News 2013-2014

Student Account from the BT Young Scientist

26th January 2014

On Tuesday the 7th of January, as we put the finishing touches to our project ‘An investigation into the anti-bacterial properties of PhotoNorth Clare seaweeds’, we were filled with nerves and excitement. In less than 24 hours we were to set off on what can only be described as one of the best experiences of our lives.

At the untimely hour of 5.30am on Wednesday the 8th of January we left our native Liscannor and headed for the big lights and indeed the mighty craic that was the BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2014. We took the 6.50am train from Ennis to Heuston, and despite the three groggy bed heads that poor Ms Sheridan was meet with, we still managed to stay awake for the entire train journey and even plucked up enough energy to straighten our hair on the train!

We arrived at the RDS at about 11 in the morning and we immediately began arranging our display poster. We hung up our poster and arranged our stand. We had decided to display a number of our seaweed extracts and the acne medications at our stand. Our stand was simple yet effective.

After eating our lunch we were ushered into the arena of the RDS for the BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2014 opening ceremony. During the opening ceremony Aidan Power and Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin promised that the exhibition would be one of the best experiences of our lives, and truer words have yet to be spoken. We were entertained by singers, dancers and circus performers. At this stage one thing we were sure of, whether we win or lose, this experience will have been worthwhile. After speeches from Michael D. Higgins and Colm O’ Neill, CEO BT Ireland, we were directed back to our stands to prepare for the first round of judging.

Upon our return to our stand, we found an appointment card stating the time of our first judge’s arrival. We were nervous as the standard was so high. We were faced with some tricky questions from our first judge but we tried our best to explain our project in the 15 minutes we had.

Strolling around the RDS later that afternoon, we realised that we had been right to have been nervous, the standard was even higher than we initially estimated. There were 549 other amazing projects, each with their own uniqueness. They ranged from boots for cows, to Biology Apps for Leaving Cert, to how best to prepare for an earthquake. There was definitely something there for everyone.

By the end of the first day, we were wrecked but had thoroughly enjoyed our first few hours in the RDS. After some much needed food in the hotel, I think it’s fair to say we slept soundly that night!

The next morning we got up early and after a delicious breakfast in the hotel we headed over to the RDS for a repeat of the previous days antics. We had two more rounds of judging, each judge asking more and more complex questions than the last. However we survived our three rounds of judging and were then free to explore the RDS some more. We meet so many amazing people, the majority of who were exhibiting at the competition. Everyone was so helpful and kind, especially the BT Redcoats who were at our every beck and call!

The awards ceremony took place on Friday the 10th of January, an event equally spectacular to the opening ceremony. Even though we didn’t win anything, we were still on a high for the rest of the evening and all through the Saturday, which we spent in the RDS. There was such a buzz and an amazing atmosphere in the arena itself and in the hotel that it was hard but not to be happy and to enjoy every moment of a memorable experience.

Our buzz lasted right up until the moment when we had to dismantle our poster. We had enjoyed ourselves so much that we almost forgot that it had to end. We had what can only be described as one of the best experiences of each of our lives so far! This amazing experience would not have been possible without the help and support of our wonderful science teacher Ms Sheridan, so a huge thanks to her for all of her help throughout the project! We enjoyed ourselves immensely and we’ll never forget our time exhibiting at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2014!

More photos here.

Paper Bag Houses

24th January 2014

Congratulations to Fifth Year and Leaving Cert art students from Scoil Mhuire and the CBS who took part in an exciting new exhibition in the Courthouse Gallery. The students worked with local art facilitator and Courthouse Gallery employee Steve Medrano to produce models of their houses using brown paper bags. The artwork is linked with the current exhibition in the Courthouse gallery by artist Robert Dunne. Robert forwarded instructions to the students on what he wanted them to make and the work was completed under the instruction of art teacher Mary Fahy.

The inspiration for the work comes from Dunne’s experiences growing up in a mining village in Kilkenny with the ever present fear of sink holes. His delicate paper house constructions draw the viewer into a dialogue about fears and identity.

Participating students will exhibit their creations alongside those of Mr Dunne’s. Congratulations to all involved:

Anna Gormley, Kelly Hynes, Nicola Kenneally, Emma McGinley, Sophia O’Brien, Lia Sambrook. Sam Harriman, Ella Barrett, Amy Commane, Martina Daly, Aimee Greene, Julian Zander and Diorraing McNamara. Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon enjoys a collaborative relationship with the Courthouse Gallery under the leadership of curator Trudi Van der Elsen.

