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Winning formula: Ardscoil Ris coach Philip Mahony, U16 captain Conor Burke, U18 captain Oisin Lanan and coach Fiachra Colgan

Winning formula: Ardscoil Ris coach Philip Mahony, U16 captain Conor Burke, U18 captain Oisin Lanan and coach Fiachra Colgan

Seven-up: The seven players who were on both junior and senior teams are (back left to right) Darragh Levins, Conor Burke, Jack Higgins, and Lee Dumbrell; (front row) John Walsh, Tom O'Flaherty, Ben McHugh

Seven-up: The seven players who were on both junior and senior teams are (back left to right) Darragh Levins, Conor Burke, Jack Higgins, and Lee Dumbrell; (front row) John Walsh, Tom O'Flaherty, Ben McHugh

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Winning formula: Ardscoil Ris coach Philip Mahony, U16 captain Conor Burke, U18 captain Oisin Lanan and coach Fiachra Colgan

AS momentous sporting achievements go Ardscoil Rís created a piece of history after being crowned Dublin Post Primary Schools Junior ‘A’ Hurling champions for an amazing fifth year in-a-row, a feat no other school has ever achieved at U16 level in the capital.

They’re a great bunch of lads to work with, every one of them the way they carry themselves outside of the classroom, they’re a brilliant representation of the school ethos. 

“Their performance (on the pitch) was just reward for the way they carried themselves in school in a remarkable year for the school,” remarked Rís coach and Waterford senior county hurler, Philip Mahony.

Mahony, alongside fellow coach Fiachra Colgan, were on hand at the Griffith Avenue school hall for Monday evening’s medal celebration as their principal Mark Neville, teachers, mentors, students, parents and MC Hugh Carroll celebrated a unique succession of achievements for Ardscoil Rís.

Rís had made it an unforgettable week by then claiming the Dublin Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling title, last won by the North Dublin school back in 1999. 

This was made all the more remarkable as seven players Conor Burke, Ben McHugh, John Walsh, Jack Higgins, Tom O’Flaherty, Lee Dumbrell and Daragh Levins togged out for both teams in the two day turnaround between either final.

The junior hurlers, captained by the outstanding Conor Burke, went on to win their second Leinster title, 23 years after claiming their first one, in last week’s U16 showdown with Offaly’s Banagher CS .

“I was just representing the lads, it’s the first time any school has done five in-a-row we worked hard at it, we deserved it. 

“I did (play) alright but it was more about the team, we all gelled together and it went well” said a modest Burke.

Senior hurling captain, Oisín Lanigan, spoke about leading Rís to their first senior title in 15 years.

 “It’s absolutely brilliant, it’s incredible, unbelievable we’re all just delighted. It’s great for them (coaches Mahony and Colgan) as well, they’ve worked hard all year and they deserve it as well.”

Mahony concluded by praising his fellow coach Colgan for his contribution.

“He’s (Fiachra) unbelievable, he’s brilliant with all the lads and without him nothing would have been possible.”


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