Friday 20 October 2017

Síofra signs off on a high with íosagáin to the fore as Isolt scoops the top prize

Diarmuid Geraghty

THE Herald School Sports Awards said goodbye to one of its most prominent performers at the annual awards ceremony at the Aviva Stadium yesterday.

Síofra Cléirigh Buttner was there for her sixth year in a row, with the 2012/3 Star of the Year's achievement recognised with the inaugural Herald School Sports Special Achievement Award.

An incredible ambassador for her

school Coláiste íosogáin of Booterstown, Síofra was quick to heap praise in their direction.

“We have a few award winners here today and there is so much opportunity in the school for getting involved in sport and there are loads of different sports to play,” she said.

And it was a day to remember for íosogáin.

7 May 2014; Herald Deputy Editor Alan Steenson presents Coach of the Year award to Peter Smyth, Blackrock College, Rugby. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Herald Deputy Editor Alan Steenson presents Coach of the Year award to Peter Smyth, Blackrock College, Rugby. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Herald Deputy Editor Alan Steenson presents Sports Star of the Future award to Paddy Maher, Dunshaughlin Community College. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Herald Deputy Editor Alan Steenson presents Team of the Year award to Colaiste Iosagain's Senior Ladies Football team. l-r; Isolt Ni Reardain, Ladies Footballer, School principal Fiona Ui Uiginn, Alan Steenson, and Cathal Pleineann, Senior Ladies Football coach. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Herald Deputy Editor Alan Steenson presents School of the Year award to St. Aidan's Whitehall. l-r; Brendan Harrington, Principal, Micheal McCafferty, teacher, Alan Steenson, and Cathal Doran, 17, student. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Herald Deputy Editor Alan Steenson presents Special Achievement Award to Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, Colaiste Iosagain, Athletics. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Sports Star of the Year award winner Isolt Ni Reardain, Colaiste Iosagain, Ladies Football. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Colaiste Iosagain award winners: Special Achievement Award Winner: Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, left, Athletics, and Sports Star of the Year 2014; Isolt Ni Reardain, Ladies Football. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Sports Star of the Future: Paddy Maher, Dunshaughlin Community College, Athletics. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Coach of the Year 2014: Peter Smyth, Blackrock College, Rugby. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Sam McKay, Terenure College. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Peter Sullivan, St. Andrew's College. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Aisling Maher, Maryfield College. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Isolt Ni Reardain, Colaiste Iosagain, Ladies Football, is announced Sports Star of the Year. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Cathal Doran, St Aidn's CBS, Whitehall. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Mary Cronin, Dominican College. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Aidan Dunne, Our Lady of Mercy, Drimnagh. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Aisling McCann, Muckross College. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Karen Benn, St Mary's College, Naas. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Derek Rodgers, Colaiste Choilm Swords. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Ciara McDonnell, St. Dominic's College, Cabra. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Alex Talpau, St Paul's Raheny. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Joe D'Arcy, Newbridge College. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
7 May 2014; Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Devin Toner presents weekly award to Darragh Archbold, Salesian College, Celbridge. Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
7 May 2014; Des Cahill hosting the Evening Herald School Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Their senior ladies football team created history last month when they became the first Dublin school to capture the All-Ireland senior A football title and were duly recognised with the team of the year award.

They also scooped the overall Sports Star of the Year when the star of that side Isolt Ní Riordáin was chosen from what is always a competitive category. The Kilmacud Crokes star played down her own achievements by paying tribute to her team: “It's brilliant to win this award. But gaelic is a team sport and that's what it's all about.”

With Leinster and Ireland rugby star Devin Toner the honorary guest, it was fitting that his sport was also prominent. Peter Smyth, head coach in Blackrock College, led the school to Senior Cup success.

Paddy Maher of Dunshauglin capped his fine year, which culminated in SIAB Schools International Cross-Country success in Bolton in March, by taking home the Star of the Future award.

And fittingly, in the year that marks their 50th anniversary, St Aidan's Whitehall were crowned the 2014 Herald School of the Year after a phenomenal season in GAA, athletics and golf.

 

2013/14 award winners

TEAM OF THE YEAR (A)

Herald Deputy Editor Alan Steenson presents Team of the Year award to Coláiste íosagáin’s Senior Ladies Football team, (l-r) Isolt Ní Reardáin, ladies footballer, principal Fíona Uí Uiginn, Alan Steenson, and Cathal Pleineann, coach.

school of the year (B)

Herald Deputy Editor Alan Steenson presents School of the Year award to St Aidan’s Whitehall, (l-r) Brendan Harrington, principal, Micheal McCafferty, teacher, Alan Steenson, and Cathal Doran, 17, student.

COACH OF THE YEAR (c)

Peter Smyth, Blackrock College (Rugby)

STAR OF THE FUTURE (d)

Paddy Maher, Dunshaughlin CC (Athletics)

STAR OF THE WEEK RECIPIENTS

1 Ernest Mwale, St Tiernan’s CS (Soccer)

2 Colin Currie, Ardscoil Rís (Hurling)

3 Aisling McCann, Muckross College (Basketball)

4 Elizabeth Morland, Dunshaughlin CC (Athletics)

5 Derek Rodgers, Coláiste Choilm Swords (Hurling)

6 Alex Talpau, St Paul’s Raheny (Basketball)

7 Ciara McDonnell, St Dominic’s College Cabra (Camogie)

8 Joe Darcy, Newbridge College (Rugby)

9 Darragh Archbold, Salesian College Celbridge (Soccer)

10 Karen Benn, St Mary’s College Naas (Volleyball)

11 Aidan Dunne, Our Lady of Mercy Drimnagh (Basketball)

12 David Mulhare, Portlaoise CBS (Athletics)

13 Aisling Maher, Maryfield College (Camogie)

14 Dillon O’Brien, Ashbourne Community School (Soccer)

15 Cathal Doran, St Aidan’s CBS, Whitehall (Gaelic Football)

16 Sean Kearns, Blackrock College (Rugby)

17 Mary Cronin, Dominican College, Griffith Avenue (Camogie)

18 Con Kavanagh, Patrician Brothers, Newbridge (Soccer)

19 Síofra Cléirigh Buttner, Coláiste íosogáin (Athletics)

20 Sam McKay, Terenure College (Badminton)

21 Paddy Maher, Dunshaughlin Community College (Athletics)

22 Peter Sullivan, St Andrew’s College (Rugby)

23 Isolt Ní Ríordáin, Coláiste íosogáin (Ladies Football)

24 James Ryan, Ireland U18/St Michael’s College (Rugby)

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