Friendship Week at Coláiste Dun Iascaigh

Friendship week at the Coláiste

Friendship week at the Coláiste

Students and staff at Coláiste Dún Iascaigh celebrated Friendship Week from October 17 to 21. Friendship Week was initiated last year as part of the regular review of the college’s anti-bullying policy, and this year’s event followed on from that success. Junior students took part in workshops during the week aimed at increasing the understanding and awareness of bullying behaviour on the victim, and the role each student should take to ensure that bullying in any form is unacceptable behaviour. Topics covered included the importance of making a stand against bullying, the role of the bystander and the steps the college has put in place to deal with such behaviour. At the end of the week each class compiled a Class Anti-Bullying statement and agreement. Throughout the week posters and reminders of the theme of Friendship Week were on the corridors and class walls. A Friendship Wall was created, featuring the first names of students and staff alike. Poster and photography competitions were held for junior students. Lunchtime activities included Karaoke and a friendship-themed “Come dine with Me”, in what was both an enjoyable and hugely beneficial week for all involved.

Juniors girls overcome Loreto Fermoy

Coláiste Dún Iascaigh Cahir 1-13 Loreto Fermoy 1-6

In the opening round of the Munster Junior A football championship group stage the girls from Coláiste Dún Iascaigh came out on top after a hard fought game with Loreto Fermoy. Having won the All Ireland Junior B title last season the team have been placed in the A grade for the coming year and were eager to get their campaign off to a winning start. Kirsty Downey opening the scoring with a well-taken point from play and followed this with another point from a free. Loreto responded with a pointed free and then ten scoreless minutes ensued during which both sides spurned some good scoring opportunities. Claire Doyle got the scoreboard moving again with a point from play for the Coláiste and when Rachel Moloney sent over another point they seemed to be getting control of the game. However Loreto had other ideas and three points from play in the last five minutes of the half left the score four points apiece when the referee called a halt to the opening period.

In the second half the Coláiste now had the aid of a stiff breeze and showed much more determination all over the field. Their dominance was reflected on the scoreboard as they scored the next five points, three from the boot of Kirsty Downey and one each for Aishling Moloney and Lauren Fitzpatrick, to give the Cahir girls a healthy advantage. Once again though Loreto regrouped and they scored a well-worked goal to narrow the gap to two points with ten minutes remaining. Kirsty Downey settled a lot of nerves soon afterwards as her long range shot deceived the Loreto goalkeeper and ended up in the net, and then adding a point to give her side some breathing space. Loreto raised two more white flags before the Coláiste finished strongly with a point from Aishling Moloney after a surging run and two from Caoimhe Condon to leave seven between the sides at the fulltime whistle. This was a gutsy display from the girls where debutant goalkeeper Kate O’Brien produced an assured performance and captain Emma Corcoran ably led her fellow defenders to produce a solid defensive platform for the likes of Aishling Moloney and Kirsty Downey to exploit in attack.

Team: Kate O’Brien; Maureen Murphy; Emma Corcoran (capt); Megan Heffernan; Aoife Corcoran; Emma Buckley; Claire Walsh; Megan Burke; Laura Dillon; Aishling Moloney(0-2); Kirsty Downey (1-6), Caoimhe Condon (0-2); Claire Doyle (0-1); Lauren Fitzpatrick (0-1); Rachel Moloney (0-1). Subs used: Rebecca English for M. Heffernan; Katie Farrell for Rachel Moloney; Kayleigh Burke for C. Doyle

Convincing win for

junior boys

Coláiste Dún Iascaigh 1-12 Gael Colaiste Ciarrai, Tralee 0-1.

In their first competitive outing of the year Coláiste Dún Iascaigh Cahir’s junior boys footballers had a convincing win over Gael Coláiste Ciarraí in Mallow on Wednesday, September 28. Cahir played against the wind in the first half and were well on top in all sectors of the field. Captain Ian Flannery led by example from mid-field, and just before the half time Aaron Murphy scored a good goal to give Cahir a 1-7 to 0-1 lead at half-time. In the second half Cahir continued to dominate and had good performances from Oisin Moloney, James Shine, James O’Halloran, James Morgan and Pierce Murphy. Although Cahir made five substitutions in the second half they still ran out impressive winners.

Team: B Opala, K.Griffin, O. Moloney, J.Fennessy. J.O’Halloran, J. Shine, B. Donaghy, I. Flannery 0-5, M. O’Connor, P. Murphy, J. Morgan 0-2, A. Condon, A. Murphy 1-1, C.O’Gorman 0-1, B. Cooney. Subs: K.Collins 0-3, R.Murphy, K.King, D O’Halloran, J.Ferguson

Transition year trip to

Delphi

The Adventure Centre trip is a much-anticipated event in the Transition Year Programme, and as a result the large group of Transition year students leaving the Coláiste on Monday morning were in high spirits as they set off on the long journey to Delphi Adventure Centre in Connemara. With the Cahir group divided in three, some went to the zip-wire while others climbed Jacob’s ladder, where success is as much dependent on the team effort as the individual’s effort. In Delphi the groups are rarely idle, and all were involved in the night activities after tea. One group took great pride in being the first at the Centre to do the High Ropes under moonlight, while others went on the nightline. This involved walking through the forest, catching a ropeline as a guide. Daytime activities on Tuesday and Wednesday included kayaking and surfing.

While the activities themselves are enjoyable, and in many cases introduce students to sports and hobbies they would not previously have tried, one of the significant benefits of such trips is the group bonding that results. Many Transition Year programmes thrive in a situation of unity in the group, and the Coláiste TY students certainly left Delphi feeling that the group was tighter as a unit. Tired but happy, they returned to Cahir on Wednesday evening.

Mid term break

Students will be on mid-term break from Monday, October 31, and will return on Monday, November 7. Mid-term tests for third and sixth year students will be held from November 7 to November 9. Timetables are available at www.colaisteduniascaigh.ie.