Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirls Championships

November 8, 2018

Kate Russell was one of the most influential figures in the history of the Irish Ladies' Hockey Union. Her utter dedication to the game was of huge benefit to the ILHU.

Kate died in 1978 after 50 years of service to the game, and two years after her death, the Kate Russell Schoolgirls Championships were instituted.


They have been played on an annual basis, the 2017 tournament taking place on Thursday, 23rd and Friday, 24th March in Banbridge, Co. Down

The following five teams, having won their provincial School's Cup Competition, will take part in the All-Ireland's:


Ulster:         Banbridge Academy, Banbridge

Munster:      Ursuline College, Thurles

Leinster:      Muckross College, Dublin

Connacht:     Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes), Galway

South East:  Kilkenny College, Kilkenny


Best of luck to The Jes team, including the ten Greenfields players who will line out for their school:

Carmel Heery (Co-Capt)
Éadaoin Kennedy (Co-Capt)
Grace Kavanagh

Molly Kelly-Grealy
Aoife McGovern

Lauren McKnight
Madeline Mitchell
Ruby Murphy
Zara O'Toole
Lauren Walsh

Coach Richie Malone, Assistant coaches Brenda Flannery & Ger McManamon, along with Manager Debbie Heery have dedicated many hours preparing the squad.
All in Greenfields wish them every success this week!
Pictured below are the victorious Connacht Schoolgirls Champions:
Back Row L-R:  Debbie Heery (Manager), Richie Malone (Coach), Madeline Mitchell, Grace Kavanagh, Eleanor O'Byrne, Laura Elwood, Kate Grealish, Molly Kelly-Grealy, Lauren Walsh, Sinéad Carey, Fiona Kelly, Zara O'Toole, Brenda Flannery (Assistant Coach) & Olwyn Nic Dhonnacha.

Front L-R:  Róisín Nic Dhonnacha, Gemma McManamon, Laura O'Neill, Lauryn McKnight, Shauna Spillane, Eva Mannion, Éadaoin Kennedy (Co-Capt), Carmel Heery (Co-Capt), Aoife McGovern, Sarah Thomson, Anna O'Donoghue, Keelan Molloy & Anna Roe.

Mascot: Aisling Walsh.