Scoil Bhríde Mercy Secondary School, Tuam News – December 2020

Star in the sky over Bethlehem

Kelly O’Neill and Sonya Blake have been working on this beautiful painting of the star in the sky over Bethlehem. The painting will be the background for this year’s crib which will be situated in the Adoration Chapel in our Tuam Parish Centre.



Christmas in Tuam is synonymous with the Opera and this year’s musical is “Godspell”. In this timeless tale of building community, friendship, loyalty, and love, a small group of disciples help Jesus to portray a variety of parables through song, dance, and a lot of humour. Teamed up once again with St Jarlath’s College Amateur Operatic Society, the Mercy proudly presents its annual production on Friday December 11th, 2020.  This year, of course, has presented a unique challenge for both schools but we were determined not to break this tradition, albeit with the health and safety of everyone involved a priority.  “Godspell” will be the first online “Opera” in the history of the Mercy and St. Jarlath’s College. This production has a cast of ten students and will be streamed worldwide as a pay per view event on Friday, December 11th. Rehearsals have been conducted over the past number of weeks, strictly following all COVID-19 guidelines.”


Pioneer Total Abstinence Association Junior Essay Competition 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association Junior Essay Competition 2020 who scooped 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the North East Galway Region. 1st place was won by Ciara Gannon 5th year, 2nd place was awarded to Katie Burke TY and 3rd place went to Jessica Oguekwe 2nd Year.

In addition, all three students qualified for the Connaught Finals with Ciara Gannon going on to win 2nd place and Katie Burke coming in 3rd place overall. It’s inspiring to see such excellent writing talent in our school.”


Executive of our Student Council 2020

Rachel Raftery, Sarah Kirrane, Lynn Reilly-Corless, Alice O’Toole and Katie Harte are sharing the executive role this year and will each get the opportunity to chair a meeting throughout the year. They held their first meeting today which was very successful. Congratulations to the girls on their new role


Christmas in Scoil Bhride, Mercy Tuam 2020

Mercy students are as busy as the elves this season. In their Religious Education class, they have been writing to residents of the local nursing homes and reading the replies they have received. Pictured at the post box is First Year student Maeve Allen.

The Advent wreath and candle has been put up inside the main entrance of our school and on Tuesday mornings, students have been reading prayers and messages of the themes of hope, peace, joy and love to mark the season.

Instead of collecting for our traditional SVP hampers, this year students are collecting hygiene products for the 2020 Hygiene Bank Christmas Campaign. These essential products will be distributed to local charities in time for Christmas. Well done to all the students who brought in items in each of the tutor classes.

Many thanks to the Religious Education Department for all their work and effort.

Merry Christmas to all from the staff and students in Mercy Tuam.