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Fr Kevin Medilo s.m. & Fr Chris Ganzon s.m. share their experiences of Ranong & the Philippines with students on the Mission team


Fr Kevin Medilo s.m. and Fr Chris Ganzon s.m. visited St Mary’s College, Dundalk in January 2015 from the Marist Missions in Ranong, Thailand and the Philippines, respectively. They shared experiences of their work with students on the Marist Mission Team in the college. The students enjoyed hearing about and seeing photos of the children in the Marist school in Ranong where Fr Kevin works, and also photos shared by Fr. Chris of the Mission in the Philippines.


Fr Jimmy McElroy s.m., school chaplain and leader of the student Mission team travels to Ranong every year with students and teachers to work at the school there. The college mission team fundraise throughout the year in a variety of ways including selling Christmas cards, organising bake sales and serving refreshments at meetings. Eight sixth year students are chosen to travel and are always in awe of the gratitude and respect shown to them by the children of Burmese refugees attending the school there. It was special that the director of the mission, Fr Kevin, could visit Dundalk and meet the students on the Mission Team. Fr Chris Ganzon works as a prison chaplain in Davao city in the Philippines and also in a home for street children.



Luke leads Mathletes leaderboard

St Mary’s College first year student Luke Coburn-Moran currently leads the MATHletes Challenge leaderboard. The national competition is a pioneering maths tournament, based on the Khan Academy approach to learning and teaching maths. Luke has impressed so far to build up a strong lead at the top of the first year leaderboard and is in with a chance to land some major prizes for the school come the end of the competition with over €20,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Fr Kevin Medilo s.m. & Fr Chris Ganzon s.m. share their experiences of Ranong & the Philippines with students on the Mission team.

Fr Kevin Medilo s.m. & Fr Chris Ganzon s.m.

with Fr. Jimmy s.m.

Fr Kevin Medilo s.m. & Fr Chris Ganzon s.m.

with Fr. Jimmy s.m. with the Marist Mission Students

Marist visit Berlin for the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall


24 senior students from the Marist along with three of their teachers recently went on a very historic trip to Berlin. The group were there for the magnificent celebrations which took place for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.


The group, under the excellent guidance of Mr. Flynn, Ms. Kirk and Ms. Doran, visited many famous sights such as the Brandenburg Gate and the East Side Gallery. They also had tours of the Jewish Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie, where they learned about the fate of many families at the time of World War II as well as many of the escape attempts from the old East Germany, after the construction of the Wall. The students also benefited from an extensive special tour of the Reichstag, the German Parliament.


The highlight of the tour was the 25th anniversary celebrations. There were over 1 million people in the city for the event. Along the former course of the Berlin Wall a new temporary Berlin Wall was built with thousands of illuminated balloons. The Marist group first visited Bernauer Straße where there is a section of the Wall reconstructed, which includes a watchtower, barbed wire and trenches.

They then gathered at the famous Potsdamer Platz, now a bustling tourist and shopping paradise, but during the time of the Wall it was a derelict no-man’s land. To the strains of Beethoven's Ninth, the white balloons were released into the skies at night to commemorate the peaceful revolution of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. The atmosphere was electric with lots of cheers and shouts of joy from the crowds. There were then fireworks and a concert by well-known artists at the Brandenburg Gate.


On their final day, the students visited a German school and attended classes. They were delighted to meet other students of their own age and also to practice their German.


The group also had lots of fun each evening going bowling, as well as visiting the Winter Wonderland in the city, with its snow slides, ice rink and Christmas markets. See photos here

Luke Coburn-Moran

Gaeltacht Scholarship Winners

Comhghairdeas le Shane Durnin agus Aisling Finnegan, daltaí sa tríú bliain, a bhuaigh dhá leath-scoláireacht ar fiú €380 an duine le freastal ar Choláiste Gael Linn Bhun in Inbhir i nGaeltacht Dhún na nGall sa samhradh. Maith sibh!


Congratulations to third year students Shane Durnin and Aisling Finnegan who have both won half scholarships worth €380 each to attend Coláiste Gael Linn Bhun an Inbhir in the Donegal Gaeltacht in the summer. Maith sibh!

Shane Durnin and Aisling Finnegan

Building has commenced on a new school for St. Mary's College. The new school building is due to open in September 2016, in what is an exciting time for all those connected to the school.


Pictured at the launch of the construction of the new school are students Shane Cheshire and Grace Donnelly with Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, alongside representatives from the contractors BAM. Also included is an artist's impression of the new school. More

Jade and Lynn make their debuts for the Irish International Soccer Team


Last Tuesday night’s international friendly game between the Republic of Ireland Women’s U16 team and their Northern Ireland counterparts at Oriel Park proved to be a very special occasion for two students from the school.


