Mount Sackville Secondary School

Sisters of St.Joseph of Cluny, Chapelizod, Dublin 20


Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships February 2018

Our 1st year cross country team achieved 2nd team place today in Santry Woods, qualifying the team for the All Irelands in Waterford I.T. Carriganore, Co. Waterford on Saturday 10th March. The successful team was lead home by Sophie Quinn who won the race herself, taking home the individual gold medal along with the team silver.

Our junior team were less successful with the absence of a number of key team members, but they gave it their best. 

We had great support from the TY helpers who managed the two teams and helped run the event itself.



Lucan Harriers Race October 2017

On Wednesday the 25th of October, 28 athletes participated in the Lucan Harriers invitational race. The first years showed their enthusiasm with Kate O’Connell taking 2nd place followed by Holly Conlon 3rd and Sasha Guirey 4th. Another great performance from the 2nd years and they were unlucky not to take home any medals. With the late decision, Deirbhile O’Reilly and Rebecca Ward decided to run up an age to the Senior category with Deirbhile coming in 2nd followed by Rebecca in 3rd. All had a great day and it could not have happened without the help of the TY students and Carol.


Clonliffe Races in Santry 11th October 2017

Here's some lovely Wellbeing images of our students who participated in Santry yesterday in the Clonliffe Harriers event.

On the competitive front, our 1st and 2nd years won both the individual and team events, which is remarkable, as no other school could make that claim on the day. 
We also had a number of 4th and 5th years and one 6th year student who participated in the event, who were exemplary in thier efforts especially for our younger students.
Ms Corrigan



Wellbeing Race, Phoenix Park September 2017


We had our first outing of the athletics programme on Thursday 28th September with the inaugural Dublin Cross Country Championships in the Phoenix Park. The event was open to 1st and 2nd years only.

From the school’s perspective, the event was promoted as a wellbeing race, to provide a more inclusive opportunity for all students in such a healthy activity. To achieve this, it was decided that an in-school challenge would run within the official race, to decide the ‘fittest class’ and the ‘most motivated class’ for Mount Sackville students in 1st and 2nd year. Our TY students helped with the challenge, by recording our student’s placings, at the finish line, alongside the official recordings of the race.

The idea was a big success based on the numbers of 1st and 2nd years who came along on the day and participated, with an estimated 80% - 90% of 1st and 2nd years partaking in the event.

Officially, our 1st years won both the individual and team event and our 2nd years came close to victory, but no medal haul on this occasion.

In our in-house challenge, the results were as follows;

1st years

Fittest Class Most Motivated Class

Maguire Walton

2nd years

Fittest Class Most Motivated Class

Lynn McLoughlin

Our volunteer TY’s were invaluable, in the help they provided with the ‘walking bus’ to the event in the park, of the younger members of our school community, as well as managing them throughout the activity. They were assisted by some of the 1st and 2nd year class prefects from 6th year, who organised a small window of time in their busy day, to support this worthy event. Lots of skills learned and a very enjoyable time had by all.

A big thanks to all involved and to all the staff and management for supporting and enabling the event to take place.

B. Corrigan

The Students' Experience:

On Thursday the 22nd of September eager 1st and 2nd years participated in what was being promoted a wellbeing event in the Phoenix Park. The excitement built as the athletes gathered in the gym hall for registration. Over 150 students took part in this great day out. Sophie Quinn led from the beginning taking 1st place in the minor girls race. To add to this success the minor girls team won gold. The second years faced a competitive field and didn't pick up any medals but despite this still did themselves proud. Additional prizes were distributed to the fittest class and the most motivated class. A great day was had by all and wouldn't have been able to happen without the help of Ms Corrigan and the fourth years. 




Exceptional performance by Sadhbh Mohan at the All Ireland Schools Track and Field championships last June 2017

Mount Sackville struck gold on the track, at the All Ireland Schools last June 2017. The following description is how the event was reported on Athletics Ireland website. The race was streamed live on the day also and can still be accessed on you tube.

'In the minor girls' 800m Sadhbh Mohan (Mt Sackville) had to run a new record of 2:17.14 to beat Victoria Lightbody (Wallace HS Lisburn) 2:18.11 who was also under the old record. In the junior girls' 1200m walk the first three girls were all under the previous record.'

