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19 March 2023
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Schools notes

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St Joseph's College Lucan

Senior Hockey: Well done to the senior hockey team who won their match against Glasnevin, the team included students from 2nd year right up to 6th year.


Seachtain na Gaeilge: This week in school we have been celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge with various activities over the last three days for students and staff. Students in the junior classes took part in a poster competition in class while the seniors created tik toks as Gaeilge. On Tuesday 1st and 2nd year classes enjoyed fun activities in class including bingo as Gaeilge / some Ceili dancing and some students showed off their Irish Dancing skills. As per tradition on Thursdays morning the Irish Department cooked a full Irish Breakfast for the entire Staff.

Flag Day: Thursday the 16th of March will be Flag Day in St. Joseph's College - a day to celebrate the symbolism and importance of the Irish Flag, and how it celebrates the coming together of 74 different nationalities in St. Joseph's College. In celebrating such a rich number of cultures and traditions, we invited all students to take part in our no-uniform day - to wear their own traditional dress or to wear green for the traditional Lá Glas. In what was a special year to celebrate the Irish flag in its 175th year we had a full day of activities planned for Thursday the 16th and we can’t wait to tell you all about it in next week's edition of the newsletter.

First Year Stay Awake: Our Cinnire team held a hugely successful stay awake on Thursday evening when over 80 1st years took part in their Pyjama party Theme stay awake event. Well done to all the organisers and to those who supervised on Friday evening from 7-10.

Maths Pi Quiz: Well done to our group of 3rd year students who took part in the Pi Quiz in St Kevin's College on Tuesday evening. The competition is based on a team of 4 students working together to solve mathematical problems based on the Junior Cycle Higher level Maths syllabus.


Junior Gaelic Team: Well done to the Junior Gaelic team who won their match on Tuesday against Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin. It was an excellent team display.

5th Year Trip to DCU: The purpose of the trip is to familiarise students with the University campus and Degree courses on offer at this Higher Educational Institution. Students will have an opportunity to tour the grounds of the campus and to talk to student ambassadors about life at DCU. The trip represents another opportunity for students to become more informed and prepared to make important choices when completing their CAO application in 6th year.

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Colaiste Phadraig

Hurling: Good luck to our senior hurlers who take on Colaiste na Trocaire, Limerick in the All-Ireland Final this Thursday. The match takes place at the LOETB Centre of Excellence in Portlaoise with a throw-in time of 1:30pm. This is the school's 1st ever National Final in hurling so excitement has been building in the school ever since their momentous semi-final win last Monday. Lucan's opponents had a big semi-final of their own as they defeated Mercy College Woodford 3-22 to 1-08 so it promises to be another top-class encounter between two excellent teams. Colaiste Phadraig will be bringing 150 students to the match so our team will certainly have plenty of vocal support on the day. Lucan captain Liam Garigan was in Croke Park last Wednesday promoting the game with his counterparts in the Limerick team.

The team will also be kitted out in new training tops kindly sponsored by Crane Care Ltd and the McCaffrey family (who are all past pupils) so many thanks to both for getting in touch voluntarily and making this lovely offer. Matthew and his father Sean presented the jerseys to the team on Wednesday and the lads were delighted with them.


Matthew and Sean McCaffrey present the tops to Michael Cunningham and Eoin Kilduff

The team will also be travelling to the game on a coach supplied free of charge by James Mullally Coach Hire, Maynooth so we thank them for this nice gesture. Thanks also to O’ Meara Sliotars for sponsoring a set of sliotars for the big day.

Our 2nd yr hurlers began their Dublin League campaign last Wednesday with an emphatic 11-12 to 0-0 victory over Gaelcholaiste Reachrann, Donaghmede in a completely one-sided group game. James Duffy helped himself to 3 goals, Henry Greene scored 2-3, Aidan Doyle got 1-01 while Derry Ware (1-01), Ciaran O' Sullivan (0-3), Jack Sheridan (1-0), Conor McHugh (2-0), Paidi Murphy (0-2), Cian Kelly (1-1) and Brian Whelan (0-3) also got scores in a rampant Lucan display.

Soccer: Hard luck to our 1st yr soccer team were beaten 4-3 by St. Brendan's CS Birr on Monday in the Leinster Shield 1-4 final. Despite two goals from Conor Abbott and one from Alex Keogh that gave the team a 3-2 lead with 5 mins remaining, St. Brendan's scored two late goals to break Lucan hearts as they exited the competition in cruel fashion.

