2016-2017 News

May 13th 

First Year Retreat

On a warm sunny Monday morning 51 of our first years boarded a bus for Esker Retreat Village which is just outside Athenry. Students were well advised to pack their sun block as the forecast promised temperatures in their 20s and on this May Day it delivered.

Students took part in bonding exercises, collaborative tasks and enjoyed a walk around the woods at Esker. John Bernie and Carmel had split the group into three where students were allowed time for sharing and discussion.

Overall a great day was had by the students - a long but worthwhile journey for our enthusiastic first years. We wish them well as they prepare for their final term and end of year examinations.


Mario Kart Fundraiser

Students had a great day last Thursday raising money for Down Syndrome Ireland. Organised by Mr Walsh to huge acclaim, the fundraiser saw students from first to fourth year taking part in a Mario Kart competition.

The event was hugely successful with pupils delighted to take part and fundraise for a very important cause. Over €200 was raised on the day and the winner of the contest, Danny Valentine, took home a €30 voucher for his victory. Well done to all and Mr Walsh for running such a successful and popular event.


Megan Wins Poetry Award

Abbey Community College continued their fine record at the Strokestown Poetry competition by winning several accolades. Congratulations to Noelle Martin, Ultan Shannon and Finn Doherty who were highly commended in the final. Special congratulations go to fifth year Megan McKenna who was the overall winner.

May 8th

Abbey on Track

 At a sun drenched Sligo IT track on Tuesday last, ACC athletes performed very well with many qualifying for the Connacht meeting in a few weeks time.

In all, 32 athletes took part with the standout performances coming from Saoirse Wynne, Nino Chilton and the junior girls and intermediate boys relay teams.

Saoirse won both her heat and final race in the junior girls 75m hurdles and will go into the Connacht meeting at Athlone IT with great confidence.

Nino Chilton came second in the Intermediate boys’ long jump which was even more impressive as he had missed his warm up jump and had to take all three jumps in succession as he was in the 100m final at the same time.  He also hopes to improve in Athlone.

Others to qualify on the day were Laura Martin 800m, Oisin Cregg 800m and LJ,  Shayn Hayden LJ, Cora Ryan shot putt, Ruth Cox LJ, and our two relay teams. 

Retreat in Lough Derg

This day was organised by The youth Ministry Office for the diocese of Elphin - Frank McGuninness and students invited to Lough Derg by Bishop of Elphin Diocese Kevin Doran.

A lovely day was had by 19 of our fifth years who left our school on the morning of the 28th April at 7:30am. Our students  accompanied by Ms. Keaveney and the School Chaplain Ms.

Moynihan  arrived in Sligo at 8:30 to join with students from Summerhill College, Sligo and the Ursuline Convent, Sligo and their teachers. On arrival at Pettigo, Fr. Robert introduced himself to the students and facilitated of the retreat day. Fr. Robert matched all students off on the walk into the gateway of Lough Derg - over which inscribed in  Latin are the words' St. Patrick's Purgatory' and underneath in English it's explained as a 'Sanctuary' for those who come to escape the world in prayer and reflection. Students and staff accompanying Bishop Kevin were taking a one day Pilgrimage.  Students were filled in about the Retreat experience if they choose to return for the three day retreat in the future. Away from the world you are as you approach the Station Island by boat and hear that the island has been expanded over the centuries. The faithful come each year and take the pilgrims journey and our students got to experience this - without enduring all the hardships (no fasting). All involved themselves in the Stations of the Cross in a prayerful way - outside in the cloisters area. After which students had their welcome and refreshments. The day involved students praying together. Attending confessions in a reconciliation service and ending with mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin Doran and Fr. Robert in the Basilica.

We are thankful to our teachers who accompanied us on the day and also to Fr. John Coughlan, our local curate and member of Chaplaincy Team who participated in the reconciliation services and prayers at Stations of the Cross. We express our gratitude to Frank McGuiness for organising the day and in particular to Bishop Kevin for accompanying students on the journey and offering the invitation from the diocese. This day was a unique experience for students to draw on in later life. We pray God's Blessings on all involved in the work at Lough Derg.

March 28th

Soccer News

Abbey book place in Connacht U15 final

In a busy sporting week for the school, Abbey College U15 soccer team overcame a very determined St Josephs Foxford, in the Connacht semi final at Cleveragh, Sligo.

After the previous day’s celebrations following the Junior rugby victory over the same opposition, it was the soccer lads’ turn to search for silverware.  They started into the task with great intensity and were on the score sheet after 10 minutes when captain Stephen Connolly lead by example to finish well into the bottom left hand corner after good build up play from Danny Valentine and Josh Cronin.  The good passing game that the boys in blue have played all season, continued and more chances were created with Ronan Garvin, and Stephen Connolly again going close.

This domination ended however, after 25 minutes when a high ball towards the Abbey goal, looped over keeper Cian Mastin, bouncing in off the underside of the bar.  Foxford’s tails were up and they showed great determination winning most of the exchanges up to half time.  Man of the match, stand in centre half Seamus Connolly was on hand on more than one occasion to cut out some dangerous Foxford attacks as they took the game to the Abbey boys.  Losing talisman DaireCregg at the last minute to a leg injury meant left winger Seamus was asked to fill a very big hole in the centre of defence.  He did this with distinction and never looked out of place.  It is hoped that Daire can make a speedy recovery for the final.

Abbey CC came out with renewed focus in the second half and their pressure told with 15 minutes to go as Shayn Hayden finished a great counter attack by Darren Foley and Danny Valentine to ease the Abbey nerves.  The much sought after safety net of a third goal came following an Abbey corner.  Captain Stephen Connolly rose bravely to challenge for a header which broke to Ronan Garvin who crossed deep across the Foxford goals.  Danny Valentine was lurking at the back post and his side footed volley was too much for the stricken Foxford keeper to keep out, and earned him a much deserved goal following a very industrious 70 minutes.

Abbey held out some last gasp pressure from Foxford with the excellent Tomas Demeter, Diarmuid Higgins and Iarla Regan following the example of the superb Seamus Connolly at the back.  Wingers Eoin Connolly and Danny Valentine also worked tirelessly all game and Ronan Garvin and the creative Darren Foley were influential through out.  Having emptied the tank in the previous days Rugby victory, Shayn Hayden and Josh Cronin went over and above the call of duty to get the win while Stephen Connolly lead the line showing some lovely touches.

Abbey College now face the winners of Grange PPS and Enniscrone in the final where they will try to win the school’s first Connacht title.

Abbey College:

Cian Mastin, Iarla Regan, Seamus Connolly, Tomas Demeter, Diarmuid Higgins, Danny Valentine, Ronan Garvin, Darren Foley, Eoin Connolly, Stephen Connolly (Capt), Josh Cronin. Subs used: Shayn Hayden for Josh Cronin, Eoin Conneelly for Ronan Garvin, Stephen O’Connor, James Doherty O’Brien, Mark Heslin, Max King, Liam McKeon, Jamie Reynolds.


Abbey Are Connacht Rugby Champions

An outstanding individual try from Abbey Community College captain Max King snatched a dramatic win for the school in the Top Oil Junior Emerging Cup final at the Sportsground in Galway. It was a thrilling decider with both sides playing excellent rugby and putting their all into the clash with the hard work being done at their schools and clubs paying dividends. Abbey edged an end-to-end opening with the game bursting into life on 20 minutes. It was Abbey who drew first blood after a decent spell of pressure as lock Kyle Cosgrove did superbly to stretch and touch down in the left corner. Josh Cronin saw his well-struck touchline conversion drift just wide and Abbey led 5-0. The response from St Joseph’s Foxford was immediate as flanker Jason Doherty picked from the base of a scrum and showed serious pace to loop around the outside of the defence on the blind side and dive over in the right corner. The tricky conversion was missed by out-half Adam Naughton and the sides were level at 5 apiece at the interval. Foxford took the lead shortly after the break as Caolan Hopkins powered over from close range after a dominant start to the half from St Joseph’s to make it 10-5. 

An outstanding team move from Abbey that started with a Sean Garavan catch on the right touchline and included a number of offloads ended with Adam O’Connor crossing with Cronin adding the conversion to make it 12-10 to Abbey. The momentum swung back Foxford’s way when Hopkins barged over for his second try in the left corner to move his side into a 15-12 lead. Abbey hit back once again however and King stretched to touch down as the game entered the final 10 minutes to regain his side’s two-point lead. Adam Naughton nervelessly knocked over a penalty for Foxford that looked to be the winning score as they moved 18-17 ahead. But King scored his second try to snatch the win as he hacked through from halfway and showed incredible speed to reach the ball first and touch down. Cosgrove added the extras and that proved to be the last score as Abbey Community College took the title.

St Joseph’s Foxford: Shea Pye; Evan Reape, Mikey McHale, Tadhg Ruane, Ryan Kenny; Adam Naughton, Kienan Smyth; Donal McLoughlin, Darragh Gaughan, Caolan Hopkins; Thomas Hannigan, Cullin Bell; Ryan Herbert, Jason Doherty, Liam McEvoy.

Replacements: Frankie Morris, Cian Timlin, Connell Dempsey, Leo Sulej, Jason Neary

Abbey Community College squad: Jamie Reynolds; Antonio Chilton, Josh Cronin, Max King, Martin Kennedy; Daire Cregg, Eoin Dowd; Oisin McLoughlin, Brian Hannon, Daire MacTiernan; Kyle Cosgrove, Danny Funke; Adam Langan, Adam O’Connor, Ethan Beirne, Cadell Beirne, Diarmuid Dowd, Mathew Lawlor, Jack Flannigan, Cathal Feely, Kelvin Morris, Shayne Hayden, Sean Garavan, Adam Simon.


Rugby News

Abbey Community College v St Joseph’s Foxford


At 2 o’clock in the Sportsground Galway Abbey Community College began their participation in a little bit of school history.  The ACC rugby team hit the ground with a mixture of intensity commitment and assured handling against a much larger team with greater history in the competition.  Foxford were brutal in their collisions and well drilled in their set play and every time one team scored there was an answer from the opposition.  It is a credit to both teams that they could muster time and time again the emotional and physical energy required to keep the competition alive.  With three minutes to go Foxford were awarded a kickable penalty  in an otherwise clean and well contested game, their kicker didn’t flinch and knocked it over the bar giving Foxford a narrow one point lead.  Entering the Grandstand final phase of the game ACC only needed a drop goal or a penalty.  At kick off Foxford knocked on giving a scrum to ACC, a scrum in the 22 comes with a large menu of possibilities which can be considered at any point prior to the last two minutes, the last two minutes require clarity and decisiveness, this was supplied by captain Max King who took his pass, kicked a perfectly paced ball, charged through and scored with approximately four inches to spare.  This will be recalled as the match winning event but it is more accurate to recall that ACC required every point in every game to get them to this summit.  The try’s and kicks of Josh Cronin, Kyle Cosgrove and pack leader Adam O’Connor are just as essential.  Games hinge on personality stress and character and these must be endured and expressed by a team, squad, community as a collective.  The strength of this ACC team was that faith in the collective, they are all a bunch of young men with a lot to be proud of.

Team-Josh Cronin, Brian Hannon, Jack Flannigan, Kyle Cosgrove, Danney Funke, Adam Langan, Adam O’Connor, Ethan Beirne, Eoin Dowd,OisinCregg, Shayn Hayden Max King (capt), Jamie Reynolds, Sean Garavan, Antonio Chilton.

