Minor Camogie News
Our minor camogie players endured a tough battle taking on Abbey Community College Boyle in the second group game last week. Abbey got off to a great start with 2 quick goals which left our girls with a lot to do. The 2 goals remained the difference at half time. The Convent girls came out fighting in the second half and took the lead with just 5 minutes left on the clock. Our girls showed great resilience and determination to stay in the game and to come out on top. Final score 06:04 to 06:02. Many thanks to their coach Ms. Connolly and well done girls!
Minor Camogie Panel: Faye Satchwell, Sarah Jane O’Connor, Karen Whyte, Chloe Connaughton, Laura McSharry, Charlie Kilmartin, Orlagh Crehan, Aisling Harris, Alannah McCormack, Rachel Campbell, Alisha Connaughton, Sarah Reilly, Caoimhe Finan, Sally Towey, Aoife Connolly, Rebecca Clarke, Ivannah Looby, Hannah O’Connor, Roirí Gately, Anna Fallon, Amy Murray, Emily O’Gara, Grace Gannon, Aisling Faughnan, Clara Tully and Moya Kelly.
Our minor camogie panel who defeated Abbey Community College Boyle in their second round group game recently.
Fifth Year Retreat to Knock Shrine
Our Fifth Year Students participated in the Elphin Diocesan Faith and Life Retreat Day which was held at Knock Shrine on Thursday 23rd March. Accompanied by their teachers Ms Fitzmaurice and Ms Coleman, the day consisted of inspirational talks, workshops and fun activities delivered by Fr. Eamonn Bourke (Chaplain, UCD), An Tobar Nua School Retreat Team, Natalie Doherty (Archdiocese of Dublin) and Colette Furlong (Sligo). Music for the day was provided by Elation Ministries, led by Paul Keogh, Principal, Summerhill College, Sligo. Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, ended the day with a wonderful reflection on the Stations of the Cross. Our students enjoyed their day and appreciated the time and space to reflect on their own faith journey. Many thanks to RE teacher and fifth year head Ms Fitzmaurice for organising the retreat.
Pictured at the recent 5th year retreat to Knock Shrine are Anna Murray and Gwen Killion.
Pictured at the recent 5th year retreat to Knock Shrine are Caoimhe Walsh, Hollie Kilroe and Eadaoin Walsh.
Pictured at the recent 5th year retreat to Knock Shrine are Cliodhna O’Brien, Aisling Brennan, Katie Mullaney and Rachel McGann.
Pictured at the recent 5th year retreat to Knock Shrine are Cassie Doorly, Alicia Nolan, Michaela Lohan and Rachel Killeen.
U14 Football News
Well done to our U-14 Gaelic Football team who have qualified for the Connacht ‘B’ Final after a one point victory over Mount Saint Michael, Claremorris on Friday 24th March. In what was a tight and pulsating game, played in various weather conditions at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence, the Convent of Mercy girls showed great team-spirit and resilience to get over the line. MSM Claremorris got off to a bright start scoring 4 points without reply. The Mercy defence led by Sarah Reilly, Aoibhinn Shanagher and Chloe Connaughton helped to limit the damage from this strong start by Claremorris. Our girls grew into the game as time went on and were rewarded for their play with two quickfire goals from Hannah O’Connor and Rachel Campbell. Claremorris fought back to level proceedings before Hannah O’Connor struck for a third goal right on the stroke of half-time to give us a three point advantage.
Alanna McCormack stretched our lead to four points straight after the restart before Claremorris fought their way back with two goals of their own either side of points from Grace Gannon. The game was level approaching the final minutes with Emma Feeney, Sarah Jane O’Connor and Leah O’Connor working tirelessly to keep Claremorris at bay. The Convent of Mercy girls showed great patience in the final moments, keeping possession of the ball until Ella Brennan stepped up to kick the winning point to cap off a wonderful team performance.
Final Score: Convent of Mercy 3-04, MSM Claremorris 2-06.
U14 Panel: Faye Satchell, Myah Madden, Sally Towey, Leah O’Connor, Sarah Reilly, Mattea Cox, Mia Nally, Chloe Connaughton, Aoibhinn Shanagher, Rebecca Clarke, Emily Ryan, Ruth King, Isabel Fitzpatrick, Alanna McCormack, Sarah Jane O’Connor, Grace Gannon, Amy Rogers, Hannah O’Connor, Tara O’Connor, Emma Feeney, Ella Dwyer, Saoirse Garvin, Freya Cumiskey, Rachel Campbell, Simone Carroll, Sadie Devaney, Ella Brennan, Aisling Faughnan, Katie Foley, Sarah Jane Keogh, Emily O’Reilly, Moya Kelly, Roisin O’Grady, Sophie Hanley and Aisling Harris.
U14 Gaelic Football Panel after their recent win against Mount St Michael, Claremorris..
Well done to 6th Year Chemistry students Arya Thampi and Kate Cunningham who recently competed in the Chemistry Olympiad Ireland competition. Approximately 200 students from all over Ireland take part in this competition annually and the competition involves multiple rounds.
A special congratulations to Arya who progressed to Round 1B after she finished in the top one-third of students in Round 1A.
Well done to both Kate and Arya on your achievements and thanks to your Chemistry teacher Mr. McLoughlin.
Pictured are Kate Cunningham and Arya Thampi who recently competed in the Chemistry Olympiad Ireland competition.
Last week we celebrated Wellbeing Week in our school. The importance of wellbeing cannot be overstated and taking time to highlight wellbeing within our school community helps to foster a greater sense of awareness of wellbeing and the steps we can take to help to achieve it. Throughout the week there were various activities scheduled highlighting the wellbeing indicators of Being Active, Being Responsible, Being Connected, Being Resilient, Being Connected and Being Aware. Our celebrations included dance workshops, music pop-up concerts, yoga sessions, mindfulness art classes, connective gatherings and a photo competition open to the entire school. Many thanks to our wellbeing coordinator Ms. Anne Marie Blake for organising Wellbeing Week 2023.
Abby Gooney from sixth year playing at the pop up piano recital as part of our Wellbeing week celebrations.
‘Fun Yoga’ in our sports hall as part of our Wellbeing Week celebrations.
