2018-2019 News

Abbey CC Leaving Cert PE Class have recently won 2nd place in Ireland as the fittest mixed PE class in Ireland. This is a fantastic achievement for the school and the students/teachers involved. The demonstrates the broad and holistic focus which Abbey Community College constantly has on what constitutes education and further cements our school among the top schools in the country in the context of student/staff morale, education and sporting provision, student achievement (regardless of ability) and staff performance. Well done to all involved and a huge thank you to all for your efforts.

A great day was had in Maynooth on the leaving certificate Biology trip. Students viewed the fantastic campus and facilities in the Biology department there They had the opportunity to work with research graduates from Maynooth and to perform a wide range of biology practicals. It was excellent preparation on the lead up to the mocks. Some pictures below from the day.

Mikey McGrath a sixth year student in Abbey Community College Boyle was recently in Bristol England for a training camp with the CP Irish Development squad. This was an opportunity for the management team to experiment with the squad in preparation for the upcoming international tournaments in 2019. the tournaments will take place in Dublin Ireland in April and in Austria Graz and in Denmark Copenhagen in the summer. Mikey would hope to feature in the final squad to represent Ireland for these upcoming tournaments.

It was a great honour for our One Good Idea team to be invited to speak at The Department of Education & Skills today (Wednesday)

for the annual SEAI Conference on Education in Sustainable Development.


The team who recently won the One Good Idea 10 Year Special Merit Award at Dublin Castle impressed those in attendance so much that they were invited to represent students at the conference today.


The SOS(Save Our Seas) Team presented their project on Ocean Acidification to Officials from both Government Departments and Non-Government Organisations. Architect and Environmentalist Duncan Stewart was also in attendance, and praised the group on their work in the area of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification.


A very well done to the team who are leading the way for young women in STEM. 👩🏻‍🔬🔬📚

Further ladies football success

31st November 2018

The Junior ladies football team finished off the group stages of there competition with style and determination this week by playing two very tough games against Scoil Mhuire Strokestown and Colaiste Mhuire Ballygar. It took a huge effort from all the members of the Junior team to play both games one day after the other on both Thursday morning and Friday Morning. Unfortunately this didn’t go unpunished and we suffered two injuries of key players on Thursday against Strokestown we would like to wish both Niamh Ryan our Midfielder and our goalkeeper Rebecca McKeon a speedy recovery.

On that same note we would like to thank Emma Scally (who scored two goals against Strokestown!) and Kate Garavan (one of our brilliant backs) for volunteering to go in to goals for the second game against Ballygar not an easy task!

Every player on the panel played a part in both games which is really what it’s all about everyone getting game time. Thank you girls for your marvellous effort both days in terrible weather and not great playing conditions.

The Final score from the Strokestown game was 6-09 to 2-14. The final score from the Ballygar game was 5-10 to 4-03.

We have a well deserved break now for the players for a few weeks and we await news of who we’ll will play in the new year in the quarterfinals.

Both games were played at the School pitch in Abbey CC and we would like to thank our wonderful caretaker Michael for looking after the pitch for us.

Abbey Community College U-15 Secure Emphatic Win over Grange

20th November 2018

Grange, Co. Sligo was the setting for the U15 soccer team's first win (5-1) of the season vs Grange PPS in the Connacht cup.

David Flanagan got things under way on 18 mins after some good pressure from a dominant Abbey midfield. Niall O'Donnell delivered an excellent corner and David got his head to it finding the back of the net.

Despite constant pressure for the remainder of the 2nd half, the Abbey lads couldn't add to their lead.

With the introduction of Cian Carty at half time, they quickly added to their lead with Cian crossing for Liam Killoran to finish into the top corner. Cian Carty then got the 3rd and 4th himself while Liam Killoran added the 5th late on.

Abbey now need to beat Enniscrone in their last game to have a chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

Abbey CC: O Henry, G O'Connor, N O'Donnell, L McGrath, C Kelly, A Dwyer, E Kerins, D Flanagan, C Calpin, L Killoran, L Conneely, S Conheady, C Carty, C McGrath.

