In the absence of our annual Sports Assembly both the Rugby and Hockey Departments held their respective awards night via Zoom.

We are grateful to Mr Ashmore for taking the lead in organising the Rugby Awards and to Mr Willis for leading the Hockey Awards. Both were supported by their colleagues in their respective departments.

The Rugby awards were held on June 4th while the Hockey Awards took place a week later on June 11th.Both Depts created a video montage of the year’s events and we have posted them on the College’s Instagram account. Special thanks to Form 5 student Cameron Wagenaar for his work on the hockey video.

The Rugby Dept one is here.  The Hockey Dept one is here.

Kilkenny College Hockey Awards 2020

The Hockey Awards had over 150 remote participants and included a Hockey Quiz using the app Kahoot. Well done to Holly Hutchinson, Julie Greene and Sara Stephens all form 5 who were the prize winners. We say thanks to all at for sponsoring the prizes.

The Hockey Dept were fortunate to have current Irish Internationals Deirdre Duke and Jeremy Duncan join them remotely and this short video you can see here.

First Year C

Most Improved Player- Abby Chadwick

Player of the Year-Caitlin Fallon

First Year B2

Most Improved Player-Roisin Dunne

Player of the Year-Isabelle Maxwell

First Year B1

Most Improved Player-Marthe Dolan

Player of the Year-Jane Lalor

First Year A

Most Improved Player-Molly Finlay

Player of the Year-Ruby Conroy

Minor B2

Most Improved Player-Julia Cardines Treacy

Player of the Year-Davina Than

Minor B1

Most Improved Player-Sarah Keane

Player of the Year-Mia Collier

Minor A

Most Improved Player-Charlotte Hathaway

Player of the Year- Amy Handcock

Representative Honours

Congratulations to the following for representing the South East in the Under 16 Inter Provincials: Emer Sweetnam, Emma Simmons, Lilly Grace and Amy Handcock.

Junior B 3

Most Improved Player-Eve Gallagher

Player of the Year-Sarah O’Connor

Junior B 2

Most Improved Player-Theodara Lande

Player of the Year- Abi Codd

Junior B1

Most Improved Player-Emmeline Bird

Player of the Year-Rebecca Moynan

Junior A

Most Improved-Jess Trayer

Player of the Year-Zoe Handcock

Representative Honours

Congratulations to 3 U.16 SE interprovincial players – Zoe Handcock, Megan Sherwood and Sarah Wilson– Well done! And congratulations to Zoe who went on to be selected for Irish training and trials.

Senior 4th

Most Improved Player-Amelia Clegg

Player of the Year-Eva Whyte

Senior 3rd

Most Improved Player-Juliette Norse

Player of the Year-Tara O’Byrne

Senior 2nd

Most Improved Player-Eva Shirley

Player of the Year-Lilly Onilena

Senior A

Most Improved Player-Julie Greene

Representative Honours

Congratulations to Julie Greene and Ava Chamney for being selected for the South East Under 16 Interprovincial Squad. Special mention for Julie Greene who is currently in the Irish Under 16 squad.

Congratulations to the following girls for Representing the South East at the under 18 Inter Provincials: Flo McDonald, Lucy Oakes, Faye Neill, Issy Walshe, Holly Hutchinson, Ally Williams.

Sixsmith Cup

The Sixsmith Cup is sponsored in recognition of the fantastic contribution Ms Sixsmith has made to hockey in Kilkenny College and at Club, Interprovincial and International Levels. It is given to the player that demonstrates a passion for the game, constant improvement, skill and leadership.

Recipient Rachel Lacey

Form 1

Most Improved Player-Charlie Nesbitt

Players of the Year-Noah James and Craig Bailey

Second Year

Most Improved-Alex Fairbank

Player of the Year-Liam Richardson

Third Year

Most Improved Player-Gavin Corcoran

Player of the Year-Charlie Moran

Fourth Year

Most Improved Player-Ed Lambert

Player of the Year-Shaun Dalton

Fifth Year

Most Improved Player-Will James

Player of the Year-Henry Huston

Sixth Year

Most Improved player-Alex Symes

Representative Honours

Congratulations to the following:

  • Cameron Wagenaar who represented Munster in the Under 18 Inter Provincials and was awarded an Irish Trial.
  • Tim Cope and Henry Huston who, last year,represented Leinster at Under 18 Level .
  • Ian O’Keeffe and Simon Young who represented Leinster at Under 21 Level last summer.

