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We encourage the children to take part in as many sports as possible
and we co-operate fully with the local sports clubs in their efforts
to promote sports for children.

We take the children training after school and we enter the Sciath na Scol competitions for Hurling, Camogie and Football (Boys and Girls) in which we have won many cups, trophies and medals over the years.

We take part in the Cork City Sports every year and other athletic events such as cross country running. 

Our school is well equipped for sports and we have a wide variety of sports’ equipment available in the school. We also have a school hall, a large outdoor area for games and an all-weather pitch is available in the adjacent Éire Óg GAA facility. We are lucky to have so many staff members who give of their own time to train and organise the children for the various sports’ events that we take part in. All staff members teach P.E. with great enthusiasm and promote health awareness in the school, to the extent that we have been awarded a Health Promoting School Flag.

Sciath na Scol Winners

Ovens N.S. 0-4

Ballygarvan 0-3

Comhghairdeachas dos na cailíní a bhuaigh roinn a haon den sciath na scol le déanaí. Our girls won a fantastic final yesterday in Páirc Uí Rinn. They showed great determination and spirit to earn this hard fought victory. All the training they did since September definitely stood to them and great credit goes to themselves and their coaches, Michael McCarthy, Brighid O’Grady, Kieran O’Sullivan and Marianne Cooper.

Maith sibh go léir



Sciath na Scol Winners

Ovens N.S. 5-5; Ballygarvan 0-1

Comhghairdeachas leis na cáilíní agus a dtraenálaithe ar an mbua iontach a bhí acu le déanaí. Our girls were magnificent in their final victory over Ballygarvan, in Páirc Uí Rinn, recently. From the first whistle you could see the determination in each player to do her best and all 23 panel members played their part in this impressive victory. The girls were very dedicated all year form their first training session on September 1st right up until their final this week.  Thanks to their trainers Marianne Cooper, Brighid O’Grady and Shane McCarthy for all the time they put in outside of school hours (and to Colm O’Sullivan and Michael McCarthy for training the boys, who reached the semi finals). Thank you to the parents for their support, Éire Óg for their facilities, all the teachers who have taught the children the skills of balance, co-ordination etc… over the years in P.E. and to the supporters for being our ’16th player’ on the day of the final.

Boys’ and girls’ 7 –a-side County Football Champions

Last Thursday, February 25th, Ovens National School travelled to Newcestown GAA complex to compete in the INTO Mini Sevens county final.


Boys’ games

In the Semi-final, Ovens faced a spirited Castletownbere side. After a tense and close opening half, goals from Seamus Lordan and Michael McCarthy helped to settle the early nerves. In the second half Ovens continued to dominate possession and standout performances from Darragh O Connell and Jack Forde ensured victory.

Having qualified for the final Ovens faced formidable opponents in the form of hosts Newcestown. The pace of the game was frantic and Newcestown powered into a half time lead, with the scoreline reading 1-2 to 5-0. Having trailed by twelve points early in the second half, things were not looking good for the team. However, the team showed huge character and great determination and fought their way back into the tie. Goals from Darragh and Michael helped claw back the deficit and in the end it was honours even at full time. The scoreboard reading an incredible 7-2 apiece. Ovens continued their fantastic workrate in extra time and scored a further 2 goals and 2 points without reply.  Every one of the players played an important role and worked tirelessly

The victory marked a fantastic achievement for the school with both teams winning their respective county titles. Congratulations to all involved in both panels for the hard work and effort that they put in all year.

Full Panel: Eoin O Shea, Jack Forde, Ronan O Driscoll,  Tomás O Brien, Conor Eagles, Fintan O Flynn, Colm Quigley, Darragh O Connell, Michael McCarthy, Seamus Lordan


 Girls’ games

First up for the Ovens cailiní were the Castletownbere girls. A strong and ruthless opening saw the Ovens girls surge ahead. Our backs were teak tough while our midfielders and forwards picked off some first class scores. A super team performance ensured a safe passage to the county final.

Kilbrittan were the opposition in the final and the Ovens girls were in no mood to settle for second best. A focused and determined first half saw Ovens race into a commanding lead. Disciplined tackling, neat interplay and accurate shooting dazzled the supporters and the game finished with a comprehensive victory for the Ovens girls.

The team was superbly captained by Emily Coffey. Her fellow backs consisting of Sadbh Mc Goldrick, Ella Foley and Sophie O Connell snuffed out any danger to our goal. The box to box running of midfielders Niamh O Shea and Maeve O Callaghan was a joy to behold while to pinpoint marksmanship of Eimear Murphy, Eimear O Donavan, Nicole Murphy and Ali Murphy ensured the scores were never in short supply.

Congratulations to the whole panel.

Girls’ panel members; Ella Foley, Nicole Murphy, Allie Murphy, Eimear Murphy, Eimear O Donovan, Meave O Callaghan, Sophie O Connell, Niamh O Shea, Sadbh McGoldrick and Emily Coffey.

Indoor Hurling Blitz Champions


The 4th class boys played an indoor hurling blitz on an astroturf surface in Blackrock hurling club. The panel of players included; Conor O’ Sullivan, Owen Beamish, Donnchadh Whelton, Johnny Galvin, Matthew Broderick, Alex O’ Regan, Kory Miller, Bradley Keane, Josh McCarthy and Ryan Hegarty.


