School News January 28th 2016

U/19 Boys Basketball.

The team acquitted themselves very well in the playoffs hosted by the school last week.
In the first game Mohill ran out winners against St. Enda’s Salthill on a 49 to 33 score.  They then faced St. Malachy’s School Belfast and came agonisingly close by losing 50 to 55.  Incidentally St. Malachy’s have eleven hundred boys and six P.E. teachers in their school.  Well done Boys and to your trainer – Ms. Hargaden Ward.  Thanks to Paul McGuinness for his guidance and to Celine Mulligan, Caoimhe Canning, Aifric Madden and Katie Mulligan, who took charge of the table.  Thanks to all on the catering front also.  St. Malachy’s progress to the All Ireland semi finals.
Panel.
Jamie Stenson, Dylan Ward, Fiachra McGuinness, Tadhg Mulligan, Evan Harkin, Sean Harkin, Gavin Gordon, Liam Rowley, Liam Jones, Luke Jones, Jonathan Reynolds, Peter O’Nelll, David Mitchell, Dylan Gaffey, Barry Heslin, Seamus Sweeney, Ryan Murphy, Glen Ward, Eoin Kenny.
“Leitrim County Matters”
Irish TV visited the school last week to film material and contributions relating to Valentines Day.  Ms. Reynolds had in her English classes been discussing the effect social media was having on young people’s relationships and how texting had replaced Valentine cards and other traditional greetings.
The classes viewed famous love letters between Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan.  Students were then encouraged to write letters expressing their feelings for parents, family and friends.  They also created a “Wall of Love” in school where they defined friendship and love.  They also researched and compiled information on St. Valentine and his connections with Dublin.  A number of students were filmed reading their “love letters” and the broadcast date is Feb 13th, 2016.
School Enrolment and Open Day.
School enrolment for incoming First Years is on February 6th from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Contact the school if  these arrangements do not suit and an alternative appointment can be arranged.
Congratulations.
We congratulate Drumshanbo V.S. on their All Ireland win in Cadette A Volleyball.
 
Bereavements.
We sympathise with Rachel Prior and family on the death of her grandfather – Tommy Prior.  May he rest in peace

School News January 21st 2016

Maynooth

Leaving Cert Biology and Chemistry students have recently attended Maynooth for revision of practical coursework in a university setting;.
Christmas Poetry.
The winners of the First Year poetry competition promoted by Ms. Reynolds and Ms. McGirl were:   1st place – Maeve Newton (1A) – 2nd place – Laura Farrelly (1C) and in joint 3rd place were Finn Cassells and Donal Duignan (1B)
Junior Girls Football.
Ms. Flanagan travelled to Ballyhaunis with the team to play a quarter final against Coláiste Pobail Acla (Achill).  Mohill won in a high scoring game:-  Mohill CC – 8-8
Achill CC – 8-5
Panel:
Niamh Beirne, Orla Bohan, Louise Cafferty, Genevieve Canning, Amy Cosgrove, Seóna Cosgrove, Chloe Cunningham, Hannah Farrell Stirling, Saoirse Fox, Michelle Hackett, Niamh Hargaden, Lauren Keighran, Clodagh Mitchell, Tara Quinn, Grainne Reynolds (Annaduff), Grainne Reynolds (Cloone), Sibéal Reynolds, Aoife Shanley, Kathy Shanley, Gemma Stenson, Alanna Ward.
Seinior Boys Football.
Mr.M. Duffy travelled with the team to play Balla in Ballyhaunis.  Despite playing well Mohill lost on a scoreline:
Mohill – 0-12
Balla – 3-7
Shane Cox, Brian Duffy, Kalon Harkin, Evan Harkin, Ryan Murphy, Dylan Ward, Sean Harkin, Eoghan Keegan, Tadhg Mulligan, Ethan Harkin, Eoin Kenny, Seamus Sweeney, Conor Reynolds, Fiachra McGuinness, Liam Jones, Karl Mallon, Kevin Mulligan, Sean McLoughlin, Gearoid Mulligan, David Mitchell.
Senior Boys Basketball Playoffs.
The school will host an All Ireland Quarter Final Playoff on January 26th,  Mohill will play St. Malachy’s, Belfast and St. Enda’s, Salthill.  Only one team will progress to the All Ireland Semi Finals.  We wish the lads and Ms. Hargaden Ward the best of Luck.
Dearbhaile Beirne.
Dearbhaile has been selected as Captain of the Connacht Senior Schools Gaelic Football Team.  They have their first interprovincial game in Kinnegad at the weekend.  Congratulations to Dearbhaile, we have a very capable ambassador representing the school.
Bereavements.
We sympathise with Shauna Diffley and family on the death of her grandfather – Michael Reynolds.  We extend sympathy to Oisin Fox, Lillie and Anna Crossley and families on the death of their grandaunt – Frances Shanley.

School News January 14th 2016

BT Young Scientist.

Ezekiel Stevens, a TY student, summarised his entry and sentiments as follows:
“My research was on developing an eco-friendly replacement to conventional slug killers (molluscides). I did this by using solutions of ground up snail shells that had undergone serial dilution. The current slug killers available are extremely damaging to the environment. They have been shown to kill birds, dogs and other wildlife as well as killing earthworms and accumulating heavy metals in the soil.

I recorded the weight loss of plants damaged by snails for the trial and the control. After recording the results, I analysed the data for statistical significance. The results were not significant enough to prove that the homeopathic remedy was effective.

I would like to thank my advising teacher, Mr. M. Duffy,and all my sponsors who made this research possible:- Aurivo Homeland, Ardcarne Plantplus Garden Centre, Knockvicar Organic Garden, Reynold’s Hardware, Gannon’s Drapery, Gilmartin’s Butchers, Mohill Garden Centre, Stenson’s Hardware, C & D Medical Hall, Kieran’s Pharmacy and A & D Selections.

I aim to enter the ECO UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards with this project as well. I also aim to start work on a new research topic for the 2017 BT Young Scientist Exhibition soon as I feel that I need to work for about a year for my research to be more conclusive and cutting-edge.”

School Year.

The New Year brings its challenges to Leaving Cert students with CAO deadlines and Mock Exams beginning on February 4th. There are just eight three school days until State exams begin – so it is time to start serious revision.
“Genius is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration”. We wish them well.

Bereavements.

We sympathise with Shane Gill and relatives on the death of his grandaunt – Mrs. Tessie O’Rourke.
We extend sympathy to Ms. Hargaden Ward and family on the death of her uncle – Patsy O’Rourke.
We sympathise with Ryan Shanley and family on the death of his grandmother – Mrs. Gaffney.

We also sympathise with Ms. O’Reilly (Mulhern) and family – a former teacher in Marian College, whose teenage son, Feargal, was killed in a car accident in December. May they rest in peace.