Latest News from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna

John Simms of Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna kindly shared the latest school news.

Lisdoonvarna students through to the finals of the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalists Awards in Dublin

Three projects have made it through to the national finals of the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalists Awards which are being held in the Mansion House in Dublin on May 13th. To get to the finals the teams had to present their projects to a panel of judges in an ECO Den.

Isabelle Walsh and Ellen King (pictured above) were successful with their project in the biodiversity category entitled “What swims in the rock pools of North Clare?” This group looked at what fish species are found in the rock pools in North Clare and if they vary from shore to shore. There was a lot of interest in their project at the BT Young Scientist exhibition so they decided that by developing a website ( they would open up a new resource for students around the country.

Following a visit to the school by Tom Dermody from ECO-UNESCO, two groups of first year students (pictured above) devised projects for the competition. The first group entered a project under the guidance of their art teacher, Mona Hynes, entitled “Fantastic Plastic Couture” This is in the ECO-ART and Design category.

This group noticed that they had an abundance of plastic bags and refuse sacks in their school. They decided to find a creative use for these items, the young people managed to knit these items together to create something beautiful out of something so ordinary and so often discarded as waste. The group worked as a team to build upon their own skills such as learning to knit. The group also used plastic bottles to great effect in their project to enhance the design of the dress.

The members of the group are Katelin Vaughan, Amy Woods, Emma Kelly, Aoife Dowling, Chloe Geraghty, Erin Long, Daniel Costello, Oisín Casasín Sheridan, Wiyada Sapornchaoen, Bridget Howley, Laura Haugh, Joseph Flanagan.

The other first year project was a project entitled “Do you waste bottled water?” They are first year students and they noticed that there were often bottles with water left in them in the bins. This gave them the idea for the project. The aims of their project are : 1) To see how much water is left in bottles at the end of the day. 2) To see what students say in relation to their wastage of bottled water. 3) To make the students more aware of the effects of wasting bottled water. 4) To encourage the students not to waste water and to change their habits.

The members of the group pictured above are Ailisha Leneghan, Jamie Stack, Seamus MacNamara, Oisín McNamara, Katie Kelly, Cian Howley. This group was guided by John Sims.

Football News

The senior football team from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna are through to the schools county final. In the final they face Ennistymon CBS. The Lisdoonvarna team made it to the final after beating Kilmihil Community College in extra time. Best of luck to all members of the team and their coaches.

Salter Festival of Chemistry

A team of 4 first year students took part in the Salter Festival of Chemistry which was held in UCC on the 22nd April 2015. The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young. The Institute is delighted that the Royal Society of Chemistry is working in partnership with us again this year. During the day each team solves two different challenges using chemistry. They also attend a practical chemistry workshop. The students involved were Chloe Geraghty, Katie Kelly, Leah McDonagh and Amy Woods.

Eason’s Creative Writing Competition

Congratulations to Ríona Burke, whose story has been shortlisted for Easons Creative Writing competition. Ríona’s story will be in the senior category and has appeared on the Eason website The overall winners will be selected by scores from the panel of book experts (50%) combined with a public vote on and/or Facebook (50%). All finalists will have their work published in an e-book. We wish Ríona well in her writing endeavours.

Clare Champion Short Story Competition

Congratulations to our Junior English student, Wiyada Sapornchaoen Thompson on her success in being shortlisted for the Clare Champion Short Story Competition.

The winners will be announced at the end of April. Well done to all the students and their English teachers who put in a tremendous effort with their entries.