News 2009-2010

Summer time!

Summer time is nearly here and school will close for non exam students on Friday June 4th. All staff in Scoil Mhurie would like to wish the students a happy, safe and hopefully sunny summer! Very best of luck to those students who will start the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams on June 9th. We are sure that all your hard work will pay off. We extend special best wishes to our Leaving Cert class of 2010. We hope that your futures will be bright and you willl be successful in whatever path you choose in life. Don’t forget us here in Scoil Mhuire!

I (Miss Cullen) would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who helped out with the website during the year. I hope everybody who used it found it an interesting and valuable resource and if there are any suggestions for next year, please let me know and I will do what I can to make scoil-mhuire the best school website there is!


Transition Graduation Night

On Monday night, May 31st, the current class of Transition Year students had their graduation ceremony. Minister Tony Killeen was the very special guest for the night and Scoil Mhuire are very grateful to him for giving so freely of his time. The idea of this graduation night is to mark and celebrate all the tremendous work undertaken by the students during the year. The central area was the venue for the night and the students had it very nicely decorated with displays of their work as well as balloons, banners and flowers!

On the night itself various students spoke about their experiences of transition year and each student was then presented with folder of their certificates of achievement from the year including certs like CPR, Eurpoean Studies and Drive For Life to name but a few. 30 students were also presented with their Gaisce award medal (congrats also to the Gaisce teacher Ms Morkan!).

Many congratulations and thanks must also be extended to Ms Sue-Ann Sheridan, the TY co-ordinator and all TY teachers for their hard work during the year.


Taekwon-Do Irish Cup

The Irish Cup took place in the Badminton Centre in Baldoyle on Saturday 29t and Sunday 30th of May. Due to upcoming exams only 2 students travelled to the competition – Angela Keane and Pauline Kenneally. The cadet and senior events took place on Saturday with junior competitiors on Sunday. It was a very successfuly event with competitors from around the country taking part. Miss Cullen took a silver medal in her patterns division and Pauline took a bronze in her sparring division (a great achievement seeing as it was her first time competing in sparring!) Congrats to all who took part. More information can be found on the ITA website.


Annual Awards DayPrefects

The annual Scoil Mhuire awards were made at a presentation ceremony held at the school on Tuesday 18th May. Former pupil and local solicitor, Gillian Foley attended as special guest and presented prizewinners with their awards. These awards are a celebration of the year’s achievements and a chance to recognise and reward students’ efforts and excellence. Awards were made in both academic and personal achievement. The Marguerite O’Dwyer cup for outstanding contribution to music was presented to Aisling Davies and Ailbhe Howard by Marguerite’s mother, Claire. Outstanding Junior Cert results 2009 was awarded to Ciara Ryan, while Student of the Year went to Lisa Flynn of Leaving Cert. Subject awards at junior and senior level were presented as well as awards for other noteworthy achievements throughout the year.

These awards were preceded by the Sports Awards with special guest Ger O’Loughlin, Clare hurling manager. Also in attendance as special guests were Stephen Leigh and David O’Brien. Demonstrating the breadth of sports participated in by students of Scoil Mhuire, awards were given for football, camogie, swimming, golf, basketball, show jumping and boxing.The sporting year saw the first year basketball team beaten by the smallest of margins in the All-Ireland basketball championship, and an All-Ireland boxing medal for Kayleigh Murrihy. Students and teachers are to be congratulated on the year’s successes.

Click here for photos from the day.


All-Ireland Title hopes dashed in last secondAwards

Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon travelled to U.L. Sports Arena on Tuesday last to take part in the All Ireland C First Year girls basketball Final. Scoil Mhuire’s opposition were Christ the King from Cork City. The North Clare team travelled with a large group of students and parents to support the team. The School was hoping to bridge the 13 year gap since they experienced All-Ireland Glory winning a Volleyball Title in 1997.

Scoil Mhuire started the first quarter strongly scoring 10 points to Christ the King’s only basket of the quarter. However the Cork girls sprung to life in the second quarter and added 14 points to their tally. Scoil Mhuire added five to their score leaving the half time score 16 -15 and the Cork side with a one point advantage.

In the third quarter scores were hard to come by due to the evenly matched sides. At the end of this quarter Scoil Mhuire had taken the lead again with three points to spare over their Cork opposition 21-18. In the final quarter Cork got off to a good start scoring 5 points before Sarah Leigh and Niamh Hogan added baskets leaving Scoil Mhuire 2 points ahead. Christ the King then added a basket to leave the sides tied. The clock was ticking down and both sides were preparing for extra time, when with just 1.3 seconds left on the clock one of the Cork side put up an outside shot which much to the dismay of the North Clare girls went in. Scoil Mhuire had to settle for second best on the day and were beaten by a single basket in the last second of the game on a score of 27 points to 25 points.

Scoil Mhuire’s scorers in this game were, Sarah Leigh (4) Niamh Hogan (4), Lynn O’ Doherty (4), Laura Crowe (4), Ciara O’ Connell (1) and Aisling O’ Connell (8).

Scoil Mhuire First Year Team
Ciara O’ Connell, Sarah Leigh, Clionadh Egan, Aisling O’ Connell, Niamh Hogan, Laura Crowe, Ellie Mc Glennon, Eva O’ Dea, Roisin Canavan, Marie Fitzgerald, Laoise Buchholtz and Lynn O’ Doherty.

Subs: Shannon Mc Cormack, Ailish Hanrahan, Laura Mc Gann, Nadine Mc Donagh and Naomi Harvey.

Coaches: Carmel Eustace and Stephen Leigh

Assistant Coaches: Niamh Nestor and Marie Burke

Click here for photos.


Gaisce Achievements

Congratulations to two TY students, Aoife Shannon and Kristine Callinan, who have been selected from Co.Clare to take part in a 4 day adverture journey as part of the Gaisce Awards. It’s set to be a fantastic experience for the girls, who will be taken by the Defence Forces along with another 26 other students from around Ireland to the Wicklow Mountains. The girls are buying their hiking boots soon to break them in! Best of luck on your adventure girls.



Good Luck to the 1st Year Basketball team who play Christ the King from Cork tomorrow (Tuesday May 11th) in UL in the All-Ireland Basketball final. All first, second and TY students will attend this event to support the team.

Scoil Mhuire are very proud of the team already after all the hard work they have put in and hopefully they can take it all the way tomorrow.

Best of luck to their teacher Ms Eustace also.


Champion Writer

Leaving Cert Scoil Mhuire student, Cliodhna Falvey has won this years Clare Champion Short Story Competition. The talented writer’s short story ‘ I was one of them’ impressed judges and is sure to also impress the public when it is published by the newspaper. The competition was open to all second-level schools and Cliodhna won in the Leaving Cert category. She is delighted with this achievement and the wonderful opportunity to showcase her writing skills.


Europe DayEuropeDay

On Friday May 7th Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon welcomed MEP Brian Crowley to celebrate Europe Day in the school. Brian is the longest serving member of the European Parliament and has topped the poll in Munster in every election he contested, making him one of the most successful public representatives in Irish electoral history. On his visit he was greeted by Minister for Defence, Tony Killeen who paid a courtesy visit on the day. Transition Years proudly presented their European Studies projects for scrutiny by the MEP who was impressed by the wide variety of topics undertaken, ranging from Fashion and Food in Europe to Sport and Folklore.
Speaking on the current economic downturn Mr Crowley said our history and our involvement in the EU has been beneficial and has promoted Ireland. He contested that too often we put ourselves down as a nation but Europe has given us more confidence within ourselves. With genuine charm and affability Brian pointed out to the students that education is not just about results, nor does it stop when we leave school. He enthusiastically guaranteed the students assembled that every single thing learned in school would be used later in adulthood. He was adamant that the economy would improve, signs of which were already visible, he maintained. The key to Ireland’s recovery is the export of goods and services, we were the largest exporter in the world of software technology and the second largest of pharmaceuticals and we need to rebuild on that trade. The message he imparted on the students was that there is a bright future ahead of them, this time next year would see noticeable changes for the better in the economy and we will see levels of prosperity again. We will be on the right track to recovery but only if we remain at the heart of the EU. We are now in a much stronger position to deal with the country’s problems and we have a great capacity to get up and go. The spirit and the drive is still there and Irish membership of the EU is of critical importance to us now.

Click here for photos. Thanks to Micheal Killeen for supplying some of the photos.


TY Safe CycleSafeCycle

On Thursady the 6th of May the TY’s participated in a safe cycle programme. John Clancy in the high vis vest cycled his way from Newcastle West up the extremely steep hill where he was met by the very eagor convent girls. Fitted with trackies and helmets(for safety) they headed out on to the basketball court. John put them through their paces by making them manover around tricky corners. He informed the girls of all the hand signals that are there to ensure that you have a pleasant and safe cycle where ever you are headed. From wobbly beginnings the girls were soon cruising around the basketball court. Thanks to all who organised and took part, it was a very funny day!

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Childline Talk

On Thursday the 6th of May a representative from Childline came to talk to the girls of Scoil Mhuire. We were informed of the many services Childline provides. A new text service is provided now whereby you can text your queries and problems to helping member of the organisation and be assured that everything you say is confidential. It’s free, confidential and no caller ID is shown. Open 6pm-10pm every evening. You can text ‘talk’ to 50101 or contact them on their website


TY LOL GraduationLOLGrad

Congratulations to the Transition Years who participated in the Log On Learn programme. Thanks and congratulations to the mature students who conquered their feaars of computers. The progranne ran for ten weeks and everyone enjoyed the expierence. TY’s got to know and become good friends with their students over the few weeks. Throughout the programme they looked at various aspects of the comuter from turning it on to writing and sending an e-mail. After all the hard work was done the students and their teachers were treated to lovely refreshments supplied by Fiona, Louise and Kristine. Thanks again to all who took part.

Click here for photos.


Drive For Life

Scoil Mhuire Transition Year students recently enjoyed a full day’ Drive for Life’ presentation, aimed at changing the attitudes of young adults before they begin to drive. The focus of the day was on the new young driver, the dangers of speed, alcohol and drugs while driving, seatbelts, mobile phones and having the wrong attitude while driving. Apart from showing the students the cause and effect of the wrong actions on the road, the programme also showed how to prepare properly for their driving life. The students felt the day was most valuable and certainly raised their awareness of road safety.


Homework Club Trip

On Wednesday 5th, the students who take part in the homework club had an after school’s trip organsied by Mrs Cleary. The girls, Mrs. Cleary and Ms O’Brien travelled by bus into Ennis at 4 o’clock, went to see a film in the cinema and then ate in Supermacs before returning to Ennistymon. This trip was a way to congratulate the girls for all their hard work throughout the year in the homework club and to acknowledge their dedication to their studies. Huge thanks to Mrs Cleary who supervises the club Mon-Thurs every week and who organised the trip.


Transition Year Puppet ShowPuppetShow

Transition Year students in association with NAPD and Creative Engagement are producing a shadow puppet theatre show in the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon on Monday the 17th May at 12.30pm. Entry is by donation and all are welcome. The show features fairy tales with a twist. Students have been working hard on constructing the puppets and screens with artist and puppeteer Daragh Bradshaw, assisted by Judith Evans and Tanzi Watson.


Rachel Flanagan – Art Winner

Congratulations to Rachel Flanagan who was the school’s winner of a gold medal in the Positive Mental Health ‘Design a Cover’ competition.
Congratulations to everyone who entered, you each will recieve a certificate of participation for you efforts.


Sports Day – A Huge SuccessSportsDay

The annual Sports Day was helo on Friday April 30th in Lahinch. The day didn’t get off to a great start in terms of the weather but it soon brightened up and a great day was had by all! Events included 100m sprint, 3-legged race, 800m, spud ‘n’ spoon race, obstacle course and tug of war to name but a few!!

Miss Eustace and Ms Collins must be congratulated for their huge effort in organising the day. Thanks also to all the teachers who helped out as well as the Transition Years who organsied special treats for the day including a bake sale and a Mr. Freeze sale!

Click here for photos.


Art Day Out

5th and 6th year Art students went on a gallery trip to Dublin on Fri 30th April. We had a guided tour of the National Art Gallery, focusing on the Renaissance and International Gothic sections. We visited the National Archeological Museum to view the PreChristian and Christian art sections, (highlights were the Broighter Hoard and selection of other gold objects on display, the Ardagh Chalice, the Petrie Crown, and the Bog bodies on show).  We saw ‘The Dead Zoo’ exhibition (definately worth a look if you’re ever passing near Merrion Square), and we ran into Trinity College to have a quick look at the Book of Kells! We even managed to go shopping. It was a really enjoyable day out.


