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Moneenroe NS claim Glory on County Final Day

Posted: 14th Nov 2023

The Kells Rd played host to a feast of Ladies football action on Saturday Morning as Moneenroe National School faced off against Mullinavat NS in the Roinn E county final. It was a nail-biting game from start to finish, with both teams giving it their all.

Moneenroe NS took an early lead thanks to Heidi Buggy. Her skill and precision on the field were unmatched, and she proved to be a key player for her team. The defense, consisting of Maura Ward, Zara Roche, Ella Clancy, Sarah Phelan and the Young Goalkeeper Molly Lawlor, showcased their strength and determination, preventing Mullinavat NS from finding the back of
the net.

However, Mullinavat NS did not back down. They fought hard and put up a valiant effort throughout the game. If a couple of early goals had gone in their favour, the result could have been quite different. Despite the outcome, they should be extremely proud of their efforts and the heart they displayed on the field.

Emma Parr and Abigail Daly from Moneenroe NS played with relentless energy, contributing significantly to their team's success. Kate O'Brien and Isabelle Lawlor proved to be formidable opponents for Mullinavat NS, causing trouble for their defense. Ellen Heatherington and Emma Kelly also made valuable contributions, adding to the team's overall performance.


In the end, Moneenroe National School emerged victorious with 4-5 to 0-3 win. It was a thrilling match that showcased the passion and talent of both teams. Big thanks to the teachers of Moneenroe NS Mr. Gary Kelly , Mr. Michael McKeogh, Mr. Kevin Maher and Kathleen Connolly.


Moneenroe NS Panel includes:
1.Molly Lawlor
2. Maura Ward
3. Ella Clancy
4. Sarah Phelan
5. Zara Roche
6. Abigail Daly

7. Heidi Buggy
8. Emma Parr
9. Kate O Brien
10. Ellen Heatherington
11. Emma Kelly
12. Isabelle Lawlor
13. Chloe Brennan
14. Blaithín Maguire
15. Charlie O Shea
16. Maia Coogan
17. Erica Kehoe
18. Chloe Malone
19. Katie Lawlor
20. Emmie O Shea
21. Mary Kate Cantwell
22. Ella Murphy


Schools Camogie Roinn F Cumann na mBunscoil for Moneenroe

Posted: 29th May 2023


Sunday 28th of May marked a memorable day for the camogie players in Moneenroe. On a well presented Young Irelands pitch, Gowran – Moneenroe N.S.  recorded a big win over the Conahy/Clinstown/Lisnafunchin girls. Goal scorers on the day included Sarah Buggy, Ciara Maguire, Freya Coogan and Heidi Buggy. The Moneenroe girls displayed great skill and determination to win their first schools camogie title in their first year entering the competition.

Freya Coogan and Ellie Roche raised the Schools Camogie Cup on behalf of the team. Sarah Buggy, Eva Roche and Ciara Maguire delivered well prepared speeches and thanked the coaches – Mr. Lonergan, Mr. McKeogh, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Maher for their efforts coaching the girls after school during the year. On route to the final Moneenroe enjoyed good wins over Gaelscoil Osrai 2 in the quarter final and Presentation Kilkenny in the semi-final.

The Moneenroe Panel was 1. Sarah Phelan, 2. Kate O’Brien, 3. Eva Roche, 4. Abbie Flanagan, 5. Ellie Roche, 6. Ciara Maguire, 7. Freya Coogan, 8. Sarah Buggy, 9. Abigail Daly, 10. Heidi Buggy, 11. Zara Roche, 12. Ellie Rose Nolan Dawson, 13. Saoirse Brennan. Subs: 14. Ella Clancy, 15. Chloe Brennan, 16. Ruby Dowd, 17. Ellen Heatherington, 18. Mai Coogan, 19. Erica Kehoe, 20. Charlie O’Shea.

Sunday’s camogie success adds to a great year for the Moneenroe girls in which they were County 5-A Side Soccer Champions, LGFA Roinn A Gaelic Football Champion and Cumann na mBunscoil Gaelic Football Mini 7s Champions.


