News archieve pre 2013/2014

May 15th 2013
National Farming & Diversity Competition
Congratulations to Aisling rock from 5th year Ag Science who won the National Farming & Diversity competition 2013 for her project  entitled "How would you Educate your Neighbour about minimising the impact of pollutants".
The judges commented that "Aisling's entry was extraordinary as she addressed the brief by firstly surveying knowledge and practice of 20 local farmers and then compling a best manual practice for farmers' use in dealing with the day to day chalenges of managing the impact of pollutants"
March 12th 2013
Well done to Finley Daly, Caoimhe Brennan and Shane Comer who were the schools first participants at the All Ireland cross country finals last Saturday in Jordanstown, Belfast.
Finley ran a great race to come 24th out of a field of 120 in the minor boys race. This was his third ever cross country race and he has shown great potential for the sport.
Caoimhe also ran an excellent race coming 64th out of 100 in a very strong Junior Girls field. Her hard work all year paid off and Caoimhe will be hoping to use the experience as she will still be in the junior category again next year.
Shane Comer, showed his great determination coming 65th out of 120 Senior boys. This 6500 m race was the toughest of all. With rain and a cold northerly wind increasing, the course turned into a mud bath for the eight race of the day. Shane ran very well and finished off a very encouraging day  for the school.
The athletes have hopefully started the foundations for more success in the coming years and they now look forward to the track and field competition on the 30th April.
March 6th 20013

Abbey Community College U14 ladies footballers continued their unbeaten run for the season by
overcoming a very strong Davitt College Castlebar.  This Connacht quarter final was a stern test for the Abbey girls but they withstood a lot of second half pressure to win out 5-10 to 5-1.
The first half saw the Boyle school playing with a strong breeze and slight hill and they took full advantage to go into a quick lead with goals from Ciara Goldrick, Jade Hatter and Niamh Davis. Davitt struggled to gain any territory against the breeze and Abbey went into half time 5=7 to 1-0 ahead. A good save from keeper Aisling Sweeney and excellent work from midfield pairing Jade Hatter and Emma O'Bierne formed the platform for the win while Niamh Conway's fine point from distance was the score of the half.
The Abbey girls knew they would have to work even harder in the second half. Davitt used the wind to their advantage but they couldn't breach the strong defense with Aisling Sharkey, Aoife Kearney and Roisin Wynne showing great determination.
Points from Jade Hatter, Ciara Goldrick and Niamh Davis were enough to maintain the Abbey advantage and keep Davitt's advances at bay.
They now face the winners of Mohill and Foxford in the semi final next week.
Team: Aisling Sharkey, Maria Leonard, Aoife Kearney, Michaela Regan, Viola Boe, Roisin Wynne, Aisling Sharkey, Jade Hatter, Emma O'Bierne (capt), Niamh Davis, Michaela Ward, Emma McDermott, Ali Burke, Niamh Conway, Ciara Goldrick and Ciara Noone.
Subs: Maggie Austin, Aoife Valentine, Kelly Mc Loughlin, Cliona McDermott, Megan Carty, Laura Foley, Mary Ellen Halligan, Aisling Keenan, Leanne Reynolds, Caoimhe Brennan, Chloe Slattery.

February 24th 2013

On Friday the 22nd of February a Bake Sale in aid of Trocaire took place.Just over  Two Hundred Euro was raised. The

idea came from a  group of second year students who attended a talk given by a support worker for Trocaire. The 2nd years have worked alongside   the Student Council Members in order to organise and promote the fundraiser. This is the start of a number of small fundraising ideas which will take place to support the work that Trocaire does in developing countries.
 Ambika Paraja is a happy nine year old girl who lives with her family in the small village of Jhilligoan in Odisha- Eastern India . She is the girl pictured on the Trocaire box for this years Lenten Campaign. Living in such an isolated area, the community was excluded and forgotten. Trocaire Has Helped The Community To Form A Village Development Committee.
Trocaire helped them to get government support which helps families improve their land through training and they can grow enough to feed themselves and earn an income
The students have gotten involved in a number of ways already by taking Cards which support the fundraising for Trocaire.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank All who helped organise this event. It is Greatly Appreciated.February 6th 2013

Well done to Ms. Cronin from our science department whose new book
"Revise Wise Ag Science" has just been published. This is Ms. Cronin's second publication having produced the text book "Breaking Ground" last year. Ms. Cronin has written both books in colaboration with Ms. Sandra Tiernan who has also worked at Abbey Community College in the past. Revise Wise Ag Science is published by Edco,

February 1st 2013

A good night was had by all in NUIG on Tuesday, 15th of January when  Sinead Connolly and Conor O'Gara were delighted to receive the Junior Cert Business Studies Award. Sinead and Conor received their awards as a result of having achieved an A grade in the subject. They were amongst 200 other students from Connaught who also received the recognition. The night also gave the students a small taste of the college life which they will hopefully experience again in the next few years. Sinead and Conor were accompanied in Galway by their business teacher Ms. Sheeran.

January 28th 2013

On Friday 25th January, 102 music students from Abbey Community College travelled to Carrick cineplex for a special viewing of the movie ‘Les Miserables’. This was a musical treat organised by music teacher Ms. Hannon and we were very excited to make the trip!

The film tells the story of Jean Valjean, played with conviction by Hugh Jackman, an ex-convict who becomes mayor of a town in France. Soon exposed, Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, played by Anne Hathaway, but as a fugitive must also avoid being captured again by police inspector Javert, played by Russell Crowe. The plot spans 17 years and is set against a backdrop of political turmoil, which in the film culminates in the June Rebellion of France.

