St. Eunan’s College, Lettterkenny, are back in the prestigious schools’ competiton The Mac Rory Cup after a six year spell failing to qualify for it.
Over the years the school has been unfortunate in the cup and fell short in the final in 1960 losing to Irvinstown College by 11 points. Their star player that year was Ian Hegarty from Kilcar. Also in 2008 a certain Michael Murphy burst onto the scene helping the Letterkenny school to the semi-final only to be beaten narrowly by St. Michael’s, Enniskillen, on the day.
With all this misfortune in the competiton over the years St. Eunan’s are hoping that this could be their year, and with nearly all their players part of a Donegal set-up in their respective age-groups I’m sure they are in with a shout.
Conor Morrison, Cormac Callaghan and Conaill O Boyle were all part of the heroic Donegal minor team who lost narrowly in the All-Ireland final against Kerry this year. Also players who were successful with the Donegal U17 Team this year like Rory Carr (son of Paul Carr, who played for St.Eunan’s College in the Mac Rory Cup), Darragh McWalters, Cormac Cannon, Keelan McDaid and Kieran Maloney. This group of players were also successful in the U16 Buncrana Cup representing Donegal. Players from this year’s Buncrana Cup team are also on the panel like Niall O Donnell who started for the school in last year’s final in the MacLaron Cup; James McSharry, Kieran Kelly, Mathew Gallagher, Kevin Grant and Sean Halvey. With all these county stars it’s safe to say that the school are well equipped to contest for the Mac Rory Cup for the first time.
A lot of great players, apart from Michael Murphy, have come out of this school’s team such as Rory Kavanagh, Neil Gallagher and Colm McFadden (who is now a teacher in the school). All three have been on the County panel for the last number of years, and I have no doubt that we have not seen the end of some these players and that they will be very successful in the future.