Pictured at our sixth year Connective Gathering enjoying tea, biscuits, card games and chats as part of Wellbeing Week 2023 are Nicola Dempsey, Kayla Hand-Rowkins, Kate Cunningham and Katie Morgan.
All-Ireland Senior B Football Final
Tickets are on sale for the All Ireland Senior B football final where our girls take on Mercy Mounthawk of Tralee in McDonagh Park, Nenagh, next Thursday March 30th at 12:30pm. Log onto our social media @rosconvent for match updates and link access to ticket sales. Captain Aisling Hanly has been busy in the lead up to the big day, heading to Croke Park for a ‘Captains Day’ pre-brief where she was interviewed by the LGFA and shared her personal story and how the entire team are ready to give leave it all on the pitch this Thursday. Team manager Mr David O’Reilly is hopeful of a big performance from the panel who have trained exceptionally hard all year. Mercy abú!
Cracking Carbon-Climate Challenge
Transition Year students recently enjoyed the ‘Cracking Carbon-Climate Challenge’ workshop with Simon Ruddy. Students were given the opportunity to hear all about climate change, 7 steps to low emissions and climate careers to name but a few. After break the girls participated in a Multimedia Climate Table Quiz. Students learned valuable information about climate change, the impact it is having in our world today and solutions to the problem. Many thanks to Ms Michelle Cleary for facilitating the workshop.
Pictured at the recent Cracking Carbon Climate Challenge workshop were TY students Clodagh Murray, Grace Geraghty, Grainne Foley, Maria Bolger, Beatrice O’Grady and Rafaella Silva.
Second Year Music Trip to National Concert Hall
Second year music students accompanied by their teachers Mr Wallace and Mr Arnold went to the National Concert Hall, Dublin last Tuesday 21st March to see the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in concert. The ‘Music in the Classroom: Junior Cycle Music Concert Guide’ was aimed at Junior Cycle music students and featured a concert programme of varied selections from composers such as Beethoven, Sibelius and John WIlliams which centre around the Junior Cycle learning outcomes in Music. Many thanks to Mr James Wallace for arranging the trip.
Second year music students on the steps of the National Concert Hall before attending a concert last Tuesday 21st March.
TY Law Class visit the Criminal Courts of Justice
Our TY Law Class had an opportunity to visit the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin last Thursday 17th May. Accompanied by their teachers Ms Connell and Ms Keenan, they were given a guided tour of the court rooms. They even sat in and observed a trial in action, reinforcing the learning from their law module with and bringing it to life! Many thanks to Ms Niamh Connell for organising this educational and fun trip to Dublin.
TY Law students pictured outside the Criminal Courts of Justice with their teacher Ms Connell in Dublin recently.
National Flag Day at Meánscoil Muire gan Smál
175 years ago, this year, the tricolour was first raised in Waterford by Thomas Francis Meagher. The green (to represent the republican view), the orange (to represent the unionist view) and the white in the centre (to represent peace) is how our national flag is intended to be viewed. It is a flag of peace and inclusion.Every year the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation invites schools to mark National Flag Day. We have been part of this celebration since 2016 when we were invited to be part of a national gathering in Croke Park to mark the centenary of 1916. Our school has had national success in poetry competitions organised by the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation. Past pupil Niamh Petrie was a national winner in 2018 with her beautiful Poem for the Forgotten. We marked March 16th 2023 with a school display about the history and meaning of our national flag (organised by 3rd year history students from class 3C). The display had many interesting and, indeed, little known nuggets of information about our national flag including the fact that an Irish tricolour travelled to the moon and back on board the Spacecraft America in December 1972 and that the first Irish tricolour was planted at the South Pole in 2004. We highlighted its importance as a marker of identity for all citizens of Ireland. We formally raised the tricolour and the flag will remain flying during the St. Patrick’s Day national celebrations. Thomas Frances Meagher is an important though often forgotten figure in Irish history. To mark National Flag Day, lapel pins that highlight the true meaning and significance of the tricolour – pride, respect and peace nó mórtas, meas agus síocháin were available for all the school community. The national flag belongs to us all, it is a symbol of peace and inclusion beyond all else.
A number of first and second year history students raising the flag on National Flag Day Thursday 16th March.
Volleyball All-Ireland Semi Finalists
Well done to our first and second year volleyballers who are through to an All-Ireland semi final after a great performance against St. Brigids in our sports hall last week. The girls had a strong start to the first round starting off with a score from captain Helen Cordoso. The girls kept up a strong side securing a 5 point lead, when St. Brigids fought back and leveled the score. The girls fought hard and finished the first round with a two point win. The girls started off the second round strong with scores made by Katie Foley, Ivannah Looby and Laura McSharry to gain a strong advantage. The girls finished out the second round with an excellent lead and gained themselves their position in the All Ireland semi final.
Thanks to coach Ms McHugh and comhgairdeachas libh go léir.
Pictured are the first and second year volleyball team who are through to the All-Ireland semi final.
Back row L- R: Ellen Murray, Katie Foley, Rachel Campbell, Ivannah Looby, Laura McSharry, Rebecca Clarke
Front row L – R: Helen Cordoso, Fiona Duda, Mattea Cox, Hannah O’Connor, Mia Nally
All-Ireland Final Bound!
Congratulations to our senior footballers after they achieved a comprehensive win over St Mary’s Grammar school of Magherafelt, Derry in Lisnaskea, Fermanagh last Thursday afternoon. Despite the challenging weather conditions the girls clocked up an impressive 5:09 to St Mary’s 0:08 on the scoreboard and now await an All-Ireland final. Well done to the entire panel and to your coach Mr O’Reilly.
Our Senior Football Panel with coach Mr David O’Reilly after qualifying for the All-Ireland final last Thursday.
Junk Kouture National Finalist
Wednesday and Thursday, March 8 and 9, saw the next generation of Irish up-and-coming eco-conscious creators, innovators, and fashion designers at the 2023 Regional Finals of Junk Kouture, the world’s largest sustainable fashion competition for youth. Congratulations to Aisling Harlow of Transition Year who is one of 70 entries to qualify for the national finals. Her design My Rococo Royalty impressed the judges out of 1,200 haute-couture designs made from 100% recycled materials by post-primary students in Ireland. From this, 300 designs were shortlisted and aired on Junk Kouture’s YouTube and TikTok channel for the 2023 Regional Finals. Congratulations to you Aisling and to your teacher Ms Kilcommins. Best of luck in the final.
