Opening of the School year Mass

A little later than normal, Dunmore CS had its opening school year mass today to pray for a successful year ahead. Special thanks to the religion department, the Choir, the readers, servers and all involved. Also well done to all our students who conducted themselves in such a respectful, reverent manner today.


Senior girls’ football v’s Strokestown

In ideal playing conditions last Wednesday in Dunmore, Strokestown set themselves out as the team to beat. A thrilling game ensued with some strong play and beautiful scoring from both sides. The opponents’ numbers 8 and 11 looked particularly menacing ploughing through our defence for some early scores. This forced us to concede a forward as a sweeper and make some tactical changes in our backline. This seemed to work somewhat and overall in the first half the possession seemed to be mainly in the hands of the Dunmore women.
However, Strokestown were confident in taking their chances between the bars while we seemed to have to work doubly hard for our scores. Nonetheless, the game was tight with three points separating the teams in the opponents’ favour until two unfortunate goals just before half-time gave them the edge.
Serious commendation had to be given to Dunmore on the sheer determination as each player battled until the end with some excellent passages of play and a comeback looked likely as we clawed back to within four points. Unfortunately, Strokestown were not to be caught with persistent changing and swapping of players around the field making it difficult to mark and players weary.
The scoreline allowed Strokestown a comfortable win over our ladies but could be seen as an unfair description as to the match itself. As the saying goes, “nothing worthwhile comes easy” and the strong opposition definitely stretched us and allowed us to identify our strengths and weaknesses on the field. Hopefully, we can use this loss as a learning curve to becoming a formidable team in the rest of the competition.

U16 & U19 Girls Basketball V’s Pres Tuam

Our U16 and U19 girls put their heart and soul against a Pres Tuam side yesterday under the management of Ms.Canny and Ms.O’Reilly. The U16 girls managed to catch a 12pt margin to lead into the last quatre. Amazing displays by Jodie Scariff who turned the game around as well as Niamh Nestor, Emily Hannon and Laura Turner showed the great spirit this team has but unlucky for us lost by 1 pt in the closing seconds. Our strong U19 girls brought a composed and steady display of defence, skill and scoring ability coming out with a 22 18 win. Tremendous play from Aoife Sheehy, Holly Reddington, Amy Burns, Lorna Murphy and SarahKate Nestor must be commended with Niamh and Emily (u16s) pulled up trumps when called on. Best of luck girls against St. Nathys!

Caretaker Vacancy

The Board of Management of Dunmore Community School invites applications for the position of: Caretaker

This position will take effect from Monday, the 3rd December 2018.

This is a full-time position and the ideal candidate will have several years general maintenance experience. A qualification in building maintenance or a technician’s qualification would be advantageous.


Letter of Application, with CV and two recent references should be sent to:

The Secretary,

Board of Management,

Dunmore Community School,


Co. Galway

Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 1st November 2018.

(It is expected that interviews will be held during the week beginning the 5th November)

Shortlisting may apply. Canvassing will disqualify.

The appointment is made under the terms and conditions of appointment of a Caretaker in community/comprehensive schools. The salary scale for the position is in accordance with DES pay scale for Caretakers.

The position is subject to garda vetting.


A detailed job description is available from the school office or by emailing

Juvenile Boys’ Football

A tightly contested tit for tat clash with St. Jarlaths in Dunmore ushered in the juvenile boys’ first football match. The boys’ first outing saw some promising action that left anyone guessing who would clench the win. Indeed for the majority of the match only 1 or 2 points separated the teams with Jarlaths just holding the lead. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be with the final score being 3-9 to 1-10 to St. Jarlaths as a last minute goal by the opponents belied the battle that was fought by stretching the lead and indeed the outcome to 5 points. However this match hints at a bright season for our boys.

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