The Summerhill Gaelic team that won the double of the Juvenile A Championship and League were honoured with a reception hosted by Mayor Councillor Hubert Keaney at County Hall
In his address, the Mayor said ‘In any field of endeavour, winning a county, provincial or national title is an achievement to be acknowledged and celebrated. This latest success follows a long and distinguished tradition of sporting achievement by Summerhill College, achievements that encompass a range of individual and team disciplines.
It is to the great credit of successive boards of management, teachers and of course students, that they have always invested the same energy, ambition and endeavour to activities outside the class-room as to the academic curriculum. The achievements have been extensively reported and will be recalled for many years to come, wherever these students sporting and professional careers take them.
In describing the victory over St Jarlath’s of Tuam in the Championship Final, one reporter praised the team’s ‘ruthless efficiency’ in running out hugely impressive winners by a margin of 2-16 to 1-8, a victory earned on the platform of an outstanding opening with two goals in the first ten minutes. When you add this success to the League Title won earlier this year, you get some sense of the scale of this achievement and the pride it instilled in players, teachers, coaching staff and parents.
Indeed it is a pride that extends to the whole community, and for a town, county and region that supports their sporting heroes and celebrates their achievements, this success was certainly welcomed and applauded.