February 09, 2020

IT was a great morning at Irish Minor Schools for Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada in Tullamore, as they won four individual girls finals and the girls 200m Medley Relay.

Their first Gold came in that relay, as their four girls beat Mount Anville Primary School into second, with Carbury National School in Sligo and St Nicholas Primary School in Carrickfergus dead-heating for third position.

Nine-year-old Isabel Mooney and 10-year-old Emma Mooney then took Gold in their age finals in Girls 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke, with their Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada team mate Ailbhe Coll also claiming Bronze behind Isabel in 50m Freestyle.

In a very close second place in that race was Kilkishen swimmer Clodagh O’Hagan, who was denied the win by just 0.24 seconds.

In the nine-year-old girls 50 Breaststroke, Isabel Mooney was chased home by Katie Railton from Trinity, with Lauren Duggan finishing only 0.30 seconds behind, collecting Bronze for Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan in Nenagh.

It was St Annes Primary School Derry’s Aoibhinn Gallagher who finished second to Emma Mooney in the 10-year-old girls 50m Freestyle. The Bronze went to Georgia May Agnew from Mount Anville Primary School in Dublin, Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil’s Aoife Gardiner finishing only 0.12 seconds behind in fourth.

The 10-year-old 50m Breaststroke won by Emma Mooney saw Eavan Ramsey from Rathdown take Silver, with Amelie McKeown from St Nicholas Primary School in Carrickfergus awarded Bronze.

Eavan was in the medals again in the 10-year-old 50m Backstroke winning Silver behind Orna Higgins from St Joseph’s Riverstown. Ilaria Aylward from third for Drumkilly National School in that race.

Orna Higgins also won Gold in the 10-year-old girls 50m Butterfly, finishing ahead of Aislinn Healy and Margaret Verling, swimming for St Mary’s & St Gerards in Enniskerry and Gaelscoil de Haoide.

In the nine-year-old girls 50m Backstroke and Butterfly, Niamh Cassidy was the winner for Woodland National School in Letterkenny. Miya Mulvey from St Joseph’s earned Silver in both events, with Scoil Iognaid’s Elizabeth Patten the Bronze in the Backstroke and Lauren Duggan taking third in Butterfly.

Woodland took another Gold in the girls 200m Freestyle Relay, Scoil Iognaid swimming into Silver and Mount Anville Primary School winning Bronze. The boys 200m Freestyle Relay was won by Friends Prep, Willow Park taking second, and Donaghdee Primary School finishing third.

The first of the individual boys finals was a thrilling dead-heat in the nine-year-old 50m Freestyle. Joint Gold was awarded to Willow Park School’s Sam Ramke, and Dylan McGrath, swimming for GS Caladhan Treoigh in Limerick. Bronze went to Lewis Tuite from Scoil Aoghusa, Drogheda.

Sam Ramke and Lewis Tuite were again in the medals in the nine-year-old 50m Butterfly, Sam taking another Gold, and Lewis getting Silver.

The nine-year-old boys 50m Breaststroke was won by Eoin Connery, the St John the Apostle National School swimmer beating Darach Higgins from Claremorris Boys NS. In a very tight finish with Humphrey Spence from Portstewart Primary School, the bronze in that event went to Lisronagh’s Toby Hayes.

Gold and silver then filled the same positions in the nine-year-old boys 50m Backstroke, Darach beating Eoin this and Ethan McGuigan from Scoil Niamh Fiachra claimed bronze.

Danylo Prokhorov won Gold in the 10-year-old boys 50m Freestyle, a three-way battle for Silver going the way of Darragh Flanagan from Tang National School in Athlone. He beat Bronze Harry Lowe by only 0.05 seconds, with unlucky Harry McGlashan missing out on that last medal by just 0.25 seconds. 

Harry McGlashan, swimming for Friends Prep in Lisburn, had better luck in the 10-year-old boys 50m Breaststroke, where he took Silver behind Scott Duda from St Coman’s Prep in Roscommon. Third place went to Christian Tait from Donaghdee Primary School.

Scott Duda scored another Gold in the 10-year-old boys 50m Butterfly, beating Baltazar Allende from St Christopher’s, and Darragh Flanagan, but it was Baltazar’s turn in the 10-year-old boys 50m Backstroke.

The St Christopher’s swimmer won Gold ahead of 50m Freestyle third Harry Lowe and John Mitchell from Moate, County Westmeath.

Sam Ramke, winner of the nine-year-olds 50m Freestyle and Butterfly, also teamed up with Daire Hannan, Ross McGowan and Donnacha Cosgrave to win the 200m Medley Relay Final for Willow Park. Scoil Naomh Fiachra took Silver, with Bronze going to Scoil Iognaid.

Full results are available on Meet Mobile and will be available here tomorrow.