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Football League

After the girls’ football team had played all their matches against other schools a few weeks ago, Mr. Devlin, Mr. McCrudden and Mr. Maguire organised a mini-league for any of the girls in 4th, 5th and 6th who were interested in taking part. We were delighted when 34 eager players raised their hands!
The league began last Monday (November 13th) and the girls were organised into four teams: Dublin, Monaghan, Kerry and Mayo. Quickly, it became very clear that all friendships were put to one side for the good of the team! All the skills that had been practised since September were on show and the coaches were very pleased to see great teamwork, tackling and most importantly, that all the girls were taking part and having fun!
A total of four matches were played last Monday, with the final two matches played this Monday (November 20th). At the end of six very entertaining contests, the two teams at the top of the league were Monaghan and Kerry. They will play each other in the final next week, which will take part in front of the whole school. Dublin and Mayo will also play each other in the 3rd and 4th place play-off. Both of these matches promise to be exciting encounters and we look forward to seeing who comes out on top!
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The Scoil Bhríde girls played their second match of the season last Thursday, 5th October, in Russell Park. They came up against Sacred Heart National School from Huntstown, a team the girls had lost to last year so  they were  looking to improve the result this time around! 
What was evident from the start was how much the girls have made progress with their kicking, blocking, tackling and hand-passing. The team-work that was on show was also particularly impressive, especially from the midfield pairing of Betsy and Rachel. 
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the girls, the result did not go our way in the end. It finished Sacred Heart 1-3 to Scoil Bhríde 0-1. It could have been a different story if the girls had been a bit luckier with their shots, many of which missed the target by the smallest of margins.
However, the team can be extremely proud of their efforts. They never gave up and continued to help one another, as all good teams should. Player of the match goes to Eva Nulty, who was a constant threat for the Sacred Heart defenders. Maith thú Eva!!
Girsl who played on the day were:
Oliwia, Favour, Ella, Juliet, Aoibhe, Sinéad, Betsy, Rachel, Leah, Molly, Abilily, Neep, Phuong Linh, Aoife, Nicole, Francine, Leanne, Niamh (6th class)
Aoibhe Mc., Eva, Hannah (5th class)
Sorcha, Sophia (4th class)

Dublin Footballers

Congratulations to the Dublin Ladies Football team, winners of the All Ireland Ladies Football Championship. In particular, we’d like to congratulate two of our former Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) girls – Leah Caffrey and Elaine Kelly – who are both involved with the Dublin Ladies Football Team. We are very proud of our connection with the team and wish them even more successes in the future. Hopefully, our former footballers will inspire a new generation of girls interested in football and we’ll get to fly the Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) – and the Dublin – flags into the future. 


Positive Start for Scoil Bhríde’s Footballers

The girls’ football team played their first match of the year on Wednesday, 13th September. They came up against a strong team from Scoil Mhuire, in Lucan who managed to score a few more points than ourselves.
However, the managers and supporters were all very impressed by the skill and determination that was on show from Scoil Bhríde, led by our wonderful captain, Sinéad O’Reilly. The backs blocked and tackled until the final whistle; the midfielders ran all day; and the forwards never gave their markers a minute’s rest! A special mention for Oliwia, our goalkeeper, who played excellently in her first match in goals!
We will be playing Lucan Educate Together next Wednesday (20th) and we look forward to seeing how the girls get on there!
Tús maith, leath na h-oibre.

Camogie Display


IMAG0781The girls who play camogie put on a display for the school during Seachtain na Gaeilge. It was a lovely fine afternoon and everyone enjoyed the display of skills on show. The younger children now know what they have to look forward to as they go up through the school. Well done to all the girls and to Mr. Maguire and Mr. Devlin who train the team. 


Mini League

After we played our last match of the season, Mr. Maguire and Mr. Devlin started a own mini-league for girls from  3rd to 6th. There were three teams -Cavan, Limerick and Offaly. Each team played the others twice. Cavan finished top of the table after these matches and thus got  straight to the final.
Limerick and Offaly squared off in the semi-final, with Limerick winning. They then went on to play Cavan in the final (A rare occasion that we see either Cavan or Limerick in a football final!!). In the end, it finished Limerick 3-12, Cavan 0-15. Congratulations to the girls on the Limerick team. 
The league, which was played on our all-weather pitch, was great fun and everyone enjoyed themselves.          
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Football Mini Leagues

After we played our last match of the season, Mr. Maguire and Mr. Devlin started mini-leagues with the girls from 3rd to 6th. . We had 3 teams (Cavan, Limerick and Offaly). They all played each other twice, with Cavan finishing top of the table after these matches and thus got a straight place in the final.

Limerick and Offaly squared off in the semi-final, with Limerick winning. They then went on to play Cavan in the final (A rare occasion that we see either Cavan or Limerick in a football final!!). In the end, it finished Limerick 3-12, Cavan 0-15. 

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Sam Maguire Comes to Scoil Bhríde!

On Thursday 26th November, we had the great honour of welcoming the Sam Maguire cup to the school. Sam was brought along for all of us to admire by some wonderful Dublin footballers. A great time was had by all. The girls in Sixth Class researched some very interesting facts about Croke Park and about the Sam Maguire cup which they shared with the whole school. We had some beautiful singing from Rang a Ceathar. The girls in Senior Infants entertained us all with some terrific singing  – and accompanying actions! – while their teacher played the accordion. Míle buíochas Ms. Ní Chonchubhair. The lads from the football team really enjoyed their time in the school and posed for photos with the girls from the school football team and with the teachers. We all sang ‘Molly Malone’ as they left the Hall. Let’s hope they’ll be back with Sam again next year! Up the Dubs!


Sea of Blue in Scoil Bhríde

True blue all the way for Blanchardstown’s league of nations

Pupils of Scoil Bhríde get together to celebrate being Dubs – with their Kerry teachers

Irish Times 19 September 2015

The children of Scoil Bhríde in Blanchardstown originate in 40 countries and have as many different languages, but they all have one thing in common: they’re Dubs. The 630 pupils from the boys’ and girls’ schools came together yesterday for a photograph to celebrate “Dubs Day” and the county’s All-Ireland final appearance tomorrow. Conspicuous among the navy and blue were the green and gold of Kerry teachers Áine O’Connor and Denise Kearney, who both teach in Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní). Both are used to the good-natured slagging, given the titanic battles between the two counties in recent years. Four in five of the girls from Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) have parents born outside Ireland in what is one of the most multicultural parts of the country.

Uniform support Trista Talan (10) was born in the Philippines and moved to Ireland two years ago. Her favourite players are Diarmuid Connolly and Bernard Brogan. “We’re really lucky that our uniforms are the right colour so the poor unfortunates from Kerry have to look at them all year round,” said Girls’ School principal Siobhán-Kirwan Keane. The boys’ school boasts several ex-pupils who have played for DublinBarry Cahill won an All-Ireland medal with Dublin in 2011, James Brogan, a cousin of Bernard and Alan, was on the Dublin panel and hurlers Michael Cartonand Alan Nolan have also represented their county. “It’s a multicultural school and we’re trying to promote the GAA so they all have a collective Dubs identity,” said Boys’ School principal John Kearns.

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