Many thanks is required at the end of a project like this but of all concerned the greatest debt of thanks must be directed at Colm McWeeney who has come over from Carrick Rugby Club for the last seven months to prepare these lads for the challenge of the cup.  Mr Harding must also be placed to the top of the list for promoting sport broadly in the school and specifically for getting behind the rugby project.  We must also thank key sponsors Devine & Co accountancy Boyle.  We would also like to thank Colm at Strong Life Gym Boyle who worked out a programme for the boys based on IRFU guidelines.  It is critical now to acknowledge the entire ACC community of rugby players every one of which made a contribution and a commitment CadellBeirne, Diarmuid Dowd, Mathew Lawlor, Darragh Winters, Martin Kennedy,Cathal Feely, OisinMcLoughlin, DaraghMcTiernan, Josh Cronin, Brian Hannon, Jack Flannigan, Kyle Cosgrove, Adam Simon, Kelvin Morris, Danney Funke, Adam Langan, Adam O’Connor, Ethan Beirne, Eoin Dowd,OisinCregg, Shayn Hayden, Max King (capt), Jamie Reynolds, Sean Garavan, Antonio Chilton, DaireCregg,  Oisin Sheerin, Eoin Connolly, Conor McPherson, Thomas Demeter.  This is a small (but growing) community of interest within the school but every one of these players made a contribution to the collective achievement, thank you.

In talking about the players it is impossible to continue without thanking the parents who allow them to tog out and tolerate the occasional days away to play.

These occasional days away to play are also endured by the staff at ACC so a general thanks is due to all the staff for all their support throughout the competition with a special mention to Mr O’Connor and Mr Greaney who have produced a sport’s positive environment for the last decade and more and have talked sense to me more than once this year in support of the team, invaluable advice,(but please lads stop calling me director of Rugby).

On a personal note I took myself out of all rugby activities almost thirteen years ago, over that time I’ve become a committed supporter, this year has not been easy and I’ve had a lot to learn but it is certainly a highlight of my teaching life to date and for that opportunity I am deeply grateful.

Aengus Martin


March 16th

Picture Perfect

Congratulations to Leaving Certificate student Daithi O’Connor on winning the school’s Photography Competition. Daithi is a keen student of the craft of photography and he already has amassed a great amount of high quality footage. Of course, there were a number of wonderful submissions for the competition and the exhibition of entries got the attention of the school to such an extent that students are already asking about and looking forward to next year’s competition having been inspired by the work of our winner and others. For Daithi the next step is his Leaving Certificate and then he intends to study photography, film and television next year in Dublin. His work to-date explores themes such as nature, everyday society, youth culture and more.


Vote for Camino Trip

Abbey Community College is calling on the help of the community to send Boyle’s finest along the Camino de Santiago – the Way of St. James. The current third years are involved in a race to win a wonderful prize to visit the famous place of pilgrimage. The competition, run by the company educamino, currently sees ACC students in the lead. However, the race is extremely close and consistent voting is necessary.Votes for ACC can be cast at http://vote-educamino.followthecamino.com. Alternatively, please check out the school website www.abbeycc.ie and vote for Boyle from there or visit the Abbey College facebook page where the link can also be accessed. Many of the pupils will be in Transition Year next year and so a cultural trip overseas will be extremely timely and apt. The competition is open until the end of the month and we are hoping for as much support as possible. Go Abbey!


Engineers’ Week Talk

 By Steven Higgins

 The Leaving certificate and Fifth year students of Abbey community college were treated to a talk in Boyle library as part of Engineers week which runs from 4th – 10th March. Copper an engineer with the ESB and graduate from NUI Galway informed the students about being an engineer, the work she is currently completing as part of her job with the ESB and why she became an engineer.

 Copper explained the different types of engineering which can be completed in many universities and institutes of technology around Ireland. 

 After the presentation we had an opportunity to ask questions. Copper gave us all t-shirts, wristbands and pens as part of Engineers week. As a group we would like to thank the library staff for facilitating and organising the event and thank Copper for the presentation.


Shave or Dye

A special word for Leaving Cert Steven Higgins who has been busy raising money for the Irish Cancer Society. Steven has supported the cause before by going green as part of Shave or Dye. This time around it looks potentially like he will be shaving his head for a worthy cause – a big step! Pictures and details to follow…


Work Placement 2017

Forty Pre-Leaving Certificate students who are studying L.C.V.P. Link Modules participated in work experience placements with local entrepreneurs, local schools and An Garda Siochana from the 13th to 17th February 2017.

Prior to this activity the students participated in Enterprise visits and Enterprise interviews with local entrepreneurs organised by the Roscommon Local Enterprise Office as part of the Enterprise Encounter Initiative.

The students will complete reports for their L.C.V.P. Link Modules Portfolio with the information they obtain from both activities.

We wish to thank all the employers and Roscommon Local Enterprise Office who facilitate the students during both of these activities and for their continued support in these educational initiatives.

February 20th

U14s defeated in Connacht quarter-final

The first years were hoping to advance to the Connacht semi-finals and follow in the footsteps of the u15s in reaching the last four. However, on a windy day in Kinvara it wasn’t to be, as home team Seamount came out on the right side of a 2-1 score-line.

Abbey started well and their efforts were rewarded when James Kiernan fired in from 25 yards. The Boyle boys looked like they would go on and add another but instead Seamount came back at them and had several half chances without really troubling the solid Sean Garavan in goals.

At half-time Abbey were still ahead but a one-goal lead proved tricky and Kinvara began to look more dangerous. However, it was a Boyle mistake that led to the equaliser. The team were slow to get into position to defend a free-kick and a hopeful ball ricocheted in for a highly unlikely goal.

With 15 minutes to go it looked like Kinvara could go on to win but the introduction of James McNamara changed the tide for Boyle and his strong running carried the team along with him. It was his run and long shot that provided the best chance for Boyle and after another near miss from a good Kiernan delivery Kinvara scored the winner after a swift counter attack.

The game brought an end to the ACC first year season, with the highlight for the group being victory in the Roscommon futsal tournament. In general there were many strong performances this year, particularly from James Kiernan and Captain Oisin Cregg. The team gelled into a close group with a commitment to passing football and look forward to next year and teaming up with some of the successful u15s. 


Basketball victories

Congratulations to the first and second year boys who enjoyed a double triumph over Ballinamore in their home ties last week. There was disappointment though for the girls in the same age groups with Mohill coming out on top on this occasion.


Big match ahead

The juvenile boys’ Gaelic team is gearing up for a highly anticipated Connacht quarter-final. The team, who remain undefeated, play Colaiste Iognaid from Galway in the Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis. Good luck to the boys.


 Work experience

Fifth year pupils were out in the workplace this past week. As part of their Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme studies, Abbey College pupils work for a week at this time of year. It teaches invaluable life skills, helps students learn about areas of interest and also improves learning and benefits LCVP studies in particular.


Mock examinations

For two weeks leading into midterm, Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate pupils have been busy with their mock examinations. It is an ideal way to work on timing and organisation and allows pupils experience the rigours of long examinations ahead of the State exams in June. Well done to all pupils who approached their work in such a diligent manner.

February 10th

Abbey qualify for Connacht semi-finals

The U15 boys’ soccer team kept their season alive by overcoming Glenamaddy CS at Celtic Park, Boyle on Tuesday last. This quarter final encounter saw unbeaten Glenamaddy up against group D runners-up Abbey College who had previously suffered a shock 5-1 defeat at the hands of Grange CC.

The Abbey lads were keen to start strong this time, and Ronan Garvin opened the scoring with a strike from outside the box to settle nerves after 10 minutes. Five minutes later, some great work between cousins Cathal Feely and Daire Cregg resulted in a dangerous cross from Daire. The keeper was only able to parry the ball and Seamus Connolly was quickest to react, tapping into the net.

Seamus was again the scorer after twenty minutes with one of the goals of the game. He turned his man inside and let his shot go which flew straight into the top left hand corner. At the other end, Tomas Demeter and keeper Cian Mastin did very well to cancel the Glenamaddy threat on two occasions. Just before half-time, Josh Cronin got Abbey’s fourth with a penalty following a hand ball in the box.

In the second half, the introduction of Steven O’Connor and Diarmuid Higgins into the back four saw Abbey continue with their excellent passing game out of the back. Another candidate for goal of the game went to Stephen Connolly who raced on to a precision pass from Darren Foley. He had plenty of work still to do and admirably stayed on his feet despite two unsporting tackles as he left the Glenamaddy defence in his wake and smartly tucked the ball into the bottom right hand corner. Goals from Daire Cregg and Josh Cronin meant the Abbey boys progress to the semi-finals in March on a score line of 8-0.

The first years are hoping to join the u15s in the last four as they take on Seamount in Kinvara this week having finished second in their group.


Athletics success

Congratulations to all students who competed in the Connacht Cross-Country in Calry, Sligo last week. There were very competitive individual and team performances with Oisin Cregg doing particularly well to qualify for the All Ireland event, finishing 11th. This is carrying on a growing tradition of athletics in the school. Well done Oisin.

February 6th

Musical magic

The school wowed the town of Boyle and beyond last week as the cast of Back to the 80s delivered an unforgettable set of performances over four days.

The school would like to congratulate the students on their efforts.

The show opened on Wednesday in a matinee performance for local primary schools. It proved immensely popular despite the time gap back to the 1980s. Then it was on to opening night Thursday and three consecutive evenings of fun, music and some superb acting.

The audience lapped up tunes like Eye of the Tiger, Material Girl and Walking on Sunshine. The cast was made up pupils from fifth, second and first year as well as Ms. Moynihan and Fr. John from the local church.

The school would like to thank parents and all those in the community who supported the musical in one way or another. There will be further details on this next week as well as a piece on the production of the show.


Born to run

Congratulations to the school’s runners who took part in the North Connaught cross-country last week. Athletics in the school has proven popular in recent years and Ms. Townsend’s training group have preparing well on a weekly basis all year. Well done to all who competed in Sligo and in particular to the qualifiers, namely: Laura Martin minor girls, Oísín Cregg and Oísín Sheerin minor boys, Seán Carty intermediate boys and the teams. The ACC running team now look forward to the Connaught finals.


Soccer quarter-finals

The school is looking forward to the Connacht quarter-finals for both u-14 and u-15 sides. The older group are first up with a game away against unbeaten Glenamaddy.

ACC have been in good form this year playing an attractive and expansive game. After beating Carrigallen and Ballymote comprehensively Abbey were unlucky losers against Grange. Good luck to the team.

January 24th

School Musical

Rehearsals for “Back to the 80s” continued this week with the cast and stage crew working tirelessly ahead of the shows from February 1st – 4th.

Pupils from first, second and fifth year will bring the decade of Cyndi Lauper, Kim Wilde and Wham back to life. Following on from the success of Oliver two years ago, “Back to the 80s” is Abbey Community College’s showcase for 2017.

Featuring 80s classics like Footloose, I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) and Don’t Worry, Be Happy the musical is sure to appeal to young and old alike as Boyle’s talented actors take us on a fun trip down memory lane.

Once again tickets are flying out the door. Early booking is strongly advised ahead of what is expected to be a hugely popular show. The musical begins with a sold out matinee on Wednesday for all surrounding schools and then starts Thursday evening at 8.00pm for three consecutive nights. We look forward to seeing you all there.


Meet The Cast

Ciara McHugh plays the part of Tiffany Houston, the girl next door. Tiffany is a bubbly girl that just wants to have fun. Ciara is a fifth year student in Abbey Community College. She is excited about playing the part of Tiffany and is happy to sing ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ which is her favourite song in the show. She finds the rehearsals hard work but is enjoying it at the same time.

Chloe McDermott, a fifth year student in ACC, plays the part of Cyndi Gibson in the school’s production. Cyndi is one of Tiffany’s best friends but is not quite as nice as Tiffany. Chloe is looking forward to playing this part and is having a lot of fun being this character. She is enjoying rehearsals and can’t wait to take the stage.

Áine Mullins and Erin Regan play the parts of Mel and Kim Easton, quirky twin sisters who are also best friends with Tiffany and Cyndi. They are in the inner clique of the cool gang along with Michael, Billy, Lionel and Huey who are played by Cillian Doyle, James Bolger, Aaron Casserly and Mantas Grigaitis.

