The GloHealth All Ireland Combined Events Championships
The Championships took place in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Saturday, 15th of November. The performances across the board were of a very high standard with athletes battling it out for the All Ireland Titles in the junior, intermediate and senior categories.
For the Inter Boys Daniel Ryan (Thurles CBS) underlined his huge potential for the Combined Events with a clear cut victory in the inter boy’s competition. Ryan impressed over the barriers (8.42 seconds) ad also in the long jump (6.31m) and 200m (23.50) to accumulate an overall points total of 3,500. Tim Bowler (St Mary’s CBS Enniscorthy) placed second with a score of 3,303 with Keith Marks (Ashbourne A.S) third on 3,293 points.
Only 23 points separated Shane Mooney (Summerhill College, Sligo) and David Ryan (Thurles CBS) in the junior boy’s competition. Despite Ryan’s best efforts in the 800m (2:13.74), Mooney hung on for victory with a score of 2,863 points with Ryan second on 2,840 points.Mathew Behan (C.U.S) made his intentions known from the start with a swift win the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.08 (962 points). He never looked back from there as he claimed the senior boy’s title with a score of 3,249.
‘Well done’ to our Concern debating team on successfully opposing the motion that ‘Ireland must deliver on its 0.7% overseas aid promise’ against the girls from the Ursuline Convent on Monday last. The debate was extremely entertaining and informative and all speakers were of a very high calibre. In the end, by a split decision, the motion was opposed. The team was captained by Thomas Bourke and also comprised Mark Fortune, John Lanigan and Diarmaid Meagher. Their next debate will see them take on the Presentation Convent on the 3rd of December and they will be proposing the motion that ‘The Ebola epidemic demonstrates the international community’s indifference to Africa’. We wish them the best of luck.
Our senior hurling panel enjoyed an important victory last Tuesday against Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick. A strong start saw them lead at half time (2-3, 0-6) and they held out for victory on a scoreline of 3-12 to 12 points. They will need an equally impressive performance this week as they take on Blackwater College in a ‘must-win’ final group game. Good luck to all involved.
The school’s under-16 basketball team played St. Corleth’s of Dublin in the quarter-final of the ‘C’ cup on Tuesday last. A strong team performance saw them progress to the semi-final on a scoreline of 47 points to 40. Daniel Ryan was top scorer on the day, netting an impressive 22 points while other scores came from David Ryan (14), Sean Mockler (6) and Patrick O Gorman (5). The team is also into the semi-finals of the Midlands League and will take on Haywood College this Thursday.
On Thursday last our fifth and sixth year art classes travelled to Dublin for their annual art trip. In the morning they visited the Hugh Lane Gallery where they were given a guided tour of the Sean Scully and Francis Bacon exhibitions. After lunch they visited the National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology on Kildare Street where they viewed objects from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. The highlight of this visit was undoubtedly the Bog Bodies exhibition. A very enjoyable day was had by all.
All of our junior students were busily engaged last week as they participated in events which celebrated Science Week. On Wednesday our first years took part in a science quiz while on Friday they completed forensic science and digestion workshops which were delivered by Lismore Education Centre. They also took part in an on-line competition entitled ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here’ where they asked scientists around the country questions and then voted for the scientist who gave the best answer. The second years were also kept busy. They had to solve a forensic science murder mystery using a number of experiments from their Junior Cert course. They also competed, along with the third years, in a Science Olympiad. Ray Fuller of third year won the Olympiad and secured a trip for his class to see a science show in The Source.
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Transition year students from the 4W class have spent the last number of months organising a Christmas Shoebox Appeal. They collected funds and shoeboxes full of gifts from first, second and third year students. They raised enough money to pay for one orphan care pack, two broods of chickens, three sets of mosquito nets and two child hygiene packs along with over thirty shoeboxes; all of which will be sent to people in the Developing World. Well done to all involved