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Margaret Brown, Ballymena Academy 1946 – 1952



v      After many honours and as Captain of Mid-Antrim Hockey Club, Margaret was chosen to play for Ireland against England and Scotland in 1957-58, thus becoming the first old girl of the school to represent her country at hockey.

v      Further Internationals followed.


Margaret Gleghorne, Ballymena Academy 1967 – 1974


v      By the time she left school in 1974, Margaret had represented Ulster Schools’ Team for five years in succession.  She had seven Senior Inter Provincials, the first one gained against Leinster in 1970 when she was fifteen, and seven International Caps from the age of sixteen.  She was the youngest player to be chosen for an Irish Senior side since Thelma Hopkins when picked against Scotland.

v      In 1972-73, she was on the 1st XI which was joint winner of the Senior Schools’ Cup – the first time BallymenaAcademy has its name inscribed on the Cup. 

v      In1973, she was selected for the Irish side against England at Wembleyand with a beautiful reverse stick shot scored the winning goal whichgave Ireland a first every victory against their opponents.

v      A further distinction came Margaret’s way when she was voted, “Player of the Year” by readers of “Hockey Field” magazine.

v      Afterschool, Margaret continued to accumulate further honours and by 1981,she had brought her current tally of International Caps to 36.

v      In 1979, she was a member of the Irish Squad for the World Cup Championship in Vancouver.

v      Further Caps ensued and she became Captain of various Irish sides, including the one which won the Inter Continental Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

v      In1984, Margaret was named as “British Player of the Year” by the HockeyWriters Club, the first Irish player to receive the Honour.



Janet Manson, Ballymena Academy 1971 – 1979




Janet is seen here winning the Intermediate 200m on Sports Day, 19th May, 1976


v      After many Ulsterand Irish Honours, Janet joined the small and select group ofex-Academy girls who have gained International Honours when she waschosen to play against England in 1980-81.

v      She captained the Ireland Under-23 XI in the Home Countries Tournament in Edinburgh, 1981-82.

v      In 1982-83, she again captained the Irish Under-23 XI and was a member of the pre-season tour by an Irish Squad in Holland.


Kirsty Bonar, Ballymena Academy 1983 – 1990



v      Whilst still at school, Kirsty played on the 1st XI which won the Ulster Schools’ Cup in 1988-89. 

v      She was Vice-Captain of the 1st XI which won the Ulster Schools’ Cup and the Kate Russell All Ireland Trophy in 1989-90. 

v      She took part in the European Youth Hockey Championship at The Hague in 1990-91. 

v      She represented Ulster at Senior Schools’ Level.

v      After school, she had various representative Honours, including Ulster Under-21, Irish Under-21 and Ulster Senior.  She gained her Irish Cap in 1993-94 when she played for the Irish Women’s Hockey Team which won the Ulster Milk Games.


Karen Humphreys, Ballymena Academy 1984 – 1991




v      Whilst still at school, Karen played on the 1st XI which won the Ulster Schools’ Cup in1988-89. 

v      She also played on the 1st XI which won the Ulster Schools’ Cup and the Kate Russell All Ireland Trophy in 1989-90. 

v      She was Captain of the 1st XI which won the Ulster Schools’ Cup in 1990-91. 

v      She gained various representative Honours whilst still at school including Ulster U16 and Ireland U16.

v      MoreHounours accumulated after school, including Ulster U21, Irish U21,Captain of Ulster U21 which won the Inter Provincial Series, SeniorUlster XI which took the Inter Provincial title, Captain of Irish U21and member of World Cup Training Squad.

v      In 1993-94, Karen won her first Senior Irish Cap against Italy.

v      She continued to collect representative honours at both Ulster and Irish level and by 1998-99 she had gained her 50th Irish Cap, playing in both the European Nations Cup and the Four Nations Tournament.

v      After being a member of the Ireland Squad competing in the 9th World Cup Competition in 2002-03, Karen announced her retirement from International Hockey after winning 100 Caps.


Shauna Parkhill, Ballymena Academy 1989 – 1996



v      Whilst still at school, Shauna played on the 1st XI which won the Ulster Schools’ Cup in 1993-94. 

v      She represented Ulster and Ireland at U18, was Captain of the School 1st XI in 1995-96 and played for Ulster and Ireland U21.

v      She took part in Ulster Senior and U21 Inter Provincials and was in the Irish U21 team in the European Championships.  She won her first International Cap in Pre-Olympic and Olympic qualifying tournaments in Spain, USA and Milton Keynes in 1999-2000.

v      She was on the Irish Women’s Hockey Team which played in the Centenary Tournament in Edinburgh in 2000-01.

v      In 2003-04, she was Captain of the Ulster Senior Inter Provincial Team.


Katherine Maybin, Ballymena Academy 1991 – 1998



v      Whilst at school, Katherine represented Ulster and IrishSchools’, Ulster U16, Ireland U16, Ulster U18, Irish U18 and Ulster U21. 

v      In 1997-98, she was Captain of the School 1st XI.

v      Afterschool, more Honours came her way, including Ulster U21 in InterProvincials, Irish U21 for European Games and Ulster Senior InterProvincials.

v      In2000-01, she was a member of the Irish XI in the Celtic Cup whilst in2002-03 she was on the World Cup and European Nations Cup Squads.

v      In2003-04, she was in the Irish Hockey Squad which played in the OlympicQualifying Tournament whilst in 2004-05 Katherine was on the IrishHockey XI in the Celtic Cup.


Thisphotograph from 2001 shows Katherine with Margaret Brown. It was takenin New Zeland when Katherine was on tour with the Ireland squad.



Pamela Orr, Ballymena Academy 1991 – 1998


v      Whilst still at school, Pamela represented Ulster U16, Ireland U16, Ulster U18 and Ireland U18. 

v      After school, she gained Ulster U21 Inter Provincial Honours between 1995 and 2001.

v      Pamela collected her first International Cap when she went to the USA in January 2004 with the Ireland Squad.

v      In 2004-05, she represented Ulster in the Senior Inter Provincials.


Clare Parkhill, Ballymena Academy 1992 – 1999




v      Whilst still at school, Clare represented Ulster U16, Ulster U18 and Ulster U21. 

v      In 1998-99, she was captain of the School 1st XI. 

v      After school, she played in Ulster U21 Inter Provincials and Ulster Senior Inter Provincials. 

v      In 2004-05, she attended the Irish Squad Training Camp and her first Cap was against Korea in 2005.

v      By 19th July, 2007 Clare had accumulated 40 Caps.



 Many thanks to Mr. W. Cameron for undertaking the hours of painstaking research that enabled the production of this list.

Text compiled by Mrs. Starrs 


No doubt, in spite of our efforts, there may be other old pupils who have attained Irish International status.  Theschool would welcome details of such information for inclusion in thesenotes and any other information that might add further detail to theabove list.