard IACOB was a constant thorn in the side of the Clonskeagh defence. In the second half, OCS brought on Antoni SNIEZEK, Corey CUMMINS and Scott COUGHLAN and all three performed excellently. At the final whistle, OCS were 4-0 up and hat-trick scorer Troy PARROTT accepted the cup on behalf of his team. Thanks to all our supporters on the day and well done and thanks especially to the team’s manager MR O’CONNELL for all his hard work, commitment and dedication to the squad.

Championes Championes Ole Ole Ole!!!!

WELL DONE TO ONE AND ALL!

• The annual ‘Drop Everything and Read’ initiative will begin soon in the school. The idea is that at a set time every day for a week everyone stops what he or she is doing and reads for ten minutes. It is a shared experience and gets pupils and staff talking about books and reading while conveying a strong message that the school believes in reading.

OCS Crowned All-Ireland Soccer Champions 2015

2014-15

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 | K. O. 1 PM

(After Extra-Time)

O’Connell School | 3 : 2 | Seamount College Kinvara

O’Connell Secondary School captured the inaugural FAI Schools All-Ireland First Year B Cup (Under 14) following a pulsating and dramatic encounter against Seamount College from Kinvara in Galway. O’Connell School had already beaten the Munster Champions in the previous round while their counterparts in Connaught had got the better of the Ulster champions to qualify for the final. The stage was set for an epic clash on the fabulous all-weather pitch in the neutral venue of Athlone Institute of Technology.

The opening half was a very tense affair with both teams testing each other out and finding their feet on a very big pitch. Indeed chances were few and far between in the first half with the cross-winds making it difficult to keep the ball in play on occasions. If anything the boys from Kinvara were the stronger outfit as the first half went on and their lively number 10, Joey Droney, made a number of deep incursions to the OCS penalty area. The Kinvara captain Ruairi MacSweeney was having a fantastic duel with his OCS counterpart Troy Parrott in the middle of the field. Indeed but for the timely interventions of both David Oprea and Lloyd Lawless from OCS, Kinvara could have opened up a two goal lead before half-time. However after 30 minutes at half-time the score was 0-0.

If the first half didn’t deliver any goals, the second half was the total opposite and what a thrilling half it turned out to be. Within 8 minutes of the restart Seamount College were two goals up and the boys from OCS were shell-shocked. Two quick breaks caught OCS napping at the back and young Droney was on hand to drill home the first and set up the second goal in as many minutes. Mr O’Connell, the OCS manager, had to ring the changes quickly. Denis Robu was taken out of goals and replaced by full-back Jamie Murphy. Corey Cummins and Scott Coughlan were introduced as substitutes for the busy Evan Crosbie and Eduard Iacob. Robu’s physical presence upset the Kinvara defence and this was the sign for the excellent Troy Parrott to put his stamp on the game and set O’Connell School on the road back into the game. With six minutes remaining Parrott got possession of the ball on the left, about 40 yards out from the Kinvara goal. He danced around three tackles and let fly from a very tight angle. The ball hit the inside roof of the net and OCS were back in the game. The clock was ticking and OCS knew it. With less than three minutes remaining Robu catapulted a throw-in from the left into the Kinvara box and following a massive scramble the ball fell to the alert Parrott who once again duly dispatched the ball home, this time from twelve yards. The OCS supporters went wild while the Kinvara team and their supporters were now in the shell-shocked mode. Seconds later the referee Declan Moran blew the final whistle and two ten minute periods of extra-time was on the cards.

Following a brief team-talk from the inspirational Mr O’Connell, the OCS resolve was apparent for all to see. This team from North Richmond Street meant business and were not going to be beaten! However, young Droney from Kinvara didn’t read this part of the script and within two minutes of the restart in extra time he let loose with a bullet drive from 25 yards out. The ball seemed to be destined for the OCS net but Denis Robu (who had returned to net-minding duties) managed to parry the shot away and OCS got off the hook. With two minutes remaining in the half, a long ball out of the OCS defence split the Kinvara centre-halves and Troy Parrott was off in hot pursuit like a grey-hound out of the traps. He managed to get his shot on target but the Kinvara goalie Jack Bourke made a great block. However young Parrott wasn’t finished and he managed to calmly strike the rebound to the bottom right corner of the net. OCS were ahead and in the ascendency.

In the final period of extra time OCS were very strong in repelling all of the Kinvara attacks. Denis Robu, Jamie Murphy, Sebastian Corcan, David Oprea and Jordan Boylan were excellent in defence. Across the middle, Lloyd Lawless, Scott Shannon, Troy Parrott and Corey Cummins gave their all in the middle of the pitch. Up front Scott Coughlan and Leon Wheelock kept harassing the Kinvara defenders and the threat from Kinvara disappeared. Antoni Sneizek was an unused substitute on the day and he gave the team great encouragement from the side-line throughout the game. The final whistle blew and the youngsters from OCS were jumping for joy while Kinvara were devastated. OCS WERE ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS – the first time since 1975, a gap of forty years had been breached!  In this the first year of this Cup competition at national level, history was made in Athlone with O’Connell Secondary School becoming the first school to claim the prestigious title and etch their name on the new Cup.

