Students protest over hockey issues at Crescent College in Limerick

Daniel Keating


Daniel Keating


Students protest over hockey issues at well-known Limerick school

Aisling Horan, Crescent College captain in 2016, celebrating with her team after the Munster senior schoolgirl's final Picture: Oisin McHugh

STUDENTS at Crescent College Comprehensive have taken part in a protest over the organisation of hockey at the secondary school, which saw the coaches resign over the issue.

The protest took place last Friday morning at the Dooradoyle school, which won a first All Ireland senior hockey title in 2015.

The action followed the resignation of the coaches overseeing the hockey teams, who are among the most successful in Munster.

Students lined the entranceway to the school in protest on Friday morning.

It is understood that the row relates to the resourcing of hockey at the school and how it is organised. An email obtained by the Limerick Leader that was sent to parents states that hockey training at Crescent had ceased since October 8 and that the school was making “every effort to resolve the ongoing issues.”

The email outlined: “A model proposed by the hockey coaches would incur a significant cost to the school and, in turn, the parents,” and that the school has made “several proposals to resolve the issue.”

It noted that school management had encouraged the coaches to reconsider their position with regard to training and avail of the facilities currently available at the school,  while the school seeks a solution. 

A statement sent to team members by hockey coach Sean O’Callaghan, which later appeared on social media, stated: “It is with complete disbelief and dismay that we read the email sent by Karin Fleming to the school population this evening. We feel we are left with no option but to resign with immediate effect as hockey coaches in Crescent College.

"We are too upset tonight to highlight the exhaustive attempts we have made to do what’s right for our hockey players and indeed the future of hockey in Crescent.”

The Leader was contacted by parents last Friday about the issue but when the Leader photographer arrived at the protest, which was taking place inside the school grounds, he was asked not to take photos and leave, which he did.

The Leader contacted the school this week, but nobody was available to comment.

When contacted last Friday, a spokesperson said that “it is an internal matter and we will not be commenting at this time”.