Rehearsals are in full swing and the whole cast are looking forward to the show. Tickets are available daily in the school at the following times:

* Mon, Tues, Thurs; 1pm-2pm and 4pm-4.30pm

* Wednesday; 1pm-4.30pm

* Friday 1pm-2pm

December 19th

SEAI Award for Boyle

Fifth year boys Luke Connelly, Cillian Doyle and James Bolger recently received an award in recognition of their winning the All Ireland Junior Category of the One Good Idea competition organised by the SEAI. The presentation took place at a Civic Reception in Roscommon Arts Centre hosted by Roscommon Co. Council. The boys’ project centred on global warming and climate change.


Emerging Rugby Stars

Abbey community College came out on the right side of a 44-0 victory over Athlone CC on Wednesday, December 14th in their inaugural venture into the Emerging Schools Junior Cup.  The score line does not reflect the fantastic effort offered by Athlone who were still well in the running up until the final quarter. Consistent pressure and direct running from both the Abbey back row and centre partnership as well as excellent recycling throughout the game kept up a hell for leather pace that eventually lead to the scores.  Particular mention must be made of the Abbey captain Max King, the N0.8 Ethan Beirne, Kicker Josh Cronin, and the forceful and steady front row.  A great day out but one that signals there are only bigger challenges ahead.


Meet the Cast

By Aine Mullins

Callum Blakeley, a fifth year student, plays the role of Corey Junior in Abbey Community College’s production of Back To The 80s. Corey is the awkward kid who just wants to fit in and get through his final year of William Ocean High School while trying to win over Tiffany Heuston, the most popular girl in school.

Callum is an aspiring actor and likes to seize any opportunity to take part in any kind of productions. When we asked Callum about his feelings towards playing the part of Corey Junior, he expressed his happiness towards being chosen as such a big part. He said ‘I’m overjoyed to have the opportunity to perform in such a main role like this.’ Callum had taken part as minor roles in the previous school musical Oliver as Charlie Bates and Noah Claypole.

Cillian Doyle, another fifth year student, plays the role of Michael Feldman, the most popular guy in school. Captain of the football team, movie star looks and a natural athlete, Michael has it all and he knows it.

Cillian took to the stage at an early age, playing a snowflake in Scoil na nAingeal Naofa’s production of Honk the Musical in 2006. He also took part in the previous school production of Oliver where he was part of Fagin’s Gang. Cillian is looking forward to taking to the stage and playing the character of Michael Feldman.


LCVP Visits 2016

Forty Pre-Leaving Certificate students who are studying L.C.V.P. Link Modules are involved in their enterprise visits and interviews with local entrepreneurs and businesses.

The visits are organised in partnership with Roscommon Local Enterprise Office as part of the Enterprise Encounter Programme.

Each student will complete a Summary Report based on their visit for their L.C.V.P. Portfolio.

We wish to thank Roscommon Local Enterprise Office and all the local businesses for their support, time and effort in facilitating these enterprise visits.


Final Game for Junior Girls

Hard luck to the Junior Girls team who were defeated by Ballyhaunis on Tuesday, December 13. The match was played in the Centre of Excellence. The girls put in a good team performance and were trailing by 5pts. at half time. Unfortunately, it wasn’t their day, despite playing with grit and determination to the final whistle. Final score was Ballyhaunis 8-07 to 3-11. This was the final game of the year for the Junior girls, as their competition is now over. Well done to everyone involved and Ms. O’Gara thanks everyone for their time and commitment and we look forward to the year ahead in sport and hopefully we will have some luck with our new jerseys sponsored by Boyle Credit Union, thank you for your support.


Carols at the Plunkett Home

On Monday, December 12th, students who are involved in the' Big Brother Big Sister' Programme went to the Plunkett Home Boyle. This has become an annual tradition.  However this year, the students met up and practiced at various lunchtimes as part of the 'Big Brother Big Sister' Project run here in the school since October. The 'Big Brother Big Sister' project  is run to help first year ('Little') settle into school life by matching them with a Fifth Year student (Big). Students were trained by Noreen O'Callaghan and Caroline Cronin (Foroige).

The students really enjoyed the practices which were facilitated by Ms. Tully and Ms. Moynihan. This culminated with a series of carols being sung for the residents of the Plunkett Home. Our students received a warm welcome from the staff and residents alike and enjoyed refreshments after their singing. Thank you to Plunkett Home staff and residents for such a lovely welcome.

On Friday evening last our students also took part in Carol singing outside King House as part of the Boyle Christmas Fair. Our carol singers were fundraising for our upcoming musical- Back To The 80s. We wish to thank the organisers of the Christmas fair for their invitation to us to sing and for their contribution to our fundraising.

Well done to all our students who helped on both these occasions but in particular to Aine Mullins, Callum Blakely and Ronan Dwyer who helped with accompanying students. Thanks to our staff that supported us Ms. Tully, Ms. Dwyer, Ms. McNamara, and Ms. Griffin. Happy Christmas is wished to all our staff and students as we prepare for exams and Christmas celebrations.


Construction Visit

Abbey Community College students recently enjoyed a visit to Boyle Primary Care Centre. We would like to thank JJ Ratigan and Company for inviting us over for the site visit. In particular we would like to thank Ronald Regan who organised the visit and gave an excellent presentation on the building so far. Thanks to Deirdre McDermott who gave the students an insight into health and safety on site and to Kieran Roddy for escorting the students around the site. The visit was very well organised and gave the students a real chance to see the construction process at first hand.



December 12th

Congratulations Mikey

The school is very proud of our third year student Mikey McGrath who represented Ireland recently in the soccer friendly v N. Ireland. Part of a squad of fourteen who travelled to the game, this is the second time Mikey has been capped internationally for the Irish Cerebral Palsy development squad. Mikey played left-midfield in the 0-0 draw at the Hanwood Centre in Belfast. Congratulations Mikey. 

Open Evening Hugely Successful

 The school would like to thank all students and visitors for contributing to a wonderful open evening last Wednesday. The night was a huge success with students' positive and helpful manners to the fore. The college, such a bright and welcoming building on any day, looked fantastic for the occasion with displays and activities around the school. Smells of French and German cuisine drifted from the language rooms across to the Home Economics classes where the fifth years baked fresh produce for attendees all evening. The Art room featured the work of students with visitors able to see the environment that helped create the recent sculptures which are on display currently in The Dock. The practical rooms were busy with wood and metal pupils showing off their work such as trains, cars and motorcycles. It was the same across the school with visitors active in the PE room and others in the English classes solving riddles and voting on the school's photography competition. Once again the school would like to say thank you to all involved and we look forward to seeing our news students in the near future.

Jersey Presentation

The school would like to thank our kind sponsors for their support of sport and physical wellbeing in the school. On Thursday last we held a photo shoot to celebrate the new kits that our students now get to enjoy. We are indebted to Boyle Credit Union, Brogan’s Pharmacy and Devine & Co. Thank you.

December 5th

Brilliant Girls Through to Connacht Quarter Final

Congratulations to our Senior Girls Football Team who beat Ballinamore by one point on Wednesday last. This brings the girls through to the Connacht quarter finals. The game began well with early scores from Mary Ellen Halligan and Niamh Ryan. The ACC girls held possession for most of the game but Ballinamore made great scores every time they came down the pitch and this left the ACC girls up by four points at half time.

The second half was a closer battle with a penalty awarded to the Boyle team that Kate Harrington shot over the bar. With six minutes left, the Boyle girls were up by merely one point on a scoreline of 4-8 to 4-9.

Ballinamore scored two points to put them in the lead for the first time in the game with three minutes to go. A goal was badly needed by the ACC girls and their prayers were answered when midfielder Micheala Ward scored the winning goal.

Ballinamore then knew they were in need of a goal and won a free on the 20 metre line. Boyle got all their backs on the goal line and Ballinamore got a point out of the free leaving the Boyle girls up by a point at the final whistle.

Heartiest congratulations to the girls on a massive team performance and they now go forward to the Connacht quarter final which will be held sometime in January. Some players were injured and we wish them a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing them on the pitch in the New Year.

Team: C.Clancy, N.Martin, S.Kerins, C.Sheerin, A.Valentine, A.Mullins, N.McNamara, R.Cox, M.Ward, G.Flanagan, M.E.Halligan, N.Ryan, S.Wynne, K.Harrington, R.Wynne. Subs used: R.Duggan for M.Ward (56th min).


Soccer Team Still Unbeaten

Our U15 soccer team maintained their winning ways with a hard fought 5-2 victory away to Colaiste Mhuire Ballymote. This keeps them top of their group with one group game against Grange VS remaining.

After a very disappointing start which saw them going behind in the 12th minute, they finally equalised in the 22nd minute when Daire Cregg poked in from two yards following an excellent Eoin Connolly corner. However, the Abbey lads still hadn't woken up and immediately from the restart, Ballymote went back ahead after three missed tackles in midfield by the Roscommon school.

This was finally the shot in the arm that was required and captain Stephen Connolly led from the front and beat two players to blast into the roof of the net from 10 yards just before half time.

The second half started far brighter with Abbey starting to dominate. Man of the match Daire Cregg again got on the end of another Eoin Connolly corner with a header into the corner of the net. Now ahead, Abbey started to gain in confidence and endless running from Seamus Connolly up front led to him getting the two goals which closed out the game.

This was an excellent victory which could have been more emphatic but for the superb Kilcoyne in the Ballymote goal. Daire Cregg gave a man of the match performance at centre back along with Tomas Demeter. Eoin, Seamus and Stephen Connolly also did well in attack.

The boys now face Grange in their last group game where a win will guarantee top spot and a home tie in the quarter finals after Christmas.


Public Speaking

Congratulations to the school’s public speaking team who performed admirably in Roscommon last week. Unfortunately they didn’t win but they did compete brilliantly against the other schools involved. Well done to Callum Blakeley, Kevin Horan and Viktoria Pavlakova who did themselves and the school proud.


Junior Boys Just Miss Out

Boyle suffered a narrow defeat last week against neighbours Ballymote. Ballymote started well and went into a 1-2 to 0-2 lead after 10 minutes. Just as ACC were making their way back into the game Ballymote got another goal to go six point in front. Boyle fought well towards the end of the second half and a goal from Shane O’ Neill meant that ACC went in just four points down at half time.

Ballymote scored another goal early in the second have but two goals from Daire Cregg and a goal from Louis Garvin meant that ACC took the lead for the first time in the match with five minutes remaining. However, a late goal by Ballymote put them two points up again. Despite a very brave effort ACC were unable to find a way back. Final score Ballymote 4-8 ACC 4-6.


School Musical Rehearsals

Rehearsals for our school musical “Back to the 80s” are continue to go well. The musical will be running from the 1st to the 4th of February beginning with a matinee for all surrounding schools, and we look forward to seeing you all there. We will be announcing the lead roles that will be bringing the 80s back to life in Abbey CC, over the coming weeks. Interviews with the main cast members will start next week.


Writing and Photography

Entries for the school’s writing and photography competition close this week, with the new deadline of Wednesday, December 7th. Pupils are able to write in any style and may choose to produce poetry or write short stories for example.

For our artists, comic strips and mini graphic novels are other options. The school is also delighted to highlight this year’s photography competition. With the weather having been so atmospheric students have had a great chance to take some memorable photographs. All relevant details are on posters around the school.

November 28th

Flying Finley

Good luck to Leaving Certificate student Finley Daly who runs in the club all-Ireland cross country this week. Finley is in great form having come second in the Connacht section last month. Leading the way for all bar 200m of the 6,000m race, Finley was just beaten by an international schoolboy miler, whose seasoned speed just made the difference.

