Stair Spóirt i CMS/Sporting History in MIC
Despite having relatively small numbers from which to pick Mary Immaculate College has managed to compete with distinction over the years. The first Sports Council in the College was established in the 1970's. During these formative years the College had insufficent numbers to compete with other Colleges and so internal leagues were played within the College. The President of the Council was Tom Sullivan, and Pat Mac was the treasurer. The budget for Sports at this time was a modest £5, and expenditure for the year was four pounds, nineteen shillings and seven and a half pence.
Although facilities for Sports were sparse at this time, the College managed to negotiate the use of pitches from other Colleges and in the early 1970's the chances of the College teams were greatly enhanced with the building of a gym and development of playing facilities at Mary I. The College subsequently began to compete in Gaelic Games and Ladies and Mens Basketball. As the number of students attending the College gradually began to increase Mary I consequently established itself as a force, particularly in Ladies Football and Camogie, winning two Purcell Cups in the latter in the 1970's.
It is noteworthy that the College managed to compete during this period with as little as 300 hundred students and yet despite this obvious disadvantage in numbers Mary I was never found wanting in terms of endevour or spirit, a trait which is still very much synonymous with teams from the College. The arrival of BA students in the College increased the number of students available to play on the College teams and also placed extra demands on the College which now had a greater number of students to cater for. the College subsequently broadened the range of sports on offer in Mary I to include soccer, volleyball, athletics, and rugby.
Mary I has traditionally been a College which has competed particularly well in Gaelic Games having won a number of titles in recent years including the Freshers Hurlers Championship in 2011, the Ryan Cup in Men's Senior Hurling in 2012, the Freshers Football Division 2 Championship in 2012, the Giles Cup in Ladies Football in 2012 and Fr. Meagher Cup in Camogie in 2012. In its Centenary year Mary I competed in Division One Iomaint, Division One Camogie, Division One Peil na mBan and were invited to compete in the Trench Cups in Peil. To add to this we competed for the first time in the Fitzgibbon Cup, reaching the final in 2013.
For those who do not want to compete, recreational activities are offered and these include Zumba, Capoeira, Aerobics, Boxercise, Badminton, Swimming, Weights Programmes, Table Tennis, Indoor Soccer, Uni-hoc and Indoor Hurling.
- by Brendan Coughlan.