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26 March 2017
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Schools notes

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St Joseph’s College Lucan

Hockey: Congratulations to the junior hockey team who won the Northside Minor B Champion Final! All of the girls played excellently and wonderfully represented the school.

Seachtain na Gaeilge: A big thank you to the Irish department who organised all the activities in the school last week for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Both students and teachers enjoyed the ‘Tráth na gCeist’, Lá Glas’ and the ‘Seisiún Ceoil’.

Ceist Conference: Well done to the fifth year students who helped entertain other schools at the Ceist Conference.

Presentation Sisters: Congratulations to the Presentation Sisters on their 150th year in Lucan! Thank you for the wonderful educational legacy you have left in St Joseph’s College Lucan.

Gaisce Trip Complete! On Thursday, 9th March, St. Joseph’s College set off on the annual Gaisce Venture Trip to the hills of Glendalough and Glenmalure. There was great excitement as all 103 Bronze TY students and 14 Silver 5th Year students complete with every type of outdoor gear headed off with 10 teachers. The Gaisce Award is the President’s Award and each student was set the challenge of completing a hike of 26km over two days and 50km over three days respectively. Planning for rain and temperatures in the minus, we were surprised by the warm weather that greeted us for Thursday’s hike. Many challenging climbs were to test the students over Trooperstown and Paddock Hill, but we were all determined to make it down and to hot showers and a tasty dinner! Friday would see all 120 students and staff head for the beautiful valley of Glenmalure, taking in the hills of Derrybawn and Mullacor. What a sight is was to see the girls run to the end post of the Glenmalure lodge and see their venture journey complete! All 14 Silver students began their overnight camping trip to lead them into their final day. A hug well done to each and every student and staff member who completed well over the required amount. We are very proud of how everyone supported each other, despite a few blisters, sore limbs and tired eyes. Highlights of the trip would have to include the wonders of the frogspawn, the singing and chat along the way, the breath-taking views and the good company! Well done to all!


Lucan Community College

TY Belfast Trip: Ms Van Esbeck and her class group visited Belfast last week. They had an 8am departure from Lucan for what turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable day out. For some the highlight was the city tour which included viewings of the many famous Belfast city murals. For others, the visit to the Titanic Museum was the highlight of their day. The students were extremely thankful to Ms Van Esbeck for organising the trip and to Ms Cormac who also accompanied them on this great day out.

Golf: Congratulations to Ada Bowler who was the senior individual winner in the East Leinster golf tournament.

Gaelic Football: Well done to the 1st year team who continued their winning ways with 13-12 to 6-8 win over Coolmine CS. They have now qualified for the quarter-final.

Junior Rugby: Eleven of our students played their first ever rugby match in a recent game against a visiting Ballygar, Co.Galway team. The game was played in terrible weather conditions, but thankfully Maynooth University allowed us to use their excellent facilities for the game. Despite playing against a much more experienced team our players performed admirably before losing on a 15-7 scoreline. Most importantly the boys enjoyed their introduction to the game and look forward to representing the school on many occasions over the next few years. Rian Carey was our try scorer and it was converted by Joe Fitzmaurice

Ty Law Trip: Ms Doyle brought her TY Law students to the criminal courts for a visit earlier this week. They were welcomed and given a general talk by one of the court attendants. They were then free to sit in on court cases as they were happening in the various courts. This really brought a real life practical aspect to what they had been studying in class and viewing in videos.

LCA/TY 2017/18: Our current 3rd year parents are invited to a talk regarding next year’s TY programmes. The meeting will take place in the college on Thursday evening, March 30th.




Adamstown Community College

Our recent Fun run went very well. Thanks to all the local running clubs for their attendance and support and also to students and parents and relatives who ran. The day was a great success with good weather and a fine feast afterwards all contributing to a fun day out. Thanks to the parents association for their help and to Ms. Wheal and Mr. Broderick for organising the event.

Congratulations to Sean Eniola in 6th Year who has been awarded Best Orator at the French Language Debating Competition by the Alliance Francaise.

I rith Seachtain na Gaelige bhain ar ndaltaí taitneamh as tráth na gceist ag Sáirséalaigh Leamhcáin agus rinne an cúigiú bliain torraíocht taisce do Sheachtain na Gaeilge. So thanks to Ms. Ni Chathail for all her work in organising the week. The week showcased our Trad Band, led by Ms. Finn. And Ms. Mooney (Staff Trad. Heads!!!!).


Juniors got to have a Ceilidh in the yard. Seniors celebrated the week with a teacher student challenge Gaelic Match. It was great to see our GAA/ACC all-star teachers on the pitch including Kevin Nolan, Lorna Atkinson, Louise Reilly, Fiachra Coyne, and Denise Mulhare. Mr. Newton was a very busy Ref. covering every angle, well most of the time anyway!!

Our TY and 1st Year Business students enjoyed a European Studies Food Fayre last week while students representing Slovakia discussed Trade Agreements with Slovakian Ambassador Matualy Dusan at the EU Model council event. Thanks to Ms. McKenna for organising the event.

Our first year Merit winners celebrated last week. Well done to all.

On the sporting field last week’s game between ACC and Moyle Park was a great contest and also great to see some of our boys up training at Barnhall RFC during the week. In Basketball we achieved double victories in the first and second year plate finals!


Lucan Art Fair 2017

The Fair will be held in Divine Mercy SNS as a school fundraiser on Friday 19th May to Sunday 21st

We are currently looking for artists and crafters to exhibit.
The cost for crafters is €20, and artists is €30.

Please contact Miriam on 086-0573820 or Bríd on 087-9213520
or email for further details.


Coláiste Phádraig CBS Lucan

Zambia update: The 5-a-side sponsored soccer tournament held recently in the school raised 2,000e for the summer trip. The Zambia Immersion group also took part in the sponsored “Runamuck Challenge” in the 3,000 acre Coolcarrigan Estate in Kildare. 8 students and 3 teachers completed the muddy 6.5km course which involved running through drains and mud baths in the bog as well as climbing over bales, rope bridges, wooded frames, tyres, pipe jumps, water slides and sticky bog! Congratulations to Aaron Rogers, who finished in an impressive 6th place overall (out of 2670 participants!). Finally, the group raised 400e from a cake sale in the school last week so many thanks to everyone who supported these fundraising events.

Fashion Show: Our Transition Year students will be holding a Fashion Show in the Spa Hotel Lucan on Wednesday 4th April @ 7:30pm. All funds raised will go towards the school’s running costs. Tickets cost 10euro (5e for students and OAPs) and can be purchased in the school or at the door on the night. All support greatly appreciated.

Boxing: Congratulations to 3rd yr Troy Whelan who won a gold medal at the prestigious Dublin Amateur Championships at Youth 1 level recently. Troy trains at Neilstown Boxing Club and he now advances to the All Ireland stage of the competition.

Football: Hard luck tour 1st yr football team who were defeated by 3 very strong opponents in the past 2 weeks in their Dublin League campaign. First up, the team took on a very talented Terenure College who ran out impressive winners on a scoreline of 10-12 to 1-3. Josh Doyle did manage to score a fine goal for Lucan in the first half while Conor McDonagh impressed in goal as he made a string of great saves. Seán Foley grabbed 2 nice scores from open play in an improved second half display. The team then faced Coláiste Eoin who ran out 5-15 to 2-1 victors on the day. Richard Idowu and Josh Doyle scored the goals. Finally, the team were well beaten by St. Benildus College in their final group match.

Golf: The second golf outing of the year took place at Lucan Golf Club recently. 1st year James McMahon fired a very impressive 37 points to take first prize. In second place was Stephen Power with 33 points.