St Louis compete in the Danske Bank Ulster College’s competitions at every age group. In the past the school has won the Herald Cup, the Loch and Iuir Cup and the O’Doherty Cup. In 2014, the school added the Corn Colmcille to the trophy cabinet for the first time in the school’s history!
This is the competition for the senior boys. It is an extremely competitive competition and St Louis teams are always well prepared for their campaigns. There is usually an overlap of players involved in the school senior hurling and football teams so the physical side of training is shared and the schedule allows each team to prepare for fixtures accordingly.
Over the last number of years, St Louis MacLarnon teams consistently qualify for the knock out stages of the competition and the main goal for any of the squads and their mentors is to make the break through to the St Patrick’s Day decider.
The Under 16½ (Year 12) competition usually commences mid-September.
Loch an Iuir
The current Under 14½ (Year 10) squad compete in the Loch an Iuir Cup which is a pre-Christmas competition.
The Treanor Cup is the Year 11 (Under 15½) Ulster College’s competition and it commences post-Christmas.
This competition is for Year 9 pupils (Under 13½). St Louis most recent success in the Corn Colmcille was May 2014. The school also reached the final in 2016.
YEAR 8 (Under 12 ½)
Year 8 boys training starts early in the school year as they prepare for the Oisin McGrath Ulster blitz from which they can progress to quarter finals stage. The Danske Bank McQuillan Cup usually takes place in June. Mr Quinn is the staff member in charge of Year 8 Gaelic and the training and matches in their first year of school prepares the players for future Ulster competitions throughout the various age groups.
The majority of St Louis pupils play with clubs including All Saints Ballymena, St Mary’s Ahoghill, St Comgall’s Antrim, Tir na nOg Randalstown, St Ergnats Moneyglass, Pearses Kilrea, St Mary’s Rasharkin, Creggan Kickhams, Erin’s Own Cargin, Con Magees Glenravel, Cuchullians Dunloy and Roger Casements Portglenone.
Unfortunately the role of honour for football All Stars is a short one at present in St Louis. Receiving a College’s All Star in Gaelic is a formidable achievement as the standard of players in Ulster’s MacRory, MacLarnon and Nolan Cup competitions is incredible. While St Louis students received the school’s first Hurling All Stars back in 1988, it was 2003 before a student received a football one. It was Paul Doherty who was the school’s first recipient. The Rasharkin player won his in the Full Forward position and Paul was part of the last St Louis team to reach the MacLarnon Cup final. Paul was joined on the All Star list in 2012 when Dermot McAleese received the school’s second ever Award. Dermot was instrumental in that year’s MacLarnon team reaching the semi final and throughout both trials, he stood out as a very strong and talented player who could read the game well, work as a team player as well as being able to take scores. The Roger Casement’s Club man won his award in the Centre Half Forward position. Ironically St Louis’ only two football All Stars are first cousins!