Dunopoly – Overall Winners of the Senior Category at the Louth County Final of the Student Enterprise Programme

 
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!

The U16 Boys Basketball Team’s fantastic season leads to All-Ireland Final

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.

Marist Transformation

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.

Success in ‘Abair’ Irish Public Speaking Competition

Students from St. Mary’s College recently took part in the regional heat of Gael Linn’s prestigious ‘Abair’ Irish public speaking competition on Tuesday 7th February. Students David Duffy,  Jack Lambert, Krzysztof Baran and Philip Oladele represented the school on the day.

Competitors had to speak about a topical issue for three minutes each. David spoke about ‘Breat-imeacht’ / ‘Brexit’, Krzysztof spoke about ‘Athrú Aeráide’ / ‘Climate Change’, Jack spoke about ‘Drugaí agus Spórt’ / ‘Drugs and Sport’ and Philip spoke about ‘Caimiléireacht sna Cluichí Oilimpeacha’ / ‘Corruption in the Olympics Games’.

All four speakers excelled on the day and Krzyszof was delighted to achieve second place in the Junior Certificate category, receiving high commendation from the judges. Krzysztof will now go on to the final of the competition. Comhghairdeas mór leo!

Badminton Success for the Marist

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A huge congratulations to our Under 16 Badminton Team who placed first in the Louth Championship on Thursday 26th January 2017. Ciarán Curley, Kyle Rafferty, Robin Sun and Brian Murphy-Duncan faced off tough competition from three other schools.
We wish the boys good luck when they represent St. Mary’s College and County Louth in the Leinster Finals on 2nd February 2017.
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Taste of Louth Winners

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Congratulations to Judith Evborokhai and Lauren Mathews-McGuinness who represented the College in The Taste of Louth Cupcake Competition held in The Marshes Shopping Centre in December 2016.

Both girls produced excellent work in both The Best Decorated Category and The Best Flavour Category.

Judith won her Category and also received the Overall Winners Prize.

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Marist students launch Dundalk FC themed Dunopoly game!

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Jake Mc Keown and Stephen Kenny

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 yet to forsake attending the team’s national home and away games. The transition year students 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 students along with their Enterprise teacher Ms. Lynn Mc Ardle wish to extend their gratitude to the staff of Dundalk F.C for their support. They also wish to thank Fyffes, CX+ Sport, Starsat Ireland and Smack Express for their sponsorship which has greatly assisted the mini-company on its exciting journey!

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Jake Mc Keown, Darragh Jackson, Lee Mc Conville, Patrick Mc Eleney, Paddy Barret, Terence Kelly, Daryl Horgan and Kian Mc Evoy

Maths Week 2016 at St. Mary’s College

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A big thank you to all who participated in Maths Week 2016. Students tested their mathematical knowledge, problem solving skills and rational thought process during a series of fun and intriguing quizzes, puzzles and treasure trails.
A huge congratulations to all who contributed to making this such a successful week and congratulations to all the worthy winners.
Looking forward already to Maths Week 2017.
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Bua i gComórtas Díospóireachta Gael Linn / Win in Gael Linn Debating Competition

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Bhí an bua ag Coláiste Mhuire i gComórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh i nDroim Rí i gCo. na Mí ar na maillibh. Bhí an rún “Ba cheart deireadh a chur leis na Cluichí Oilimpeacha” á phlé acu. Bhí iomaíocht láidir ann ar an lá agus iad i gcoinne Coláiste na hInse, Meánscoil Naomh Lughaidh agus De La Salle. Bhí Coláiste Mhuire ar son an rúin agus chuir siad argóintí láidir os comhair an slua a chuaigh i bhfeidhm go mór ar na moltóirí. Bhí an-áthas ar an bhfoireann lena mbua agus rachaidh siad ar aghaidh go dtí an chéad bhabhta eile anois. Is iad Robert Mee-Lucey, Jack Lambert agus Caitlín Rooney na baill den fhoireann díospóireachta.

St. Mary’s College were victorious in Gael Linn’s Irish language debating competition ‘Comórtas an Phiarsaigh’ in Droim Rí Co. Meath recently. They discussed the motion “The Olympic Games should be abolished”. There was strong competition on the day with the school competing against Coláiste na hInse, St. Louis and De La Salle. St. Mary’s College were for the motion and made strong arguments which impressed the judges. The team were delighted with their win and will now go on to the next round. The members of the debating team are Robert Mee-Lucey, Jack Lambert and Caitlín Rooney.

Go n-éirí go geal leo!