Fashion Show

A Fashion Show will take place in St Joseph’s Hall Boyle on Thursday April 26th at 8pm. Clothes from Magees Fashions, Main Street and Aidan Ray Menswear St Patrick Street.

Tickets are €10 and all proceeds go to Abbey Community College. Please support what is sure to be a great event!


One Good Idea

Well done to our “SOS: Save Our Seas” team who have reached the finals of the One Good Idea Competition. They are now amongst the top 12 teams in the country. The team comprises of Heidi Caldbeck, Sarah Conheady, Caoimhe Cregg, Kate Murphy and Amanda Wynne. The competition is run by the SEAI and aims to inspire lifestyle changes to save energy and help tackle climate change. Keep an eye on our school facebook page for more updates and ideas from the team.



Our 1st years took part in a retreat in Esker, Co. Galway this week. They had a very enjoyable day with games, songs, bonding exercises, designing posters, making friendship bracelets, practicing mindfulness and reflections.


Orals/Music Practicals

Well done to all our students who completed their Irish, German, and French Oral Examinations, and Music Practical Examinations this week.


Family Resource Centre

A lovely welcome was given to our Transition Years when they visited Boyle Family Resource Centre to hear information about the valuable service that is provided by the excellent team working and volunteering there. Thanks to Louise, Maura and Marie for facilitating our visit, and providing tea and treats!



Well done to our TY students who completed their cycling expedition for their Bronze Gaisce Award last Thursday. The students cycled to Rooskey, stayed in the Shannon River Adventure Centre, and returned back to Boyle the following day. A huge thanks to Roscommon Sports Partnership and David Gunning of Trailcycling.ie for all of their support and training over the last few weeks, and over the two days of the event.



Brilliant Basketball Success!!

Congratulations to the Abbey Community College Junior Girls Basketball team who beat Carrick on Shannon in the Regional C Finals followed by the Minor Girls basketball winning the Regional C Finals against Mercy Sligo at the end of March. Both teams now progress on to the All-Ireland Playoff series at the end of April. Abbey Community College will be the host venue for the minor finals on the 23rd April 2018. Best of luck to both teams participating and very well done!


School News 16/3/18


Abbey Community College from Boyle claimed the Connacht Junior Schools Emerging Cup in a gruelling encounter with St Joseph’s of Foxford in the Sportsground. In a low-scoring and at times abrasive final, the Roscommon students’ first half performance was enough for them to see off a spirited Joseph’s revival and take the honours.

Abbey played with the aid of a gale-force Sportsground breeze behind them in the first half and they duly dominated Joseph’s in the territory stakes. They had the game’s first try after six minutes as out-half Daire Cregg pinged a terrific kick into the right-hand corner for Josh Cronin to touch down after a race to the line.

Conditions were hugely difficult for the kickers and Cregg missed the conversion but Abbey nonetheless held the lead, and they extended it five minutes later when St Joseph’s were penalised for not releasing in the tackle. Cregg found his range with the penalty and Abbey were eight clear.

St Joseph’s were holding their own in the tight, with both prop forwards, Liam McEvoy and Donal McLoughlin, making some eye-catching carries. But they struggled to gain a foothold in Abbey territory and the Boyle school held their 8-0 lead until half time.

Joseph’s moved back into contention ten minutes after the restart with a try from McEvoy. They mauled off a five-metre scrum and the tighthead crashed across the line to narrow the deficit to three. The game was held up for a significant time while Abbey scrum half, Oisin Cregg, was attended to after putting his body on the line to help his team. We all wish him a speedy recovery.

Upon resumption, Joseph’s found themselves on the five meter line but try as they might to find another score, Joseph’s couldn’t break down a disciplined and resolute Abbey defence. Abbey held out to record a battling 8-5 victory and take Emerging Cup glory.

A hugely impressive effort from all involved on the day and throughout the year.