More Basketball News!!

Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon travelled to Claregalway Sports Complex on Tuesday last to take part in the All Ireland First Year C  and Second Year C All Ireland Semi-finals. Scoil Mhuire’s first game had their first year team take on Mohill C.S. from Leitrim. After a tough battle The North Clare girls emerged on top with five points to spare over their opponents beating them 32 points to 27. Scoil Mhuire’s scorers in this game were, Sarah Leigh (11) Niamh Hogan (10), Laoise Buccholtz (2), Lynn O’ Doherty (5), Clionadh Egan (2) and Aisling O’ Connell (2).

Scoil Mhuire First Year Team
Ciara O’ Connell, Sarah Leigh, Clionadh Egan, Aisling O’ Connell, Niamh Hogan, Laura Crowe, Ellie Mc Glennon, Eva O’ Dea, Roisin Canavan, Marie Fitzgerald, Laoise Buchholtz and Lynn O’ Doherty.

Subs: Shannon Mc Cormack, Ailish Hanrahan, Laura Mc Gann, Nadine Mc Donagh, Shannon Keane and Naomi Harvey.

Scoil Mhuire’s second Semi Final of the day was also against Mohill C.S. (Leitrim). Despite Scoil Mhuires fierce determination in this game they were unable to match a very strong Leirtim side who beat them by six points 35 points to 29. Scores for Scoil  Mhuire in this game were:  Sarah Leigh (2), Aisling O’ Connell (7), Aoife Hegarty (5), Sinead Considine (13) and Sarah Clair (2).

Team: Denise Kelleher, Laura O’ Loughlin, Sarah Leigh, Sinead Considine, Aisling O’ Connell, Sarah Clair, Sophie Rynne, Aoife Hegarty, Orlaith Egan, Molly Walsh, Rebecca Youdell and Sharon Roche.

Subs: Megan O’ Donnell, Lisa Sexton, Marie Garvey, Saoirse Reilly, Alice Hayes and Sophie Rynne

Scoil Mhuire’s First year team will now play in the All-Ireland League Finals which take place in UL (Limerick) on May 11th. Scoil Mhuire will know who their opposition are when Christ the King (Cork) and Abbey C.S. Boyle (Roscommon) play later on in the week.

Basketball just keeps getting better!BBall

Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon travelled to U.L. Sports Arena in Limerick on Wednesday last to take part in the All Ireland First Year C Play-offs. Scoil Mhuire’s first game was against Kilcullen from Kildare. Our girls easily accounted for the Kildare side beating them 29 points to 22. Scoil Mhuire’s scorers in this game were Laura Crowe (2), Sarah Leigh (3), Ciara O’ Connell (5), Niamh Hogan (7), Lynn O’ Doherty (6) Clionadh Egan (2) and Marie Fitzgerald (4).

Our second game was against Abbey Vocational School (Donegal). This was a very closely contested game and heading into the last quarter of the game both sides were level at 20 points each. The Ennistymon girls eventually ran out winners on a 32 point to 23 point score. Scores for Scoil  Mhuire in this game were:  Sarah Leigh (4), Aisling O’ Connell (4), Laura Crowe (2), Ciara O’ Connell (2), Niamh Hogan (8), Lynn O’ Doherty (2) Clionadh Egan (4), Roisin Canavan (2) and Marie Fitzgerald (4).

Scoil Mhuire will now play Mohill Community School from Leitrim in the All Ireland Semi-Final in both the First Year and Second Year Competition on Tuesday 4th May in Claregalway. The winners of both Semi-Finals will play in the All-Ireland League Finals which take place in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on May 11th.


Incoming First Year Table Quiz

The incoming first year students for 2010/2011 school year attended a table quiz in Scoil Mhuire on Tuesday 27th April. The teams were chosen at random to provide an opportunity for the girls to form new friendships before starting school in September. 51 students took part in the quiz and there were 13 teams of four and 1 of three. Well done to all who took part and a special thanks to the TY students who helped along with Mrs Cleary!

The winning team was:
Emma Waldron, Corofin
Rachel Meehan, Kilnaboy
Rachel Curtin, Rockmount

Runners up were:
Muireann Duffy, Kilfenora
June O’Connor, Ennistymon
Aoife Cuddihy, Cloona
Chloe O’Looney, Cloona


No Uniform Day

There will be a no uniform day on Thursday April 21st in aid of the PE and Sports Department in Scoil Mhuire. THe cost is €2 per person or €3 per family (to be paid by the eldest member).


First Year Football Blitz

A team of first year studentstook part in a football blitz in Cooraclare on Wednesday April 21st. Other schools taking part in the blitz included Kilkee, Kilmihil, Kilrush and Spanish Point. The girls had a great day and enjoyed the experience of meeting the students from other schools in taking part in this fun competition. Thanks to Ms Eustace for bringing the students and to the organisers of the event.


More Basketball SuccessMoreBBallSuccess

Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon travelled to Claregalway Sports Complex on Tuesday last to take part in the All Ireland First Year C  and Second Year C All Ireland Semi-finals. Scoil Mhuire’s first game had their first year team take on Mohill C.S. from Leitrim. After a tough battle The North Clare girls emerged on top with five points to spare over their opponents beating them 32 points to 27. Scoil Mhuire’s scorers in this game were, Sarah Leigh (11) Niamh Hogan (10), Laoise Buccholtz (2), Lynn O’ Doherty (5), Clionadh Egan (2) and Aisling O’ Connell (2).

Scoil Mhuire First Year Team
Ciara O’ Connell, Sarah Leigh, Clionadh Egan, Aisling O’ Connell, Niamh Hogan, Laura Crowe, Ellie Mc Glennon, Eva O’ Dea, Roisin Canavan, Marie Fitzgerald, Laoise Buchholtz and Lynn O’ Doherty.

Subs: Shannon Mc Cormack, Ailish Hanrahan, Laura Mc Gann, Nadine Mc Donagh, Shannon Keane and Naomi Harvey.

Scoil Mhuire’s second Semi Final of the day was also against Mohill C.S. (Leitrim). Despite Scoil Mhuires fierce determination in this game they were unable to match a very strong Leirtim side who beat them by six points 35 points to 29. Scores for Scoil  Mhuire in this game were:  Sarah Leigh (2), Aisling O’ Connell (7), Aoife Hegarty (5), Sinead Considine (13) and Sarah Clair (2).

Team: Denise Kelleher, Laura O’ Loughlin, Sarah Leigh, Sinead Considine, Aisling O’ Connell, Sarah Clair, Sophie Rynne, Aoife Hegarty, Orlaith Egan, Molly Walsh, Rebecca Youdell and Sharon Roche.

Subs: Megan O’ Donnell, Lisa Sexton, Marie Garvey, Saoirse Reilly, Alice Hayes and Sophie Rynne

Scoil Mhuire’s First year team will now play in the All-Ireland League Finals which take place in UL (Limerick) on May 11th. Scoil Mhuire will know who their opposition are when Christ the King (Cork) and Abbey C.S. Boyle (Roscommon) play later on in the week.


Congratulations Kayleigh!

Huge congratulations to Kayleigh Murrihy who won her division (Girl 4; wieght 54kgs) in the All Ireland Boxing Finals in Dublin on Saturday 29th March.

She had tough fights with girls from around Ireland winning the semi final 7-0 and the final 5-0.


Basketball SuccessBBallSuccess_000

Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon travelled to Athea in Co. Limerick last week to represent Clare in the First Year and Second Year Girls Basketball Regional Finals. They won both Munster Titles on what was a very historic and successful day’s basketball for the North Clare School.

On their way to the Clare Finals both teams had an un-beaten run with victories over Ennistymon Vocational School, Kilmihil Community College, Kildysart Community College, Spanish Point Secondary School and Kilrush Community College. In the Clare Finals held at Colaiste Mhuire in Ennis Scoil Mhuire’s First Year team beat Colaiste Mhuire while Scoil Mhuire’s Second Year Team beat St. Flannans College in the Clare County Finals.

At the Regional Finals in Athea Scoil Mhuire’s first year team played Colaiste Ide in the Semi-Final and over came the Kerry side beating them comprehensively on a 37 point to 7 point score. Scoil Mhuire’s Scorers in the Semi-Final were: Aisling O’ Connell (9), Sarah Leigh (3), Roisin Canavan (6), Ciara O’ Connell (9) and Marie Fitzgerald (4). In the Munster Final this team played Gael Cholaiste Ciarrai from Tralee and ran out winners on a 31 to 24 score-line. Scoil Mhuire scorers in the Final were Laoise Buchholtz (2), Lynn O’ Doherty (14) Sarah Leigh (4) and Aisling O’ Connell (11).

First Year Subs: Ailish Hanrahan, Laura Mc Gann, Amiee Greene, Holly Mc Cabe and Naomi Harvey

In the Second Year Competition the North Clare Girls played Milltown in the Semi-Final and beat the Kerry girls on a 55 points to 33 points score. Scorers for the Ennistymon side were Aoife Hegarty (13), Sinead Considine (20), Sarah Clair (12) Sharon Roche (2) and Aisling O’ Connell (4). In the Munster Final the Second Year girls played another Kerry side, Kenmare and beat them 37 points to 29 after a hard fought battle. Scorers for Scoil Mhuire in the Second Year Final were Aoife Hegarty (10), Sinead Considine (7), Sarah Clair (4) Sharon Roche (2), Sarah Leigh (6), Lisa Sexton (2) and Aisling O’ Connell (6).

Second Year Subs: Orlaith Egan, Denise Kelleher, Marie Garvey and Saoirse Reilly

Both teams have now qualified for the All Ireland Play-off’s which is run off as a one day tournament. The Second Year team will play on the 20th of April in Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. They will play against King’s Hospital Dublin, St. Mary’s Macroom (Cork) and Gael Cholaiste Carlow. The winner of this play off will advance to the All Ireland League Semi Finals. The First Year team is waiting to find out who their opponents in the play off tournament will be.


“Seasoned” 5th year Scoil-Mhuire girls attend Hamletby Pauline Kenneally

Mixed reactions abound, as the 5th year students of Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon attend the Everyman Theatre’s performance of Shakespeare’s well-known play “Hamlet” on Wednesday 24th March.

With a bright and early start (as per usual with these long journeys) of 8a.m everyone was buzzing with eagerness for the long awaited shopping trip to Cork… I mean… the long anticipated performance of Hamlet in Cork’s Everyman Theatre.

It had been over three months since the play had been booked and with tests in progress that same week, Hamlet was the perfect break before the major tests of Maths, English and Irish the following day.

With English teachers Mrs. O’Flaherty and Ms. Morkan accompanying us it was planning out to be a good day. The play read, done and dusted we were all looking forward to seeing the drama unfold onstage, to bring it to life, as such. With a brief reminder from Miss O’Flaherty of the rules of the theatre it quickly became apparent that we were now “seasoned theatre-goers in her eyes” and that in itself as quite an honour.

After an hour or so of shopping in Cork, we all gathered back at the theatre for the production to begin at one o’clock. Soon we were thrust into the fast paced action as the Danes cowered from the Ghost of the deceased king Hamlet. The terror on their faces left nothing to the imagination but the real crowd pleaser of the day was the mighty prince Hamlet himself (Marty Rae).

Balancing humour with agonizing, heart wrenching soliloquies, wit and guile with feigned madness Rae could not be faulted and, as such, was well liked by all. Kudos to him for playing one of Shakespeare’s most complex, challenging characters so thoroughly and competently.

As a director, Alan Stanford left nothing to be desired, his editing left a three hour production filled with drama, tension and laden with well-perceived humour.

The casting was, overall, well thought out although there were a few flaws. Many of the students believed that Ophelia’s accent was too harsh for her soft, delicate character. King Claudius was another major let down, his passionless words and lack of gesture usage seemed to render the play inferior in the eyes of many who attended.