Call for Entries for the Texaco Children’s Art CompetitionOlivia Hillery

24th January

Closing date: Entries will be posted from the art room in school by Wed 26th Feb. Official closing date is Fri 28th Feb.

Size: anything from A4-A2.
Theme: any original piece of art.
Media: drawing or painting in pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, markers, crayon, pastel, watercolour, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. Prints can also be entered as digital art.

Visit for more details and inspiration. Our past pupil Olivia Hillery came 3rd overall some years ago so it is possible!

Sky Athlete Mentoring Programme

24th January 2014

Sky Sports are giving back to the community by getting well known sports stars to work with groups of students. Scoil Mhuire have selected 20 TY students who will work with Alan Quinlan (former Munster and Ireland rugby player) on a project that encourages participation in exercise. The TYs will run a sporting event and Alan will come and assist them in this while giving workshops along the way.

Fifth Year art students exhibited at National Museum

24th January 2014

Their project which consisted of hand made and hand dyed felted scarves, cushions and flowers were warmly commended by Minister for the Arts, Jimmy Denehan at the opening reception. This prestigious exhibition was a culmination of the work of over 70 secondary schools nationwide who were awarded a bursary for projects of artistic merit from the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals ‘Creative Engagement’ fund. 25 schools were represented at this national event.
Art teacher Mary Fahy invited textile artist Kate Ramsay to speak to the students about her work and to subsequently run workshops on her felt-making techniques. Ramsay is accredited by the Crafts Council of Ireland. Her work can be viewed on Twenty eight students took part in the project in April and May of this year and were represented in Dublin by three of their classmates: Ciara O’Connell, Éimhín King and Rachel Sulley. The students supervised their exhibition stand at the museum throughout the day where they got the opportunity to explain their work to the general public as well as to the various dignitaries in attendance, including the Chief Examiner for the Department of Education, Mr Harold Hislop, the president and committee members of the NAPD and Mr Raghnall O’Floinn, Director of the National Museum of Ireland.
The girls displayed beautiful and highly individual samples of their craft work along with a digital media presentation of the processes used in their production. The students met representatives of the participating schools from around Ireland and discussed their artwork with them. It was a hugely valuable educational experience for all and althought numerous requests were made to purchase their craftwork, the students refused to part with their unique creations.
Sincere thanks to principal Seosaimhín Ní Dhomhnalláin, Scoil Mhuire for part-funding the project, and to Mary Hanly, Dermot Carney and all the Creative Engagement committee for their tremendous support. Art projects of this standard would not be possible without NAPD Creative Engagement and their very generous patronage of the arts in schools. More information on how to apply for funding is available from . Well done to all involved and Scoil Mhuire look forward to running many more exciting art projects in the future.

A full list of students involved in the project:

Ella Barrett, Róisín Canavan, Sophia Clair, Amy Commane, Clara Cosgrove, Laura Crowe, Niamh Davies, Marie Fitzgerald, Aoife Kearney, Emerald Kenny, Aimee Greene, Eva Bierbroth, Eimhín King, Sarah Leigh, Róisín Long, Deirbhile Malone, Sonia Mazurek, Holly McCabe, Ellie McGlennon, Ciara O’Connell, Khiva O’Dwyer, Rachel Sulley, Aisling Talty, Keeva Vaughan, Laura McGann, Gráinne McCormack, Eva O’Dea and Lynn O’Doherty.

And finally, thanks to the volunteers who kindly helped with the project: Sara Foust, Daire Spillane, Ann Waters and Maeve Collins.

On the strength of their exhibit in the National Museum, Scoil Mhuire were invited to exhibit our Fabulous Felt craftwork at the National Conference of Principals and Deputy Principals in Galway on Thur and Fri, 17th and 18th October. This was a huge honour for the girls and the exhibit received great praise at the event.

“Let’s Learn About Drugs Together” Programme

16th January 2014

In partnership with the Mid-West Regional Drugs Task Force (MWRDTF) and the Health Services Executive (HSE), the “Lets Learn about Drugs Together” programme is being delivered at Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon. The programme consists of two workshops delivered afterschool by MWRDTF and HSE staff. They are interactive in design and engage the parent and pupils in a shared learning environment. A The workshops are specifically developed for pupils and parents of 2nd year only, with the content of the project aligned to the relevant NCCA SPHE curriculum guidelines.