French news: Ms. Redmond's 3rd yr French class enjoyed a delicious French breakfast in the canteen on Monday morning. The students were served freshly baked, golden brown croissants, crisp, flaky and savoury Jambons as well as buttery and sweet tasting pain au chocolat, washed down by some orange juice, hot chocolate and tea. They also spoke French for much of the time so it was an educational and very tasty breakfast for all involved.

Model UN Club: Our Model UN Club sent two teams of students to the annual WCDMUN Conference which was held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March at Wesley College. The conference was completely student led with senior students from Wesley designing the rules and procedures of the debate. There were over 400 students participating this yr, with 29 schools represented (with schools from Belgium, Greece and America also in attendance) gathering to showcase their debating skills and knowledge of international affairs. Coláiste Phadraig sent two teams and they were representing Gabon and Togo throughout the conference. The Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General opened the conference before one group was sent to their committees and the other had their dinner. One of Lucan's team were on the Security Council Committee which had three chairs who functioned as operators for the meetings.

On Saturday the students become more accustomed to the procedures and practices and they began to speak up more and give their thoughts on some of the resolutions that were being passed. A General Assembly session was held in the afternoon with the entire conference in debate, although notably only some countries were involved. While Colaiste Phadraig did not win any awards, they gained invaluable experience of how Model UN conferences and operate and they plan to participate in numerous other such events in the coming months.


Lucan Community College

The Big Busk: On Friday 10th March, students and teachers performed, busked, and entertained in aid of Focus Ireland. Focus Ireland in partnership with Today FM for the Big Busk in aid of 'Supporting the Journey Home'. The Big Busk for Focus Ireland is focused on tackling the issue of homelessness through the powerful medium of music, art, and performance.

Over 250 euro was raised in aid of Focus Ireland. There was a fantastic display of talent from all students and teachers involved. Thank you all for your generosity in supporting individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Ireland.


Trip to Kilmainham Jail: Transition Year students from Mr Branagan's and Ms Mulhern's classes enjoyed a great trip to Kilmainham Gaol today. They received a guided tour of the jail from OPW tour guide Andrew, who gave an insight into what life was like in the prison for inmates and showed some of the prison cells where the 1916 leaders were imprisoned and showed where they were executed for their role in the rebellion. A sombre and important part of Irish history.

Festival of Music: On 28th February, the National Concert Hall hosted the DDLETB Festival of Music. This was a unique opportunity for music enthusiasts to showcase their talents. The Festival of Music was a night filled with exceptional performances, as both solo and group acts took to the stage. From classical to contemporary music, the variety of genres represented the diverse music tastes of schools in the DDLETB.

The students performed a Billy Joel Medley. The arrangement was arranged by the students with the help of Ms Conway and Mr Murphy. Solo singer was 5th Year student Cian Tuohy. Musicians include 6th Year student Eoin O'Sullivan on piano, Sean Grice on drums, Evan Norman on harmonica and Elsie Morrison on bass.

The Festival of Music was an opportunity for our students to shine, and they certainly did. They represented Lucan Community College to the highest standards. We are proud of each and every one of our students who took part in the event. It takes courage to perform in front of an audience, and we are delighted to see so many of our students rise to the challenge. Many thanks to Mr Murphy and Ms Conway for their hard work in preparing the choir for this fantastic occasion.


TY Law Essay Finalists: Congratulations to TY Law students Vlad Grosu and Annabell Nabulele who have been short listed for the Law Society essay prize. Thanks to their teacher Ms McKeever who has supported them through the process and we wish them the best of luck with the competition.

5th Year Subject Options 2023/24: This year's options process for 5th Year 2023 is now open. The options process will be open until Sunday 19th March.
As parents of next year’s 5th year students you are requested to choose your 5th year subject options with your son/daughter via your parental VSware account. For more information please visit the school website:

Wellbeing Week: It's Wellbeing Week in Lucan Community College! There are plenty of physical activities to choose from each day - students are free to wear school tracksuits and get involved. Activities include Table Tennis, Fun Fitness, Step Aerobics, Boxercise, Zumba, Staff Bake Off Competition, Pizza Making Workshops. See our Instagram account for daily updates!