Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School Drimnagh Celebrate First TY Group

Forty years after the original launch of Transition Year in Ireland we celebrated our first End of Year Exhibition and Prize-Giving for TY in Our Lady of Mercy, Mourne Road, Drimnagh on Tuesday, 24th May. 

As a DEIS Band 1 school we aim to improve educational outcomes in terms of access to Further and 3rd Level Education.

OLM is the most improved school in Dublin 12 (Irish Times survey 2015).

In 2016, 67 students completed a compulsory TY programme in our school, which was our first ever TY group of students. 

The wide range of experiences this afforded students has dramatically improved their communication and presentation skills.

They have a much clearer sense of what they want from Senior Cycle and have already focused in on college courses they are interested in.

DEIS schools are turning to TY as a pathway to improving educational outcomes for young people, many of whom will be 1st generation to attend college.

This is a definite step in breaking the cycle of disadvantage and achieving equality of outcome for our young people.


Parents and Guests were invited to the TY ceremony where samples of TY students work were presented and exhibited by the students.

The students gave a very confident and informative delivery of their presentations on the day.

Employers who took the TY students on work experience were delighted with the work ethic, knowledge and enthusiasm shown by the students and some of the students have been placed for summer work experience. 

After the exhibition a ceremony took place where prizes were handed out to students. 

Refreshments were provided and a wonderful evening was had by all. 


President Higgins pictured above with TY Student of the Year, Aaron Rock with his Salter Sterling Gold medal, awarded to him by the Trinity Access Programme.

Pictured above are the students at Glencree Hostel in Wicklow, where the students began their Presidents Award 25km walk that was completed over two days.

Transition Year students pictured above in the preparation of a video for their end of year exhibition.