16th January 2014
Starting in the week of January 27th, we, in Scoil Mhuire, will be part of a Whole School Evaluation-Management Leadership & Learning (WSE-MLL). During this process, two inspectors will visit the school and look at every aspect of life in Scoil Mhuire. Part of this will include communication with the Board of Management, staff, parents and students.

TY Trip to Dublin

16th January 2014

On January 10th 2014, Ty’s travelled to Dublin for the BT Young Scientist Competition, accompanied by Ms Barry and Ms Collins.

We left the church car park Friday morning at eight am and arrived in Dublin around half eleven. We then view all the projects in the RDS for a couple of hours and went to see Rachel Hehir, Emma Greene and Aideen Bonitio’s project on the antibacterial properties of north Clare seaweed on the treatment of acne. All the student projects were very interesting and we asked a lot of questions regarding the projects.

After a look around, we made our way to Dundrum shopping centre for a shopping spree, many of us went straight to the food court to get lunch after the eventful morning.

The group all divided and set out to explore the stores inside Dundrum. After many hours of shopping we met outside Hamleys Toy Shop in Dundrum and waited for the bus. We all loaded on to the bus with our arms full of bags, settling in for the long trip home. (written by Katie Leigh)

Junk Kouture

16th January 2014

As part of our art class, we are taking part in Junk Kouture. It is a competition that requires you to design a fashion outfit using only recycled material. The only other requirement is that you include an electrical item. These items can be big or small, wire from computers, light bulb, a CD etc. We are hoping to have the projects finished and entered by the end of January. (written by Sarah White)

Transition Year Build-A-Bank Project 2013/2014

16th January 2014

The AIB Build a Bank Challenge is an enjoyable and exciting way for Transition Year students to run their own School Bank, with the support of AIB, and at the same time learn a whole lot about managing their own business.

The AIB Build a Bank Challenge sees a team of six students selected to set up and manage a bank in their school, getting involved in everything from sourcing new customers and opening AIB accounts to encouraging regular savings and exploring new ways to bank, such as AIB Phone & Internet Banking.

Each School Bank will have six key personnel:

  • 1 Bank Manager – Aoife O’Gorman
  • 1 Assistant Manager – Isabelle O’Mahony
  • 2 Customer Service Representatives – Siobhan Bennis and Caoimhe Haran
  • 1 Sales & Marketing Executive – Shannon Harriman
  • 1 Financial Controller – Sarah White
  • 3 Assistants – Jessica O’Donoghue, Aoife Rynne, Katie Leigh
    (written by Isabelle O’Mahony)
Our Set Dancing experience with the TY students

16th January 2014

Every Tuesday during school hours from 2 until 3 we went set dancing with the CBS transition year students in the Community Centre.

Our teacher was John Fennell and he made great time for us, He taught us different dances like the brush dance and sets, He also prepared us for the Christmas show that the CBS held during Christmas. It was a great experience and the class had a lot of fun. (written by Róisín O’Regan)

TY visiting students

16th January 2014

This year from September to December we had two foreign students from Germany in our TYB class. Gesa and Johanna were lovely girls and they bonded with the whole class very well. They participated in everything and always tried new things, they were very intelligent students. It was a pleasure to have them in our class, it was a great experience. Now that they are home we want to wish them farewell and luck in the future! (written by June O’Connor)

Good Luck Young Scientists!

8th January 2013
Good luck to the three girls and Ms Sheridan who departed this morning for the Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin. The girls worked so hard on this project and produced a great report and poster to display their findings at the exhibition over the next couple of days. ALl other TY students are travelling to visit the exhibition on Thursday.

Young Scientist

18th December 2013

This year three students from our school have qualified to represent us in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. The team is made up of three Transition Year students, Emma Greene, Aideen Bonito and Rachel Hehir. Their project is an investigation into the anti-bacterial properties of seaweed. On January 8 the girls will head for Dublin and we wish them the best of luck as they put the finishing touches to the project over Christmas.


18th December 2013

On Friday 13th Dec 2013 our school held its annual Advent Prayer Service.

This Advent we pray:

God our Father, you loved us so much that you sent your only son into the world to be our saviour and friend. Bless us as we wait for the coming of your Son. Open our hearts so that we may recognise him and make him welcome when he comes – whatever form he might take. We make this prayer through your Son Jesus Christ you lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen


18th December 2013

On Monday, November 18, four Transition Year students, Rachel Curtin, Emma Greene, Rachel Hehir and Aoife Rynne went to St. Munchins College in Limerick where they debated against Glenstall Abbey and St. Munchins College. The motion to be debated on was “is feidir linne in Éireann ár muinín a chur sa chéad ghluin eile.” The girls won the debate and are through to the next round. Congratulations and good luck as they progress further!

