News from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Soroptimist Public Speaking

Two students from Mary Immaculate Secondary School took part in the local round of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition which was held in Ennis on Sunday 17th November.

They were fifth year students Aisling O’Rourke and Ríona Burke.

They competed with interesting and challenging topics on Health and Education. Both students gave excellent speeches and Ríona was rewarded with a Merit for her performance.

Both students received certificates for their efforts. Their teacher Ms. Gallery entered them in the competition and supported them in their endeavours.

Pictured above are Aisling O'Rourke and Ríona Burke at Soroptimists in Ennis.

First Year Sleepover

The first year sleepover in aid of Focus Ireland was held in Mary Immaculate Secondary School in Lisdoonvarna on Friday 15 November from 10 pm to 9 am the next morning. Just over €1400 was collected in aid of the charity.

28 students took part and 9 members of staff. This is the seventh year that the school has held this event.
The night comprised of team activities, a midnight feast and a talent competition.

One of the activities was making costumes from rubbish. As well a fundraising event it was a great opportunity for the first year students to get to know each other.  Great fun was had by all if not too much sleep!!

Thanks to the following staff members the night was a great success. They were Thierry Gomes, Shane Slattery, Karen Arthur, John Sims, Nancy McMahon, Helen Bradshaw, John O’Loughlin, Grace O’Hara, Mark Mulqueeney and a visiting GHOST or two.

Pictured above are the First Year Sleep Over Group of Students.


On Friday 16th November 20 students travelled to the Lees Road Sportsground to take part in the Clare Cross Country running competition. Patrick O’Rourke, a second year student, won the Bronze medal in the junior boy’s race. The Intermediate team of Simon Keane, Joseph McGann, Colm O’Brien and Darren Gray took second prize in the Intermediate boys team award.

Other notable performances were Sinead McCormack who was 4th in the Senior girls race, Lizzie Roche who was 8th in Minor girls and Liam Tierney who was 14 in the Senior boys race. Well done to all the competitors who took part in the event. They were accompanied by Ms. Arthur.

Lisdoonvarna school wins county football title

The senior girl’s team from Mary Immaculate Secondary School won the Senior D Clare Schools championship. Their opponents in the final were Kilrush Community School.

The match was played in Lahinch in windy conditions. In the first half the Lisdoonvarna girls had a chance at a number of scores, but due to the strong winds the goal posts were difficult to find. Despite this the Lisdoonvarna girls led for most of the first half. However a goal for Kilrush just before half time left the North Clare team trailing by two points at half time.

Lisdoonvarna started the second half with excellent football which saw them regain the lead shortly after the restart. Very good defending made it difficult for Kilrush to get to the Lisdoonvarna goal posts and Lisdoonvarna finished the game with a margin of 5 points to win 1.11 to 2.3.

The scorers for Lisdoonvarna were Bronagh Considine (8 points), Katie Connole (1.1) and Sarah O’Gorman (2 points). The player of the match was the Lisdoonvarna captain Amy O’Brien. The rest of the team was: Niamh Kelly (goal), Niamh McNamara, Rhianna McMahon, Lauren Crowe, Hannah King, Joanne Howley, Caoilin McCormack, Lizzy Roche, Shannon McCormack, Aisha Dobbin Catto, Katie Flanagan and Millie King. Emer Nagle came on for Rhianna McMahon and Katie Connole came on for Aisha Dobbin Catto. The rest of the panel was: Ailbhe Hughes, Sarah McDonagh, Clodagh Danaher, Tess Casasin Sheridan, Erin Urquhart, Grace Cassidy, Holly O’Flaherty and Saoirse McNamara. The team is coached by Emma Slattery with assistance from a number of transition year students.

Pictured above are Mercy Secondary School , Lisdoonvarna Senior Girls County Champions

BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition

This year 9 projects had been accepted for the 2014 BT Young Scientists competition which will be held in January.

This was a great feat as there were 2000 entries for 550 places at the exhibition in Dublin. This is the 50th Young Scientist competition to be held since its foundation.

This is also a landmark year for Lisdoonvarna teacher John Sims as it will be the 25th year he has mentored students from Mary Immaculate Secondary School for the competition. 

Transition Year show

The transition year student’s annual show is being held in Mary Immaculate Secondary School on Thursday 19th December.

This year’s show comprises of two parts, Philadelphia Here I Come and a music and song section.

The show starts at 8 pm sharp. Tickets for adults (€10) are available from the school office on 065-7074266.