Moneenroe National School Girls 5-A-Side Soccer Success

The girls primary schools mid-Leinster FAI 5-a-side soccer finals took place in Portlaoise Leisure Centre grounds on Wednesday

3rd May 2023. Schools from Kildare, Laois, Offaly and Kilkenny took part on the day.

Moneenroe National School were victorious after some outstanding performances. In the first game Moneenroe girls defeated Cadamstown (Kildare) 6-1 with Ellie Roche scoring 5 goals and Kate O’Brien with the other. Next up, the girls drew a hard fought game with Gaelscoil Edenderry 1-1 with Freya Coogan scoring an all important equaliser. Goalkeeper Heidi Buggy produced some outstanding saves to ensure the Moneenroe girls got a draw.


As only one team could be victorious on the day, it meant that it all came down to the last match against St Pius from Ballacolla, Co Laois. Ellie Roche scored the winner with a fierce strike, as the girls defended resolutely to the final whistle. There were joyous scenes as Moneenroe girls realised they had won the mid-Leinster competition. 

Well done to all the players and coaches on a brilliant day.

1. Heidi Buggy, 2. Eabha Booth, 3. Eva Roche, 4. Ellie Roche, 5. Freya Coogan, 6. Willow Barker, 7. Kate O’Brien, 8. Saoirse Brennan


Cian Mooney Memorial Blitz

Posted: 20th April 2023


This morning we held our first memorial blitz in memory of a much loved & missed past pupil Cian Mooney. We were delighted to host this blitz in Cian’s memory & welcomed his family to share this day. Cian was a great sportsman & all the pupils involved in today’s blitz gave their all in the games just like Cian would of done on many occasions for our school in the past. All games consisted of one half of hurling & one half of football and were evenly contested by all teams.

Congratulations to Michael Bradish’s team who were the first team to win the Cian Mooney Memorial Trophy today.

Thanks to all who helped out in anyway especially our refs, umpires and school staff who organised this lovely tournament in Cian’s memory.


2022/23 Mini Sevens Champions!

Fantastic news coming out of Thomastown today! 7th December 2022. These fabulous bunch of girls have done the double and are now the 2022/23 Mini Sevens Champions! Congratulations girls & teachers on another great achievement!

The girls throughly enjoyed the mini 7s campaign where they were undefeated throughout all stages which brought them to today’s finals day, they played and had good wins over Gowran & Piltown in the first two games this morning. The final was a closer encounter against St. Aidan’s Kilmanagh with both talented teams giving it everything in the final. It was to be Moneenroe & Clogh girls day on a full time score of 3-1 to 0-6. Well done to all involved.

Moneenroe /Clogh N.S. takes First Rionn A Schools Title

Saturday 19th of November 2022 in Palmerstown marked a historic day for Moneenroe/Clogh N.S. as the Girls Schools Football team won the Schools First ever Roinn A Cup.

In the regional league Moneenroe/Clogh N.S. enjoyed wins over Conahy, Muckalee, Castlecomer, Freshford and Urlingford. Good wins in the Regional League allowed mentors to use a full panel allowing all girls from 3rd to 6th class match time. This placed Moneenroe in a quarter final versus St. Canices. In a tight game Moneenroe/Clogh emerged victorious beating St. Canices by five points. In the semi-final the Moneenroe/Clogh girls produced a great comeback, coming from 9 points down to beat Clara by 8 points. This resulted in a final against Tullogher Rosbercon Schools, who had a good win over Thomastown in the other semi final. In a pulsating encounter in which Tullogher Rosbercon led at half time, the Moneenroe/Clogh N.S. girls again dug deep to become Roinn A Schools Champions for the very first time winning by four points in the end.

