News from Coláiste Muire, Ennis

Coláiste Muire School Choir Success in Chester, England

The School Choir of Coláiste Muire, Ennis and conductor Carmel Griffin had significant success at the recent Competitive Festival of Performing Arts in Chester, England.

The choir was awarded first prize and a certificate of outstanding in their competition and then went on to win the choir of the Festival award because it had been awarded the highest mark in all choral competitions.

They performed Danza by Linda Spevacek and Someone to watch over me by George Gershwin.

Following a four-day trip to the charming English City of Chester, the choir, consisting of 131 students, returned home to a hero’s welcome.

The choir participates in a variety of performances during the year including school masses, concerts, festivals, competitions and tours.

The aim of the Choir is to give every student the opportunity to reach a high individual and group skill level in vocal music.?This is done through performance and rehearsal settings that maintain high standards and purposeful participation.

CareersPortal National Career Skills Competition

Well done to Robyn Maxwell who won 1st prize in the TY section of Careersportal's National Careerskills Competition for her research into Software Engineering. She won a MacBook Air plus €1000 for our school's TY programme.

The annual awards ceremony took place again this year on 10 May in the Dept of Education & Skills.

Brenna O'Keeffe TY1 was Highly Commended and Niamh Kelly TY2, Ellen Smith TY4 and Ciara O'Brien TY5 were commended!

Art Exhibition

Our Art Department hosted an Art exhibition in Coláiste Muire on Friday 13 May, entitled “Earth, Sea, Sky”.

The project “Earth, Sea, Sky” was created by a class of 2nd year Art students and was run in conjunction with the NAPD.

The Creative Engagement project aims to put artists into schools and encourage students to engage with the Arts. It was designed by art teacher Niamh Hickey and visiting artist Inga Van Doorslaer, who is a felt and fabric artist.

The students began by brainstorming themes, and gradually learned to pare down their ideas by working collaboratively, to 3 main strands of investigation; earth, sea and sky.

They then worked with their teachers on creating 15 original pieces which were stitched onto canvases and hung in a specific composition.

The resulting art work represents many hours of planning, deliberation, experimentation and realisation. It is now installed on the walls of our school and will hang for many years to come.

UL National Essay Competition for Secondary Schools

Well done to Robyn Maxwell TY3 who was awarded 1st prize in UL's Regional Writing Centre - National Essay Competition for Secondary Schools.

The competition involved writing an 800-1000 word essay entitled "Student loans will make graduates flee. Face it, tax is the best way to fund 3rd level". She was presented with her prize, an android tablet, at a ceremony on 24 April in the University of Limerick

Diplomats in the Classroom programme

Diplomats in the Classroom aims to increase awareness, discussion and debate amongst senior cycle second level students on the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and on Ireland’s place in a changing world.

Officials from the Department visit schools to deliver interactive workshops designed to engage students on three key elements of Irish Foreign Policy: Our People, Our Interests and Values, and Ireland’s Prosperity.

Coláiste Muire was selected to participate in the programme this year. On Thursday 18 May, Sarah McGrath and Stephen Garry visited our school and delivered the programme to our five Transition Year classes.

Sarah, a past pupil of Coláiste Muire is the Political and Reconciliation Director, Ireland, UK and Americas Division of the DFA and Trade. Stephen is attached to the Policy Planning Unit, DFA.

Drawing on their own personal experience of work in the Department, Sarah and Stephen provided an insight into how Foreign Policy is practiced through classroom based workshops and group presentations.


A travelling German workshop visited Coláiste Muire on 18 May.

A representative from the Goethe-Institut worked with our 1st year German students and engaged the groups in various vocabulary and conversational activities.