JOTS 17 – 5 DCS students included

We are delighted to announce that the 17th edition of the Journal of the Old Tuam Society will be in shops on Friday 6th of November. This year we have five students from Dunmore Community School whose articles were chosen to be published. Earlier in the year we entered Break the Seal competition and as part of this competition, we linked in with Ms. Anne Tierney President of the Old Tuam Society. She was so impressed with our students work that she agreed to publish five of our articles. They include a mystery plane landing in Lissybroder Dunmore in 1962, the murder of Thomas McEver in May 1921, a student’s great grandfather in the IRA. A family letter from Private James Quinn from Darrary, Dunmore and our student who came third place in the overall competition whose essay is called Trailblazing Tinkers. Normally there is an annual launch for JOTS but due to COVID restrictions, this cannot take place. Amazingly this edition has over 120 pages. Eurospar in Dunmore will be selling the JOTS magazine. We hope you enjoy our students work!

DCS Covid-19 Halloween Mask Competition

Transition Years are organising a Covid-19 Compliant Halloween Face Mask Competition for Friday 23rd October.
  • Make your own Halloween Covid-19 Compliant face mask
  • Prizes for the best homemade and decorated mask in your year and the best male and female masks in the school overall.
  • There will be a prize for the best staff mask also !!!
  • €2 entry fee
  • Proceeds to a Covid-19 charity

Date of competition: Friday 23rd November

It’s time to get festive and creative.

Adaptable Solutions Disability Awareness Workshop for Transition Years

On Tuesday 6th October Transition Year students worked with Katie and Yvonne from Adaptable Solutions.

They took part in an interactive workshop where they gained valuable insights into the challenges that individuals with disabilities face on a daily basis.

NUIG Talk for 6th Yr students

On Monday 14th September, Ms. Caroline Duggan NUIG’s School Liasion Officer gave two informative talks to our 6A and 6B classes inline with Covid-19 guidelines. She presented information to students on the wide range of undergraduate courses that will be available to them in Sept 2021 including the re-introduction of a degree in Agricultural Science. She gave students information on the upcoming virtual open day that will take place on Saturday 24th October. For further information please visit the website:

Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades – Mon 7th Sept

Best wishes to the Leaving Cert class of 2020 who will receive their Calculated grades on Monday at 9:00 am via the Student Portal. It is extremely unfortunate that we cannot be with you on Monday to celebrate your achievements as a group.

We understand results time can be a difficult time for students and if any of last years Leaving Certs would like to meet with any of our team for support, please ring the office and we will call you back or organise a time for you to call into the school. Ms Scarry (Guidance Counsellor), Ms Clesham (Chaplain), Ms Doyle (Yearhead), Ms Griffiths or myself will be available to call you back or meet in person if necessary. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we cannot allow visitors to the school without having arranged a meeting first.

Last years Leaving Cert students who are attending the school for a scheduled visit will also be required to respect physical distancing requirements and to behave in a responsible way, in line with public health advice and the school’s visitor policy. Gathering large groups of students in one venue is not recommended at this time.

7th September at 9 am Results of the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Leaving Certificate Applied Calculated Grades will issue.
7th September UCAS offers received by students
11th September CAO first round offers
14th September Students can access their estimated percentage mark and calculated mark through the student portal.
14th September Appeals application process open to students through the student portal from 9.00 a.m.
16th September Appeals application process closes at 5.00 p.m.
23rd September CAO round 2 offers
16th November Proposed Postponed Leaving Cert Exams start date.

The Leaving Certificate student helpline which is provided by the National Parents Council post-primary will be available from 7 th September for students to reach a guidance counsellor with any queries that they may have.

The wellbeing of the students who receive the calculated grades will be supported through a number of additional measures.

  • The Leaving Certificate student helpline, at 1800 265 165, which is provided by the National Parents Council post-primary will be available from 11.00 am on 7th September for students to reach a guidance counsellor with any queries that they may have.  This helpline will operate until after the CAO first round offers and is staffed by qualified guidance counsellors. Further details can be found at
  • HSE/HSE-funded service providers will be available to support students through the provision of e-mental health services.
  • Wellbeing resources developed by the National Educational Psychological Service are available at
  • CGEO helpline will be available at 1800 111135 or 1800 111136 from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Monday 7 September to Wednesday 16 September. Outside of these hours queries may be e-mailed to Please note this helpline is provided for queries relating to the Calculated Grades results only and cannot provide advice on any other matters.
  • Information available from the Central Applications Office (CAO) at www.cao.ieCAO) at


New School Year 2020-2021

Following a few extremely busy weeks here in Dunmore Community School, we are looking forward to welcoming our students, both our existing and our new first years, back after a prolonged absence. As explained in the recent letter emailed to you all, we have put in place lots of procedures and protocols to ensure as safe a reopening as possible.

We ask parents and students to please watch the following 2 videos before the return to school and to have a look at the following handouts.

Please find attached our COVID-19 Response Plan for Dunmore CS.

Looking forward to welcoming our students back as per our reopening calendar.


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