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Latest News from Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney

Our Lady’s, Secondary School, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan have kindly shared their following news snippets.

Our Lady’s Secondary School Celebrate Mercy Day

Principal at Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Mr Eddie Kelly was delighted to welcome Sr Carmel Loye to the school on Wednesday 24th September to mark Mercy Day.

The Mercy Sisters, who came to Castleblayney in 1905, founded the Secondary School in 1925, the original building is now the Art Room.

Sr Carmel led the school community in a prayerful reflection and wished them every blessing in their work and lives for the year ahead.

She later addressed the first year students about Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Mercy Congregation and gave them a very interesting and informative talk on her life.

Mr Kelly, in thanking Sr. Carmel for coming to the school, said that the Sisters had contributed a lot to education and community life in Castleblayney and that the students were very fortunate to be part of such a rich heritage and tradition.

“We are delighted to welcome Sr Carmel to the school today and especially to be here in the Convent Chapel for this talk where the rich traditions of the Mercy Order were nourished and nurtured which laid the foundations of our school. Sr Carmel’s message today is that of Catherine McAuley which emphasises the value of caring for the underprivileged and needy, and is as important and relevant today as it was all those years ago and indeed carries a very powerful message for all of us”.

Sr. Carmel Loye addresses first year students at Our Lady’s Secondary School during Mercy Day.

High Achievers at Our Lady’s

Congratulations to the following 36 students in Our Lady’s Secondary School all of whom achieved 10 Honours in their Junior Cert:

Sheena McKenna, Aoife McCabe, Ella McArdle, Aimee Keenan, Caoimhe Fitzpatrick, Aisling Callan, Aoife Anderson, Elana McKenna, Dearbhaile McCusker, Emma Kerr, Niamh Fealy, Hannah Duffy, Daragh Drury, Daniel Caraher, Kerri Brady, Ben McNee, Cormac McKenna, Orlaith McEneaney,Emily Madden, Tate Donnelly, Shauna Coogan, Katie Meegan, Sorcha McDonald, Melinda McCague, Arlene Leonard, Deslit George, Aaron Courtney, Hannah Watters, Keva Morgan, Darren McEneaney, Megan Hannaway, Shannon Hand, Nicola Duffy, Frank Connolly, Orfhlaith Carragher & Gavan Callaghan.

The students are pictured above with Principal of Our Lady’s, Mr Eddie Kelly and Deputy Principal, Mr Finbarr Brohan.

A special word of congratulations goes to Caoimhe Fitzpatrick who achieved 10 A’s, she is pictured above being congratulated by Mr Kelly. 

International Cap for Nadine and Our Lady’s

Nadine Rice, 6th Year student in Our Lady’s Secondary School, was the toast of the school in recent days having received international acknowledgement of her sporting abilities in basketball by being capped for Ireland in June of this year.

Nadine has been at the heart of the basketball teams in Our Lady’s and has been a constant and driving force there. She numbers many accolades to her name in school basketball with the most notable one being part of the All Ireland Cup winning team while only in 3rd Year.

Nadine, daughter of Brian and Kerrie-Ann Rice, Beragh, Laragh, Castleblayney will rejoin training with the Ireland U-19 squad this later year.

Congratulations to Nadine and no doubt this is only the start of Nadine’s sporting career.

6th Year student at Our Lady’s Castleblayney, Nadine Rice is pictured here with Jackie Dunne and Gerry Kelly of Basketball Ireland as she receives her international cap for Basketball.

Presentation to Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association by Our Lady’s

On Tuesday afternoon Sept 9th, with the entire school community as their audience, 35 brave staff members from Our Lady’s participated in the Ice Bucket challenge.

Principal Mr Eddie Kelly was the first to take the challenge and he nominated a number of local schools’ management and staff to take up the challenge.

This charity is very close to the hearts of Our Lady’s as we think especially of Sr Celine RIP, past teacher at the school and Sr Columba, former Chairperson of the Board of Management. Prayers were said in the school beforehand to remember both of them and any family member of the school community who is suffering from Motor Neuron Disease.

Local representatives of the Irish MND association, Marian Byrne and her daughter, Tamala were invited to the school to receive a cheque for €1500, proceeds of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Well done to staff and students for their generosity.

Principal of Our Lady’s, Mr Eddie Kelly makes a presentation of €1,500 to local representatives of the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association, Marian Byrne and her daughter Tamala, proceeds of the Ice Bucket Challenge undertaken by 35 staff members in the school.