42nd Street

18th December 2013

Congratulations to the cast of 42nd Street who put on magnificent shows after weeks of rehearsals. The show really was a tap dancing extravaganza and proved to be a huge success. Special congratulations must go to Ailise Corry who played Peggy Sawyer,  Aoife O’ Gorman who played Dorothy Brock and Hayley Russell who played Julian Marsh. Alish Hanrahan, Catriona Buccholtz, Alison Clair, Grainne Conville, Alison Cotter, Fia McCabe, Isabel Coleman, Niamh Kennedy, Sorcha Burke, Aoibhe Cronin and Niamh Davis also took on leading roles in 42nd Street. Well done to all involved.

Pope John Paul II Awards 2013

18th December 2013

Congratulations to our students who received their Pope John Paul II Award this year – Laura Crowe, Maria Fitzgerald, Ciara Frawley, Lynn O’Doherty and Dearbhille Malone.

The Award was created by the Diocese to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them. The Pope John Paul II Award is one way in which young people can get involved in their local parishes for their benefit and for the benefit of their parishes. It offers them practical ways to express their faith and it challenges them to reflect on their role in their Church.

Maria, Ciara, Laura, Lynn and Dearbhaille all participated by spending time doing the following activities:

·Reading at mass,

·Participating in the local choir,

·Visiting elderly members and those who are sick

·By raising awareness about different charities and fundraising for them

·By taking part in organising for school liturgies

·By contributing to the school noticeboard displays

Students reflecting on their achievement said ‘We have learned a great deal about ourselves and others while taking part in these awards – we have learned that the talents we each have, can contribute greatly in the lives of others and by sharing them, our confidence, self esteem and abilities can grow enormously’.

The award was presented by Bishop Martin Drennan on 20th November at St. Mary’s College, Galway. The wonderful award celebration was led by Maura Garrihy, a past student of our school and was enjoyed by all.

Well done to the girls!

TY Buddies

18th December 2013

Each year Transition Year students and first year students are paired up. The Buddy System helps first year students to settle and get to know students in the years above them. TY’s take part in several activities with their buddies including Sports Day and reading events.

Knock Youth Gathering (KYG)

18th December 2013

On Friday 4th October 2013, our transition year students made their way to Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo for the Knock Youth Gathering. Over 5,000 transition years students attended the celebration from over 26 dioceses. The theme of the day was chosen from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians – ‘We are ambassadors for Christ’ (2 Cor. 5:20).

The event in Knock started by all students gathering in the Basilica to hear testimonials from inspirational guest speakers such as: Mr. Ger Hanley, an Irish soccer player and Sr. Anne who has worked alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta.

Ger Hanley has played 35 times as goal keeper for the Irish soccer team between the age of 14 and 19. Ger told us of his life growing up in Barna, Co. Galway and how he had always dreamed of playing soccer for his country. He explained how he, like so many young people today, found it difficult to be happy and that he felt there was something missing in his life. Ger described a turning point in his life – when he attended a retreat day in Knock during transition year, during which he had an encounter with God. He felt great love in his heart and believed this Love came from God. He conveyed his belief that God has a plan for us all and that young people today must trust God in their lives.

All transition year students were given the gift of rosary beads and the importance of the rosary, as an Irish prayer, was explained. We learned that the rosary was John Paul II favourite prayer to say and that praying the rosary is like holding our Mother Mary’s hand and asking for her help.

Sr. Anne, a Polish Sister working in Calcutta, told wonderful stories of her work with poor people and those most in need. She expressed her love for Jesus Christ, and told of her belief that Jesus has asked her to follow him, therefore she left her country and her family behind to work in Calcutta. Sr. Anne spoke of her time spent with Mother Teresa and the importance of young people today believing in ‘small acts of faith’.

After an enjoyable lunch, all transition years participated in the Stations of the Cross outside the Marian Shrine. We all received a copy of the YOUCAT – which is a simple compilation of the complete “catechism of the Catholic Church” launched by Pope John Paul II in 2005.We then make our way to Galway city for two hours of shopping! A great day was had by all!!!

