It was fantastic to see The Heather Cup back this week and the grounds of Terenure College buzzing with excitement.

It was a most enjoyable few days of sunshine (and rain!) and soccer.

Well done to all the children from 3rd to 6th class in St. Pius X boys and girls’ schools for taking part, this was the first time for 3rd, 4th & 5th class playing in the Heather Cup and we know this event brought a huge amount of joy (for the most part).  This was the 50th year that the Heather Cup was held, and we were delighted that Willie Heather (son of founder Charlie) was on hand to present the cups.  

The Heather Cup is children led in terms of team choices and this is not always perfect, but it is an opportunity for the classes to mix together and children across the age groups to get to know each other, hopefully next time we will have more teams now that those who participated and attended to watch know what the Heather Cup is after a three year hiatus!

This year the team led by Ronan O’Dell and Conor O’Brien won the boys tournament, and the team led by Sarah Prendergast and Sadhbh King won the girls.  They have the job of minding the Heather Cup’s for a year!  We were entertained throughout the tournament by some great skill and of course the nail biting penalty shoot outs!

Thanks to all those who helped make this possible, the Heather Cup committee of Caroline Costello, Helen Ryan, Kate Quinn, Michelle Dillon & Denise Cooling, the school secretaries for managing enrolment and the many questions thrown at them, the principles for supporting the event, the parents for pitch supervision in particular Greg Ward & Conor Wallace, St John’s Ambulance, Terenure TY students for refereeing and carrying out lines man duties, our final night ‘pro’ ref’s, Terenure College for allowing us use their pitch’s each year and in particular the groundskeeper for preparing the pitch’s for us.

Heather Cup – St Pius X Girls Winners
Heather Cup – St Pius X Boys Winners