This marks great progress for Moneenroe/Clogh N.S. in its 8th year entering the LGFA Schools Competition. Moneenroe/Clogh N.S. first entered LGFA Schools Competition in 2013. In 2015 Moneenroe/Clogh beat Conahy in a Roinn D decider. In 2018 Moneenroe/Clogh beat Muckalee in a Roinn C decider. In 2019 Moneenroe/Clogh lost out narrowly to Clara in a Roinn B Final. And this 2022 after two years of a break due to Covid 19 – Moneenroe/Clogh arrived to claim their first ever Rionn A Schools title.

Well done to all the girls involved for their hard work at training. They have made big strides forward since training started in September. Big Thanks go to the staff of Moneenroe N.S. Mr. Philip Lonergan, Mr. Michael McKeogh, Mr. Gary Kelly and Mrs. Kathleen Connolly for all their help with training, refereeing and co-ordinating matches etc., again this year.

The successful Moneenroe Panel was:-  1. Eabha Booth, 2. Ellie Roche, 3. Sarah Phelan, 4. Eva Roche, 5. Sarah Buggy, 6. Freya Coogan, 7. Ellie Rose Nolan Dawson, 8. Ciara Maguire, 9. Heidi Buggy, 10. Abbie Flanagan, 11. Kate. O’Brien, 12. Abbie Aspel, Subs: Willow Barker, Alanna Morrin, Abigail Daly, Zara Roche, Maura Ward, Chloe Malone, Bláithín Maguire, Maia Coogan, Emma Kelly, Isabelle Lawlor, Ellen Heatherington.

Moneenroe/Clogh N. S Girls footballers now look forward to the second round at the Cumann na mBunscol Girls Mini Sevens in Gowran on Wednesday 30th November. Moinin Rua Abú

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Leinster Blitz 2019

Well done to Francie Ward who was part of the Kilkenny Cumann Na mBunscoil team who took part in the Leinster Blitz today. Kilkenny won all three matches they played beating Laois, Wexford and Kildare

Medal Presentation
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Well done to the girls from Clogh & Moneenroe NS who received their school football final medals On Tuesday 4th December 2018, at a presentation in Moneenroe Hall. The medals were presented to the girls by Kilkenny man Steven Scallan who recently starred in the TG4s Underdogs programme. Well done to Mr. Lonergan & Mr. McKeogh for organising and well done to the girls for their great achievement in winning 7 out of 7 games


Well done to the girls from Moneenroe & Clogh schools on a fantastic win and display of football in the schools league final against Coon/Muckalee, on Saturday 16th November 2018. The girls won on a score of 8-6 to 4-1, congratulations to all the girls & teachers Mr. Lonergan & Mr. McKeogh for their commitment to the girls and to football in the school. That was 7 wins from 7 games for the girls . Thanks also to the number of supporters that turned out this morning. Thanks to Railyard GFC for sponsoring treats for the girls in McDonalds afterwards 



Congratulations to the Railyard u12 girls in the u12 Football Final on Sunday 30th Sept 2018, against Muckalee

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Medal Presentation

Thursday 2nd February 2017, we were delighted to welcome Brian Cody to our school to present the medal to the boys and girls of the Clogh/Moneenroe National School's Country Cup team 2016.  We thank Brian for given his time and his great words of wisdom. We would also like to thanks Tom Brennan and Joe Coogan who presented the same team with their runner up medals from the School League. 

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Corn na Tuaithe Final

Clogh/Moneenroe 2-4       Kilmanagh 0-1

Clogh/Moneenroe captured the 2016 Country Cup with a well-deserved victory over a strong Kilmanagh side, which was played under lights in Danesfort on Tuesday evening. The final was due to have been last week but was postponed due to bad weather however the conditions weren’t much better on Tuesday as both teams were met with wind and rain as they did their warm up.

Both teams started well and played some good football considering the conditions, scores though were very hard to come by and it wasn’t until the 14th minute that the first flag was raised which was a Clogh/Moneenroe goal from the boot of Dara Brennan. The goal really settled his side down and they started getting on top all over the field. Clogh/Moneenroe scored a further goal and point through Jonah Kelly to go in at the break 2-1 to 0-0 to the good. Clogh/Moneenroe were well worth their half time lead and had they had a little bit more luck on their side could have been further ahead.

