Active Schools Week

On Monday April 27th despite inclement weather conditions all of the students and teachers of Abbey Community College started Active Schools Week with a bang participating in a 5k run/walk around the town of Boyle. With prizes for Overall and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each year students were highly motivated and competitive throughout to see who could feature on the podium. The fans weren't disappointed with a sprint finish deciding the overall result with Kian Sweeney finishing just ahead of Marcus Meehan in 2nd and Louis Garvin in 3rd position. Congratulations and well done to all students and teachers who participated and helped to organise the event.

The results were as follows;

1) Kian Sweeney (3rd year)
2) Marcus Meehan ( 3rd year)
3) Louis Garvin (2nd year)

1st year boys
1) Adam O Connor
2) Diarmuid Higgins
3) Darren foley

1st year girls
1) Gemma Brennan
2) Cara Clancy
3) Kate Harrington

2nd year boys
1) Louis Garvin
2) Mantas Grigaitis
3) Robert Gillespie

2nd year girls
1) Noelle Martin
2) Aine Mullins
3) Shannon Kerins

3rd year boys
1) Kian Sweeney
2) Marcus Meehan
3) Tomas Regan

3rd year girls
1) Laura foley and Cliona McDermott
2) Maggie Austin
3) Rebecca Scally

5th year boys
1) Cian Higgins
2) Liam kelly
3) Josh McCann

5th year girls
1) Caoimhe Brennan
2) Niamh Davis
3) Rachel Bolger

6th year boys
1) Glen Gilmartin
2) Keith Lavin
3) Conor Flanagan

6th year girls
1) Rebecca O Connor


Abbey Community College Athletics News


On Tuesday last, the athletes of Abbey Community College took part in the North Connacht Track and field athletics competition in Sligo IT.  Unlike most years, the sun didn’t shine, and students were welcomed to the track with a shower of hail and sleet which threatened to postpone the meeting to another day.

First up for the school was Adam Hunt and Brian Hannon who competed in the minor boys shot putt.  Adam qualified for the Connacht finals with a throw of over 6 m.  Once the hail melted away, the rest of the events began and Nino Chilton along with Cian Mastin were very competitive in the minor boys long jump.  Nino jumped 4m 45 to take second place while Cian also qualified for the Connacht final in 4th place.

Other qualifiers in the field events were Maeve Duignan who made her debut in the minor girls shot putt to take second place with Cora Naughton who came 4th.  Kyle Cosgrove came 2nd in the Junior boys shot putt and Alannah Henry came 4th in the intermediate girls shot putt.  Caoimhe Brennan also qualified in the intermediate girls long jump in 4th place.

On the track, special mention goes to Finley Daly who earned his first ever win at the  3000m distance.  He led from the start and put a hard winter of training to use by pulling away from the field on the last lap.  Sinead Glennon was also a star on the track.  She raced well in the girls junior 100m winning her heat.  In the final she came 3rd to also qualify for the Connacht finals.  Other qualifiers on the track were Daire Cregg in the minor boys 1500m race.  Daire timed it to perfection making up 4 places to finish in 5th place with 6 qualifiying for the final.  The ever consistent Caoimhe Brennan also ran in the intermediate girls 1500m and came in 4th postion to book her place in the finals. 

In all Abbey College had 10 qualifiers who must now focus their training for the Connacht finals which will take place on May 14th at Athlone IT.


French Quiz à Carrick-on-Shannon



            Une centaine de jeunes étudiants se sont regroupés ce mercredi 25 mars pour participer à un quiz en français à Carrick-on-Shannon Community School. Les cent élèves sont venus des quatre coins de la région, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Longford, très enthousiastes et prêts à décrocher le premier prix. C'est donc à 19 heures que les 25 équipes se sont lancées dans la première manche du questionnaire.

            L'évennement était organisé par les membres de la French Teachers Association, et ce sont elles qui ont fait le choix des questionnaires, chacun portant sur des thèmes aussi variés que les mathématiques, la géographie, les célébrités, et qui contenaient également des épreuves de traduction et de compréhension orale. Quatre français natifs ont participé pour poser les questions.

            Energie, compétition et bonne humeur, toutes les conditions étaient réunies pour que cette soirée soit une réussite. Et ce fut le cas, puisque les performances des élèves ont même dépassé les attentes des organisatrices qui ont déclaré : « It's the best year we've ever had ! »

Les élèves étaient en effet motivés et brillants, et les résultats s'en sont trouvés difficiles à départager. Les organisatrices ont dû ainsi décerner la troisième et la deuxième places à deux équipes ex-aequo. Les places ne se jouaient souvent qu'à un point près, ce qui a valu à l'unique équipe d'Abbey  Community College, Boyle, de passer à côté du podium avec 36 points contre 37 pour les gagnants de la 3ème place. Nous pouvons féliciter les efforts de l'équipe qui était composée de Lyzandra Wyslla, Diarmuid Sutton, Katie Corcoran et Dàire Cregg, et les remercier d'avoir participé au French Quiz 2015. Bravo à eux !



            Many students gathered on this wednesday, the 25th of march, to take part in a French Quiz in Carrick-on-Shannon Community School. The hundred students came from all over the area, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Longford, very enthusiastic and willing to win the first prize. At seven o'clock the twenty five teams started the first round of the quiz.

            The event was organised by the members of the French Teachers Association and they selected each series of questions which dealt with subjects as various as mathematics, geography, famous people and also translation and comprehension exercises. Four native french speakers asked the questions to the students.

            Energy, competition and cheerfulness made this evening a very successful one. The performance of all the students even went beyond the expectations of the organisers as they declared : « It's the best year we've ever had ! »

The students were indeed very motivated and brilliant, and the results were very hard to settle. The organisers had to award the third and second prize to two tie teams each. The positions were most of the time won with only one point of difference. The team from Abbey Community College, Boyle, was very close to the podium and arrived at the fourth position with 36 points against 37 for the team of the third position. Congratulations to Lyzandra Wyslla, Diarmuid Sutton, Katie Corcoran and Dàire Cregg and thanks for taking part in the French Quiz 2015. Bravo !




François Duclos, French assistant in Abbey Community College.