Musical showstoppers from the movie include ‘On My Own’, ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘Castle on a Cloud’, ‘Do you hear the people sing?’  and ‘I dreamed a dream’, the later performed stunningly by Anne Hathaway. The director Tom Hooper crucially made the actors sing live, rather than miming to a pre-recorded soundtrack as is the case in most other film musicals. The result of this certainly increased our enjoyment of the movie as it makes everything seem real and spontaneous. In all, it was a great learning experience for us and one which we can certainly apply to our music studies. Junior cert students will use music from the soundtrack in the choice songs & works section of the music syllabus.

Hopefully there will be another great movie adaptation of a musical for next years trip !

1st and 2nd year boys basketball v Davitt College Castlebar on Tuesday 22-1-13
Our 1st year boys started off their basketball season with a well deserved win over Davitt College Castlebar on  a scoreline of ACC 16 vs Davitt 12. Good performances by Finlay Daly, Jack Moran and Greg Doherty helped to secure the win.
The 2nd years suffered a heart breaking one point loss, to a basket in the closing seconds, against Davitt College Castlebar in their first game of the season. The scoreline finished ACC 16 vs Davitt College 17. Best for ACC were J. Clarke and Conor Lavin

November 24th 2012
Science Quiz

The Science department hosted a science quiz for the entire school to finish off Science Week 2012. The quiz which was held in the school gym in order to facilitate the large numbers covered many areas of science. All teams were comprised of a student from each year in the school ensuring a diverse knowledge base for each topic. Among the most popular rounds were those where students had to identify the science terms from musical clues and the picture round where teams had to identify staff from their baby pictures. Well done to Ms Reddington and Ms. Cronin for putting the quiz together in an eye catching graphic presentation. Congratulations to the winning team photographed here.


 Abbey Community College welcomed 15 German students and their 2 teachers from Remscheid,

Düsseldorf on Monday last September 24th. The German students were hosted by 5th and 6th Year students at Abbey Community College. Over the course of the week the German exchange students attended classes with their exchange partners. They also visited “Eagles Flying” in Ballymote, followed by a trip to Sligo. The students went bowling and to the cinema. They also took part in a range of activities in Lough Key Forest Park. A very enjoyable week was had by all involved. A big thank you to all 5th and 6th Year students and their families who hosted the German students in their homes and made them feel so welcome.

May 2012: End of year sports day

MAY 2012

Language & Adventure

On Wednesday the 25th April 56 First Year German and French students attended the

Donegal Language and Adventure centre in Bundoran for three days of outdoor activities and language classes. The students took part in a wide variety of activities including surfing, high ropes climbing, adventure challenges, obstacle courses and archery. The students also participated in German and French language. The full programme of activities over the course of the three days kept everyone entertained and the trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all students who took part.
April 2012

German Exchange

The fifth visit to Remscheid as part of Abbey Community College’s exchange programme with the Gertrud-Bäuer Gymnasium in Remscheid, North West Germany took place recently.

The group of 16 students from 5th year, accompanied by their teachers Ciara Beirne and Kathleen Reddington travelled on the 28th March to the industrialised Ruhr area where students were introduced to their host families.

Over the course of the six day visit the group got a real taste of day to day life in Germany, by living with a German family, experiencing their culture and traditions, cooking and eating German food and of course by speaking German with their host families.

Their attendance at the Gertrud-Bäuer Gymnasium provided them with hands on experience of the German school system, and for most, a new found appreciation of our own 9am school start!

The students enjoyed a packed schedule including, a visit to the zoo in Wuppertal, a trip to the cinema to see a German film, a day trip to Cologne, a visit to the science museum and a hike to Schlossburg with a trip on a cable car, German style!

The exchange was thoroughly enjoyed by all students who are already looking forward to their exchange partner’s return visit to Boyle in September.

March 2012
Girls reach final
Boyle second years had a big win this week in the semi-finals of the North Western Region Girls'
Basketball Championships. Against a determined visiting team from Falcarragh in County Donegal, the home team came good down the stretch.

Although the score ended up 40-34, there was little separating the sides for the bulk of the match. Some strong rebounding and crucial baskets from Melilssa Mattimoe and Michelle McLoughlin were notable aspects of the victory.
The line-up that finished the match on the floor was: Melissa Mattimoe, Michelle McLoughlin, Aodbha Wynne, Rebecca Phelan and Niamh Beirne. The team can now look forward to next week's final against another Donegal team, Killibegs.
A Nice trip for French students
Fifth year pupils from Abbey Community College last week returned from a five-day school tour to France. The students, who all study French, stayed with hosts families in a bid to improve their language skills and experience another culture.
The base for the trip was Saint Raphael in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, although students enjoyed a number of interesting day trips.
Highlights from these excursions included a day trip to Nice and 20 degree weather along the Mediterranean seafront. Also, nearby, there was a day-trip to Monte Carlo.
It is hoped that when students take their Leaving Certificate French Oral Examination next year the tour will prove beneficial. The memory of Gallic good food and company promises to last until then. 
 Student View
“Seeing the places and meeting the people. Witnessing how others live was interesting.” – Aisling McLoughlin
“My favourite part was Nice. The old town was full of character—and I loved the shopping.” – Saoirse Noone
“Being submerged in the culture was a great way to learn the language.” – Aisling Kelly
“We were introduced to new cultures and food. It was a great exposure to the language and the beach was great too.” – Michael Grehan 

Macbeth scholars swoop on Hawk’s Well
There was another outing last week for fifth year students. This time those studying Macbeth visited the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo.
The performance was produced by Icarus Theatre Collective and South Hill Park Arts Centre in association with Kings Theatre Portsmouth. 
The performance, which was selected to open the prestigious 2012 Shakespeare Fest in Germany, vividly brought the Scottish play to life. 
A small cast took on a number of roles, with the transitions carried out in a seamless manner. Students had the opportunity to see the text they have been studying brought to life much as Shakespeare intended.
The show also afforded students the opportunity to study the different aspects of theatre, such as lighting, sound, costumes and props. The experience is sure to improve their understanding across the entire English syllabus.