ABBEY CC: Antonio Chilton, Josh Cronin, Max King, Jamie Reynolds, Danny Valentine, Daire Cregg, Oisin Cregg; Lorcan Connolly, Diarmuid Dowd, Josh Young, Adam Langan, Jack Flanagan, Cadell Beirne, Cathal Feely, Danny Funke.

Replacements: Sean Garavan (for Cregg 34), Cregg (for Reynolds 58), Lawlor (for Cronin)

ST JOSEPH’S: Evan Reape, Jason Neary, Tadgh Ruane, Cain Lowndes, Mikey McHale, Fionan Cruise, Kienan Smyth; Liam McEvoy, Tyler Guilfoyle, Donal McLoughlin, Conor McHale, Micheal Holmes, Calum Loftus, Thomas Hannigan, Anthony Gallagher.

Replacements: Enda Bourke (for Loftus 39), Sean King



Basketball: Abbey Community College faces St. Colman’s

On Thursday morning, the 15th of March the second year boys from Abbey Community College, Boyle came out in their blue jerseys ready to take on St. Colman’s from Claremorris in the Connacht semi -final. Boyle started the first quarter well from winning the jump and Luke McGrath scoring straight away followed by a basket from Oisin Sheeran. Boyle continued their winning ways in the second quarter with two more baskets from Kevin Beirne and Glen Moore. They left Claremorris scoreless at the end of the first half. Claremorris came out stronger in the third quarter, with significant baskets from their number 8 and 4. Abbey Community College matched that by also adding two baskets from Luke McGrath and David Flanagan. The 3rd quarter finished Abbey Community College 12 St. Colman’s 5. St. Colman’s came out guns blazing by scoring 9 points in the last quarter but it wasn’t enough to beat Abbey Community College’s 11 points, coming from Lorcan Connolly, David Flanagan, Luke McGrath and an exceptional 3 pointer from Conor McPherson. The game finished Abbey Community College 23: St. Colmans 14.


TY Radio Training


The TY students had a great day with Ian Doyle from TinPot Studios training to use our software and equipment in our very own Radio Recording Studio. The day was full on with playlisting, tracking, scripting and recording. Students got the opportunity to record a segment which will be broadcast over our TY Radio Channel. 


Gaelic Football


First and second year girls attended a gaelic football blitz in St Marys pitch in Carrick on Shannon on Wednesday the 14th March. The event was organised by Carrick on Shannon CCS. There were eight schools competing in the event with three divisions; Carrick on Shannon, Ballinamore and Boyle in A shield Group 1. Carrigallen Vocational school, Lough Allen College in B shield Group 1 and St Nathys, Carrick on Shannon and Roscommon CC in B shield Group 2. Abbey Community College girls played exceptionally winning their first game against Strokestown in poor weather conditions.

Unfortunately Abbey Community College were beaten by Carrick on Shannon and Ballinamore. Abbey Community College would like to congratulate all the girls on the hard work and dedication to the team, and wish them future success in the sport.




Bhuaigh daltaí na hIdirbhliana, Coláiste na Mainistreach, Mainistir na Búille, Co. Ros Comáin Seó Tallainne na Gaillimhe i gColáiste Bhaile Chláir. Bhí fiche grúpa páirteach sa chomórtas ó scoileanna ar fud na Gaillimhe agus Ros Comáin.




"The Show"

St. Joseph's Hall Friday the 23rd of March at 8pm:

Abbey Community College and the Brothers of Charity Services Boyle have something for everyone in the audience. Music, Dance, lip sync battles and so much more...

Focusing on ability, togetherness and fun the transition year students of Abbey Community College and the clients and staff of the Brothers of Charity Services Boyle have put so much effort into getting the THE SHOW ready for public consumption. So come along and put your weight behind their valiant efforts...


"THE SHOW must go on! " Tickets on sale in STYLE FOR LESS, ABBEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE and on the door (if there’s any left) Adults €10 : Students/OAPS/Children €5 : Family €20


Fundraising for SUAS


Well done to our Third Years helping to fundraise for the charity ‘Suas”. A big thanks to all who baked.

