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Marino making inroads with an inclusive ethos

Marino College prides itself on encouraging its students to participate in a wide variety of sporting activities where there is an emphasis on participation rather than just sticking to what they are good at.

The Fairview College has a great record in schools competitions particularly in the CDVEC Sports and Cultural Council (SCC) annual sporting events.

Teachers Neil Flaherty and Hermine O'Keeffe take charge with Marino's Principal Jim Martin unequivocally supporting teachers and students alike.

In Gaelic games the Marino girls' football teams have been invincible, winning four in a row in the SCC football finals over the last five years.

Marino missed out on their fifth successive title last year with ambitions of putting that right this term already in motion.

Students also compete in the Leinster Schools Junior Ladies football competition.

With many of the winning players having previously played in Croke Park with St Laurence O'Toole's Girls' School in Seville Place, which has had lots of success in Cumann na mBunscol competitions, Gaelic games is thriving.

In soccer, Hermine O'Keefe's intermediate girls' team finished runners up in this year's SCC competition.

Anthony Flood, who attended Marino College, has played for a number of League of Ireland clubs including Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne and Galway United.

Flood, who recently won RTé's Monday Night Soccer (MNS) show's goal of the season award with a spectacular strike for Galway United, joined Swedish side Orebro SK in July and the side currently lie third in the top division.


Marino have excelled in Olympic Handball since its introduction to the SCC annual sporting calendar three years ago, culminating in last month's double success at the CDVEC Olympic Handball finals.

With twins Michael and Robyn Spain at the helm, Marino won the boys' and girls' Olympic Handball Shields against their closest rivals, Larkin Community College.

Spain, Marius Guigila and Karl Murphy were impressive throughout their 4-3 win in the boys' final.

The girls' team, with Spain, Kim Flood, Diana Zaharil and Dominica Dobec as Marino's influential players, beat the reigning champions 4-1.

Students are also given a lot of opportunities to do a variety of water sports such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking or power boating in the EastPoint Water sports centre, while the school's boxing team train in the Ballybough Community Centre.