Finley is a four-time track gold medallist at Connacht level and enters this week’s race in good form. He ran in a senior 3,000m at Athlone IT last week and ran a personal best of 9.38. This is clearly a great time but Finley is still rebuilding after a season of injury setbacks last year and hopes to improve on the mark over the coming months.

The ultimate goal for the season is the All-Ireland schools’ 5,000m next summer. Good luck to Finley and Corran AC in Abbotstown where the inter-clubs takes place.

First Years Enjoy Strong Win

Our first year boys’ team had a good win over Roscommon Community College in what was an excellent match played in very cold conditions in Roscommon. Even though the weather was very inclement both sides served up a fantastic game of football. Abbey took some great scores and led by two points at the break. But without our backs defending so well and Adam Dwyer making some great saves it could have being a different score at half time. Luke McGrath scored a fine point. Oisin Cregg followed this up with a classy finish to the back of the net. A delightful through ball resulted in Finn Bruen scoring a well taken point. After great work in our back line to turn over possession Oisin Cregg finished off a good counter attack with a point. From the kickout Roscommon C.C. cut through our defence and looked certain to score another goal but our goalie Adam Dwyer had other ideas and pulled off a great save to deny a certain goal. We barely had time to draw our breath when Adam saved again to frustrate the opposition. Luke McGrath finished a good move with a skilfully taken point before Conor McPherson did well to break up another attack by Roscommon C.C. The half finished with an excellent goal by James Kiernan leaving the score Roscommon C.C. 2-02 Abbey C.C. 2-04.

The second half started with a hammer blow for our lads, when in the first minute Roscommon C.C. took the lead with a well taken goal but Abbey responded quickly with a point. Roscommon C.C then pointed again after a good move down the pitch. The lads dug in and didn’t let this faze them and by the 20th minute the game was won with goals from Luke Mc Grath (2), Oisin Cregg, Sean Garavan and James McNamara. The result was down to a great work ethic and attitude from our lads, none more so then Oisin Sheerin who worked tirelessly throughout the whole game and led by example in midfield. The final score was Roscommon C.C. 3-05 Abbey C.C. 7-05.

School Musical Rehearsals

Rehearsals for our school musical “Back to the 80s” are continue to go well. They have built momentum since we returned from our recent mid-term break. The standard at the auditions was very high and so we expect a remarkable production which will be very memorable. The musical will be running from the 1st to the 4th of February beginning with a matinee for all surrounding schools, and we look forward to seeing you all there. We will be announcing the lead roles that will be bringing the 80s back to life in Abbey CC, over the coming weeks, so make sure to keep an eye out on our weekly musical update!


Juniors Lose in Close Game

Commiserations to our junior girls team who lost in a very tight game to St Joseph’s College, Foxford.

On a very wet and miserable day, Foxford traveled to Abbey College. In freezing temperatures the Abbey girls managed to take an early lead in the first half. Throughout the half heavy rain fell and a very mucky pitch caused the teams to slip and slide all over the place. The first half ended with Foxford holding a two point lead.

The second half started with our girls a lot more determined to win. A few unlucky moments cost the girls the game but they never dropped their heads. With the opposition’s goalie being very strong, Boyle were unfortunate not to get a couple more scores throughout the half. The girls were devastated when they heard the full-time whistle. The final score ended with Foxford winning by four points. (4-10 to 4-06)

Starting team Rebecca McKeon, Noelle Martin, Shannon Kerins, Niamh McGrath, Ruth Duggan, Ciara Sheerin, Ruth Cox, Grace Flanagan, Megan McKeon (2-03), Niamh McNamara, Saoirse Wynne (1-00), Cara Clancy, Niamh Ryan (1-01), Cora Naughton (0-01), Emma Davey.

Subs: Emma Scally, Blaithin Deane, Mairead Connolly, Roisin Connolly, Sadhbh Farrell, Riona Keville, Kate Garavan and Katie Corcoran.

Commiserations to our Senior Girls football team who lost to Carrick Community School on Friday last. The girls got off to a great start with early points from Mary-Ellen Halligan and Megan McKeon. Carrick fought back and got some great goals and the game became more intense. It was a tough battle and the Boyle girls were down by seven points at half time.

The second half showed a magnificent display of football from both teams with great points from Boyle girls Kate Harrington and Micheala Ward to finish the game 5-4 to 10 points. The final score did not convey the hard work of the ACC girls who face Ballinamore in their next game.

Team: C. Naughton, N. Martin, S. Kerins, A. Valentine, R. Cox, A. Mullins, N. McNamara, M. Ward, R. Wynne, ME. Halligan, M. McKeon, L. Foley, S. Wynne, G. Flanagan, N. Ryan. Subs: E. Davey for McNamara and R. Duggan for Ryan.

Sweet Music

Well done to our newly formed Cantor teams who enhance the mass at St. Joseph's Church, Boyle with their musical talents. It is great to see Abbey Community College students representing themselves so well in our community.

Five-A-Side Soccer

Students this week signed up for our school’s mixed five-a-side soccer league. For first years, many of the pupils who took part in the FAI tournament in Roscommon town have registered and are continuing to enjoy the game.

Art Exhibition

Congratulations to the students who took part in an exhibition in Carrick-on Shannon last week. Art pupils of Mr. Martin had incredible sculptures on display for the public to enjoy. Well done to all involved.

Writing and Photography

The school’s writing and photography competition has one week to run. Entries are to be submitted by Monday, December 5th, with prizes for junior and senior categories. Any style is accepted - poetry, short story, comic book, flash fiction, etc. All relevant details are on posters around the school.

November 20th

Roscommon Futsal Champions

 The first year boys had a brilliant victory in Lisnamult in Roscommon last week as they took the title of Roscommon Futsal (five-a-side) Champions for 2016. Played on outdoor Astroturf, the boys beat Elphin, CBS and Strokestown in the group stages to reach the final.

Boyle had two teams in the girls and boys competitions and the other Boyle boys’ team also reached the semi-final stage only to unluckily lose out 1-0 to Strokestown. However, Boyle A were too strong for Strokestown in the final with a goal from David Flanagan proving the difference after a neat team move ended with Luke McGrath laying on the winning chance.

The goal was typical of the play all day as Conor McPherson, Oisin Cregg, Oisin Sheerin and Thomas McGrath consistently passed it out from the back, with the technique and movement a joy to behold. Luke McGrath scored with a brilliant free-kick in the second group game while Adam Dwyer and James Kiernan were clinical in front of goal.

Move of the day had to go to Oisin Sheerin who finished a sweeping carousel of passing with a crisp left foot finish. The team now represent Roscommon in the Connacht tournament.

Congratulations to all four Boyle teams on a wonderful day out which helped highlight the great attitude, skills and behaviour of the students at Abbey Community College.


Big Win for Boyle

 Abbey College continued their winning run with an excellent win over Ballymote

on the College field with a score-line of Abbey College 13-14 v Ballymote 2-5.

 Despite the comfortable win, Ballymote started the better side scoring a goal from the throw in. However following Abbey College’s opening score of a goal by Ronan Garvin in the fourth minute they went on to totally dominate the game. Cathal Feely and Ronan added further points by the eighth minute and then a wonderfully worked move starting from Liam McKeon in goals ended up with Daire Cregg rattling the back of the net in the 10 minute to totally turn the game around to leave Boyle leading 2-2 v 1-0. The remaining 20 minutes were dominated by the industrious Abbey boys where they reeled off a further 3-7 to leave the half-time score 5-9 to 1-2.

 Despite wholesale changes in the second half there was no let up from the lads and they went on to score a further 8-5 in the second half to close out the game.

 Liam McKeon,  Eoin Connelly,  Jamie Reynolds,  James Doherty O Brien,  Shane Hayden(1-0),  Josh Cronin,  Iarla Regan,  Max King,  Tomas Demeter(0-2),  Sean Carty(0-2),  Ronan Garvin(3-1),  Danny Valentine,  Cathal Feely(2-3),  Daire Cregg(1-3),  Eoin Connolly(2-0),  Nino Chilton(0-1),  Seamus Connolly(3-2),  Darragh Cogan,  Mark Heslin,  Aaron Flynn,  Kealan Wright,  Diarmuid Higgins(1-0),  Stephen O’Connor,  Cadell Beirne.


Abbey Basketball News

The Senior and Cadette girls’ teams played Ballinmore CS in their penultimate league game on Wednesday last. The Cadettes were first to take to the court and got straight to action with Kate Harrington the game’s MVP controlling the game and getting some good lay ups. Both herself and Grace Flanagan also turned over some good possession and went into half time six points ahead.

In the second half, Anna Kearney won some important rebounds as the Ballinamore players started to come back strong. Also under the boards, Katie Simon got two important baskets in the last two quarters and Abbey closed out the game winning 36-28.

The Senior team were also hoping to continue their winning ways. They flew into the lead with baskets from Ruth Cox and Kate Harrington. However, the Ballinamore team got stronger as the half wore on and started to come back into the game. Aisling Keenan and Noelle Martin then opened up a lead of 12 points through the fast break and the Abbey girls looked to be coasting. Ballinamore then started to win their offensive rebounds and chipped away at the Abbey lead. Their improved performance turned the game on its head and with two minutes to go, they drew level and then in to the lead. Abbey College held their nerve and Erin Regan took a pass at the post and shot the equalising basket with 30 seconds remaining. That gave the visitors enough time to get the winner and everyone’s breath was held as their shot hit the rim to drop out just as the full time buzzer went. The very entertaining game finished 32-32.

Both teams now meet Carrick CS in their last game to decide who tops the group for the semi finals.


There was a bake sale in the school this week for Team Hope. Also, students from 2b (Ms Dwyer) and 3c (Ms Hobbins) were recognised for their fantastic work for Team Hope recently. The two groups organised the shoebox appeal at Abbey Community College with 97 boxes collected in total.


Preparations for this year’s musical Back to the ‘80s are buzzing away. Under the guidance of Ms. Hannon and Ms. Conroy students are practising after school for the event which will run from the 1st - 4th February, 2017 in St. Joseph's Hall, Boyle. The show features first, second and fifth year students.

Science Quiz

Congratulations to pupils from the school who took part in the science quiz recently. Hosted by IT Sligo, senior students Alannah Henry, Alan McCauley, Marie Casey, Rebecca Scally, Rob McHenry and Emma Deane represented the school admirably.

In November - We Remember

Ms. Moynihan and the Religious Education Department have set up a sacred space in the meditation room for November. We are inviting students and staff to place names of their deceased loved ones on our tree of remembrance! Students are involved in prayer services throughout November remembering loved ones who have passed. These prayer services are done in Religion classes with R.E teachers and the chaplain.

November 15th 

National Award

Congratulations to our first and second year students who were runners-up in the National Final of the Comórtas Beo Competition in Killarney on November 2nd. We are very proud of the team behind the song and they deserve their all-Ireland recognition.

‘D’fhág mé’ was the entry from Abbey Community College as part of a collaboration of the Music and Irish departments in the school.

Scríobh Ronan Dwyer amhrán as Gaeilge with the help of Leanne Regan in first year, who composed some of the lyrics. Featuring Ruth Duggan and Ronan as lead vocalists, the supporting accompaniment boasts some of the amazing musical talent at the school. The performance featured Ronan on piano, Robyn Wilson on violin, Niamh Clancy on concertina, Iarla Regan on accordion, Shane Carr on flute and Amy O’Neill on harp. Two first year students, Glen Moore and Zoli Warner, filmed the recording of the song and made a YouTube video for the purpose of the competition.


Big Brother Big Sister

The school is proud to see the positive impact of the Big Brother Big Sister programme now up and running. Both pupils in junior and senior classes interact very well together offering, advice, guidance and friendship. The benefits to all branches of the school are clear.