Suas directly supports over 12,000 children in India, Zambia and Kenya and has trained over 1,200 Suas volunteers to work as teaching assistants in some of the worlds most marginalised, under-resourced communities.

Here in Ireland, they’ve helped over 3,300 children from disadvantaged communities to improve their literacy skills and trained over 4,500 volunteer mentors to support them.



Garda Work Experience


A few of our TY students recently got the opportunity to undertake work experience with An Garda Siochana. They had a great week visiting the Garda College in Templemore, The Criminal Courts of Justice, the Garda Equestrian Unit and the Garda Air Unit to name but a few. A massive thanks goes to Garda Michael Pilkington for facilitating this experience.


History Presentations


Our 1st Year History class recently visited the Plunkett Home to present their group projects on all they have learned so far this year. The visit was enjoyed by all, both students and residents alike. Thanks to Mr. Martin.


Sport News


Abbey Community College have made it through to another Connaught Final, beating Roscommon Community College last week on a score of 20 – 12. This is the second year in a row for our team to reach the finals – a huge achievement for a new squad!


On Thursday morning, the 22nd of February the second year boys from Abbey Community College, Boyle came out in their blue jerseys ready to take the Sligo boys Grange. It started by David Flanagan going straight down and popping a basket in the first 15 seconds. Oisin Cregg got 2 shots in which he scored 1 leaving A.C.C to lead 3 points to 1 at the end of the first quarter. Good defensive play from A.C.C kept them in the lead for the second and third quarter with baskets from Conor McPherson, Lorcan Connolly, Kevin Beirne, David Flanagan and Oisin Cregg. Things got rougher and nail biting in the last quarter when Grange came back from being 5 points down to just 3. In the dying seconds of the game the score was 23:22, both side desperately in need of a score to win. Then with 2 seconds left on the scoreboard as of Grange fouls A.C.C got 2 shots, which Adam Dwyer took. He scored 1 which left the final 24:22. In the end there was disappointment from both coaches as they felt each of their teams could have done better. Best play from the game came from Oisin Cregg, David Flanagan, Luke McGrath but a great team effort overall. Also we saw great performances from Grange, Sligo also with their no.13 being a stand out player. 

Cycle Safety Day

TY students recently completed a cycle safety day at ACC.

Breakfast Club

A new breakfast club has been set up at ACC by our transition year students. Any student can avail of free tea, coffee and toast in the mornings before classes commence. This is only the beginning of the club and we intend to expand the times and food available as we go forward.  In addition to this, we have recently acquired new seating for the GP area where the breakfast club operates, so we invite all students to sit down for breakfast and a chat in the mornings!


School Bank Opening

On the 2nd of February the transition year Bank of Ireland bank team had an opening day for any students who wished to set up a bank account. It was a very successful day and each student who opened a bank account received a goodie bag. The team all got BOI t-shirts and badges. It is very quick and easy to open an account and all students will receive their cards ten days later. The bank opens every Thursday for students who want to lodge money into their account or open one.  


3rd Year Bake Sale:


Well done to Mr McDermott and Ms. Lavin's 3rd year CSPE classes who helped organise a bake sale and fundraising day for "Niamh's Journey There" presenting a cheque for €2105 to the fundraising committee. Well done to all involved for their hard work! Thanks once again to students, parents and teachers for their support and generosity!


TY Christmas Dinner:


Transition Year students had Christmas dinner at school today, which was a first for Abbey College. Students helped to prepare and cook food for their three course meal in the school home economics room. A special thank you goes to Ms. Walsh and Ms. Cloonan for helping prepare and cook the meal for 55 students. Also I'd like to thank Ms. Gannon, Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Lambert, Ms. Beck, Ms. Lavin and Mr. Tiernan for their help throughout the day with prepping, cooking, and serving. Sorry if I've forgotten anyone. Well done to all the TY students who were involved in prepping, cooking, and organising the meal this afternoon. A Big Thanks to Padraig Langan providing all the fruit and vegetables for tasty dinner. Thank you to TY Grace Flanagan for organising Secret Santa.