In whole, the day was envisaged by the majority to be an anticlimax in comparison to the play that they had previously expected. That is not to say that the day was a failure there were, of course, some students who, although equally as critical, enjoyed the day. See some comments below…

“King Claudius was a let down in my opinion, he was expressionless, didn’t make any use of his hands or of the stage. I also imagined Ophelia differently, other than that I like the play”

“Terrible actors,”

“Hamlet’s first soliloquy was spine-tingling, the sloped stage was strange but interesting,”

“Hamlet’s actor was good, Ophelia not so much,”

“Very good, I liked Hamlet and Horatio, didn’t like Laertes or Ophelia that much…”


A Visit from OD MorrisODMorris

Morris O’Driscoll (or as we know him OD Morris) came to visit the Higher Level Leaving Cert Maths class on Monday the 22nd of March. He is a text book writer and has written the Maths books used in this school – Text and Tests. After years of fascination as to who this OD Morris was, Ms Cullen tracked him down and asked him to visit the school! He talked to the girls about his career as a teacher and text book author but also about Maths in general. He left with some inspiring words for the girls to follow their dreams in life and always try and work in an area that will make them happy!

Huge thanks to Mr. O’Driscoll for making the trip down from Dublin to visit Scoil Mhuire!


Equestrian Success

A team from Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon travelled to Duffy’s Equestrian Centre in Claregalway to participate in the Hoofprints Interschools Competition which took place on Saturday 20th March. The Scoil Mhuire team were entered in the Novice Competition under the watchful eye of Chef D’Equip Monica Hegarty. Niamh Hegarty was the first member of the team to Jump and set a very high standard with a double clear round. The following riders had faults in their first rounds but had clear rounds in their second, Niamh Williams, Amy Conneely and Kirsten Lernihan. This left the Scoil Mhuire team in a very respectable fifth place on the day. Niamh Hegarty and Amy Connelly also competed in the Individual Competition. The event was run as part of the Hoofprints Interschools League and was organised by Presentation College Athenry. A big thank you to parents Monica Hegarty, Nanda Lernihan, Gerry Williams and John Conneely who travelled to the event with their daughters.


Taekwon-Do Grading Success

Congratulations to the Taekwon-Do students who took part in the Clare TKD schools gradings at the weekend. All students performed very well and were all successfully promoted to the next grade. Gráinne Donnellan, Siobhan Donnellan, Sharon Howley, Tara Howley, Pauline Kenneally and Emma Vaughan were promoted to 5th Kup, Blue Tag and Rosie Powell was promoted to 9th Kup, Yellow Tag! Special congrats to Tara and Sharon who received distinction.


Bleaist Socar TY le Seachtain Na Gaeilge!!

On Tuesday the 16th of March the TY girls from Scoil Mhuire headed down to the community center to féach ar na buachaillí! No, now to be fair we actually did “try” to get involved….most of us anyways!

So it was the transition years from the convent, the mono and the tech, who piled into the community center at 10.30 that morning. The students were divided into teams of six or seven. Once everyone was acquainted with their teammates the first match got under way. The matches were seven minutes a half and every team played at least one match.

Since it was seachtain na gaeilge, everyone did their best to throw in the ould bit of gaeilge when playing the games. There was a lot of “maith an buachaill” and a bit less of “maith an cailín.” And not forgetting the very famous line that came from Ref Ms. Eustace “Tabhair dom an liathróid anois!”

Over all the day went very well!! Everyone had the craic!! A big Go Raibh Maith Agat to Ms Ní Chléirigh who’s help was much appreciated, to Ms Eustace for her refereeing skills and to the two other schools for taking part.


1st Year Retreat1stYrRetreat

On the 18th of march we went to Galway for a retreat. Ms.Cullen and Mary Linnane came with us. When we walked in the door we took a seat ate cookies and drank tea/coffee. We watched a music video and played 2 games called “the sun always shines” and “follow the leader”. They were really fun! At 11 o’clock we had a small break they gave us orange/apple juice, hula hoops and buns. After that we played who wants to be a catholic millionaire. It was really fun. The team I was on tied with Aoife’s group. We had to have a sudden death round Aoife’s team won but everyone who participated got sweets. We made colleagues which we took a long time at so we didn’t get to finish them until after lunch. At lunch time we had an hour and fifteen minutes to do whatever we wanted. Most of us went shopping and went to McDonalds. I got a lot of stuffJ. When we came back from lunch we got to finish our colleagues and when we were all done them we had to go in front of the class and explain what they were about. This was a very great day it was nothing like I expected it would be… by Hannah McInerney

On the 18th March 2010 1A headed off on a religious retreat to the Galway Diocesan Centre. The bus departed at eight am and everyone was onboard. This small, educational and spiritual centre is located in the inner Galway city. The topic of the day was LENT which stands for Lets Eliminate Negative Thinking. Firstly tea, coffee and chocolate chip cookies were distributed among everyone and afterwards we began playing a few creative games such as: The sun always shines on and Follow the leader. We then had participated in a quiz called “Who wants to be a Catholic millionaire”. Team 1 won the with a final score of seventeen out of twenty and they were awarded with a prize. Next we were treated to crisps, buns, more tea and juice for our lunch and we continued on with the retreat. Optical illusions were projected onto the screen and we broaden our outlook on life. These animations were challenging and it was difficult to notice the two different images that the picture consisted of. The colleague was next and it was the most fun to do. Our challenge was to find images in the wide variety of magazines to represent our interests and personalities. Then finally we went shopping in Ayre Square shopping square which was great fun with our friends. During that hour shopping we had to find some time for lunch and at five past two we had to return to the centre. Lastly, we finished our colleagues and presented them to the class and the leaders closed up the day with an inspirational poem… by Deirbhile Malone

We went on our religion retreat yesterday (18/03/10) We left the church car park at 8.00am. When we arrived at the Galway Diocesan centre, the facilitators gave us tea and cookies! Before break we played games, we played ‘’The sun always shines on’’ It was like fruit bowl! Afterwards we played who wants to be a catholic millionaire? Bubbles, Nadine, Laura and Niamh were on the same team as me!!…………….. And our team won!……………………Thanks to Niamh with her random guess of the answer! At the break they gave us juice and hula hoops! After break we looked at optical illusions, They were really cool! Then we got some A3 paper, magazines, glue and scissors, we cut out pictures and stuck them on the page to represent us. At lunch we went shopping (Whoo!!) Rachel got lost at lunch!! After lunch we presented our pages about ourselves and then we went home!! by Aoife Kearney


We went on a retreat to Galway yesterday. We set off from the school car park at 8:00am. When we got to the Galway diocesan centre the facilitators had cups of tea and cookies waiting for us. We played games like “The sun always shines on…” and we had a quiz: “Who wants to be a Catholic Millionaire?” Aoife, Niamh, Nadine and Laura were all on my team… and we won!  We got sweets!! After lunch we looked at optical illusions (which are really cool!!!!) Some of them were cool, some of them were confusing but the a few were just plain scary!!!!!! Like the one below…
Stare at the four dots in the middle of the picture for 30 seconds… you CAN blink!!! Now look at a wall or any surface… what do you see??? I know….. freeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaakkkkky!!!!!
Then we made collages about ourselves…… that was fun!!!!
Finally it was lunch, we were all looking forward to that… and it was SO MUCH FUN… until I got lost in the middle of Galway!!!!! (We were supposed to meet up at the O2 shop… I  turned up at the WRONG O2 SHOP!!!)  After that we finished our collages, presented them and headed home!!!!! It was a looooooonng  day, but it was great fun!!!!!!!!!!
And thank you to Siobhan and Kevin, the facilitators, and Ms. Cullen, for taking us… by Rachel Sulley

Yesterday, the 18th/March we went to Galway on a retreat. Ms. Cullen and Mary Linnane came with us.
We arrived in Galway and were greeted by two people named Siobhan and Kevin. The theme of the day was L.E.N.T -Lets Eliminate Negative Thinking. They gave us cookies and tea, but some people had coffee and went a bit loopy after it. Niamh Hogan unfortunately was one of those people she ran out of the room laughing and a load of girls went out after her because we thought she was crying. It turned out that she was laughing about something that Clara had said about a horse? It was a bit odd. Other than that the retreat was really fun we played games like catholic millionaire and the sun always shines on_______. We got to make a collage about ourselves, we looked at optical illusions. At break they fed us sweets, crisps and juice. The best part was definitely the SHOPPING! We had loads of fun at Eyre Square.
Overall it was a great day and we all enjoyed it! by Gráinne McCormack

Okay, on the 18/03/10 the 1A class went to Galway on a Religious retreat. I’d say that on the bus was the best crack, mostly because we were all taken pictures and talking.
When we came in, there was two people named Siobhan and Kevin, they were going to be our facilitators, they gave us coffee, tea and loads of cookies and sweets
At the start we played a game called ‘The sun shines on’ and it was so funny.
We watched these things called Optical illusions and they were the best things EVER!! And there was this one where it was like a black circle and a load of white dots and you had to stare at it for ages then when they took the image away all you could see was Jesus it was brilliant!!
For the next bit we got to go shopping!!
When we came back we made a collage and I loved the day, it was so much fun and I’d definitely go again… by Kirsten Browne

On the 18th of March, We went on our religion retreat to Galway. We left the church car park at 8 o clock, it took us 2 hours to get there. We finally got to the Galway Diocesan Centre, there we met Siobhan and Kevin. First of all they gave us Tea and COOKIES:) and we watched a  music video of the black eyed peas. We also played los of games, which were really…am….fun:) After some time…we were looking at optical illusions, that was so much craic:) Niamh had to run out of the room because their was a horse coming out of a splash, hahaha! I have to admit the shopping was the best part, even though I didn’t get that much:( We all went shopping in Eyre square! Then at 2 15 we headed back to the centre and made collages, mostly we did that for the rest of the day! We headed home at 3 30, the bus on the way home was savage:) We all enjoyed the day, well I did anyway:) by Clara Cosgrove

On The 18th of March, We went on a Religion Retreat to Galway, With Mrs. Cullen and Mary Linnane. We left at 8 O’clock in the morning, We waited 2 hours to get to the Galway Diocesan Retreat Centre. We went into a room where there was two facilitators, Siobhan and Kevin and Biscuits, Tea and Coffee. Then we sat down and we watched a video of the Black Eyed Peas Performance for Opera’s Birthday to explain that the audience was needed to make the show. The We played Games Like Follow the Leader and The Sun Always Shines Down On.. Then we looked at some optical illusions. After we left for shopping. We had a hour around Galway for shopping then we headed back to the Retreat Centre. There we made a Collage and Then it was time to go home. We had a Great Day In Galway… by Amy Commane


Croke Park DisappointmentCrokePark

On the 17th of March Kilmurry Ibrickane was playing an all Ireland final. They were playing St Galls from Antrim. Kilmurry had a lot of support so did St Galls. It was very exciting. There were buses leaving from Quilty at 7:30am and 8:00am. I went on the bus that left at 7:30 am. Most people went up on Tuesday. The match was on at 3:45 pm. In the Cusack stand most of Kilmurry were in that stand. I was in the Hogan stand and a few were in there as well. Kilmurry started off great by getting a goal. St Galls came back and got a few points. In 12 mins into the Michael Hogan got taking off because he had a bug and could not run. He got replaced by Evan Talty. Things did not go right for Kilmurry. Dermot O’ Brien the goal keeper for kilmurry played very good he saved an awful lot. The match ended by a score of 1-5 to Kilmurry and 0-13 to St Galls. Kilmurry did great to get that far for a Clare team. St Galls were just better on the day.

by Ciara McCarthy 1A


Public Access To Law

Congratulations to the TY students who were involved in the recent Public Access to Law competition in Loughrea. The Scoi Mhuire team won this section and are now progressing to the National Finals in Dublin.



D’Éirigh leis an bhfoireann díospóireachta sóisir an bua a fháil ar Choláiste Mhuire an Luain seo agus beidh siad ag dul ar aghaidh go Craobh Cheannais Fhéile na hInse ar an 27ú Márta in Óstán an Auburn. Comhghairdeachas le Cáit Ní Éalaithe, Deirbhile Ní Loingsigh agus Aisling Ní Fhloinn agus a múinteoir M.Ní Chléirigh.

The junior debating team won the first round of the Féile na hInse debating competitions and will go straight to the finals on 27th March 2010. Congratulations!



