Our Lady's Castleblayney trip to Berlin

History Trip to Berlin

In early December a group of sixty one senior History and German students from Our Lady's Secondary School, accompanied by their History teachers, Mr. O’Boyle & Ms. Sheridan, Mr. Lyons, Ms. Brennan, Ms. Sweeney and Principal Mr. Kelly, had the opportunity of bringing their Leaving Certificate History syllabus to life when they visited the historical German city of Berlin from December 6th to December 9th. After arriving on Wednesday afternoon the students took part in a guided walking tour of Berlin, taking in the political, economic and social history of the city including features such as the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Wall and a visit to the former headquarters of the SS the Topography of Terror.

Next up, the students had the opportunity to get into the festive spirit with a visit to the world renowned Berlin Christmas markets as well as relaxing with some ice skating in the outdoor skating arenas. This was followed on Thursday with an eagerly anticipated visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp which was used by Hitler and the Nazi’s during World War 2. The students were treated to an excellent tour of the camp and its role during World War 2. Later that evening, the students had the opportunity to visit the German Parliament headquarters at the Reichstag.

Friday began with a visit to the famous Checkpoint Charlie museum and was followed by an interesting and informative visit to Stasi Prison used for holding political prisoners during the Cold War period. Our last guided visit was to the Olympic Stadium where students marvelled at the magnificent architecture and history of this famous building.

On Saturday night, a tired and weary group arrived home safely to Castleblayney with many interesting facts and additional knowledge that can be put to good use in the months ahead as well as many treasured memories that will last a lifetime.

Pictured at the famed Brandenburg Gate in Berlin are Senior History & German students from Our Lady’s Castleblayney, who accompanied by 5 of their teachers enjoyed an action packed tour to the historical city of Berlin where their Leaving Cert History course was brought to life and their German oral skills were put to the test!

Business Students Out and About

Business students from Our Lady’s, accompanied by their teachers, Mr Paddy Mulroe and Ms Kathryn Clarke, recently went on a whistle-stop tour of County Monaghan enterprises, with visits to Combilift, Local Enterprise Office Monaghan and Mullan Lighting Emyvale.

The students’ trip began with a visit to Combilift. A detailed guided tour of the new facility was given by staff which left students in awe of the scale of the operation and success of the business.

Next stop was the Local Enterprise Office Monaghan where Eilín Connolly outlined the supports available to small business in a riveting presentation, giving students an insight into the real world!

The final stop was Mullan Lighting in North Monaghan. Students were overwhelmed with the warm reception they received. Again, the success of a local enterprise was inspiring. Managing Director of the business, Mike Treanor, shared some kind words with students which really resonated with them.

All in all, it was a great day out and it is certain to inspire future Entrepreneurs! Teacher Kathryn Clarke said “It was a great day out and the students were so impressed by the businesses they saw. Even more so, they were really appreciative of the generosity of time of the staff and management at Combilift, the Local Enterprise Office and Mullan Lighting.”

Students from Our Lady’s in Council Chamber at Local Enterprise Office Monaghan

Students in CombiLift


Our Lady’s ’Engine Crafts’ capture 1st place for innovation in Student Enterprise Awards

Big congratulations to the mini-company ‘Engine Crafts’ from Our Lady’s Castleblayney who captured 1st place for their innovative company at the Student Enterprise Awards organised by Local Enterprise Office, Monaghan held in the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday 9th March.

‘Engine Crafts’, powered by young entrepreneurs, Conor Brennan, Jason Carragher & Oisin Duffy, all TY students in Our Lady’s, is a mini-company whose main business is stripping down old and unused engines and transforming them into interior home decor. These young students produced an engine table, piston clock, crankshaft lamp and a clutch disc clock, all of them beautifully crafted. All their hard work paid off when they were declared winners in the innovation section at the Student Enterprise Awards.

Local Enterprise Office, Monaghan, explains how ‘encouraging and promoting an enterprise culture’ is an important area of activity for them. ‘In seeking to develop a thriving enterprise culture, it is critical that young people from all backgrounds see enterprise as a viable career choice’. The Student Enterprise Awards is a big day in the calendar of events and teacher & mentor of the students at Our Lady’s, Mrs Barbara Loughman describes how ‘the students look forward to this event every year. They are prepared to ‘give it a go’ and learn a lot from their hands-on foray into the world of business. I am delighted for Engine Crafts, they worked extremely hard, as did the other mini-companies from Our Lady’s’.

Congratulations to Conor, son of Robert & Monica Brennan, Knockbridge, Jason Carragher, son of Roisin & Martin, Moneyvolan & Oisin Duffy, son of Gerard & Paula, Annyalla.

Pictured at the Student Enterprise Awards in Monaghan is mini-company from Our Lady’s, ‘Engine Crafts’ who were placed first in the Innovation Category. Pictured is Oisin Duffy, Jason Carragher & Conor Brennan whose company’s description is the stripping down of old and unused engines and making them into interior home decor. A bright future ahead!