Chess Jamboree ( Co Wexford Primary Chess Challenge ) in St Joseph’s PS

What a night ! Over 230 children from all over the county had great fun playing three rounds of chess each . 19 teams of six in the senior section {5th /6th classes – aged 11 and 12 approx. ) and the same entry in the junior section!

Parents suggested to the organisers that it should be called The Co Wexford Primary Chess Jamboree! It certainly was a large gathering of enthusiastic children from Duncannon up to Kilanerin , having funplaying chess,socialising & having refreshments organised bythe amazing, St Joseph’s PS Parents’ Council!
(… sandwiches/ biscuits/ tea/coffeeand juice for players and their families and friends.)
And thanks to Deirdre who keeps the whole event running smoothly!

There was a big welcome for our new entrant : Loreto Gorey who entered four teams. Arklow also entered for the first time. If Galway can play in the Leinster GAA final , we can welcome our near neighbours in Arklow to play chess with us!

We were lucky to have Manuel Gardenes as one of our arbitrators and also Eamonn Barrett, who founded the chess challenge 26 years ago in Piercestown NS.

Gorey Chess Club have been supervising the 300 games plus for the last five years in St Joseph’s PS. A big thank you to Club chairman, Seamas Halpenny, and also to Steven, Remy, Mel & Robbie .

We could not run this celebration of chess without the help of our secretary Geraldine and our caretakers, Jackie and Alan .

So the results : Seniors – 1. Duncannon NS; 14 & 1/2 points. 2. Kilanerin 14 pts. New Ross 14 pts. 5. St Joseph’s 1. 13 & 1/2 pts. 6. St Joseph’s 2. 13 pts
Juniors – 1. Kilanerin 2. Piercestown 3. New Ross

The event was presented by Eamonn Barrett, retired principal of Piercestown, and Bríd Cleary, St Joseph’s PS.

Fun chess in New Ross

Twenty children from St. Joseph’s P.S. participated in the annual Wexford Primary Chess Tournament on Saturday 13th January 2018, in the Brandon House Hotel in New Ross. One hundred children took part from all over the county. Each played seven games.


All our  children played very well and very sportingly . The following won gold , silver or bronze medals in the under age categories.

Under 13: Joint 1st Conor Langtry and Shay Byrne, Joint 2nd Ben Smith and Conor Kirwan

Under 12: 2nd Luke Hennell, 3rd Aron Remenyik

Under 9: 1st Ruadhan Cullen, 2nd Andrew Hennell, 3rd Danny Dowling

Under 8 : 2nd Eoin Finn

Overall schools’ result : 1st Piercestown, 2nd New Ross , 3rd St Joseph’s P S , Gorey

The highlight of the day was probably the playtime outside and the lunch            (burgers/sausages/nuggets and chips) !!

Next date for your diaries is the 26th Wexford Chess Challenge, which takes in St Joseph’s, Gorey, Wednesday 7th February 6.30pm. Teams of 6 enter either the senior or juniors section and it involves three rounds of chess. This is the highlight of our chess calendar. It is a very successful event which couldn’t take place without the support of St Joseph’s Parents’ Council and Gorey Chess Club