St Eunan’s College named in top 10 of sports schools

Letterkenny school features in online poll

St Eunan's College

St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny PICTURE: STEPHEN DOHERTY

St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny has been named in's Top 10 Irish Sporting Secondary Schools.
The school boasts a proud record for producing some of the best sporting talent in the county in recent years - and it has been placed 9th in the online poll. had invited nominations for the Irish secondary schools that have the best track record in manufacturing elite sporting talent.
The nominations came flooding in and the winning school selected was Good Counsel of Wexford.

SEE THE FULL STORY: The top ten Irish sporting secondary schools

Here's what had to say about St. Eunan's College - and the top three winning schools:


9. St Eunan's College
The Letterkenny secondary school had past pupils in the Donegal team that won Sam Maguire in 2012, but its sporting alumni include a European medalist in athletics, a Grand Tour stage winner and an MMA fighter.
Star past pupils: Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden (All-Ireland winners with Donegal), Mark English (athletics, European medalist 800m), Phillip Deignan (Olympian cyclist, winner of stage on the Vuelta), Artem Lobov (MMA)
Fee paying?: No
Students: 900

Star past pupils at St Eunan’s College - from left, Mark English, Phillip Deignan, Artem Lobov and Michael Murphy

3. Belvedere College
One of Ireland's most well-regarded fee-paying schools, Belvo has produced famous sportsmen across many sports, not just rugby.
Location: Dublin
Notable past pupils: Cian Healy and Ian Keatley (Ireland rugby internationals), Jack McCaffrey and Eoin Murchan (Dublin footballers), Cian O’Connor (Olympic medalist, equestrian), Cathal Pendred (UFC), Barry Murphy (swimming)
Past legends: Tony O'Reilly
Fee paying?: Yes
Number of students: 1,000

2. St Andrew's College
It's incredible just how many past pupils from St Andrews are making waves across Irish sport at the moment.
Location: Booterstown, Co. Dublin
Notable past pupils: Jordan Larmour and Andrew Porter (Ireland rugby internationals), Chloe Watkins and Gillian Pinder (silver medalists. Hockey World Cup), Andrew Balbirnie (current Ireland cricket captain), Chloe Mustaki (Ireland soccer international), Neil Farrugia (Ireland U21 soccer international)
Fee paying?: Yes
Number of students: 265

1. Good Counsel
Good Counsel boasts one of the world's best rugby players, one of the world's most decorated horsetrainers, one of the best Irish strikers of the past 20 years as well as numerous All-Ireland hurling winners and successful jockeys amongst its alumni.
Location: New Ross, Co. Wexford
Notable past pupils: Tadhg Furling (Leinster, Ireland and Lions tighthead), Aidan O'Brien (legendary horsetrainer), Kevin Doyle (capped 62 times for Ireland), Walter Walsh (All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny hurlers)
Fee paying?: No
Number of students: 850

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