Since the foundation of the school in 1870, The High School has had a distinguished sporting history. The school has a very strong tradition in girls’ hockey, promoting a philosophy of sport for all, alongside the pursuit of excellence. This operates successfully throughout the school, and is fundamental to the growth of hockey to a level where we are now classed as one of the leading girls’ hockey schools in Ireland.
Hockey is our main Winter Term sport in which we field 13 girls’ teams. Providing competitive hockey at a young age enables students to develop skills and tactical awareness in an enjoyable, team environment.
Over the decades we have enjoyed many successes in Leinster schools competitions and with the laying of a synthetic pitch in the mid 90’s the game progressed, with High School becoming a dominant force. The school continued to put itself at the forefront of Leinster hockey through its investment in two new floodlit astro-turf pitches, in 2008.
The High School has had a long tradition of providing educational and sporting opportunities for both players and coaches in undertaking hockey tours abroad. A recent tour to South Africa in 2012 laid a good foundation for the senior girls’ panel for the coming seasons and we reaped the rewards finishing as runners up in the premier league, in 2012 and narrowly missing out at semi-final stage of the senior cup for two consecutive years. In 2013, we brought some silverware home when we beat Wesley in The Claudia Tierney Cup.
Click HERE for the October 2016 - All Ireland Schools' Match Schedule
Boys’ hockey is one of the primary sports, alongside rugby, provided for boys in The High School. The sport has seen huge progression over the past twenty years. In the last decade, the number of players involved has trebled. This increase in participation, and a continued investment in coaching by the school, has seen a change in fortunes across all levels. Each of the seven teams now compete at the highest level in Leinster hockey and have reached nearly a dozen finals in the last four years.
At senior level, the Senior Ist team won the Senior Trophy in 2016, after reaching the final on three previous occasions. The Minor Boys' A Team won the Minor Cup in 2016 for the first time in the school's history.
Provincial and International representation
Over the years, a number of High School players have progressed to represent Ireland at senior international level, including: Nicci Daly (71 caps), Alison Meeke (22 caps) and Shane O’Donoghue (56 caps). All three are working hard to see Ireland qualify for the Rio Oympic Games, in both men’s and women’s hockey.
At provincial level, a number of our students have represented Leinster at underage level, including: Jennifer Long, Ailish Long, Saoirse O’Donoghue, Emma Canning, Darragh Butler, Conor Empey, Alex O’Regan, Alex Flynn and Peter Lynch. Both Jennifer and Emma then went to represent Ireland at underage level.
We are hugely proud of their achievements and the contribution they made to hockey in The High School.
Click here for our Minor Boys' Cup Final video.
- See newsletter and hockey noticeboards for details.
- Girls: All juniors
- Boys: All juniors
- Girls: All first years and Senior 3s and 4s
- Boys: Seniors
- Girls: Senior 1s and 2s
- Minor As
- First and second year boys
- Minor Bs and Cs
- Boys hockey: http://stcolumbas.ie/leinster-hockey/