Basketball News

By Reece Conroy

In Abbey Community Colleges first game of the day they faced St. Mary’s of Ballysadare. Boyle started off the game strongly with two scores coming in early from James Hunt. Boyle finished out the first quarter up by 13 and looking confident going into the second. Their dominance continued throughout the rest of the game despite not scoring as much as heavily. Yet again Mantas Grigaitis and James Hunt led the scoring for Abbey as they comfortably won their second consecutive game.

In Abbey’s second game they faced a strong Sligo Grammar side. The first quarter was high intensity with both teams putting pressure but the Grammar managed to take the lead. In the second quarter Abbey managed to apply serious pressure on the Grammar and looked like they were mounting a comeback. It was another high scoring game for James Hunt but unfortunately Boyle weren’t strong enough to finish out with the win. Boyle are now 2-1 in the league and hope to keep improving.


Soccer News

First year boys and girls will take part in the FAI Futsal tournament in Roscommon this week. An annual event, the game encourages the technical skills that make soccer The Beautiful Game. As the soccer season continues, it is an ideal time for the first years to practise and get more game-time together.


Students this week were busy concluding their reading lists as part of the MS Readathon. An important event, junior students raise money for MS Ireland. The programme also encourages students to read and improve their literacy and other critical skills.



Preparations for this year’s musical Back to the ‘80s are buzzing away. Under the guidance of Ms. Hannon and Ms. Conroy students are practising after school for the event which will run from the 1st - 4th February, 2017 in St. Joseph's Hall, Boyle. The show features first, second and fifth year students.

November 1st

Abbey boys continue winning ways

Abbey College U15 soccer team were in excellent form on Tuesday last as they recorded a comfortable 12-1 win over Carrigallen VS in Ballinamore. Despite the score line the Boyle school didn’t have it all to themselves as Carrigallen put in an encouraging performance early in the second half.

Abbey started the stronger and after three minutes Seamus Connolly took advantage of a defensive lapse to claim the first of his hat trick. Daire Cregg was next up when he came from centre half to blast a ball into the roof of the net. His cousin Cathal Feely then scored with an exquisite finish coming from centre midfield to place the ball between the keeper’s legs.

Some excellent build up play which started with the ever dependable Cian Mastin in goals and ended with Stephen Connolly playing a one-two with his name sake Eoin to finish after beating the last defender produced the goal of the game. Stephen was always a threat going forward and linked up with the intelligent Danny Valentine to create Darren Foley’s goal for Abbey’s fourth of the day. Eoin Connolly then got on the scoresheet just before half time finishing in the top corner to end a good half of attacking play which included some nice passing out of the back from Mastin in goals and Demeter, Conneely and Cregg at the back.

The second half did not start as well for the Abbey boys. Sloppy passing allowed Carrigallen in for their opener after 5 minutes and this saw the Leitrim lads gain in confidence. Ronan Garvin, Iarla Regan, Max King and Shayn Hayden were all introduced at half time and Shayn got Abbey’s sixth goal after a great one on one finish into the bottom corner. Liam McKeon also overtook the goal keeping duties at half time and his ability to pass out of the back was very admirable.

After weathering the Carrigallen onslaught, Abbey finally regained control of the game and Ronan Garvin scored a cracker into the top corner from outside the box while Seamus Connolly also got his 2nd and 3rd. The final goal of the game went to the deserved hard work of Danny Valentine who finished with aplomb to slide the ball in off the post.

This was an excellent team display but Abbey will have to up their performance for the next game against the much fancied Colaiste Mhuire, Ballymote.

Abbey Girls get off to a winning start

Abbey girls U16 and U19 basketball team got off to winning starts in their games against St Attracta’s College, Tubbercurry recently.

The U16 team defeated the Sligo school 22-11 with Grace Flanagan top scorer with four baskets while MVP Ciara Sheerin scored three baskets. Other scorers were Anna Kearney, Rhiannon Connolly and Aisling Donohoe. This was an excellent win given that half the game was played without one of their best players Kate Harrington who had to come off with an injured ankle.

The senior game, was an even tighter affair with neither team scoring in the 1st quarter due to excellent defence. St Attracta’s then got going and went into an 8-2 lead. However, excellent play from MVP Ruth Cox along with Shannon Kerins got the Abbey girls back into a 17-13 lead. Baskets from Aideen Flaherty, Erin Regan and Ruth Cox put Abbey 10 points clear. The last quarter became very tense as the Tubbercurry girls started to find their range and came back. However, scores from Aoife Valentine and Ruth Cox settled thing as the game finished 23-19.

Junior boys beat Mohill

Our junior footballers had a hard fought victory over Mohill last week. We led for most of the game but Mohill staged a late comeback. However we held on thanks to some good performances from James Bolger, Louis Garvin, Ronan Garvin and Daire Cregg. 
Scorers Daire Cregg (2-2), Ronan Garvin (0-5), Shane McGrath (1-1), Louis Garvin (0-3), Kyle Cosgrove (0-2), Aaron Casserly (1-0), Tiernan Henry (0-1).

Unlucky girls lose out

Commiserations to our u16 girls’ football team who lost by a single point to St. Nathy’s College in a very tight game on Thursday last.

The girls got off to a great start with a seven point lead early on in the half. Throughout the half Nathy’s upped their game and came back scoring two powerful goals. The first half ended on a score of 2-09 to 2-05 to ACC.

The second half started off with a four point lead to the Abbey girls which soon changed when Nathy’s boosted their confidence and worked better as a team. The Abbey girls fell back but didn’t give up. The girls had one last chance to level the game from a free, but unfortunately missed it. The full-time whistle blew and the Abbey girls were devastated to hear the final score, which was 2-15 to 4-10 to Nathy’s.



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Poetry Corner

The school will be launching its writing competition after the midterm break. There are many brilliant writers in the school and the latest recruits in first year have written some particularly striking pieces in recent weeks. We would like to highlight the work of two pupils this week ahead of the competition announcement. Well done Zoltan and Finn.


There they lie,
Soaked in blood
A soldier, a spy.
The battlefield is a deadly scene
The red brick rubble where a house had been,
The long looted street,
The echoing sound of running feet
There they lie,
Soaked in blood
A soldier, a spy

Violent sounds
Terrible but great,
My own heart pounds,
The drummer drums a deadly beat
The soldier’s fearful running feet.
I think of all the places I’d rather be.
There they lie,
Soaked in blood
A soldier, a spy,
I stand among them and cry

I see it,
Hurtling toward me
The sky is lit,
As the fatal ball of lead,
Spins and twists toward by bare head
It finds its target
And I drown in a sea of regret.
There they lie
Soaked in blood
A soldier, a spy,
And I

By Finn Doherty


Fear is a mask,

Fear is a costume,

People can forget,

That fear is around every corner,

Under each step,

And when it strikes,

It consumes the innocent soul.


It consumes happiness,

It consumes joy,

It takes all that is good,

And welcomes depression,

“Oh boy”, my dad used to say,

The only way to stop it,

Is with Love.

By Zoltan Warner


Comórtas Beo

Comhghairdeas le Ronan Dwyer agus a chairde ‘Ceoltóirí na Búille’ who will perform at the National Final of the Comórtas Beo Competition in Killarney on 2nd November next.

‘Comórtas Beo’ is an annual Irish Song Writing Competition for young people between the ages of 11 and 18. It is sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge and Údarás na Gaeltachta and has been part of Oireachtas na Samhna, one of Ireland’s longest running arts festivals, in recent years. The competition is run nationally and eight entries are chosen for the final, two from each province.

‘D’fhág mé’, the entry from Abbey Community College Boyle involves students of first and second year and is a collaboration of the Music and Irish departments in the school.

Scríobh Ronan amhrán as Gaeilge with the help of Leanne Regan in first year, who composed some of the lyrics. Featuring Ruth Duggan and Ronan as lead vocalists, the supporting accompaniment boasts some of the amazing musical talent of Abbey Community College. The performance will feature Ronan on piano, Robyn Wilson on violin, Niamh Clancy on concertina, Iarla Regan on accordion, Shane Carr on flute and Amy O’Neill on harp.

Two first year students, Glen Moore and Zoli Warner, filmed the recording of the song and made a YouTube video for the purpose of the competition.

We are very proud of our ‘Ceoltóirí na Búille’ and wish them the very best of luck in the competition. Ádh mór.

October 24th

Public speaking

Students have had a busy time recently taking part in public speaking activities. At the start of the week a group of fifth years went to Sligo to avail of an NUIG workshop.

Run by the Lit & Deb Society, the event was of great benefit as it allowed pupils see first-hand the power of positive public speaking.  

Two days later, the school held its own public speaking competition in the school. The competition was won by Callum Blakeley ahead of Viktoria Pavlakova, with all speakers discussing the relationship between alcohol and sport. Callum now goes through to the Western Region Drugs Task Force Public Speaking Competition, an annual event to promote awareness of the dangers of drug use.

A high level of speaking was evident, with the whole year taking part on a group basis. Thirteen teams developed their speeches and then a representative from each group spoke. The future of public speaking in the school is clearly very healthy. Well done to all those who bravely and confidently took part.

Maths week

Our students enjoyed participating in Maths Week last week. Students explored areas of maths that involved their active participation in mathematical events that complement the curriculum. One of the activities involved testing the Vitruvian theory that a person’s height is equal to their arm span.

This theory was first proposed by the Roman architect Vitruvius in the first century B.C. and later made famous by the artist and engineer Leonardo Da Vinci. Some students also took part in the national “Have You Got Maths Eyes” competition where they explored the town of Boyle to find and photograph maths related shapes and structures. Students also took part in the “Census at School” online census which collects data from all over Ireland to provide real life statistical data for analysis in schools throughout the year.

Big win for seniors

Abbey College 2:15

Charlestown CC 0:10

Report by: Ronan Flanagan

On Friday the 14thof October Abbey College Senior Footballers hosted Charlestown in the Connacht Senior Football League.  Charlestown started the brighter of the two sides with a strong wind advantage registering four points without reply.

However, after some patient build up play, Jack Moran (0-2) and a Marcus Meehan (free) reduced arrears. Charlestown had their own reply with a free and a pointed effort. Boyle to their credit kept in it, with midfielders Kyle Cosgrove and Cory O’ Donoghue winning the middle sector. Unfortunately though, with a strong wind against Abbey, scores were hard to be found. Charlestown scored another before Boyle, with a different tactical purpose resulted in a Louis Garvin point. Charlestown scored again, however after excellent passing Kelvin Morris buried the ball into the back of the net.

HT: Boyle 1-04 Charlestown 0-08

Boyle, aided with the wind advantage in the second half, drove on particularly in the second period. Jack Moran scored two quick frees with Charlestown registering a score in between Moran’s two points.

Debutant goalkeeper Jack Sheridan produced two quality saves before wing back Adam Simon split the uprights with a magnificent score from all of 35 yards. Sub Shane O’ Neill scored a point with his first touch to increase the lead. A free from Meehan, a further (0-2) from Moran and a Regan effort increased the margin further. Charlestown seemed to lose all faith at this stage but after a quick move, they seemed to be in for a certain goal. However, excellent defending from Conor McGee and captain Eddie Farrell resulted in a turnover which landed at the feet of Eoin Dwyer who passed to Tomás Taheny, his eye of a needle pass reached Louis Garvin who finished emphatically to the net. Charlestown pointed a free in between two further O’ Neill scores. His final score, a well-placed right footed effort was the last score of the contest which resulted in hard fought well deserved victory for Mr. Leonard’s team.

Team: J. Sheridan, C. McGee, E. Farrell (capt), J. Bolger, T. Taheny, E. Dwyer, A. Simon (0-01), K. Cosgrove, C. O’ Donoghue, K. Morris (1-00), J. Moran (0-06, 2 frees), T. Regan (0-01), L. Garvin (1-02), M. Meehan (0-02, both frees), E. O’ Driscoll Subs used: S. O’ Neill (0-03)

Hard luck to Abbey Community College’s junior girls’ team, who lost against the Ursuline College, Sligo. The final score was 1-05 to Abbey Community College and 2-11 to the Ursuline. The Abbey put up a great fight, with a strong backline but the Ursuline had a very good side, with strong forwards who were clinical with their scores. It was a tough contest between the two teams despite the score-line even though the outcome was a fair result on the day.

