News from Coláiste Muire, Ennis

Coláiste Muire, Ennis have very kindly shared their latest news and events with CEIST. The following are a selection of news snippets and photos from the school.

Cycle Against Suicide

Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire programme. The main objective of the Cycle was to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

The Cycle took place from Monday April 22nd to Sunday, May 5th. Coláiste Muire was delighted to welcome almost 400 cyclists on their stopover from Limerick to Galway on Saturday 27th April. Thanks to the many businesses in Ennis for providing refreshments, to our Parents Association for co-ordinating activities in the canteen and to our Transition Year Students who assisted our Principal, Jean Pound in the planning beforehand.

YSI Challenge Winners

Our TY1 class won the Relationships and Sexual Health category with their project Sexication at the Annual Young Social Innovators Showcase held in Citywest Hotel Dublin, on May 8.

Careersportal National Career Skills Competition

Well done to Ciara Dwyer who was awarded 4th prize in the Transition Year section of Careersportal National Career Skills Competition. Ciara was presented with her prize at an awards ceremony in the Clock Tower, Dept of Education & Skills, Marlborough St, Dublin on 21st May.

She carried out research into Journalism as a Career. Well done also to Meadhbh Grogan, Kate O’Brien and Claire Honan who were highly commended for their investigation into careers in Law, Midwifery and Social Work.

Art Student of the Year

Myfanwy Balogh Cilia is the recipient of the inaugural Art Student of the Year Award. The perpetual trophy in memory of Ciara Conroy was presented to Myfanwy at the close of an exhibition of students’ work in Coláiste Muire’s chapel during the month of May.

Farm Visit

Agricultural Science was introduced as a Senior Cycle option in Coláiste Muire this year.In the final term our Agricultural Science Class visited two separate farms in Tipperary. The first farm was a Dairy farm with a herd size of 96 cows. Students observed at first hand a highly technical automated milking system.

The second farm had a focus on Beef and Sheep production. This had a purpose built classroom for lessons and information sessions on the farm. The trip was most informative and gave the students an insight into a farm from a scientific perspective, a business perspective, a technological perspective and as a lifestyle.



Coláiste Muire, Ennis secured its place as an emerging force in girls' schools' volleyball when its players achieved the double at both cadette and senior level in the 2012/13 season. The sport was reintroduced into the school five years ago by coach, Davnet Dwyer and for the past 3 years the girls have been on the brink of success. In 2010 our cadette girls lost out at the quarter final stage and in 2011 our senior girls experienced a similar fate in the semi-final. These disappointments were finally put to rest this season when the girls were comprehensively crowned champions at both senior and cadette level.

History was created on Dec,6th 2012 when our senior girls team defeated Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan in the Girls Division C Final at Belfield. This was the Ennis girls first time to reach the final but undaunted by the occasion the girls secured the title in two straight sets 25-14 and 25-19. On Nov.23rd in UL Arena the girls had shown great strength of character on their way to the final defeating Kiltimagh in the quarter final and Balla in the semi-final. The girls had shown nerves of steel to overcome Balla in the final set which they won 26-24. This experience really stood to them in the final where team captain, Aoife Dwyer also received the MVP Award.
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Encouraged by the success of Coláiste's senior girls the cadette team won all their second round games in Loughrea on Dec.9th . Quarter finals were held in Croom in early February where the girls won out against Mercy Roscommon and Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan. On Fri, March 1st the girls emerged victorious in a very closely contested semi-final against Portlaoise College. On Thursday, March 7th our cadette team completed the double securing the Cadette C title when they defeated Mercy Coolock in two straight sets 25-14 and 25-15. The experience of team captain Meghan Fitzgerald and MVP, Gabriella Da Silva who had both played on the senior girls team was evident in the final.

Our Junior Girls participated in the junior shield competition where they were unlucky to lose out to Portlaoise college in the All Ireland Quarter Final.

This year saw the introduction of a 4v4 regional competition for first years. In the final round of competition held in Loughrea on Monday, May 13th our Team 1 won the cup defeating Raphaels 1, Loughrea in the final while our team 2 won the shield defeating Raphaels 2 in the final match.
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Transition year students from Coláiste Muire completed their spikeball leaders coaching awards and were recently presented with their coaching certificates. This is the third year that the programme has been run in the school and the strength of our first year volleyball teams highlights the success of the programme, where the girls coach spikeball in local primary schools for 6 weeks. To date the girls have linked up with 6 local primary schools.