This was an exceptional performance by Sadhbh who was a 1st year student at the time. The last time the school won an individual track medal at this level was when Sarah Hawkshaw claimed the silver medal in the junior 800m. Sarah has since gone on to represent Ireland internationally, in athletics and hockey and is currently on a sports scholarship in the USA.

Sadhbh's older sister Aisling represented Ireland internationally at the SIAB schools cross country championships in Scotland last March, which was her first international and a great achievement for Aisling. Caoilinn Mohan is the third Mohan sister in Mount Sackville and is also a keen runner, as well as her sisters and has represented her school on many occasions on the track and in cross country.

Well done to all the Mohan's on the success achieved in the past year in schools athletics.

B. Corrigan



Parkside Cabra Cross Country Relay

On Wednesday the 8th of March, two eager teams of first year athletes headed out to compete in the Parkside Cabra cross country relay. The excitement built as the bus neared the venue. The girls headed to the line and it was clear by the end of the first lap that they had secured a top spot in the finish. The phenomenal Mount Sackville girls came out on top winning 1st and 2nd place with their two incredible teams. It was a spectacular win for the girls and the school
Team 1:
Sophie Creedon, Aoife Doherty, Christine O'Brien, Hannah Birmingham, Amelia Ryan, and Ella Healy.
Team 2:
Grace Maughan, Ciara Lawlor, Eleanor Clancy, Kate Reynolds, Roisin Murphy, Jenny Kneafsey, and Lana Meehan.img_2304516x640_1489144947.jpgimg_2303541x640_1489144959.jpgimg_2302499x640_1489145001.jpg


Leinster Schools Cross Country


Huge praise and congrats to each and everyone of you today, February 15th, on a wonderful example of team spirit, comradery and resilience in one of the toughest sporting events that is cross country running at the Leinster Schools championships. Over 1,000 athletes qualified to compete at this event today from across the whole of the Leinster province. The standard at this event today was the usual 'exceptional' for this sport with Leinster being the strongest of the provinces in the country in athletics.
Well done to our minor team (Sadhbh Mohan, Ella Healy, Grace Maughan, Sinead Cuggy, Sophie Moran, Isabel Ward) of 1st years, on achieving third best team and qualifying for the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships which are on in Malluck in Antrim on Saturday 11th March 2017. Also qualifying as an individual in the inter race Aisling Mohan deserves a special mention. 
We had three teams competing today, one of only a three girls schools to have as many teams qualified. They were our minor, inter and senior with expectations of qualifying but not today which has been disappointing for you the athletes. On occasions like this girls, you just put it all down to experience and firmly behind you, and know that you gave of your best. Also know that the greater school community including your parents coaches and teachers are extremely proud of your achievement in qualifying in the first place and that you were all brave to 'toe that line today' in the pursuit of winning, in challenging yourself in such a tough sport. It is in such pursuits that you develop your own character and resilience and no one else can do that for you. Neither can you get it from a book or listening to others but only in the physical endeavor itself. So be really proud of everything you exposed yourself to today in choosing to leave the comfort of the classroom and physically challenge yourself for yourself and your school and 'take a bow'.
Everything I have said here can also be said about our wonderful team of 5th year helpers who helped with the running of the event today and were my right and left hands throughout. 'Take a bow' all of you too. You are my new 'Elite Squad' of helpers, and very deserving of the title, to replace the previous exceptional elite squad now in 6th year who have had to step back from the role this year.
We can't forget your wonderful team manager today Ms. McKeever who pampered you all no end, looking after all your needs throughout the day. I pale in comparison with how she carried out her team manager duties today, with the attention she gave you all. 
I would like to suggest we all meet in the lecture theatre at lunchtime on Friday for a pizza party for everybody who was in Santry today, running or helping out. Please pass on the word and take a collective bow for a job well done today for yourselves and on behalf of the school.
Regards, Ms. Corrigan 



