Our Lady’s Castleblayney News – May 2018

Our Lady’s choir claim 1st place in Navan Choral Festival for the third consecutive year

Navan Choral Festival Pictured are the 75 strong choir from Our Lady’s, who under the direction of their teacher, Ms Cara Murray, won 1st prize in the Glee section of the prestigious Navan Choral Festival, doing so for the third year in a row!!

Our Lady’s Secondary School Choir is very proud and delighted to claim 1st Prize in the Navan Choral Festival for the third year in a row. This 75 strong choir and dancers, under the direction of Music teacher, Ms Cara Murray, wowed both the audience and judges with their performance drawing positive words of commendation and praise from the judges while the audience gave them a standing ovation.

Navan Choral Festival was established in 1979 and prides itself on attracting competitors of the highest standard. They seek to bring the best choirs to Navan and to increase the standard of choral singing in Ireland. And each year in Our Lady’s the choir aspires to perform in this prestigious Festival.

A 14 minute performance in a Glee Style with songs from Jessie J, Pharrell Williams, Francois Mulder, Dan Gillespie, Andrea Day & Sara Bareilles ensured that this talented group of singers and dancers would take home 1st Prize in their category. Judges complimented the students on a ‘performance of power and presence’, with ‘precision of movement’, ‘full of expression’, with every student ‘entering into the spirit’ of the occasion and performance. Their theme was based on domestic violence visited on men and the choir were commended on taking on this perspective.

Music teacher, Ms Murray could not commend her young charges enough, “they are a great bunch of young students, eager, enthusiastic and bubbling with energy. They work extremely hard and do everything I ask of them. They are very deserving of this award”. Speaking at the school during the week the Principal Mr. Kelly congratulated Ms. Murray and the students on yet another outstanding achievement. He acknowledged ‘the outstanding commitment and dedication made by Ms. Murray in preparing the students to such a high standard and that the students’ success is a just reward for all their hard work and efforts. Ms. Murray and the students are now looking forward to continuing with their preparations for the International Eisteddfod festival in Wales during the summer.’

Huge congratulations from everybody in Our Lady’s


Our Lady’s U-14 Girls are in the ‘A’ class in Ulster

Player of the Match Jade Myles been presented with her award

History was made in Our Lady’s on Wednesday 1st May when the U/14 Ladies GAA team won the Ulster A title in dramatic fashion defeating Ulster kingpins, Loreto Cavan with a late goal from Hazel Hughes who contributed an impressive 4-01 in the match. Aided by the breeze the Cavan girls made an impressive start and went four points clear in the early stages, some resolute defending and wayward shooting from the Loreto girls kept the Blayney girls in touch. However disaster struck in the 21st minute when Cavan hit two goals inside a minute to stretch their lead to eleven points. To their credit Our Lady’s girls failed to capitulate and responded with their opening score from Grace Hanratty. The game took a decisive turn minutes later when livewire full-forward, Hazel Hughes combined with Faughs club mate, Grace Hanratty to score two majors. Hannah Haughey hit a point to close the first half proceedings leaving the half time score Loreto 3-03 OLSS 2-02.

The second half began with a score from Roisín Lennon, Cavan were struggling to break down a well organised Blayney defence where Sarah Carragher and Áine Gibbons made numerous interceptions. With scores at a premium both sides added points to their tally with Aoibheann McCooey and Hazel Hughes hitting scores for the Blayney girls. The game was set for a grandstand finish as Cavan upped the ante with ten minutes remaining and it took some spectacular saves from Our Lady’s keeper Jade Myles to keep Loreto Cavan at bay. A goal from Loreto with five remaining looked to seal the game as they went four clear. Blayney responded with points from Hughes and McCooey. There was to be one final twist in proceedings in the 33rd minute when Hazel Hughes finished a move, started by Grace Cumiskey, to the net to put the Blayney girls one up deep in stoppage time. The final whistle sounded soon after and wild scenes of jubilation followed as the pitch was invaded by hundreds of Our Lady’s supporters. This was a first ever ‘A’ football title for the school after losing six previous Ulster ‘A’ finals, five at the hands of the Loreto girls who have set the standard for ladies football in Ulster in recent years. At the end of the game Our Lady’s keeper Jade Myles who had made several decisive saves during the game was named player of the match.

Speaking at a whole school assembly during the week the Principal Mr. Kelly congratulated the girls and their coaches on this historic achievement ‘ On the day the girls showed fantastic character, resilience and composure to win the game in the circumstances that they did. Great credit is due to the girls and their coaches Mr. Graham and Ms. Aherne for all their commitment and dedication throughout the year. This success is a just reward for all the hard work and effort that compliments their obvious skill and talent and we at Our Lady’s are justifiably very proud of their achievement in winning the school’s first ever Ulster A title. Our school has gone from strength to strength in Ladies GAA since we won our first Ulster C title in 2012, since that time we have won 4 Ulster B titles and 16 Ulster Colleges Ladies All Stars and we are delighted to finally get our hands on that first and elusive Ulster A title. The high levels of success that we have enjoyed in GAA in recent years is a testimony to the talents and abilities of our students but also to the great work done by all teachers in coaching and promoting Gaelic Games. I would like to thank this group of girls and their mentors Mr. Graham and Ms. Aherne for giving us the wonderful memories that we had in Kingscourt last Wednesday and at the celebrations in the school again on Thursday. I have no doubt that this success will inspire this group of players and other teams in the school to even further success in future years.’

