Presentation College, Currylea, Tuam

Presentation College, Currylea, Tuam, Co. Galway, have kindly shared with us information about the school along with recent news and events.

Presentation College: A Brief History

The Presentation Congregation was founded in 1775 in Cork and arrived in Tuam in 1835. They were the first order of women religious to come to the Archdiocese after the suppression of monasteries and convents.

Almost immediately, the sisters opened schools. Secondary schooling began in 1852 and boarders were taken in 1890.

In 1972 the school was moved to its current location and the Boarding School was closed in 1991.

Today we run an all-inclusive day school, accommodating up to 500 students and a teaching staff of 40 teachers.

Leaving Cert. Results 2009

The Leaving Cert. class of ’09 received exceptional results.

Two students now studying Medicine in Trinity College, Dublin have been awarded Entrance Scholarships.

Both Laura Mulkerrins and Sinead McHugh achieved 600 points (they actually both received a full slate of A grades!), while 10 students achieved in excess of 500 points.

Ciara Loftus was awarded not one but two scholarships, one from Intel for Women in Engineering, and the second from NUIG in the form of the Entrance Exhibition Award.

Ciara is pictured on right receiving her ‘Women in Engineering’ award.


American Embassy

In October two of our students were visitors to the American Embassy in Dublin, as guests of Concern. The girls entered a competition, organised by Concern, to write a letter to Barack Obama expressing their worries with regard to climate change.

Soracha O’Rourke’s and Katie St. John’s essays are featured in full in a book produced from the best entries, along with extracts from the letter by Ailish McAteer. To their great delight, a copy of the book has been presented to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama himself!

Pictured above are Katie St. John and Soracha O’Rourke with the American Ambassador.


Our Senior Public Speaking Team of Soracha O’Rourke, Clodagh Clancy and Hannah Gill are preparing to
participate in the 32 County Final of the BPW Competition. Students also participate in Concern Debates, Mental Health debates, Soroptomist Public Speaking and Lit. and Deb. University Debates.

As you can tell, debating plays a major role in the extra-curricular activities. All First Years are given the chance to take part in class debates and the finals are held in the library, with the teams being supported by their classmates.

Pictured above, Joanna Downs, President of the BPW with the winners of the BPW Public Speaking Competition, Soracha O’Rourke, Clodagh Clancy and Hannah Gill.

First Years Debating Teams pictured above.

The Wizard of Oz

In November we staged the Wizard of Oz, in its 60th anniversary year. We played to a full house for every show, including the matinee performance and three subsequent nights. All the students involved enjoyed it thoroughly, declaring it to be fun as well as educational.

Exceptionally high standards of singing, acting and choreography were achieved. The school orchestra was the
focus of much praise, and the set design was impressive. We have already begun to make plans for next year’s show.

Nano Nagle

On Monday 30th November each class participated in a special prayer ceremony in honour of the 225th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle.


First Year Sport

As always, our First Years have thrown themselves with great enthusiasm into all the sporting activities we have to offer.

These include football, with some of the girls playing significant role in our successful Junior Team, basketball and equestrian sport.

A new gymnastics club has been started for first years this year.

Presentation College, Currylea, Junior Football Team.









Picutured above are the Junior Equestrian Team Members, Emma Donlon, Olivia Collins and Ann Kelly.

Gymnastics at Currylea.


Science Week saw Currylea hosting its annual Science Road Show. This year ‘The Magic of the Circus’ entertained 1st and 2nd Year students and their teachers, and brought concepts such as force, gravity
and magnetism to life via the circus ring.

Also, three of our Transition Year students are busy working hard on their project, which has been accepted into the Young Scientist Exhibition.

Shortly after Christmas they will be making their way up to the RDS in Dublin to present their findings.

Pictured on left, Transition Year Young Scientists Rachel Donlon, Sarah Bradley, Keely Burke and their Science teacher Jane McAteer.



The Science of the Circus.

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