Jade Reddy and Lynn Craven, Transition Year students at St. Mary’s both made their debut for the girls in green in the 1-0 win. Jade started the game at right-back before she was replaced, quite fittingly, by Lynn after 48 minutes.


It was probably inevitable that the duo would make their international debut together. Close friends from the age of four, the 15-year-olds have been almost inseparable since.

Quay Celtic was the club that provided the girls with their first taste of football. Lynn was part of the Point Road side that won the Dundalk Schoolboys League U10 and U11 league and cup double in successive years.


Jade then joined up with her friend as part of the Quay Celtic Girls side that also went on to win the double at U14 level.


Both girls currently ply their trade with Shelbourne in Dublin and were part of the Reds team that enjoyed a successful 2014, picking up the U16 National Cup, the U16 League Cup and also the Dublin Womens Summer League double.


Tuesday’s international was a warm up game for the upcoming international quadrangular tournament in Dublin in mid-February which will see the Republic of Ireland take on Denmark, Austria and the Czech Republic and the pair will be hoping to make the final squad which is due to be announced at the end of this week.



The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland has been invited by the Irish Region of the Marist Fathers to audit our child safeguarding practices and procedures. This audit will take place on the 8th and 9th of September 2014. In preparation for this audit, the Marist Fathers invite any member of the public with any child safeguarding concerns related to the Marist Fathers, to contact the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church at +353 1 5053124 or Johanna Merry at 00353 087 2573450 who is the Designated Liaison Person for the Marist Fathers in Ireland or the local Civil Authorities in your area: Gardai/HSE.

Marist students visit Ranong Missions in Thailand


Marist chaplain Fr Jimmy McElroy has been bringing students from Ireland to the Marist Mission in Ranong, Thailand for the past eight years. This year, eight students from St. Mary’s College Dundalk along with four teachers travelled with Fr Jimmy on the mission.


“It’s a great place to bring them for an experience and exposure to Marists on mission. The community in Ranong is so welcoming and willing to have the help of the students,” Fr. Jimmy explains.


The regular two week visit each year coincides with students at St Mary’s College, Dundalk finishing their school year, and wanting to serve and experience links with the wider Marist world.

They are selected in their Leaving Cert year and they prepare for and promote their trip with fundraising and mission awareness throughout the school.


The Marist Mission in Ranong is trying to assist Burmese migrant workers in various ways: through education of the Burmese children, through an adult education program, with health care and by running a community centre.


The students make a great contribution each year by running the ‘English Language Camp’ for around a hundred Thai and Burmese students in partnership with the local Ministry of Education and selected Thai Schools. Learning English is identified as a significant help for their futures.

The Burmese students at the Marist School in Ranong also enjoy the opportunity to be taught by the young Irish students, experiencing fun and games and an enjoyable opportunity to have conversations in English outside the classroom programme.


Students and teachers adapted quickly to the intense heat, constant threat of torrential rain and local food and set about their teaching duties.


During their time in Ranong the students teach at the Marist school, learn about the situation of Burmese migrants and the exploitative fishing industry.


As well as teaching, each Irish student and teacher accompanied a Burmese student to visit their home; thus witnessing the environment they live in and meeting their families. Eyes and hearts are opened in a new way.

Fr. Jimmy and the group wish to express gratitude to everyone who has supported the Marist Mission in Ranong in Ireland and abroad and look forward to your support again in the future. The students who travelled to Ranong this year were Emma Walsh, Karen O’ Rourke, Stephen Callan, Jordan Jackson, Jordan O’ Donoghue, Shane de Rís, Christopher Kellett, and Aaron Foley.  See More here


See photos from the Ronong Trip 2014 here



Glenn named Ireland’s Student Chef Star


St Mary’s College student Glenn McCourt has been named as Ireland’s Student Chef Star.

The award was bestowed on him by Sarah Baker of Cloughjordan House cookery school in Tipperary, with the competition sponsored by Glenisk.


Having made the final three, Glenn won the cook off for his Apple and Calvados Crème Brulee, Apple and Blackberry Crumble Tart and Crunchy Caramel Shot.

Glenn collected an iPad as well as cookery classes at Cloughjordan House and Glenisk hampers as prizes. See More here

Success for Daniel in final of Abair

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 the Garage Theatre in Monaghan. Second year student Daniel Fasan represented the school in the final of the cross-border competition having qualified from the regionals. Competitors on the day had to speak about a topical issue for three minutes each. In the final Daniel spoke about “Lá Fhéile Pádraig” (“St. Patrick’s Day”) and discussed the merits and the demerits surrounding the annual festival. He was delighted to achieve second place in the Junior Certificate section. He was awarded a trophy and a half scholarship to attend a Coláiste Gael Linn Gaeltacht College to recognise his success. Comhghairdeas leis!