Fun on the farm
It wasn’t just the fifth years who had all the fun over the past fortnight. Leaving Certificate students also enjoyed the opportunity to learn outside the school. As part of their Agricultural Science studies, students visited Lough Gara Farm on Friday, March 9th. This has now become an annual jaunt that students always look forward to.
Winning on the double
The school had an excellent week on the sporting front with both the first and second year boys’ teams winning hard-fought matches. 
The opposition, Davitt College from Castlebar, surely looked to the heavens and wondered what had happened after they managed to lose two games that could have gone either way. 
The first year tussle saw Boyle scrape home by a point, 0-13 to 0-12. The boys showed great courage in taking the victory. 
Their older school mates had to dig even deeper in the second-year match-up as the game went to extra time. However, once again it was Abbey who managed to come out on top.
January 26th 2012

On Thursday the 26th of January the Students of Abbey Community College were given the chance to see dramatic performances from the drama company 'Humourfit'. This drama company have travelled the length and breadth of Ireland performing their own original works which relate to the SPHE programme in schools.

The 'Humourfit' team consists of Mike O'Sullivan and Lynda Buckley. They performed two shows. The first for Senior Cycle Students, was called 'Hooked'. This told the story of Alan Ray who is your average 14 yr old and yet becomes embroiled in the world of drugs misuse. The students reaction to this presentation was noteworthy as the nature of the presentation was humorous with a touch of reality through statistics about alcohol addiction thrown in along the way.
The fact that alcohol is a drug, that when alcohol is taken it can make a person susceptable to taking other drugs. Whether we are more relaxed in our culture about alcohol it was clearly pointed out the dangers of alcohol addiction and the fatal consequences that can result.

Our Junior Cycle students were shown the production 'The Malice of Miss Brady'
The interesting fact was pointed out that we all will experience bullying at some stage in our lives whether we are six or sixty. Therefore you could conclude according to Mr. O'Sulllivan that within each of us are aspects of the 'Bully' and The 'Victim'. The play centres on Johanna and Patrice and the way in which their relationship becomes fraught with tension and unease. Students were questioned about their own reactions to the play.
Questions were posed to the students about their reactions to bullying such as: 'When were you the bully? What lines did you laugh at that were on the lips of the bully? When did you stop laughing?
Some of our own third year students who are completeing an action project for CSPE also got a chance  to put their questions to the presenters.
All in all the students had a rewarding experience.  We would like to thank Mr.O'Sullivan and Miss Bradley for travelling to Boyle and contributing to our learing for life. We also wish to thank Mr. Brennan(Caretaker), Ms. Walsh (CSPE Teacher) and her Third Years for all their help in preparing for these dramas.

December 6th

Powering to the Play-Offs

The Abbey Community College Cadette Boys Basketball team qualified for the regional play offs following a hard fought win away to Mohill.

The ACC boys started very well with Thomas Halligan getting the first of his seven baskets in what was an outstanding MVP performance from the Power forward. Scores from Dylan Mattimoe, Ryan Finneran and Halligan opened up a first quarter lead of 4-14.

Winning away to Mohill is usually a very difficult achievement, and although starting out as underdogs, ACC very quickly looked the stronger team. The guards Paddy Goldrick and Gareth Gilmartin were given some time to rest after a magnificent shift in defence which created four turnovers in the first eight minutes. Cathal Beirne and Aaron O’Brien took over and continued the good form.  Further scores from Halligan and a great drive from Finneran left the Boyle lads ahead by twelve points at half time.

The second half was a far tougher encounter with the Mohill lads starting to find their range.  John Kane came into the game for an injured Mattimoe. Mohill scored three unanswered baskets and went into the last quarter down by only five.  The final quarter saw Centre Dylan Mattimoe coming back off the bench to try to settle proceedings as Mohill came more and more into the ascendancy. 

Although ACC had plenty of possession, they couldn’t find their scores with the same ease as in the first half.  With three minutes to play both teams called time outs to try and settle things. Mohill drew level with two minutes to play but MVP Thomas Halligan won a vital offensive rebound and scored to put ACC back up by two.  Gareth Gilmartin then proved that height is not essential as he faked a shot and dribbled past a towering forward to lay up for a crucial score. Mohill came back again but ACC held out to their two point win on a score of 28-26.

Model Students
Recently fifth and sixth year German students from the school attended a German film at The Model Arts Centre in Sligo. Pupils were accompanied by their teacher Ms. Beirne.
The film Neukölln Unlimited can best be described as a musical film that deals with the topic of integration of immigrant youth living in neglected urban areas.
Students study the topic of youth and integration as part of their Leaving Certificate course and will have the opportunity to speak about the film in their German oral exam next year.

On Thursday there was a second trip to The Model for language students from Boyle. This time is was first years studying French, who accompanied their teacher Ms. Townsend to see Panique au Village.

