The 'Mon' Killarney Tournament

Date: 26 Oct 2019

The annual Colm Cooper football tournament took place recently, in Killarney and as always it was a great success. The competition this year was hosted by the 'Mon' school in Killarney where Colm, the well-known Kerry footballer, himself, is a past pupil. This year was the tenth anniversary of the tournament. It began in 2009 when Primary Schools from PBST (Presentation Brothers Schools Trust), were invited to participate and compete for the coveted Colm Cooper trophy. He was very supportive of this initiative and he saw fit to donate a trophy for this annual event.

The participating schools in this year's tournament were mainly from Presentation Brothers Primary Schools. The schools were from Bunscoil Chriost Ri, Cork City, St. Joseph's The Mardyke, Cork City, Nagle Rice, Milltown, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Killarney, St. Brendan's, Birr, Co. Offaly and of course, the hosts, The Mon from Killarney. Scoil Iosaef Naofa from Cobh and Scoil Mhuire na nGras, Greenmount were unable to attend.   

Two groups of three played out some very entertaining matches throughout the day but Milltown and St. Joseph's earned the right to contest the final. Milltown came through a tough semi-final which went to extra time and found the going a little tougher in the final. So, St. Joseph's triumphed for a second year in a row to win it out in fine style.

Colm presented the medals and the trophy. He was impressed with the standard of football from the participating schools. There was time for photos and he had words of advice for the teams. He said he was delighted to be honored by his former school and was appreciative of all that was done to make the tournament a success. There was a special word of thanks to the schools who traveled long distances to take part in the tournament, most notably St Brendan's who came all the way from Birr, Co. Offaly.        

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