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.

Scoildrámaíocht Group Qualify for the Leinster Final

Ghlac grúpa daltaí ón scoil páirt i bhFéile Scoildrámaíochta Dhún Dealgan ar na mallaibh in Amharclann Mhic Anna in ITDD. Tar éis roinnt mhaith seachtaine d’ullmhúcháin agus d’obair chrua, chuaigh siad ar an stáitse agus rinne siad léiriú den dráma ‘Cupán Caife’. Thug siad taispeántas den scoth ar an lá. Cháiligh siad d’Fhéile Laighean agus beidh siad ag dul ar an stáitse arís sa Mhuileann gCearr i gceann cúpla seachtaine. Go n-éirí leo!

Students from the school recently took part in Féile Dhún Dealgan, the annual Irish language drama festival  in the Mac Anna Theatre in DkIT. After weeks of preparation and hard work, they took to the stage and performed the drama ‘Cupán Caife’. They gave a great performance on the day. They qualified for the Leinster Provincial Final and will now represent the region in Mullingar in a few weeks. Go n-éirí leo!