Lá Gaeilge

The Abbey Community College Transition Years have been very busy the past 4 months working hard on different fundraisers and community events

One of the successful events was the Lá Gaeilge which took place on the 23rd of November in the school. The aim of the project was to make the transition from primary school Irish to secondary school Irish a bit easier, and to remind students that Irish can be fun and is not all about grammar. Eighty pupils from all the primary schools around Boyle attended after having classes with the TYs three weeks before to prepare. On the day they did various Irish dancing, Irish songs and games taught to them by the variety of transition years. Overall it was a very good day and both groups learnt a lot and learned valuable lessons. Thanks to Ms Conroy and Ms Hannon for helping to organise this event.


Transition Year Christmas Markets

Our TYs also organised a stall in the Christmas markets in King House in Boyle, with the help of Ms Fahy, Ms Conlon and Ms Cronin. The TYs spent weeks in advance creating all handmade gifts and treats. On the day there was a variety of things for sale, such as Handmade Centrepieces, Wooden Trucks, Calendars and Christmas Cards, Candles, Sweets, Cakes, Firewood and much more. The Tys spent the day selling at the market and David Connolly played some music for passers-by. Huge thanks to Ms Fahy for all her help and time organising this.


Transition Year Flash mob!

TYs also organised a flash mob in the middle of King House. This was created by Ms Conlon who choreographed the entire piece and taught the TYs the dance. There was a variety of different songs in the dance, such as “An Dreolín”, “Grease Lightning”,” Merry Christmas Everyone” and “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” The flash mob was very unexpected by everyone in the square and it was a pleasant surprise when all the TYs started dancing, with different people joining in at different times. Thanks to Ms Conlon and Ms Cronin for all their work.

By Rebecca Harding TY


Breast Cancer Ireland Talk.

TY, 5th and 6th year girls attended a talk and demonstration by Rachel Fitzgerald-Feeley from Breast Cancer Ireland on Monday.

Success for Ronan

Congratulations to Ronan Garvin, a Transition Year student who won an Under-15 League of Ireland medal with Athlone Town. Well done to Ronan who did the school proud with this wonderful achievement.


Transition Years attend Connaught- Ulster EYP Session

The Connacht-Ulster European Youth Parliament took place in Galway from the 24th - 26th November. Eight students from Abbey Community College travelled to Galway to participate. They joined focus groups to debate issues such as transport, immigration, employment, and currencies. They presented their motions and debated with other students at each session. The students were given a great insight into how policy making committees work at European level.


Sports News:

Girls U-19 Basketball

Hard luck to the U-19 Girls basketball team who were narrowly defeated by Mercy Sligo in the semi finals last Wednesday. Well done to all involved on getting to the semi final and thanks to their coach Ms Conlon. 

Knock Retreat 

On a cold and frosty Wednesday the 29th November the second year students boarded a bus for knock. Arriving on time at 10am to the Prayer Guidance Centre, we were greeted by Nicola and Mairead our retreat facilitators. Students got a chance to reflect as a group on reasons why they came to Knock that day. The day included information about the history and story of Knock and it’s importance as a centre of pilgrimage.

A tour of the museum followed by quiz. The day finished with Prayer Service and meditation. Overall the day was informative and prayerful. Students enjoyed their day! We are grateful to the Knock Youth Ministry Team and Ms Dwyer for accompanying the students along with the Chaplain, Ms Moynihan.

Many thanks to parents who continue to support these important days of reflection.


Comórtas Díospóireachta.

Ghlac dhá fhoireann ó Choláiste na Mainistreach páirt i gcomórtas díospóireachta Gael Linn ar an Luan. Bhí an chéad bhabhta ar siúl i bPobalscoil Ros Comáin. Bhí caighdeán an- ard ann. Rinne gach dalta a seacht ndicheall leis na hóráidí agus táimid an-bhrodúil astu.

