Diarmuid All Ireland HandballAll-Ireland Final, Cavan, February 2016

St. Mary’s 5th year student Diarmuid Mulkerrins took 1st place in the All-Ireland Handball Championship, held in Kingscourt, County Cavan on Saturday, February 13th. Mulkerrins won the championship in a hard-battled game with scores of 7-15, 15-7, and 15-14 against Kilkenny’s Eoin Brennan. Competing in the under-17 40×20 category, Mulkerrins advanced to the finals after beating St. Paul’s Cavan’s Caolan Smyth 15-9, 8-15, and 15-0.

This year’s championship marks the second time Mulkerrins has made it to the All-Ireland Championship, and his first time as champion. At one point, Mulkerrins was losing 10-14 in the tie-breaker. “My odds weren’t looking good, but I took it one point at a time and thankfully I came out on the right side,” Mulkerrins said. He went on to say, “I want to especially thank my coach, Mr. Gerry Dempsey, who has travelled all over the country with me during the last few years.”

 

 

 

At a special presentation in the Study Hall Diarmuid Mulkerrins was presented with a special award to mark his second place finish in the World Championships during the summer. This was a brilliant achievement…well done Diarmuid.

College President Fr. Barry Hogg along with Shane Traynor-Canavan and Diarmuid Mulkerrins

College President Fr. Barry Hogg along with Shane Traynor-Canavan and Diarmuid Mulkerrins

 

Connacht Championships. Congratulations to Diarmuid Mulkerrins on winning the Connacht Championships held in the College recently. Also to Shane Kyne and Fiachra Mulkerrins who, along with Diarmuid have qualified to take part in the All-Ireland finals which are to be held this year in Dungarvan Co. Waterford.

On Saturday the 21st  November Diarmuid played the All Ireland Schools Handball 60×30 intermediate singles(u17) in Dungarvan Waterford. He played Tyrone man Turlough Clarke in the semi final and won convincingly 15-0, 15-1 to book himself a place in the final. Shane Dunne of Kilkenny came through from the other side of the draw after beating Jerome Cahill (Tipperary) who won the u16 All Ireland only a month before. After a titanic battle Dunne went on to beat Diarmuid 15-11, 13-15 and 15-8 in the final and the Mary’s man had to settle for silver. Secxond best in Ireland…not bad at all!!

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