On Friday 12th March Ralph who is a Paramedic came with other CPR instructors came to the Transition Years of Scoil Mhuire to teach them CPR. At ten to two the groups were set up with their instructors and ready to go. The lesson went on until half 3, every student who participated enjoyed it and can now save lives. The following are the steps learned for CPR:

  1. Check if the scene is safe for you
    2.      Call and shake the injured person to see if he/she is responding
    3.      Ring 112 (European Emergency Number)
    4.      If necessary move the casualty to an even surface
    5.      Lift the casualty’s chin and listen if they are breathing (10 seconds)
    6.      Get your CPR-mask and fasten it over the person’s mouth and nose
    7.      Breath into the mask twice, holding it tight to the casualty’s face and check if the chest is lifting
    8.      Fold your hands and put them in the middle of the person’s chest, straight up and leave your arms elongated
    9.      Perform compressions 30 times (shouldn’t take longer than 18 seconds)
    10.     Repeat the breathing and compressions if there is no response
Congratulations to our Atheletes!

Congratulations to Siobhan Nestor (Junior-2nd Year) and Emer Hillery (Intermediate-3rd Year) who both won Third Place in the1200m race in the recent Munster Indoor Athletics Championship.


Show Jumping Competition

There is a School’s Show Jumping Competition in Duffy’s Equestrian Centre, Calregalway, Co. Galway on March 20th. Names of any interested students must be given to Ms Eustace before Monday, March 15th.


2B Jumble Sale for Kosovo Appeal

2B class are organising a jumble sale to raise funds for Maura Garrihy and “The Kosovo Appeal Fund”. They are asking teachers and students from all years to donate unwanted DVDs CDs or games that are in good condition to the sale. If you have anything, please bring it in before Friday for the students in 2B (room 13). The jumble sale will take place on Tuesday 9th of March at lunchtime.

The class will also be organising a Bake Sale on Monday 15th of March.


TY Students working in RTE

Two Transition Year Scoil Mhuire students, Ruth Nolan and Aoife Corry, were recently lucky enough to secure work experience in the RTE studios. Each year RTE is inundated with work experience applications by those wishing to work in this dream industry and so the girls were most fortunate to enjoy a tour of RTE and of the National Concert Hall as well as sorting RTE archival material and being present in the studio audience of’ The Cafe ‘ a teenage chat show. The students were selected following school interviews and most appreciative of the envied placement.


Congratulations Public Speakers!

Congratulations to Aoife Shannon, Lisa Carkill and Helen Hehir who took part in the Regional Finals of the Mental Health Ireland Public Speaking competition in UL on Tuesday 2nd March. The standard was extremely high and the judges took about an hour to make their decision. Scoil Mhuire were praised highly for the content and delivery but the first place was awarded to Glenstal Abbey. Well done to the girls for representing their school so well and for all the hard work they put in along with their teacher Ms Morkan.


TY Trip to ParisParis

Scoil Mhuire Transition year students have recently returned from a fun filled, 3 day educational trip to Paris after sampling the culture and delights of the beautiful city. This trip of a lifetime included visits to the world renowned Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, L’Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower. Students were also treated to a trip on the Bateau Mouche, a pleasure boat taking in many of the city’s famous monuments along the banks of the Seine. Of course the magic and fun of Disneyland rekindled the child within each student and a customary shopping spree at the Forum Des Halles ended a perfect trip to the most beautiful of cities.


Log-On Learn Starts Again

On Thursday 25th of Febuary the TY’s of Scoil Mhuire started log on learn. This involves students teaching older people from the community how to use a computer and the internet. The course last for 8 weeks and it is on every Thursday from 9.15 to 10.30

If you would like to take part in this class please contact the school at 065 707 1224.


Clare’s Got TalentClareTalent

Scoil Mhuire is proud to have 3 pupils involved in the Clare’s got Talent competition this year. Tess McGoven proceeded through the to next round using her broadway dance skills, Siobhan McCarthy used her fantastic singing voice to move on to the next round and Emily Garvey also moved on to the next stage as part of  a traditional Irish music group. All three girls will be performing in front of a live audience and judges at the Glór theatre on 7th March. Best of luck girls


Visit about TaizeTaize

by Laoise Buchholtz

Taizé is in France, very near to Switzerland. It is a small village. Thousands of people come here every year.

The founder of Taizé was Brother Roger Struts. Brother Roger was originally from Geneva in Switzerland. In 1940 he came to Taizé. In Taizé it was very depressing because the crops had failed, World War II was in progress and many men were gone fighting and France had been invaded. Roger was a Lutheran and his father was a Lutheran minister.

In 1942 Brother Roger was forced to leave Taizé by the Germans. He left Taizé for two years to Geneva. At this time four other brothers also joined him. In 1944 when the war was over a lot of German soldiers were prisoners. Brother Roger and the other brothers would visit these people every Sunday.

In 1944 Brother Roger and the other brothers came back to Taizé and their community grew. This community became an Ecumenical Community. This means that any Christian could visit no matter denomination of Christianity they were.

One thing Roger wanted was for all his monks to live common lives. That included eating meals together, living together and praying together. Prayers were said three times a day; morning, midday and evening. At prayer services everyone sings a line for a minute or so until they get the meaning. The leader of the Community is the Prior. The current leader is Brother Alois.

The two main points of Taizé are Common Life and Welcome for young people.


by Deirbhile Malone

On 9th February 2010 during Religion class Fr. Jerry Carey came in to inform us about the Ecumenical Community of Faith; Taizé. It was first established in 1940 when a Swiss brother, Brother Roger went to Taizé during the Second World War. The most extraordinary thing about Brother Roger is that he was a Lutheran but he didn’t want to be categorised as just a Lutheran. He wanted to reach out to all Christian religions.

In 1942 Brother Roger fled from France and returned to Geneva. Here he met four brothers and they joined. He set off for Taizé again in 1944 when all the war was over. The five brothers had a common life meaning that they shared living accommodation, meals and most importantly, prayer. There is a big difference between our prayer and Taizé prayer because they sing everything but the songs are very simple.

The brothers had a common life and “welcome”. Brother Roger became the Prior (leader) and at this moment a German man, Brother Alois is the Prior. Taizé is very popular with young people and at least 5,000 people go there every week in the summer.


Huge Money Raised for HaitiHaiti

The 1A class recently organised a no uniform for day in aid of Haiti and the total has now been calculated as an amazing €553.40. Congratulations to the class for their idea and organisation. A big thanks also to all the students and staff who contributed expecially those who made an extra donation.

The money raised is being sent to Goal to fund the work they are doing in Haiti at present.


Readathon Prizes Arrive!PrizesArrive

The first year students who took part in the MS Readathon recently received their prizes for taking part in the readathon before Christmas. This year’s amazing total was €1041.85! Everybody who took part in the readathon received a prize and 2 girls received mp4 players for the huge amounts that they collected individually.

Congratulations again to all the girls who took part and to Ms Morkan for all her hard work.

Readathon Information

From the 16th of October until November the 16th we participated in the MS Read-a-thon!!

What is MS?

MS stands for Multiple Sclerosis.

  • The brain, spinal cord and nerves all work together to send messages around the body allowing you to do all things you want, such as kick a ball, sing a song, daydream etc In someone with MS the brain, spinal cord and nerves become damaged and the messages don’t always get delivered properly. If you think of your nerves like the cable on your kettle. If the black plastic becomes damaged, the wires underneath can be seen and this can be dangerous.
  • MS affects people in different ways. Some people have problems walking, seeing things, remembering things properly, going to the toilet or feeling really tired a lot of the time.
  • Most people are not very badly affected by MS and some people you wouldn’t even know had MS. However, some people can be affected badly and need lots of help to live their life to the full.
  • MS not only affects your body and mind, it can also affect lots of daily activities. Shopping, working, making dinner, playing in the garden or going out with friends can sometimes be more difficult for people with MS.
  • When someone gets MS in a family it can sometimes changes things. Maybe children need to help around the house more, maybe the mammy will read a book with her children instead of playing outside or maybe the daddy will cook the dinner more because he doesn’t work as much. Every family finds different ways to manage MS.
  • There is no cure for MS. Some medications can help and many people with MS use exercise, a balanced diet and alternative therapies such as reflexology, to help them feel better.
  • No one knows why someone gets MS. Women get it three times more than men and people who live in hotter countries don’t get it as much as people who love in cool countries.
  • MS Ireland helps all people and families living with MS. Our Regional Community Workers all over the country visit people and answer any questions and talk through any concerns or fears the person or families have.


What did we do?

From the October the 16th until November the 16th we feverishly read books! We organised some sponsors that could sponsor us per book or for a single donation! Fortunately we all had generous sponsors and some classmates even sponsored each other!! We had a full month to read as many books as we could and this included the mid-term so everybody was able to read numerous books! From the total of money we raised 10% will go towards the school library, while the remaining 90% will obviously go to the MS fund. 1B raised €728.50! 1A comes in with a bit over €313.35! Together we raised €1,041.85!! Great job, everyone! Even though the read-a-thon is already over, we will continue to have our weekly reading class as everyone showed great interest in it. However, the gracious MS fund has a certificate in store for every contestant and everybody who reads 3 or more books and raises a specific amount of money will be rewarded by the fund greatly!


What prizes could be won?

  • Under €20- Switch Colour ball
  • €20 and over- Screaming Shuttle
  • €40 and over- 3-in-1 torch
  • €60 and over- Spy telescope/microscope
  • €90 and over- R/C mini cooper
  • €140 and over- Touch screen MP4 player
  • €500 and over- Nintendo DS Lite and Touch Screen MP4 player
  • €1,000 and over- Nintendo Wii and Touch Screen MP4 player


Reader Prizes

Every reader who enters the Read-a-thon is put into a draw and has the chance to win one of these fabulous prizes:

5th prize: Inline scooter or stunt car

4th prize: Mountain bike with helmet

3rd prize: Sony Digital Camera

2nd prize: Weekend for two to see Man-U in Old Trafford

1st prize: Laptop with DVD, colour printer and digital camera


Teacher Prizes

All teachers are entered into a draw for a €1,500 travel voucher or 2 weekend breaks away.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Ms. Morkan who opened up this great opportunity to us and the MS Read-a-thon organisers who did not start a seemingly pointless (except for the money raised) competition but stocked it full with fantastic prizes that can be won by everyone who is some way associated with it!!


Bling Your UmbrellaBling

First year students brought in their umbrellas this week to “bling” them as part of the Green Schools project to increase awareness about walking to school. The idea is to promote students walking all or part of the way to school and also being safe in doing so. The umbrellas were designed by each individual student and decorated with pieces of high viz jackets and other such bits and pieces. Well done to all the students who put so much effort into this project and also to their teacher Ms Kearney.


3rd Years Enjoy Their Retreat3rdYearRetreat

On Tuesday February 2nd the third year students took part in their annual retreat which was enjoyed by all who went. Here’s a quick review by Lieke Schonemann in 3B:

The second of February was the day the junior cert class went to Kilfenora for there retreat. All sounded excited. When they entered the room there were four rows of chairs placed in a semi-circle. And then the man from the retreat team walked up to the table in front of the chairs, when he started to talk we could not stop laughing, because his voice had a weird pitch.  He told us the schedule for the day, one of the things was an hour of personal prayer and fasting for the day. Everyone one had a problem in hiding there smiles or confused stares. He then started to say a prayer, at which at the end he let us know he was joking.

After the shock was over, the fun started and different activities were held.  Over all I think people learn all kind of things about the world and their classmates.


TY DeportmentTYDeportment

It was a busy day for TY on Monday 1st February. Orla Sexton, a past pupil of Scoil Mhuire, visited the girls to delivery a Deportment course. I (Ms Cullen) popped in to see the end and it looked like the girls learnt a lot and had a great time too. I got to see plenty of model walks that would rival those any catwalk and plenty of interesting shoes too (especially lovely with the uniform!). Thanks Orla and well done to all the girls who took part.


County Junior Football ChampionsCountyFootball

by Helen Hehir

On the 29th of January 2010 the junior team from Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon reluctantly (ya right) walked out of their classrooms in the hope that the next time they would be back in school they would have the cup……again.

They took the long journey to the Lahinch pitch where they would play their rivals for many years Spanish Point. As the two teams warmed up the supporters flogged in and waited patiently as the two captains, the amazing Fiona Considine represented Scoil Mhuire, walked into the centre of the pitch.

Once the make-up was applied and the pictures taken the girls took their places on the field. The ball was thrown in and it was the start of a grueling match. In the early moments of the game Therese was found holding her ankle on the ground. Nurse Eustace was quickly out to see if she was ok but for poor Therese it was the end of her playing for today. She was lifted off and was replaced by Sharon Roche.