West Leinster Cross Country Race

On the 26th of January 2017, the athletes of Mount Sackville braved weather conditions that would of make Bear Grylls shudder with fear but the "pink vest army" took it in their stride as they walked confidently from the comfort of their classrooms to the windy harsh terrain of the Phoenix park. We knew the challenge we were facing would be tough but all our 26 athletes rised to meet the challenge. The Minor Team set the example for the rest of the school for the day with a gold in the team event and a gold in the individual race attained by Sadhbh Moran which is a tremendous achievement. As the day ran on, the Juniors went out ready to go on the sound of the gun (or whistle) although there was no medals won it is without a shadow of doubt that every single athlete performed to the best of their ability and did the school most proud. Then came the most anticipated race, the intermediates. These girls ran their hearts out in their races and had great results from Aisling Mohan and Deirbhile O'Reilly, 2nd and 6th place respectively. Then the final race occurred where the "dream team" consisting of myself, Ciara O'Connor, Saoirse Buckley and Caoimhe Dowdall went out, with not much expectation for ourselves, just to run our own race, but ended up with the Gold team medal being won by 7 points. Each of our athletes finished in the top 15 out of 50 with 4th from Caoimhe and 5th from Ciara, who had previously never run a cross country race before.

It is not to go without mentioning the exemplary help that the fourth years so willingly gave us, especially with the younger years through warming them up, getting them to the start line and cheering everyone one, which everyone is sincerely grateful for.

We move on from here with 3/4 teams through tho the Leinster championships in February and there is not a doubt that we will be prosperous in this. These results really represent the sheer talent that is present in the school and highlights the Trojan work carried out by our athletics coach Ms.Corrigan and all the staff, who give us their ongoing moral support, which on behalf of all the athletes I would like to thank them for.

Evana Cassidy



Dunboyne A.C Schools Cross Country Development Races 

On a surprisingly mild day, the 7th of December, 11 eager athletes travelled to Dunboyne to compete in their famous pink vests. The day began with a group of 8 minors running their first secondary school cross country race. They beat their nerves and managed to come out with bronze team medals. This was followed by another success as the senior team of 3 won the gold medal in their group along with a second place medal in the singles won by Aoife Kelly. It was a fantastic performance by all and they have done Mount Sackville proud. 

Eve Hyland Martin


Clonliffe Harriers Schools Cross Country Race October 2016


The first cross country event of the school year took place in Santry Woods on October 5th. The school was wonderfully represented by the three Mohan sisters in the Minor, Junior and Intermediate categories with little sister Sadhbh taking gold in the minor individual race. This was followed with a gutsy performance by Caoilinn in the junior race. Aisling then put in a strong challenge for the medals in the intermediate race coming home in 4th place following an excellent performance. Sinead Cuggy our other minor competitor showed resilience and strength of character in her first cross country race, finishing the race proudly to the front half of the field in which there were 150+ competitors. 
Thanks to the great support from the parents who brought the girls out and looked after them on the day..
There will be two more races for our athletes after the mid-term and before the Christmas break as follows:
Thur 1st  December, Castleknock College 1st and 2nd year Girls Cross Country Cup 12:15pm.
Wed 7th December, Dunboyne A.C Schools Cross Country Development Races Boys & Girls


Leinster School Track and Field Championships 2016

The Leinster School Track and Field Championships 2016 was held in Santry on May 11th and 14th.  

Mount Sackville had 16 athletes qualified to compete in a variety of events and age groups as listed here.