Senior Ladies football

22nd November 2018

Today our Senior Ladies team played their last round game for 2018 against Mohill Community College. Mohill had us to the pin of our collars until the last 15 minutes of the game when our girls dug deep and took their chances and their scores. The final score was Abbey CC 5-20 Mohill Community College 4-08. We wish Mohill the best in their games to come. Abbey CC line out as follows: Rebecca McKeon, Blaithin Deane, Maeve Duignan, Cara Clancy, Niamh McNamara, Saoirse Wynne, Grace Flanagan, Niamh Ryan, Clodagh Sheerin, Katie Corcoran, Cora Naughton, Heather Kerins, Cora Ryan, Kate Harrington (Capt), Emma Davey. Subs used: Kate Garavan for Blaithin Deane, Grace Nutley for Katie Corcoran. We are now out of the group stages and await news of our next game in the new year.


Abbey Community College Junior Ladies Football vs Charlestown

The match report 26/10/18

The match began with a fantastic goal from abbey community colleges Aimee Roddy at number 14. This was closely followed by a point from Aisling feely. Soon after Caoimhe Cregg furthered Boyles lead with a goal. Caitlin Roddy was fouled by Charlestown in their half and Aisling Feely converted the free. Boyle dominated midfield . 15 minutes into the first half Charlestown get their first chance on goal, this shot was saved by Boyle goalie, Ellen Daly. Charlestown center forward was clinical in front of goal and puts the ball in the back of the net. Boyles back line remained strong with Sarah Conheady making excellent runs supporting midfield. Aisling Feely answered this run with a lovely point from play, Despite all the hardwork Charlestowns corner forward is awarded a free which is sent sailing over the crossbar. As the rain continued to pour down never lost spirit and increased their lead with Aimee Roddy scoring a second goal. The half ended with Caoimhe Cregg converting a free. Half time score ; Boyle 3-5 Charlestown 1-4.

3 minutes into the second half Aisling Feely finds the back of the net for a fourth Boyle goal. Although Charlestown gathered speed despite continues attacks Boyle remained strong in defense. 2 goals later Boyle were still on top, Charlestown however were undeterred and scored a great goal in the top corner. Boyle makes the first substitution half way into the second half with Leah Downes replacing Madison Casey at wing forward. Tara Casey makes a superb block which results in the ball hitting the back of the net for Boyle .A great run from Caoimhe Cregg in the middle of the field leads to another goal by Aisling Feely. After a succession of heavy scoring from Boyle , they introduce fresh legs ; Grace O’Connor for Clodagh Sheerin, Ruth Johnston for Ellen Daly, Sally McGrath for Aoife Higgins and Emily Bryan for Tara Casey. The game ends with a point from Aisling Feely.

Final Score;Boyle 8-13 Charlestown 4-4

By Ruth Duggan and Katie Corcoran

Thursday 25th October 2018

Boys Junior Football v Strokestown

The ACC junior boy’s footballers shared the spoils in a hard fought contest with Strokestown. The ACC lads came late with a great comeback to leave the game level at full time on a score line of 2-13 apiece at a sun soaked college field.

ACC started the brighter of the two sides and got on the scoreboard first through Daire Cregg. They added a free straight after through the boot of Cathal Feely. It took Strokestown 6 minutes to register their first score when their centre forward Louis Galvin converted from their first attack. Boyle answered straight back with a brace from Cregg in the 7thand 13thminute. However this was to be Abbeys last score for 13 minutes as Strokestowns defensive set up began to stifle the ACC attack with their sweeper Colin Neary cutting off the supply of ball to Cregg and the rest of the ACC full forward line. Building on their defensive stability Strokestown went on to score an unanswered 1-3, the decisive goal coming in the 30thminute. ACC added another score through Daire Cregg just before the end of the half to leave the score at 0-5 to 1-5 in favour of the away team.