No sooner had Therese been wrapped up on the sideline when a massive roar came and the net of the Spanish point goal rattled. Emer Hillery had scored Ennistymon’s first goal of the day. Play resumed with the kick out from the Spanish Point’s goalie. Hard battling went on in the center of the field. The whistle then blew and a free was awarded to Ennistymon’s Roisin Howley. Martina Scales took this quickly to Niamh O’Dea who soloed straight towards the goal and put it straight over the bar. Spanish Point responded with a point from Laura Rynne in the 11th minute.

Aisling Torpey was fouled on the twenty-one yard line and Niamh O’Dea walked over to take it. With the almighty left foot she blasted the ball towards the goal but it was blocked but only to fall into the awaiting hands of Aisling Torpey who put it over the bar.

The backs for Ennistymon battled long and hard to keep the ball out. Great blocking, chasing and passing came from the rock solid full back Sinead Considine, the wing back Kayleigh Murrihy and the captain Fiona Considine proved her leadership skills.

A massive sprint came from Martina Scales who passed the ball to a running Niamh O’Dea who off loaded to Fiona Considine who sent a cross-field ball to Emer Hillery who took a step inside her marker and put the ball over the bar.

In the 24th minute a sudden burst through came from Spanish Point and the full forward was clear on goal when Aoife Shannon pulled off a diving save and her backs were fast to react to clear the ball.

Approaching half time Spanish Point got a free and pointed it. No sooner had the ball been kicked out when it was worked back in to Spanish Point’s corner forward. It was one on one but once again Aoife managed to pull through for Ennistymon with her mind power forcing the corner forward to kick the ball over the end line.

Ennistymon ended the first half with a goal batted in by Emer Hillery.

The second half opened with a free for Ennistymon, which was pointed by Aisling Torpey. Another point followed from Roisin Howley. Niamh O’Dea went on a solo run but the keeper stopped her attempt at goal. This didn’t stop her though as she battled for the ball again and this time put it over the bar.

In the 16th minute Spanish Point got lucky and scored a goal but Ennistymon responded by working the ball up the field up to the forward Eva O’Dea who passed it to Shannon Murrihy, who passed it back to Eva who again passed it to Shannon who passed it to Roisin Howley who put it over the bar with ease.

At the closing stages of the game Aisling Torpey rattled the Spanish Point’s net again with a goal. Emer Hillery put the icing on the cake thirty seconds later with another goal. The whistle blew and Scoil Mhuire were champions again!

Fiona Considine was presented with the cup, which bore the school colours by Michael Fitzpatrick the county board secretary.

A massive thanks to Ms. Eustace who coached the girls to victory. Without her commitment to the team the win wouldn’t have been possible.


No Uniform Day in aid of HaitiNoUniformDay

Laura McGann and the other students in 1A recently decided to try and organise a fund raising activity for the people of Haiti whose lives have been completely devasted by the recent earthquake. A previously organised no-uniform day, to be held on Friday 29th January, will now be held in aid of Haiti.

The massive earthquake, registering 7.0 on the richter scale, happened in Haiti on January 12th with it’s epicentre close to the centre of the capital city Port-au-Prince. It is estimated that the death toll could raise to 200,000 with 1.5 million people being left homeless.

All Scoil Mhuire students are encouraged to bring in their no-uniform day contribution (plus extra if desired) on Friday 29th so that we can add a little to the recovery of the country.


Young Scientist 2010YoungScientist

by Lisa Carkill

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition took place in the RDS this year, from Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th of January 2010. In its 46th year running it is still an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for all those who take part.

This year Scoil Mhuire had two TY students, Lisa Carkill and Aoife Shannon, who took part in the exhibition with their project titled ‘How Safe is Your Shampoo?’ We came up with this idea as being in an all girls school, we realised that hair plays a major role in most girls’ lives and we wanted to investigate the effects of shampoo on hair, which is the most used hair product.

We realised that shampoo and many other everyday products contain an ingredient known as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, which is a cleaning agent but it is also used as an engine degreaser. We decided to investigate the effects of four different shampoo brands (high/low/free SLS and most popular) on four groups of our very helpful fellow students. We used many methods of testing such as tensile strength, microscopic analysis and pH etc to see the effects of SLS. We concluded that the organic brand which was free of SLS was the best for your hair.

Taking part in the young scientist is a once in a lifetime experience although it is hard work from filling never ending shampoo bottles, chasing people for hair samples and pulling hairs on the Newton metre until our eyes twisted, filling out a report book the size of an encyclopaedia and even trimming the edges of the photos for our visual display under the critical eye of Mrs. Sheridan. However the rewards of taking part greatly outweigh the work load, especially when people of the public expressed interest in our project, it all felt worthwhile. The young scientist exhibition was much more than a competition; it was a time of fun and laughter with friends new and old, chasing celebrities for autographs and of course there was ice skating…let’s just say I’m definitely not a professional yet!! Overall the young scientist is a wonderful experience which is a definite must for future TY’s.

We would like to thank all our volunteers, the local shops and chemists who supplied us with the shampoo. We greatly appreciate the support of the school and the teaching staff as it wouldn’t have been achievable without the support. A special word of thanks to Mrs. Sheridan, we couldn’t have done this without her guidance, hard work and dedication.

Click here for photos.


Leaving Certs Give BloodGiveBlood

On Thursday 21st January a gang of enthuastic and yes we can say it…brave…Leaving Certs attended the Blood Donation Clinic in the Falls Hotel. The girls, joined by Shane (de only willing CBS-ian) Ms Collins and a few mammies and daddies, collectively donated over 6 litres of blood to the very worthy cause!!…The good news is we all survived…..and would absolutely reccommend that anybody who can give blood does give blood. Its something so easy to do, really doesn’t hurt and can help so many people…not to mention the free pens and chocolate!! 🙂

And lads n lassies this is what the clinic have to say…..
‘A blood donation costs nothing but gives much,
It enriches those who receive
Without making poor of those who give.
It happens in a flash
But the memory of that gift will last forever.
None is so rich and mighty that it can get along without it
And none is so poor
That it cannot be made rich by it.
It cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen
For a blood donation is of no earthly good to anyone
Until it is given away.’

Special thanks to Ruth Davoren for all her enthuasism in getting us to go!!

Click here for photos.


Donation to St. Vincent de Paul

A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to all Students and Staff of Scoil Mhuire and C.B.S. who supported the Charity Basketball Match before Christmas.

The total amount raised was €750.

This money was donated to the Ennistymon branch of St. Vincent De Paul and was distributed to people in the Ennistymon area.

Your participation in this fundraiser was very much appreciated!!!


Supervised Study

Supervised study will be put in place for Junior Cert and Leaving Certs during the upcoming Open Evening and Parent Teacher Meetings. On Tuesday January 26th (Open Evening) study will be available from 2.30 – 5.30. On Thursday 4th February (Parent Teacher Meetings) study will be available from 9 – 1.10. Please contact Ms O’Loughlin with any questions.


3B Bake Sale a HUGE Success!!3BBakeSale

Congratulations to the 3B class who raised €225 in their Bakesale in aid of the Donkey Sanctuary. They have also decided to donate a portion a this to Goal to be sent to Haiti. The goodies went down a treat and included such nice things as Banoffi Pie, Sponge cake, biscuits, muffins, chocolate squares among others. Cullinans Brownies were gone within minutes with many requests for more following!! Well done and we are looking forward to the next 3B Bake Sale!

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Open Evening Rescheduled

The Open Evening for prospective first year students will now be held on Tuesday January 26th. All students are invited to attend registration at 3.50 which will be followed by various activities and plenty of chances to meet with teachers and other students. Parents are then invited to join us at 5.30 for their presentations. We look forward to meeting you on Tuesday and if you have any questions in the meantime feel free to contact the school!


3rd Year Bake Sale in aid of the Donkey Sanctuary

Would you like to help a donkey that has no where to sleep at night?

Well then you need to  come to the central area on Monday the 18th, where 3B will hold a one day only BAKESALE with all the proceeds going to the donkey sanctuary.

Your help will be greatly appreciated by all those lonely donkeys:-(


Taekwon-Do Classes resume on Friday 15th

Ms Cullen will continue with Taekwon-Do classes at the usual time of 2 – 3 on Friday the 15th of January. All students are encouraged to return and new students are always welcome. If any student is not currently taking part in a sport, they should try out TKD to increase their fitness levels as part of a New Years resolution for 2010! All you need is a tracksuit. See you there!


School re-opening on Wednesday 13th January

Scoil Mhuire will re-open on Wednesday the 13th of January from 9am – 3.55pm.

Some teachers have posted work for Junior Cert and Leaving Cert classes here. Please check this and make sure work is covered for return to school.


A Shining Night CDShiningNightCD

The Scoil Mhuire School Choir are delighted to announce that they, along with special guests including Catherine Marie Hegarty, Michael Mulqueeny, Teresa Garrihy, Kate Daly and Grainne Curtin, have launched a CD of Christmas carols entitled ‘A Shining Night’.

This wonderfully festive CD is now on sale at a great price of only €12 and would make a fantastic gift for Christmas.

For further details please do not hesitate to contact the school.


LCVP Christmas Stockings

Stocking Fillers are producing Filled Christmas Stockings to take the pain out of buying thoughtful gifts! All stockings contain sweets, Christmas cracker, a mug, teddy, lip gloss and hair accessories. And they only cost €10 each! For those who had the stockings pre-ordered, they will be ready on Monday, 30th November.   But don’t worry! For those who didn’t order, but want to get one, order forms will be available on Monday from Gráinne Donnellan, Siobhán Garrahy, Katie Guthrie or Laura Neylon. Don’t forget your money!


MS ReadathonMSReadathon

Huge congratulations to the first year students who took part in the MS readathon with their teacher Miss Morkan. All students in both classes took part in the readathon and raised an amazing €1041.85. €104 of this amount will go towards resources for the school library and the remainder to MS in Ireland.  Two particular students (Leah Foley and Sarah Eisenberg) will get an mp4 player due to the large amount of money they raised individually.

Thanks to everybody who sponsored the students and also to Miss Morkan for organising this event.


Our Lady’s Hospital PresentationHospitalPres

On Saturday November 21st 2009 the Clare Taekwon-Do Schools presented a cheque for €5,000 to the Children’s Cancer Research Centre in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. This is an annual fundraiser by the members of the Taekwon-Do students from Ballyea, Barefield, Ennis, Ennistymon and Quin TKD schools. Congratulations to everyone on your efforts once again this year. The money collected goes a long way to helping make the lives of seriously sick children much happier. Pictured from left to right are; Kevin Kinsella V (Ennis TKD), Stephen Ryan V (Quin TKD), Ruth Cullen I (Quin TKD), Laura Cullen II (Scoil Mhuire TKD), Annie Kinsella IV (Ennis TKD), Gerry Culley (Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital), Brian Coughlan V (Barefield TKD), absent from pic is Jamie Rigney (Ballyea TKD).


Niamh O’ Dea wins Young Munster Player of the Year AwardNiamhODea

Scoil Mhuire’s 5th year student Niamh O’ Dea (Kilfenora) was honoured at the Annual All Star Ladies Football Banquet in City West Hotel (Dublin) on Saturday last when she was awarded the ‘Young Munster Ladies Football Player of the Year’. Niamh plays on Scoil Mhuire’s Senior and Junior Teams and plays her Club Football with the Banner Club in Ennis. Niamh is a member of the Clare U-16  team and she is the first Clare player to win this prestigious Award. She was presented with her award by President of the Ladies Football Association Pat Quill. Niamh ‘s parents J.J. and Joan travelled to Dublin to attend the Awards Banquet with Niamh.


Young Scientist Entrants

Congratulations to TY students Lisa Carkill and Aoife Shannon whose application to this years Young Scientist has been accepted. Their Project is entitled “How Safe is Your Shampoo” and, as suggested in the title, the girls will be looking at different shampoos, their ingredients and their potential damage to your hair. We would like to wish the girls all the best in the competition which will take place in Dublin on January 12th.


Mental Health Public SpeakingMentalHealth

Scoil Mhuire are participating in the 29th National Public Speaking Project. On Monday 16th November a team of three TY students spoke about mental health issues in a competition against Scoil Mhuire, Ennis and St. Michael’s Kilmihil. Lisa Carkill’s topic was “Fame is the Thirst of Youth”, Aoife Shannon’s was “Storms bring Rainbows” and Helen Hehir’s was “Bullying and it’s Effect on the Mental Health of Young People”. It was a tough competition but Scoil Mhuire came out on top are proceed to the next round. A big thank you to Ms. Morkin and Mrs. O’Flaherty for their help and good luck to for the next round.