Gaelic Football

Coláiste Muire, Ennis bridge eleven year gap in Football

Coláiste Muire, Ennis returned to winning ways in style on the football field in 2013, after a gap of eleven years. The school's first year team were recently crowned Clare & Munster A Champions in both blitzes, becoming the first Clare Ladies school team to achieve this double. Their hard work since September was rewarded with a nine game unbeaten run in May 2013.

The team travelled to Mallow on May 1st for the Munster Blitz where they defeated Boherbue Comprehensive (Mallow) and Coláiste Treasa (Kanturk) in the preliminary rounds. In the semi- finals they faced 2012 champions Loretto Fermoy and came through a tight game with 5 points to spare. In the final Coláiste Muire defeated 2012 runners up Coláiste Choilm (Ballincolig); 6-07 : 2-02 after a close first half. This was the first time a Clare school had won the Munster first year A title.

Coláiste Muire were apprehensive entering the Clare blitz two weeks later where they were grouped with St. Flannan’s College (3 time winners), St. Caimins, Kilmihill and Kildysart. The first game was a close affair with Coláiste Muire eventually winning on a 1:05 to 0-01 score line over Flannan’s College. They also overcame Kilmihill and Kildysart before accounting for St. Caimins in the last round. They were now through to the Clare final against Kilkee who had impressively won the western division, beating Kilrush, Scoil Muire Ennistymon, Spanish Point and Rice College.

The final was played in Miltown Malbay on 21st May and Kilkee got the perfect start with an early breakaway goal. Coláiste Muire fought back with a hard earned point only for Kilkee to score one themselves. This spurred on the Ennis girls who found the net after exerting a lot of pressure on Kilkee. But soon after, a speculative ball into the Coláiste Muire goalmouth found the net and Kilkee hit the front again. Before half time Coláiste Muire scored a point to trail by two points at half-time.

With their Munster success rapidly becoming a distant memory the Ennis girls needed to refocus at half- time and get some early scores in the second half. They duly obliged but Kilkee made them work hard for each of their three points and a narrow 1point advantage with five minutes remaining. Kilkee found it hard to get out of their own defence in that second half and the constant pressure paid off for Coláiste Muire with two late goals to seal the County title and a famous double: Clare and Munster A First Year champions 2013.

Easter Camp to China

Coláiste Muire introduced Chinese as a subject in Transition Year in September 2013. The teaching of Chinese was facilitated by the Confucius Institute in UCC. Two of our TY students, Alice Mahony and Aoife Hurley were among 80 students selected to visit Shanghai, China from 3rd to 16th April as part of the Confucius Institute’s Easter Camp. The visit provided both students with first hand experience of Chinese language and culture.

Geography Fieldwork

As part of our TY Geography programme students undertook a study of Coastal erosion on 15th & 17th April in Lahinch and Liscannor.

The emphasis was on students doing practical work themselves, using equipment and collecting data.

The data collected was analysed to ensure fuller understanding under the guidance of Colin Bunce from the Burren Outdoor Education Centre.

Visit to Criminal Courts of Justice and Kilmainham Gaol

Both of our TY classes visited the Criminal Courts of Justice on the morning of May 27th. This visit was organised by the Courts Service.

A new departure this year was the staging of a Mock Trial for both classes. The trial was facilitated by a Barrister.

Students also had the opportunity to sit in on various court cases in the complex.

In the afternoon students had a guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol. This was facilitated by Heritage Ireland. This visit takes place annually as part of our TY History programme. To conclude students spent time in Kilmainham’s adjoining museum.

On being an Archaeologist for a day

John Rattigan Curator of Clare Museum offers this Heritage programme to interested Ennis schools annually.

Following a most interesting and informative presentation by an Archaeologist on the 9th and 16th May students had the chance to examine artefacts up close and learn the scientific techniques used by Archaeologists for dating finds, testing soil and extracting artefacts from the ground through fun hands on experiments.

Mini Sumo Robot Challenge

Three teams from our 4th year Technology class took part in this competition in Galway Education Centre on 22 April.

Each team designed and constructed a Mini Sumo robot.

Well done to Isadora de Melo Olieveira, Aoife Shanahan and Leona Murphy who reached the semi final.

Cork Choral Festival

Our school choir of 113 students participated in the annual Cork Choral Festival on Thursday 1st May. They were placed 5th in this All Ireland competition for Equal Voice Choirs.