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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 played for Leinster U 18s at the recent Interprovincial tournament in cork. Sarah McFarland played for the Leinster U 16s at the same tournament in Sept 2019.

Rachel Jackson, Aliya Davis, Isabelle Napier, Millie Jerman and Cathy Green have been selected on the Leinster U 16 Leinster Training Squad of 35 . A fantastic achievement to have 5 players training on this prestigious squad.

Current Season

Senior A team finished in the top 4 schools in the premier division for the first time in their history.

Junior A team reached the Junior 1 league Semi- finals and the Junior Plate Quarter final .

The Minor A team reached the Minor premier League semi -finals and the Minor Cup quarter finals.

The Minor B team reached the Minor B league Quarter Finals.

The 1st year A team reached the quarter finals of the First year cup.


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.

Current Basketball Season

  • Basketball has two senior teams, one cadette team, two junior teams and three minor teams.
  • All teams competing at a high level.
  • Senior A won the South Dublin League and were historically East Region All Ireland Semi Finalists.
  • Cadette A won the South Dublin League
  • Junior A All Ireland Semi Finalists and South Dublin Winners
  • Junior B South Dublin Finalists.
  • Minor A South Dublin Finalists.
  • Minor B South Dublin Finalists.
  • Minor C South Dublin Finalists.




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.

Current Season

Cross Country

*Isabella Tomkin Beddy (2nd year) won silver in the junior race at the Brother Invitational race in Santry on October 2019

*The Junior Team of Isabella Tomkin Beddy ,Mairead Manning ,Lauren Mealia, Jessica Carolan and Rachel Lawlor also won silver at the team event.

* Isabella Tomkin Beddy won gold in the Wicklow Invitational Mile Challenge in Greystones in November .She also finished 8th in the All Ireland Junior Cross country championships in sentry on March 7th hence qualifying to represent Ireland at the Home Countries International cross country event in Scotland in April

Track and Field

*Ellen McNally (4th year) 2nd place at the Tailteann games in the triple jump and represented HCK on the SIAB Schools International in Swansea on July 2019. This season Ellen finished 2nd in the National U17 Triple Jump , 3rd in the U 20 long jump. She also finished 3rd in the Leinster Indoor U18 Triple Jump.

*Charlotte Bourke (5TH Year) won gold at the 400 m at the U19 Dublin Indoor championships in Feb 2020 . She qualified for the All Ireland Indoor Championship in late March. Charlotte also won bronze in the 400m at the Youth Nations Cup in Apri

East Leinster Championships Santry April 2019

Senior 3000m Gold Sarah Healy

Senior 1500 m Bronze Abbie Tyrrell

Senior 4x 300 Relay Gold Charlotte Bourke Abbie Tyrrell Hannah Murphy, Sarah Healy

Inter High Jump Bronze Sally Pigott

Senior 300m Gold Charlotte Bourke

Inter Triple Jump Gold Ellen McNally

U16 mile Bronze Lucy Schwer

Minor 1100m Gold Isabella Tomkin Beddy

U 16 4x300 relay Bronze Jessica O’Donovan Amy Shovlin, Lucy Schwer, and Georgie McCarthy

Leinster Championships May 2019

Senior 3000m Gold Sarah Healy

Senior Relay Silver Sarah Healy, Abbie Tyrrell, Charlotte Bourke and Hannah Murphy .

Inter Triple Jump Gold Ellen McNally

All Ireland Championships June 2019

Sarah Healy Gold 3000m with an All Ireland schools record.



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.

In 2019 we entered 2 Senior , 3 Junior , 4 Minor and 3 First year teams into the Leinster 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.

2019 Leinster Tennis League Season

*Senior A competed in the Premier A division for the first time in 5 years.

* Senior B finished 2nd in their league

* Junior A reached the semi final of the Junior B league

* Junior B finished 2nd in the Junior C league

* Junior C reached the quarter final of the Junior C league

* Minor A and Minor B finished 2nd in their leagues.

* Minor C and 1st year A reached the quarter finals in their leagues.


Ellie Murphy (6th year) ranked 8th in Ireland . Ellie was a member of the Woman’s Federation cup Squad in 2019/20. A fantastic achievement for a schoolgirl and she has been offered a Tennis Scholarship to Iowa State University for 2020.

2018 Senior A won the Senior B Leinster League

2018 Minor A won the Minor B Leinster League

2013 Junior A won the Junior A Leinster League

2013 Minor A won the Minor A Leinster League.




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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