TKD Irish Cup

by Pauline Kenneally (5B)

Mixed results for Scoil Mhuire over the weekend, as Taekwondo club taught by Miss Cullen attend the Irish Open.

The date is; Sunday 15 November 2009, 5:30 am… Yes it is not a typo, I mean AM. Let me explain why on earth anyone in their right mind would even be comprehending being up at this preposterous time…

The Irish Taekwondo Association (ITA) was holding a tournament, the Irish Cup. Scoil Mhuire, being a part of the ITA, attended to coach, compete and spectate.

Miss Laura Cullen II Dan black belt, Miss Angela Keane I Dan black belt, Sharon and Tara Howley, Siobhán and Gráinne Donnellan, Emma Vaughan and Pauline Kenneally attended this prestigious event.

After a long and tiring journey to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin hopes were high and the anticipation heightened with each passing hour. As the patterns for black belts began, Angela was first to compete out of the group. She executed her pattern excellently; unfortunately, though, the judges were not in her favour but she still kept on smiling.

Miss Cullen was next up and we all scrutinised her pattern looking for all her faults but as hard as we tried, we couldn’t find any… much to our disappointment!! She came 2nd overall and brought home some new silverware.

It was a long wait before our group, once again, was competing… There was very good entertainment though in the form of a young toddler who was stretching with Mister Adrian Byrne from the Shannon club. Other familiars on the day were the club’s Examiner Mister Stephen Ryan V Dan black belt, newly graded “Master” Wheatley (who taught a class in Ennistymon two years ago) and many others. I later caught up with Master Wheatley and asked for a few words (see below!).

When the green belts eventually got to compete, there were mixed results. A big congratulations to

Tara Howley who got 3rd place in her patterns and heartfelt commiserations to Gráinne Donnellan, Siobhán Donnellan and Sharon Howley who also performed excellently.

What day would be complete without a few wise words from Ireland’s new VII Dan black belt Master Kenneth Wheatley?

What are your thoughts on the day?

Well, there was a very warm and friendly atmosphere from everyone all day. The umpiring and judging was of a very high standard and fair, it was good overall. It was a very successful day for all of the competitors; I even saw some of the losers were still smiling after it.

In light of your own grading, how are you feeling now and how did you feel at the time?

On the day, my confidence levels were good. I didn’t have nerves beforehand and I was out on the floor waiting for them to hit but then I started to perform and no hit! It’s only last week really that I realised “I’m a Master!”

I am a Master but I am still a student because to call yourself “Master” is to imply that you have nothing left to learn, but we are forever learning. There is always more to learn.

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Senior County Football Champions Once More!ChampionsOnceMore

On Friday the 13th of November Scoil Mhuire played St. Caimans in a football final. The match started at 11:10 in Cooraclare. To start the game Scoil Mhuire got a point. In the first half their was a few mistakes that were made but in the second half the pressure was on. The both teams worked really hard but Scoil Mhuire worked that bit harder. It’s their second time winning the final and bringing home the cup. All their hard work and training worked off so congratulations to all the panel and of course Ms Eustace. (by Naomi Harvey 1B)

Click here for a full report

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Science Quiz Champions

On Thursday the 12th of November three (very brave) sixth years – Caoimhe O’Donoghue, Lisa Flynn (both from Scoil Mhuire) and Declan O’Loughlin (C.B.S Ennistymon) – represented Ennistymon at the regional heats of the ISTA PharmaChemical Science Quiz at Limerick Institute of Technology. After the first five rounds, the team was more than surprised to find that they were actually doing quite well! Despite not knowing the difference between Biochemical Oxygen Demand and Biological Oxygen Demand (to our eternal shame, naturally) we were coming joint first! Not even questions such as “Would a heavy winter coat have a high or low tog value?” and “Where would you find the islets of Langerhans?” (high tog value and in the pancreas, for anyone who cares) could put us off! After refreshments (coke does wonders for awakening ones sense of competitiveness) and three more rounds, Ennistymon had won with a (very respectable) score of 39 out of 48. After a tie-breaker for second and third place, the team was presented with certificates and a €150 cheque for the school. The team will travel to Trinity College Dublin (very posh!) on Saturday 21st to participate in the Finals. We’ll let ye know how it goes! Big thank you to Ms. Lyons (for entering us), Mr. Murphy from the CBS and our own science teachers Ms. Ronan, Ms. Sheridan and Ms. Nolan.

Congratulations to Scholarship Recipients

Aoife Barrett, a past pupil of Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon was recently awarded an entrance scholarship to NUIG as a result of her outstanding Leaviing Certificate perfomance earlier this year. A special ceremony was held in NUIG on Thursday 15th October to celebrate the success of a select group of first years who had reached a minimum of 560 points in the Leaving Cert. Each of these elite students, Aoife included, were awarded 1,700 euro and a special University scroll. These scholarships are designed to attract the best students to NUIG and give special recognition to first year students who have already shown academic prowess through their Leaving Cert results. Aoife is an engineering student at NUIG.

Two other Scoil Mhuire past pupils, Alison Byrne and Stella Mc Glennon will each receive one of the 2009 All Ireland Scholarships 3rd level education awards at UL on Sat 21st November. J.P Mc Manus, sponsor of the scholarships will host the awards ceremony which will be attended by guest of honour, President Mary Mc Aleese. As part of the presentation, each Principal will accompany onstage the winning students to receive the award which will be presented by the Minister for Education & Science, Batt O’Keeffe. These prestigious and financially rewarding scholarships are presented to honour the academic achievements of the winners. Scholarships are awarded to the top performing students in each county who attend any non fee-paying post-primary school. These scholarships are extremely generous and will support the girls for studies at undergraduate level.

Huge congratulations to the three girls and very best of luck for the future.


5th Year Retreat Great Success5thYearRetreat

by Catherine Hayes

On Thursday November 12th 2009 a number of the 5th years went on Retreat to The Bog Hill Centre in Kilfenora. When we arrived, and after Tony decided that he didn’t want to join us for yoga, we were welcomed by the organiser and we all had tea and biscuits (well to be honest it was 2 packets of biscuits, Ms. Kearney just managed to get the last one!)

Then it was time to head off to the centre for yoga. For those of us that hadn’t tried yoga before we were not sure what to expect… Our instructor was Helga, she showed us many stretches and we concentrated on our breathing to find our balance, despite this many of us still had some tumbles! For us there was no standing on our head, but when we had finished the session Helga did demonstrate this for us.

After this it was time for our break, which meant more tea and biscuits! J yummy! After this it was time for our chosen activities, Indian Head Message, Ceramics, Jewellery Making or Weaving. No matter which was our chosen activity, we all came away with something, whether it was a physical think or a new skill. Everybody learned something.

Then it was time for lunch, this was prepared by the people at the Bog Hill Centre, it was a vegetarian meal followed by home-made buns with jam and cream. There was also more tea available for anyone that wanted it. When we had finished lunch it was time for our drumming lesson. The drums were African-style drums kind-of like bongos. Here we learned different rhythms and in the end we all played together, the sound was cool!

All in all today was a very enjoyable day. I would like to thank Ms. Kearney and Ms. Butler for organising this retreat for us!

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Another Great year for Operations Christmas Child

Miss Kearney and those at Operation Christmas Child would like to express a huge thanks to all those students who brought in shoe boxes for this year’s Christmas appeal. It has been a great success and Miss Kearney brought a great number of boxes to Galway last Wednesday to be added to all those other from around the country.


Godspell Tickets On Sale Now

Scoil Mhuire is currently ” alive with the sound of music” as students busily prepare themselves for the eagerly awaited production of ‘Godspell’ which boasts an extremely talented, gifted and dynamic cast. The school musicals have always been of the highest standard and this does not come about in the twinkling of an eye, students have been working tirelessly for over a month completing the many tasks required to stage a production as they live and breathe musical theatre each day. ‘Godspell’ remains one of the most popular rock musicals of all time full of energy and broad appeal with tuneful, up tempo memorable songs and magnificent choruses. Scoil Mhuire is long recognised for its constantly evolving musical endeavours and the excited cast members are now anxious to showcase the fruits of their labour. ‘ Godspell’ comes to life in the Ennistymon Community Centre from Dec 3rd -6th at 8pm. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting 065 7071224.


LCVP Enterprise – Key Rings

Key Time is bringing you the latest key-ring sensation…

Fed up of having to learn and learn formulas and definitions? Well with this new Key Ring we give you one less thing to learn. Charlotte Evans, Maeve Collins and Catherine Hayes have put together personalised timetables and turned them in to pocket sized key rings in your favourite colour.

You get the best of both with this Keyring: Something to hold your keys, something that will remember your subjects and no running round screaming about what subject is next! Buy now!

The girls will be coming round to each class in the next few days to collect money and hand out order forms. The Keyrings will only cost €3, so order now before they are all gone!!


3B Donkey Sanctuary TalkDonkeySanctuary

by Lieke Schonemann

On the sixth of November Mr. Paddy Barrett, from the Liscarrolle Donkey Sanctuary, came to inform the very excited 3B students about life at the Sanctuary.

Mr. Paddy Barrett arrived to find a class of excited student waiting for him. The class had organized the room and had made a welcome sign on the computer. Mr. Paddy Barrett had a PowerPoint presentation ready to show the 3Bs. This presentation contacted the history of donkeys; why the Sanctuary was set up; the donkey’s food pyramid and of course pictures of the donkeys the Sanctuary has now. The pictures created a sigh for every person.

Mr. Paddy Barrett’s visit was not long but it was every informative, and at the end his presentation every one was quieted. Questions which people might have had were answered.

To thank Mr. Paddy Barrett for his time the 3Bs would like to some money to the Donkey Sanctuary, and they would love it if other people would contribute too. If you want to contribute some money (even so loss change you might have after going to the shop) go to Jennifer Greene in room 5. If you don’t know her ask any one in 3B where to find her!


1st Year Soccer Blitz

by Lisa Carkill

On Tuesday 20th of October, the TYA class held a soccer blitz for the first years. All first years from the three schools attended. It was a very successful event, with all the students divided into six teams with a mix of boys and girls (just to make it fair). Each team played against each other in a series of tense and exciting matches. Every team were greatly encouraged and wisely advised by their team leaders who were; Aoife Shannon, Louise Collins, Jenny Canavan, Marie Considine, Claire Purtill and Leslie Mcgrath. They all deserve a big round of applause for a job well done.

Each team played their best in all matches but it came down to the two better teams in the end….dum dum dum…the mighty Marie Considine and the fierce Claire Purtill. Their teams battled it out in a close final. With scores from both teams up until the very last minute it was neck in neck. With a nail biting final few minutes, it was victory for Claire’s team. We finished with a raffle. All TY’s would like to sincerely thank Ms. Eustace and Ms. Collins and all the teaching staff. A special thanks to Denny Hynes for his assistance in reffing the matches. Also the first years who were really co-operative and great participants.

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Gifts 4 Fones

The 1A class are organising the Gifts4Fones project within the school as part of their CSPE class. The basic idea of this project is that old (even broken) mobile phones would be brought into school and each phone is worth a certain number of points. Based on the number of points the school can accumulate, we will be able to get gifts from GIfts4Fones. The gifts can range from anything as small as a memory stick to as large as an interactive whiteboard!! We also get a tree to plant each time we get a gift. Please bring in you phones and either give to 1A students or place in the designated box in the central area!!!


TY Delphi Trip

The trip is over a while now but we finally have a lengthy report from two different Transition year students on their visit to the Outdoor Centre. This is a trip that TY students always look forward to and enjoy year upon year. Big thanks to the organsing teachers and leaders in Delphi.


5th Years attend Limerick Open Days

by Pauline Kenneally

On Tuesday 13th October, 5th years travelled to Limerick for the open days of UL and Mary Immaculate College.

It wasn’t exactly an early start as we set off at 9 o’clock, a typical school day. The trip was divided into two parts, students for Mary Immaculate were dropped off first and students for UL were dropped off second. Later on in the day the Mary Immaculate people were brought to University Limerick to experience a taste of both schools.

The two colleges were both of very high standards and offered many courses. Mary Immaculate offers a very popular primary teaching course as well as courses in Art, Languages, Psychology and many others.