Clogh/Moneenroe started the second half in the same fashion as they finished the first and although scores were hard to come by, they were on top throughout. Some great goal keeping from Charlie Cleere in the Kilmanagh goals kept Clogh/Moneenroe at bay but two points from Jonah Kelly and a long-range effort from Shane Buggy kept the scoreboard ticking over in Clogh/Moneenroe’s favour. Kilmanagh to their credit kept fighting to the end and finally got on the scoresheet when Eoin Egan pointed. Kilmanagh did have two goal chances late on but Luke Flanagan was on hand on both occasions to clear the danger. There were scenes of great joy at the end as joint captains Harry Roche and Luke Flanagan became the first two players to lifted the Country Cup for Clogh/Moneenroe. It was a great team performance from Clogh/Moneenroe who overcame the disappointment of the League final and never let their heads down. This team along with managers Mr. Lonergan and Mr. Butler put in a huge effort all through the year and finished the season with fifteen wins and just the one loss from their sixteen outings. The history makers were Luke Flanagan, Jack O’Neill, John Brennan, Shay Dunne, Malachy Flaherty, Shane Buggy, Francie Ward, Harry Roche, Adam Buggy, Daniel Farrell, Jake Denigan, Dominic Bolster, Chris Phelan, Dara Brennan, Jonah Kelly, Muireann Ryan, Darragh Dunne, Katelyn Farnan, Harry Lawlor, Conor Farnan, Liam Walsh, Eli Bolster, Rebecca Mealy, James O’Neill, Katelyn Kelly, Katie Brennan and Caoimhe Mooney. 

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Schools Football: League Final

Clogh/Moneenroe 0-5                Bennettsbridge 1-4

Clogh/Moneenroe fell at the final hurdle in their bid to win the 2016 League when they were narrowly beaten by a physical Bennettsbridge team. Clogh/Moneenroe started well and were 0-4 to 0-0 up after just 8 minutes with 3 point from Jonah Kelly and one from Adam Buggy had things looking good.

Bennettsbridge finally got on the scoresheet on 13 minutes from a free. They were level on 22 minutes when they scored the only goal of the game. Jonah Kelly restored the lead on 23 min with another fine point. Remarkably this was to be the last score of the game for Clogh/Moneenroe. Bennettsbridge level matters before half time to leave the scores 0-5 to 1-2 at the break.

Scores were hard to come by in the 2nd period with both defences on top. It wasn’t to be however for Clogh/Moneenroe and two late pointed frees from Bennettsbridge in the 23rd and 24th minute of the 2nd half were the difference. Clogh/Moneenroe had plenty of chances in the second half to secure victory but it wasn’t to be. Every one of the players should hold their heads high as they are a credit not only to their families but the Clogh/Moneenroe community in general. Well done also to Mr. Lonergan and Mr. Butler. Team Luke Flanagan, Jack O’Neill, John Brennan, Shay Dunne, Malachy Flaherty, Shane Buggy, Francie Ward, Harry Roche, Adam Buggy, Jake Denigan, Dominic Bolster, Chris Phelan, Dara Brennan, Jonah Kelly, Miran Ryan, Darragh Dunne, Katelyn Farnan, Harry Lawlor, Conor Farnan, Liam Walsh, Eli Bolster, Rebecca Mealy, James O’Neill, Katelyn Kelly, Katie Brennan and Caoimhe Mooney.

It is not all doom and gloom as Clogh/Moneenroe still have the country cup final to look forward to



North Kilkenny Final on Saturday 21st November at 2pm in The Prince Ground Castlecomer. They only went and won it!! Unbelievable match, very hard fought against a very tough Conahy team. They held on in the end to win 1-3 to 0-04. A huge thanks to Paddy Ward and Miss Tobin for their hard work with the girls over the past few months. And a special word of thanks to everyone who came out and supported today. Very proud day for Clogh/ Moneenroe schools 

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