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Newbridge glory goes deeper than oval ball

Newbridge College came from small beginnings but has expanded into an excellent complex with an ethos of sport that is seen as an integral part of the educational process for all students, girls and boys, of all ability levels.

The College has been steeped in sporting achievement in rugby over its 158-year history, winning both the Leinster Senior and Junior Cups and numerous Leinster League titles along the way.

In the past year, the senior rugby team won the Leinster Senior Plate and the senior seconds team captured the Leinster Seconds League Division 1. And it was double delight for the junior team, coached by women's Irish international rugby player Caroline Mahon, when they were crowned league and Plate champions. Current students Sam Coghlan-Murray and James Tracy have lined out for the Irish schools, following in the footsteps of past pupils Jamie Heaslip, Geordan Murphy, Tony Buckley and Bernard Jackman.

Since the college went co-educational in 1984 hockey has become the main sport played by the girls. The college made history when the senior team were crowned Leinster Division 2 league champions for the first time in 2009 and junior player Ciara Conaty was recently named on the U16 Leinster team.

Athletes compete in the south Leinster Athletics Championship with All-Ireland senior, Inter and junior relay triumphs coming within the last five years, reaching its pinnacle in 2007 when Chris Redfern, Brett Cella, Ralph Hurley and Kevin Mahon were All-Ireland Junior Relay Champions.

Past pupil Rose Ann Galligan, a winner of numerous 800m and 1500m All-Ireland titles, competes on the European & World Track and Field circuit and is currently working towards an Olympic qualifying time for the 1500m. In sailing, the college team hit great heights when they recently reached the All Ireland Championship for the first time in the school's history.

Equestrian teams topped the second level school Accumulative Show Jumping League, won the Midlands Inter-Schools Show Jumping League for the second time in three years and finished fourth in the All-Ireland Show Jumping Championships in 2009/2010.