Abbey Students prepare for upcoming Try a Tri event

Some very enthusiastic students at Abbey Community College are currently in training for the upcoming schools ‘Try a Tri’ event which is taking place in Sligo on May 15th.  The triathlon event which is being organised by Triathlon Ireland and the Sligo Sports Partnership is the first of its kind in the region and will consist of a 250m swim, a 7km cycle and a 3 km run.  Our students took part in their first very enjoyable cycle session last week.  Ross McGlynn, the development officer for Triathlon Ireland for the Connacht region, took the students through the skills of bike handling and they finished with a few rounds of races on the grass.  Students will be training for the run leg every Tuesday with the bike sessions on a Thursday.  They are also going to work on their swimming over the next few weeks both on their own and during some group sessions.  It will be a busy few weeks for the Abbey College students and it is hoped that this exciting new event with be the start of many successful and enjoyable years in the sport.

One Good Idea

Congratulations and well done to the three students, James Bolger, Cillian Doyle and Luke Connelly, taking part in the One Good Idea competition run by the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland). They have been selected as one of the Top Twenty Teams from around the country who will go on to the One Good Idea National Final in The Print Works, Dublin Castle, in May. Here they will exhibit their project and deliver their ‘Dragons’ Den’ style Presentation Pitch to a panel of expert judges.

Their project, called ‘Change the Future’, looks at what can be done in order to prevent or mitigate the devastating consequences of climate change which are inevitable unless humans learn to live in a more sustainable manner.  For more information on their project and to learn some amazing facts about climate change, please visit their blog at


Leaving Certificate Subject Choice


On Tuesday evening last  24th March the parents of the current third year students gathered at Abbey Community College for a presentation on Leaving Certificate Subject choice. The presentation, given by Guidance Counsellor, Eithne O’Malley, and LCVP Co-Ordinator, Mary Sheeran, was found to be very useful in the decision making process. Detailed information was given on the uses and benefits of studying the variety of subjects on offer, at both ordinary and higher level, as well as the benefits of taking the link module LCVP, which focuses on the students’ skills acquisition in the world of work. There was a great attendance on the night and we thank the parents for their ongoing support and interest. Parents who were unable to attend on the night and have any questions on the topic are welcome to make an appointment with the Guidance Counsellor by calling the school on 071 9664646.

As part of their CSPE action project 3B decided to research two charity organisations The Irish Cancer Society and Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.


On the 26th March Cynthia Clampett CEO Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation visited third year students as part of their CSPE action project.  In the talk the students learned that the foundation exists to provide palliative care services to people with life limiting illnesses and their families in counties Mayo and Roscommon.  The services provided are free of charge to all. Their aim is to improve the quality of life of the patient by maximising pain control and relieving other stressful symptoms. They also learned that the foundation is currently in partnership with HSE West to build in-patient facilities which includes a 14 Bed Specialist Palliative Care Unit in Mayo and an 8 Bed Unit in Roscommon.  The cost of this is €14 million of which they must raise 100% of the capital cost.  People can help support their foundation by making donations to the hospice or donating to their local Hospice shops, hosting fundraising events or becoming a Hospice Volunteer.  Many thanks again to Cynthia for her time for her informative talk which afforded the students the opportunity to learn about their local Hospice charity.

On the 27th March third year students were also involved in organising an Easter Hamper Raffle fundraising event and selling daffodils for Daffodil Day 2015 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.  Many thanks to Monica Commons in her assistance with our project and a big thank you to all of those who made donations and supported this worthy cause!


Agricultural Science Students Farm Visit


The Abbey Community College Agricultural Science students visited Lough Gara dairy farms with their teacher Ms Cronin & Ms. BradyOwens on Wednesday the 25th March. During the farm visit and walk Brian Costello explained his dairy enterprise, his breeding and calf rearing systems. One of the many highlights of the visit was to see a cow calving .

 During the Farm walk they saw the grazing systems and while they were they the students measured the yield of grass in a field and compared the results to the National average. This resulted in an very interesting discussion on the importance of grass production to farmers and grass as a natural resource. The session was very interactive and provided a lot of interesting facts and discussion for students and teachers.

 The students and teachers of Abbey Community College would like to thank Brian for giving  the opportunity to visit his farm and at the end of the farm visit the students showed their appreciation by presenting Brian with a gift.


One Wall Handball

Congratulations to the 1st year boys team of Michael Zuk, Curtis Prior, Sean Carty and Aaron Greene who won the shield final of The Roscommon Schools One Wall Handball blitz in the Convent of Mercy, Roscommon. They defeated Strokestown in a thrilling final by one point on a scoreline of Abbey College 32 Strokestown 31. Well done to the other students who took part with great enthusiasm throughout the day with Grace Flanagan, Kate Harrington, Cara Mchugh and Aisling Donoghue losing the shield final to a strong Convent of Mercy team by 45 v 20. Niamh McNamara, Maeve Duignan, Katie Simon and Grace Nutley lost their shield semi final by 26 v 10 to the eventual champions Convent of Mercy.

In the cup, the semi final between Abbey College and Roscommon CBS proved to be one of the best games of the day. James Bolger, Mantas Grigaitis, Usama Tallat and Martin Kennedy played some outstanding handball in a very tight encounter, unfortunately losing to the eventual champions by 3 points, 20 v 17. Well done to all the participants whose behaviour, attitude and enthusiasm was exemplary throughout the day.


Abbey girls just edge out St Nathys

The Abbey U15 girls got off to winning ways in their first match of the inaugural Roscommon U15 Schools league, with a very impressive win over St Nathys college in Ballaghadereen on Monday last.  The victory was all the more encouraging as the Abbey girls were without U16 county players Ruth Cox and Sinead Glennon who were out through injury.

From the throw in, St Nathys started the stronger scoring 1-1 without reply in the first 10 minutes.   The pressure continued and were it not for excellent defending from the full back line of Niamh McGrath, Shannon Kerins and Sarah Duggan, the damage could have been worse.   After 15 minutes,  Grace Flanagan was switched from half back to the full forward line and her influence showed immediately as the Abbey started to get a foothold on the game.  Good attacking play from Cora Naughton and Kate Harrington along with some resolute tackling at centre half back from the ever dependable Ciara Sheerin left the scores level at 2-2 to 2-2 at half time.

