On Wednesday last, our transition year students traveled to Dublin for their history trip. In the morning they visited Croke Park, where they explored the G.A.A. museum and partook of the Skyline Tour of the Stadium. This gave them an excellent aerial view of the city and their guide focused particularly on buildings which were associated with the 1916 Rising. The students were also given access to areas of the stadium, such as the dressing rooms, which would normally be out of bounds to the public. In the afternoon the pupils visited Glasnevin Cemetary, where they were given a guided tour of the republican plot which included very interesting biographical accounts of important historical figures. They also saw Parnell’s final resting place and Daniel O Connell’s round tour as well as hearing some very entertaining and sometimes macabre anecdotes about the cemetery itself. On the way home the students rounded off a very enjoyable day by briefly stopping off at Newbridge Shopping Centre.
On Tuesday last Nikki and Catherine from the Mo Chara Animal Rescue Centre in Thurles spoke to the 3B and 3D C.S.P.E. classes about the issue of animal welfare. They explained how they had to deal with the abandonment, neglect and abuse of animals and informed the students about how they cared for their rescued animals and how they went about attempting to re-home them. They also explained how one of the organisation’s biggest challenges is the mammoth task of fundraising. This talk certainly opened the students’ eyes to the issue of animal welfare and to the responsibilities that accompany pet ownership.
On Tuesday last the student council organised a non-uniform day, the proceeds of which will be donated to the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul at this week’s carol service.
Tipperary Enterprise Awards School Trade Fair
A transition year Trade Fair, organised in conjunction with the Tipperary Enterprise Board, was held in the school on Friday last. At the event all of the transition year mini-companies presented their ideas and business models, from which two companies will be chosen to represent the school in the county final in the new year. The wide and varied selection of goods available for sale on the day included customised sportswear, sports equipment, electronics, Christmas decorations, medical devices and woodcraft