Aisling Harlow in her design ‘My Rococo Royalty’ which has qualified for the Junk Kouture National finals.
International Women’s Day 2023
International Women’s Day is marked annually on March 8th and is a global day of celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality and equity. As the one and only all-girls school in Co Roscommon, we acknowledge March 8th as a celebration of women and their achievements and also to highlight where more needs to be done. We extended International Women’s Day to International Women’s Week. The 5th year Politics and Society students under the guidance of their teacher Ms Claire Burke took the lead this year with a number of displays in school. Elleanor Foxe with her art teacher Ms Frances Kilcommins created a display featuring women of varying ethnic and cultural backgrounds to mirror our school population. A further display board (led by Lucia Fabbi) highlighted this year’s IWD’s theme #Embrace Equity with this interesting and thought-provoking example: Equality is giving everyone a shoe; equity is giving everyone a shoe that fits. A presentation over the school intercom by the 5th year PolSoc class on Wednesday drew attention to a wide range of issues and included a brief history of International Women’s Day, the 1911 ‘Bread and Roses’ campaign, the difference between equality and equity, the marriage bar in the civil service that only ended in 1973, the gender inequalities that continue to exist in political representation, how care work is highly gendered, the UN SDG 5 on gender equality and global examples of where gender inequality is seen as a normal part of society. We caught up with a number of past pupils who joined us to mark International Women’s Day with video calls from Dublin, Paris, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, London, Abu Dhabi, Sydney and San Francisco. It was lovely to hear from Emma O’Carroll who works in luxury fashion in Paris, Natalie Spellman in Luxembourg, Mairéad Cleary who works with Newstalk and Today FM, Kate McManus in Sydney, Róisín Hunt in San Francisco, Jennifer Hannon in Abu Dhabi, Emma Gibbons studying Business and French in Paris, Emma Mannion on tour in Germany with Riverdance, Ailbhe Farrell in Frankfurt as part of Global Business and German and working on an internship in the German stock Exchange and Eimear Neilan in London. With their best wishes for International Women’s Day, it was a joy to listen to their wonderful memories of their time in Meánscoil Muire gan Smál and how they were inspired by their time here as students. In this week, not only did we celebrate women’s achievements generally but we celebrated our phenomenal Senior Cup winning rugby players and also our All Ireland champion junior camogie players. Meánscoil Muire gan Smál, we are Mnásome!
Pictured from the fifth year Politics and Society class are Emma O’Farrell, Heather Cunningham, Anna Higgins and Aisling Brennan.
Student Enterprise County Finals
The Student Enterprise Programme county final was held in the Abbey Hotel last week and our budding transition year entrepreneurs had six ventures on display at the event. Our representatives were: ‘Tranquilitrees’ – Ruth Cunningham and Eilis O’Donoghue, ‘Star Stitches’ – Faye Reynolds, Caoimhe Carroll and Shauna Carty, ‘Funky Frames’ – Lauren O’Connor, Bronagh Donohue, Emma Fitzmaurice and Emily Cummins, ‘Beadz Boutique’ – Zita Waldron and Deirbhile Collins and ‘Vanilla Bean Bites’ – Chloe Kenny, Kaitlin Egan and Alanna Hoare.
GAA Socks & Gloves – Alannah Sutton, Maria Bolger and Ella Donlon.
Pictured at the Student Enterprise county final were the proprietors of ‘Funky Frames’ – Lauren O’Connor, Bronagh Donohue, Emma Fitzmaurice and Emily Cummins.
Pictured at the Student Enterprise county final were the proprietors of ‘GAA Socks & Gloves’ Maria Bolger, Alannah Sutton and Ella Donlon.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge continued in style last week with many varied activities including ‘Ramhloga an Lae’, a tongue twister activity each day for junior cycle students and a Comortas Ealaine for first and second year students. On Monday and Tuesday our GP room played host to screenings of the academy award nominated movie An Cailín Ciúin for our fifth year, second year and TY students. On Wednesday, we held a Seachtain na Gaeilge TradFest organised by Mr Wallace in the Assembly Hall for all students. This concert featured an array of talented students from our student body who played, danced, sang and recited poetry in the Irish tradition. Our staff members Ms Burke, Mr Wallace, Mr Arnold, Ms Connell and Ms O’Brien also played and sang in the concert and a special guest Mr Padraig Moran, grandfather of transition year student Ciara Killeen made a guest appearance to sing a sean nó song ‘Anach Cuain’. On Thursday fifth years took part in a Trá na gCeist with Ms Kelly. Beatha teanga í a labhairt.
Heather Cunningham, Lucy Greene and Aliya Hone winners of the fifth year Trá na gCeist during Seachtain na Gaeilge last week.
Pictured at the Seachtain na Gaeilge Tradfest concert are members of our Irish Traditional Group under the direction of Mr Wallace: Eva & Carole Greene, Sophia & Cassie Doorly, Aoife & Caoimhe Mullarkey, Sarah Larkin, Aoife Connolly, Grace Maria Burgoyne, Caoimhe Brogan, Tara Hynes, Alyssa Potter, Alanna McCormack and Charlie Kilmartin-Healy.
History Trip to Strokestown Park House and Gardens
On March 1st second year students accompanied by their teachers Ms McGuire, Ms Blake, Ms Kelly and Ms Gormley explored the parallel lives of Strokestown Park’s autocratic landlords and their tenants during the Irish famine at their new state-of-the-art Famine Museum situated in Strokestown Park House. Students also received an informative tour of Strokestown Park’s Georgian Palladian house where they gained insights into the opulent lifestyle of the Pakenham-Mahon family. The visit concluded with a relaxed stroll through Strokestown Park’s 6 acre walled garden and lush mature woodlands.