The second half continued to be a tight affair with some end to end football from both sides.  However, the game finally began to turn in Abbey College’s favour with Erica O’Connor moving from midfield to full forward.  The Abbey girls finally started to play a more direct game and Erica was able to win every ball that was delivered to her in the last 15 minutes.  From this possession Abbey College got the scores that were needed with Grace Flanagan, Erica O’Connor and Roisin Casey getting the scores needed for the win.  The game finished 2-7 to 3-7 with excellent second half performances from all of the team including Cara Clancy in goals, Noelle Martin at mid field, and player of the match Erica O’Connor.  The girls now face Castlerea Community School in their next game after the Easter break.

Team: Cara Clancy, Niamh McGrath, Shannon Kerins, Sarah Duggan, Grace Flanagan, Ciara Sheerin, Noelle Martin, Kate Harrington, Erica O’Connor, Emily Lynch, Cora Naughton, Roisin Casey, Ciara McHugh, Laura Battles, Aideen Flaherty. Subs Anna Kearney, Roisin Connolly, Molly Browne, Aisling Donohoe, Emma Davey, Sadhbh Farrell, Niamh Kelly, Katie Simon, Niamh McNamara, Ciara Rooney, Niamh Lawlor, Kirsty Conlon, Cara McHugh, Katie Corcoran


Music Soirée

Wednesday 26th March the music department hosted an ‘Evening Music Soirée’ to celebrate the Leaving Certificate Musicians of Abbey Community College. The thirteen members of the music class each had the opportunity to perform one of their recital pieces from their upcoming practical exams. Although some of the group were nervous about the thought of performing in front of a ‘live’ audience, the relaxed atmosphere and freshly baked goods helped them persevere through!

This was an evening to celebrate all the hard work and hours of practice each of them have put into perfecting their performances. We wish them all the very best for their practical exam that takes place after the Easter holidays and hope to hear more music from them again soon. 





March 2015 News Update


The first year boys’ from A.C.C. Boyle ended their league campaign last Wednesday when they came up against a very strong team from Glenamaddy. Having won all but one of their games up to this point, and having come through extra time in the previous game, hopes were high that a final appearance may be on the cards. However, this was not to be so on this occasion.

Glenamaddy were on top from the throw in and were particularly powerful at mid-field. Within the opening ten minutes the Galway school had scored two goals and two points. At this stage A.C.C. began to come back into the game through some good work from Daire Cregg and Ronan Garvin, reducing the deficit to two goals with a couple of good points.  Possession was hard to come by and Glenamaddy appeared to be more clinical when chances came their way, adding a further goal and five points in the first half. A.C.C again replied and a great finish by Ronan Garvin reduced the deficit once again. Daire Cregg added a couple of more points to leave the half time score Glenamaddy 3-7 A.C.C 1-4.

In the second half Glenamaddy could afford to sit back and try to pick A.C.C off on the counter, while also cutting off possession to their forward line. Attempts to provide the ever willing forward line with quick ball was thwarted by the fact that Glenamaddy employed a two man sweeper system in the second half. Driven on by a powerful spine to the team, Glenamaddy began to move further ahead. However, A.C.C refused to give in and added a goal and four points in the second half. They were also unlucky when hitting the post midway through the second half.

Glenamaddy were just too strong on the day and have been in league finals and semi-finals for the last few years. The boys from A.C.C. will now turn their attention to the championship which begins in April. Every single player gave their all, but best for A.C.C were Daire Cregg, Ronan Garvin, Ethan Beirne, Adam O’ Connor and Darren Foley. The final score was Glenamaddy 5-10 A.C.C 2-8.

Many thanks to the parents of players who travelled on the day to support the team, this is greatly appreciated.

Scorers D. Cregg 0-6 R. Garvin 2-2


Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Bhain na daltaí go léir i Mainistir na Buille an- taitneamh  as na na himeachtaí go léir ar fad a bhí againn i rith seachtain na Gaeilge .  Bhí na daltaí ag foghlaim seanfhocail, amhráin agus damhsaí. Ghlac said páirt i gcomórtas éagsúla freisin.

Bhaineamar go léir an-taitneamh as an gcéilí  mór a bhí ar siúl. Bhí na daltaí in ann triail a bhaint as Ballaí Luimnigh, Oinsí na hInise agus Staicín Eorna. Tháinig níos mó ná fiche daltaí le céile chun banna céilí a bhunadh. Táimid ag tnúth le cloisteáil níos mó ón grúpa seo. Ghlac damhsóirí sean nós páirt ann freisin agus bhí said ar fheabhas.

Ghlac an chéad bhliain páirt i dtráth na gceist boird. Bhuaigh Niamh Kelly,Sarah Sweeney, Sarah Duggan agus Ciara Rooney an chéad duais . Bhuaigh Gemma Brennan, Katie Corcoran, Róisín Casey agus Sadhbh Farrell an dara duais. Bhí an- iomaíocht i gceist sa comórtas seo a bhí go léir trí Gaeilge. Bhain said an taitneamh as an babtha ceol ach go háirithe nuair a bhí said ag éisteacht le amhráin de chuid Colaiste Lurgan.

Bhí Comórtas Ealaíne ar siúl freisin bunaithe ar Seanfhocal. Bhuaigh Roisin Casey agus Lauren Beirne an comórtas seo.

Seactain na Gaeilge was a very enjoyable week for all in Abbey CC.  Students had the opportunity to get a taste of all things Irish from old sayings, songs, dances to using a cupla focail Gaeilge where they could. There were also competitions for the students to take part in.

Everyone enjoyed the céilí mór that took place. With help from their music teacher students put together their very own céilí band who then entertained the rest of the school. All students had the opportunity to then put on their dances shoes and practice their moves as they took part in dances such as “The WallS of Limerck” and “The Siege of Ennis”

First years took part in a table quiz through Irish. The winners of this quiz were Niamh Kelly,Sarah Sweeney, Sarah Duggan and Ciara Rooney. The second prize went to Gemma Brennan, Katie Corcoran, Róisín Casey and Sadhbh Farrell. There was great completion throughout the entire quiz with students especially enjoying the music round where songs from Coláiste Lurgan were played.