1.Emily Caraher HJ Inter

2. Aisling Mohan 1,500m and 3,000m Inter

3. Laura Page Discus Senior

4. *Amy O Connor Steeplechase Senior

5. Eve Hyland martin HJ Senior

6. Vanessa O’Connor 800m Senior

7. Rachel Dunne 800m Senior

8. Chloe Corcoran 100m Relay Junior

9. Ivie Okome 100m Relay Junior

10.  Maria Rogers Hurdles Junior

11. Nicole Lynch HJ Junior

12. Aine Cooke Shot, Discus Junior

13. Deirbhile O’Reilly 1,500m Junior

14. Diana Grinniruk Hurdles Minor

15. Rebecca Ward Relay Junior

16. Lucy Kirwan Relay Junior

As always the standard at this level of competition was very high with new records produced in a number of events. With over 1,00 athletes competing over the two days in both boys and girls categories, in track and field events, Mount Sackville came away with 7 medals,our most successful at this level of competition in a long time.  The medal haul was 4 relay gold in the Junior girls event , a silver in the Junior girls 1,500m for Deirbhile O'Reilly and two bronze medals, one in 100m Junior sprint for Chloe Corcoran and the other in the 800m Senior girls for Vanessa O'Connor. Vanessa deserves a special mention as she was our only 6th year this year to compete for the school in Santry and she has now qualified for the All Ireland's in Tullamore. This is a great achievement especially in an exam year. All our athletes gave of their best on the day and enjoyed the experience of competing at this level. 
We had a great team of 4th and 5th years working at the event on both days helping in all areas and they were commended by many for the efficient, capable and polite way in which they carried out their duties. Well done to you all.
All our medal winners have qualified for the All Ireland's which take place in Tullamore on Saturday the 4th June. Support from all for the girls will be most welcome.

West Leinster Track and Field Championships 2016


21st April 2016:


Mount Sackville won the Best Overall trophy for the West Leinster region in Track and Field, a trophy the school has not won since 2009. The schools junior team (2nd years) also won the junior individual title. There were many remarkable performances in Santry over the two days of competition and many of our athletes have now qualified for the Leinster Finals which are on 11th and 14th May. Check our school results here.(to follow)


"It was a very exciting second day in Santry for the West Leinster Track and Field championships. There was many amazing performances on both the track and in the field events. Every athlete that took part showed great determination and many of them got medals for their events. The highlight of the day was winning best overall girls school for the first time in 4 years. Well done to everyone who took part." Caoimhe Dowdall


19th April 2016:

Results Sheet

On behalf of Ms.Corrigan and the Athletics Sports Captains, we would like to congratulate every student who participated in the West Leinsters Championship on the 19th of April ’16. Every one of our athletes competed with full spirit and pride for the school and kept up the great expectations behind the pink vests.

Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships 2016

Here's a brief summary of the Leinster Schools Cross Country event held on Wednesday 10th February 2016:

Mount Sackville had two teams and two individuals qualified for the Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships held in Santry on Wednesday 10th February 2016. This level of competition is highly competitive and is recognised as significant in developing future stars by many of Ireland’s successful athletes.

The school had success with our junior girls’ team who came second with Deirbhile O'Reilly best finisher home in 2nd place individual and Rebecca Ward, carrying an injury was 10th place out of 71 runners. 

Aisling Mohan was a creditable 10th individual in the inter race while juggling mock exams which was enough to qualify her for the All Ireland Schools Championships in Sligo along with our juniors.

Our senior girls swapped the stress of mock exams for the stress and pressure of a mucky competitive race but found the going tough, having a disappointing run overall and won’t progress any further.  
Well done and a big thanks to all our hard working 5th years who helped the event run smoothly from start to finish and have learned and developed some key skills in event management.

Teams and helpers list

2nd /3rd years

5th/6th years

Junior Team

Aoife Kelly

Lillian Brady

Rebecca Ward

Deirbhle O’Reilly

Eva Birmingham


Inter Individual

Aisling Mohan

Katie Duggan

Senior team

Vanessa O’Connor

Shona Lynch

Caoimhe Dowdall

Rachael Dunne

Sarah Toner

Ciara McMahon



Niamh Taylor

Emily O’Neil

Dearbhla Murphy

Jen Kierce

Ciana Howlin

Melissa Gilmartin

Orlagh Griffin

Laura Verschoyle

Laura Cassidy

Aoife Carty

January 2016

It was a great day again for our cross country girls at the West Leinsters CC finals in the Phoenix Park on Thursday, 28th January.
Two team golds for our Juniors and Seniors and a number of top three individual placings for our athletes, who continue to show us what strong, talented, independent young women they are in the making. 
Our first years were out in great numbers today with lots of team spirit and came away with a keener understanding of what cold is and warm clothes are !
A big thanks to all the 4th years who helped manage our walking bus to and from the event as well as minding them throughout, not forgetting our sticker girls at the finish. 
Our successful teams and individuals progress to the Leinsters in two weeks time.


All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships 2015

Saturday the 7th of March 2015 was the annual GloHealth All Ireland Schools Cross Country.

The event this year was held in Clongowes Wood College in Clane Co. Meath.

The day itself was not too cold but the winds were very strong.

We had a Minor and Junior team competing in the event, who both represented the school very well, with the Minor team finishing 7th and the Junior team finishing 8th, with 100+ athletes partaking in each race.

