The King’s Hospital School recently opened its 2nd all-weather hockey pitch. To mark this much anticipated-occasion, Past Pupils and Irish International Hockey Players, Pamela Smithwick and Alan Giles attended a ceremony to cut the ribbon and officially open the pitch. It was also attended by members of the Board of Govenors, Parents, Students and Staff.
Speaking at the event the School’s Director of Sport, Dave Keelty said ‘The new astro pitch is a great and much needed asset to our sporting facilities which not only benefits the 18 teams currently playing in the school but also the wider Hockey Club community in Dublin and Kildare.’
The pitch was officially named the O’Driscoll River Pitch, after past teacher and sports coach Paddy O’Driscoll, who is credited with reviving the sport of Hockey in the school in 1937, after a hiatus of forty years.
As part of the ceremony the School was honoured to host two matches; Senior Boys X1 and Senior Girls X1, against their counterparts from Newtown School in Waterford. The Newtown Boys X1 team are the current All Ireland Senior Boys Hockey Champions.
Sports Director Dave Keelty said ‘I’m delighted to welcome back Alan to the school today, and to have Pamela on staff as a coach. What they have achieved in hockey from their beginnings at The King’s Hospital School, is an inspiration to our students. As part of our vision for Sports we want to meet the needs of every student and provide them with a positive sporting experience on top class facilities. With a 2nd all weather pitch now in operation we can facilitate more practice hours and matches, developing our students’ skills and fitness, to give them a better shot at the success enjoyed by Alan and Pamela.’
The King’s Hospital School is a key part of the local landscape in the Liffey Valley Area. The students and staff are extremely proud of this beautiful sports campus, that extends to over 80 acres of playing fields. The new all-weather surface can also function as Tennis courts in the summer term, giving the school a further 8 courts.
The sports campus plays a vital role in providing additional facilities for the wider Sports community. The various pitches are utilised by Hockey Clubs such as; Glenanne, Weston, North Kildare, St Andrews National School and the Irish Hockey U16 & U18 training squads. They are also delighted to welcome local GAA clubs; Na Gaeil Óga and St Pat’s Palmerstown.
Both the all-weather pitches as well as the rugby pitches and 25M indoor heated pool and indoor sports hall are available to hire by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The results of the ceremonial matches were KH Girls X1 2-0, and KH Boys X1 3-1 over their formidable opponents, Newtown School Waterford.
Irish Hockey is enjoying a golden run at the International Senior Level with incredible results from the Irish Women’s team in the World Cup and the Irish Men’s Hockey currently competing in the World Cup in India.
Dave Keelty - Director of Sport