An art completion based on old sayings took place during the week which saw 1sy years Róisín Casey and Lauren Beirne taking first and second prize.

Overall it was a very enjoyable week and we are looking forward already to next year’s events !

The Society of St Vincent De Paul – Class Visit

As part of the LCVP Link Modules students get an opportunity to learn about the roles and functions of a voluntary organisation. On Thursday 19th March, Fifth Year LCVP students and their teacher Mrs. Dooney, welcomed Nancy McCarthy and Patricia Hopkins to their class. Nancy and Patricia were speaking on behalf of the Boyle Conference of the Society of  St. Vincent De Paul. 

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul, although an international organisation in 140 countries, was first  established in Ireland in1844. St. Vincent De Paul are the largest, voluntary, charitable organisation in Ireland with over 11,000 volunteers. They work for social justice and the creation of a more just  and caring society. Through a wide range of services they provide practical support to people in need. Nancy and Patricia gave examples of the work they do such as visiting homes, prisons, nursing homes, hospitals and helping older people. Many members of the local community can benefit from the work the organisation does. All members of the local branch are volunteers and some students inquired about what age a person can join. The students learned about the dedication of voluteers to the conference here in Boyle when they realised that Nancy started with SVP in 1984 and Patricia in 1988. The meetings are held each week where their valuable work continues along with the other volunteers. This class group of fifth years will co-ordinate a fundraising activity for the Boyle Conference of the St. Vincent De Paul after Easter. This is a cross curricular link between senior R.E and LCVP. We wish to take this opportunity to thank Nancy and Patricia for their talk to our students and to all the volunteers of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul for their care and concern for those they work within our local community.

Trocaire  Bake Sale

Mrs. Sheeran’s LCVP class were involved in a Bake Sale fundraiser for Trocaire. Fifth years organised students throughout all years  to bake goods

and bring them to school on the morning of the Bake Sale. Great efforts were made by the students and as a result over two hundred euro was raised on the day. The Fifth Years will be selling wristbands in school next week to raise further money for Trocaire Lenten Campaign. This fundraiser ties in with the LCVP Link Modules where the students get an opportunity to learn about the roles and functions of various charities and voluntary organisations. Last week students learned a great deal from the guest speaker Lauren O’Kelly from Trocaire which has further inspired students to contribute.
Cross Country
Congratulations to Finley Daly who ran a great race at the All Ireland Cross Country Finals in Clongowes College on Saturday 7th April.  Finley battled hard on the 5km course with 120 athletes and was the second Connacht runner home on the day.   Finley’s determination was evident as he battled from 56th position after the first lap to complete the 5km run in 32nd position.  He will take great encouragement from the race as he was one of the youngest competitors at the grade and will again compete at intermediate level next year where he is sure to improve.

Congratulations also go to Caoimhe Brennan who represented the school in the Intermediate girls 3.5km race at the All Ireland Schools Cross country finals.  Caoimhe finished the race of 110 competitors in a very respectable 71st place.  Caoimhe had raced the weekend before at the Connacht  Indoor Championships where she came 4th in the 1500m final.  She has trained very hard all year and will hope to take the endurance work of the last few months into the track season which will start in April.


Alana Mc Loone & Lizi Hannon with Sr. Richard Dufficy after the Abbey Community College production of "Oliver". Alana & Lizi were the musical directors of the show.

For many years Sr.Richard was the music teacher in Scoil Chriost Rí

Sr. Richard commenced teaching music in Scoil Chríost Rí in1973 .

Sr. Richard qualified with a B. Mus. And a Dip. in Music from U.C.D. She is an associate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music A.R.I.A.M. – piano and an associate of Leinster School of Music – singing.

During her teaching career Sr. Richard taught piano,harp, violin,cello and recorder and prepared students for school Orchestra and school Choir and a range of competitions including Slogadh, Community Games and Schools Choir Competitions. She actively assisted in the community preparing choirs for many radio masses and among many organisations Boyle Musical Society.


Student Council

On Thursday Afternoon March 12th, Class 3c held the student council elections as part of their CSPE action Project.  Each voter was requested to vote for one boy and one girl in each year group. Each class were called out to the polling station where their name was ticked off the Register of Electors. They were then handed a Ballot Paper. The votes were then folded up and placed in the Ballot Box. When the votes were sorted and counted the results were revealed. The student council help to make decisions within the school and to voice opinions on behalf of all the students in the school. A student Council is an exercise in democracy. Every Group in the school is represented. All decisions are discussed and every group has the chance to have its opinion heard. The Student Council will work in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students. The student council 2015 is as follows: First Year  Eoin Connelly and Sarah Duggan; Second Year Aine Mullins and Kevin Horan; Third Year Finley Daly and Juliette Liddy Hill; Fifth Year Aisling Clarke and Conor Lavin; Sixth Year Henrietta Daly and Liam Corr.

Trócaire Visit

On Thursday 12th March the students from second and fifth year welcomed a speaker from Trócaire. Lauren O’Kelly visited the school to talk to Fifth Years as part of their LCVP Link Modules and Religious Education Programme and to Ms. Carr’s Second Year CSPE class as part of their ‘One Good Idea’ Project.

Three students from the second year class have been selected as one of the top fifty teams from around the country taking part in the One Good Idea competition.
The One Good Idea competition is run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. It is aimed at raising students’ awareness and understanding of energy efficiency and climate change. It gives students an opportunity to come up with One Good Idea that will creatively inspire the people around them to make small lifestyle changes that will save energy.

As part of today’s talk, Ms. O Kelly spoke about Trócaire’s Lenten campaign which focuses on carbon emissions and Climate Justice giving the example of Ethiopia as a case study for how devastating the effects of global warming have been. Trócaire believes that climate change is more than an environmental issue, it is a justice issue. Climate injustice refers to the fact that those who are being hit worst by climate change are the most vulnerable women, men and children around our world who have done the least to cause it. This injustice is intensified by the fact that the causes of climate change are related to lifestyles of overconsumption in richer countries. Vulnerable people whose rights to food, shelter, water and life are already precarious, are being further threatened.