If you want to see any of the action please click on link to watch via online stream.

To view results online click here.

Overall a great day was had and it was a wonderful way to finish this year’s cross country season! Our teams on the day and helpers are listed below:

Minor:                 Junior:                TY helpers/Supporters:       

Rebecca Ward Aisling Mohan  Melissa Gilmartin   
Chloe Corcoran  Katie Duggan   Emily O’Neill
Lillian Brady Jayne Nyhan  Ellen Gillespie
Aisling Lyons Sarah Nyhan Jennifer Kierce
Maria Rogers Alannah O’Connor Orlagh Griffin
Lucy O’Reilly Megan Peters  Rachael Dunne
  Rachel Furlong  Niamh Taylor
    Caoimhe Dowdall 
    Dearbhla Murphy
    Lauren Cassidy
    Olivia Ward
    Eva Merrigan   





Well done to our teams who ran in the Leinster Schools Cross Country event on 11 February 2015 in Santry Demesne.

Our minor and junior teams have qualified for the All Ireland Championships which takes place in Clongowes Wood, Kildare on Saturday 7th March 12 noon.

Our minors won the team event with our juniors coming 3rd.

Our ‘gutsy’ seniors ran a brave race against very tough competition, to finish 5th team.

So we have two teams through to the All Ireland stage of the championships.

This is a great achievement for our girls and we hope that as many of the school community as possible can come out to support them at the All Irelands.

We had a great ‘behind the scenes’ team in our 4th years at the Leinsters. Their help was noticed and much appreciated by all.

Our teams on the day along with our helpers are listed below:


Minor Team

Junior Team

Senior team

4th year Helpers

Deirbhile O’ Reilly

Rebecca Ward

Chloe Corcoran

Sarah O’ Gorman

Aisling Lyons

Lillian brady


Lucy O’Reilly

Marie Rogers

Aisling Mohan

Katie Duggan

Jayne Nyhan

Sarah Nyhan

Alannah O’Connor


Eva Merrigan

Orlaith Meehan

Vanessa O’Connor

Leanne Brosnan

Caoimhe Dowdall

Cara O’Donoghue

Laura McCormack

Sarah Meehan


Hannah Roban

Hannah Quinlan

E. Gillespie

M. Gilmartin

D. Murphy

E. O’Neill

L. Cassidy

N. Taylor

O. Griffin

A. Carty

E. Keenan

C. Doherty

M. O’Keefe

A. McNicholl


Ms. Corrigan

West Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships

Mount Sackville's Cross Country school teams were in action on Wednesday 21st January in the Phoenix park and put on a colourful show of perseverance in pink.

It was our biggest group of determined young ladies to have ever taken part in this event, with almost 50 students involved.
The school won 3 of the 4 team awards, the best we have achieved in a number of years in this competition. The three teams have all qualified for the Leinster finals which are on Wednesday 11th February in Santry Woods.
In the individual event, Deirbhile O'Reilly won the minor race and Aisling Mohan and Vanessa O'Connor were placed 2nd in their races, the Junior and Senior races respectively.
Our senior girls were gritty and graceful in action and sent a powerful message to their junior colleagues to keep up activity, even in senior cycle.
A big thanks also to a great bunch of lively 4th years, Caoimhe Doherty, Maeve O'Keefe, Dearbhla Murphy, Emily O'Neil, Rachael Dunne, Orlagh Griffin, and Melissa Gilmartin who looked after all of our athletes at the event and never once complained about the cold!
Well done to you all. 

Our athletes were:

Rebecca Ward, Deirbhile O'Reilly, Lillian Brady, Sarah O'Gorman, Chloe Corcoran, Aisling Lyons, Emily Cosgrave, Marie Cormican, Maria Rogers, Megan Sherlock, Lucy O'Reilly, Lily Walsh, Elena Boyle, Eva Moore, Roisin Friars, Heather Fitzsimons, Lucy Kirwan, Eimear Ryan.
Eva Merrigan, Sarah Nyhan, Ali Graham-Quinn, Aisling Mohan, Alannah O'Connor, Rachel Furlong, Katie Duggan, Megan Peters, Jayne Nyhan.
Michaela Boyle, Grace McEntee, Orlaith Meehan, Aoife Carty, Emily Keenan.
Vanessa O'Connor, Caoimhe Dowdall, Leanne Brosnan, Hannah Quinlan, Ciara Hannon, Danielle Comerford, Laura McCormack, Hannah Roban, Sarah Meehan.

