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 33 Transition Year students in Coláiste Oiriall undertook Disability Awareness training organized by the Ardee branch of the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Association. The students learned about the difficulty of shot taking and how a total new muscle set is required in contrast to the muscles already developed.

Congratulations to teachers and students in Coláiste Oiriall who were selected as a 2012 MS READaTHON winning school. The school was placed third in the secondary schools’ section in terms of books read, money raised and pupils on the rolls. The prize was €200 worth of books from the O’Brien Press.

Kerrie Ní Dhroma received the ultimate accolade at a recent Tionól Scoile (School Assembly) when she received the much coveted Student of the Year award. Kerrie is daughter of David and Deirdre Drum, Mullaghmurphy, Monaghan town. She received her primary school education in Gaelscoil Ultain.

Coláiste Oiriall is now running a Reading Club every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime in our new fully stocked library. Fourth year students, who have undertaken phonological training, are on hand in the club to read with students, encourage them and to help with any reading difficulties that they may have.

Coláiste Oiriall Athletes won the Junior Shield for the second successive year and also won five of the nine double golds at the annual County Sports held which was held at the Carrick Aces track in Carrickmacross last Friday.

Áine Ní Churráin, a Raidio na Gaeltachta presenter from the Gaoth Dobhair studios, recently visited Coláiste Oiriall, interviewed teachers and students and recorded some music and songs. The culmination of her work was the broadcasting of an hour long programme last Tuesday between 11.00 am and midday on her flagship Raidio na Gaeltachta programme entitled Barrscéalta.

A capacity audience recognised talent, effeort and ability at the Coláiste Oiriall Prize Giving Ceremony which was held in the Garage Theatre on Monday night with a new format. A plethora of medals, certificates and trophies were awarded to students to re-affirm them in good practice.

Ní don chéad uair i mbliana caithfidh muid comhghairdeas a dhéanamh le Amy Ní Amaill, dalta anseo i gColáiste Oiriall, as an seachtú áit a bhaint amach i Seantarbh ar an Satharn sa chomórtas Idirnáisiúnta Scoileanna ag rith ar son na hÉireann in eadán Alban, Sasana agus na Breataine Bige. An mhí seo chuaigh thart fuair Amy sáriarracht

Coláiste Oiriall wishes to congratulate all the outgoing Leaving Certificate students who attained excellent results as published last week. They are very pleased with their third level offers – the vast majority receiving their first choices.

Some jubilant Coláiste Oiriall students who received very high grades in their Junior Certificate examination, the results of which were released last Wednesday. The photograph includes Annette Ní Thuathail, Príomhoide Tánaisteach, Lauren Nic Giolla Rua, Lily Cheung (7As agus 3Bs),Charlotte Nic Giolla Chomhail, Brianán Ní Bhuachalla (6As agus 4Bs), Cillian Mac an Fhailí, Bronagh Ní Ruanaí, Eve Ní Anluain (8As agus 2Bs) agus Ruairí Mac Cionna.

Rachel Ní Eindrí, a sixth year student in Coláiste Oiriall, has won the runner up prize in the over 17 section of the prestigious RTE Guide-Puffin Ireland Short Story competition. Her story entitled ‘Days of Humiliation, Moments of Freedom’ is published on page 30 in the current edition of the RTE Guide (September 14-20) – the edition with Fair City actress, Aoibhín Garrihy, on the cover.

We extend congratulations to Coláiste Oiriall fifth year student, Donnchadh Mac Gabhann who has been awarded third place in the senior section of the Patrick Kavanagh Student Poetry Competition 2013 for second level students. He will receive his prize this coming Sunday during the annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend in Inniskeen.

Toghadh Comhairle Daltai nua i gColáiste Oiriall le gairid. Seo a leanas na daltaí a toghadh mar bhaill:  a chúl ó chlé: Sorcha Ní Néill, Seán Mac Cléire, Casey Jane Ní Eilí, Niamh Ní Chiaráin, Bronagh Ní Ruanaigh, Rebecca Nic Cionna agus an Múinteoir Bríd Ní Bhraoin (Liaison Teacher). Chun tosaigh ó chlé: Lynda Nic Giolla Mhichil, Dylan Mac Cionna, Conor Ó Broin, (treasurer), Amy Ní Chuinneagáin (chairperson), Anna Ní Chrarráin (secretary) agus Ellen Ní Bhriain

 Múinteoir Deirdre Ní Chionnaith, Dessie Ó Mocháin, former coach in Coláiste Oiriall with the Anglo- Celt Ulster senior Cup and veteran stalwart on the senior team, Donnchadh Ó Dúlain, member of the Monaghan county minor panel and former student in Coláiste Oiriall, with the Ulster Minor trophy agus an Múinteoir Annette Ní Thuathail.

A talk was organised by Coláiste Oiriall Parents’ Association was held last Thursday.  The talk was entitled ‘challenges facing teenagers while using social media’. The talk was very informative and was well received by the parent body.  It was delivered by IT expert, Jim Magee from Dundalk.

Coláiste Oiriall girls under 16 basketball team had an emphatic victory over Coláiste Iosagáin, Portarlington in Portarlington on Tuesday week last on a score line of 44 points to 19 in Division 2 of the All-Ireland Schools’ Cup competition. The Coláiste Oiriall girls were losing at the end of the first quarter by two points. After picking up a number of fouls, cautious play was necessary.

First and second Year students attended a Halloween Party last Friday afternoon. There was céilí music and dancing, Disco music and dancing, prizes and competitions and masks and food. Most of the students dressed up for the occasion. Réachtáladh coisir Samhna do dhaltaí na 1ú bhliana agus na 2ú bliana tráthnóna Aoine seo chuiagh thart, díreach roimh bhriseadh na Samhna.

Students in Coláiste Oirial took part in the national fundraising campaign ‘Trad for Trocaire’ when they organised a traditional music session in the Monaghan town aShopping Centre under the tutelage of Múinteoir Seán Mac Thaidhg agus Múinteoir Nuala Ní Ghalschoille.

Coláiste Oiriall showjumping team participated in the Intermediate category of the annual Inter-Schools’ Team Showjumping competition at Balmoral recently. Although there was an Ulster dominance it was an all-Ireland competition. 38 teams took part in the intermediate section and although not place the Coláiste Oiriall jumpers put in a very credible performance to finish in the top ten.

Coláiste Oiriall under 16 Girls defeated St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh to reach the All-Ireland semi-final of the Basketball Ireland Schools’ Cup competition last week when they clinched victory by a mere three points in a tough game in Mayo. Coláiste Oiriall were very much the underdogs having being recently promoted to the “B” grade.