The Padraig Cooney Schools Cup
The 2016 Cooney Cup once again promises to be a great and very unique competition. A Competition for children in 5th and 6th class across schools based solely in East Meath, The Cooney Cup is now in its 3rd year.
The inaugural competition in 2014 saw 11 schools participating involving 6 clubs with matches played once a month across multiple venues culminating in a superb final between Duleek Boys NS and St Marys PPS, Bryanstown that was played in Pairc Tailteann on the 2nd week of June. Duleek Boys were the inaugural winners in great final and the competition has come in for universal praise.
The 2016 Cooney Cup will see the same format. This year there will be two competitions, with two Divisions of six Teams . Division 1 Teams (six teams) will play for the Cooney Cup and the remaining six teams will play in Division 2 for An Corn Cois Farraige.
The change in the format allows the smaller schools the opportunity to reach the Corn Cois Farraige Schools Final which will be played the same day in the curtain raiser to the Cooney Cup Final in Pairc Tailteann. The winners of An Corn Cois Farraige will automatically get promoted to play in the Cooney Cup the following year. The team that finishes bottom of the Division 1 Cooney Cup will then play in the Division 2 the following year for An Corn Cois Farraige.
The two competitions are of course part of our “ Club and School Gaelic is Cool !”, schools coaching programme now in its 8th year and which offers Gaelic Coaching and games to children from 1st to 6th class. This year’s Cooney Cup and the new Corn Cois Farraige are fully supported in conjunction with the Meath County Board and Leinster Council.
Both Competitions will see games fixed once a month and across multiple venues but all around the clubs in East Meath only. All matches will have fixed neutral referees as well. We hope all the schools enjoy the two competitions and we look forward to two great finals on Friday June 17th 2016.
COONEY CUP TEAMS
1. St Pats NS, Stamullen
2. Whitecross NS, Julianstown
3. Bellewstown NS/Mount Hanover
4. Duleek Boys NS
5. St Marys PPS, Bryanstown
6. Realt Na Mara Boys NS, Donacarney
CORN COIS FARRAIGE CUP TEAMS
1. Le Cheile Educate Together NS
2. Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa, Mornington
3. St Pats NS , Ardcath
4. Scoil Sporaid Naomh, Bettystown
5. St Marys NS, Donore
6.Yellow Furze NS
The Cooney Cup section of the St Colmcilles website will hold all information including fixtures, news, results and the latest tables in relation to both competitions. Games are played once a month from January to May with the semi-finals on June 3rd and the final in Pairc Tailteann on June the 17th. All support is welcome across the competition to see your school team play