St Ronan’s, Hogan Cup Final: A day for the Underdogs!

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St Ronan’s, Hogan Cup Final: A day for the Underdogs!

Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup Final, Croke Park, Dublin 7/4/2018 Rice College Westport vs St. Ronan's College St. Ronan's Jamie Haughey lifts the trophy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

12th April 2018- Emer O’Kane, Associate Product Manager

2 min read

Beezer provides a sports management platform for Sports Organisations (SO), one SO to avail of our services is the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). From working with the GAA, the team at Beezer embarked on a discovery journey into this passionate community and their love of the sport! One team that sticks out are St Ronan’s College…

While last weekend for many was all about the Masters, GAA fans in Lurgan had all eyes on one of their local schools battling it out at Croke Park for the Hogan Cup.  

St Ronan’s College, which only formed 3 years ago, sailed to schools Gaelic success this Saturday past – which ended with a 1 point win against Rice College, Westport in Croke Park. It was a nail-biting match and the atmosphere in Croke Park was at fever pitch. Understandably so, as there was so much on the line for St. Ronan’s.

In their first 2 years after being formed, St. Ronan’s got to the semi-final of the MacRory cup and were knocked out both times. This year not only did they win the McCormick cup and the MacRory cup, but went on to make it a treble with the Hogan Cup.

This is the first time the Hogan Cup has come home to Armagh since the 1940’s.

Quite an achievement for a school without its own football pitch wouldn’t you say?

“An unbelievable achievement for the boys and their management who have worked so hard the last few years. It has had a huge impact on them, the whole school community and the greater Lurgan area. Well done boys!”   Miss Walsh, Teacher at St Ronan’s. 

St. Ronan’s story really struck a chord with me. My time with Beezer so far has allowed me to work alongside the world’s largest amateur sports organisation, and engage with many of the over half a million GAA members worldwide. I am in awe of the passion these players and supporters show for their game, and love seeing an underdog make it all the way to the home of Gaelic games – Croke Park – and go home with the cup.

What makes the GAA community so special? How has this community blossomed into a worldwide body, portraying so much passion and opportunity for all ages?  No longer is it just about the sport, it’s about the cultural life, local fundraising for your community, a social hub for worldwide members and so much more! St. Ronan’s are a shining example of how passion and dedication can bring about truly life-changing opportunities for young people engaged in sports. 

Thanks for reading!

Emer