Whereas; UL offers numerous Science, Business, Language, Health and other courses. In conjunction with the many talks and tours throughout the day, some of the students met with the Munster rugby team! Views on the open days were varied…

Some comments from the day:

“UL was badly organised. The stalls were overcrowded all the time and the map was hard to follow.”

“Mary Immaculate had a nice atmosphere and we had our very own tour guide!  I didn’t like UL as much, it was very badly organised… The sports talk actually sent me to sleep until someone kicked the back of my chair…”

“UL was brilliant! If you had planned there was a brilliant physio talk and we saw some of the Munster team!”

“UL was really good. A lot of really fascinating and interesting courses. The day was very well organised in UL and got a good insight into the courses. Biomedical engineering sounds cool. Munster team were also there!”

“Mary I was too small. Not enough free stuff in either college, except the bookmarks in UL!”


First Years Enjoy a Burren Walk1stBurrenWalk

On Tuesday 13th October all first took part in a Burren Walk accompanied by Ms Eustace and Ms Collins and under the guidance of Cathal Bennett. A great day was enjoyed by all and luckily the weather held up!

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A Few Congratulations are in Order!

Congratulations to Jenny Canavan (Transition Year) and Sinead Considine (Second Year) who have received All Star Awards for Community Games Basketball

Also congratulations to Kayleigh Murrihy who won her division in a Boxing Competition in Wexford at the weekend.

Well done to all Girls!!


Cardinal Sean Brady visits Scoil Mhuire

On Saturday 10th October, Cardinal Sean Brady said mass in Ennistymon church and then visited Scoil Mhuire afterwards. Many of our students were involved in local choirs that sang at the mass. Plenty of the talented Scoil Mhuire bakers also provided cakes, biscuits, tarts etc for the visit to the school afterwards. In the school there was plenty of entertainment from a music group made up of students and members of the local community.

Scoil Mhuire would like to sincerely thank the Cardinal for his visit and also all those who made it so successful!


Clare Ladies FootballLadiesFOotball

by Megan O’Donnell (2A)

On Friday the 9th of October, Marie and Carmel Considine, winners of the 2009 All-Ireland Ladies football final visited our school along with manager Deirdre Murphy.

A special assembly was hosted for the girls to congratulate them on winning the All-Ireland.

The girls entered with a warm welcome from some of our students who did a guard of honour outside the main door. They stood with their Clare Jerseys and Clare flags in two lines for the three ladies to walk through! They were leaded in by a first year student, Eva O’Dea. Once they had entered our central area they got another warming welcome from teachers and students.

Everyone was seated and Mrs Donnellan began the speeches. She thanked the girls for coming to our school with the cup and she spoke about how proud they made our school. Ms Eustace also spoke about how great it was having past pupils win an All-Ireland. She also spoke on why Eva O’Dea lead the ladies in. Fortunately for Eva she also played in Croke Park on that very day. She played an U-12 game at half time of the ladies match, this was a great honour for Eva.

Mrs Donnellan presented the ladies with personalized plaques from the school. Carmel Considine and Deirdre Murphy also spoke about being manager and vice captain. Deirdre spoke about what an honour it was being manager to All-Ireland winners! Carmel spoke of what it was like being back in Croke Park after last year’s loss.

The end of the assembly was our students asking the girls questions. Marie, Carmel and Deirdre all gave answers. The ladies then took pictures with the cup and signed autographs!

A Big Thanks to the girls for coming with the cup and CONGRATULATIONS again!!

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 Clare Ladies Football – Match Report

by Orlatih Egan (2A)

Croke Park was the scene of this epic event. The All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football final. A long year of hard training, discipline and commitment got the Clare Ladies to this final day. Fermanagh were the opposing side and togged in green and white to the Banners blue and gold.

The Banner got off to a flying start with a shocking goal from Majella Griffen. Fermanagh almost struck back with a disallowed goal from Sharon Little due to over-carrying. Eimear Considine had a wide minutes later followed by another wide this time from Eithne Morrissey. A free in by no. 17 Sharon Little closed the gap and brought Fermanagh a little closer to Clare’s tally. Another chance by Majella Griffen to increase the score with a free in, but turned out to be a terrible waste as the ball went badly wide. Clare’s Fiona Lafferty came to the rescue by scoring a point to make it Clare 1-1 Fermanagh 0-1.

After a long spell of play without any scoring chances on either side. Adele Gallagher (Fermanagh) was given a free in by Clare’s Louise Woods resulted in a point from Sharon Little. Shauna Hamilton made an attempt at goal for Fermanagh but it went wide. Louise Henchy replied with another of Clare’s wides. A free in taken by Fiona Lafferty and caught and wasted by Áine Kelly made us all sigh. Play continued with wides on either side. The Clare goalie Emma O Driscoll came out the field and was met with a challenge by Ashling Moane. A free out was given but Louise Henchy’s kick resulted in a wide ball. The score at this time was still Clare 1-1 Fermanagh 0-2. With 6 minutes of time remaining in the first half no.5 for Fermanagh scored a point from a free. Three minutes before half time Áine Kelly was tackled to the ground by Tara Hughes-Little (Fermanagh). A foul on Eimear Considine resulted in some physio work. Majella Griffen took the free and scored a point. We were all roaring as the first half came to a close with another point from Louise Henchy.

The second half got out to a great start with a point from a free by Caroline Little. A well stolen ball for Fermanagh looked like a goal chance but it was held together by the Clare defence which resulted in a 45 which was put well wide by Sharon Little. Clare stuck back with a well deserved goal from Eimear Considine. At this stage it was Clare 2-4 Fermanagh 0-4. A free in taken by Majella Griffen was put wide. The Fermanagh player Sharon Little put the Eastensiders one step closer to Clare’s tally of 2-4. Then a lovely ball in by the Clare captain Louise Henchy gave Eithne Morrissey the chance to get her name to the score sheet, with  lovely point. Sinead Eustace (Clare) also needed some phisio and Clare’s Eimear Considine put the ball with also. Majella Griffen came to the rescue once again with a point from a free. A collision between Clare’s Sinead Eustace and Fermanagh’s Sharon Little resulted in a hop ball which was won by Fermanagh. Caroline Little put the ball between the posts to make it Clare 2-6 Fermanagh 0-6. Almost immediately the Banners Niamh Keane put the ball sailing over the bar. Fermanagh replied with a point from Sharon Little. Then with some lovely team work by Fermanagh Caroline Little found the posts again. Almost straight after her point she found the back of the net to make it Clare 2-7 Fermanagh 0-8. (we were all getting a bit nervous at this stage). Fermanagh were on a roll with another point from Ashling Moane no.12. still on a roll Fermanagh got another point by no.15 Caroline Little. Clare struck back with a wonderful goal from Majella Griffen. Clare’s Eimear Considine and Lenihan also got points. Clare got another point. Then the game was over and the Banner had won (thank god). Louise Henchy made a wonderful speech. The final score Clare 3-10 Fermanagh 1-11…. Come on the Banner!!


Latest Art News

Ennistymon Library Art Exhibit: Deadline for submissions to the Art Room is Thur 15th October.
The Ennistymon Library will exhibit student artwork throughout the year.
This is not a competition or a school project. All entries will be shown.
The exhibit will accept photos, drawings, paintings and collage,
A4 size, colour or black and white. It must be a full composition, using the entire sheet of paper.
3D work is also accepted.  Computer generated art is permitted, only if participant has also entered a hand constructed work.
Write your name, title (if any) and age on the back.
The work will be displayed by age groups.
The organisers hope to throw a party in November for all those who take part.


An Interview with a writer

Following the workshops with local journalists, Dearbhail MacMahon in second year interviewed Eoghan Corry who is originally from Miltown Malbay, County Clare. He is the owner and editor of Travel Extra magazine and was the writer of the Barry McGuigan biography. He has many other writing achievements some of which are included in the details of his interview with Dearbhail.

by Dearbháil MacMahon

Over the weekend, I interviewed Eoghan Corry, owner and editor of Travel Extra magazine, who also has a travel slot on Pat Kenny’s radio show, writer of the Barry McGuigan biography and many other books on Sport, The GAA etc., Editor of the Sunday Tribune, Feature Editor for the Evening Herald, and many more.   His mother came from Clohanmore in Miltown Malbay and his father from Cooraclare. Eoghan now lives with his wife, Ida and daughters Connie and Shiofra in Straffan, Co. Kildare.   

  1. What made you decide to be a journalist? 

I wanted to be a journalist since I learned to spell the word. There were a few reasons, but mostly I was fascinated by words, by language, and in particular how the same story could appear differently in two different newspapers. My interest was always in print journalism, rather than radio or television, but I have learned to appreciate those as well.

  1. What qualifications do you need? 

In my time there was one journalism course in Ireland, Rathmines, now Dublin Institute of Technology. There were just 20 places, and to my horror there were 3,500 applicants for those 20 places. You need good points in the Leaving Cert and you needed a portfolio of published work as well. This put pressure on me to submit articles, which I did to newspapers, and got them published. The lesson is that you are never too young to start. Nowadays there are about half a dozen courses now, many of them recognised under the CAO system and some not. They include post-grad courses in DIT, DCU and NUI Galway, undergrad courses in DIT, DCU, Colaiste Dhulaigh and Ballyfermot as well as UUJ under the NCCA system and unrecognised courses in business colleges. Most newspapers and broadcasters demand at least a primary degree nowadays, not necessarily in journalism, but the key to the profession is that it is your personality and focus, not your qualifications that determine success in the end. Some of the best known journalists in the country don’t have a Leaving Cert, Sam Smyth, Charlie Bird and Eamon Dunphy are three good examples. The lesson from this is not to attempt to enter the profession without qualifications, it is a great opportunity to learn techniques and approaches to problems and learn about libel and legal restrictions, but also not to despair if at first you don’t succeed.

  1. You wrote a biography on Barry McGuigan, also editor of the Sunday Tribune and editor of a travel magazine, which do you enjoy most? 

McGuigan’s was a great story. At one level it was a romance a boxer from a small Irish town winning a world title, but of much more interest was the way the story was managed by those around him and how it all ended up unravelling in the end. It represents the beauty of telling a sporting story, all the great emotions and traumas of life are in there, except on a finite scale with defined targets and timescales. I spent one third of my career in sports, one third in news and one third in travel. I enjoyed each of them at the time, and I would urge people to choose a career that they enjoy. Journalism is interesting, you get to go to meet interesting people, experience amazing events at first hand and see terrific places, but it requires a lot of energy and has a high level of attrition. It is important for people thinking about journalism to work out in advance if they have the high level of energy required, the patience and the resilience. And then pick a genre that will leave them fulfilled.

  1. What advice would you give students who want to become journalists now? 

There are text books for journalism, that teach writing and interview techniques, Some are useful, others only serve to over-complicate what should be a straightforward business, The way to learn about the profession is to read, read, and read more. Read more than one newspaper each day. Read all the magazines you can get your hands on in the field that you would like to enter. Look at how pages are designed, how headlines are written and placed to grab the eye, how photographs are framed, how broadcasts are put together. Make yourself as knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects as you can.

There are techniques you can learn afterwards, most of them are around the telling of stories in a concise and clear fashion.

This is important and sometimes the opposite of writing a school essay.

In writing an essay you start slowly, argue three or four points, and put in a big finish. A written or broadcast report has to start with something that gets people interested. In other words start with your best point, and then your second best, and so on.

In writing for print or indeed other media it is best to use shorter punchier sentences, particularly in your opening line. It is advisable to us active verbs, subject-verb-object construction (“the cat sat on the mat” rather that “the mat was sat on by the cat”).Start sentences with the main clause: not with subsidiary clauses such as “as expected.”

Be clear in your own head what the story you want to tell is, before you write a word. Ordinary people have to understand exactly what you are writing or saying.

If you were to sum up advice for aspiring journalists in one line it would be “get the story and get the angle”. If you are to sum it up in one word it would be: “clarity.”

  1. Is there anything else you would like to add? 

It is a great life, a great career, and is accessible to everyone from all backgrounds. There is nothing to beat the satisfaction of having achieved something that made someone else’s life happier, having written something to make them smile, corrected an injustice, or given the key advice that makes someone’s holiday more enjoyable. If you want to make the world a better place, starting thinking of becoming a journalist now. It is never too early to start honing your skills.


