Cumann na mBunscol Finals Piece: The Irish Independent – October 27 2017

Thaobh Na Coille celebrate stunning Croker success

Daire Walsh

A magnificent success for Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille, Beallairmín was one of the big highlights yesterday, as Dublin’s Cumann na mBunscol finals continued at Croke Park.

This was the second stage of a three-day festival of football in GAA HQ, and Thaobh na Coille kick-started a busy schedule with a comprehensive 4-5 to 1-5 victory over Scoil Neasáin, Baile Hearman in the Corn Mhic Chaoilte decider.

Brendan Ó Cionnaith was the stand-out performer in this encounter, while 0-3 from midfielder Caoimhe Ní Ghrádaigh also helped the school to claim the Sciath An Chladaigh title.

There are always a number of familiar faces in attendance for these finals, and yesterday was no exception. RTÉ’s Eamon Horan watched on as his son Eli captained Gaelscoil Lios na nÓg in a Corn An Chéid showdown, and at the end of a pulsating match, the Ranelagh school shared the silverware with St Aidan’s SNS, Brookfield.

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl was offering support to his daughter Niamh – who was one of the coaches behind St Colmcille’s SNS, the Knocklyon girls’ side in the Corn Austin Finn final.

Goals from Jennifer Maguire, Rebecca Latimar and Emma Moran, saw them claim a 3-7 to 0-6 win against Scoil Mhuire, Sandymount.

Ciara Sawyer (Scoil Oilibheir, An Chuil Mhin) and Cara Nic Oscair (Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna) registered four goals apiece for their schools in Corn Irish Rubies and Corn Tadhg Ó Cionnaith triumphs, while Our Lady of Good Counsel, Drimnagh and Gaelscoil na Camóige, Cluain Dolcain also drew in the Corn An Choigiltis.

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