Sharman Cup

This Cup is in memory of Herbie Sharman who coached and administrated and championed Hockey in the College for many years. It is given to the player that demonstrates a passion for the game, constant improvement, skill and leadership.

Recipient -Simon Young

King Cup

The Cup was sponsored by the King Family, three of which represented Kilkenny College in Goal. It is awarded to, a girl or boy, in recognition of the specialised nature of the position and the qualities of bravery, athletic ability and commitment that are necessary to play it, to the highest level.

Recipient – Ian O’Keeffe


Kilkenny College Rugby Awards 2019/20

Best forward and best back

1st Year D 

Diarmuid Smithwick-O’Brien – Charlie Nesbit​

1st Year C 

Jerry O’Donovan – Dean Fairbrother​

1st Year B 

Gary O’Rourke – Mark Miller​

1st Year A 

Andrew Cooper – Ivor Fenton​

2nd Year C 

Arthur James – Ben Collier​

2nd Year B 

Gary Power – Eric Valentine​

2nd Year A 

Gavin Atkinson – Danny Benn​


Josh Mills – Pearse Phelan​


James Grace – Max Passberger​


Stephen Smyth – Sean Naughton / Adam Cope​


Transition Year 

Adam Shirley – Charlie Kennedy​


2nd XV ​ (5th Years)

James Cooper – Tom Donald​

1st XV ​ (5th Years)

Josh Akanji-Murphy – Liam Foot​

The 6th year awards will be distributed at their graduation ceremony.


Leinster Representatives.

Leinster U20 – Jake Caldbeck​

Leinster U19 – Ryan Strong​

Leinster U19 – Charlie Tector​

Leinster U17 – Harry Rogers​

Leinster U17 – Stephen Smyth​

Leinster U17 – Sean Naughton​


Girls Rugby 

1st XV (5th Years)

Holly Talbot-Jessica Shirley

The 6th year awards will be distributed at their graduation ceremony.

Irish Olympian and World Champion Derval O’Rourke paid a visit to Kilkenny College this week to meet with students.
Derval held two Q&A sessions with the girls and boys of Form 1 firstly followed by a second session with Form 5.Derval gave some great nutritional advice to the students.
At lunch Derval got to meet and mingle with both seniors and juniors in The Dining Hall.
Before departing the Ireland’s Fittest Family presenter met representatives of the 17 girls hockey teams,the girls rugby team as well as other sports. #cantseecantbe @20x20
Thanks to Derval for being so generous with her time and to all at Brook Food Services for their help in making the visit happen.


Charlie Tector holds nerve as Kilkenny hold off Wesley in tight affair

Leinster Schools outhalf Charlie Tector held his nerve to kick Kilkenny into the Senior Cup quarter-final in Donnybrook on Thursday.  Leinster League semi-finalists Wesley came into this with a degree of confidence which grew when Tector missed a penalty and their Jack Atkinson didn’t for an early edge. 

When Kilkenny hooker Darragh O’Reilly was binned for a high tackle, it opened the door to the possibility to build on a solid start.  However, Tector, fullback Jonathan Crossley and wing Adam Strong all looked strong on the ball and Kilkenny has plenty of ideas on how to keep Wesley at bay by keeping the ball to themselves.

The swirling wind was a problem which played havoc with the kicking strategies as both schools looked to probe for openings; Wesley opting for a more direct approach and Kilkenny looking to the wide channels. Wesley number eight Oisín Spain was everywhere, flying into the air to claim a high ball, Tector matching that with one of his own takes in a game of good moments without the continuity to make them matter. 

