Construction work on the new school building for St. Mary’s College is progressing rapidly. Below are aerial shots of the construction site that were taken recently.
Comhghairdeas to fifth year student Jake Mc Ardle who is the 2015 IYMAs (Irish Youth Music Awards) recipient. Jake competed with singers and songwriters from across the country to take the accolade. He won the competition with a song that he composed himself, “Pull Through”.
He appeared on RTÉ 2 recently as IYMAs winner and sang his winning song live in studio. See his live TV performance here.
His team are now getting ready to record a full length album which will be released later this year as part of the award. Mo cheol thú!
Second year student Luke Coburn Moran will represent Leinster in the hotly-contested MATHletes Challenge after making it through to the National Final in May.
Luke beat off stiff competition from 12,000 potential students and will now compete in the play-offs in a bid to be crowned MATHletes Challenge All Ireland Champion. He was awarded his regional title at an event at Google HQ in Dublin recently and is now through to the National Final. He is in the top 20 in the country.
MATHletes Challenge is a tournament which aims to transform how young people learn and how Maths is taught in Ireland using Khan Academy. The competition culminates with scorers advancing to in-person playoffs, where over €20,000 in prizes are on offer.
Luke took part in the competition last year also, where he achieved a fourth place national finish.
Shane Durnin 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 in An Carn Centre in Derry. Shane qualified for the final having previously achieved first place in the regional bout in Newry before Easter. 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 Shane spoke about his chosen topic of ‘Uisce’ where he poked fun at the water charges debacle and all matters water related.
He was delighted to win his section, achieving first place overall and high commendation from the judges. He was awarded a trophy and a half scholarship to attend Coláiste Gael Linn Bhun an Inbhir Gaeltacht College in Donegal to recognise his success. Comhghairdeas mór leis!
Tháinig an pearsanta raidió agus teilifíse Éanna Ní Lamhna ar chuairt chuig an scoil le deanaí mar chuid d’imeachtaí Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Chaith sí an lá ag caint leis na daltaí as Gaeilge faoina hábhar spéise, an dúlra. Chuir scoláirí léiriú den dráma ‘Máirtín Mallaithe’ ar siúl di freisin.
Ag deireadh an lae bhronn sí duaiseanna ar na daltaí a rinne an iarracht is mó Gaeilge a labhairt le linn Sheachtain na Gaeilge.
The radio and TV personality Éanna Ní Lamhna visited the school recently as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. She spent the day talking to students as Gaeilge about her area of expertise, nature. Students also performed a production of the play ‘Máirtín Mallaithe’ for her.
At the end of the day she made presentations to students that made the biggest effort to speak as Gaeilge during Seachtain na Gaeilge.