DCU Invitational January 2015

The first race of 2015 was the DCU Invitational, the toughest race of the cross country season so far. There were twelve people representing the school at Minor, Junior and Senior levels. The Minor team consisted of Marie Cormican, Lilian Brady, Lucy Kirwan, Keave Daly and Abbie Mallaghan. Although they did not win, they all ran very well.
The Juniors were Orlaith, Alannah O'Connor and Lilian Brady, who ran her second race of the day to try and help make a team, well done Lilian!
The last race of the day was the Senior race and we had four fifth years running, Leanna Brosnan, Hannah Quinlan, Sarah Meehan and Hannah Roban. Well done to all the girls, they did the school proud.
The next race is the West Leinster Championships on Wednesday the 21st best of luck to those competing! 


23rd October 2014

The second cross country race of the season took place today, Thursday 23rd October in Castleknock College.

We had two teams representing Mount Sackville, our minors (1st years) and our juniors (2nd years), who both performed outstandingly, bringing home several medals in some very exciting races.

The minor team included: Deirbhle O'Reilly, Sarah O'Gorman, Aine Cooke and Marie Cormican.

The junior team was made up of: Aisling Mohan, Jayne Nyhan and Sarah Nyhan.

All athletes performed to the best of the abilities and did the school very proud!

By Rachel Dunne and Caoimhe Dowdall


Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships

For a report on the Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships please click here.


Athletics in Ireland Photo Shoot

Some of our athletes, who will compete in the Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships, next Wednesday 12th February 2014, in Santry, were selected for a photo shoot, to promote athletics in Ireland, especially the upcoming cross country events.

They were taxied out to Santry, where they met two of Ireland's top athletes, Mary Cullen and Michael Mulhare and enjoyed a short run and a photo shoot with them.
A short video and interview session also took place and its hoped this will be shown on Setanta TV in the near future. 
Well done girls and best wishes to our four teams who are all participating in the cross country championships next week. The teams are listed below.





Aisling Mohan

Kellie Clark

Alannah Clarke

Alannah O'Connor

Katie Duggan

Rachel Furlong

Eva Merrigan

Orla Waters

Rebecca Kerins-Brett

Ellen O’Brien

Nicole O’Gorman

Fiona Brogan

Saoirse Buckley

Anna Branaghan

Evana Cassidy

Zoe Mallaghan

Shona Lynch

Vanessa O’Connor

Caoimhe Dowdall

Eve Hyland-Martin

Laura Fortune

Katie Byrne

Jean Kavanagh


Laura Cullen

Catherine Hegarty

Aoife O’Connor

Lily Grogan

Petra Clarke

Sarah Hawkshaw

Laura Cronin

Anne-Marie Troy





West Leinster Schools Championships

All our cross country teams were in action on Thursday 23rd January at the West Leinster Schools Championships in the Phoenix Park.

The pink athletic vests, now synonymous with Mount Sackville, were evident all across the 15 acres, adjacent to the pope’s cross, where close to a thousand athletes from almost a hundred schools, attempted to win honours.

Our minors were up first and braved the deceptively cold, harsh wind for 1,800 metres, exposed to the elements. They fought all the way with a brilliant 4th place finish by Aisling Mohan followed immediately by Alannah Clarke in 5th and her sister Kelly Clarke in 9th. Katie Duggan, Alannah O’Connor and Rachel Furlong all finished well up the field to help the Minor A team take the silver team prize.

Our minor B team were never too far off the pace and were every bit as gallant in their effort. The team included Aoife Doherty, Sasha Cooke, Kate Brady, Orla Waters, Zara Geraghty, Kate Lawless and Eve Merrigan. You all did yourselves and your school proud. Well done.

Next up against the elements were our junior teams. The chill factor didn’t slow down Nicole O’Gorman’s onslaught, finishing in a fantastic 3rd individual placing and contributing to 2nd best overall team place along with Rebecca Kerins-Brett, who ran a brilliant last 100 metres, over-taking many other struggling athletes in the home straight, Ellen O’Brien, Fiona Brogan, Saoirse Buckley and Anna Branaghan.

