Latest News from Coláiste Muire, Ennis

Coláiste Muire, Ennis have kindly shared with us their latest news snippets and photos. 

Prep for Med

Caoimhe McCabe and Grainne Cremin attended UCC’s Prep for Med programme on 24 January. They had the opportunity to visit the FLAME Anatomy laboratory. This was followed by attendance at various clinical stations where they learned about Cardiac arrhythmias, taking a blood sample, resuscitation, blood pressure measurement, pulses and rhythms and first aid. In the afternoon they travelled to Cork University Hospital and attended a presentation on Forensics of a Crime Scene by Assistant State Pathologist, Margot Bolster. This was followed by observation of live surgery (c section) via video link.

Cardiac First Responders Course

The purpose of this course is to enable students to assess a collapsed casualty and perform CPR on an adult, child and infant. Students learn how to recognise the signs of choking, the signs of a heart attack and stroke and they are taught how to provide treatment. All of our TY students are now certified Cardiac First Responders after training from 20th to 22nd January.

Big and Bold, Hot and Cold Magic Show

The purpose of this demonstration which took place on 5 February was to engage students in Chemistry and the possibilities available from studying this subject. It was facilitated by Beulah McManus of UL’s Chemistry Dept.

Visit to Vistakon

As part of Engineers Week TY students visited Vistakon (part of the Medical Device & Diagnostics Division of Johnson & Johnson on 12th February. Vistakon is the largest manufacturer of Disposable Contact Lenses in the world. The visit gave students a real insight into what engineers actually do. They learnt about the huge range of specialist disciplines and how engineers work together to design solutions, troubleshoot problems and make processes run more efficiently. Thanks to John Perkins for facilitating this visit.

Transition Year Physics Experience

Caoimhe McCabe and Grainne Cremin attended TCD’s Physics / Nanoscience Day on 25th February. They attended lectures on Physics and Nanoscience and they observed various demonstrations. Both students learned how physics affects the world around us and how the future will be evolving with physics.


Conor and Peter Cronin of the Mustard Seed facilitated retreats for our Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students during January and March. The annual retreats are an opportunity for students to take time out from study and academic work and to reflect on their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Students thoroughly enjoyed the meditation and the many team building exercises.

Transition Year Drama Festival

Our TY1 class performed Alan Ayckbourn’s “Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations” in the Briery Gap Macroom on 3rd February.

This is a comedy about Ernie Frasier, a dreamer with a difference.

Ernie has a vivid imagination and his thoughts have the disconcerting habit of turning into reality. TY1 qualified for the final on 1st March where they were placed second. Molly Cantwell also received a Special Adjudicator’s award for her performance.

Student Enterprise Awards

Our TY 2 class exhibited their mini company projects in the West County Hotel Ennis on 6th March as part of the Clare County Enterprise Board’s Student Enterprise Awards 2014. The four mini companies were Shove (fluffy insole), Scenties (small bags of pot pourri), Picafew (personalised posters) and Getta Grip (sock grips). Well done to Shove on being awarded “Best Business Plan”.

On being an Archaeologist for a day

Clare Museum offers this Geography programme to secondary schools. Students got a chance to examine artefacts up close and they learned the scientific techniques used by Archaeologists for dating finds, testing soil and extracting artefacts from the ground through fun, hands on experiments. These workshops took place on consecutive Thursdays in March.

YSI (Young Social Innovators) Speakout

TY1 (Beware of IT) and TY2 (Human Price Tag) presented their projects at the regional Speakout in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on 13th March.

Beware of IT is looking at internet safety and is targeting teenagers in particular. They are raising awareness of the risks of friending random people on Facebook and the consequences of making personal details available to all.

Human Price Tag investigates human trafficking and sexual exploitation. To celebrate International Women’s Day TY2 showcased a presentation they have developed about prostitution in Ireland, which examines the experiences of women and girls and also looks at the legislation currently in place. The evening featured Mia de Faoite, an activist for Turn off the Red Light campaign. It was held in the Temple Gate Hotel on 7th March and was organised in collaboration with Clare Women’s Network.