Maths Problem of the Week

2nd October 2013
The first Maths Problem of the Week is drawing to a close. Ms Ryan has started the new initiative to get students thinking and talking about Maths outside the classroom. So far it is proving successful with quite a number of entries (one even came in from a past pupil!). For those at home who would like to give the first one a go, here it is…:
A frog is trapped at the bottom of a 30 metre. To get out he climbs up 3m every day but also slips back down 2m each day. How many days will it take him to reach the top?

The answer will be available on Friday 4th when the next problem will also be released!

David Rudisha – Exciting Visit

17th September 2013
Pat and Neilus O’Doherty are currently hosting David Rudisha, his wife Elizabeth and his coach Brother Colm O’Connell. Today, they all paid us a visit and it was truly inspirational. Pat O’Doherty explained how she and Neilus used work with Brother Colm before he became an athletics coach. Following this Brother Colm himself spoke to the whole school assembly detailing how important he feels it is to dedicate oneself completely to the important aspects in life. He was truly inspirational and also modest, omitted to tell us that he has coached 75 World Record holders and 5 Olympic Gold medalists! After watching video clips of the outstanding races in which David set three World Records, he spoke to the assembly himself. He reiterated Brother Colms points about dedication and hard work but also about perseverance. It was an amazing experience for all of us in Scoil Mhuire today to listen to such an amazingly talented and dedicated man. We wish him and Brother Colm continued success on and off the track. Huge thanks also to Pat and Neilus for organising the visit!
School photos here.

More photos here.

Exam Paper Experts

17th September 2013
TY students have started their Exam Paper business again. They will be taking orders for papers at break time and lunch time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and at break time only on Fridays. Please ask your teacher if you are to order from the TYs!

TY Walk

10th September 2013

On the 4th of September Transition year students set off on their first “bonding outing”. They headed for Hags Head in Liscannor where they began their 15km walk to Doolin. The Transition Year students were blessed with beautiful sunshine and really enjoyed the day. They described it as a wonderful experience and are awaiting their next outdoor walk with great anticipation.

TY Surfing

10th September 2013
On the 3rd of September Transition Year students went surfing in Lahinch from 9am-11am with Ben’s Surf Clinic. It was very enjoyable. Students who didn’t go surfing walked from the school to Lahinch. Transition Year students will continue surfing for the next few weeks every second Tuesday!

Welcome, farewell and congratulations!

10th September 2013
There are a few changes around Scoil Mhuire this year. First of all congratulations are extended to Ms Dooley and Ms. Cullen on their weddings during the summer. Ms. Cullen has changed to her married name Ms. Ryan (making it 3 Ryans on the staff!). Farewell and best wishes to Ms. Higgins and Mr. O’Farrell who left us at the end of last year. Ms Higgins is now working in Galway while Mr. O’Farrell has moved to New Zealand. We wish them both the very best of luck but we will miss them! With those farewells comes two welcomes to Ms. Downes and Ms. Hynes who will be with us for French, Business, LCVP and Maths.

Leaving Cert Results

10th September 2013

Relaxed scenes in Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon were punctuated with shrieks of delight as contents of Leaving Cert results envelopes revealed richly deserved exceptional results. While it was reported that at national level Science subjects were a worry, Scoil Mhuire students bucked the national trend and pupils of all abilities achieved and exceeded individual targets with a significant number scoring over 550 points. From 9.30am students queued up, mobile phones at the ready, for the much anticipated results and within a very short space of time it was evident that widespread jubilation was the order of the day. As with many a journey, the waiting caused worry but the destination brought joy. Principal, Seosaimhin Ui Dhomhnallain who was overjoyed by the ‘”excellent performances across the board “, heaped praise on this ” group of very fine talented girls who were co-operative and fine role models for younger students “. She was delighted to note that ” results were significantly above the National average in all subjects with particularly strong performances in Maths and Science subjects ” and wished the girls ” every success in their chosen careers ” .” The students applied themselves diligently to their studies, contributed to all aspects of school life and provided effective and positive leadership in the school ‘ she added. ” I would like to commend the teachers for their outstanding commitment and professional guidance and of course the parents for their wonderful support, endless TLC and cups of tea”. The fact that so many students exceeded their expectations was a major source of satisfaction for teachers and students.The seed had been carefully sown by the class of 2013 over the years and as they walked through the front door of Scoil Mhuire for the final time they were ecstatic in the knowledge that they had indeed reaped a rich harvest. As the quietness returned, temporarily, to Scoil Mhuire, every member of the school community was unanimous in wishing this class health, happiness and success as they commence the next stage of their journey.