The junior B team navigated their way around winning the smile team award, if there was such a thing, as they all put on a brave face throughout. Our smile-iest team of the day included Evana Cassidy, Ciara Richardson, Dearbhla O’Donoghue, Zoe Mallaghan, and Ali Kenny.

Our Golden team of the day was the intermediate team. Right from the start Vanessa O’Connor and Caoimhe Dowdall took command, finishing in 3rd and 4th place, respectively, in the individual event. Shona Lynch ran a terrific race coming home in 11th place and along with Katie Byrne, Jean Kavanagh, Laura Fortune and Eve Hyland-Martin, the girls left all other teams behind taking 1st team place.

But the highlight of the day was the superb performance turned in by Laura Cullen in the senior event, achieving 1st place in the individual race and narrowly missing out on the best team prize, gaining 2nd best team place, along with Laura Cronin (11th place), Lily Grogan (15th place), Catherine Hegarty and Petra Clarke.

All the medal winning teams and individuals have qualified for the Leinster Finals on the 12th February in Santry Demesne, starting 12 noon.

A big thanks to our 4th year helpers who escorted our teams on our ‘walking bus’ into the park and worked very hard, assisting at the finish throughout the day.

The numbers of supporting parents was remarkable today and did not go unnoticed. Giving your time to support your child’s endeavours, whenever possible, always gives such an important, powerful message to all. It is always appreciated and thanks to all involved.

Ms. B. Corrigan

Please see the Photo Gallery for more photos of the event.


Clonliffe Harriers Invitational Cross Country Race

Congratulations to all who competed in Santy at the Clonliffe Harriers Invitational cross country race held on Wednesday October 9th 2013. There were great performances all round particularly by the minor team who won the gold medal.

This was a great achievement and hopefully this first year team will have many more successes. Well done to the enthusiastic second and fifth years, who also ran well on the day.

The fifth years had great individual performances with Laura Cullen finishing 4th and Aoife O’Connor and Anne-Marie Troy putting in very respectable performances finishing in the top twenty.

Hopefully these great results will continue for the rest of the cross country season.

The teams were:

Minors (1st yrs)

Juniors (2nd yrs)

Seniors (5th yrs)

Alanna Clarke

Ellen O’Brien

Laura Cullen

Kelly Clarke

Carragh McCrea

Aoife O’Connor

Aisling Mohan

Evana Cassidy

Anne-Marie Troy

Alannah O’Connor

Zoe Mallaghan


Emily Caraher

Eve Hyland-Martin


Rachel Furlong



Eva Merrigan



Kate Brady



Fiona Brogan



Kate Duggan



Orla Waters





All Ireland Cross Country Championships


Pictured left to right: Clodagh Fulston, Sarah Hawkshaw, Laura Cronin and Aoife Jordan

Our Senior Cross Country team made it to the All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships, which were held in Jordanstown near Belfast on the 9th of March 2013.

The team, Sarah Hawkshaw, Laura Cronin, Clodagh Fulston and Aoife Jordan ran to the best of their ability in very mucky, cold conditions finishing 4th best team, a position as bleak as the weather.

These four girls are the bravest, toughest group of young ladies you will find and despite not bringing home any medals, they had put themselves on the line last Saturday, wearing their signature ‘pink’ vests and ran their very best.

Doing your very best is always honourable and takes courage to face up to any real challenge, especially cross country running.

These committed, brave 5th years hope to take the Cross Country challenge next season.

Can you face your challenges?

All Ireland Cross Country Championships, by Aoife Jordan:

Our cross country team, which consisted of Sarah Hawkshaw, Aoife Jordan, Clodagh Fullston and Laura Cronin, took to Jordanstown on the 9th of March. We had been training very hard for the event in the weeks previous to the race and when the week finally came the nerves began to sink in.

After an hour and a half drive we finally reached Jordanstown. The atmosphere at the University was very intense and the races had already kicked off. Unfortunately for us our race was one of the last. The conditions on the day were awful and it was freezing, but thankfully we had come prepared with changes of clothes for afterwards.

The time we had been waiting for finally came and we were sick with nerves but delighted with our end result.