Team: Rebecca McKeon, Noelle Martin, Shannon Kerins, Niamh McGrath, Ruth Duggan, Niamh McNamara, Cara Clancy, Grace Flanagan, Ciara Sheerin, Niamh Ryan, Megan McKeon, Saoirse Wynne, Kate Garavan, Cora Naughton, Emma Davey. Subs: Ruth Cox, Niamh Lawlor, Roisin Connolly, Mairead Connolly, Katie Corcoran, Emma Scally, Grace Nutley, Ellis Conway, Erica O’Connor, Cara McHugh, Riona Keville, Sarah Sweeney.

Reported By Shannon Kerins and Ruth Cox.

 Shoebox Appeal

On Tuesday the 11th of October, students from 3C attended the launch of the Annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon as part of their Junior Certificate C.S.P.E. Project.

This was an extremely informative evening where representatives from the Dublin branch came down to talk about last year’s appeal and more specifically where the boxes from County Roscommon ended up. Over 5000 boxes were sent from Roscommon to children in need in the Ukraine.

Hearing the stories of specific children and how grateful they were with their gifts gave the students plenty of motivation to launch the Shoebox Appeal in our school. These 3rd year students along with the help of second years will be raising awareness of this appeal over the coming weeks in our school.



October 17th

Traditional Music

Second year musicians preparing their application for Irish song competition "Comortas Beo". The song was composed by student Ronan Dwyer and was launched in the school on Thursday, October 12th . We wish them all well!

Super soccer back in Boyle

Abbey College U15 boys’ soccer team recorded a very encouraging victory over Elphin CC on Tuesday.

  It was an historic day as soccer returned to the Boyle school for the first time in eleven years.
Abbey took the lead on 12 minutes as captain Darren Foley slotted home from an Eoin Connolly cross.  Max King doubled the lead with an emphatic finish.  Josh Cronin then got the third just before half time.
The second half saw Abbey make a few changes and Stephen Connolly came in up front and fired the first of his hat trick after 5 minutes.  This was an excellent man of the match performance which also included two assists. Other scorers included Danny Valentine and the all rounder Cathal Feely who scored a brace. 
Abbey now await Carrigallen in their next game.  The school would like to thank Boyle Celtic FC for the use of their facilities.


Juveniles off to flying start

On Friday, October 7th the Abbey College boys’ juvenile team began their season with an excellent win against Strokestown on a score-line of 9-12 to 4-04.

It took until the fourth minute for the opening score of the game when some excellent direct running by Ronan Garvin opened up the Strokestown defence. He then slipped a lovely pass to Daire Cregg, who made no mistake as he fired the ball into the back of the net. It was one-way traffic from here until half-time with further goals from Cathal Feely, Daire and a penalty from Josh Cronin helping to open up a lead of 7-06 to 0-01. 

Abbey boys continued their excellent scoring with a further 1-03 on the board by the 38th minute before Strokestown managed to get their second score of the game. However Strokestown never gave up and they went on to dominate the final moments of the game scoring a further 4-02 compared to Abbey’s 1-03. However, it was too little too late and Boyle now look forward with confidence to their next game against Manorhamilton. 

Team; Liam McKeon,  Eoin Connelly, Jamie Reynolds,  James Doherty O’Brien, Jack Kelly, Josh Cronin (1-0), Shane Hayden,  Max King (1-0), Nino Chilton (1-1), Sean Carty (0-1), Ronan Garvin (1-3), Danny Valentine, Seamus Connolly (1-0), Daire Cregg ( 3-4 ) Cathal Feely (1-2). Mark Heslin (0-1), Aaron Flynn,  Keelan Wright,  Darragh Cogan,  Iarla Regan, Evan Moore, Eoin Connolly,  Stephen Connolly,  Darren Foley, Diarmuid Higgins, Jack Flanagan,  Tomas Demeter, Stephen O’Connor,  Cadell Beirne.


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Undefeated girls gather momentum

Well done to our senior girls’ football team who defeated St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen on Thursday. They won on a score line of 6-11 to 2-07. The girls got off to a good start scoring many points early on in the game. Two goals from Kate Harrington put the girls in the lead and they stayed ahead for the rest of the first half with Nathy’s scoring one goal and two points.

For the duration of the second half the Abbey girls stayed ahead and went on to score a further four goals and six points. There was great play from Grace Flanagan and Mary Ellen Halligan up front which contributed immensely to the game. There were great saves from goalkeeper Cora Naughton and Shannon Kerins did a great job at full back stopping the St Nathy’s girls coming through on numerous occasions. The girls are undefeated and are hopeful for the future.

Team: Cora Naughton, Noelle Martin, Shannon Kerins, Aoife Valentine, Aine Mullins, Ciara Sheerin, Niamh McNamara, Micheala Ward, Megan McKeon, Grace Flanagan, Mary Ellen Halligan, Saoirse Wynne, Emma Davey, Kate Harrington, Roisin Wynne. Subs: Niamh Mc Grath, Sophie Litton, Ruth Cox, Laura Foley, Niamh Ryan.


Boys beat Bundoran in basketball opener

U19 Basketball match - Friday - 07-10-2016

By Tómas Taheny and Jack Sheridan

On Friday last Abbey Community College U19s took on Magh Ene College, Bundoran in Boyle. Abbey started the better of the two teams going up 27-9 in the first half. After the half-time break Boyle created a substantial lead with scores coming from team leaders James Hunt and Mantis Grigaitas to name but two. Boyle looked the stronger team throughout with a finishing score line of 50-18. The team play St Clare’s Comprehensive in the next round of the group.

The U16 team started strongly in their game leading by one point at the end of the first quarter. The second half was not to be as rewarding with Bundoran taking the lead in the third quarter. Some impressive scores from Ethan Beirne and Tiernan Henry helped close the gap in the fourth quarter, however Magh Ene responded in the last two minutes to close off the game. The game finished with a score line of 34-42. The team play Grange PPS in the next round of their group.

Traditional Treat

Many of our music students and teacher Ms Hannon were treated to a heavenly musical experience of traditional Irish music last Thursday evening in the Church of Ireland.

  Legendary musicians performing on the night were fiddle player Zoe Conway, guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunney and accordion player Mairtin O'Connor. This event, which was hosted by Una Bhan Tourism, was especially useful to our students as they study Zoe Conway as part of the Junior and Leaving Certificate curriculum. We were very lucky to have had the privilege of hearing these musicians in a live setting. Guest performer on the night was Sean Nos dancer Edwina Guckian from Sean Nos ar an tSionann.

Transition Year

Abbey College welcomed parents to the school last Monday for an information night on Transition Year for 2016-2017. Ms Carr and management explained the programme to parents of first, second and third year students ahead of its introduction.

Noted expert in the area of Transition Year, Dr Gerry Jeffers, was also on hand to speak and answer questions as was Tomás Mac Pháidín, Education Officer with the Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board.

October 10th

Knock Retreat

On Thursday 29th September 59 second years boarded two buses and took the pilgrim's journey to Knock.

On arrival we were welcomed to the Prayer Guidance centre by Anita and Nicola who are part of the Knock Youth Ministry Retreat Team. Students were divided into small groups and the ground rules were explained and introductions were made. The first activity involved students writing a 'Letter to God'. These were private letters with prayer intentions for each student.

Following on from this we went to visit the museum in Knock. Then we took part in a tour of the museum which was followed by a brainteaser. Sophie Quinn won the overall prize for answering all the questions correctly.

After the museum tour we got to see the Apparition Chapel and touch the stone from the gable wall. One of the highlights was seeing the new Mosaic which is in the Basilica. (see photo) It is truly an amazing work of art.

After lunch we had prayer-time back at the Prayer Guidance centre. Some students left Knock with holy water, mass cards and some left petitions for family in petition boxes.

We enjoyed lovely weather and good company as well as having fun with a ball- 'Barry' and buying 'sticks of rock'.

We are grateful for Ms. Keaveney and Ms. Moynihan for accompanying us on this retreat journey.

By Eoin Connolly and Niamh Ryan. Second Year.


Girls’ Enjoy Opening Win

Abbey College girls’ under-14 team had an impressive win at home against Drumshanbo last week. The visitors began the game strongly and quickly were two points to the good. However, a goal from Saoirse Wynne kick-started the Boyle team and from then on the team played very well to finish ahead, 7-17 to 3-07.


All Sports

Training is continuing in Gaelic as well as in soccer, cross-country, basketball and rugby at the school with the soccer squad next to start their campaign. Mr. O’Connor’s side have been drawn in Group D of the FAI Schools’ boys’ under-15 group phase.


School Mass

The school mass to celebrate a new academic year took place on Thursday last. Many pupils participated in the service through readings and musical performances. Ms.

Moynihan and Ms. Hannon prepared the students for the celebration which was a lovely way to acknowledge and give thanks for a wonderful start to the year.


Study Skills

Students took part in a study skills workshop recently. Both Leaving Certificates and Junior Certificate pupils were guided on how to use their time appropriately during exam year. The classes involved found it beneficial and picked up some helpful hints to utilise in the coming months.




October 3rd 

Transition Year Information Night

The school invites parents to an information night on Transition Year at Abbey Community College. Parents of first, second and third year students are invited to attend on Monday, October 10th from 7pm. There will be a presentation on the proposed transition year programme next year and teachers and management will be available to answer questions.

Back to the 80’s

We are thrilled and excited to announce that this year’s school musical will be 'Back to the 80's'. The show will be staged from 1st - 4th February, 2017 in St. Joseph's Hall, Boyle. 

Ms. Hannon and Ms. Conroy met with the first, second and fifth year students this week to outline the plan for the show and to give details of the upcoming auditions.

Auditions will take place on Wednesday, 5th October for boys and Friday, 7th October for girls. Vivienne Caldbeck will be visiting the school next week for a dance workshop.

 A Celtic Gathering

The Aos Dana of Abbey Community College was out in force on Monday afternoon.  Clans Fionn, Kirsty and Sean regaled their audience with tales like the King with Donkeys’ Ears and the

Brown Bull of Cooley.  The Celtic activities will proceed with the election of a Ri and the preparation for the feast of Samhain.

Girls Storm Back

Congratulations to our U16 girls’ football team who drew with Scoil Mhuire Strokestown in a very tight game on Monday last.

The girls got off to a rough start with strong opposition scoring early on in the game. Edel Beirne from Strokestown got through the Boyle defence on many occasions. The Boyle backs decided they needed to up their game after seeing the standard of the Strokestown forwards. The first half ended with a score line of 2-8 to 2 points to Strokes.

The Abbey girls came out in the second half like a completely new team. Subs such as Ruth Cox, Ciara Sheerin and Kate Harrington impacted greatly to the team. It was very tight for the remainder of the second half with magnificent goals scored by Megan McKeon and Ellis Conway.  Full back Shannon Kerins and wing back Ruth Duggan made some great interceptions which put a stop to Strokestown’s attacking players. The Abbey girls’ second half performance was outstanding and brought the game to a draw with a final score of 4-11 to 4-11.