Future Poets

Miss Morkin recently asked the 1A class to write some poetry to ahow off and develop their create talents. For a first year class the standard was very high. Kirsten Browne gave two exceptional poems.

Click here to read them.


Congratulations Ms Garvey!

Congratulations to Ms Garvey on the birth of her new baby girl Anna Laurie at 11.28 on the morning of Wednesday 30th September. Best Wishes also to her husband and two other daughters Rachel and Isabelle. May Anna bring many years of joy to your family and friends.


Godspell Audition ResultsGodspell

Godspell auditions took place on Tuesday 29th September in front of music teacher Ms Dooley and musical director Peter Kennedy. The standard of auditioning was very high and all who made it into the Chorus if they were not given a lead role. Congratulations to the girls below who were successful in getting the lead roles. Good luck to all involved with the preparations and rehersals and we look forward to seeing the show in December!!

Character Student
Jesus Doireann Hanrahan
Judus Aoife Corry
Gilmer Katie Guthrie
Joanne Mairead Healy
Sonia Therese McInerney
Peggy Amy Conneely
Robin Gráinne McCormack
Herb Martina Corry
Lamar Kate McGlennon
Jeffrey Cassandra Considine
Duet “On the Willows” Katie O’Donohue
  Siobhán McCarthy


Best of Luck to Liscannor Ladies

Best of look to the Liscannor Ladies Intermediate Football team who will be representing Clare in the Munster Junior Football Semi-Final on Saturday next against Dr. Crokes of Kerry, in Parteen at 4:30pm.

Liscannor Ladies progressed to this stage after beating Shannon Gales in the Intermediate County Final on a score-line of 2-11 to 4-1.

Many of our current and past pupils will be playing on the day. Good look to all the girls, their trainers Eoin Curtin and Joe Considine and everybody else involved


Scoil Mhuire TKD Congratulates…TKDCongratulates

There was an International Instructors Course (IIC) held in Spain last weekend and Scoil Mhuire TKD would like to congratulate the instructors who tested for promotion at the course. Mr. Ryan (Scoil Mhuire examiner) was promoted the 5th Dan Black Belt along with four other instructors from Clare; Mr. Kevin Kinsella, Mr. Jamie Rigney, Mr Adrian Byrne and Mr. Brian Coughlan. County Clare, and indeed Scoil Mhuire, are hugely privileged to have such a high ranking grades in the area and at examinations. Two years ago we had a visit to the school from Mr. Kenneth Wheatley from Wicklow who is the president of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association, ITA (of which Scoil Mhuire TKD is a member). Mr. Wheatley also tested at the IIC and was promoted to 7th Dan Black Belt. This now gives him the rank of Master and he is the first Master within the ITA so congratulations Master Wheatley! Congratulations also go to Mr. Stephen Cooley from Dublin who was promoted to 6th Dan and the two instructors from the other ITF Taekwon-Do group in Ireland (the INTA); Master O’Toole (promoted to 8th Dan) and Master Martin (promoted to 7th Dan). Scoil Mhuire TKD has very high standards to follow as the level of Taekwon-Do in Ireland is just getting higher and higher!!


New Website JournalistsWebJournalists

This year sees an exciting new venture for We now have a team of dedicated journalists made up of students from 1st year to 5th year. On Friday 18th these students took part in a workshop with Nicola Corless (from the Clare Champion) and Andrew Hamilton (from the Clare People) where they learnt about lots of different aspects of the world of journalism. Lou Ward (from the North Clare Local) followed this workshop with another session with the students on Tuesday 22nd Sept. Lou focuses on the area of photography to match articles the students write. These students will now be available to write reports throughout the year on anything that happens in Scoil Mhuire which will be a tough job as it appears already that it will be another busy year!

Sincere thanks to Nicola, Andy, and Lou for giving freely of their time for these excellent workshops. We look forward to reading many articles from our budding new journalists!

Click here for reports from the day.


TY Walk in the BurrenTYBurren

Early Wednesday morning, on the 16th of September, a bunch of not so bright eyed and bushy tailed T.Y’s, headed off for a walk in the Burren. All of us were slightly apprehensive as to what we’d gotten ourselves into, though we definitely knew rocks and walking was involved, those two words in the same sentence were just a little scary.

As the bus load of Scoil Mhuire students headed up the coast road to our destination in Fanore. We all had to look twice at the so called hill we were supposed to climb; it was more like a vertical limestone wall. However just as we thought it was all over, we were happily surprised to be greeted by our tour guide Ben (or Cathal as Cassandra informed us). Ben had the pleasure of spending two days in a row with some of us girls who did a day of surfing the day before with him (which we were still aching from).

Having full trust and faith in our leader Ben, (although at times we doubted him, especially when he pointed out our final destination as a forest on the horizon) we followed him faithfully up our first hill – a challenge to say the least. Some panting and a choruses of ‘are we there yet?’ (especially from Marie Burke!) could be heard from half way up. Thankfully Ben could feel our aches and pains and didn’t deprive us of any lunch breaks.

I must say that our breaks weren’t spent lying down, letting our minds go idle (God forbid!). Oh no, we were well entertained between clever, yet extremely annoying, riddles and games from Ben where Anna made a show of us all.  We couldn’t forget our very interesting geography lesson, courtesy of Martina (Thanks!!) where we all had to spot a geographical feature from headlands and bays to goats spotted by Leslie (Mr Quinn would be proud). We even had a special little surprise for Ciara O’Looney, who was celebrating her sweet 16. We all tucked into a scrumptious chocolate cake in the middle of the Burren with goats and all looking on.  I’m sure that’s a birthday Ciara won’t forget.

Our trip to the Burren was definitely a fantastic bonding trip for all of us. Mostly because we were all taking care of each other to make sure we didn’t fall down one of the many holes. We were more like a group of old age pensioners going off linking arms, than a group of students.

Kristine said “it was brilliant – great time minding Fiona from falling and having a laugh with everyone.” And as Emily put it, “Great bonding trip to get to know all the girls and holes everywhere and feet getting stuck in them”.

Thankfully we made our way back down the hill without any broken ankles, although there were some very sunburned faces. We said our goodbyes and thanks to Ben and waved goodbye to the Burren. After a quick stop in Lisdoonvarna for well needed refreshments we were soon back in Ennistymon safe and sound (and on level ground). Overall the TY class thoroughly enjoyed the trip with great reports from Marie Considine “really enjoyed it and good craic”. We’d like to thank our delightful guide Ben and our two wonderful teachers Ms. Eustace and Ms Sheridan for taking us and the Toffipops, which went down a treat! Our walk to the Burren was just priceless.


Past Pupils in Football Final

Best of Luck to past pupils Suzanne Murphy and Carmel and Marie Considine who will be playing in Croke Park on Sunday 27th September with Clare in the Intermediate Ladies Football Final.

Best of Luck also to Deirdre Murphy and the entire Clare Panel.

Come on the Banner!!!!


Upcoming TY Trip to Delphi

The Transition Year students will be going on their annual trip to Delphi on Monday Sept 21st, returning on Wednesday 23rd. Students are advised to bringthe following:

3 changes of warm old clothes (PE gear – NO jeans) Sleeping Bag or single duvet/Single Bed sheet/pillow and pillowcase
Runners for Gym Pyjamas/ Towel and Toiletries
Heavy Socks Sunscreen and insect repellent*
Old pair of runners (For Water Sports) Plastic Bags (For wet gear)
Waterproof (Rain) Jacket Packed lunch for Monday or money to buy roll/sandwich
Waterproof trousers* Snacks*
Swimming togs, Shorts and an old sweatshirt X 2 for water sports  
Suitable Walking Shoes/Boots  

Items marked with * are optional.

Please note:

  • Please don’t bring mobile phones, valuables or large amounts of money as they may be lost.
  • There is little or no mobile phone coverage at Delphi. The number of the centre is 095-42208. This number is to be used for Emergencies only.
  • Please inform Ms. Sheridan of any special dietary requirements or any medical conditions prior to the Trip



Congratulations on the Junior Cert resultsJCResults

At 9.30 on the morning of Wednesday 09/09/09 a number of TY and 5th year students started to queue outside Mrs. Uí Dhomhnalláin’s office to get their long awaited Junior Cert results. The results overall this year were very good and congratulations to all students. A special congratulations must be extended to Ciara Ryan who achieved the highest results, obtaining 10 As and 1 B. Well done also to all the teachers of last years Junior Cert students for all their hard work.

Comments from teachers (collected by Pauline Kenneally and Catherine Hayes):

The following are some comments made by some of the teachers about the results of this year’s Junior Cert students:

“Today is the day that the students see the results of all their hard work” – Mrs. O’Flaherty
“Wonderful results – well done to all the girls” – Ms. Eustace
“Wonderful results, very happy with them. As long as they’re happy, I’m happy!” – Ms. Dooley
“They were fantastic, I’m very proud of everybody” – Ms Fahy
“They were excellent, I’m very pleased with the English results. They were marked fairly, everyone did themselves justice” – Mrs. McGlennon
“I am very happy with my Technical Grphics results. I only had 6 studentsthis year but they got very good results. Congratulations to everyone though on the good results overall” – Miss Cullen
“All the girls did very well. I am very pleased with the results” – Miss Kearney
“They were excellent. I am very happy” – Ms. Sheridan
“Brilliant. Absolutely excellent!” – Mrs. C Ryan
“An-maith ar fad!” – Mrs Cleary
“Congratulations to all the Junior Certs” – Mrs. D Ryan

Click here for photos.


Upcoming Art Competitions

There are two upcoming art competitions that are detailed below. Any student interested is encouraged to enter according to the guidelines below

Competition 1: Design a Cover for Mental Health Ireland.

The theme is ‘Positive Mental Health’ Cover must be A4, landscape format on light card.You may use watercolour, oil pastel, ink or pen.

Entry is free. One entry per person. Every entrant will receive a certificate of participation.

Prizes include an art materials voucher for €250 for the overall winner as well as school and regional prizes.

Deadline : Entries to the Art Room  by Wed 9th December 09.

NB: Cartoon images are copyrighted and cannot be used in the competition.

Competitions 2: Mental Health Ireland are also running a photography competition,

The theme is also Positive Mental Health.

Prizes include a €250 photographic equipment voucher.

Photos must be taken on a 6 MegaPixel camera or higher, the photo must be landscape format, and printed to A4 size. Make sure you keep an original image. You must give your photo a title.

Entries to the Art Room by Wed 9th Dec 09.


First Year students settling in well

So the first week is over and all the new students to Scoil Mhuire have begun to get used to their new timetable, new classmates and all the other new things that come with starting secondary school. Rachel Sully from 1A has written a short report on her first week in her new secondary school. Here is her full report:

Last week I started school in Scoil Mhuire. At first I was nervous but I settled in quickly. Everybody was really welcoming and hospitable. The big changes were lockers, new subjects and new teachers. My favourite subjects are Computers, CSPE, History and German.

I really like Scoil Mhuire and I would like to thank everyone in the school for the warm welcome I received. I look forward to being a student here for the next six years!


Co-operation Ireland School Choir Competition 2009

The dealine to enter the CD for the above competition has changed to September 23rd. Over 80 schools have already entered and only 20 will be chosen. All schools will be notified by October 5th.The two songs for the CD will be Halloween and Suil I De Ro. Students who wish to participate in this choir must sign the music sheet on the music notice board. Only 40 students will be chosen for this choir (as per competition rules).


Godspell AuditionsGodspell2

This year’s musical in Scoil Mhuire will be Godspell and Miss Dooley has organsied auditions for Tuesday September 29th. Students who are interested in auditioning should sign up on the sheet that is on the music noticeboard outside room 2. This form requires that as well as your name you also give the character you wish to audition for. Scripts will be given out in due course. If there are any queries, please speak with Miss Dooley.


Welcome back

We look forward to welcoming back our Leaving Cert students and the new First Year students on Monday 31st of August. 2nd, 3rd and 5th year students will return on Tuesday 1st of September with the Transition Year class starting on Thursday 3rd of September.


Swine Flu – Pandemic H1N1

We are following guidelines issued by the Department of Education and Science on dealing with Swine Flu. Students should return to school as normal  (as long as they are note suffering from any flu like symptoms in which case they should contact their doctor) but all students should have tissues with them at all times to be used to catch a cough or sneeze. Each classroom has anti-viral hand disinfectant and information on H1N1 for the students. For the full set of guidelines as laid out by the Department, please click here.