The film is a based on a classic Belgian animation that follows plastic toy figurines Horse, Indian and Cowboy. The latter pair’s plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house instead. Surreal adventures ensue with confusion a part of life in this papier mâché town. Students certainly enjoyed the experience.

Gaelic Games

Before the rain wreaked havoc with the fixture list across all age groups, the first year boys’ Gaelic team suffered away defeat at the hands of Ballinamore Post-Primary School. 
Playing against the wind in the first half the Boyle boys were on the back foot from the start. Sean Brown was busy in goals on the way to another man of the match performance.
Despite his good work and points from Joshua Clarke and Conor Deery, Boyle still went in at half-time 1-04 to 0-02 down.

In the second half with the wind at their backs things failed to improve for the visitors. However, in the last five minutes Boyle rallied following a Robert Kearney point. Conor Deery hit the bar and had a great strike saved by the goalkeeper but it wasn’t to be, the final score 1-12 to 0-06. 
Boyle now needs to win the last two group games against Manorhamilton and Mohill to progress to the league knockout stage.
November 28th

FAI Futsal

The first year boys took part in the FAI-run schools’ futsal blitz. The school had two teams and both competed well in every game they played. The A team were particularly unlucky to lose out having finished second in their group to the eventual winners. All students played their parts in what was a very evenly matched and competitive tournament.


Creative Writing Workshop

Last week first year English students took part in a creative writing workshop. The workshop was run under the guidance of established author JP Rodgers. Each class group spent a session with the experienced author learning about the craft of writing. They also contributed their own efforts in collaborative and positive peer exercises. They were also treated to samples of work from local writers.

14th November 2011

Model Students
On Wednesday last fifth and sixth year German students from the school attended a German film at The Model Arts Centre in Sligo. Pupils were accompanied by their teacher Ciara Beirne.
The film Neukölln Unlimited can best be described as a musical film that deals with the topic of integration of immigrant youth living in neglected urban areas.
Students study the topic of youth and integration as part of their Leaving Certificate course and will have the opportunity to speak about the film in their German oral exam next year.
Gaelic Games
The first year boys’ Gaelic team suffered away defeat at the hands of Ballinamore Post-Primary School last Thursday.
Playing against the wind in the first half the Boyle boys were on the back foot from the start. Sean Brown was busy in goals on the way to another man of the match performance.
Despite his good work and points from Joshua Clarke and Conor Deery Boyle still went in at half-time 1-04 to 0-02 down.
In the second half with the wind at their backs things failed to improve for the visitors. However, in the last five minutes Boyle rallied following a Robert Kearney point. Conor Deery hit the bar and had a great strike saved by the goalkeeper but it wasn’t to be, the final score 1-12 to 0-06.
Boyle now needs to win the last two group games against Manorhamilton and Mohill to progress to the league knockout stage.
In basketball the senior boys lost a close match at home, losing by two points to Sligo Grammar School 42-40. However, the under-16s had a comprehensive victory over the same opposition 38-12.

17th October 2011

Driving School

Sixth-year Geography students from Abbey Community College will carry out their Leaving Certificate Geography project in the town of Boyle on Wednesday 19th October.

This project involves the students analysing the relationship between economic activity and traffic flows in the town. The students, under the supervision of their teachers, will study the town's one-way system and parking in the town. The students will also survey economic activity in the town centre.



The whole school came together last Thursday to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. Students were asked to donate €1 to cancer research. In addition to the reward of helping, students were treated to a staff versus pupils volleyball match.

Held in the school gymnasium, Leaving Certificate students were cheered on by over 400 of their peers in an energy-filled arena. Unfortunately for the students it was the teachers who took a close first set. However, they got their own back in the second set with telling contributions from Rokas Gain and Luke Harrington.

Though the thinking behind the event was to help the Irish Cancer Society, it was also a telling reflection of the positive and co-operative atmosphere that exists in the school, with each student playing a part in some way

3rd October 2011

German Exchange

Last week saw the third visit to Abbey Community College by students from the Gertrud-Bäuer Gymnasium in Remscheid, North West Germany. 15 German students accompanied by their two teachers spent a very enjoyable few days in Boyle and surrounding areas.

Over the course of the week the German students accompanied their exchange partners to school and attended classes for the day. Students went to “Eagles Flying” in Ballymote, where they

enjoyed a spectacular bird show, which was followed by a trip to Sligo. “Zipit” at Lough Key Forest Park proved to be a particular highlight for Irish and German students alike. Students also went bowling and to the cinema in Carrick-on-Shannon. Host families al

so took the time to take the exchange students on additional outings to places including King House and Strand Hill. All in all it was yet another very successful exchange, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all concerned. A big thank you to all 5th and 6th Year students and their families who very kindly hosted the German students in their homes and made them feel so welcome.

Trad Group

Abbey Community College Traditional Irish Music Group has been re-formed for the new school year. This talented group of musicians will perform at many events during the year and are delighted to be joined by new members from 1st Year.

These students will be carrying on the fine work of traditional musicians from previous years, who entertained the school and raised money for charity through their talents.

28th September 2011

Connaught Colleges League Match vs Elphin

It was a warm humid day as Abbey Community College Boyle and Elphin Community College got the Connaught League off and running. Abbey were in the ascendency early on as Kevin Henry got the opening score of the game. Elphin quickly responded and got a point of their own within a few minutes. Abbey kept the scoreboard ticking over with points from forwards Michael Lavin and Colin Goldrick. Elphin always had an answer however as they sailed over their second point of the game.  It was score after score as midfielder Tadhg McKenna and Goldrick put Abbey further ahead. Elphin were not going to be outdone as they knocked over three more points. Goldrick kept Abbey in touch as he curled over another point. Elphin drove on in the closing stages of the half as they put over another score after score. Abbey were relying on Goldrick and he duly obliged as he tapped over his third point of the half to leave the half time score Abbey Community College Boyle 0-7 Elphin Community College 0-8.