The half-time break gave the respective coaches the breathing space to make adjustments and Kilkenny went after the territory.  This paid a seven-point dividend when Tector powered through a tackle and executed an offload for captain Ryan Strong to claim the tonic of a try, Tector converting for the lead in the 42nd minute. 

The adrenalin was coursing at this point and Wesley’s Spain, in his eagerness to make a difference, was red-carded for a tip tackle on Joshua Coyle.  Wesley reacted well to this setback, moving upfield to set up two scrums inside the 22, Atkinson taking the ball on from the first and O’Reilly infringing after the second to be sent-off for a second yellow. 

The body blows were coming thick and fast for Kilkenny as centre Luke Fitzpatrick muscled over for Atkinson’s conversion to make it 10-7 in the third quarter. 

Not long after, they were temporarily reduced to 13, replacement Fiach O’Byrne leaving the field for a fierce tackle that looked legal from the stands.  It looked a long way back for Kilkenny. Still, Adam Strong put on the pressure to force a scrum and Tector knocked over a penalty in the 63rd minute. He was back again four minutes later to snatch the lead before Kilkenny held out in a hectic endgame. 

KILKENNY: J Crossley; G Edogun, M Hodgins, R Strong (capt), A Strong; C Tector, J Coyle; S Neale, D O’Reilly, C Chamney; N Pim, J Caldbeck; J Treacy, R Jacob, J Akanji-Murphy.

Replacements: H Dawson for Edogun (17 mins, temp); F O’Byrne for Jacob (48); L Foot for Coyle (59). 

WESLEY: G Dunne; A Galbraith, L Fitzpatrick, T Elliott, J Matchette; M Collins, J Atkinson; P Costello (capt), C Gilmer, J Fish; K Wallace, S Cronin; T Geoghegan, D Campbell, O Spain. 

Replacements: S Verdon for Collins (27 mins); M Collins for Cronin (48); T Durham for Dunne (63).

Referee: P O’Connor (Leinster Branch).


Both our SCT and JCT squads are in the final stages of their preperations for their first round cup games in the next fortnight. Both teams have achieved some promising results over Munster and Leinster schools during December and January. Both teams would welcome your support on the following dates below.


Our Senior Cup Team play Wesley College in the first round of the Bank of Ireland Senior Schools Cup on Thursday the 30th of January at 3pm in Energia Park in Donnybrook.

Our Junior Cup Team play Terenure College in the first round of the Bank of Ireland Junior Schools Cup on Wednesday the 5th of February at 3pm in Naas RFC.

Last Thursday saw the opening of a new additional training facility at Kilkenny College. On hand to cut the ribbon of the new facility were a number of past pupils representing the Hockey and Rugby Departments, the College’s two main sports. Representing girls hockey was Charlotte Cope (Class of 2018) captain of the All Ireland Kate Russell winning side from that year. Charlotte was joined by current Irish hockey international Jeremy Duncan (Class of 2012) who currently plays as a professional in the Belgian League with Royal Oreé in Brussels. Representing the Rugby Department was Shane Delahunt (Class 0f 2012),who has played with Connacht for last six years. As it happens both Shane and Jeremy won a Leinster league title at U18 level as Jeremy was a dual player at the time. All three, like many past pupils are regular visitors back to their Alma Mater. Also attending the opening were captains of a number of boys and girls hockey teams as well as captains of girls and boy’s rugby teams, as well as many coaches.

Speaking at the opening Headmaster Simon Thompson said :”This facility has been provided for our teams to support their health and fitness throughout the course of their seasons play. Our board wishes to ensure our sports teams can be the best they can be, fit ,healthy and supplement free, ready and able to compete against any other school. We are committed to ensuring our teams understand the importance of healthy nutrition and diet while being able to challenge themselves and to perform in competition”

S&C coach Stephen Gray who works with all athletes warmly welcomed the new facility. ”We are incredibly fortunate to have this facility and the support of the College community to develop the potential of all our young athletes whatever their chosen discipline”

More pictures in our picture gallery

The full list of rugby fixtures for the 2019/20 school year can be found by clicking the link below. Please note that these fixtures are subject to change so please check with the players the day before the match.

Rugby Fixtures 2019/20