TY Tractor Run

Our TY’s are holding a fundraising Tractor Run on the 1st March starting from the Dunmore McHales GAA carpark. Registration taking place between 12 – 1 and then leaving the carpark at 1:30. Please note: Participants are required to provide valid licence and insurance details at registration to take part and must follow marshals instructions.

€20 per tractor and Vintage tractors welcome. Further information from Ms Scarry, Darragh W or Andrew G.

National Junior Volleyball Championships RD 1

Our Transition Year students organized & hosted the first round of the boys & girls Junior Volleyball Championships. As part of their P.E programme they completed a Volleyball Coaching Course. They used their knowledge to coach our junior teams, officiate & referee the games. We welcomed Roscommon CC for the girls competition and Colaiste na Eachreidh Athenry & Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna for the boys competition. Our teams will progress to the Cup stage of the competition. This is a new sport to our school and it gives our Transition Year students the opportunity to develop their leadership & organizational skills. 

1st Year Parent Teacher Meeting

As notified in a previous text, due to industrial action, our 1st Year Parent-Teacher meeting is now taking place next Monday, the 3rd Feb from 4:15 in the Sports Hall. Apologies for the short notice. Please note, 1st Year students are not requested to attend with their parents/guardians for this meeting.

Break The Seal Project with NUIG

Some of our Transition Year students attended ‘Break the Seal’ project at NUIG yesterday. This project focuses on connecting second-level students to the archival material, primary sources and collections of the James Hardiman Library at NUIG. The students will write a research study report on an event in history that interests them. Once completed It will be published by the University. We are looking forward to reading their work.

The aim of the programme is to support senior cycle history students as they complete their mandatory Research Study Report by connecting them with the important archives held at the James Hardiman Library at NUIG. During the campus visits students take a tour of the archives and get to engage with the documents held there as researchers.
Participating students engage in a series of workshops targeted at developing the following critical 21st Century Skills:

  • Collaboration
  • Critical analysis
  • Narrative expression
  • Technological proficiency

Juvenile boys vs Foxford

Last Thursday saw us commandeer a spot in the juvenile boys’ football Connacht quarter-finals, but it wasn’t without grit, determination and fight. We played Foxford in a knockout round and they made us work for it. A strong start saw Dunmore dominate play and our skillful attacks intimidated Foxford’s backline and indeed goal, similarly a well structured backline belittled Foxford’s attacks forcing 5 wides in the first half. On several occasions Foxford choose to play defensively in an attempt to halt our scoring and only two of their forwards remained in place. It looked promising. At half time we seemed comfortable holding a 12 point lead at 3-9 to 1-3. However, this was soon to change. Foxford’s approach confused our backline, as many were left without players to mark. Instead, they chose to leave a player inside and run the ball at us. Our defense did well and continued to force many of their attempts wide. Despite this Foxford began narrowing the gap and with so many of their players following the ball we found kickouts a problem and the opposition capitalised. Unfortunately, we also saw ourselves fall short of several scoring opportunities as a powerful shot at goal went narrowly wide for Matthew Connolly and another two into the box were mishit by the runner. A questionable converted penalty for Foxford and an injury to our goalie taking him off the pitch for a time saw three goals in a matter of minutes diminishing our lead significantly and frustrating our forwards as they saw little ball to counteract. Panic was setting in. With 5 minutes to go, we seemed to still be favourites at 4 points up. This was slowly dashed as Foxford, spurred on by a brilliant comeback continued to assault our defense until we drew level. Our team rallied excellently to ensure we were not to be knocked out and credit to defense with some fantastic blocks and a superb save from goalie Marcus Halliday and some excellent tracking back by our midfields to assist. The whistle blew signalling a draw at Dunmore 4-13 to Foxford’s 5-10 and the contemplation of extra time. We were aghast that we let them back into the game but determined to not let all our hard work be for nothing. Many of our team had a score to settle after losing to Foxford by a point in their first year Connacht final last year, they did not want a repeat performance. We started extra time with a solid attack resulting in our first score from Colm Costello. They responded with three. Half time saw us down 2 points and still a hill to climb. Some well-worked balls finally came good as Matthew found the back of the net sending us into the lead by a solitary point. He soon added a point to this and our efforts went into defense to avoid the dreaded ball hitting the net the other side to undo our efforts. Alas, we had done enough, and with tired legs and a hoarse sideline, we could walk off the pitch victorious after an epic saga of a game. Final score after extra-time 5-16 to 5-4. Scores came from Robert Heneghan 2-0, Niall Heneghan 1-1, Matthew Connolly 1-1, Colm Costello 1-11, Jack Jordan 0-2 and Padraig Martyn 0-1. We now take on Mohill in Frenchpark at 12.30pm on Monday the 3rd February in the Connacht quarter-final and judging from last years’ first years this sounds like it again will be one tough match as Dunmore defeated them by the narrowest of margins in the first year competition last year.

Green Schools – Water Bottle Filler

Special thanks to Mark Molloy, Environmental Awareness Officer of Galway County Council, who came to visit our Green Schools Committee last week to talk to them about the importance of water conservation and reducing the use of plastic bottles. Thanks to the help of Mark, and the generous sponsorship of Galway County Council we had a water bottle filler and fountain installed before Christmas. Already, the Green Schools Committee have noticed a noticeable drop in the number of plastic bottles going into our recycling bins each day. They would like to encourage all students to please use refillable bottles each day to help in reducing our plastic usage going forward. @GalwayCounty @GalwayCoCo

TY French class

Last week in French class,, the TYs learnt about the ‘galette des rois’, a cake traditionally eaten in France during January to celebrate Epiphany. Félicitations to Javier and Molly who found the ‘fève’ and were crowned King and Queen for the day! 

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