The Second half commenced with Abbey needing an improvement from their first half performance. They responded in style as forward Joe Kilcullen put the ball into the back of the Elphin net. Elphin had an immediate answer with two points without reply. Abbey re-established the lead however with Tadhg McKenna dropping his shot over the bar with his weaker left foot. Abbey didn’t sit back as corner forward Conor Tivnan and Goldrick popped over two more points. Elphin went searching for a goal to bring them back into contention and that’s what they got after some last ditch tackling of the Abbey defence. Elphin now were building momentum and added another two points as Abbey were reeling. Abbey as Elphin did earlier replied immediately with points from McKenna and Goldrick and a second goal for Kilcullen. Elphin  knocked over a point after and just as it looked like the game had vanished for them they got their second goal of the match to tie the score up. Marc Casey eased Abbey nerves in the dying minutes as he netted the match winning goal after a wonderful ball by Kevin Henry. It was a thrilling game of football as Abbey College used their experience to fend off a spirited Elphin side. Full time Score: Abbey Community College 3-13 Elphin Community College 2-13.

Team: J. McDermott , L.Brennan , L. Harrington , T.Duignan , J. Sodden , T.McKenna (0-4) , Burns , A.Harrington , K.Henry (0-1) , D.Masterson , C.Goldrick (0-6) , S.Farrell , E.Lavin , M.Lavin (0-1) , J.Kilcullen (2-0) , C.Tivnan (0-1) , M.Casey (1-0) , D.Mattimoe , J.Conlon , S.Filan , J. Regan , D.O Grady , R.Finneran , A.Beirne , A.Carlos.


20th September 2011

Back to school

Abbey Community College is well and truly back in the run of things for 2011/2012. The school returned on August 25th with first years introduced to their new environs. Since then a large focus has been on examination results.

Following the Leaving Certificate outcomes announced in August, a high percentage of students from the school have gone onto further study. There were notable results for numerous students with the school outdoing the national average in many areas.

This week the school has been abuzz with students revelling in the excitement of Junior Certificate results day. There were strong performances across a range of subjects.


On the teaching side of things there have been a number of changes in Boyle. Several respected and long-standing teachers at the school have retired recently. These are: Mary Casey, Mary Cryan and Julie Newman. All three contributed greatly to the school and their legacy will be felt for some time to come.

Mood for thought!

Abbey Community College is renowned for its high-tech facilities. The school has now introduced a new teaching technique which will allow students to work online and to discuss their work with fellow students. Moodle is a global teaching tool, similar to a website, which allows teachers and students to add and exchange information relating to study. It is free to use for students and it is hoped that it will help with both school work and later life with technology now so commonplace.

16th September 2011

Comfy Café Roscommon Colleges League vs Garbally, Ballinasloe

It was far from ideal conditions at Abbey College's pitch when Boyle and Garbally Ballinasloe got the Roscommon Comfy Café College’s league off and running. Abbey College were quickest off the mark as a good build up by Abbey resulted in midfielder Enda Smith slamming the ball into the left hand corner. Garbally were made to pay for their lacklustre start with further scores from abbey forwards Colin Goldrick and Eoin Lavin. Garbally put up their first score with their corner forward pointing. Abbey went into fifth gear for the next 10 minutes with a feast of scores. Goldrick and Smith notched up their second scores of the game, Michael Lavin and Joe Kilcullen both found the back of the net. Garbally had a mountain to climb now but started to come back with their second point and powerful centre back David Murray blasting the ball to the roof of the net. Abbey responded positively with Lavin adding to his tally with a nice point. This left the half time score Abbey Community College 3-5 Garbally Ballinasloe 1-2.

Abbey continued their blistering form in the second half as midfielder Kevin Henry and Eoin Lavin pointed. Abbey produced their fourth goal of the game when pacey centre back Tadhg McKenna prodded the ball past the despairing goalkeeper. The misery continued for Garbally as Kilcullen grabbed his second goal of the game. Garbally to their credit kept plugging away and sailed over 3 further points. Abbey hit back with McKenna stroking the ball over the bar and forward Conor Tivnan tapping over also after good play from half forward Conor Murray. Kevin Henry rounded the keeper for a sixth goal for abbey as Garbally at least kept their tally up with two more points before Tivnan finished the game off with 2 final points. Garbally fought valiantly but it was a strong ruthless Abbey side that came away with a dominant full time score line of Abbey 6-12 Garbally 1-6.

TEAM: J McDermott , L.Brennan , Harrington , D.Mattimoe , J.Conlon , T.McKenna (1-1) , T.Burns , K.Henry(1-1)  , E.Smith(1-2) , C.Murray , A.Harrington , C.Goldrick(0-2) , E.Lavin(0-2) , M.Lavin(1-1) J.Kilcullen(2-0) , C.Tivnan(0-3) , M.Casey , J.Sodden , R.Finneran , K.Karpoewicz , A.Carlos , T.Duignan.


30th May 2011

Sports Presentation

Abbey Community College held its annual sports presentation on Monday 30th May. Special guest was Sean McDermott from the Roscommon GAA senior panel. Well done to all the students who participated in sport throughout the year and congratulations to those who went on to win competitions for the school. A special word of thanks to all those teachers who give their time to prepare teams for the school.

