Primary Schools Gala a huge success

Fermoy Leisure Centre was the place to be last Friday morning, as 257 children from 17 local primary schools, competed in the annual Synergy Credit Union Primary Schools Gala.

The Gala is kindly sponsored by Synergy Credit Union, Fermoy, and run by Fermoy Swimming Club in association with Fermoy Leisure Centre.

Racing kicked off at 10am, and for the next 3 hours we saw some fantastic swimming from our young competitors.

The atmosphere was wonderful, as schoolmates cheered each other on in the individual events, with the excitement reaching fever-pitch for the end of session inter-school relays.

Congratulations to everyone who took part, and a special word of praise to anyone who was having their first go at competitive swimming. Keep up the practice!

Primary Schools Gala - Gaelscoil
Primary Schools Gala - Gaelscoil
Swimmers from Gaelscoil de HÍde, Fermoy, pictured being presented with the trophy for Best Large School, at the Synergy Credit Union Primary Schools Gala, on March 23rd.
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The results were as follows:

Freestyle, Non Club- Boys O12: 1st Cillian Fitzgerald, 2nd Criostoir O’Heacach, 3rd Cillian Bratchford. Girls O12: 1st Claire Linehan, 2nd Ellen Sjaberg, 3rd Nicole McCarthy. Boys Age12: 1st Cathal Walsh, 2nd Ryan Slattery, 3rd Donal Donfield. Girls Age 12: 1st Molly O’Brien, 2nd Michaela Shanahan Falconer, 3rd Saoirse Hallahan. Boys Age 11: 1st Ryan MacGearailt, 2nd Ethan Armstrong, 3rd Harry Forrester. Girls Age 11: 1st Amy Ni Heachach, 2nd Grace Forde, 3rd Orla Finn. Boys Age 10: 1st Ruairc O’Donnabhain, 2nd John Casey, 3rd Shane Hallihan. Girls Age 10: 1st Ciara O’Brien, 2nd Leah NiDhea, 3rd Sophia NiNuathail. Boys Age 9 – 1st Charlie Dalton, 2nd Sam McCarthy, 3rd Cormac Hawe. Girls Age 9 – 1st Gabby O’Riordan, 2nd Roisin Hallahan, 3rd Emma Slattery.

Freestyle, Club: Boys O12: 1st Liam Verling, 2nd Dane Fitzgerald, 3rd John Lonergan. Girls O12: 1st Gemma O’Brien, 2nd Emily Gorey, 3rd Clodagh NiFhaoilean. Boys Age 12: 1st David Noonan, 2nd Liam Óg Hegarty, 3rd Lughaidh McMahon. Girls Age 12: 1st Sophie O’Riordan, 2nd Ciara Clancy, 3rd Emily Darrer-Dalton. Boys Age 11: 1st Zach Daniels-Howard, 2nd Sam O’Brien, 3rd Fionn Landner. Girls Age 11: 1st Sophie Baker, 2nd Aisling Diggin, 3rd Katie Rice. Boys Age 10: 1st Nathan O’Fhloinn O’Gallchoir, 2nd Adam Duggan, 3rd Sean McHugh. Girls Age 10: 1st Naoise Hegarty, 2nd Siun Carey, 3rd Brigid Mahon. Boys Age 9: 1st Jack Darrer-Dalton, 2nd Shane O’Brien, 3rd David Mullery. Girls Age 9: 1st Margaret Verling, 2nd Emma Crowley, 3rd Emily Donahue.

Backstroke, Non Club-Boys O12: 1st Cillian Fitzgerald, 2nd Criostoir O’Heacach, 3rd Cillian Bratchford. Girls O12: 1st Nicole McCarthy, 2nd Eabha NiChorcorain, 3rd Claire Linehan. Boys Age 12: 1st Cathal Walsh, 2nd Ruairi Counihan, 3rd Ryan Slattery. Girls Age 12: 1st Molly O’Brien, 2nd Saoirse Hallahan, 3rd Emma NicCarthaigh. Boys Age 11: 1st Ethan Armstrong, 2nd Harry Forrester, 3rd Ryan MacGearailt. Girls Age 11: 1st Orla Finn, 2nd Siun NiIci, 3rd Grace Ahern. Boys Age 10: 1st Ruairc O’Donnabhain, 2nd David Kenneally, 3rd Jason Dorgan. Girls Age 10: 1st Sophia NiNuathail, 2nd Cameron McCann, 3rd Chloe Morrison. Boys Age 9: 1st Charlie Dalton, 2nd Indio Fitzgerald, Girls Age 9: 1st Sarah Luddy, 2nd Eileen Bryan, 3rd Emma Slattery.