Chloe Connaughton, Alanna McCormack, Laura McSharry and Ivannah Looby from second year pictured outside the National Famine Museum while on a recent History trip to Strokestown Park House and Gardens.
Politics and Society Dail Visit
5th and 6th year Politics and Society students enjoyed a wonderful trip to Dublin on Thursday March 2nd. We visited the National Museum of Ireland where a veritable treasure trove of historical artefacts are on display. The bog bodies were of particular interest! Exhibitions from Early Christian Ireland and Ireland’s Gold gave us an opportunity to see the Derrynaflan Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Broighter Hoard. Admission to the museum is free and highly recommended.
From there, it was a visit next door to Dáil Éireann where we were welcomed by our host Denis Naughten TD. Leader’s Questions was in progress with contributions from Tánaiste Micheál Martin, Ivana Bacik, Pearse Doherty, Michael Fitzmaurice, Claire Kerrane and others. The Seanad was also in session discussing issues around autism.
We had a guided tour around the corridors of Leinster House, steeped in history and the centre of political decision making. It was interesting and enjoyable day for all Politics and Society students.
Fifth and Sixth year Politics and Society students pictured outside Leinster house with TD Denis Naughten on a recent trip to Dáil Eireann.
Fifth year Politics and Society student Lucia Fabbi at the Houses of the Oireachtas last week.
Anna Higgins and Eabha Kenny pictured during the recent Politics and Society trip to Dáil Eireann.
Chamber Choir Success at Wesley Music Interschools Music Festival
Congratulations to our chamber choir who travelled to Wesley College Dublin and partook in their annual Interschools Music Festival on Friday 3rd March.
Performing the SSA and SSAA competitions, the choir placed third in the four-part competition with their rendition of John Tavener’s The Lamb. Well done to choir director Ms Siofra Byrne and all choir members
Pictured are sixth year choir members Eadaoin Killian, Aisling MacRory, Amy Casey and Ciara Merriman.
European Youth Parliament
Congratulations to Ruth Cunningham in Transition Year who has been selected for the National Session of the European Youth Parliament which will be held over four days in Cork City from 12th-16th April. Through a wide range of non-formal and peer-led activities, the European Youth Parliament provides young people with spaces to develop opinions on current topics, build intercultural understanding and friendships across borders, as well as learn skills to positively shape the world around them. Ruth was selected from the Connacht delegation after three of our TY students attended a 3 day Youth Leadership Programme in Sligo. Many thanks to Ms McGuire for her assistance with the event.
Pictured is Ruth Cunningham from TY who has been selected for the National Session of the European Youth Parliament.
LCVP Guest Speaker Session
Many thanks to local MUA (make up artist) Avril Greene who visited the school last week to give a talk to the fifth year LCVP students. Avril spoke about about areas such as the process of becoming self employed, the challenges and opportunities involved and the impact of social media on business. Thanks to LCVP teacher Mr David O’Reilly for organising the talk.
Picture is local MUA Avril Greene who attended as guest speaker last week as part of fifth year LCVP studies.
Connacht Rugby Senior Girls Champions
The Convent of Mercy senior girls rugby team emerged victorious from their final in the Sportsground in Galway last Wednesday, beating Mount St Michael Claremorris by 10 points(39-29)
It did seem like Claremorris might pull ahead and take an early lead for the first half but the girls pulled back and put two tries on the board reducing Claremorris’s lead to 7 points.
The convent started the second half answering a try from Claremorris with a flurry of carries and combination of tries and conversions. The second half was full of end to end rugby with massive tackle being made on both sides and some fantastic line breaks and phase play by the Convent Although the Convent girls seemed to be closely trailed by Claremorris they made sure to hold out and keep a 10 point lead at the end to see out the match.
Final score 39-29. Convent tries came from Shauna Walsh (3), Sarah Purcell (1), Roisin Maher (2) and Eabha Dowd(1). The girls gave a brilliantly entertaining performance, leaving the pitch deserved champions. Thanks to their coaches Mícheal Glennon and Dave and Siobhan Purcell for their help throughout the year and all staff involved in all their games. A special thanks to the supporters who made the day such an enjoyable experience for the girls. Convent Panel: Megan Donohue, Ciara Dowd, Éabha Dowd, Darcey Farnon, Jennifer Flynn, Mary Hoare, Roisin Maher, Rachel McDonald, Jennifer Morris (vice captain), Anna Murray, Emily Murray, Katie O;Connor, Sarah Purcell (captain), Caoimhe Walsh, Eadaoin Walsh, Shauna Walsh.
Congratulations to the TY Junk Kouture students under the direction of their teacher Ms. Frances Kilcommins who successfully completed nine truly amazing outfits for the national Junk Kouture competition. The girls will be competing in the regional finals during a week-long celebration of youth creativity from March 6th – 10th via the social media platform TikTok. The Junk Kouture judges will then select a line up of designs from this stage of the competition to advance on to the national final in May. Best of luck girls!
Pictured is Aisling Harlow from TY with her design ‘Rococo Royalty’ entered in the Junk Kouture fashion design competition.
Pictured is Aoibhinn Neary from TY wearing Carla Griffin, Aoibhinn Neary and Ella Donlon’s design ‘Code Blue’ entered in the Junk Kouture fashion design competition.
Pictured is Tara O’Brien from TY wearing Anna Hussey, Hazel Kelly and Tara O’Brien’s design ‘Turning Over a New Leaf’ entered in the Junk Kouture fashion design competition.
Pictured is Megan Flynn from TY wearing Molly Finneran, Megan Flynn and Nicolly De Souza’s design ‘Rainbow Road’ entered in the Junk Kouture fashion design competition.
Both our first and second year teams played at home last week against Presentation College Headford. Our teams played well on the day but were unlucky with their results due to a strong Headford panel. They will play Glenamaddy Community School next Tuesday 28th February at a home game in our Sports Hall. Best of luck!
