September 7, 2018

Leaving Certs History Tour
It was an early start for the Leaving Cert History class who headed to Dublin on Thursday, August 30 at 7.30 am. Their first stop was a guided tour of the EPIC museum on the Customs House Quay. EPIC, which opened in 2016, tells the story of Irish Emigrants in a visually creative and interactive way. The museum was founded by Irish emigrant Neville Isdell and is an acronym for Every Person Is Connected. With over 20 separate galleries encompassing the biographies of around 325 people of Irish heritage, the students only got a glimpse of the story of the diaspora in their two hour tour. There were sad tales of enforced emigration, poverty and destitution but also uplifting stories of the great achievements of the Irish abroad. Susan, the tour guide was vibrant and engaging even encouraging the girls to one-two-three to Riverdance in the Irish Dancing Room but they were all a bit too shy to shimmy on the dance floor.

In the afternoon the students took a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery in the company of Bridget. Bridget is a fountain of historical knowledge and a natural storyteller enlivening the stories of the graveyard’s permanent residents. Students learned about the bravery of Elizabeth O’Farrell, the humanity of Daniel O’Connell, the political ingenuity of Charles Stewart Parnell and the story of Irish Independence at the Republican plot. The last stop on the tour was the most visited grave in Glasnevin, that of Michael Collins, beautifully bedecked with flowers. Ironically, modern Irish History truly came alive for the students as they stood among the gravestones of the men and women who were at the forefront of Irish Independence. Bridget complimented the Sixth Years on their enthusiasm and interest. It was a lovely day out and the best way to learn about significant historical events and people.

Kate Ryan from Limerick and Waterford sisters Andrea and Alex Hally have been selected for the Munster u16 Interprovincial panel. Also Ròisín Kelly, fifth year has retained her place on the Connacht u16 squad. Well done to all.

Best of luck to Leaving Cert student Katie Morrissey who is traveling to Belfast on Friday, September 7 to represent Ireland in the Four Nations Tournament. Katie who plays with Larkspur, Cashel is on Irish the u18 team.

Fleadh Cheoil
Congratulations to Sarah Bourke, Leaving Cert, who is the All Ireland Bodhrán Champion 2018 having won in the 15-18 category at this year’s Fleadh. She played a jig, reel and hornpipe to a fiddle accompaniment.
Well done also to sisters Kate and Elaine Frawley who were part of a Groupa Cheoil that won the All Ireland 12-15 category at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann held recently in Drogheda. Junior Cert student Kate played both the harp and concertina while Elaine, in second year, was on the accordion. They are members of the Castleconnell, Ahane, Herbertstown Comhaltas branch and are well accomplished musicians.

Sixth Year Retreat
The Sixth Years had their final ever school retreat on Wednesday, September 6. The day was facilitated by experienced retreat team The Mustard Seed. They are always excellent at getting the students to enjoy the day while also taking stock of themselves and where they are in their lives. Affirmation was the theme of the day. Conor, Peter and Stephen focused the group on accepting themselves and accepting each other. They did exercises aimed at getting the students to recognise their own goodness and the goodness of the world around them. The day finished with some guided meditation and quiet self reflection.

Written By Nora Tuohy