A group of 50 Leaving Cert students attended a Careers Exhibition in Limerick, while a large group also attended the NUI Galway Open Day recently. A representative of a number of the UK colleges spent a day at the Coláiste recently, during which she spoke to fifth and sixth year students and the PLC class. The new terms and conditions for UK colleges were outlined and details of the UK Student Loan Scheme were explained. On Saturday, October 8, a group of students attended the Open Day at UCC, where information on courses and places in the college was available. The Limerick colleges - UL, Mary I and LIT – will hold their Open Day on Friday next, and again a large group of students will attend.
Coláiste Dún Iascaigh’s Student Council attended their Training Day last week in the college where they focused on the roles of members, the objectives of the council and how to run effective meetings. The election of officers also took place on the day. Congratulations to the new officers – Anna Peters (Chairperson), Stacey Shaw (Secretary), Niamh O’Brien (PRO) and Kevin O’Regan (Vice-Chair). The first order of business for the new council will be the organisation of the Vincent de Paul food appeal, to be held in the Coláiste in November.
Munster Camogie Sevens
The Coláiste’s camogie squad competed in the Munster Sevens B and B plate competitions in recently, making the final in each competition only to loose out in both.
In the B competition the girls recorded wins over Abbey (Waterford), Borrisoleigh and Laurel Hill (Limerick). In the final against Borrisoleigh the Cahir girls lead at half-time but tired in the second half to loose by the narrowest of margins on a scoreline of 2-03 to 2-02.
In the B plate the Cahir girls defeated Abbey and Borrisoleigh but lost in the final to Laurel Hill, Limerick, on a scoreline of 5-02 to 2-02.
A reminder to parents/guardians of third year students that their Parent-Teacher meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, between 4.15pm and 6.45pm.
Gaisce Gold for Alan
Alan Hally, a past pupil of Colaiste Dún Iascaigh, was awarded the Gaisce gold medal by President McAleese in a ceremony at Dublin Castle recently. This was the culmination of a journey that began in Transition Year for Alan.
Alan was first introduced to Gaisce by the Coláiste’s President’s Award Leader, Anne Lohan. Alan was awarded the Bronze Medal in Transition Year. In November 2007 Alan received his Silver Award. As a gold medal award winner Alan has completed four tasks. The personal skill Alan chose was voice training. He learned to improve his singing technique, take care of and develop his voice, prepare for singing exams to earn grades and aim to eventually become a qualified voice trainer. For his community activity Alan helped set up and eventually took over the running of a badminton club at his university, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. To meet the challenge of the physical recreation aspect of the award, Alan undertook a fitness programme. This involved weekend gym session at Knocklofy Leisure Centre near his home in Grange, running at the college pitches during the week and an individual exercise programme. This part of the challenge was particularly beneficial for him in the completing of the Adventure Journey which was a 90km hike, over three nights and four days. He describes his journey to Gold as being “a tough but fun adventure.”