Planet Youth Ireland Leisurecard scheme Update

In case you missed the important webinar recently about Planet Youth, the Icelandic Leisurecard scheme, and the huge impact the scheme has had on a whole generation’s health and wellbeing in Iceland it is available online to view; on YouTube at also at

We are very hopeful that this scheme will be coming to the West of Ireland shortly, as a pilot for the country, and it represents a great opportunity for our children and our communities.

We encourage you to look at the end of the webinar from 48.13 and then go back over it later in full if you’re interested in learning more.

This scheme is being brought to cabinet by Anne Rabbitte TD shortly, and she is also advocating for it across several government departments in order to secure the necessary funding for a full-scale implementation here.  The intention is to get a properly funded 3-year pilot Leisurecard scheme for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

If you’re interested in supporting this scheme could you please like/share the pinned posts about it on the  or pages and ask your contacts and friends to do the same.

Mass of Remembrance 2020

During the month of November, we recall with love the memories of our loved ones who have gone before us. It is a special time in which Dunmore Community School remembers our deceased past students and staff each year.
Unfortunately, this year, we are unable to hold our Annual Mass of Remembrance. Thanks to the hard work of Ms Clesham & Mairéad Haverty, one of our Leaving Certs, we have a short video to remember our past students and colleagues who have sadly passed away. Special thanks also to Ms Higgins for the backing soundtrack.
This year we also remember those who have died in the past year- Gina O’Dea (McHugh) Breda Burke, Helena Reilly ( Lena), Andrew Fleming, Jarlath Heverin, Ali Herviaux and John Culkeen. May they Rest in Peace. While we are not able to come together as a community we will still continue to pray for our loved ones.
This year we also pray for all those people who lost their lives due to Covid. This pandemic has challenged each and everyone of us in our daily living so we ask God to help all of us in the grieving of our loved ones and to give us the strength to cope with our loss and daily lives. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Planet Youth Ireland Webinar

This short webinar is about the remarkable Fristund Leisurecard scheme in use in Iceland.  Every child from 6 -18 years old receives an annual €400 voucher to put towards supervised hobbies or sports, all administered through a centralised website.  This scheme has been a key component in the success of the Planet Youth primary prevention programme and is credited with improved health, wellbeing and life outcomes for a whole generation of young people.

The speakers, from Reykjavik, will explain how the scheme was set up, how it works, and describe some of the key outcomes.  We also want to start the conversation about developing something like this for our communities and children here in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Everyone is welcome, this seminar should be of interest to all parents who want increased access to extracurricular activities for their children.  Those involved in sports, drama, music, the arts, youth clubs or other coaching and youth leadership roles will find it particularly interesting.

You will need to register to attend. Anyone who registers in advance will receive a link and can enter the live room at any time, even after the event starts.

Thursday, November 19th 2020

Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety for Parents/Guardians

Reminder: We have organised a Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety online presentation for Parents/guardians this Thursday, the 12th November at 7pm.

In today’s technology-rich environment most of us feel woefully inadequate when it comes to knowing what our teenagers are really experiencing when they use the internet.  This is normal and to be expected.  However, as parents/guardians, we have a fundamental duty of care for our children, and unfortunately, that means getting some insight of the things that our teenagers are experiencing on-line.

The webinar is being delivered by Jeremy Pagden, the Managing Director of Schools Websites.  In the past, Jeremy has travelled all over the country delivering Internet Safety talks to both parents and students alike.  The topics covered during the session are as follows:

·         Gaming and Internet Addiction
·         Gamification
·         Cyber bullying
·         Social Media & The Law
·         Social Media Privacy, Issues & Challenges
·         The motivation behind large Social Media Companies
·         Types of Internet Theft
·         Browser History
·         Safe use of apps
·         Useful Resources

This excellent presentation will take approximately 1 hour, and parents/guardians will have to register to attend. A registration link has been emailed to all parents/guardians. You must register prior to the meeting to get a link to attend.

Please note, we have also organised online webinars for our students from 1st to 5th year this today and tomorrow during the school day to help them with understanding the importance of Internet Safety.

We are sure you will all find this presentation extremely useful.

“The presentations on Cyberbullying and Internet Safety were excellent. Students, Teachers, School Management and Parents were fully engaged with the content and Jeremy’s presentations were easy to follow and interesting. He captured the attention of his audience for the full duration of his presentation. I would consider the content to be essential for all teenagers and adults who engage with social media”. Eileen O’Brien, Principal, St.Joseph’s Secondary School, Foxford, Co. Mayo

“The feedback from staff and students was very positive. The students were very attentive all throughout his 90-minute talk and the staff members who were present found his presentation very interesting and engaging. I would definitely recommend him to other schools for students, staff & parents. We would hope to have him back to deliver his presentation to other year groups in the future”. Anna Maria Newell, SPHE Coordinator, Presentation College Athenry

DCS TY take part in a Re-Design Ireland Workshop

Transition Year students took part in a workshop run by James Fahy from Re-design Ireland. The aim of this workshop was to get them to become more environmentally conscious about their consumer choices and to be aware of their daily carbon footprint.
This course is designed to aid students in applying their learning to real-life situations and fostering problem-solving skills for real-world problems as the Earth continues to heat in the coming decades.
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