Daniel Fasan with Irish Teacher Shane Quinn

Music and Choir News

The school choir have been busy this year singing a wide variety of songs from Rolling in the Deep by Adele, to the religious version of The Cup Song.  They performed at this year’s Seinn, which celebrates Catholic Schools Week, along with 700 other students from Dundalk.  They have also performed at all school masses and gatherings to date. We were delighted when Father Jimmy asked the students to perform for the launch of Operation Transformation on Ash Wednesday.  It was a great opportunity for the students to represent the school and they received great praise from the local community.


The choir, along with the first year music class will be recording a CD in the next few weeks.  One of our 6th year students, Keenan Copas, has written a song for the choir to record.  They will aim to raise money for the Marist Missions out of the sales.   Both the music class and choir will record their own CDs which, while not for sale, will be a great opportunity for them to express their own musical interest.


Recently the first year music class attended the showcase of South Pacific, a well-known musical performed at DKIT by their students.  It was a great opportunity for the students to see a live orchestra perform the various instruments they had studied.

The Marist School Choir

Jack chosen to take part in Science Olympiad

TY Student Jack Boylan was one of a select few in the country chosen to take part in the National Science Olympiad in DCU based on his outstanding Junior Cert Science results. Six students are chosen at the Olympiad to represent Ireland in the International Junior Science Olympiad in India and the EU Science Olympiad in Athens.


Based on his excellent Junior Cert Maths results, Jack has also been invited to participate in the 2013 Irish Beaver Computing Contest (IBCC). The IBCC is the Irish branch of Bebras International an online international computational thinking challenge for students in both secondary and primary level schools. The International online competition aims to raise Computer Science awareness and this year Ireland are participating for the first time.

TY Student Jack Boylan


Conor is All Ireland Track and Field Jump Champion 2013

Congratulations to Conor Durnin who is the All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Triple Jump Champion 2013. Conor, who is a sixth year student in St. Mary’s College, beat off competition from throughout the country to successfully take home the title. It is a tremendous achievement for this young man and we congratulate him wholeheartedly. He will now be representing Ireland on the international stage. Comhghairdeas mór!

Marist Success in North Leinster Athletics Championships 2014

Great news from the North Leinster Athletics Championships 2014... 4 medals for the Marist! Conor McCarron won Golds in the Shotput and Discus, Sharon Olatunde won Silver in the Hurdles and Edward Danzes won Silver in the Long Jump. Comhghairdeas mór leo!

Conor Durnin who is the All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Triple Jump Champion (2013)

Eoin wins Home-Cook Hero

Fifth Year student Eoin Corr celebrated winning a treasure trove of prizes after he was crowned the overall winner of the Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards 2014!


Eoin's big win was announced at a black-tie awards ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel, with the night hosted by Martin King from TV3 .


Eoin entered the 'Butter Me Up' category of the competition where he had to make a sweet or savoury dish using Connacht Gold butter- his dish was an Autumn Streusel Cake.


Eoin was involved in a 'cook-off' which took place in cooks academy, where he presented his cake to the celebrity chefs judging panel. And he not only won his category but was also the overall winner of the competition's ten categories! The event will be shown on TV3.

Glacann daltaí páirt i nGaeilge 24 / Students take part in Gaeilge 24


Ghlac daltaí páirt i nGaeilge 24 ar an Déardaoin 4ú Nollaig, nuair a labhair siad as Gaeilge don lá ar fad. Bhí lá spraíúil ag daltaí agus ag na múinteoirí araon, agus bhailigh muid €1000 do Chonradh na Gaeilge le cuidiú le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge ar fud na tíre. Ba é buaicphointe an lae ná an Céilí Mór an oíche sin.






Students took part in Gaeilge 24 on Thursday 4th December, when they spoke as Gaeilge for the whole day. Both students and teachers had a fun day, and we raised €1000 for Conradh na Gaeilge to help with the promotion of Irish throughout the country. The highlight of the day was the Céilí Mór that night.

Marist students visit Ranong Missions in Thailand

Marist chaplain Fr Jimmy McElroy has been bringing students from Ireland to the Marist Mission in Ranong, Thailand for the past eight years. This year, eight students from St. Mary’s College Dundalk along with four teachers travelled with Fr Jimmy on the mission.


“It’s a great place to bring them for an experience and exposure to Marists on mission. The community in Ranong is so welcoming and willing to have the help of the students,” Fr. Jimmy explains.


See more here.


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