School Fields Upgrade

Castletroy college has always strived to provide a broad based education for the young people in the community and to provide the conditions for the fullest development of each pupil as a person. Participation in sport has always been central to this aim.

 

In order to facilitate a broad range of activities Castletroy College gained 5.5 Acres of land in 2010 allowing it to provide 3 grass pitches for the benefit of its pupils. At the time the college was unable to invest adequately in the drainage of these fields resulting in a requirement for a major upgrade now. The fields remain unplayable for much of the school year making it difficult to provide the quality extra curricular experience that the pupils deserve. This means extra travel time for matches that should be played at home with knock on costs in facilities rental and bus costs. It also means that our teams miss more class contact time than they should have to.

 

What are we doing?

 

There is a requirement in the medium term to invest approximately €200,000 in these fields to bring them up to an acceptable standard. As a first phase of this investment Castletroy College has identified 2 projects costing approximately €40,000 which will greatly improve the GAA field and one Rugby field. It is our ambition that both of these projects will commence this Summer but that will depend on fundraising.

 

The current realities of how schools are inadequately funded means that we have to turn to the community to fund this upgrade. We are actively seeking local businesses to help us improve our facilities for the betterment of the community that they serve. Information relating to this can be got by emailing admin@castletroycollege.ie.

 

Castletroy College would like to take this opportunity to thank the many ex-pupils, parents, teachers and members of the community who give their time to sport in Castletroy. We would also like to thank the parents/guardians who have supported the school financially through the voluntary contribution over the years.

1st Year Hurling Jerseys

Thank you to Joe Lawlor Buses for his sponsorship of our new 1st year GAA Hurling jerseys. PictureCastletroy Colleged below are former past pupils and current members of the Limerick Senior Hurling Panel Gearoid Hegarty and Barry Nash with Joe Lawlor, Mr. Padraig Flanagan and 1st year hurlers Joe Fitzgerald and Jack Ryan.

County Gaelic Football

Congratulations to our students Grace Clohessy, Aoife Nelligan, Kate Madigan and Kate Clohessy who were part of the Limerick U14 Gaelic football team who beat Waterford in the Munster Final recently. Best of luck to the girls in their upcoming All Ireland semi final.

Great win puts Ladies football into Munster Semi Final

On Thursday the 1st of December, we traveled to Ennis to compete in a fierce contest that would leave one team in a Munster semi-final. We knew from the beginning that playing Spanish Point would be a very tough game and we would need every one of the fifteen players on the starting team to be physically and mentally prepared.
We were a little behind on time when we arrived, so we had to move quickly. We got a good warm up done before the referee called us onto the pitch to begin. We prepared ourselves by warming up in the frosted area of the pitch. The sun may have been out but there was not a lot of heat coming from it.
We started off on a high note by getting a couple quick points. We didn’t lose our concentration and we continued to knock over the points. We were nine points ahead before Spanish Point got the ball down the field and scored a point.
The backs had a tough first half in the cold frosted covered area of the field. The ice was still fresh on the ground and trying to stay warm was extremely hard.
By half time Castletroy were 1-11 and Spanish Hill were 0-01. After a quick and well deserved break and a great pep talk from Ms. O’Shea and Ms. Madigan, we went back onto the field for what could be the hardest 30 minutes that we would go through. Even though we were well ahead we went back out knowing well that Spanish Point would do anything to come back and win the match. Castletroy had the hill in the second half so if Spanish Point had any hope of beating us they really had to put their heads down and give everything.
We started the second half the way we started the match, playing as a team, using each other, calling and most importantly not giving out to each other. We scored 2 quick goals and a point.
Spanish Point were working very hard to get the ball back up the field and tried their very best to get goals. Luckily for us we had an amazing back line that fought hard to keep the ball out and succeeded.
Players played their hearts out and got substituted for players with the same enthusiasm to win and for the length they played they gave everything they had. Spanish Point got a late goal to boost their confidence a bit but unfortunately it was a bit too late into the game.
When the final 60 minutes was up and the referee blew the whistle, Castletroy College were the winners with a score of 5-13 to 1-03. We may have won this match and yes we were very, very happy but we still have a semi-final to prepare for and must remain focused.