First Year Basketball Team:
Back Row: L- R: Sarah Mitchell, Ella Dwyer, Grace Gannon, Aoife Corcoran, Tessa Lino, Megan Hoare. Front Row: L- R: Aisling Faughnan, Simone Carroll, Chloe Coyne, Mollie Kelly, Nicole Dowd and Sophie Hanley
Senior Gaelic Football Sponsorship
Sincere thanks to Liam McNeill from McNeill’s Foodstore and Colm Tully from Veterinary Supplies Ros for their very generous sponsorship of sports gear for our senior Gaelic Football team. The girls have been kindly sponsored half-zips, shorts and socks in the lead up to their All-Ireland semi final and this support from two local businesses is very much appreciated.
The team are currently preparing for the All-Ireland Semi-Final vs. St Mary’s Grammar School Magherafelt, which will take place on Thursday 16th March at 12.30 in Lisnaskea Emmetts GAC, Co. Fermanagh. Best of luck to Mr David O’Reilly (team manager) and the entire senior football panel.
Pictured in their sponsored football gear are Molly-Anne Feeley, Emma Mannion, Róisín Mahon, Aisling Hanly (captain), Colm Tully of Veterinary Supplies (sponsor), Ellen Tully, Erin McDermott, Ava Mulry and Erin McDermott.
Pictured in their sponsored football gear are Ellen Biesty, Erin McDermott, Emma Mannion, Aisling Hanly (captain), Liam McNeill of McNeill’s Foodstore (sponsor), Ava Mulry, Róisín Mahon and Molly-Anne Feeley.
Irish Wheelchair Association Fundraiser
Congratulations to the transition year Young Social Innovators who held a fundraiser for the Irish Wheelchair association recently. The YSI group ‘All Access’ hopes to provide information for people living in and visiting Roscommon with mobility issues detailing what services can easily be accessed. As part of their project they held a non-uniform day on Tues 21st February where students wore blue and green in support of the Irish Wheelchair association.
Transition Year students donning blue and green in support of the Irish Wheelchair Association during our recent YSI Fundraising Non-uniform Day.
Irish Ladies Hexagonal Golf Tournament
Congratulations to Olivia Costello, second year student who was selected to play on the Irish Ladies team who competed in Spain at the International Hexagonal Tournament last week. The team finished in second place overall with impressive results from Olivia in all of her singles matches. As the youngest member of the Irish team, Olivia is a hugely talented young sportswoman and is fast becoming one of the leading names in Irish Womens’ Golf.
Olivia Costello played on the Irish Ladies Team at an international golf competition in Spain over the mid-term break.
Well done to our fifth year students Roisín Maher and Sarah Purcell along with Síofra Hession from third year who lined out for Connacht rugby on 12th February and 16th February last. The girls have been selected for the U18 Connacht girls team, defeating Munster and Ulster in interprovincial games at Abbotstown and Terenure rugby grounds. Maith sibh!
Róisín Maher, Síofra Hession and Sarah Purcell have been selected to play for Connacht U18 girls rugby squad..
Connacht Camogie Champions
Huge congratulations to our Junior camogie team and their coaches Ms Teresa Hession and Mr Martin Mc Manus who are Connacht champions after defeating Westport in Lisnamult last Friday 27th January. The girls put on a brilliant performance led by their captain Alannah Sutton and vice-captain Maria Bolger. The girls put in a great defensive effort with some great hooks and blocks and equally the forwards put on a great performance with some superb scores on the day. Hazel Kelly clocked up a personal tally of 1:9 while scores also came from Síofra Hession, Tara O’Brien and Anna Kiernan. The girls now look forward to an All Ireland semi final on Friday the 10th of February. Junior Camogie Panel: Alannah Sutton, Amy Winston, Anna Kiernan, Aoife Conneely, Ava Egan, Ava Naughten, Ciara Killeen, Clara Staunton, Deirbhille Collins, Ella Lynch, Emer Connaughton, Emily Regan, Emma Hough, Eve Connaughton, Grace Campbell, Grace Geraghty, Hazel Kelly, Iona Hanly, Katie Kenny, Lilly Murray, Méabh Egan, Maria Bolger, Maria Tiernan, Mia White, Moira Delaney, Tully, Sarah Kilcline, Síofra Hession and Tara O’Brien.
The Junior Camogie Team pictured with their coaches Ms Teresa Hession and Mr Martin McManus after defeating Sacred Heart Westport in the Connacht Junior camogie final at Lisnamult pitch recently.
Referee James Lundon presenting the Fr Higgins cup to Captain Alannah Sutton and Vice-captain Maria Bolger after the match.
Grace Campbell, Maria Tiernan, Iona Hanley, Lilly Murray, Ella Lynch, Amy Winston, Emma Hough, Síofra Hession and Ciara Killeen pictured with coach Mr Martin McManus after winning the Fr Higgins cup last week.
Back Row: Rachel Kilcoyne, Leah Lennon, Kate Harlow, Grainne Foley, Eve McNeill, Aoibhinn Neary, Orlaith Keegan, Carla Griffin. Front row: Maria Campbell, Jane King, Holly Smythe, Aisling Shanagher, Kiera Kilkenny, Laura Feeney. Supporters of the Junior Camogie Team during the Connacht final held in Lisnamult Pitch recently.
Ceist Ceiliúradh Day 2023
The 2023 CEIST Ceiliúradh was celebrated on St Brigid’s Day February 1st. As part of our celebration the CEIST candle was lit and displayed in the school foyer and we held a tree planting ceremony on the school grounds in dedication to our school’s rich catholic heritage and traditions. The tree planting ceremony was enhanced by readings by Student Council representatives Isabel Fitzpatrick and Chloe Connaughton from second year with music provided by the second year, TY and fifth year music classes under the direction of Mr James Wallace. Jessica Glennon, the youngest student in our school, was invited to plant the tree on behalf of the entire school community. The recitation of a beautiful poem written by second year poet Ava Bracken entitled ‘Walking Together in Faith and Love’ was followed by the CEIST prayer ‘The Calling’ which concluded the ceremony. Many thanks to Ms Ann Fitzmaurice, Mr James Wallace and Mr Frank Beirne for their assistance with this special event.
First year student Jessica Glennon pictured alongside the
newly planted Prunus tree as part of our Ceiliúradh CEIST
celebration held on February 1st.
Second year student Ava Bracken, Student Council representatives Isabel Fitzpatrick and Chloe Connaughton, pictured with Jessica Glennon and Ms Ann Fitzmaurice at our Ceiliúradh CEIST tree planting ceremony last week.
