On Saturday, the 7th of March our Junior (u-15) cross-country team bridged a twenty year gap to win bronze medals at the GloHealth All-Ireland Cross-Country Championships which were held in Clongowes Wood College, Clane. The team consisted of Fred Crowley, Kieran Moloney, Kevin Bracken, Jack Hickey, Eanna Ryan, Ben O’Dwyer and Niall Moore. On the strength of that performance Fred Crowley has been selected to represent his country in the Schools International Championships which are due to be held at Santry Demesne on Saturday, the 21st of this month. Well done to all involved and we wish Fred the best of luck this Saturday.
Last Thursday evening our Concern debating team traveled to the Springhill Hotel in Kilkenny to take on the girls from the Loreto Abbey, Dalkey in the last sixteen of the competition. The boys were proposing the motion that ‘The world would be better off without GM foods’. Despite an extremely good performance, the motion was not carried and so the team’s season came to a disappointing end. They did manage to win the new ‘Crossfire’ round which is being trialed in the knockout stages of the competition but as this did not affect the verdict, it was scant consolation. Nevertheless, the team is to be commended as this was their only defeat this year. Well done to Thomas Bourke, Diarmaid Meagher, John Lanigan, Mark Fortune and Harry Hogan and to all the researchers and those who helped out all year.
Young Social Innovators
Twenty four of our transition year students traveled to the Lime Tree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Thursday last to compete in the Young Social Innovators ‘Speakout’ event. The school had three entries in the competition; one on farm safety, one on water safety and one on road safety. Each of the three groups delivered an innovative presentation on their chosen topic and they are now awaiting the results of the competition, which will be announced on the 14th of April.
Transition Year Coaching Course
Over the last number of weeks our transition year students have been participating in a foundation level Gaelic Games coaching course which took place in the school. Under the expert tutelage of G.A.A. Games Promotions Officer, Mr. Andy Ryan, the students learned how to organise a training session from start to finish; beginning with the warm-up, consisting of various drills and ending with the cool-down . Later in the year all the transition years will put their newly attained knowledge into practice when they work as coaches in the local primary schools. ‘One Book’ Project Our transition year students have recently been participating in the ‘One Book’ project which was facilitated by Thurles Library. The 4Y class read the historical novel ‘Auslander’ by Paul Dowswell and then delivered an oral presentation on the novel in the library on Wednesday last. They also created a visual presentation that is currently on display in the library which focused on different aspects of the plot and different aspects of its setting during the Second World War.
Last week was a busy one for our White Cup hurlers. On Monday they defeated St. Coleman’s of Fermoy on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-7 to progress to the quarter-final which was played on Friday. Unfortunately they were beaten by a goal by Templemore in that game. Zambian Immersion Project The school’s fundraising walk in Upperchurch in aid of the Zambian Immersion Project will take place this Friday. We would like to thank all those who supported the event and in particular the people of Upperchurch and the Upperchurch Walks Committee for facilitating it.
The school community would like to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Chris Coffey, who passed away this week. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.