Congratulations from all at St Pat’s to Cormac Timoney and Gary O’Rourke on their Ulster Colleges Future stars award in Belfast last night 21st Dec. A very well deserved honor.
Non Uniform/Christmas Jumper day at St Pat’s.
Congratulations to Daire Donohoe, Daniel Walsh, Ammad Sajid, Evan Smyth, Jonathan Mc Phillips, Evan Mc Entyre and John Grogan on their colourful Christmas Outfits.
And to Ms Flood, Ms Bowler and Mr Murphy on upholding the Teachers Honour this Christmas on No Uniform Day.
Well done all.
It’s that time of year again and St. Patrick’s College, Cavan release their original song production for Christmas 2015. This year’s song called ‘Christmas Cheer’ was written by Barry Conaty ,Patrick Gaffney, Dylan Mc Clorey, Oisin Mc Corry and Aaron van Haaster. The choir, traditional Irish group and college jazz band all have been involved in the recording of this song. While this is a music CD project the Art department under Leon Lynch take responsibility for the booklet and artwork.
Writing and recording Christmas songs in St Pat’s started back in 2011 with Josh Mc Clorey of the Strypes and Liam van der Spek starting the ball rolling.
The CD with all the songs from 2011 to 2015 is on sale in Multisound in Cavan town from 19th December and proceeds go towards transition year activities in St. Patrick’s College.
St Pat’s All Ireland Futsal Champions
On Tuesday 8th December, St Patrick’s College, Cavan were crowned champions of Ireland in First Year Futsal (5 a side soccer) at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Travelling there with their coach Mr Cathal Bogue, they faced each of the provincial winners twice in a league style system on the day. It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Cavan team conceding 2 within 5 minutes in the decider against Dublin Oak Academy. However, the St. Pat’s men dug deep turning it around in style to win 5-2 with goals coming from the Mooney twins, Ben and Jack, who netted an astonishing 20 between them on the day. Cormac McKeogh, Evan Kelly, Andy McEvoy, Alex Prior and Cian Reilly were outstanding in defence all day with Dylan Mulvaney, Patrick Teevan, Jack Tully, and the Mooney duo ruthless in attack. St. Pats were blessed with two top keepers rotating Jack Maguire and Alex Puscasu every game who were both very solid between the sticks. The pair raised the cup at the end of the day as joint captains which concluded an excellent campaign for the Cavan squad.
Congratulations to the team and to Mr Bogue their coach.
St. Pat’s U-17 soccer team had mixed fortunes in the first stage of the Ulster Cup competition, defeating St. Aidan’s Cootehill 3-0 (goals from Killian Crowe-Brady and Tiernan Reilly (2)) before losing 1-0 to Bailieboro Comm. Sch.
In the “backdoor” qualifier stage St. Pat’s beat Royal Sch. 5-4 with goals coming from Tiernan Reilly (2), Bradley Okaije, Ryan Conaty and Jack Sheridan.
St. Pat’s will play the winners of Virginia College and St. Aidan’s in January.
Panel: Cathal Jermyn, Kyle Tyler, Paul Smith, Jack McKenna, Mark Sexton, Killian Crowe-Brady, Bradley Okaije, Brandon Boylan, Jack Sheridan, Ryan Conaty, Joshua Boyle, Finian McCarthy, Greg Duffy, Chris Sombete, Shane Sheridan, Finnán Delaney, Niall Fitzpatrick, Cian Cahill, Donal O’Gorman, Cian Boylan, Leeroy Okaije, Edward Davis, Conor Lappin.
St. Pat’s U15 advance to Ulster Quarter Finals
St. Pat’s reached the quarter finals of the Ulster Cup with a 4-0 win in their 3rd group game. Goals came from Cian Boylan (3) and Bradley Okaije. The team is also favourites to top the group and qualify for the Cavan-Monaghan League final.
The 1st group game with Virginia College ended in a 3-3 draw, with goals from Bradley, Jordan Galligan (2).
Pictured above are St.Eamonn’s, Third year students, from St. Patrick’s College, Cavan who recently enjoyed a presentation on Water Conservation from the Inland Fisheries, Irealnd as part of their C.S.P.E project for Junior Certificate. They are pictured here with their teacher Ms.Orla Murphy and Jimmy O’Reilly, Ailish Keane and Kevan Murphy from the Inland Fisheries.
