Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna

John Sims has very kindly shared the latest news from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

SciFest National Finals

The national finals of SciFest were held in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin on Friday the 11th November.

Winning projects from each SciFest@College science fairs are invited to participate in the national SciFest science finals.

The projects are evaluated by an expert panel of judges from academia, enterprise and government.

Each of the exhibitors is presented with an Excellence in STEM award in recognition of their success at the regional fairs and the overall winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip along with their teacher to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) which is held annually in May in the USA.

The top five award winners of the SEAI award and of the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award at the regional science fairs also participate in the national final.

Maghnus Hartigan from Doolin had acquired a place in the national finals by winning the best project award at SciFest@GMIT in May.

The title of his project was “Applying Real-Time Physiological Responses to a Virtual Classroom Environment”

In this project Maghnus developed a computer mouse with heart rate and perspiration sensors, integrating an algorithm which uses the data from the sensors to deduce what is exciting or stressing the user, and then adapting the content accordingly.

He has been developing this project over a number of years and has presented it at a number of science exhibitions both in Northern Ireland and in Dublin and Galway. He was presented with the Excellence in STEM award at the finals.

Pictured above Maghnus Hartigan receiving the Excellence in STEM award.

Junior D Clare Schools Ladies Football Champions

Mary Immaculate Junior Ladies Football Team were crowned Junior D Clare Schools Champions on Monday 21st November in Lahinch.

Colaiste Mhuire got off the mark first with an early goal but overcoming their slow start Mary Immaculate settled into the game hitting their stride and built up an impressive lead and proved eventual winners.

Well done to all involved and to all the parents who supported on the day.  Pictured above referee Barry Kelly presented the cup to joint captains Aimee Burke and Lizzy Roche.

Senior D Clare Schools Ladies Football Final

Mary Immaculate Senior Ladies Footballers contested the Senior D final against Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon on Monday 14th November in Corofin GAA grounds.

Scoil Mhuire dominated the first half but the second half saw an energised and determined Mary Immaculate side who never gave up. Scoil Mhuire proved decisive winners on the day. Well done to all involved.

We Will Rock You the Musical

Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna proudly presents “We Will Rock you” The musical.

You are about to go on a journey 300 years into the future when rock n’roll is dead. Join the Bohemians as they attempt to bring back rock n’roll but will Galileo be able to follow Britneys instructions and bring back proper music!

The musical is directed by Theresa Leahy. The Choreographer is Finola Costello and Mark Mulqueeney is assistant director.


8 students from M.I.S.S took part in the Clare Schools Cross Country in Lees Road, Ennis on Thursday, 17th of November.

Well done to Patrick O’Rourke, Calum MacNamara, Róisín McNamara, Eoin McNamara, Matthew Sheedy, Callum Dobbins, Ian Woods and Caelan O’Neill for their participation on the day. Congratulations to Patrick O’Rourke who came first in the Boys senior race.

Irish Debating

Congratulations to Thomas Hartigan, Jessica Kelly, Conor Clancy and Dara Kenneally.

They succeeded in going into the second round of the Irish Debating Competition ‘Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh’ that’s organised for secondary school students by Gael-Linn.

The first round was in Loughrea against 3 schools from Galway. The second round will be on Wednesday, 30th of November in Merlin College, Galway.