A quartet of O'Neills All-Ireland Junior Camogie Schools titles were handed out at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh at the weekend, as St Brendan's Birr, Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir; St. Joseph's, Lucan and Mercy Convent, Roscommon took silverware.
St Brendan's Birr claimed Junior 'A' honours, following a hard earned 1-6 to 2-2 win over St. Mary's Charleville.
Offaly Senior Hurling manager Brian Whelehan proclaimed it as 'a great day' for his alma mater as he witnessed them delivering a first title at this grade for an Offaly school.Following a competitive opening half, the sides were tied at 1-2 apiece at the interval.
Rebecca Noonan netted after 17 minutes for Charleville, but Sarah Harding registered Birr's goal to tie the game at the break.
Wind assisted Birr stole a march on the restart, and moved 1-5 to 1-2 ahead by the 40th minute.
Scores were at a premium in the second half with defences firmly on top, and although St Brendan's stretched their lead to four points, they came under huge pressure at the back late on.
With two minutes to go Noonan netted St. Marys second goal, but this was her sides only score of the second half, as St. Brendans held out for victory.Aisling Brennan was immense in defence, with the St. Cillians player deservedly claiming the Player of the Match award, while Clodagh McCormack lifted the cup after the game.
Junior B honours went to Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, who were always on top in their 6-20 to 3-8 win over Calasanctius, Oranmore.
The Cahir school led from the off, with their captain Caoimhe Condon netting her sides first goal after just 20 seconds.
Further goals from Roisin Howard, Condon (2) and Katie Farrell helped Colaiste Dun Iascaigh to a 5-11 to 2-1 interval lead, with Fiona Whelan and Lauren O’Dea netting for Calasanctius.
A last gasp goal from Katie Feeney ensured Junior C honours went to St Joseph’s , Lucan following a 3-6 to 2-7 win over St Joseph’s Tulla.Tulla led by 2-4 to 1-1 at half-time, with Laura McGrath and Siobhan O’Connell netting the Clare sides goals.
A Nicole Fitzgibbon goal kept the Lucan outfit in touch, with Tulla held to three second half points, with Samantha O’Connor bagging their second goal , before Feeney’s match winner. Mercy Convent, Roscommon took Junior D silverware, with a 5-9 to 1-5 win over Presentation Waterford.