Maths Week in St. Patrick’s College, Cavan
The 10th annual Maths Week was celebrated this year from the 10th to the 18th of October. Maths week is an Irish concept in which all things mathematical are celebrated and schools and the public are encouraged to become more mathematical aware and have a bit of fun. The story was no different in St. Pat’s Cavan. The school was alive with Mathematics, with first years participating in a Mathematical quiz and junior students entering a Maths themed Poster competition. Both senior and senior students participated in the Prism Challenge (a total of 170 students participated in this problem solving event) and the whole school and wider community were puzzled with the St. Pat’s Puzzle competition. The buzz around the school was electric with students having several mathematical conversations outside and inside classrooms. A first year class St.Andrew’s are also going to use their ‘Maths Eyes’ and enter the photo competition to find mathematics in every day life. Many thanks to the Transition Year class that assisted in the first year quiz and to all the staff involved in the events during the week.
Transition Year students learning Sign Language skills
with Ms Carolan. Click on the photo to see their YouTube video.
The last day or two have thrown an air of sadness over many in our school and throughout the wider community with the sudden illness and death of JJ Reilly. We all have very fond memories of JJ who began teaching in St Pat’s in 1974 until his retirement in 2007. His warmth and dedication to the College both in class and with the football teams is deeply appreciated.
Our thoughts and prayers at this sad time are with his family and friends.
Five times World Handball Champion Paul Brady Honoured by St Pat’s, Cavan.
Paul, a past student of St Pat’s called in yesterday Sept 30th to speak to the students. He is pictured here with James Brady (PE Dept) who presented Paul with a framed photo montage of Paul from his early days at St Pat’s and later. James and Paul both played handball for the school as students.
Above are pictured Paul, and James with Rev Fr. John Gilhooly.
Fr. John was instrumental in Paul and James’s early days as College handballers.
St Pat’s raises First Green Flag
On Wednesday 30th September St. Patrick’s College had their Green Flag Ceremony. This was the first flag achieved by the school on the theme of Litter and Waste. The project had been ongoing in the school over a number of years and many students were involved in achieving the flag. Paul Brady, Handball World Champion and former pupil of the school, raised the flag assisted by the Green Schools’ Committee and the first year students. Congratulations to the Committee members past and present on their achievement. Work is now underway to apply for their second flag on the theme of Energy.
Pictured above are members of the School Environment Committee with Mr Paul Brady (Five times World Handball Champion) and Ms Aine Martin (Co-ordinator) about to raise the very coveted Green Schools Flag.
Achievement Awards to four St Pat’s students.
Pictured below are from top left clockwise, Donal Monahan who received his Head Prefect badge from Mr John O’Shea (Deputy Principal), Daire Smith who came first in the All Ireland 15 to18 Bodrán competition, Shane McDermott who won the Irish Junior Boys Open Golf Championship in August and Roland Surlis who won the Irish Schools Senior Boys 800m on May 30th.
Congratulations to Donal on becoming Head Prefect and to Daire, Shane and Roland on their fine achievements over the summer.
Congratulations to all our Junior Certificate students on their very impressive exam results.
Congratulations to Barry Conaty and Oisin Kelly, pictured with Principal, Mr Christopher Rowley.
Barry and Oisin scored 10 A’s in their 2015 Junior Certificate exam.
Leaving Certificate students Awards.
Congratulations to Peter Watson, Brian Clarke, Evan Burke,
Caolan Kelly, Cian Goodrich, Matthew Mc Kenna and Pierce Smith on their Student of the Year Awards for 2015 with Principal
Mr Christopher Rowley, Vice Principal Mr John O’Shea, Year Head Mr Kieran Smith and Bishop Leo O’Reilly who concelebrated their Graduation Mass with College chaplain Fr Kevin Fay.
Congratulations to Evan Burke who received a well deserved overall Student of the Year Award for 2015.
Evan was Head Prefect for the academic year 2014-15.
Well done Evan on a very well deserved award.
