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Sporting activity has always been an integral part of the Holy Child Killiney philosophy. With the emphasis being on participation rather than competition, every student is encouraged to become involved in at least one sporting activity, and to enjoy the many benefits afforded by participation.

Participation in sporting activity is widely recognised as contributing positively to academic achievement, in addition to increased self-esteem and confidence among students.

As part of a holistic education, HCK values the contribution which sporting participation gives to the students understanding of commitment, accountability, responsibility and sportsmanship - all cornerstones of an all-round education.



Hockey has been played at Holy Child Killiney since the school was established in 1947. Based on a strong tradition , improved facilities and top coaches, HCK has achieved consistent success over the last 15 years and is now recognised as one of the top hockey schools in Leinster.

Last year we are delighted to welcome Simon Lowry to our new position of Director of hockey. Simon is a level 2 coach with a masters in Coaching Science in Sport. He is head coach of the Irish U16 Boys and Head coach of Monkstown Ladies. He leads a very strong talented and dedicated coaching team

Hockey has 4 Senior , 3 Junior ,4 Minor and 4 First Year teams all competing at the highest level.

HCK teams play in the Leinster schools league and the Southside league .

Matches are played on Saturdays and the Senior A team also plays on a Wednesday. All teams train twice a week .

Representative Honours

HCK have been consistently represented at Leinster and Irish level by HCK players over the last 10 years.

Emma Russell Senior Irish International

Emma Mathews Junior Irish International

Abbie Russell Junior Irish International

Caroline Mathews Junior Irish International

Laura Noble Junior Irish International.

Aine Naughton and Alex Purcell Leinster U 18s

Sarah McFarland Leinster U 16s

Rachel Jackson, Aliya Davis, Isabelle Napier, Millie Jerman and Cathy Green Leinster U 16 Leinster Training Squad


Basketball has always been a popular sport in Killiney but now even more so with the development of our state of the art sports hall.

With over 150 girls playing competitive basketball, HCK teams now compete in the All Ireland League, All Ireland Cup and the South Dublin League.

HCK provides all players with access to the highest levels of coaching and unparallel facilities.

We are delighted that our Senior Basketball Coach Lauren Flynn after 4 successful years with HCK has now been appointed Director of Basketball to steer the sport to even greater success.

Representative Honours

  • Hannah Murphy, Captain of the HCK Senior Team and Sports Prefect was selected to the Irish u18 squad and Dublin Senior Ladies Team in 2019
  • Hazel Farrelly was selected for the South Dublin Squad in 2020.
  • Isabelle Napier and Hazel Farrelly were selected for the East Region Development Squad in 2019.

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All students are encouraged to participate in Athletics in HCK either in the cross country events during the Autumn or the East Leinster Track and Field events in Santry during the Summer term.

Training takes place twice a week and girls are able to combine this training with their other chosen sports.

In the cross country season HCK girls participate in the Blackrock Invitational, The DCU Invitational , The East Leinster Cross Country Championships and qualifying for the Leinster and All Irelands later in the year.

In the track and field season in the summer term the girls participate in the East Leinster Track and field events and also the 1st and 2nd years participate in the Tony Ward invitational event in St Gerards in May.

We are delighted to have the Veteran HCK coach Rosanna Baker training the girls to great success over the last decade consistently to All Ireland Championships at Cross country and Track and Field.

Helping with Rosanna with Athletic training is one of HCKs outstanding schools athletes Sarah Healy who graduated from HCK in 2019 gaining an Athletic Ad Astra to UCD . Sarah was undefeated in all schools competitions for Leinster and Ireland at 3000 m from 1st -6th year. Also winning double gold at the youth Olympics in 2018.


With the arrival of the summer term , HCK’s 9 tennis courts are filled with Tennis players of all standards .With a strong tradition of tennis in the school, HCK has an excellent track record at the Leinster schools Tennis Leagues.

Tennis lessons are also run every Saturday for beginners to improve their skills.

We are delighted to have the experienced former International tennis player and top coach Michelle Bennett to coach our senior and Junior league tennis teams. She is assisted by Alice Kinsella , a HCK Alumna and a talented tennis player and coach.




HCK has a long history of involvement in equestrian sports, and a very active group of current pupils are participating on teams and as individual’s at all major national equestrian events. Many of our junior pupils compete as members of local Pony Club branches including the Bray Hunt Branch, the Wicklow Hunt Branch and others. Some of our Senior Students are competing at a high level with Eventing Ireland and Showjumping Ireland. Current student, Isabel Fitzpatrick, has represented Ireland and has been placed in many Young Rider Competitions, including at The Dublin Horse Show.

The National Interschools Show Jumping League has gradually been established over the last number of years and its popularity is growing yearly, with over 20 league events held each year all over the county. School teams travel from all over Ireland to compete in an “Aga Khan” style team competition. Last year 36 teams were registered to compete in the national interschools. The focus at HCK is generally on league events hosted throughout the year within the greater Dublin/ East Leinster region at venues such as Boswell Equestrian (Ashford), Barnadown (Gorey), Killossery (Swords), Coilog and JAG Equestrian (Kildare). The dedication, skill and sporting attitude shown by all of the girls has always been a real credit to themselves, their families and Holy Child School.

The competition schedule for The TRI Equestrian League can be found at the following link: http://www.equestrianinterschools.com/calendar.php

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