Team: Rebecca McKeon, Noelle Martin, Shannon Kerins, Niamh McGrath, Ruth Duggan, Niamh McNamara, Cara Clancy, Megan McKeon, Erica O’Connor, Saoirse Wynne, Ellis Conway, Grace Flanagan, Katie Corcoran, Cora Naughton, Emma Davey. Subs: Ruth Cox, Ciara Sheerin, Kate Harrington, Emma Scally, Blaithin Deane, Grace Nutley, Rhiannon Connolly, Sadhbh Farrell, Roisin Connolly, Cara McHugh, Niamh Lawlor, RionaKeville, Mairead Connolly, Kate Garavan, Sarah Sweeney

By Aine Mullins and Niamh McGrath

Boys Battle Well

Abbey Community College played Coola in the Junior Boys Football on Monday, 26th September in Riverstown. After a slow start Boyle got right back into the game and put in a brilliant second half performance. Two goals from substitute Cian Fitzpatrick really gave Boyle something to fight for. Unfortunately we were unable to close the gap but it gives us great confidence going into the next game. Final score ACC 2-12 Coola 4-14.

Public Speaking

Preparations began this week for public speaking in the school. The Western Region Drugs Task Force Public Speaking Competition is an annual event to promote awareness of the dangers of drug use. The school will once again take part. The speaking topic has been released to the school and students will now compete to make the school team.


September 23rd

Girls Enjoy Win Over Ursuline

Congratulations to our senior girls’ football team who defeated the Ursuline College Sligo on Tuesday last. The girls won on a score-line of 8-18 to 5-8.

The team got off to a good start scoring three points in the first five minutes. But the Ursuline College came back and scored two goals from play and another from a penalty. It was tight for the remainder of the first half with brilliant points from Ellis Conway and Megan McKeon. A much needed three goals were scored by Emma Davey which left the Abbey girls in the lead by four points at half-time.

The Abbey girls came out in the second half with improved focus. The Ursuline made a few strong attacks but were defended well by the Boyle backs Shannon Kerins, Niamh McGrath and Aine Mullins. There was brilliant play by the Boyle girls throughout the second half and the girls surged ahead, scoring 3-10. Brilliant performances by Roisin Wynne and Megan McKeon.

Team: Cara Clancy, Noelle Martin, Shannon Kerins, Aisling Mc Grath, Aine Mullins, Roisin Wynne, Aoife Valentine, Micheala Ward, Mary Ellen Halligan, Niamh Ryan, Megan McKeon, Niamh Mc Namara, Ellis Conway, Laura Foley, Emma Davey. Subs: Niamh Mc Grath, Grace Flanagan, Cora Naughton, Erica O’Connor, Ruth Duggan, Rebecca Mc Keon, Alannah Henry, Danielle Davey, Sophie Litton, Sarah Sweeney, Megan Carty, Cara McHugh, Katie Corcoran, Riona Keville, Emma Scally, Kate Garavan and Roisin Connolly.

Reported by Áine Mullins and Niamh McGrath.


Trip to the Ploughing Championships

Forty-seven fifth year students attended the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co. Offaly. They were accompanied by their teachers Ms. Carol Cronin and Mrs Kathleen Lavin.

Students were able to see the different breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs on show, as well as machinery and ploughing demonstrations which will help them in their Agricultural Science studies.


Leaving Certificate Retreat

Our Leaving Certificate students were welcomed back to school with a Retreat as part of their itinerary for Thursday, 7th September. Students gathered in the gym and listened to testimonies and presentations from An Tobar Nua Retreat Team which is headed by Mike Short and based in Galway.

Students learned about the importance of valuing themselves and others. A particular focus of the day was team-based activities (team building) which the students engaged in with much enthusiasm. One of the team leaders gave an excellent presentation on mobile phones and social media and the dangers of losing sight of the really important things – like a sense of self and who we are.

Overall students engaged well with the speakers and we hope they have started their Leaving Certificate year by focusing on themselves in time well spent on self reflection. We wish them well in the year ahead.


Third Year Retreat

Our third year students were invited to take part in a Retreat Day here in the school on Wednesday, 14th September. They also had the opportunity of hearing presentations from An Tobar Nua Retreat team.

Third years were particularly taken with the social media presentation and the effects of becoming too absorbed in one’s appearance. The example was given of the model Essena O’Neill who was on social media platforms from the ages of 12-17 and the pressure to present the “perfect” image each day and each moment of the day led to her eventually leaving social media altogether. This caused some discussion among the group around our use or sometimes overuse of social media.

There was time for group prayer from reflections written by students. They found this quite moving. The team building exercises again provided fun and entertainment and also a sense of competitiveness came to the fore for some students. The winners were presented with cookies from the Café at An Tobar Nua.

Overall these dates were timely in the sense that students are newly adapted to their exam years and have had the chance to gain a good start to their year in reflection and teambuilding. We wish much success to all our exam students in the coming year at Abbey Community College.

September 16th 

Remembering the Irish soldiers who freed Guillemont Village

By Ethan Beirne

On the 3rd September 2016 the French village of Guillemont remembered its freeing by Irish soldiers of the Connaught Rangers and the 16th Irish Division during the Somme offensive of 1916 during WWI.

German soldiers had occupied this part of France for nearly two years. Repeated attacks to free this village had failed with shocking loss of life on both sides. When it was the turn of the 16th Irish Division to try and take Guillemont, they succeeded and are forever remembered by the people of this area of France.

The Connaught Rangers Association of Boyle received a formal request on behalf of the French Government and the people of Guillemont to attend the 100th anniversary of the freeing of the village.

The 6th battalion of the Connaught Rangers regiment of the British Army were the first unit to fight their way into the village. As my father is in the Connaught Rangers Association he applied for my ticket to attend the ceremony. Due to the security situation in France and the terrorist threats this event was restricted and only limited numbers of tickets were available and all attending were checked by the French security services.

We arrived at the village on the day at 10.00am passing through three different cordons of French police stretched out nearly five miles from Guillemont. The ceremony was due to begin at 11am. After parking our car we prepared our flag and walked to the church to take our place.

There were ten people in our group and we were all quite excited about the ceremony. I was wearing my family’s medals awarded to my ancestors on my mum and dad’s side who fought in WWI.

As I am seen as the next generation in our family, it falls on me to carry on their memory and sacrifice during WWI. As my dad says for too long they were allowed to be forgotten by their country because they wore the wrong uniform. It is hard to believe that 126 men from the Boyle area were killed in WWI; five were ancestors of mine, four of whom were brothers. Frank, John, Thomas and Michael Wynne, and great grand uncle Joseph Higgins all served with the Connaught Rangers except John who had emigrated to England and served with an English regiment in Gallipoli where he was killed.

The ceremony started with the Mayor welcoming everyone and thanking us for being with them on this special day. There were a lot of VIP’s present representing different countries. The Irish minister Heather Humphries and the Irish ambassador to France were there as was Brigadier General Mulligan of the Irish Defence Forces. There were soldiers from the Irish, British and French armies, so many uniforms it was hard to know where they were all from.

There were many speeches remembering what the Irish soldiers had achieved, the mayor thanked the Irish for giving back to the Guillemont people their village so they could return to a place that their ancestors had lived in before the war. Sometimes villages disappeared due to the bombings and people ended up living elsewhere and not returning to where they came from.

When the ceremony finished loads of photos were taken and people talked a lot. It was great to be able to stand beside the Irish cross where all the wreaths were laid. It seems to me that these soldiers are better remembered by the French than they are by the Irish at home.

However my dad says times have changed and they are better remembered now then in the past, and that is due to education and young people like me asking questions about these once forgotten Irish soldiers.

Florence Court Trip

On Wednesday September 7th, Abbey Community College leaving certificate students travelled to Derrygonnelly, Co Fermanagh to participate in their geographical investigation study.

The aim of this year's study was to investigate how transportation and deposition affect the formation of a meander. The students’ fieldwork site was the Larganess River in Florence Court where they examined the depth, bedload size, velocity and transported load using a variety of different techniques to gather the relevant data.

Over the next few weeks the students will be writing up their results which will be worth 20% towards their final exam. Overall it was a very successful trip which the students thoroughly enjoyed.

Exam Success

Congratulations to Abbey Community College students who received their Junior Certificate results this week. The results were excellent and there were plenty of smiles on Wednesday as students collected their certificates in the school.

Sports Round-up

School sports began with a vengeance this week with students registering and training across a range of activities, including soccer, athletics, Gaelic football, basketball, rugby and golf.  It promises to be an exciting sporting year for Abbey pupils.


Of course several Abbey students already have reason to celebrate with both the Eastern Harps U14s and U16s winning County titles. The older boys added the A Championship title to the A League that they won earlier this year.


Led by captain and Leaving Certificate student Marcus Meehan, Harps defeated Curry at the Centre of Excellence in Scarden, Sligo. The school would like to congratulate Marcus, Kyle Cosgrove and Tomas Taheny on another great win.


Congratulations also to our U14 pupils on their commanding victory over Tubbercurry in the B Championship. The team included Abbey’s Eoin O’Gara, James Kiernan, Diarmuid Higgins, Finn Bruen, Darragh Cogan, Sean Higgins and Sean Conheady. 

News 12th December 2015

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Enterprise Visits 2015


This week forty five Pre-Leaving Certificate students who are studying L.C.V.P. Link Modules are involved in their enterprise visits and interviews with local entrepreneurs.

The visits are organised in partnership with Roscommon Local Enterprise Office  as part of the Enterprise Encounter Programme.

Each student will complete a Summary Report based on their visit for their L.C.V.P. Portfolio.

We wish to thank Roscommon Local Enterprise Office  and all the local businesses for their support, time and effort in facilitating these enterprise visits.


Abbey Community College Carol Singers

For the last two years a number of our students have taken part in helping the Willow Grove Day Centre members with their fundraising activity.

The members of this group take part in a Carol Service for the residents of the Plunkett Home, Boyle and also sang carols in Supervalu. We have been invited again by this local group to participate in this worthwhile activity.

Abbey College Juniors qualify for quarter finals


With the threat of the oncoming Storm Desmond hovering overhead, Abbey Community College Junior team overcame the odds against a very strong Colaiste Mhuire Ballymote to book their place in the Connacht league/championship quarter finals.

Having started the season with a comprehensive loos to Coola PPS, the Abbey College lads have turned their season around beating Mohill and now

Ballymote to advance out of what looked like a very difficult group.  Colaiste Mhuire went into the game as the favourites after drawing with the very able Coola PPS.  The fact that Abbey didn’t fair too well against the Souey school meant that they were going to have to play to their very best to win out.

 On a wet and heavy Abbey College pitch, the Ballymote captain won the toss and decided to play against the wind.  This gave the Roscommon College the early advantage which they found difficult to use from the outset.  The game was nip and tuck for the first 20 minutes with scores being exchanged with great difficulty.  Kelvin Morris and Marcus Meehan got the opening scores for the Abbey lads.  Ballymote, appeared to get their scores with greater ease despite playing against the wind.  The turning point in the opening half came when Eastern Harps clubman Tomas Taheny spooted an opening and threaded an excellent ball to Louis Garvin at centre half forward.  Louis carried the ball drawing the defence before slipping it across to captain Marcus Meehan.  Marcus held his nerve and finished brilliantly to the top corner of the net to give the Abbey lads a 4 point cushion.  The half time score of 1-5 to 0-4 meant that with the wind now against them, Abbey College had to work very hard to maintain their lead.

The second half started with great intensity and Colaiste Mhuire looked to have learned nothing from their opponents earlier troubles with playing with the strong wind.  Their first few attacks ended up over the end line as they struggled to find their range of passing.  Abbey College, now against an even stronger wind, got the first score with Kelvin Morris again carrying the ball well under pressure and finishing with a welcome score.  However, Colaiste Mhuire’s pressure began to tell and they found the back of the net to leave just a point between the teams.

They also got a let off when Abbey College were awarded a penalty for a foot block in the square.  Louis Garvin took responsibility but put his effort over the bar for a point.  Both sides now pressed hard for the victory to take them to the knock out stages.  David Battles who came on as a sub for the injured James Bolger, hit a great effort low to the corner but the Ballymote keeper saved excellently.  Marcus Meehan then slotted over the bar after great work from man of the match Eoin Dwyer at centre half back and substitute Bryan Regan who played the sleeper role to great effect.  The final whistle blew to great relief from the Abbey College lads who won an enjoyable game 1-9 to 1-7.