Trocaire collection at St Pat’s reached a very impressive €1525.00 this year. Pictured are the students who made this donation possible. Thank you to our students, Fr Kevin Fay, College Chaplain and the Religious teaching staff members, represented by Ms Jane Craig Elliot for co-ordinating the collection.
Congratulations to our Athletics team who had a great day out in Belfast. 10 golds, 8 silver & 3 bronze. A fantastic achievement by all who attended. Ulster Finals this Saturday May16th in Antrim Forum. Best of luck to all.
Missing from photo are: Stephen Ronan, Ciaran O’Reilly and Conor Duggan.
MATHletes success at St Pat’s.
Saturday April 18th
The Ulster provincial final was held in LYIT Letterkenny on April 18th. The trip was definitely a great success, as students enjoyed the event immensely. The students faced 3 challenges over the event, starting with a Khan Academy speed test, followed by a problem solving pen and paper task. The highlight of the event most definitely was the Lego car construction workshop run by Learn-IT. Students had to design a car in teams of four and then race cars down a ramp. Not only speed, but design was important here. Luke Murphy was a member of the winning team of this event. Other winners on the day were Conor Courtney who has spent over 75 hours on Khan Academy over the 11 weeks. David Emmo, Mazharul Choudhry and Daniel Rowley (1st years)were in the top tenners ( top ten students nationally).
Special Birthday Celebrations
Dalton Cup News.
Congratulations to our Dalton team and coach Mr James Brady on making it to this years Dalton final, playing against St Pat’s Maghera.
What an achievement. You have all done your school proud in what was a hard fought game against a formidable oponent.
MATHletes success at St Pat’s.
Congratulations to the 1st and 2nd year MATHletes from St. Patrick’s College, Cavan who have qualified for the Ulster Provencal MATHletes final in Letterkenny IT on Saturday April 18th. This is a tremendous achievement for the school as St. Pat’s have claimed 8 out of 12 final places in 1st year and 15 out of 20 final places in 2nd year. Well done to the students involved and coordinating teachers Jennifer Corr and Breeda Corcoran. This years final will see students participate in an online problem solving round and a team event, where students must build a project together. All students involved are greatly anticipating this part of the competition as it really does ‘make maths real’. Best of luck to all the students competing and again well done!
The names are;
1st year: David Emmo, Mazharul Choudhary, Daniel Rowley, Abhirup Biswas, Ryan O’Reilly, Odhran Maguire, Thomas Tierney, Liam Corr.
2nd year: Adam Kelly, Luke Murphy, Harvey Rea, Feargal O Reilly, Kamil Stachura, Angelo Elwathingal, Sean T Murphy , Daire Connelly, Oisin Connolly, Emmanuel Alyegbusi, Notesh Santhosh, Conor Courtney, Ryan Shields, David Cosgrove, Ciaran O Reilly.
History Week at St Pat’s Cavan.
Pictured below are History Teachers Ms Briody and Ms Flood with the History week construction team.
St. Pat’s collaborate with Cavan County Museum
Ireland’s experience of World War 1 came alive this week in St. Patrick’s College, Cavan, when TY students under the direction of their history teacher, Ms. Briody, joined forces with Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff to produce a unique school’s tribute to our war dead. Having toured the museum in November, students undertook the re-construction of their own trench, as pictured. Daire Smith, Killian Smith, Cathal Young and Jack Kerrigan with initial guidance from caretaker, Mr. John Smith, constructed a real war-time experience for their fellow students. Pallets, galvanised iron and saplings were collected and Ms. Savina Donohoe, Cavan County Museum, very generously loaned various memorabilia including helmets, uniforms, boots and a collection of their war-time posters and documents. Conor Reilly and Shane Maguire used these to compile a comprehensive worksheet for use by all history students throughout the school.
Other events throughout the week included treasure hunts for first years, co-ordinated by Gavin Smith and Sebastian Darriba in the historical surroundings of the college; a table quiz for over one hundred third years conducted by Ronan Mascerentas and Abel Jose Thomas and Patrick Wilson among others with events culminating in a most enlightening talk delivered to over 250 students, by Dr. Michael Finnegan from Cavan County Museum.
TY students and their teacher Ms. Briody wish to acknowledge the help they received from their history teachers, Mr.Lynch in the Art department and most especially the very generous contribution they received from Cavan County Museum. We wish them continued success in their next venture.
