The sport’s trophy cabinet in Divine Mercy S.N.S is remarkably full despite the relatively short history of the school. In 2019 - 2020 all the hard work that has been going in GAA over the past number of year was rewarded with the school winning 'Best Hurling School in Dublin' at the Friends Of Dublin Hurling awards dinner and we also came third in the All Ireland promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture category at the Cornmarket Cumann na mBunscol Awards in Thurles. Another trophy to be squashed into the cabinet was Lucan Sarsfields Camogie School tournament Elaine Kelly Cup which took up residence in June 2009. June 2009 was a fruitful month as the Lucan schools first basketball trophy was also won, despite the weeping and gnashing of teeth by Mr. Thynne, principal on St. Mary ‘s Woodview. In the 2012, the school made two appearances in the hallowed turf of Croke Park. The girls’ football team were narrowly beaten in one final but some of the same girls returned in the school’s camogie team to win another competition months later. Another girls’ football team reached Croke Park again in 2016 and another pilgrimage to the historic stadium was made by students, teachers and parents. These days were wonderful and will live long in the memories of pupils and staff alike. The victorious camogie team even made it to the cover of The Irish Times! In 2013, the boys’ football team won, for the first time in the school’s history, the FAI Clondalkin League. We have taken part in different rugby, cricket and athletics events throughout our history. In 2018 the boys' hurling team made it to Croke Park for the final of the Cumann na mBunscol competition which was a great occasion for everyone involved. Also in 2018 the boys' soccer team got through to the Dublin Senior Cup for the first time in the history of Divine Mercy SNS and everyone had a great day out in Tolka Park. Archili and Gheorge Tataru won gold medals in the All Ireland School Judo Championships this year too. The boys' cricket team competed in the Leprachaun Cup and got to the quarter finals of the Leinster competition.
Aside from sporting achievements on the field, our very own Garry Kasparov, Nived Daniel in 6th Class has represented Ireland internationally in a number of chess tournaments. Gustas Geciauskas has competed in Break Dancing competitions across Europe and the World and we love seeing him return with trophies.
Greater achievements can not be measured in terms of the contents of a trophy cabinet. The rapid growth of a school from 291 pupils to over 500 in under ten years is an achievement in itself, an achievement even more worthy as the principles of inclusion and active involvement have never been abandoned. Our 500 pupils come from a variety of backgrounds, many from outside Ireland. We don’t crow about it nor do we complain about it…we just get on with it.
Our school motto says a lot about us ‘’Ag fás’s ag foghlaim‘’ is for everyone, not just the pupils. A lifelong learning experience is guaranteed in Divine Mercy Balgaddy S.N.S some achievement that promises to be.