This workshop offers students a first hand insight into life as a professional songwriter / musician and an overview of song writing and the music business. Students wrote, performed and recorded their own songs during a series of two day workshop in March.

Young St. Vincent de Paul

Our young St. Vincent de Paul society was set up in January by our TY2 class through their participation in the John Paul 2 awards. As part of a fundraising initiative our TY2 class held a sleepover in school for all TY students on 21st March.

Feile na hInse

Coláiste Muire won the perpetual shield in the Scoraiocht competition in Feile na hInse which took place during Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014.Their theme was “An aimsir”... the weather. The group played tunes including “the Foggy Dew” and “An Ghaoth Aneas”. Set dancers created thunder with their battering and the step dancers gave the illusion of soft rainfall.

Students from first to fourth year participated and used their talents in singing, dancing and recitation. The entire performance was through Irish.

Leaving Cert Applied

As part of their Leisure and Recreation studies our LCA1 class visited Horizon Adventure Centre in Westport from 10th to 12th March. Students took part in a multi-activity programme which included surfing, kayaking, climbing Croagh Patrick, zip wire, Jacobs ladder, high ropes, archery and various team building tasks.

Fair Trade Fortnight

Coláiste Muire celebrated Fair Trade fortnight again this year. Mairead Sheedy of Fair Trade Ireland was assisted by Transition Year and 3rd Year students selling Fair Trade products at lunch time in our Leaving Cert area.

Purchasing Fair Trade products guarantees a better deal for third world producers. Thanks to Mairead who also delivered presentations to each of our six first year classes.

Our TY Art class designed a series of posters to mark Fair Trade fortnight.


Kemmy Business School, UL / BSTAI Awards

Sixteen of our students who achieved A grades in their Junior Cert 2013 were presented with certificates acknowledging their outstanding achievements at a ceremony in University of Limerick on 5th March.

Their parents and our Business Studies teachers were also in attendance.

Defence Forces Visit

Coláiste Muire welcomed Lieutenant Aine Gilmore and Cpl Vanessa Fox on 13th February.

They briefed interested Leaving Cert students and a group of our Transition Year students on opportunities available with the Irish Defences Forces. Recruitment for 2014 has now commenced.

Applications close on 9 April. Thanks to Comdt Jayne Lawlor, Gender, Equality and Diversity Officer who organised this visit.

Junk Kouture

This national competition for 2nd level schools challenges teenagers to create high end wearable fashion from everyday junk that would normally find its way to the bin. Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste for the good of the planet.

Two of our second year students, Enya Feerick and Rachel McDonnell represented Coláiste Muire at the Regional Final on 14 March in UCH Limerick with their design, “An Ice Queen”.

ECO-UNESCO Young Environmental Awards

Our A3 first year class have completed an environmental project that will be showcased at this year’s ECO-UNESCO Young Environmental Awards on 25th March 2014 in Claregalway. The project incorporates two main actions; tree planting and fundraising for charity.

The project title is “Little Trees for Little Christmas”. The team purchased approximately 150 “Noble Fir” trees from a local forester. After decorating 150 pots, the trees were then sold on Ennis Farmers’ Market. Those who bought a tree were encouraged to plant on or after Little Christmas.

They were also made aware that their purchase was helping charity. The project helped raise awareness on tree planting and also raised €752 for charity.

Two charities were supported during the completion of this project: Irish Seed Savers Association and UNICEF Ireland. Seed Savers work to conserve and protect Irish native plant life. UNICEF Ireland was selected in an effort to help victims of the 2013 typhoon.

The second phase of the project is to enhance local biodiversity in Ennis. Students are planting an orchard in a community space in Ennis, on the premises of Respond Voluntary Housing. Apple trees were supplied by Irish Seed Savers and will be planted by the class on Saturday, 22nd March 2014. The class will take responsibility for looking after the orchard over the coming years while students at Coláiste Muire. In addition to enhancing the area’s biodiversity, the project has also created links between the school and the local community.