As the Marist Leaving Cert history students returned from their Easter break they were treated to a very educational and enjoyable trip to Kilmainham Jail and Glasnevin Cemetery. Along with their history teachers Mr Lally, Ms Ní Dhóirnín and Mr McGeever 50 pupils experienced guided tours that linked perfectly into the history curriculum and helped to enhance their learning.
First stop was Kilmainham Jail where students learned how, from the 1790s onwards, a remarkable number of leading ﬁgures of Irish nationalism were imprisoned and executed there. Each prison cell had its own story and the tour culminated in the stone-breakers’ yard where, between 3rd and 12th May 1916, fourteen men were executed by ﬁring squad. Students heard the stories of the condemned and of how one of the leaders, Joseph Plunkett, was given permission to marry his ﬁancée, Grace Gifford, in the chapel of the Gaol just hours before his execution. The ﬁnal execution was that of James Connolly, a key personality on their leaving cert course.
The group then made the short journey to Glasnevin Cemetery where they got a valuable insight into its unique history and into the final resting place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland’s past and present. The expert guides told the stories of the dramatic events and personalities they had experienced in class which was followed by a trip to its new state of the art museum. The day out definitely increased their enthusiasm for history!
Krzysztof Baran from St. Mary’s College recently took part in the final of Gael Linn’s prestigious ‘Abair’ Irish public speaking competition, which was this year held at Navan Fort in Armagh. Krzysztof qualified for the final having previously qualified from the regional bout in Dundalk. Speakers from across the nine counties of Ulster and Co. Louth compete in the annual cross-border competition.
Competitors on the day had to speak about a topical issue as Gaeilge for three minutes each. In the final Krzysztof spoke about his chosen topic of Daoine Gan Dídean / Homelessness, where he discussed the extent and severity of the problem throughout Ireland today. He was delighted to achieve second place in the Junior Certificate Section and received high commendation from the judges. He was awarded a trophy, an electronics voucher and a half scholarship to attend Coláiste Gael Linn Bhun an Inbhir Gaeltacht College in Donegal to recognise his success. Comhghairdeas mór leis!
Easter was an exciting time at St Mary’s College as a group of students, under the guidance of Mr. Murphy, Mr Lally and Mr Hegarty embarked on what was destined to be an experience of a life-time.
Setting out from Dundalk their journey firstly took them to the Glasgow Science Centre where students enjoyed interactive exhibitions and workshops. They then made the short journey to Celtic Park, or what their supporters fondly call ‘Paradise’. What followed was an action-packed game in which the newly crowned champions defeated local rivals Kilmarnock in an unbelievable atmosphere.
Sunday witnessed the group participate in a competitive game of ten – pin bowling and some shopping but the trip was capped off with a personal guided tour of Celtic Park and St Mary’s Church Hall, the spot were Celtic FC were founded. Students were treated to a visit to the first team dressing room and followed onto the pitch in the footsteps of their heroes.
It was a poignant moment for the Marist students as they learned of how Brother Walfrid, a Marist Brother from Sligo, established the club in order to feed the starving Irish immigrants in the east end of Glasgow. The strong Marist connection and ethos of Celtic was undoubtedly felt by the young group who left determined that this trip would be on an annual basis.
ASPIRE Academy recently hosted a one-day programme during the Easter holidays for Transition Year and 5th year students at St. Mary’s College in Dundalk.
ASPIRE deliver specialised programmes for both teenagers and parents of young children to support the development of essential key skills for building lives that flourish.
ASPIRE Teen Academy is an active and engaging 5 day programme for teenagers aged 14-17, designed to further enhance:
- Communication Skills & Creative Expression
- Self-confidence, Mindfulness & Well-being
- Study Skills & Future Ambitions
Students learn and put into practice the practical life skills they will use each day to make their own successes. They become confident that they can work to attain whatever goal they set their sights on whilst maintaining a strong sense of personal well-being. They begin to lay the foundations for building the life of their dreams.
In St. Mary’s College, on Thursday the 13th of April, ASPIRE focused their one-day programme on the areas of spontaneous creativity, strategies to support and strengthen voice for public speaking, developing presence and confidence for interpersonal communication, cultivating mindfulness practice for student well-being, improving study skills and exploring future ambitions.
When asked about their experiences, some of the students’ responses were:
I really enjoyed the mindfulness and well-being because it was nice to connect with your inner-self.
It was fun and helped me up my confidence for speaking.
The activities at the start were quite challenging for me because it was a bit out of my comfort zone to just jump in, but after I got stuck in, it was brilliant.
I really enjoyed how relaxed the activities were throughout the day. The mindfulness section was the most interesting part for me, learning how to realise my thoughts and stay in the moment was really helpful.
ASPIRE are launching their 5 Day Summer Teen Academy in both Dundalk and Dublin this summer.
Information Meetings: Venues and Dates
Dundalk: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Thursday, 4th May, 7 pm – 9pm.
Dublin: Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Saturday, 6th May, 11 am – 1 pm.
Teen Academy Programmes: Venues and Dates.
