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Featured OQs - Fionn Hand

Cricketer and entrepreneur, Fionn Hand (OQ 2016-2018) makes a spectacular international debut in Belfast for Ireland.
2 Sep 2022
United Kingdom
Featured Old Queenians
Fionn in 2019 receiving an award for taking 6-34 against the MCC when he was at Queen's
Fionn in 2019 receiving an award for taking 6-34 against the MCC when he was at Queen's

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Fionn joined Queens in 2016 having attained a Leinster Cricket Union exchange programme which covered the time frame April until July. Fionn was also delighted to receive an Academic and Sports Scholarship.

Fionn joined in year 12 and boarded in Channon House. During Fionn’s time at Queen’s, he participated in representative games and training with the college. He was also actively involved in many different aspects of school life. This included the performing arts. He enjoyed performing in ‘Made in Dagenham’ and the Dance Shows.

Fionn, whilst reminiscing on his time here, said:

“My involvement in cricket at Queen's had allowed me access to a professional training ethos. These valuable learning curves have supported me in attaining recognition in the sport of cricket while encompassing the values of the college and impacting positively on me as a person. I had a wonderful experience, I have made many memories with great friendships lasting to this day.”

Fionn is currently studying Marketing, Innovation and Technology in Dublin City University. He recently gained recognition to play Cricket for Ireland at International level. Recently, he made a spectacular international debut in Belfast for Ireland, smashing 36 from 18 balls before Ireland fell 22 runs short of a third victory in four days against Afghanistan in their five-match T20 series.

In addition to his cricket success, Fionn is also an entrepreneur. He participated in Ireland’s Entrepreneurs 2021 and in June 2022 opened a Coffee Shop located at Clontarf Cricket Club called Cula Bula Coffee.  

Fionn has fond memories from his time at Queen’s and is very grateful to his former teachers for their support throughout his time at Queen’s

He said:

“Queen's College was a life changing experience for me. It moulded me as a person and allowed me to express and fulfil my academic and sporting dreams to very high standards. The teachers and governance within the college portrayed an individual attention to detail with any concerns and issues supported in a positive manner.”

We look forward to hearing of Fionn’s future successes and wish him luck on completing his studies and advancing his sporting and entrepreneurial career.

“My experience has been of huge benefit and I would absolutely recommend Queens as a well grounded educational experience for any young students considering this college choice and adventure!”

UPDATE, March 2023: Fionn has been drafted into the three Ireland cricket squads to play Bangladesh in a seven-match tour.

He's been added to the Test Squad and will also compete in three ODIs and three T20 encounters.

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