18th May 2011

Connaught Colleges Junior League Final 

It was a historic afternoon in Orchard Park as Abbey Community College Boyle captured the Connaught Junior League Title with a 3-11 to 0-7 victory over Strokestown Community School. The first half was a cagey affair with both sides cancelling each other out with a scoreline of Abbey 0-6 Strokestown 0-4. The dramatic change in the second half however was something to behold. Abbey rattled in three goals with Gary O Daly, Alan Harrington and an inspirational goal by Tadhg McKenna on target. Abbey kept the points ticking over also which really deflated a lacklustre second half Strokestown performance.  As the final whistle blew it was the boys in blue who jumped for joy as a marvellous performance by Abbey was rewarded when Captain Gary O Daly received the Junior League Winners shield. Frequently at this time I would pick out the players who as they say grabbed the headlines but it would be foolish of me to do so because it was an all round committed, skilful and courageous performance by the entire Abbey panel under the astute guidance of Mr.Greaney and Mr.O Connor.

Team: J.McDermott , L.Brennan , B.Furey , T.Duignan , J.Sweeney , T.McKenna , T.Burns , K.Henry , E.Smith , G.O Daly , A.Harrington , James Conlon , E.Lavin , M.Lavin , C.Goldrick.Subs: C.Lavin , D.Connaughton , D.Masterson , J.Morris , M.Casey .


Injured: S.Farrell, J.Regan, C.Murray, J.Nally, P.Goldric and C.Tivnan



12th May 2011

German Exchange

This April saw the fourth visit to Remscheid by Boyle students as part of Abbey Community College’s exchange with the Gertrud-Bäuer Gymnasium in Remscheid, North West Germany.

The group of 12 students from 5th year and Transition year, accompanied by their teachers Ciara Beirne and Eithne O’ Malley travelled on the 13th April to the industrialised Ruhr area where students were united with their host families.

Over the course of the six day visit the group got a real taste of day to day life in Germany by living with a German family, experiencing their culture and traditions, cooking and eating German food and of course by speaking in German with their host families.

Their attendance at the Gertrud-Bäuer Gymnasium provided them with hands on experience of the German school system, and for most, a new found appreciation of the Irish 9am start!

The students enjoyed a packed schedule including school, a visit to the zoo in Wuppertal, a German cinema experience, a day trip to Cologne and a hike to Schlossburg with a trip on a cable car, German style!


The exchange was thoroughly enjoyed by all students who are already looking forward to their exchange partner’s return visit to Boyle in September.

22nd April 2011

Breaking Ground

Congratulations to Ms. Cronin who teaches Agricultural Science in Abbey Community College 

on the launch of her newly published Agricultural Science text book "Breaking Ground". Ms. Cronin has co-authored the book with Ms. Sandra Tiernan, another Agricultural Science  teacher who teaches in Castleknock College, Dublin.

8th April 2011

Trócaire Visit

On the 28th of March 2011, Transition year students were visited by the tTócaire education officer Aoife, two local Hondurans, Rudi and Juan and their translator Hilary The students were free to ask the men questions regarding their project on Honduras via their translator, Hilary. The students learnt a lot about the country from this experience particularly the political side of issues, and they also gained valuable insight into the native’s perspective.

The men are part of a group known as Muca, who fight for the working class and the rights of the people to own land. The muca group has been working on a deal with the government to allocate land to the working class. By the end of negotiations they had won 11,000 hectares of land for a number of people in a group of rural settlements.  Rudi and Juan explained the current political situation in the country.

The students would like to thank Ms McLoughlin for organising this experience and Aoife for organising the apeakers Rudi and Juan.

You can find out more about the work trocaire do here.

29th March 2011

Language & Adventure

On Monday the 14th March 40 very excited 1st Year German and French students attended the Donegal Language and Adventure centre in Bundoran for three days of outdoor activities and language classes. The students took part in a wide variety of activities including surfing, high ropes climbing, adventure challenges, obstacle courses and archery. The students also participated in German and French language classes over the course of the three days. This gave students the great opportunity to consolidate their knowledge in a fun learning environment and build their confidence. The full programme of activities over the course of the three days kept everyone entertained and the trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all students who took part. The students were accompanied by their teacher Ciara Beirne.

11th February 2011

Connaught Senior Championship Quarter Final Match Report


Abbey College 1-3 Mountbellew 0-15

It was a misty afternoon in Kilbride as Abbey Community College Boyle and Mountbellew Secondary School contested the Connaught Senior Championship Quarter Final. Abbey got going early on as they had numerous chances in front of goal. These chances however were wasted. The opposite has to be said of the County Minor full forward line of Mountbellew as their number 15 slotted over the first score of the game. This was immediately followed by a wonderful score by their full forward and a nicely controlled free. Abbey started building from the back now and a quick ball up to the full forward line caused confusion in the Mountbellew back line which was seized upon by half forward Kevin Henry for Abbey’s first point of the game. Mountbellew reacted with scores of their own with their influential full forward sailing over points with accuracy and precision. Their number 10 kept Mountbellew ticking over with a further score. Their speed merchant corner forward added to his tally with a long range curler. To Abbey’s credit they won a host of kick outs and their fair share of ball in the forward line but it was the shooting that was letting them down. Mountbellew capitalised on that with a point on the stroke of half time by their eye-catching full forward. This left the half time score at Abbey 0-1 Mountbellew 0-7