First Year students Ava Brehon, Emma Hughes, Shannon Conneally, Maria dos Santos Ferreira, Nicole Dowd and Katie Cleary pictured at our Ceiliúradh CEIST tree planting ceremony last week.
Junior Irish Debating
Our Junior Irish debating team featuring Orlagh Crehan (captain), Ciara Burke and Tara Hynes travelled to St Gerald’s College in Castlebar on Monday evening for the second round of the Gael Linn competition. They argued in favour of the motion ‘Tá an caighdeán maireachtála ag muintir na cathrach i bhfad níos fearr ná atá ag muintir na tuaithe in Eírinn’. The girls performed very well and narrowly missed out on progressing to the next round of the competition. Mí-ádh, a chailíní ach mar a deir an seanfhocal: Beidh lá eile ag an bpaorach’. Thank you to Ms Sharon Kelly for preparing the girls for the debate.
Junior Irish Debating Team: Tara Hynes, Ciara Burke and Orlagh Crehan (captain) pictured at the Gael Linn debate in Castlebar last week.
U-14 Gaelic Football Success
Well done to our U-14 Gaelic Football team who had a great win over Holy Rosary College Mountbellew on Tuesday 31st January. The girls showed great determination from the outset with scores from Grace Gannon and Amy Rogers after good play from Emma Feeney, Ruth King and Sarah Reilly. Mountbellew fought their way back into the game and crucial saves were required from Faye Satchwell to keep us in the lead at half time.Mountbellew started the 2nd half strongly before Hannah O’Connor popped up with two goals and Sarah-Jane O’Connor kicked crucial points to edge us back ahead. The defence led by Alanna McCormack and Aoibhinn Shanagher showed great spirit in the closing minutes to hold onto our lead.
Final Score: Convent of Mercy 8-05, HRC Mountbellew 5-08. Well done to the girls and also to their coaches Ms. McHugh and Mr. McLoughlin.
U-14 Panel: Faye Satchwell, Myah Madden, Sally Towey, Leah O’Connor, Sarah Reilly, Mattea Cox, Mia Nally, Chloe Connaughton, Aoibhinn Shanagher, Rebecca Clarke, Emily Ryan, Ruth King, Isabel Fitzpatrick, Alanna McCormack, Sarah Jane O’Connor, Grace Gannon, Amy Rogers, Hannah O’Connor, Tara O’Connor, Emma Feeney, Ella Dwyer, Saoirse Garvin, Freya Cumiskey, Rachel Campbell, Simone Carroll, Hollie O’Connor, Sadie Devaney, Ella Brennan.
Our U-14 Gaelic Football team who defeated Holy Rosary College Mountbellew on Monday 31st January.
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week 2023 was celebrated in schools and parishes across Ireland from Sunday 22nd January to Sunday 29th January 2023. During Catholic Schools Week families, parishes and schools are invited to participate in a week of celebration reflecting on the work of Catholic Schools, and on their contribution to the common good of society. Catholic Schools Week events showcase and celebrate the rich traditions and the incredible value of Catholic education on both a local and national level. This year’s theme for Catholic Schools Week 2023 is ‘Walking Together in Faith & Love’. On Tuesday 17th January last, 3 fifth year students; Carole Greene, Hazel Carty and Michaela Lohan, accompanied by their teachers Ms. Ann Fitzmaurice and Mr. James Wallace, travelled to Shannonside Radio station in Longford, where they recorded a special segment with Fr. Eamonn O’Connor (P.P. Strokestown) for the Sunday morning programme entitled ‘Side-by-Side, to mark the start of Catholic Schools Week, 2023. The students recorded readings, prayers and reflections which were accompanied by music prepared by some of the Second, Third, TY and Fifth year music students, together with their teachers Mr. James Wallace and Ms Siofra Byrne.
Thank you to all of the students who participated in this special liturgy for Shannonside Radio and to all of the teachers from the Religion and Music Department for preparing the students for this special radio production. Tune into the Side-by-Side podcast on Shannonside radio’s website from Sunday 22nd January to listen back to the girls.
Well done to our senior soccer team who defeated Clarin College Athenry 7-1 in Athenry last week. The girls have now qualified for the Connachtt semi finals in a location to be confirmed. Aisling Hanly and Siofra Hession scored a hat trick each during the high-scoring game while Roisin Maher scored the other goal to make it lucky number seven for our side. Thanks to coach Mr Martin McManus and well done to you all.
Cross Country South Connacht Regionals
Well done to our cross country runners across first to fifth year who travelled to Bushfield, Loughrea for the south Connacht regional final of the Schools’ Cross Country Championship. With students running in the Minor Girls, Junior Girls, Inter Girls and Senior Girls races our school was well represented at the regionals. Well done to Saoirse McNamara (first year) who qualified as an individual in the Minor Girls race, to Hazel Kelly (TY) who qualified as an individual in the Inter Girls race and to Hollie Kilroe (fifth year) who won the Senior Girls race outright.
All girls now progress to the Connacht stage of the championship. Well done to all the runners and to your coaches Mr McManus and Ms Byrne.
Knights of St Columbanus Public Speaking Competition
Congratulations to our sixth year students who competed in the Knights of St. Columbanus Public Speaking Competition which was held in Donamon Castle on Tuesday 24th January.
We had two teams in the competition, Team 1: Amy Gallagher, Eva Greene and Mary Kate Miller who spoke on the topic of the ‘Death Penalty’ . Team 2: Kelly Lackey, Antonina Plinszka and Lauren McTiernan who spoke on the topic of ‘Climate Change’.
The girls gave a wonderful display of oratory skill and will now progress to the next heat of the competition.
