Played on Saturday 22nd April, in Gonzaga College (Dublin). There were two events running side by side ..
(i) Primary school finals:
Representing Connaught were Ballinlass N.S. and Craughwell N.S. .. they finished just outside the prizes in 4th and 5th places. The top 3 were .. St. Marys, Haddington Road , St. Conleths (both of Dublin) and 3rd were Ennis.
(ii) Secondary Schools finals:
The Connaught teams fared better in this event, which was once again dominated by hosts, Gonzaga college. In the u-19 section St. Geralds of Castlebar finished in 2nd place (behind Gonzaga) .. the pattern was repeated in the u-16 final, with St. Mary’s of Galway 2nd to Gonzaga and with another silver medal were St. Josephs (the bish) in the u-14 section. Overall a big improvement in last years finals .. with Connaught teams taking 3 silver medal places.
Thanks to organisers Daniel Lynch and Lukasz Goralski of Leinster Schools Chess Assoc.