The second half commenced with Abbey needing to be the aggressor. Mountbellew had plans of their own though as their midfielder pointed high and over the bar. Abbey seemed to have a bit of a purple patch for the next 10 minutes as they dominated Mountbellew. A one two by Abbey captain Jake McCrann saw McCrann weave his way through the Mountbellew defence to slot neatly past the helpless keeper. Mounbellew were resorting to fouling there opponents which Enda Smith and Thomas Lavin duly punished with two frees. This surge by Abbey was suddenly halted by Mountbellew as their half forward glided a point over the bar and a free and their centre back gambled forward to secure another point for Mountbellew. Their full forward continued to show his qualities when in one movement he turned and without looking at the posts hooked the ball over his shoulder and over the black spot. A further four points from the star studded full forward line put the result beyond doubt and sent Mountbellew to the semi finals. On another day Abbey could have turned the tables as they controlled most parts of the game and it could have been them going through instead of Mountbellew. It was a brave and determined performance by Abbey and credit has to go to the Management Team of Mr. O Connor and Mr.Greaney. Final Score Abbey 1-3 Mountbellew 0-15

Team: J.McDermott , A.Sheerin , L.Harrington , B.Furey , T.Duignan , T.McKenna , I.Finneran , Enda Smith (0-1 free) , J.Nally , S.Farrell , J.McCrann (1-0) , K.Henry (0-1) , J.Kilcullen , G.O Daly , T.Lavin (0-1 free).

Subs: C.Goldrick , E.Lavin , P.Sweeney , D.Connaughton , D.Scanlon , D.Masterson , J.Sweeney , M.Lavin , A.Harrington , J.Regan.

Injured: M.Leydon, M.Goldrick.


4th February 2011

Connaught Senior Colleges Championship Match Report. Abbey College Boyle vs Ballisodare

It was a blustery afternoon in Geevagh as Abbey Community College Boyle and St.Marys College Ballisodare clashed in the Connaught Senior Championship. The match started off very scrappy with both teams losing their footing and spilling the ball. Ballisodare were the first on the board with corner forward Peter Murray slotting over a free. They kept the momentum going with two further frees from their centre forward. Abbey had an uphill battle now but they responded positively when midfielder Enda Smith exchanged a one two with half forward Sean Farrell which resulted in Smith earning a penalty for Abbey which he duly converted. Ballisodare didn’t panic however as their powerful number 10 burst past the Abbey defence and neatly played the ball across the box for their number 17 to tap into an empty net. Ballisodare were getting into their stride now as there strong full forward neatly turned his man and blasted the ball over the bar. A pass of precision from Sean Farrell saw corner forward Jake McCrann bulleting the ball into the roof of the net. Ballisoadare always played with confidence and they added to their tally with a second point from their full forward. Enda Smith eased the Abbey nerves as he grabbed a point just before the break to leave the half time score at Abbey 2-1 Ballisodare 1-5.

The second half began with both sides eager to grasp a foothold in the game. Abbey’s half forward Thomas Lavin brilliantly curled over a forty five and Gary O’ Daly pointed as well. Ballisodare’s deficit had now been cut and needed some guile to their play. They found this in the shape of their number 16 when he ghosted through the Abbey defence and side footed the ball past Michael Leydon. It was end to end stuff with both teams given it their all. A high ball into the Ballisodare back line saw a ball cleared off the line which in turn rebounded of McCrann to sail over the bar. Abbey now were building stride and a quick break from centre back Tadhg McKenna ended with the ball expertly sent high over the bar for the equalising point. A further point from Lavin saw Abbey in the ascendancy. An incisive move by Abbey saw substitute Colin Goldrick cutely feed McCrann for his second goal of the game. Abbey were in a strong position now but Ballisodare weren’t going to go down without a fight. Their man of the match number 10 sailed over a lovely free and their half forward sprinted past the Abbey backs to neatly took the ball into the corner of the net. It was a tense last five minutes with Abbey bainisteoir Mr. Connor getting a little hot under the collar. Thomas Lavin had nerves of steel as he curled his 45 between the posts to put Abbey back in front. It was backs to the wall stuff for the Abbey defence which was finally breached in the dying minutes when Ballisodares half forward somehow pointed over from the tightest of angles. That left the score at Abbey 3-7 Ballisodare 3-7. This match was heading for extra time.

The first period of extra time got underway after a pulsating 60 minutes. Ballisodare were first to strike with their substitute booting the ball high over the black spot. As in normal time Abbey reacted and in some style. Enda Smith broke forward and glided a shot destined to go over which instead dropped into the corner of the net to the delight of the Abbey team. Smith was getting into his zone now and added to his tally with another score. Abbey didn’t let off as Thomas Lavin continued to produce the goods from the 45 mark. The first period of extra time came to a close with Abbey 4 points ahead.

The second period of this epic encounter commenced with Ballisodare knowing they only had 10 minutes or their championship campaign was over. Much like Lavin, Peter Murray coped under the pressure as he sailed over two frees. Their number 10 continued to be a threat in extra time as he accurately tapped over another point to leave a solitary score between the teams. Ballisodare were committing men forward now which left space in their defence which Smith penetrated by putting Abbey back in the driving seat. Up came Ballisodare again with their corner forward curling a point from a close range. Abbey had the possession from the kick out however and they saw out the last few seconds of the match as the final whistle blew to end an enthralling match between two teams that went hammer and tongs at each other. Final Score Abbey 4-10 Ballisodare 3-12.

Team: M.Leydon, A.Sheerin , L.Harrington , B.Furey , P.Sweeney , T.McKenna (0-1) , I.Finneran , E.Smith (2-2) , J.Nally , S.Farrell , G.O Daly (0-1) , T.Lavin ( 0-5 four frees) , J.Kilcullen  , A. Harrington , J.McCrann (2-1).