After the presentation which was very effectively delivered by Ms. O’Kelly, the hard work of fundraising begins. Our Fifth years are planning a fundraising event which will take place next week in our school. This is incorporated into their LCVP Link Modules where they study the roles and functions of various voluntary organisations and other charitable organisations. Students will get the opportunity to link in with Religion classes promoting the schools’ cross-curricular links.

The students of second year will be incorporating the information gleaned from this talk into the work for their project on climate change. Students must research, design and develop an exciting and creative awareness campaign about their One Good Idea to be in with a chance to go on to the National Final Awards Ceremony in Dublin in May. For more information on Trócaire, Climate Change and  Climate Justice please visit:



The first year footballers from Abbey College in Boyle came through a close fought encounter with Colaiste Einde on Tuesday 10th of March. The team from Boyle started very brightly and had accumulated a lead of three goals and a point after ten minutes of play. The midfield pair of Tiernan Henry and Diarmuid Conway gained a stranglehold on possession and this was converted by the clinical finishing of Daire Cregg, Josh Cronin, Darren Foley and Danny Valentine.

However, this lead was short lived as Colaiste Einde came storming back into the game and tagged on a couple of goals and points. It was nip and tuck for the final few minutes of the first half, with scores being exchanged between the two teams. The half time score read A.C.C 4-9 Colaiste Einde 5-3.

As the second half began it was clear that A.C.C were not going to win a one sided match as Colaiste Einde picked up where they left off, scoring a couple of goals inside the opening ten minutes. However, this is when A.C.C showed their heart for a battle as they dug deep into their reserves and fired themselves back into the tie. With five minutes left in ordinary time Colaiste Einde had a five point lead as a buffer. Many sacrifices have been made by these young footballers and led by Max King, Mark Heslin, Cian Mastin and Ronan Garvin, A.C.C won a free with the last kick of the match.  Up stepped Daire Cregg to convert and send the tie into extra time.

It seems the harder the battle the bigger the will to win is when it comes to this team. Within the first minute Boyle had scored a goal and then it was a matter of digging even deeper. Big displays from Ethan Beirne who never gave in, James Doherty-O’Brien, Diarmuid Sutton, Jack Kelly and Adam O’Connor helped to steer the Boyle team into the Semi- Final. The final score was A.C.C. 7-13 Colaiste Einde 9-3.

This young team have given up their time during Christmas and holidays to train and this is reflected in their commitment on the pitch. In truth all fifteen players and fourteen subs are a credit to their school.

Scorers T. Henry 0-1 D Valentine 0-1 A O’Connor 0-2 J Cronin 2-1 D Cregg 2-8 D. Conway 1-1 R Garvin 1-1 D Foley 1-1

Sigerson Cup

The Sigerson Cup is the premier gaelic football competition for third level colleges in Ireland. This year the finals took place at UCC in Cork. DCU were the victors over UCC after extra time of a hard fought, close encounter. Past pupils Donal and Enda Smith with Tadhg Lowe in goal played vital roles in DCU’s victory. Tadhg also received the man of the match award after kicking two long range frees.  Congratulations to all three on this wonderful achievement.

Leaving Certificate Music Students Trip  to Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique’

On Tuesday 24th February the Music Leaving Cert students travelled to Dublin’s National Concert Hall, to take part in the ‘Leaving Certificate Guide

to Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique’.  The show featured the two movements that the students are currently studying for their upcoming exams. This was a great experience for the students to hear a live performance of the work by the wonderful ‘RTE National Symphony Orchestra’ conducted by David Brophy. They demonstrated the different instruments and techniques used by Berlioz who had a unique style of composition. As well as providing a performance of the movements,David Brophy gave an in depth insight into the story behind the music. The students found the afternoon to be very beneficial and were delighted to hear that Brophy’s notes were available of charge! The concert was also streamed live to students who could not make the trip.

After intensive listening, the students were rewarded with a short trip to Liffey Valley Shopping centre to discuss what they had learnt over lunch!

All in all it was a great day as part of the preparation for upcoming examinations.

“Faith Life Celebration”- For Fifth Years in Knock

For the last seven years the Diocese of Elphin through Elphin Youth Ministry has organised the event “Faith and Life Celebration”  for 5th Year Students which is open to all secondary schools in the Diocese. 

On rather cold morning a thirty five students from Fifth Year in Abbey Community College answered this invitation from the Diocese by their attendance at this Faith and Life Celebration in St. John's Rest and Care, Knock, on Thursday February 26th 2015.

On arrival we were warmly greeted by Mr. Frank McGuinness Director of Youth Ministry & Safeguarding Children for the Diocese of Elphin who organized this event and members of the Net Ministries Retreat Team. The Net Ministry Team had a fun way of introducing themselves to our young people which also highlighted the fact that the members of Net Ministries had come from Canada, Texas and Australia-each taking time out for a year to work with young people in Ireland in Youth Ministry.

The first presentation of the day was led by Fr. John Harris OP who spoke about love of God for each person .He provided an integral part of the day present in his white robes of his Dominican order.  He used the phrase during the day that he often says to people, “God does not love Everyone… He loves Each one”.  He managed to place in this phrase along with many others in a fun and humorous way engaging the students’ interest and keeping it aswell as giving plenty of faith discussion. His address finished with all students praying the Hail Mary together.

After Fr. John’s presentation the students had an opportunity to mix with other young people from the Diocese .The Net youth team took over with music drama and some personal testimony on why they believe and what the turning point was for them in their lives. It was the testimonies to our young people that were of note and some students commented on the honesty with which the Team Leaders spoke.

Abbey Community College athletes endure typically tough cross country conditions


Sligo Racecourse was once again the venue for Abbey College athletes competing in the Connacht Cross country finals on Tuesday last.

The weather and underfoot conditions were just as harsh as the previous Regional meeting held in January with a cold biting wind bringing a tear to many an eye even before a race was run. 

First up was the minor girl’s team of Cara Clancy, Grace Flanagan and Gemma Brennan.  The 1500m race was run at a blistering speed and the girls all ran well, with Grace coming home first for the school in 24th position.  All three finished in the top half of the 85 finishers and Gemma showed particular courage in completing the race with an injured ankle which she picked up half way through the race.

