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On Wednesday March 22nd 2023, sixteen children travelled from our school to the Ardboyne Hotel in Navan to represent St. Paul’s in Chess. As you may be aware our school recently hosted its very first Féile Fichille Chess Tournament which was a huge success, welcoming children from nine other schools to St. Paul’s.  Based on the results of this, two teams were chosen to compete at the 2023 Comórtas Fichille. One team of buds (2nd-4th class) and one masters team (5th-6th class). They competed against 17 other teams from 14 schools in the Cavan, Meath, Louth and Monaghan area. The Buds named their team ‘Knight Riders’ while the Masters called themselves ‘Repawnzul’. Although we didn’t come away with any medals on the day, we came away with a wealth of knowledge and strategies that we will work on over the course of the next year before hopefully returning stronger and more equipped for battle next year. Thank you to all the children to have committed to chess over the last number of months, to their parents/guardians for supporting them and to Ms McLoughlin and Ms Markey for facilitating chess for the children.

Brothers Dáire and Rían Carolan who competed at the 2023 Comórtas Fichille in The Ardboyne Hotel, Navan

Huge congrats to the above winning teams – The Mighty Rooks, Kilskyre Knights, The Chess Kings, Chess Warriors, Masterminds, Promoted Pawns and Ríthe Glas.