Politics and Society Trip to EU Parliament in Brussels
5th and 6th Politics and Society students enjoyed a busy two days in Brussels on December 5th and 6th with a packed schedule. After an early morning start, they arrived in a chilly Brussels and spent the first days enjoying all the city has to offer at this time of year including a walking tour with chocolate tasting, shopping and enjoying Plaisir d’Hiver (Brussels’ world famous Christmas Market) and a spectacular lights and sound show in the city central Grand Place. Day 2 was spent in the European Quarter where students had the opportunity to visit the Parlamentarium, an interactive museum on the history of the European Union. From there, it was off to visit the European Parliament where Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan welcomed the students and spoke about the work of the parliament. After visiting the EU Parliament itself and seeing at first hand how it works, it was back to Roscommon, tired but happy! A wonderful trip and an opportunity to see politics at work first hand. The students were accompanied by their teachers Ms Claire Burke and Ms. Letitia Mulleague. Huge thanks to Ms Burke for organsing the trip.
U.15 Soccer Success
Well done to our Mr McManus and the u15 soccer team who got off to a great start to their campaign beating Seamount Kinvara 5-0 on Thursday 8th December in Lecarrow. Grace Gannon scored a hat-trick while Ivannah Looby and Emma Feeney scored one goal each. Our defense of Amy Rogers, Laura McSharry, Alanna McCormack and Sarah Reilly didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the game. Panel: Grace Campbell, Rachel Cmpbell, Abby Carthy, Chloe Connaughton, Aoife Conneely, Ciara Corrigan, Anna Cox, Ali Fallon-Rock, Emma Feeney, Grace Gannon, Rebecca Gill, Anna Hussey, Ivannah Looby, Alanna McCormack, Laura McSharry, Hannah O’Connor, Sarah Jane O’Connor, Emily Regan, Sarah Reilly, Amy Rogers, Faye Satchwell and Clara Tully.
Senior Volleyballers Narrow Defeat in All-Ireland Final
Hard luck to our Senior Volleyball team and their coach Ms Rebecca McHugh who narrowly missed out on All-Ireland glory after battling it out against Kilkenny City Vocational School in the Senior C secondary school final held in the National Sports Campus Blanchardstown on last Wednesday 14th December. The girls were pipped to the post in a nail biting final set but unfortunately it was not to be for us on this occasion. Well done to Kilkenny City Vocational School and congratulations to all of our girls for your hard work, dedication, team spirit and sporting talent on the court. You have done the school proud!
Caith Amach É Irish Workshop with Leaving Cert Irish students
We had the pleasure of welcoming back ‘Caith Amach É’ on Dec 14th for what has become their annual performance here in the Convent. Bunaíodh an grúpa seo i 2011 chun tacaíocht agus cabhair a thabhairt do dhaltaí na h-Ardteiste leis an tSraith Pictiúr sa Scrúdú Béil. Niall and Briain were energetic and highly entertaining as they performed their smash hit comedy show to the delight of our Leaving Cert students.The show is interactive and inventive and uses many theatrical skills to great effect. Afterwards, students had the opportunity to take part in a language workshop with the emphasis on oral skills and communication. Spreagtar na daltaí chun cainte i slí nádúrtha a chothaíonn muinín agus misneach. Tráthnóna an-shiamsiúil a bhí againn gan trácht ar an gcabhair don Scrúdú Béil. Go raibh maith agaibh Niall agus Briain.
Pauline and Bunnie Jones Scholarship 2022
Congratulations to Muireann O’Brien (Class of 2022), who received the prestigious Pauline and Bunnie Jones Scholarship at an Excellence Awards Ceremony held in University of Galway on November 21st last. The Pauline & Bunnie Jones Scholarship Programme was established by the philanthropic Jones family of Tulsk, in honour of their parents Pauline and Bunnie Jones. Valued at €10,000 per student, the scholarship supports students from schools in County Roscommon who demonstrate academic achievement in their Leaving Certificate and wish to register for a full-time undergraduate programme at National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway). Muireann, daughter of Cathal and Ruth O’Brien Cleaboy Ballintubber, achieved 625 points in her Leaving Certificate and is studying Speech and Language Therapy.
National Credit Union Art Competition 2022
Congratulations to Lauren Mc Tiernan in sixth year who is a Regional Winner in the 18 years + age category of the National Credit Union Art Competition 2022. The theme of the competition for this year is ‘It’s a beautiful world’. Lauren’s entry will now progress to the National Final for adjudication. The National Final takes place late December. A virtual final, announcing the national winners in each category, will take place, late January, once a date has been confirmed.
Focus Ireland Christmas Fundraiser
Staff and students got into the Christmas spirit last Thursday and hosted a Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Focus Ireland, raising much needed funds for this homeless charity. Focus Ireland was set up in 1985 by Sr Stan Kennedy and provides services for people who are homeless and people at risk of homelessness in Ireland. Thanks to everyone for your generosity and a special word of thanks to 3A and their teacher Ms Mulleague who organised the day.
Allingham Arts Festival Secondary Schools Competition
Congratulations to second year student Emily O’Gara who was placed in the first three of the First and Second Year Flash Fiction and Poetry Competition in the Allingham Arts Festival’s Secondary School’s Competition. Well done Emily!
Well done to our Senior rugby team who defeated Ballygar in a convincing win recently. A dominant performance from start to finish with tries coming from Sarah Purcell (3), Katie O’Connor (2), Shauna Walsh (1), Jennifer Morris (2), Rachel McDonald (1) and Emma Hough (1). Hard luck to our junior team who lost out to Ballygar but showed great determination and fight throughout despite missing a lot of players due to injury. Well done to the girls and to their coaches Dave Purcell, Michael Glennon and Siobhan Purcell.
Gaelic Football News
Congrats to our Senior Gaelic Footballers who made it 3 wins from 3 on Monday 24th October against St. Nathy’s, Ballaghaderreen in Lisnamult pitch.
A dominant midfield showing from Aisling Shanagher and Michelle Rogers (1-0) coupled with another determined defensive performance from the backline laid the foundations for a forward line which kicked some fine scores on the day. Aisling Hanly (1-10) and Ciara Dowd (2-7) finished with big tallies and were ably assisted with scores from Siofra Hession (1-1), Niamh Walsh (0-3), Shauna Walsh (0-2), Ava Mulry (0-2) and Hannah Murray (0-1).
Final score 5-26 to 1-5. Up next is Colaiste Iognaid on December 1st.
Well done also to our Junior Gaelic Football team who had a great win away to Coláiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway on Wednesday afternoon.