Abbey Community College: Tomas Regan, Conor Magee, Eddie Farrell, Cory O’Donohoe, Tomas Taheny, Eoin Dwyer, Jack Moran, Adam Simon, Shane O’Neill, Kelvin Morris, Louis Garvin, Martin Kennedy, James Bolger, Marcus Meehan, Dylan Casey. Subs: David Battles for Bolger 37mins, Bryan Regan for Kennedy 54 mins. Usama Tallat, Ronan Flanagan.

News 23th November 2015

Abbey Community College 1st Yr Football 

Abbey Community College, Boyle 1st year boys football team opened their league season with a hard fought win against Castlerea Community School on a score

line of ACC 9-19,CCC 6-5.

The early exchanges were very different to the final score line with Castlerea racing into an early lead scoring 3-1 to Abbey colleges 0-1 with only 10mins gone. However Liam McKeon and Cathal Feely started to dominate the midfield sector, which allowed Seamus and Eoin Connolly to show some delightful skills and get Abbey College back into the game and by half time they led by 5-10 to 3-3.

Abbey College continued their good play into the second half with excellent defensive play from Aaron Flynn, Jamie Reynolds, Iarla Regan and Luke Fitzhenry stopping the Castlerea attacks time after time. The hard working Shayn Hayden delivered long ball into the full forward line of Stephan O’ Connor, Jack Flanagan and Cadell Beirne who tacked on scores to deliver an impressive final score line and open their season with an excellent win. Others to impress for Abbey College were Tomas Demeter, Keelan Wright, Shane Carr and Darren Cogan.

Team squad; Tomas Demeter,  Keelan Wright,  Jamie Reynolds,  Aaron fFynn, Iarla Regan, Luke Fitzhenry,  Shane Carr, Cathal Feely (2-1), Liam McKeon (2-3), Eoin Connolly (0-2),  Seamus Connolly (1-12),  Shane Hayden, Stephen O’ Connor,  Jack Flanagan (3-1),  Cadell Beirne (1-0), Darragh Cogan.


Abbey Community College get their first win of the season

On Thursday last, Abbey Community College overcame the much fancied Mohill CC to get their season back on track in the Connacht Junior League.  After a poor start, the Abbey lads finally got to grips with the wet conditions and their handling improved as the half wore on. Some great play in the forward line with captain

Marcus Meehan pulling the strings with some fine passing, allowed Abbey to get back into the game.  A goal from Louis Garvin kicked things off.  Points from Meehan, Kelvin Morris and another goal from Garvin put the Boyle school ahead by seven points at half time.  Excellent defending from Cory O’Donohoe in the full back line along with hard work in midfield by Adam Simons laid the foundations for a lot of the Abbey attacks.

The second half saw Mohill fly out of the blocks scoring two unanswered goals in the first five minutes to bring the Abbey lead down to a single point.  However, the Abbey lads held their nerve and replied with a goal of their own with Dylan Casey finding the net.  Good points from Garvin again and Martin Kennedy saw them regaining control of the game due to the dominance of Eoin Dwyer at centre half back.  Mohill tried hard to get back into the game but some excellent work from man of the match Cory O’Donohoe along with Eddie Farrell and Jack Moran in the defence kept them at bay.

The game was finally put beyond the reach of the Leitrim lads when Dylan Casey again popped up to score another goal.  This was an encouraging performance from the Abbey boys especially given the fact that they lost their influential forward James Bolger to injury during the warm up.  Another player who deserves great credit was Tomas Regan who made his debut as a keeper in this game and showed great competence with kick outs and under the high ball.  Abbey now face Ballymote in a winner takes all group game to determine who qualifies for the quarter finals.

Final Score: Mohill CC 5-5, Abbey CC 5-14

Abbey CC: Tomas Regan, Cory O’Donohoe, Eddie Farrell, Conor Magee, Jack Moran, Eoin Dwyer,Tomas Taheny, Adam Simon, Shane O’Neill, Martin Kennedy, Louis Garvin, Kelvin Morris                  , Jonah Tighe, Marcus Meehan (Cpt), Dylan Casey

Subs: David Battles, Usama Tallat, Mantis Grigitis,

News 12th November 2015

Open Day at UCD and Maynooth

On Saturday 7th of November Leaving Cert Students  from Abbey CC visited UCD for the open day.  We visited individual stands at the O’Reilly Hall and spoke to

students and lecturers . Many students  went to the O’Brien Building and went to lectures in General Science , Medicine and Food Science.

We also attended lectures in Nursing, English, Film Studies and Veterinary Science.  We received some advice about accommodation and took a Campus  tour . UCD is a large campus with very modern facilities. 

On our way home we stopped at Maynooth University and were given a campus tour  by Clement and Orla from the Students’  Union.  Maynooth has some beautiful old buildings and some very modern ones as well.  The student accommodation is on campus.

We would like to thank Kevin McMahon for getting safely to and from Dublin on the day.

1st Year Futsal Tournament

The Roscommon FAI Schools Futsal tournament took place in Strokestown on Wednesday last with Abbey Community College fielding 2 teams in the boys and

girls competition.

In the girls competition, Team 1 faced Strokestown A, Mercy C and Elphin.  Although new to the game, the girls played some very good football with Mairead McKeon Saoirse Wynne playing well in attack.  The team just came up short vs Elphin but won their second game against Strokestown while also losing to the Mercy.

Team 1:Rachel Kelly, Kate Garavan, Saoirse Wynne, Blaithin Deane, Alisha Lannon, Mairead McKeon

Team 2 also faced teams from the Mercy and Strokestown and were victorious in beating the Mercy B team. Mairead Connolly and Niamh Ryan performed very well for this team.  Unfortunately, neither team progressed out of the group stages and the competition was won for the fourth year in a row by the Mercy Roscommon.

Team 2: Megan Reynolds, Heather Kerins, Emma Scally, Mairead Connolly, Riona Keville, Niamh Ryan, Ruth Duggan, Nadine Johnston,

In the boys competition, Team 1 were left to rue a missed opportunity in their final group game after winning their first two vs Templemichael A,  Strokestown A and ElphinB.  In their opening game against Longford school Templemichael, they played some very good passing football to win 4-1.  The team was lead by Cathal Feely in goals who orchestrated matters from the back.  It would all come down to the last game against Strokestown B to see who would qualify for the finals. Unfortunately they didn’t maintain their passing game from the previous rounds and lost 3-2 to the eventual competition winners. 

Team 1:Cathal Feely, Tomas Demeter, Stephan O’Connor, Eoin Connolly, Seamus Connolly, Iarla Regan, Darragh Coggan

In the other group, the Team 2 started out very well going ahead against Roscommon CBS with goals from Liam McKeon and Sean Grehan.  They battled well thoughout but lost 4-2 in the end.  They were also paired against Elphin A, Templemichael B and Strokestown A but didn’t  progress out of the group despite great play from Aaron Flynn and Kealan Wright.

Team 2: Kealan Wright, Liam McKeon, Jack Flanagan, Cadell Beirne, Andrew Moran, Shane Carr, Sean Grehan, Aaron Flynn.

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Careers visit to Limerick Colleges

On Friday 16th October 28 students from Abbey Community College attended the open day at University of Limerick. Some students took the shuttle bus to Mary Immaculate College.
We attended lectures on Primary Teaching and the available Arts degrees.

A number of students attended the Limerick College of Art and Design. We viewed the painting and sculpture exhibitions and were given a guided tour of the college by a lecturer.
At the main UL campus we attended lectures on Psychology, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Midwifery, PE teaching, Engineering and Business Studies. We also took part in tours of the campus accommodation and sports hall.

Abbey C C Junior Football

Abbey Community College Junior footballers got their season off to a start with a tough encounter against their local rivals Coola PPS. Unfortunately it was the Sligo team's day as they proved too strong, winning the game 3-14 to 1-12. The Abbey boys gave a good account of themselves in the second half with James Bolger at midfield getting some excellent scores throughout the game. Also good for ACC were Eoin Dwyer and Eddie Farrell at the back while Shane O'Neill also took some good scores in the half forward line. They now face Mohill CC in the next round of the league on the Monday after mid-term.

NUI Galway Open Day

Twenty four students from Abbey Community College recently attended the open day at NUI Galway. We started off by looking at a number of stands which

provided information and advice about different courses. This was very informative as we got the chance to speak to lecturers and students. We then had the opportunity to attend lectures in the different sections of the university on subjects such as Psychology, Film Studies, Journalism, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Science. We were also given a guided tour of the student accommodation in Corrib Village.

Whole School Evaluation

Last week Abbey Community College welcomed Department of Education inspectors to the school for a Whole School Evaluation. The whole-school evaluation – management, leadership and learning (WSE-MLL) is a process of external evaluation of the work of post-primary schools carried out by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills.

The school has been planning for the inspection in conjunction with the Department since September. The process aims to facilitate quality assurance of schools and to enhance quality through fostering school improvement.

During the inspection, the school was evaluated on management and leadership, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the school's own planning and self-review. The inspection focused on all aspects and subjects in the school, providing preliminary feedback ahead of a more formal report later. The inspection process was completed in a climate of mutual respect to identify, acknowledge and affirm good practice in the school and to promote high standards in education.

Teachers were delighted to receive such positive feedback on the work being done in classrooms. Students once more showed themselves to be wonderful young ambassadors for the area. The school was buzzing with activity throughout what was a very exciting and rewarding week.

Girls  U16 Football.

The Abbey Community College girls U16 team kicked off their season with an encouraging win in their Connacht league game against Colaiste Pobail Achill. Winning with a score line of 5-13 to 4-4, the girls started very well with goals from Sinead Glennon and Kate Harrington putting them in a commanding position. Achill failed to take their chances in the first half and further good play from Aine Mullins and Michaela Ward put the Roscommon girls well ahead at half time.
The second half saw a change performance from the Achill girls and they laid seige to the Boyle goals for long periods. Excellent defending from Niamh McGrath and Grace Flanagan kept them at bay. The introduction of Mary Ellen Halligan at mid field also allowed Abbey College to get out of trouble on a few occasions.
They will now face St Brendans Belmullet in their next game.

CAO Information Evening

On September 21st an information evening for parents of Leaving Certificate students was held in Abbey Community College. The topics included the CAO application process, applying to study in the UK through UCAS and the application process for courses taught through the medium of English in European colleges (EUNICAS). There was a great attendance by parents on the evening.  A broad view of possibilities was made available to parents, who are now in a position to have informed conversations with their children about their options. 

First Year Parents’Information Evening

On September 7th an information evening for parents of First Year students was held in Abbey Community College. Parents were given the opportunity to visit the school and speak with staff after presentations from various staff members. Mr. Sean Tansey welcomed the parents and gave a general overview of the role of the school and the community in the lives of the children. Mr. Frank Colohan explained the book rental system. Ms. Maria Moynihan addressed the area of pastoral care and the role of the Chaplain, and Ms. Eithne O’ Malley informed the parents of the role of the Guidance Counsellor and the importance of organisation and study skills. Mr. John Fitzmaurice explained his role as Year Head and gave a demonstration of how parents can access their child’s information such as attendance, punctuality and attendance records through the Eportal system. It was a very positive experience for both staff and parents.

Study Skills

On September 30th and October 1st Study Focus visited the Abbey Community College to provide a comprehensive study skills and examination techniques training program to student in 3rd Year and 5th Year. They also offered a free presentation to parents on the evening of the 30th to demonstrate the information that is given to students and explains how parents can help the students with their studies. Students had the opportunity to give feedback and they found it to be a very valuable experience.

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