Faraor ní bheidh an fhoireann shóisearach Caoimhe Ní Bhrogáin, Finn Ó Dochartaigh, Niamh Nic Fhlannchadha agus taighdeoir Dillion Mac Seáin ag dul ar aghaidh go dtí an dara babhta.

Comhghairdeas mór leis an bhfoireann shinsearach Gemma Ní Bhraonáin, Adam Ó Fiaich agus Aisling Ní Dhonnchadha agus lena múinteoir Iníon Ní Chonraoi. Beidh siad ag dul ar aghaidh go dtí an dara babhta go luath. Guímis gach rath orthu! 

Best of luck to the senior Irish debating team of Gemma Brennan, Adam Hunt and Aisling Donoghue in the second round of their debating competition. 

Sports News:



Abbey Community College U16 girls Cadette team had an unfortunate defeat against Carrick on Shannon this week. A hearty effort was put in by both teams and a great sporting display was demonstrated by all. The U19 girls have successfully senior team are through to the North West U19 'C' Semi finals to be played in the coming weeks. We would like to wish the girls the best of luck in their endeavours.

Boyle Féile Under 13s:

On Sunday last Boyle beat Roscommon Gaels in the U13 Féile Final. Boyle got off to a flying start with Niall O Donnell scoring 2-3 in the first two minutes. Soon after Conor Kelly blasted in the third goal of the match. Five minutes later Gavin O Conor carried the ball in to the box and fist passed it over to Luke Mc Grath, who slotted it into the bottom corner. At half time the score was 5-8 to 1-2 in favour of Boyle. In the second half Roscommon Gaels played well nut the Boyle defence was too hard to break down. Boyle were comfortable winners with the score of 6-10 to 2-7. They have now qualified to take part in the Féile competition in the Summer. Well done to the Abbey Community College players David Flanagan (captain), Niall O Donnell, Gavin O Connor, Seán Garvin (goal keeper), Luke Mc Grath, David Duggan, Edan Kearns, Daniel Casey, Andrew McGee, Oliver Regan, Colin Sheedy, Greg Nutley, Ben Hayden and David Beirne. 

Science week in Abbey Community College

 First Year Science Workshops

On Monday, 13th November, all First Year classes took part in workshops with Mary Connolly, a scientist working in Sligo I.T. Through a series of interesting experiments and demonstrations, Science was presented as an integral part of everyday life. Students were encouraged to think about the reasons why things work the way they do and to see the science behind the 'magic'. Students actively engaged in the activities and learned about the world around them in a fun and enjoyable way.


Leaving Certificate Careers Talk

On Thursday morning, 16th November, Leaving Certificate students enjoyed a presentation by Dr. Colin Fowley from the Science Department in Sligo Institute of Technology. Dr Fowley is a native of Co. Sligo and obtained his BSc (Hons) degree in pharmaceutical Science from Sligo IT in 2007. After spending two years travelling in Australia he completed a MSc degree in Pharmaceutical Science from the Ulster University where he completed his PhD in 2013 in the area of Photodynamic and Sonodynamic therapy under the direction of Professors Callan and McHale. Dr. Fowley gave a very interesting talk about some of the research he has been involved in, including the use of microbubbles for the delivery of drugs to treat certain cancerous tumours. He talked about his own career path and advised about courses available in Sligo I.T. Science Department and gave valuable information regarding various routes students can take for different courses. Afterwards, there was very positive feedback from the students who found the talk both interesting and informative.


I.S.T.A. Senior Science Quiz

On Thursday evening, 16th November, a group of Leaving Certificate students accompanied by Ms. Carr travelled to Sligo I.T. for the regional finals of the Senior Science Quiz organised by the Irish Science Teachers' Association. Two teams from Abbey College took part. They were Roisin Connolly, Ultan Shannon and Usama Tallat and Luke Connelly, Cillian Doyle and Noelle Martin. Both teams acquitted themselves well and had an enjoyable time at the event.

Young Saint Vincent de Paul


On Thursday 26th October members of the local Conference of St Vincent de Paul in Boyle were welcomed to our school for the launch of Young SVP.


