DOON’S Scoil na Trionoide Naofa chase a historic All-Ireland camogie success this Saturday.
The fledgling east Limerick secondary school play Dublin’s Maryfield College in the All-Ireland senior C championship final.
Likely to be paired with the ‘B’ final between Templemore and Galway’s Calasanctus of Oranmore, Nenagh at 1.30 was the fixture for Doon this Wednesday.
“This is huge for us,” said James O’Brien - one half of the management team with fellow teacher Louise Ryan.
“We were beaten in the Munster semi-final last year but came back to beat Carrick on Suir in this year’s final,” he explained.
O’Brien was one of those behind the introduction of camogie into the old St Joseph’s secondary school.
Now nine year later and just under the new name of Scoil na Trionoide Naofa, the Doon school have made their mark on the camogie landscape.
“We are lucky that we get big help from all the surrounding clubs likes Cappamore and Annacarthy, who both won championships last year. Then we have the likes of Murroe-Boher and Doon, who were set up last year,” explained O’Brien.
“We started out at intermediate C level and have year after year worked our way up along through the grades.”
Indeed it’s hectic times for the camogie side, who also play in the Munster senior B league final against Gort in the coming weeks.
“We beat some top schools like Coachford and Lismore to get to the league final and hopefully that standard will stand to us on Saturday.”
The Doon side are captained by Cappamore’s Claire Keating and will also look towards Lisa Ryan, Sinead Buckley and Elizabeth O’Dwyer.
Absent on Saturday will be Grainne Regan of Murroe-Boher, who will be on duty with an under Irish soccer Irish.
“It’s a great start to the new school and certainly everyone is on a high. I think the boys and the girls have spurred each other on. The girls won the Munster final and a few days later the boys went out and beat Charleville and then went on to reach their Harty Cup final for the first time.”
Saturday’s final against the Leinster champions comes after wins over Midleton, Tulla, Cashel, Carrick on Suir (Munster final) and Ballinahinch of Down (All-Ireland semi-final).
DOON PANEL: Aoife Barry (Murroe-Boher), Niamh Loughman (Eire-Og/Annacarthy), Lisa Ryan (Murroe-Boher), Saoirse Barry (Murroe-Boher), Lisa Leonard (Cappamore), Sinead Buckley (Eire-Og/Annacarthy), Leanne Hayes (Eire-Og/Annacarthy), Marie Berkery (Cappamore), Shauna Quirke (Eire-Og/Annacarthy), Karen Fox (Eire-Og/Annacarthy, Claire Keating (Captain) (Cappamore), Jean Kelly (Eire-Og/Annacarthy), Eibhlis McDonald (Eire-Og/Annacarthy), Deirbhle Hennessey (Eire-Og/Annacarthy), Elizabeth O’Dwyer. (Cappamore), Claire McNamara (Doon), Denise Blackwell (Cappamore), Cathy Maher (Doon), Elaine Kelly(Eire-Og/ Annacarthy), Grainne Regan (Murroe/Boher), Sarah Clohessey (Murroe-Boher), Anna Ryan (Murroe-Boher), Mary O’Reilly (Murroe-Boher), Amy O’Brien (Cappamore), Edel Cunningham (Murroe-Boher), Sarah Laffan (Cappamore), Molly Hammersley (Cappamore), Courtney Quinn (Eire-Og/Annacarthy), Karen Cunningham (Murroe-Boher), Deirdre Crowe (Murroe-Boher), Katie Hayes (Cappamore), Grace Coleman (Cappamore).