1st place in Gael Linn Tráth na gCeist

Comhghairdeas lenár ndaltaí ón dara bhliain Brandon Thompson, Niall Woods, Luke Crosby agus Jamal Dunne a bhuaigh an chéad áit i Tráth na gCeist Gael Linn ar an Aoine. Ghlac siad páirt i mbabhta réigiúnach an chomórtais i gcoinne scoileanna eile ón cheantar. Rachaidh na daltaí ar aghaidh anois go cluiche ceannais an chomórtais. Maith sibh! 

Congratulations to our second year students Brandon Thompson, Niall Woods, Luke Crosby and Jamal Dunne who won first place in the Gael Linn Tráth na gCeist (Irish language quiz) on Friday. They took part in the regional bout of the competition competing against other schools from the surrounding areas. They will now go on to the final of the competition. Maith sibh!



Bhí lá spraíúil ag na daltaí ag an imeacht agus an seans acu páirt a ghlacadh i gcéilí agus karaoke i ndiaidh an tráth na gceist fiú. 

Students had a fun day at the event and even had the chance to take part in a céilí and karaoke after the quiz.


Transition Year students inspired by Olympic Medal Winners at Zeminar on World Mental Health Day

On Tuesday, October 10th, Transition Year students attended the second annual Zeminar event in Dublin’s RDS. “A life-changing day for the post-millennial Generation Z” was the promise of the organisers.

Indeed, it was a memorable day for TYs as they got to meet Olympic Silver Medal Rowers and Gold medallists in the World Rowing Championships, the O’Donovan brothers, Gary and Paul. Students described them as inspirational and were encouraged to pursue their goals, never give up, believe in yourself, the importance of teamwork and to follow your dreams.

The visit to the education, empowerment and well-being event coincided with World Mental Health Day. “The well-being of students is vital in today’s busy world.  It is important that they find a balance so that they can achieve their full potential”, said Coordinator of Programmes, Mr. Flynn, who accompanied the students to the event, along with Guidance Counsellor, Ms. Morgan, who organised the visit. “I feel that the students really benefit from hearing the inspirational stories of the various speakers. They definitely got encouragement to aim high and to achieve their dreams”, she said.

Along with meeting the Olympians, there were many positive experiences.

Dr Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children, whose job it is to make sure children in Ireland are treated fairly and the promotion of children’s rights told them: “You have a right to be heard”.

Homelessness activist, Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, best known for founding the charity Focus Ireland and Young Social Innovators, encouraged them to be active citizens and to be aware of the plight of the homeless.

Emily Duffy, a young social entrepreneur, did just what Sister Stanislaus said, and became the inventor of a sleeping bag designed to alleviate the problems faced by homeless people. The sleeping bag is made of waterproof, lightweight metallic bubble wrap. The bubbles work to help the bag retain heat.  She said, “No matter what your age, you can make a difference and make a change in the world in a positive way.”

Demilade Adeniran, No-Hate speech ambassador, is an advocate for the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and highlighted the importance of equality.

Third Level colleges were also in attendance on the day sowing the seeds of future possibilities.  Overall the College and students were delighted with the event and took away a lot of ideas and thoughts for the future.

Gaelbhratach Award for St. Mary’s College

Bronnadh stádas an Ghaelbhrataigh ar Choláiste Mhuire don dara bhliain i ndiaidh a chéile mar aitheantas ar an sárobair atá déanta acu an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn agus a úsáid sa scoil. Bronnadh an t-aitheantas speisialta orthu ag searmanas sa Pailliún ag Ráschúrsa Bhaile na Lobhar le déanaí. Chuir Eoghan McDermott (2fm) agus Clíona Ní Chíosáin (TG4) an t-imeacht i láthair. Chuir an grúpa ceoil “Seo Linn” ceolchoirm ar fáil do na daltaí.

St. Mary’s College has been awarded the esteemed “Gaelbhratach” status for the second year in a row in recognition of its excellence in the promotion of and the use of the Irish language in the school community. It was awarded the special status at a ceremony at the Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse recently. Eoghan McDermott (2fm) and Clíona Ní Chíosáin (TG4) hosted the event. The band “Seo Linn” provided a concert for the participants.

Tá sé mar aidhm ag scéim “An Ghaelbhratach” úsáid agus feasacht na Gaeilge a chur chun cinn. Bhí bliain ghnóthach ag coiste na Gaeilge sa scoil, a bhfuil ionadaithe air ó na bliainghrúpaí éagsúla, ag cuidiú le tréan mór imeachtaí a reáchtáil ina measc, Gaeilge 24, An Céilí Mór, Abair, Díospóireacht Gael Linn, tráth na gceist tras-scoile, An Fhéile Scoildrámaíochta, Scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta, Seachtain na Gaeilge, mar aon le neart comórtais agus gníomhaíochtaí eile. Tá na comharthaí ar fad inár scoil nua dátheangach anois fosta, rud a chuaigh i bhfeidhm go mór ar na moltóirí agus a chuireann go mór le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge sa scoil. Bhí toradh iontach ar an obair dhian ar fad a rinneadh agus is féidir leis an gcoiste bheith thar a bheith bródúil. Maith sibh!

The Gaelbhratach scheme aims to encourage the use of and create greater awareness of the Irish language. The Gaelbhratach committee in the school, which has representatives from the various year groups, had a busy year helping to organise many activities to promote the language including Gaeilge 24, An Céilí Mór, Abair, Gael Linn debates, an inter-school quiz, An Fhéile Scoildrámaíochta, Gaeltacht Scholarships and Seachtain na Gaeilge, as well as various other Irish language competitions and activities. All signage in our new school building is also now bi-lingual which hugely impressed the judges and greatly contributes to the promotion of the Irish language in the school. All this hard work culminated in the awarding of the Gaelbhratach for which the committee can justly be proud. Maith sibh!

Prize Night 2017

On Wednesday St. Mary’s College hosted their annual prize-giving ceremony, a night when students are rewarded for their excellent achievements in various areas of school life. On this special night the opening address was made by the guest speaker, local businessman and former Marist student Mr Keith Agnew, who spoke to students about his personal journey and experience of entrepreneurship.

The highlight of the night was the presentation of the Student of the Year Award. The Fr. McGeough Perpetual Cup was awarded to Bartek Baran for his outstanding contribution to the academic and social life of the school.

This was also the last prize-giving ceremony presided over by current principal Mr. Con McGinley, as Mr. Alan Craven will take over as the new principal of St. Mary’s College in September. A special presentation was made to Mr. McGinley in recognition of his service to the school.


Congratulations to all who received awards on the night – their dedication, enthusiasm and talents are an inspiration to all.

View more photos from the night in our photo gallery.

Carlingford Hike with French Exchange Students

St. Mary’s College Transition Year students, along with some French exchange students, completed a hike across the Cooley mountains into Carlingford on Wednesday, 17th May 2017.

Competently led by Mr. Peadar Gallagher, along with Ms. Gallagher and Ms. Ní Dhoirnín, the group enjoyed comradeship, beautiful scenery, fun and frolics in a relaxed setting on a bright sunny day in May. All arrived home tired but happy having completed the hike at a good pace.


Marist Leaving Cert History Trip 2017

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!


Success for Krzysztof in the final of Abair

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!

Marist Easter Trip 2017 – Glasgow

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.