The minor boys, Nino Chilton and Darren Foley also found their 2000m race very fast, but also ran with great determination to finish 38th and 46th out of a field of 90 competitors.  The boys showed great potential and will hopefully improve in the years to come.

Arguably, the performance of the day was in the Junior girls 2000m race where Noelle Martin put in a great effort to come incredibly close to All-Ireland qualification.  Noelle had been struggling with a chest infection for the two weeks leading up to the race.  Lying in 26th position in a strung out field with 300m to go she gave her all making up 10 places to finish in 16th out of 90 athletes.  With only the first 15 finishers going through to the All Ireland, Noelle was still disappointed after this great show of resolve but will be more eager than ever to go a few places better next year.

In the Intermediate Girls 3000m race the ever consistent Caoimhe Brennan showed great endeavour to finish a very respectable 10th position.  After the first very quick lap, Caoimhe was very much in contention for a place, sitting in a group of 7 athletes just behind the leading Westport student.  As the race progressed, this quick pace and the ever worsening course conditions took their toll and the field of leading athletes pulled away. This is the third year in succession that Caoimhe has qualified for the All Ireland finals and she is an athlete who is getting stronger every year.

The final race involving of the day was the 4000m Intermediate boys race where Finley Daly was about to continue his battle with Rice College Westport athletes Aaron Doherty and Eoghan McLaughlin following their encounter in the Regional competition.  Tactically Finley got it correct keeping in touch with international runner Doherty throughout the race.  However on the final climb up the dreaded hill to the finish line, the Westport lads kicked on and took first and second with Finley finishing in 3rd place.  Finley who came in 12th position against the same opposition two years ago, has worked tirelessly to improve his form and he will go the the All Irelands with great confidence of sneaking into a medal position.

 Both Caoimhe and Finley will prepare for the All Irelands in Clongowes College on March 7th by competing in the Connacht Club indoor athletics championships where they will both run in the 1500m races.  Staff and students wish Caoimhe and Finley all the best in both events.



February 19th 2015 News Update


Early potatoes; like their name, are potatoes that are planted early in the year. There are two categories, first earlies and second earlies. First earlies or more commonly new potatoes can be recognized by their delicate and fresh taste we all appreciate. Second earlies can be similarly identified; in fact the only difference between the two categories is the time of year they are sown. First earlies are sown in February and second earlies in April. Apart from their supreme taste early potatoes have many other advantages. First and foremost there is no risk of blight, a disease that can decimate a potato population in a matter of weeks. Also the aphid population, a pest responsible for spreading various potato diseases, is low as a result of the cool, fresh weather. However the only risk is frost as potatoes don’t survive in cold weather.

Our Agricultural Science teacher, Mrs. Brady Owens set us the task of planting first early potatoes for our Agricultural Science potato project. To make the possibility of the potatoes being harvested before our summer break, the potatoes were sprouted or chitted, to which Lesley from the organic centre in Knockvicar and Ms Orine have to be thanked for providing the sprouted seed potatoes, allowing the potatoes to be harvested 10-12 days earlier. Castle Blanca is the name of the variety we planted. Uniquely we each planted one potato in a grow bag which would seem like an easy task. However, before we could actually sow the potatoes, all the dirty work had to be done. Soil, manure and compost had to be mixed, not an easy task. Five inches of this mixture had to be added to each bag. All the hard work done, we then planted each of our potatoes. A hollow was made, then the potato was placed in the hollow sprout up and finally an overcoat of soil was placed over the potato. The main reason for using this unique method was the risk of frost killing the potatoes if planted in our polytunnel. Frost risk is eliminated with the potato grow bag as we can control when the potatoes can be left inside or out in the p

olytunnel due to the portability of the bags.

One Good Idea

A team of three students from Abbey Community College, Boyle, has been selected as one of the top fifty teams from around the country taking part in the One Good Idea competition. The students are James Bolger, Luke Connelly and Cillian Doyle.

The One Good Idea competition is run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. It is aimed at raising students’ awareness and understanding of energy efficiency and climate change. It gives students an opportunity to come up with One Good Idea that will creatively inspire the people around them to make small lifestyle changes that will save energy and reduce carbon emissions. Students must research, design and develop an exciting and creative awareness campaign about their One Good Idea to be in with a chance to go on to the National Final Awards Ceremony in Dublin in May.

Last year, two 2nd Year students from Abbey Community College, Megan Carty and Laura Foley, won the Junior Category of the competition with their project, ‘Save the trees, It’s all a Breeze’.

Having been selected in the top fifty teams, this year’s students and their class received a One Good Idea Mentoring workshop. Their project, called ‘Change the Future’, looks at what can be done in order to prevent or mitigate the devastating consequences of climate change which are inevitable unless humans learn to live in a more sustainable manner.  For more information on their project and to learn some amazing facts about climate change, please visit their blog at

Engineering Talk

Students who attended an Engineering Talk on Thursday 12th in conjunction with Engineering week to highlight various engineering career options available to students. The talk was held in Boyle

Library and was presented by Kennth Freehill, civil engineer with the Office of Public Works

Development of Use of Technology in the Classroom

Two teachers from Abbey Community College Ciara Beirne and John Fitzmaurice participated in a ‘Proof of Concept’ project to support the sharing of best practice using I.C.T in teaching and learning, initially with the teaching of mathematics.

The project aims to transform the learning environment, to deliver more personalised education to students using mobile and cloud technology to make students even better prepared for success at third level and in the work place.

The experience in developing a concept will then be applied to the teaching of other subjects in Abbey community College on a phased basis.

The project has been developed by Galway/Roscommon Education Board (GRETB), Microsoft and Wriggle.

 Abbey Community College stage ‘Oliver :

Over 90 students have given up much of their midterm break to continue rehearsals for the school musical ‘Oliver’ which will be staged from Wednesday 3rd March to Sunday 8th March.


February 12th 2015 News Update

PLC Course Soccer Coaching

PLC students on the Recreation and Leisure course at Abbey Community College took part in the Kick Start 1 Soccer coaching course with FAI tutor Adrian Carberry recently. The students are undertaking the Fetac level 5 Soccer Coaching course as one of their modules.