Backstroke, Club- Boys O12: 1st Liam Verling, 2nd John Lonergan, 3rd Dane Fitzgerald. Girls O12: 1st Gemma O’Brien, 2nd Clodagh NiFhaoilean, 3rd Emily Gorey. Boys Age 12: 1st Liam Óg Hegarty, 2nd David Noonan, 3rd Rory Gill. Girls Age 12: 1st Sophie O’Riordan, 2nd Emily Darrer Dalton, 3rd Ciara Clancy. Boys Age 11: 1st Zach Daniels Howard, 2nd Peter Verling, 3rd Harry Bates. Girls Age 11: 1st Sophie Baker, 2nd Katie Rice, 3rd Mia Callanan. Boys Age 10: 1st Nathan O’Fhloinn O’Gallchoir, 2nd Sean McHugh, 3rd Jamie Fitzgerald. Girls Age 10: 1st Naoise Hegarty, 2nd Siun Carey, 3rd Roisin Barnes. Boys Age 9: 1st Sean Finn, 2nd Shane O’Brien, 3rd Stephen Barrett. Girls Age 9: 1st Margaret Verling, 2nd Emma Crowley, 3rd Sophie McCarthy.

Breaststroke, Non Club: Boys O12: Cillian Fitzgerald, Pierce Riordan, Cillian Bratchford. Girls O12: Eabha Ni Chorcorain, Molly Crotty Noonan, Leah Geary. Boys Age 12: Cathal Walsh, Ryan Slattery, Ruairi Counihan. Girls Age 12: Molly O’Brien, Michaela Shanahan Falconer, Áine Burke. Boys Age 11: Harry Forrester, Lucas Donfield, Sean O’Flynn. Girls Age 11: Amy NiHeacach, Eimear Slattery, Orla Finn. Boys Age 10: Ruairc O’Donnabhain, Charlie White, Eoghan Keane. Girls Age 10: Ciara O’Brien, Sophia NiNuathail, Chloe Morrison. Boys Age 9: Sam McCarthy, Charlie Dalton, Oskar Cygan. Girls Age 9: Gaby O’Riordain, Maeve Kenneally, Sorcha Ni Huiginn.

Breaststroke, Club: Boys O12: 1st Luca Salvatori, 2nd Liam Verling, 3rd John Lonergan. Girls O12: 1st Gemma O’Brien, 2nd Eabha Burke, 3rd Emily Gorey. Boys Age 12: 1st David Noonan, 2nd Liam Óg Hegarty, 3rd Rory Gill. Girls Age 12: 1st Ciara Clancy, 2nd Emily Darrer Dalton, 3rd Thea O’Callaghan. Boys Age 11: 1st Sam O’Brien, 2nd Peter Verling, 3rd Zach Daniels Howard. Girls Age 11: 1st Sophie Baker, 2nd Katie Rice, 3rd Aisling Diggin. Boys Age 10: 1st Adam Duggan, 2nd Nathan O’Fhloinn O’Gallchoir, 3rd Sean McHugh. Girls Age 10: 1st Naoise Hegarty, 2nd Siun Carey, 3rd Brigid Mahon. Boys Age 9: 1st Sean Finn, 2nd David Mullery, 3rd Sean Walsh. Girls Age 9: 1st Margaret Verling, 2nd Emma Crowley, 3rd Sophie McCarthy.

Relays: O12: 1st Gaelscoil, 2nd Grange, 3rd Kilworth. Age 12: 1st Grange, 2nd Kilworth, 3rd Gaelscoil. Age 11: 1st Gaelscoil, 2nd Kilworth, 3rd Rathcormac. Age 10: 1st Gaelscoil, 2nd Kilworth, 3rd Rathcormac. Age 9: 1st Gaelscoil.

OVERALL SCHOOL WINNERS

Best Large School: Gaelscoil, Best Medium School: Grange, Best Small School: Araglin. Overall Best Performance: Castlelyons.

THANK YOU

An event of this size couldn’t be run without the help of parent volunteers, and we would like to say a sincere thank you to our timekeepers, line up officials and stewards.

Thanks also to our club committee members who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to organise the event, both in the weeks leading up to the gala, and on the day itself. Thanks to Philip and Angela, our super-efficient gala recorders, and to Coach Jackie Power for acting as starter and running the programme.

A special word of thanks to the hard-working staff of Fermoy Leisure Centre for their help and guidance for the swimmers on the day, and also to Cork County Council for their support in hosting this event.

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