Our Young SVP intend to focus on befriending the elderly. We are grateful to Helen Ralph of Young SVP and Teresa O’Dowd of Boyle SVP who have helped establish our Young SVP by providing guidance and support. We look forward to establishing links with Boyle conference and we’ll update you on our work.

Well done to our President Sean Carty who welcomed everyone on the day along with our Vice President Dion McDermott who made everyone feel at ease. Thanks to Katie Simon who worked on the presentation for all Transition Years who were informed of work of SVP at the launch. Sasha Glynn and Evan Moore did excellent work on displays for our G.P area on the day.


Finally a word of thanks to Fr. Gerry who spoke lovely words of advice and encouragement for our Young SVP members. As well as Mr Harding our Principal.


We are grateful for the support from Parents of our Young SVP members and wish to express our gratitude for the lovely response on the launch of Young SVP in the school.


A special mention of thanks also to members of Boyle SVP and Helen Ralph who took time out of their day to attend our launch in the school.

Thanks to Ms Moynihan for assisting the Transition Years.


In November..We remember.

Students are invited to remember their deceased loved ones on Our Tree of Remembrance in the Meditation Room.


Team Hope Shoe Box Appeal.

Abbey Community College Transition Year students were involved in attending the TEAM HOPE Christmas Appeal in Hannons Hotel in Roscommon on the 14th Oct.  The TY students were involved in collecting shoe boxes from local businesses in Boyle, wrapping the shoe boxes, encouraging students to get involved, collecting, sorting the shoe boxes and dropping the shoe boxes to Trojan who had kindly assisted in storage of the shoe boxes.  Congratulations to all the students and teachers that had got involved we have collected ninety shoe boxes. Thanks to Ms Fahy for organising this event.

Transition Year Scavenger Hunt.

Transition Years took part in a Scavenger Hunt as part of the TY programme. They were divided into teams. Each team had a list of fifty tasks to complete around Boyle Town within three hours. An enjoyable time was had by all. Congratulations to the winners! Thanks to Ms Cronin for all work organising this event.

Transition Year Work Experience.

This week we welcome back our Transition Years, who have completed the first of their three blocks of work experience.

Enrolment Night.

Our School Enrolment Night will take place on Thursday 30th November at 7pm. Looking forward to meeting you all.



Trick or Treat for Temple Street.

Well done to the 5th Year students and Ms Fraser who organised a movie day in school before midterm. They raised €640 for Temple Street Hospital. Thanks to everyone who contributed to such a worthy cause.

Sports News.

Well done to the Under 16 and Under 19 boys basketball teams on defeating Ballinamore last Tuesday.

Well done to the Juvenile football team on beating Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown.

Abbey Community College U-14 Gaelic football girls have been very successful since September winning two out of there three games. They have successful wins over Scoil Mhuire Strokestown and St. Joseph's Community College Charlestown but unfortunately were beaten by St. Nathys College Ballaghaderreen. Best of luck to the girls who play Scoil Mhuire & Padraig Swinford in December.


Irish Department Debating News

Comhghairdeas le Caoimhe Brogan, Finn Doherty agus Niamh Clancy, a ghlac páirt i ndíospóireachtaí Gael Linn tráthnóna inné sa Choláiste Phobail i Ros Comáin. Buíochas mór lena múinteoir Ms Murray.

Comhghairdeas freisin le Adam Hunt, Aisling Donoghue agus Gemma Brennan a ghlac páirt sa díospóireacht freisin. D'éirigh leis an bhfoireann shinsear sa chomórtas agus rachaich siad ar aghaidh go dtí an dara babhta.


Congratulations to Caoimhe Brogan, Finn Doherty and Niamh Clancy, who took part in Gael Linn debating yesterday evening in Roscommon Community College. A big thank you to their teacher Ms Murray.

Congratulations also to Adam Hunt, Aisling Donoghue and Gemma Brennan who took part in the debate also. The senior team succeeded in getting through to the second round of the competition.

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