 Along with their Soccer coaching module, the ‘Sports and Rec’ PLC students at Abbey Community College are coming into a very busy time on their course as deadlines and additional courses start to come one after another.

As part of their Exercise and Fitness module, the students are taking part in a Circuit training program where they are learning the theory and correct techniques behind this form of exercise.  They will also soon be taking part in a First Aid course after the mid-term break.

The Kinesiology module assessment is also under way with students having to improve their own posture through self analysis and correction over the next 4 months using photographs and flexibility and strengthening exercises. 

The various fitness testing techniques have been studied also in Exercise and Fitness and the PLC students along with Mr Greaney and Mr O’Connor have been testing the 1st,2nd and 3rd year students as part of the Aviva Fittest Schools competition.


Aviva Fittest Schools Competition

January and February seem to be a time of new found enthusiasm in the pursuit of health and well-being all over the country.  At Abbey Community College the students of 1st, 2nd and 3rd years are

following that craze as they are taking part in the Aviva Fittest Schools Competition.  This is the fourth year that the school has taken part and it is hoped that the students can continue to achieve successes of the previous three years.

After Christmas, students had to perform the Multi stage fitness test otherwise known as the ‘Bleep’ test during their PE class.  They are now in the middle of an 8 week fitness programme including Circuit, interval and endurance training.  They will then undergo the ‘bleep’ test again where they hope to improve on their previous score.  The competition is a national activity supported by the DCU Sports Science Department.  The average improvement of each school is calculated and the school with the highest improvement wins a prize for their PE Department.  All of the Abbey students are working hard to try and improve their scores.  We will let you know how the post test goes in a few weeks time.



Congratulations to Simon Gillespie who won the GMIT/Festool Best Junior Certificate Woodwork Project for 2014. This was organised by the Galway Branch of the Techno Teachers Association.

The theme of the project was iconic figures that motivate and inspire young people in their lives. Simon chose Brian O’Driscoll as his iconic figure and produced a wonderful replica of a rugby ball made from a mix of solid beech and walnut. The project highlights the skill of woodturning and projects that can be produced using the lathe.


Hastings Cup/Sigerson Cup

Congratulations to former pupils Tadhg McKenna, Enda Smith and Evan McGrath who were part of the Roscommon U21 panel which was victorious over Galway in the Hastings Cup Final recently. We hope this augurs well for the U21 championship later in the year.

Enda and Donal Smith with Tadhg Lowe are also part of the DCU team who qualified for the semi-finals of the Sigerson Cup this week after defeating St. Marys in Belfast.


Mock examinations

After a tough two weeks our mock examinations came to an end on Friday 13th of February. We hope all of our students have a good break and look forward to the results returning to the school after half term.

Feb 5th 2015 News update

History Tour A Great Success

On Friday January 23rd third year students of Abbey Community College enjoyed a day trip to Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. Seventy students made the trip accompanied by Mr Leonard, Mr

McGuiness and Mr Colohan.

This trip was particularly beneficial to the students as they used the trip to aid their revision of the first year history course ahead of upcoming exams. The students were welcomed by the staff of the centre, and over the next few hours they were given a guided tour of the centre with particular focus on the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.

There were many artefacts on display which allowed the students the opportunity to see the great skill of their ancient ancestors. After visiting the ruins of the Abbey, the students took the time to revisit the museum and enjoy some time in the excellent canteen.

Overall it was a very enjoyable experience for all involved, with particular thanks to the staff of Rathcroghan Visitor Centre for their time and expertise. We look forward to many more days out in the coming months.

Mock Examinations

The school would like to wish every success to our Leaving and Junior Certificate students who are taking their mock examinations this week. Reminder: Oral Irish examinations will take place in late March for Junior Certificate students.


Open Evening

After our very successful open evening last week the school is still taking applications for enrolment for 2015/2016.

Application forms are available by contacting the school on

071 9664646 or by calling into the school office during the school day.



Abbey Community College students are busy preparing their production of the musical Oliver for opening night on Wednesday, March 4th. First, second and fifth year are combining to put on the show.

There is great commitment being shown by students, staff and the production team in the preparations for what promises to be a very exciting show.

See you on the night.

2nd Year Day of Reflection

 On Wednesday the 21st of January we welcomed the Mustard Seed Retreat Team to the school. The students of second year were provided with the opportunity to spend the day in reflection on themselves, their relationship with others and God.All Mustard Seed retreats are based on a three stage experience: 1) Relationship with others; 2) Relationship to self; 3)Relationship with God. Conor  and his team invited students to explore their faith through icebreakers, group discussion and interaction with the large group. The day culminated in a prayer experience which all students participated in.

Overall the day proved to be a rewarding and enjoyable one for all concerned. The students would like to take this opportunity to express thanks to Conor and his team and also to the religion teachers who helped organize this day along with the Chaplain.

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Work  Placement  2015

 Forty nine Pre-Leaving Certificate students who are studying L.C.V.P. Link Modules  will participate in work experience placements with local entrepreneurs, local schools and An Garda Siochana from the 9th to 13th February inclusive. The remaining Pre-Leaving Certificate students will continue with their studies in school during the week.

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

The students will complete the 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 County Enterprise Board who facilitate the students during both of these activities and for their continued support in these educational initiatives.


Three of our first year pupils who are members of Trident Swim Club took part in various competitions over the weekend  and performed exceptionally well in their various events.

Diarmuid Sutton took part in the prestigious Gerry Ryan meet at the University Arena, Limerick on Saturday, where he qualified for the National Irish Age Group Division 2 Championships in 200m freestyle.  He then went on to achieve a second qualification time in the 200m breaststroke  at a local gala in Carrick on Shannon, as well as achieving  A standard in three other events over the weekend, bringing his tally up to 7.  

Evan Moore and Adam O’Connor also represented Trident in the Carrick gala where Evan achieved a Gold C standard in 100m backstroke and Adam achieved a Bronze B standard in the 100m freestyle.

Congratulations to the three boys and to Trident Swim Club on their achievements.


