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News from Coláiste Muire, Ennis

The following are some exciting news items and photos kindly shared from Coláiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare.

University of Limerick Orchestra and Coláiste Muire Choir

Congratulations to Coláiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare School Choir who were central to a wonderful Christmas musical celebration, which was held in the University of Limerick on Saturday, 6th December, 2014.

The University of Limerick Orchestra performed Dvorak’s much loved masterpiece, New World Symphony together with a number of delightful seasonal favourites. Coláiste Muire’s school choir joined the orchestra for some special choral treats.

Coláiste Muire School Choir

Music is at the heart of extra-curricular activity in Coláiste Muire, Ennis. The School Choir is one of many ensembles, which include the First Year Choir, 'Seinn', the School Orchestra, the Traditional Music Group and the Fourth Year Musical.

Membership of the School Choir is by audition and students from second year to fifth year may become members. Ms. Carmel Griffin is the school music teacher.

The choir have performed with Regina Nathan (Soprano), Paul Byrom (Tenor), the University of Limerick Orchestra, the Cork Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra and Choir of Churchlands Senior High School, Perth, Australia.

The choir's recent achievements are:

  • 2014 Third place and a certificate of excellence at the Cork Choral Festival.
  • 2011 Performance of Vivaldi's Gloria for the 150th anniversary of Colaiste Muire School.
  • 2010 Second place and a certificate of excellence at the Cork International Choral Festival.
  • 2009 Third place, a certificate of distinction and winner of the Irish Federation of Musicians & Associated Professions Trophy, at the Cork Choral Festival.
  • 2010 Release of 'All things Bright and Beautiful' - a compilation CD of the choirs performances over the years.
  • 2008 Second place at the Young Prague Festival, in the Czech Republic.
  • 2006 First place and an award for the best performance of the compulsory piece (in the Czech language) at the Young Prague Festival.
  • 2004 Fourth place in the Lyric FM Carols for Christmas Competition.
  • 2004 First place and a certificate of distinction at the Chester Competitive Festival of Performing Arts, in England.

John Rocha presents his inspired design for Young Social Innovators

John Rocha unveiled his design for Young Social Innovators at a breakfast event on 9 December hosted by the charity and their partner, the Vodafone Ireland Foundation. With him, at the event in Fire Restaurant, Dublin were the Young Social Innovators of the Year 2014 from Coláiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare.

These twenty two young teenagers last week featured in a documentary produced by the RTE Investigations Unit for Prime Time, on the issue of internet safety. 

John’s inspirational design signifies youth, innovation and hope, and has been translated into brushed silver pins and larger Perspex sculptural pieces.

Academic Awards

Well done to Shauna Lyons who has been announced as a recipient of a 2014 All Ireland Scholarship 3rd Level Award sponsored by JP McManus. She was presented with her award on 9 Nov in University of Limerick. Shauna is studying Biotechnology in NUI Galway.

Well done to Thaynara da Silva who has been awarded Intel’s Women in Technology Scholarship. Thaynara is studying Software Development in L.I.T.

Well done to Muireann O’Shea who has been awarded an Entrance Scholarship in UCD. Muireann is studying Medicine.

Well done to Isadora de Melo Oliveira (pictured above) who achieved the highest mark nationally in Leaving Cert Technology. She was presented with an award from the Engineering and Technology Teachers Association to mark her achievement. Isadora is studying Engineering in TCD.

Inaugural Bank of Ireland Bond Trader Challenge

TY 1 students currently running our school bank took part in the inaugural BOI Bond Trader Challenge held in Thomond Suite, Thomond Park, Limerick on 20 November.

The evening began with an overview of markets and trading by BOI Head of Pensions & Investments. Students then participated in the Bond Trader Challenge responding to real market scenarios and making decisions on how to manage their own bond portfolio.

Pope John Paul 11 Awards

On Thursday Oct 23 at the Inn at Dromoland a crowd of over 300 hundred people gathered to witness the inaugural presentation of the Pope John Paul 11 awards in the diocese of Killaloe. Bishop Kieren O’Reilly and Clare Hurler Colin Ryan presented 101 young people from across the diocese with their awards.

The Pope John Paul 11 awards began in Derry in 2006. They are dedicated to the memory of the late Pope Saint John Paul whose love of young people was so profound.

The purpose of the awards is to recognise and affirm the good work that young people are doing in their parishes and communities.

Nine students from Coláiste Muire were presented with awards. Well done to all and in particular to Ciara Reidy on her Gold Award.

Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

This year’s school musical which took place from 26th to 29th November at Dánlann an Chláir was a most popular choice with audiences. The musical “Joseph” was first staged in Coláiste Muire 29 years ago. Since then there has been no break in staging our Annual Musical.

Alongside our strong academic tradition is a vibrant music and arts education which contributes to our learning environment.

Over 200 fourth and transition year students were involved. We acknowledge their energy, enthusiasm and many talents.
The musical affords each student an opportunity to develop personally and work as part of a team and in doing so grow in confidence and self belief. This is the true meaning of and essence of real education.

Pictured above cast members dressed as ‘wives’ taking shelter from a downpour during a photocall to promote Joseph.