We are all going to keep training very hard so we will be in shape for next year’s cross country season.

Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships

On Wednesday the 6th of February, many of our eager athletes made their way to the Morton Stadium in Santry to take part in the West Leinster Cross Country races for Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors. It was a cold and windy day but everyone had smiles on and were ready to run and to compete, even though it was very mucky!  It was great to see a great turnout from our Juniors who had a full team and extras ready to run the 2,000m. They did exceptionally well. The Inters fought long and hard especially Laura Cullen, who ended up finishing the race with no shoes! The Seniors were excellent coming third overall with the team of Aoife Jordon (athletics secretary), Clodagh Fullston, Laura Cronin and Sarah Hawkshaw. They will be going onto the All Ireland's in the coming weeks. Sarah, not only running in the team, came 6th in the Race so will be running individually as well. We also had Sarah Webb, Molly Higgins-Jackson (athletics secretary) and Aoibhinn Dowdall helping and encouraging the girls as they ran. It was a very cold day and we appreciate all the parents who came out and supported on the day.  It was a great day for Mount Sackville and we can’t wait to see how the girls get on in the All Ireland's! 

Attached is a piece by Ms Corrigan about the event with photographs: Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships

West Leinster Cross Country Race in the Phoenix Park

On Thursday 24th of January many students from the school got together to take part in the West Leinster's Cross Country race in the Phoenix Park. Although it was a cold and icy morning there was no stopping our enthusiastic athletes. There was such a good turn out on the day that we had to enter two teams in some of our divisions. The races commenced at 11:00 with the Minors up first, followed by the Juniors, Inters and lastly Seniors. Every girl that ran fought hard with great determination. At the end of the day we were leaving the Phoenix Park with three trophies in our hands which is an excellent achievement. Not to forget Sarah Hawkshaw who came in first overall in her age group. 
We also had four fourth year students from our school who came along with us and were a great help. Even though it was freezing standing around we really appreciate all the parents and support who were there on the day, they were a great boost for all the athletes with all their cheering. Overall it was a very successful day for Mount Sackville and we look forward to the Leinsters in February. 

DCU Invitational Cross Country, Wednesday 16th January 2013

Two teams represented the school today along with one individual 4th Year student, at the DCU Invitational Cross Country event which took place in the DCU sports grounds.

The girls put in gritty performances in very mucky, wet conditions, which was tough going but character-building stuff.

Next week our Cross Country runners will compete in the 'West Leinster Championships' in the Phoenix Park.

Our Minor Team:

Caragh Mc Crea, Rebecca Kerins-Brett, Rebecca Tighe, Ellen Flanaghan, Evana Cassidy, Zoe Mallaghan, and Ciara Richardson.

Our Junior Team:

Molly Donegan, Aoife Carty, Grace McEntee, Emily O'Neill, Doireann Murphy, Cody O'Brien, Eve Hyland-Martin.

Our Intermediate Individual:

Aine Rushe

Well done to all our girls.

Ms. Corrigan.

More Photos can be found in the Photo Gallery.


Cross Country Race in Dunboyne, Wednesday 5th December 2012. 

Two teams represented Mount Sackville in an open cross country race, held in a very wet, mucky field in Dunboyne on Wednesday 5th December.

Our minor team; Nicole O'Gorman, Zoe Mallaghan, Evana Cassidy, Eva McKenna, and Michelle Woods were unlucky not to take home medals, finishing 4th in the team event, with Nicole O'Gorman coming a terrific 2nd place in the individual race.

In our intermediate race; Vannessa O'Connor, Shona Lynch, Katie Byrne and Clodagh Walsh (moved up from junior) finished 2nd in the team event with Vannessa coming 2nd in the individual race also.
Well done to all the girls who participated and also thanks to our athletics secretaries, Aoife Jordan and Molly Higgins-Jackson, who were a great help in organising and encouraging our younger athletes.
Pictures can be seen in the Photo Gallery.

Clonliffe Race in Santry 10th October 2012

Photos of the 1st Year Cross Country Team who competed in the recent Clonliffe Race in Santry on 10th October 2012: please click here


Pictured above are Mount Sackville's Inter and Senior cross country teams with parents and supporters at the All Ireland Championships in Galway on 10th March 2012.



February 2012