What a performance! What a game! What a result! What a win! OCS CHAMPIONS!

Troy Parrott, as captain, accepted the trophy on behalf of OCS and he was presented with the match ball by the officials for his hat-trick in the game. Heartfelt congratulations to all concerned. Well done, thank you and congratulations to Mr O’Connell, the team’s manager for all his dedication, commitment and hard work with this fine group of young men. Thanks to our supporters and parents who travelled to Athlone on the day and who witnessed such a dramatic turnaround in the final minutes of the second half. Thanks to the match officials for their diligence throughout. Thanks to Ms Lorna Creaven and the team from Seamount College in Kinvara for playing their part in a truly magnificent final. Thanks to the FAI for all their work in promoting and organising the competition this year. Finally thanks to the fourteen players from OCS who have given the school such a great lift this year. They represented the school with pride and are men for the future, a credit to their school and a credit to their families. We are all so proud of their great achievements this year.

Championes! Championes! Ole Ole Ole…

All-Ireland First Year Soccer Semi-Final 2014-15

All-Ireland First Year Soccer Semi-Final

2014-15

Thursday, April 30th 2015 

O’Connell School | 3 : 0 | Community College Dunmanway Cork

Following on from their highly impressive victory in Leinster, Mr Colm O’Connell’s First Year soccer team have now reached the All-Ireland Final, yes folks, THE ALL-IRELAND FINAL. It’s the first time since 1977 that OCS will have contested such a final and heartfelt congratulations to the manager and all the squad concerned on this fantastic achievement.

On a beautiful day on a fantastic surface in Clonmel Town, the stage was set for the boys from O’Connell School who started brightly and made the early running in the first half. A super strike from the impressive OCS work-horse Lloyd Lawless gave O’Connell’s the lead in the 19th minute. This goal was a signal for the boys from Dublin to attack further and this is exactly what they did for the next 11 minutes. Just rewards were delivered when the ever-alert Evan Crosbie struck for goal number two when he latched onto a rebound from the Cork ‘keeper to pounce and strike home just before half-time.

In the second half, the team from Cork went for broke and put OCS under fierce pressure from the kick-off. However our ‘keeper Denis ROBU was quite outstanding and his assurance under the high ball was vital in the second half. Again the famous OCS resolve and determination came to the fore and Jordan ‘BONES’ BOYLAN, David OPREA, Sebastian CORCAN and Jamie MURPHY were SUPERB at the back.  The lively Trot PARROTT at centre-midfield crashed a tremendous effort against the bar in the second-half. The Cork team continued to push forward in search of a goal and they were caught on the break when Troy PARROTT broke through their defence and buried the ball in the net. OCS were now in the driving seat and the Cork team were truly beaten.

The OCS midfield engine was controlled by Troy PARROTT, Lloyd LAWLESS, the excellent Scott SHANNON and Evan CROSBIE. Up front, Eduard IACOB and Leon WHEELOCK were a constant threat. In the second half, OCS brought on Antoni SNIEZEK, Corey CUMMINS and Scott COUGHLAN and all three performed excellently. At the final whistle, OCS were 3-0 up and ON THEIR WAY TO AN ALL-IRELAND FINAL. Well done and thanks especially to the team’s manager MR O’CONNELL for all his hard work, commitment and dedication to the squad.

WELL DONE TO ONE AND ALL!

Under 15 Soccer Minor League – Semi-Final 2014-15

UNDER 15 Soccer Minor League Semi-Final

2014-15

April 15th 2015

O’Connell School | 3 : 1 | Our Lady of Mercy Drimnagh

The stage was set for Mr Hurley and his Under 15 soccer squad in Clontarf. This was it now, the Dublin League Metropolitan semi-final with O’Connells at home (as group winners) against a fancied team from Drimnagh. OCS were quick at the start and set off probing the diamond midfield formation on show from Drimnagh. Some great work in midfield by the busy Conor Darcy and the steely Leon Murphy helped to steady the OCS ship and the skilful Darcy completed a swift move down the middle with a blast to the Drimnagh net in the 20th minute. This was the signal for the boys from North Richmond Street to put this game beyond the reach of the opposition. A quick intercept from the ever-alert Precious Adenubi put O’Connells two up just before half-time and now OCS were in a commanding lead.

A further goal fromman-of-the-match Conor Darcy in the second half really put this game beyond the reach of the Drimnagh boys but they did get in for a headed goal with five minutes left. However it was too late at that stage for a come-back. OCS were victorious and in the final. Kyle Reid was solid in goal and made a number of great blocks when he was called upon. At the back, Cian Macken, Ade Benjamin, Richard Nugent and Ross Burnett were excellent. Across the middle, Conor Darcy, Jordan Wynne, Leon Murphy and Troy Parrott worked hard for the cause. Up front Precious Adenubi and Gareth Gifford were always alert for the quick break. Ryan Corcoran, Jonathan Dowdall, Kevin Cardosa and Jake Taaffe came on in the second half and all played very well. Thanks especially to the team’s manager MR HURLEY for all his hard work, commitment and dedication to the squad.