the team and scores Jade Myles (Castleblayney), Grace Cumiskey (Donaghmoyne), Aine Gibbons (O’Neills), Tara Renaghan (O’Neills), Aedine Drury (St Brigid’s), Ellen Finnegan (Donaghmoyne), Chloe Kavanagh (O’Neills), Aoibheann Mc Cooey (Castleblayney) ( 0-2) (jc), Ulrika Mc Mahon (Aughnamullen),Roisin Lennon  (0-1) (Donaghmoyne) (jc), Niamh Flanagan (O’Neills), Hannah Haughey (0-1) (O’Neills),Sarah Carragher (O’Neills),Hazel Hughes ( 4-01) (Castleblayney), Grace Hanratty (0-1) ( Castleblayney) sub used Aoife Eccles (O’Neills),Ealagh Toner ( Magheracloone) Shannon M Entee, Ellie Ward &Abby Connolly (all Aughnamullen) Ellen Burns & Kate Lennon ( Donaghmoyne) Kate Glynn & Emma Finnegan (Castleblayney) Emma Kellet, Caoimhe McNally & Muireann McCague ( O’Neills)


Our Lady’s Excel in Athletics

Students from Our Lady’s Castleblayney took part in two days of Athletics starting with Clones on 7th May, followed by Antrim Forum 9th May. We enjoyed great success with the following claiming victories in their fields:

  • Hazel Hughes winning Gold 800m
  • Aideen Drury winning Silver 75m Hurdles and Gold Long Jump
  • Jayne Drury winning Gold 100m
  • Jason Duffy winning Silver 400m
  • Emma Glynn winning Gold 400m
  • Pauric Christie winning Gold Long Jump and Silver 100m
  • Charlie Laverty winning Gold Shot and Silver Javelin

Well done to all!

Pictured are athletes from Our Lady’s Castleblayney at the Antrim Forum who all performed brilliantly. Back: Jayne Drury, Emma Glynn, Pauric Christie, Jason Duffy Front: Katie Glynn, Aideen Drury, James Martin and Charlie Laverty

Athletes from Our Lady’s who participated in Clones last week. Edel Murphy, Aideen Drury, Hazel Hughes, Katie Lennon, Reece Brady and Ryan Buckley


Success for Our Lady’s in Young Economist of the Year 2019

Congratulations to budding young economists in Our Lady’s Castleblayney who were successful in the Young Economist of the Year competition held in UCD on May 2nd, taking home an impressive haul of two silver and three bronze medals. This competition which attracted a huge entry, showcases and acknowledges the work of students and their teachers in creating innovative projects across a range of economic concepts and topics.

There were five project teams from our Our Lady’s invited to display their work on the day. Maria Duffy and Mia Mackie investigated the contribution of women to economic growth over the decades and earned a silver medal for their work. Gordon Chi and Ciaran Martin researched the effects of the US China trade war and claimed silver for their efforts. Andrew Duffy and Cormac McCusker chose to do their project on the effects of Article 13 and earned a bronze medal, as did Louise Murphy and Kornelia Liqudzinska for their project on possible careers in Economics. Joshua Ward and Joseph McNaney investigated a very topical issue on the economic effects of a possible united Republic of Ireland as a consequence of Brexit and earned bronze. The students had the opportunity to speak with Dr Brian O’Boyle, lecturer in Economics in St Angela’s College, Sligo and Associate Professor Kevin Denny who is senior lecturer in Economics in UCD as they visited their stands and discussed their projects with them, both academics being extremely impressed with the students’ work and their ability to converse on the topics.

Economics teacher, Ms Kathryn Clarke was fulsome in her praise of her students whom she said had really embraced the competition and showed great initiative and interest in the topics they had chosen to explore, they are already looking forward to next year’s competition!

The students finished their day in Dublin with a visit to the Central Bank of Ireland where they had a guided tour of the two current exhibitions, the first was “75 years of change – the story of the Central Bank of Ireland” and the second was “Pounds, Shillings and Independence” which explores the development of an independent Irish currency from 1922 to present day.  The new Governor of the Central Bank, Gabriel Makhlouf from New Zealand was actually appointed on the day that they visited, a day to remember.

Congratulations to all concerned!

YEOTY Pictured at the Young Economist of the Year competition held in UCD last week are a group of Economics students from Our Lady’s Castleblayney who under the tutelage of their teacher, Ms Kathryn Clarke, had an impressive haul of 2 silver and 3 bronze medals for their group projects on various economic topics.

Central Bank After collecting 2 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Young Economist of the Year competition held in UCD, students from Our Lady’s finished off their day with a visit to the Central Bank.