News from Coláiste Muire, Ennis

All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival

Our Transition Year class have qualified for the final of the T.Y. Drama festival in the Briery Gap Macroom on Saturday 27th February with their play, “An Triail”.












National Concert Hall Date for Coláiste Muire Ennis Orchestra

The students of Coláiste Muire Orchestra Ennis travelled to Dublin on 13th February to perform at the premier venue of the National Concert Hall as part of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Festival 2010.

They were guests of St. Peter’s College Orchestra, Dunboyne Co. Meath. It is thirty years since an ensemble from Coláiste Muire Ennis performed at this prestigious venue when they were conducted by Sr. Paul who worked tirelessly to foster musical excellence in Ennis over her long career.

The combined ensemble was one of eight orchestras selected to perform on the day. They were the only school ensemble on the programme. A wonderful and memorable day was had by all students, staff and parents, many of whom travelled to Dublin for the event.

The occasion was used to launch a rare instrument initiative at Coláiste Muire in an effort to expand the range of the ensemble.

The school bassoon and oboe were overhauled and made available to interested students. In addition, two violas were made available to string players. Several students participated in double bass tutorials and made a big contribution on the day.

The relationship between the schools was forged by parent and freelance music teacher Cathy Desmond, founder director of St. Peter’s College Orchestra.











Transition Times

Four of our TY students, Amy Comerford, Stephanie O’Flanagan, Sinead Collins and Orla Killeen feature in “TY TALK” in the Irish Times of 24th February.

They shared their views on Drama, College Places, Bullying and Bonding, Depression and Head Shops.












Coláiste Muire students Jump for Joy Award

Students are celebrating after receiving an award for money they raised for the Kellogg’s Jump4Joy Schools challenge in aid of the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Students from Coláiste Muire have participated in the event for the past five years and have raised in the region of €20,000.

Second year students organised a fun day for first year students. The funds raised by the students will go towards refurbishing the hospital’s wards and play areas, upgrading the main hospital kitchen and to funding the hospital’s Clown Doctor Programme.

Through the programme, a team of professionally trained actors dressed as ‘clown doctors’ visit young patients every week to spread fun and laughter throughout the hospital wards.