St Mary’s College Transition Year Trade Fair 2015

St Mary’s College Transition Year students had their annual Trade Fair last Thursday. The entrepreneurial spirit was very evident with a wide variety of mini companies selling their wares on the day. It was a highly successful event with lots of hard work put in by the Transition Years, guided by their teachers Ms McArdle and Mr Reilly. The skills learned through the setting up of their mini company will stand to them and we look forward to seeing the paths their careers will take – we have no doubt that among them are our entrepreneurs of the future!

St Mary’s College Transition Year students  Kerry Lawless, Áinnle Kinney, Caoimhe Bailey and Megan Clarke at the Marist Trade Fair. Their company called Up Cycle produced and sold garden ornaments, homeware goods, angels and Christmas decorations.They also sold ice cream and baked goods on the day.

This group are involved with the Maria Gorretti Respite centre in Lordship.This is a children’s respite centre. The group have helped in the making of a sensory board for autistic children and garden features. They will also be involved in helping to landscape the gardens in January. This group is donating all all profits to the Make a Wish Foundation.

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St. Mary’s College Transition Year students Niamh Walsh , Eoghan McGee, Killian Thornton, Nicole Cumiskey and  Ajibola Olede at the Marist Trade Fair showing their personally designed canvasses for their Mini Company- Canvas Creations – they also sold emoji cushions.

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Transition Year students Chantel Churchill and Samantha Gaffney’s Mini Company called The Royals designed and produced their own brand/logo and designed T-shirts. The also made home-made cup cakes and baked goods.


Photo4 Popcorn 300Marist Trade Fair -TY students Robert Beggs, Gerard Rice, Morgan Duffy, Conor Hill and Daniel Coleman’s mini-company Popcorn – produced and sold popcorn! This business also operates every Thursday at lunchtime.


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Transition Year students Aibinn McGrane and Ceri Dignan Maloney at the Marist Trade Fair. They produced tie dyed clothing for their mini company.


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St Mary’s College Transition Year students, Oisin McCabe, Megan Scully, Abbi  O’Connor and Sarah Cairn’s mini-company was ‘Candy Cane’ which sold a variety of foods and drinks at the Marist Trade Fair


Photo 7 300A photo booth at the Marist Trade Fair with the present Marist school building as a backdrop gave students the opportunity to get their photo taken with the Dundalk F.C. trophies.


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Students with the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trophy and Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup .

Christmas Carol Service

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Parents, students and staff of St Mary’s College were treated to an array of festive songs at the annual carol service on Wednesday evening last. The weeks of preparation by the students of the College and music teacher Ms Mullen were reflected in the wonderful performances on the night. A magical candlelit setting added to the event with the artistic talents of students evident in the decorations skilfully created with the guidance of art teacher Ms Collins. Readings were from the Gospel of Luke read by TY student Nicki Cumiskey and staff including chaplains Ms Reynolds and Fr Jimmy McElroy s.m. and Deputy Principal Mr Lambe. Robert Mee Lucey, Bartlomieu Baran and Aaron Taylor all played solo instrumental pieces on the piano and the saxophone, while the First Year students gave a powerful rendition of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’.

The beautiful crib, worked on by students of the college again with much help from art teacher Ms Collins, shone brightly, reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas. It was a real community event treasured by all who attended. Thank you to all those in our school community who joined us in our Christmas celebration and thanks to the teachers who helped in the organisation of the night including the aforementioned members of the Music and Art departments, religion teacher Ms Shaw and chaplain Ms Reynolds.  It was a lovely evening and we are very proud of all the students involved. Wishing a Happy Christmas to all our school community.

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Transition Year students reconnect with Past Pupils to become more College Aware

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College Awareness Week events promote the benefits of going to college and help students of all ages to become college-ready. The ‘event’ organised by the Transition Years at St Mary’s College with the help of their Guidance Counsellor Ms Morgan, involved interviewing former Marist students who are attending or have attended a third level college. Student interviews revealed a variety of interesting facts including qualifications on course completion, careers pursued, subjects studied in college and their link with subject choice in school, the importance of study and the range of clubs and societies to join to further develop interests.

Courses studied were diverse including Psychology, Zoology, Culinary Arts, Computing, Social Science, Web Design, Multimedia Journalism, Marketing, Health and Leisure, Physical Education , Criminal Justice and Game Development to name but a few! Colleges attended include our local DKIT while others moved further afield to Trinity College, University College Dublin, National College of Art and Design, NUI Maynooth, Waterford I.T., I.T. Tralee, University of Manchester and University of Chester. Some of our teachers  also obliged and shared their experience of college. Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences, we really appreciate the time and effort you gave to us to complete them.

The Project continues – Past Pupils Get in Touch with us PLEASE at – we would love to hear from you.

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More College Aware! Some of the students that interviewed past pupils during College Awareness Week. The project continues – if you are a past pupil we would love to hear from you. Contact the College at

Such was the success of the interviews, the Transition Year students hope to continue with their project and become even more aware by visiting all class groups in the school and encouraging them to interview past pupils. At this significant time in the history of the Marist we are eager to connect with as many former pupils as possible. We would love for you to contact us at if you attended the Marist at any time. Your career paths are of interest to us.