WELL DONE TO ONE AND ALL!

Under 15 Soccer Minor League – New Cross College Finglas

UNDER 15 Soccer Minor League

2014-15

5th December 2014

O’Connell School | 8 : 2 | New Cross College Finglas

The old saying of “a game of two halves” certainly applies to this match which took place on a very cold afternoon in New Cross College on the Cappagh Road in Finglas. OCS were slow to start and were duly caught napping at the back when New Cross raced into a 2-0 lead. However great work in midfield by the busy Conor Darcy and the steely Leon Murphy helped to steady the ship and Gareth Gifford pulled one back for OCS with a very tidy finish just before the break. On a very tricky surface, OCS took control in the second half and duly equalised with a strike by the skilful Troy Parrott. This was the signal for the boys from North Richmond Street to put this game beyond the reach of New Cross College. A rapid burst of goals followed and OCS quickly established a commanding lead. A penalty from Troy Parrott and a brace from man-of-the –match Conor Darcy put OCS 5-2 up. A long range effort from Cian Macken (did Ross Burnett get a touch before it went in?) and another close finish from the ever-busy Gareth Gifford put OCS into a 7-2 lead. The final goal was worth waiting for and what a cracker it was! Leon Murphy picked up a loose ball on the edge of the New Cross box and unleashed a belter to the top corner. Certainly a screamer and a definite contender for goal of the season to date! A great victory for OCS in the league and certainly the future looks bright for this band of OCS brothers! Kyle Reid was solid in goal and made a number of great blocks when he was called upon. At the back, Cian Macken, Ade Benjamin, Richard Nugent and Ross Burnett were excellent. Across the middle, Conor Darcy, Calum Osborne, Leon Murphy and Kevin Cardosa worked hard for the cause. Up front Troy Parrott and Gareth Gifford were always alert for the quick break. Ryan Corcoran and Gerard Loftus came on in the second half and both played very well.

WELL DONE TO ONE AND ALL!

 

Under 17 Soccer League – Adamstown College

UNDER 17 Soccer League

2014-15

28th November 2014

O’Connell School | 3 : 4 | Adamstown College

Away for our third group game in the league, the boys from North Richmond Street put in a great performance but even though they were 2-0 up, OCS sadly lost out on a final score line of 4-3. Scoreless at half time, a sublime and quite brilliant strike from Jordan Wynne put us 1-0 up and this was quickly followed by a second goal from a neat finish by Conor Darcy. However the forced withdrawal of both Dylan Kelly and Mark Corcoran through injury in the second half allowed Adamstown to get back into the game. The OCS lads were devastated to concede two quick goals to Adamstown. Matters settled down for a while but two breakaways allowed Adamstown to further increase their lead. Even though a further late goal from the in-form Conor Darcy reduced the margin, there just wasn’t enough time for OCS to grab an equaliser. Goalkeeper Calvin Kanda was steady throughout and the four lads at the back, Craig Fagan, Michael Storey, Dylan Kelly and Jordan Wynne were solid. Across the middle, Jordan Mc Cann, Adam Kavanagh, Mark Corcoran and man-of-the–match Conor Darcy were busy and business-like. Up front, Dean Murphy and Anthony White were sharp and always alert for the opportunity to strike on goal. Substitutes Dylan Gifford and Nasser Mossy were used in the second half while Cameron Donegan and Gary Gannon were not used today.

WELL DONE TO ONE AND ALL!

Under 15 Soccer Minor Cup – Portmarnock C.S.

UNDER 15 Minor Cup

2014-15

24th November 2014

O’Connell School | 3 : 2 | Portmarnock C.S.

A superb performance from the OCS lads who notched up a most impressive victory away to a very solid team from Portmarnock. In this, the second round of the Minor Cup, conditions were very heavy underfoot and the pitch cut up quite badly early on. Kyle Reid kept O’Connells in the game in the first half with a series of super saves and it was a Conor Darcy header that allowed OCS to grab the lead in the twentieth minute. Portmarnock equalised on the stroke of half time and the game was evenly poised at the break. A wonderful strike from man-of-the-match Troy Parrott put OCS in the lead again just after the break. At this stage Kyle Reid really showed his class and ability in goal as he made a series of brilliant stops which meant that the O’Connell’s lead remained intact. Indeed the Portmarnock pressure was quite intense and they eventually equalised following a goal-mouth scramble with ten minutes to go. However, Troy Parrott wasn’t finished and he slotted home a late penalty following a foul on Conor Darcy in the box. Victory for OCS! The four warriors at the back, Cian Macken, Ade Benjamin, Richard Nugent and Ross Burnett were excellent. Across the middle, Conor Darcy, Jordan Wynne, Leon Murphy and Precious Adenubi were solid. Up front Troy Parrott and Gareth Dowling were always alert for the quick break. Kevin Cordosa and Gerard Loftus came on in the second half and both played very well. Jake Taaffe and Cameron O’Brien were unused substitutes today.

WELL DONE TO ONE AND ALL!