The Marist Drama and Musical Group staged their In-House adaptation of ‘Happy Days’ for the Junior students of the college. Yes, Fonzie played by Joshua Olamanjuwan, Richie Cunningham (Edward Carraher), Joanie (Megan Clarke) and Chachi (Niall Donald Malone) made their comeback, bringing the 1950’s TV series to a 21st century audience.
The plotline reveals that ‘Arnold’s’ (Ignas Stanislovaitas) is in danger of being taken over by a huge Fast Food corporation leaving the regular diners, and of course Fonzie, desperately scrambling to save their favourite meeting place. A dance competition sees Fonzie’s old flame Pinky Tuscadero (Kerry Lawless) return to stir things up and Marion Cunningham (Naoise Weldon) get ready to celebrate her son’s marriage to Lori Beth (Shauna McGuinness).
The Marist’s adaptation of the musical Happy Days mixed the vintage and the modern brilliantly. Fonzie delivered his chauvinistic advice to his crew on staying single with an upbeat rendition of Bruno Mars’ ‘Young Wild Girls’ while Marion reflects on the inequality experienced by 1950s women to the Beyonce tune, ‘If I Were a Boy’ belted out by Blaithnaid Finan Peyton. Pinky and her Pinkettes had the audience (and staff) singing along to ‘You’re so Vain’ aimed at Fonzie’s over confident personality. The cast really enjoyed re-enacting the dance scene from ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Grease’ before Richie Cunningham proposed to Lori Beth in true Flash Mob style to Bruno Mars’, ‘Marry You’.
With St. Mary’s College soon entering a new era with the new school opening in April, it was wonderful to stage a production one last time in the old school. Teachers Pippa Brady, Aoife Mullen, Briege Kelly and Elaine Sullivan were delighted with the commitment and talent of the whole cast and would like to thank the PE and Art Department for their help and co-operation. Huge thanks to Care-taker David Boyle who couldn’t have been more enthusiastic and helpful throughout.
We are looking forward to entering the next phase of Marist musical performance with a brand new music room and drama space in the new school. Students will have ample opportunity to showcase their talent and continue to make their school community proud.
The Transition Year students from St. Mary’s College had the unique opportunity to attend the world-renowned Web Summit in Dublin recently. Schools from across Ireland competed for tickets, and St. Mary’s was delighted to secure their quota.
“We were thrilled to be chosen to attend”, said TY Coordinator and Year Head, Mr. Tommy Flynn, who also attended along with ICT Coordinator, Mr. John Englishby. “The College has an excellent Business and Enterprise tradition, and an outstanding ICT background. This was the ideal opportunity for the students. The Web Summit is known throughout the world as a leading Technology event.”
The students enjoyed an evening of incredible talks, with the chance to learn from Technology’s most brilliant minds. They were treated to inspirational presentations from Riley Ennis and Scott Harrison, both of whom explained their rise in the ever-changing and expanding Technological World.
Riley took to the stage to share his journey from a young boy, who was found science quite difficult at school, to an entrepreneur, whose start-up company helps to fight cancer. Riley shared key tips for a successful start-up – Passion. Problem. Prototype.
Scott’s presentation showed how his previous wild lifestyle left him feeling empty. This led him to set up charity: water. He had one mission: to end the water crisis in developing countries. He implored the audience to get involved by donating their birthday gift to the cause, highlighting all those who have supported him so far, including the Hollywood actor Will Smith.
The students were also introduced to a group of Irish primary school pupils and their mentors, who developed an educational app ‘BullyBug’, aimed at combatting bullying in schools.
The evening finished with two post primary students displaying their entrepreneurial skills by pitching their business ideas to the 1000’s of students present – off the cuff!
The TY students left the Web Summit feeling elated and inspired. Who knows – they could easily be the Technology Entrepreneurs of the future, appearing on that Web Summit stage!
Tá Coláiste Mhuire ag glacadh páirte sa scéim nuálach ‘Gaelbhratach’ i mbliana, atá á reachtáil ag Gael Linn agus Conradh na Gaeilge. Tá sé mar aidhm aici an Ghaeilge a spreagadh agus a chur chun cinn sa scoil agus níos faide anonn. Tá coiste don Ghaelbhratach curtha ar bun sa scoil agus d’fhreastail triúr ón choiste ar lá traenála i mBaile Átha Cliath le deanaí.
Beidh an coiste ag cur na Gaeilge chun cinn agus ag eagrú imeachtaí Gaeilge sa scoil le linn na bliana agus agus é mar aidhm acu an Ghaelbhratach a bhaint amach ag deireadh na bliana.
St. Mary’s College is taking part in the innovative scheme ‘Gaelbhratach’ this year, organised by Gael Linn and Conradh na Gaeilge. Its aim is to encourage the use of and promote the Irish language in the school and further afield. A Gaelbhratach committee has been established in the school and three members of the committee attended a training day in Dublin recently.
The committee will aim to promote the Irish language and organise Irish language events during the year, with the aim of achieving the Gaelbhratach at the end of the year.
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