In what was a tight and nervy game, played in blustery conditions, the girls showed great determination and teamwork to prevail on the winning side. Claregalway raced into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead but the Convent of Mercy girls quickly settled with points from Grainne Foley and Grace Campbell and goals from Maria Tiernan and Emma Hough to give us a 2-3 to 1-3 lead at the interval. The 2nd half was a tight battle throughout with large pressure being placed on our goals at times but some excellent saves from goalkeeper Ciara Corrigan and superb performances from the back 6 of Laura McSharry, Kate Harlow, Iona Hanley, Clara Staunton, Lilly Murray and Natasha O’Rourke helped to keep the Claregalway forwards at bay. This defensive platform gave the attack opportunities to flourish with strong showings from Síofra Hession, Hazel Kelly and Emily Regan before Alannah Sutton came on and struck for a decisive third goal. Further points were added by Emma Hough and team captain Tara O’Brien after good work from Eve Connaughton and Aoibhinn Neary to leave the final score: Convent of Mercy 3-7 , Coláiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway 2-7
Well done girls and to your coaches Mr. McLoughlin and Ms. McHugh
TY Trip to TUS Athlone
The TYs visited Technical University of the Shannon open day on Friday 21st of October. Students were given the opportunity to enter a Business Quiz at the open day where they had to answer as many questions as possible in 2 minutes. Topping the leader board were Faye Reynolds, Mary Hoare and Lauren Fallon who achieved a phenomenal score of 92/100!. The girls were delighted to have won the top prizes of 3 Kindle Fire tablets. Thanks to their Guidance teacher Ms Finn for the wonderful opportunity and thanks to Ms Keenan for accompanying the TY students on the trip.
Congratulations to the senior volleyball team and to their coach Ms McHugh on winning their three games at home last Thursday, earning them the top spot in their group. The girls made full use of their home advantage, beating Sacred Heart School Westport, Mount St Michael Claremorris and Claregalway College. They now progress to the next round of the competition – well done!
Roscommon Gaels Multicultural Video Production
Our international students were recently invited to take part in a Roscommon Gaels Multicultural Video Production – Clár Eire Ildánach Creative Ireland 2022.
The video is designed to promote and demonstrate GAA activities to foreign national students in our community and to promote integration of these students into our community by getting involved in GAA and joining their local club.
Our students were treated to a hot lunch after the event. Thanks to Roscommon Gaels GAA club for inviting us to be a part of this event.
School Musical – Sister Act
Tickets are selling like hot cakes for our school production of the Broadway hit musical Sister Act, which takes place here in our school Assembly Hall nightly at 8pm from November 9th to November 12th inclusive. There will also be a matinée showing on Saturday 12th at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling the designated ticketline at 0870521679 daily from 10:00-12:30pm. Admission Night Shows: €15 Admission Saturday Matinée €12.Wishing all of the cast and crew the very best as they embark on what promises to be a run of spectacular performances – break a leg!
Junior and Senior Rugby News
Congratulations to both our Junior and Senior Rugby teams on their success as they lined out against Presentation College Headford last week at Creggs Rugby Ground. The junior team won their game by 24-17 and the senior team clocked up an impressive 67-12 victory in their game. Many thanks to their coaches Micheál Glennon and Dave Purcell.
Junior & Senior Football Success
Well done to our Junior Gaelic Football team who showed great determination and skill to come out on top in a pulsating encounter against St. Attracta’s,Tubbercurry on Monday in Kilbride. The girls put in great displays all over the pitch and recovered from a half-time deficit to win the match by a single point. The final score was Convent of Mercy: 7-09, St. Attracta’s: 5-14. Congratulations to the entire Junior panel and their coaches Mr. McLoughlin and Ms. McHugh.
Well done to our Senior Gaelic Football team who are through to the Connacht Senior B Final after a super 7-17 to 2-9 win away to Colaiste Iognaid (The Jes) in Knocknacarra last Friday.
Éabha Dowd was rock solid in goal, with Erin McDermott and Eve McNeill leading the way in the backs. Aisling Hanly was in unstoppable form in attack, kicking 5-7. Shauna Walshi had another fine game scoring 1-3, with Siofra Hession (0-3), Ciara Dowd (0-2), Zara Fallon and Niamh Walsh (both 0-1) all contributing to the scoreboard too. A fine goal 10 minutes from time from Ava Mulry capped an outstanding team move all the way up the pitch from the full-back line.
Many thanks to the supporters who travelled up to support the girls today.
This result means we top our group with 4 wins from 4. Best of luck to the team as they prepare for the final in the coming weeks. Opponents, date and venue TBC.
Santa Dash in aid of Ronald McDonald House
County Roscommon Athletics are organising a Santa Dash Fun Run on Saturday the 10th of December in Roscommon Town. This is to celebrate our Transition Year student Ella Donlon’s return home to Roscommon and to support Ella’s charity of choice, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland.
Ella spent 595 days in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) provided her family with a second home and a place where Ella could be with her family and friends. The house provided a sanctuary for the Donlon family for nearly 20 months.
During their time there they met a number of other Roscommon families who benefited from the facility and they are delighted that County Roscommon Athletics are hosting this festive Santa Dash in support of a cause that is close to their hearts. Please support if you can.
Transition Year News
A team building workshop took place on Monday and Tuesday of last week in our school Assembly Hall. It was facilitated by ‘Develop Me’ from Limerick. The workshop took place over two sessions; the first section of the day entails working as a group on a board game where the groups are set a series of challenges to achieve as much gold as possible and to learn to problem solve and creatively think across the journey as a team.
The second part of the day involved the building of a bridge using the teamwork and problem solving skills developed in the morning session. The girls enjoyed the day immensely.
Many thanks to Mrs Hession for organising the workshops.
Transition Year Market Day
On Friday 9th Dec the TYs will have their annual Market Day for enterprise in the Assembly Hall. All classes will get a chance to visit the market day and hopefully get some of their Christmas gifts secured!! A number of the TY enterprise groups will also be selling from a school stall in the Roscommon Christmas Fair which takes place in Roscommon Town square on Saturday and Sunday 10th & 11th December. Please support our budding entrepreneurs!