Dundalk: Creative Spark, 10th July – 14th July
Dublin: Trinity College Dublin, 31st July – 4th August
ASPIRE will also present workshops in June and July for parents of young children in the areas of positive social and emotional behaviour and language and communication development.
See www.aspireacademy.ie for more details.
Students and teachers of St. Mary’s College were delighted to be awarded First Place in the Dundalk St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year. Our float based on the theme of “The Vikings” hugely impressed the judges and was awarded overall First Place. This recognition is testament to the hard work, dedication and creativity of all the students involved, and to the Art and Technology teachers who assisted them. Maith sibh!
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Posted by Dundalk FM on Friday, 17 March 2017
St. Mary’s College are overall winners of the Senior Category at the Louth County Final of the Student Enterprise Programme. The board game ‘Dunopoly’, which five Transition Year students created, will now represent County Louth and their school at the National Final to be held in Croke Park on May 3rd.
The five budding entrepreneurs from St. Mary’s College, Lee Mc Conville, Terence Kelly, Jake Mc Keown, Darragh Jackson and Kian Mc Evoy have designed and developed a board game based upon their inspirational peers from Dundalk F.C.
The five students are avid Dundalk F.C. supporters and have combined their passion for football with innovation and creation in the formation and construction of their authentic board game Dunopoly. They have taken the success and achievements of the local club to inspire them in the creation of the commemorate board game, which encapsulates the spirit of victory and triumph achieved by Dundalk F.C.
The group are so passionate they are in the process of developing their second board game ’No Man’s Land’ which is a trivia game testing the players’ knowledge of Dundalk F.C. and local history.
We wish the students every success at the National Finals of the Student Enterprise Programme and in their future endeavours!
Well done to St Mary’s College U-16 Boys Basketball team who made history in the school by reaching the All-Ireland Final on Tuesday the 28th February 2017. They did it the hard way after coming up short in the regional final against Mercy Ballymahon. They had to take the long route by competing in the preliminary stages against the winners of the South and South West regional competitions in Cork back in January. They beat both teams playing exceptional basketball and in doing so, set up an All-Ireland Semi-Final against Mt St. Michael Rosscarbery in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. It was a close game and having gone behind in the first quarter, the lads showed their fighting spirit and battled back to take the lead in the second quarter. They didn’t lose the lead from that position again even after a spirited comeback by Rosscarbery. The team played some fantastic basketball and held out to secure a well deserved win. Thomas Rice, Luke Markey and Elijah Faapito scored some amazing points to get the team in to a winning position while William Ochuba and Dami Abagon were in great form winning rebounds to relieve the pressure on our defence.
After a fantastic victory in the Semi-final we were through to our first All-Ireland Basketball Final. A bus of supporters came up to cheer on the team as they did in the semi-final and made their presence known by raising the noise levels in the arena. Having played so well throughout the season, it just wasn’t our day as we came up against a very energetic Coláiste na Coiribe from Galway. It was a close match throughout with both teams taking the lead with great scoring from all members of the team. Graham Stevens played particularly well in defence while Elijah Faapito, Thomas Rice and Luke Markey scored some excellent baskets under pressure. Dami Abagon and William Ochuba were causing their defence problems with some great basketball under the basket. While Craig Callan and Dean Carroll didn’t get an opportunity to show their talents as much in the finals, both have made a significant contribution to getting the team to the Final.
Although it may not have been the colour of medal we wanted from the final, we at St Mary’s College, wish to congratulate the team and coaches for an amazing and historic season. While the defeat in the final may hurt now, we are sure it will spur this team on to greater success in the future. Nothing can take away from the fantastic achievement of reaching an All-Ireland Final and we wish them the very best of luck in their preparations for next season when they will face new opposition as they have been promoted to Divison B after all their success.
Finally, we would like to thank their Coach, Mr. McShane and their student coaches Tiernán Reilly and Gavin Erasmus who have made a massive contribution to the team’s success. They have given up their time during their Leaving Cert year to coach the team and we wish them the very best of luck in their exams. Well done to everyone involved for an outstanding effort this season in reaching the Regional Basketball Final and the All Ireland Basketball Final.
Team: Thomas Rice (C), Luke Markey, Elijah Faapito, Dean Carroll, Graham Stevens, Craig Callan, Genesis Uwumangbe, Gerrard Uamai, Dami Abagon Mark Traynor, Josh Reilly, Kian McEvoy, Terence Kelly, Jake McKeown, JJ Nwabueze, William Ochuba. Coaches: Mr. S McShane, Tiernan Reilly and Gavin Erasmus.
The Marist Sky Sports Team would like to invite you all to the final 4 WEEKS of Marist Transformation. Marist Transformation is held after school on Thursday until 5 o’clock and everyone is welcome!!!
There are different running lengths: 5k, 3k and 1k- you can choose which you would like to run!! The programme is set up to help students with running and keeping active – leaflets are also distributed with helpful tips on things such as: nutrition, sports injuries and health and safety!!
See you at Dundalk Park Run on April 1st.