The ACC boys again started well as they scored the first two points of the half as good play from Feely and centre forward Seamus Connolly created a scoring chance for Cregg. From the resulting kick out Tomas Demeter won possession and set up Cregg for a simple score. Boyle began to dominate the game around the midfield with centre back Oisin Cregg linking up well with Feely and Demeter. In the 37thminute, James Keirnan broke through the Strokestown rear-guard and finshed superbly to the net to put ACC ahead by 2 points, 1-7 to 1-5. At this stage it looked as though the boys would push on and win easily but Strokestown rallied and went on to score the next few points as their attack began to fire. ACC found their kick out under pressure and this lead to wing forward Eoin Connolly receiving a yellow card for a rash tackle. Strokestown scored another goal to leave them ahead with 15 minutes of the second half gone. Boyle answered back with two scores, from Cregg and Feely, leaving Boyle down by 7 with 10 minutes remaining. What was to follow was a great fight back from the Abbey players as they got the ball back into the Strokestown half with Oisin Sheerin kicking a score. ACC squeezed the Strokestown kick out as Daire Cregg kicked three more scores, 2 frees. Boyle now found themselves two points down. The crucial score then came as wing back Finn Bruen arrived on the edge of the box from a pass from Feely and kicked the ball to the roof of the net. ACCs comeback was complete as they found themselves ahead by a point. However there was still time for one more attack as Strokestown won the next kick out and delivered the ball into their full forward who kicked the equalising score.

Abbey Community College: L. McKeon, J. Doherty O’Brien, K. Beirne, D. Flanagan, F. Bruen (1-0), O. Cregg (0-1), S. Hayden, T. Demeter, C. Feely (0-2, 2 frees), E. Connolly, S. Connolly, O. Sheerin (0-1), L. McGrath, D. Cregg (0-9, 4 frees), J. Keirnan (1-0), C. McPherson, G. Moore, B. O’Connor, K. Wright, J. Flanagan, T. McGrath, J. McNamara, S. O’Connor, E. O’Gara,

Senior Rugby Match report

Date: 23rd Oct 2018

Roscommon Community College vs Abbey Community College

Location: Creggs RFC

Score: Abbey CC -27 Roscommon CC - 50

On a bright sunny afternoon Abbey CC took on Roscommon CC in the Senior rugby league. The game was entertaining and played with a competitive spirit by both teams. RCC, opened the scoring with a well worked try in the corner, however the conversion did not reach it’s target. This was a feature of the day with a steady breeze, giving kickers lots of challenges. Abbey CC responded with a try from good play between Cathal Feeley and Tiernan Henry. The first half continued in this manner, RCC forwards carrying well, with Abbey CC breaking quickly, offloading and direct running. The half time score was 20-12.

Playing into the strong breeze, Abbey CC started much the faster with Antonio Chilton contributing to a well taken try. The game turned firmly in RCC favour for the next quarter, as three tries were added. Displaying lots resilience Abbey CC exploited the open spaces and through slick interplay from Max King, Shayne Hayden, Cathal Feeley and Tiernan Henry, two more tries were added.

Second year students took part in activities this week to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness in Ireland, in association with Focus Ireland. This involved verbal discussions on the homelessness crisis in Ireland, debates in English class, reading articles on the topic, as well as taking part in various games and activities. On Friday 5th October, we headed outside to feel and gain an insight into the physical barriers created by being without a home; discussing the various issues and effects of this.

First Year History students visited Boyle Abbey and King House recently.

Both guided tours were very informative and interesting and the students learned a lot about their local area.

Boyle is steeped in history and it was a great opportunity for the students to get out of the classroom environment and for them to see and experience the various artefacts and buildings.

Our guide, Joseph, at Boyle Abbey transported us back in time as he described the daily lives of the early Cistercian Monks. The students learned that the monks lived in very basic surroundings with little heat and very few comforts. In 1592 it was converted into a barracks and besieged by the Cromwellians in 1645. It is now a national monument in the care of the State and recently had some restoration work done to it.

Our guides, Martina and Michael, at King House described in great detail the lives of the King Family. They also learned that King House became a military barracks and recruiting depot for the Connaught Rangers, which were the Irish Regiment of the British Army. The Connaught Rangers Museum really captured the students' attention. They heard the story of Úna Bhán and Tomás Láidir Costello. They got chance to read about Maureen O'Hara, a film actress who was born in Main Street, just a few houses down from the main gates of King House. They also got chance to see The McAleese Collection, gifts which Mary McAleese received from various dignitaries and Heads of State when she was President of Ireland. She presented them to the people of Ireland and they are on display to the general public in King House.

Abbey Community College would like to thank the Tour Guides at Boyle Abbey and King House for the excellent tours provided for the students.