Substitutes: Thomas.Duignan, Colin.Goldrick, Eoin.Lavin, Michael. Lavin, D.Connaughton, J.Sweeney, J.Regan, D.Masterson.

Subs Used: T.Duignan, C.Goldrick, E.Lavin, Michael.Lavin

Injured: M.Goldrick, K.Henry.



17 January 2011

Connaught Colleges Football Championship

Abbey College Boyle vs. Balla, Co Mayo


It was an overcast day in Balla as Balla Community School entertained Abbey Community College Boyle in the

Connaught Colleges Championship. Balla were first out of the blocks with early pressure on the Abbey backs. They got the opening scores of the game with their corner forward proving a thorn in the Abbey defence’s side with two points, one form a free. Abbey were sluggish and seemed to struggling with the poor conditions but they eventually responded with a point from full forward Joe Kilcullen. Half forward Thomas Lavin added to Abbeys tally with a nicely taken free. The number 15 for Balla was very much a handful as he kept up his impressive tally with three further points. Their midfielder tapped over a nice free as Balla were taking a strong foothold in the game. Abbey needed a driving force which was duly supplied by midfielder Enda Smith as he burst through the Balla rearguard to grab a point. A smart reaction from a forty-five from Jake McCrann resulted in the corner forward popping over. The first half was a physical affair with both Marc Goldrick and Gary O’ Daly being literally pulled to the ground. There were plenty of hard hits too with Abbeys strong midfielder Jordan Nally in the thick of the action. A magnificent left footed point by half forward Tadhg McKenna and two further points by Lavin and O’ Daly had Abbey breathing down Balla’s neck. Balla didn’t panic however as their nippy half back also got in on the act. This left the half time score at Balla 0-9 Abbey 0-7

The second half commenced with Abbey providing the early dominance. A brilliantly taken free by Enda Smith and another point from play proved that. Abbey back Paul Sweeney did his best on the ever presented Balla corner forward but he still kept Balla ticking over with a further score. Abbey were really applying pressure now with the Balla keeper making a few impressive saves with Kilcullen being denied. This proved in vain though as moments later man of the match Smith ploughed through the Balla defence and powerful drove the ball into the top corner. Balla were now throwing everything including the kitchen sink at Abbey. The number 15 squeezed over a point and tapped over a close range free. A forty-five and an equalizing point by Lavin left this game in the balance as we were in for a close finish. Balla kept plugging away though as a goal saving block by corner back Ian Finneran denied Balla. Balla was committing everyone forward in pursuit of an equalizer. It proved to be their downfall however as they were  caught by a swift counter attack by Abbey which resulted in Gary O Daly coolly slotting home a second goal which was the icing on the cake for Abbey. The final whistle blew to end a very entertaining and physical game. Final Score Balla 1-12 Abbey 2-11.

 TEAM: M.Leydon, I.Finneran. L.Harrington, B.Furey, P.Sweeney, M.Goldrick, T.Duignan, E.Smith (1-3), J.Nally, T.Lavin (0-4), G O Daly (1-1), T.McKenna (0-1), J.McCrann (0-1), J.Kilcullen (0-1), A.Harrington. SUBS: K.Henry, C.Goldrick, S.Farrell, E.Lavin, A.East, D.Connaughton, D.Scanlon, J.Regan.


REPORT BY: Conor Tivnan

March 2010

Spring Clean Winners

Students from Abbey Community College, Boyle, promoting 'Gum Raps' during National Spring Clean month.

January 2010

Gum Wrap Winners

Prize winners in Roscommon County Council's Gum Rap competition were announced at a prize giving ceremony in the Arts Centre, Roscommon, on Tuesday 26th January 2010.

Secondary school students in the County were asked to design a Gum Rap cover and the winning designs will be printed on gum raps and distributed to schools, youth clubs, and public offices.

This is one of the many anti-litter initiatives promoted by Roscommon County Council in its ongoing environmental education programme.

The winning students came from Abbey Community College and are pictured here receiving their prizes from Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Awareness Officer. Suzanne outlined that gum litter is one of the most common types of litter that destroys our footpaths and is very difficult and expensive to remove. This aim of the Gum Rap competition is to encourage everybody to dispose of their gum litter properly. As part of Roscommon County Council's campaign against gum litter two promotional campaigns were held last year in Boyle and Roscommon town and three specific Gum Litter bins were put in place, again in Boyle and Roscommon town.

January 2009

Abbey Community College 2.9 Glenamaddy 1.10.

Abbey Community College second years had a fine win over Glenamaddy in the Connacht Colleges final at Loughglynn on Tuesday. The teams were level at 1.5 each at half time. In this half Boyle relied for the most part on the free-taking of Micheal Lavin. A good goal by Eoin Lavin twelve minutes into the second half set Boyle on their way but not without some anxious moments towards the end. Glenamaddy relied too much on one very good player while Abbey College was better balanced side. The Abbey side was as folllows: J. McDermott, J. Morris, G. Gunning, J. Sweeney, T. Duignan, C. Goldrick (Capt.), T. Burns, E. Smith, M. Lavin, C. Lavin, K. Henry, Conor Murray, E. Lavin, A. Harrington, D. Casey and J. Kilcullen. Best for Boyle were: Smith, Morris, a very good half-back line of Duignan, Goldrick and Burns. Up front it was the Lavins and the strong running Kilcullen.
Pictured below is the winning team with their coach Mr. Greaney.