Posted: 15th October 2013

Clongowes sign up for Peter McVerry cup 

The Peter McVerry Trust was set up by Fr Peter McVerry SJ, an Old Clongownian, to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage. Last Saturday Fr McVerry invited Ireland’s five Jesuit secondary schools to ‘Get on the Ball’ and battle it out for the Peter McVerry Cup and Ronan Molony, Rudiments filed this report…

‘This was a very exciting day out on the Belvedere grounds and the first draw for Clongowes was Coláiste Iognáid from Galway. A very good and intense game with some fantastic playing by both schools was tied on the last play, when the winning try was scored by Clongowes’ own Michael Colivet. After all our games it came down to two teams – Gonzaga and the Crescent – and it was an intense match between the two Jesuit schools. After a very well played match the victory went to Crescent College SJ, while Gonzaga came second with Clongowes in third.

After Fr. Peter McVerry presented the trophy to the winning team he thanked all the schools for coming and explained what he does everyday. As you may know the Peter McVerry trust was founded in 1983 to help homeless people. They have over 10 hostels and 90 apartments and the rugby competition raised some money to go towards those expenses and got some good publicity for them as well.

The day was very well organised with food and refreshments served and the Rabo Direct trophies were also on show. The trust hasn’t had a rugby match in over three years so Fr. McVerry was very pleased to see five of the Jesuit schools in Ireland attending and competing in this astonishing event for the Peter McVerry trust.’

For a flavour of the day click here: Highlights

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