October 2014

During the month of September Abbey Community college took part in an exchange program with the Gertrud Baumer Gymnasium in Remscheid, Germany. 15 students from 5th and 6th year from our school as well as 15 from there school took part of a variety of events such as a visit to Knocknarea, eagles flying and bowling. Although even before they came to Boyle the German pupils were lucky enough to experience Dublin. Although small by German standards, Dublin boasted a huge array of events such as the Guinness Storehouse, the GPO and most importantly shopping. The German students were exposed to Irish culture during the visit such as the ceili dancing that took place. Unfortunately during the bowling our own students were shown up as bowling is incredibly popular in the city of Remscheid. All the students underwent an exhausting climb at Knocknarea however most agree the view was worth it. But possibly the most enjoyable was eagles flying. This most extravagant of locations brags many features like a variety of birds of prey, goats, swans, hedgehogs and more. All found it to be both entertaining and informative. On the final day the pupils had more freedom they were all able to determine their own days. Many went to Lough Key to participate in things like Boda Borg or Zip It and remained there for the rest of the day, taking in the nature available. All in all they had a great time and are hopeful that their own visit to Germany will be similar.

French Trip

5thand 6th year students went on a school trip to the south of France on the 17th of September accompanied by Ms. Townsend and Ms. Hussey.

Day 1: Arriving

Early on the morning of the 17th we met up at the school, half asleep. After a long day of travelling we arrived in St. Raphael and met our host families who were all friendly and welcoming. We all went back to our houses and settled in.

Day 2: School day

After a lovely traditional French “petit dejeuner” or breakfast we went to the local school where we were divided into groups and had a chance to experience life in a French school. It was enormous and very busy. After we left the school we had a small tour around the town in the sweltering heat. It was a very tiring first day.

Day 3: Nice

After a very nice train journey we arrived in Nice. We walked around taking pictures and then reached the viewing point of the city. After what seemed like an infinite amount of steps we finally reached the top and the view was breath-taking. It was extremely hot and when we were allowed to wander around most of us headed straight to the beach where we had the time of our life in the clear sea. After getting changed on the beach we found fountains and immediately sprinted through them fully dressed. It was the best moment of the trip. All of us, drenched in our clothes and shoeless wandered through the city getting a few odd looks. Following hours of shopping we headed towards the train station and headed back to the town.

Day 4: Monaco

We all met up at the train station hopped on the train to Nice. What seemed to be the longest train journey of our lives followed. It was sweaty, crushed and overall the worst journey ever. We spent the day walking around parks, sightseeing and eating ice cream. Surprisingly, Ms. Townsend had planned a trip to the aquarium which was very interesting and intriguing. The train journey back was worse than the way over and seemed to take even longer.

Day 5: Saint Raphael

On our last full day in France we spent it in Saint Raphael. We attended the 1km long market which was very colourful and full of interesting merchandise. It was a brilliant sunny day so most of us stayed at the beach to experience what we normally can’t do over at home in Ireland. By the end of it all most of us were completely sun burnt, but it was worth all the fun.

Day 6: Coming home

The last day in France was sad and nostalgic. We all said goodbye to our host families, and headed to the bus station where we then took a bus to Nice airport to fly back home. The trip created beautiful memories for all of us that we will never forget.

By Emily Nutley, Viola Boe

1st year history field trip

The 1styear students of Abbey Community College went on a field trip to Boyle Abbey recently. Boyle Abbey is an impressive and well-presented Cistercian monastery which was founded in the 12th century, it was destroyed during the 17th century and it is now an important historical site, which brings many tourists to our town. This was a great opportunity to bring all the first years together so early in our first year and we all enjoyed it despite the weather. Many thanks to our teachers Mr. Martin and Mr. McGuinness and our tour guide for showing us around.

By Mikey McGrath

On the 13th October, ACC Junior Gaelic Footballers played Scoil Mhuire in Strokestown. A match of real quality, with excellent score, brilliant goalkeeping and fantastic skill on both sides made for a tasty encounter.

With Strokestown attacking into the school end in the first period, they registered the first score of the game with a point. However, after some neat build up, L. Kelly fired the ball into the back of the net.  From the kick out, Boyle gathered possession before C. Lavin popped up with a brilliant score. With four minutes played, Strokestown were in for a certain goal, however, the brilliant R. Kearney pulled off an excellent save. It was not long after until R. Kearney was called back into action yet again and, as before, he produced the goods. There was an interchange on scores, two scores from Strokestown and one from Boyle, produced by C. Deery. C. Mc Keon was fouled and as per usual the ball soared right between the uprights. It wasn’t until the stroke of half time that Boyle scored their next score, C. Lavin was fouled and C. Deery pointed it.

Half time: ACC 1:04, Strokestown 0:08.

At half time Mr. Greaney introduced D. Martin in place of J. Keville. Strokestown however started the second half as Boyle started the first as they scored 1:01. A minute later, Boyle replied back with a sort of “Anything you can do, I can do better” attitude and also scored 1:01.L. Kelly found the net again and C. Deery split the uprights. With 40 minutes gone, J. Clarke replaced K. Morris; however Strokestown pushed on with two further goals and two points. Strokestown continued to put the ball over the bar with C. Mc Keon scoring for Boyle. Boyle kept introducing fresh legs with A. Simon, E. Dwyer and J. Tighe entering the contest. Boyle registered three points, but it was the away side that prevailed on a final score line of Scoil Mhuire 4:19, Boyle 2:11.

ACC MOTM (man of the match): R Kearney, despite conceding four goals R. Kearney pulled off some brilliant saves. C. Deery and C. Mc Keon showed some great skill with some brilliant runs. Also L. Kelly scored two nice goals on a day not to forget.


 Written by Ronan Flanagan.

School Mass

As always this year’s school mass was a great success. The choir was outstanding this year. The trad group played astonishing tunes and really impressed everyone who attended.

With Ms. McCloone accompanying on the piano. Father John, the new priest in our parish, also gave an outstanding performance singing along to some parts in the mass. He also read out of his iPad showing the modern side of his job. The mass finished with a magnificent acapella version of ‘Something Inside So Strong’, the song left a great message for the school, that we can all achieve our goal this academic year.

A special thanks to Ms. McCloone and Ms. Moynihan.

By Alannah Henry.

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