In our first game against Scoil Niocláis, goals from Bradley, Conor (2), Alex and Kory resulted in a 5 – 1 win and a great start to the round robin group. Our second group game against Beaumount was a much tighter affair with Kory getting an early goal. Bradley’s late goal secured a semi final spot with a 2-0 win.


Ballygarvan were next up in the semi final, but Ovens were too strong for them and goals from Kory, Conor and Bradley (2) sealed a 4-0 win.

The final against Riverstown was a nip and tuck affair as two evenly matched sides were level at 1-1 with Kory scoring the all important goal. With time almost up, Kory was fouled and Conor buried the resultant free from a difficult angle. Huge celebrations from Ovens almost cost us a goal, as most of the players thought time was up! Yet Riverstown mounted one last attack only to be foiled by our ever reliable goalkeeper, Johnny.

The boys have now qualified for the county section to be played at a later date. Well done to all the panel and their trainers, Joe Murphy, Michael McCarthy and Shane McCarthy who’ve been training the team, at luchtimes, since Christmas

Indoor Camogie Blitz Champions

Our 4th class girls participated in the Sciath na Scol divisional indoor camogie blitz in Éire Óg recently. For the first time ever we entered two teams and they both did the school proud. Our A team won the competition by beating Cloghroe 6-2 in the final and are now through to the county finals. Well done to all involved and a special thanks to teachers Colm O’Sullivan, Joe O’Loughlin and Katie McCarthy for all their help training the teams during lunch times for the past number of weeks. Ovens abú.

camogie team on winning
Ovens NS Girls Team

Teams: Emma Healy, Emma Digonal, Áine Larkin, Áine Herlihy, Maria O’Donovan, Ella Scanlan, Emily Cremin, Myah Desmond, Roisin Walsh, Niamh McNabola, Abi Keegan, Emma Murphy, Grace O’Brien, Abi Mullins, Leah Coakley, Laoise Murphy, Ciara O’Brien, Olivia Hanlon and Abbie Cronin.

Congratulations to our camogie team on winning the Sciath na Scol camogie final in Musgrave Park


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Comhghairdeachas le foirne peile na nUamhanna a bhuaigh an dá sciath le déanaí. Well done to our boys’ and girls’ teams on winning their respective sciath na scol competitions in Páirc Uí Chaoimh recently. Preparation began on September 2nd with training and practice games before beginning the competition. Both teams played four games in the league section before qualifying for semi finals, which they won. The finals were held on November 12th and our boys beat Ballygarvan by 3-5 to 1-2 with a wonderful, spirited display before the girls repeated the gaisce with a brilliant 3-7 to 0-2 victory over Gaelscoil Carrigaline. Thanks to parents and the Éire Óg club for their support throughout the campaign and to the Éire Óg men’s and ladies’ club for providing food and drinks afterwards in Desmond’s Restaurant. Buíochas comh maith leis na múinteoirí go léir agus Charlie a chuir an obair go léir isteach i ranganna corpoideachais tríd na blianta agus don lucht tacaíochta go léir a tháinig ar an lá mhór. Maith sibh go léir.

Boys’ panel:
Luke O’Doherty, Cormac Harris, Brian McNabola, Conor Higgins, Aidan McCarthy, Diarmuid Dillon, Alan O’Sullivan, Tommie Murphy, Sam O’Driscoll, Darragh Coakley, Darragh O’Connell, Michael Murphy, Adam McCarthy, Neil O’Shea, Luca Rickard, Brannon Bradley, Tim Sweeney, Rory Collins, Matthew Healy, Fiachra Dineen, Seamus Lordan, Jack Cotter,Kieran McSweeney, Adam Dennehy, Matthew Glavin, Ronan O’Driscoll, Adam O’Riordan.

Boys’ trainers: Joe Murphy, Michael McCarthy and Eoghan Hyde.

The Ovens National School Boys and Girls teams who are the Champions of DF and DGF Sciath na Scol Football. Picture includes; Eoghan Hyde, Principal with teachers; Brighid O'Grady, Joe Murphy, Michael McCarthy and Kieran O'Sullivan
Girls’ panel:
Louise Ambrose, Sadhb McGoldrick, Emily Coffey, Eimear Murphy, Nikki Cronin, Gráinne O’Shea, Dearbhla Walsh, Maeve O’Callaghan, Meadbh Kelly, Niamh o’Shea, Aoibhe O’Brien, Aoibheann Goulding, Niamh Herlihy, Eimear O’Donvoan, Aisling Desmond, Allie Muprhy, Nicole Murphy, Abbie Coughlan, Emma O’Regan, Breffni Broderick, Amy Collins, Ella Foley, Leah Hayes and Patrice Holmes
Girls’ trainers: Marianne Cooper, Kieran O’Sullivan and Brighid O’Grady.

Encourage Sports in Cork Schools

We encourage the children to take part in as many sports as possible
and we co-operate fully with the local sports clubs in their efforts
to promote sports for children.

We take the children training after school if the weather is favourable and we enter
the Sciath na Scol competitions for Hurling, Camogie and Football (Boys and Girls)
in which we have won many cups, trophies and medals over the years.

Ovens Girls School Team

We take part in the Cork City Sports every year and in recent years
we have won numerous medals and trophies.

For the past number of years we have organised specialised coaches for
various age groups in rugby, pitch and putt, soccer and tennis.
This coaching takes place during the normal school P.E. time.

Oven Boys School Team
Ovens NS Boys Team