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St Brigids Honoured with an award from the Municipal Council

Photographed above are members of the Junior A basketball team with Cllr. Niall Kelleher, chairperson of Killarney Municipal Council. The team were presented with an award at the first annual municipal awards held in Killarney House on Friday night. Julie Delaney, captain, accepted the award on behalf of the team and Treasa O’Sullivan spoke. Below is an extract of her speech 

I would like to thank Killarney Municipal Council for honouring the Junior A Basketball team from St. Brigid’s. It was a wonderful achievement to be crowned all Ireland champions last May but it is very special to be recognised by our own community. We are delighted to be joined this evening by so many other wonderful ambassadors for their sport. In an era where many young girls drop out of sport in their teens the members of the ladies golf team and rowing crews certainly set a great example for us. 

Our Junior team were crowned All-Ireland Junior A Basketball Champions in the National Arena in Tallaght, Dublin last May. This is an exceptional achievement given that there are in excess of 340 Post Primary girls school registered for the schools’ competition and St. Brigid’s play in the top division of the league. The panel of 18 girls comprised of sixteen 2nd Year students and two 1st Year students and were coached by Kate Donnellan and teacher Emma Bunworth. Our team was two years in the making as we were narrowly beaten the previous year in the All-Ireland final by a team from Portlaoise. It was difficult to pick ourselves up and start again but both Kate and Ms. Bunworth had enormous confidence in us and helped us believe in ourselves again.