Congratulations to our First Years winning their regional title in their Basketball, North East Regional Final – First Year ‘B’ Division.
St Pat’s Cavan 34, Our Lady’s Castleblayney 22
St Pats now progress to the All-Ireland play-offs on Sunday 19th April.
The play-offs will be hosted in Cavan.
Dalton Cup News.
Congratulations to our Dalton team and coach Mr James Brady who are on their way to this years Dalton final. playing against St Pat’s Maghera this Saturday 18th April at 12:15pm in Eglish.
What an achievement following on the tremendous success of our MacRory team. Your support would be greatly appreciated for the final.
St Pats Cavan Vs Coleman’s Newry
Danske Bank Dalton Cup semi-final
St Patrick’s, Cavan 2-10 St Colman’s, Newry 2-8
There was further evidence yesterday of the re-emergence of St Patrick’s, Cavan as a football force with their junior team reaching the Danske Bank Dalton Cup final following a 2-10 to 2-8 win over St Colman’s, Newry.
And there were a couple of connections to the Danske Bank MacRory Cup success last week with Cian McManus’ younger brother Aaron (Capt) having a superb game at centre-half back. He was ably supported by Vice- Capt Matthew Gaffney at full-back, while Jack Trainer, David Talbot and Oisin Brady in attack.
Midfielder Chris Someti scored the opening goal after 11 minutes, forcing his way down the centre before playing a neat 1-2 and crashing the ball to the net. The other connection to St Pats Mc Rory team is Thomas Edward Donohoe’ (TED) younger brother Sean Donohoe playing a strong supporting role at mid-field.
Despite a penalty conversion for St Colman’s, Cavan still led by 1-6 to 1-3 at the break with David Talbot scoring a point from play, Jack Trainor scoring twice from play and Oisin Brady three times, once from frees.
St Colman’s took the game down to a single point at 1-7 to 1-6, before the Breffni boys took off again, helped by a Brady goal in the 41st minute.
The same players added points, as did Jack Trainer to fend off the Newry side.
The second semi-final between St Patrick’s, Maghera and Omagh.
St Patrick’s Cavan: J Trainer 0-3, 0-1 frees C Someti 1-0, O.Brady 1-5, 0-1 frees, D. Talbot 0-2.
Report: Mr James Brady, Team Coach.
Dalton Team Panel 2014/2015
Chris Somete Michael Veale Christian Elliott
Aaron Mc Manus Darragh Mc Goldrick Evan Mcintyre
Shane Halton Michael Sheridan Ryan O Reilly Sean Donohoe Dara Smith-Naughton Leon Drumm Eanna Moran Paul Mc Cabe Leon Mulcahy
Oisin Brady Darragh O’Reilly (Kilasandra) Aaron Galligan Ronan Kiernan Daniel Rowley David Talbot
Jack Trainer Liam Corr Cormac Boylan Mark Smith Matthew Gaffney Ife Makinde
Dylan Greenan Culann Macseain Timmy Jegede Joe Kiernan Aaron Lynch
Pat’s Factor 2015 a MASSIVE success.
Patsfactor 2015 hosted ten new acts and three guest acts this year. And what a PATSFACTOR!
A 600+ audience were presented with a three hour symphony of talented student acts, supported by a very talented school orchestra conducted by Mr Ciaran Tackney which enthralled everyone in attendance. The judges/Mentors on the night were , Ms Gwen Brady, Mr Ciaran Tackney, Ms Orla Murphy with Guest Judge Mr Paul Cox. Enough said, now take a look at the competing acts.
St Pat’s Win Mac Rory final.
Team coaches Fr Kevin Fay, Mr Shane Fizpatrick and Mr Finbar Reilly were over the moon with the performance of the College Mac Rory team who beat St Patrick’s, Dungannon in final of the Mac Rory Cup.
Congratulations to everyone involved on this great achievement.
Your support on the day was very much appreciated.
St Patrick’s Cavan 2-12 , Dungannon 0-8
St Pat’s has had a proud tradition in Mac Rory football. Below are some photos of College teams dating back to 1928.
2015 TY Tractor Run
Pictured below are 2015 TY Tractor run Committee with TY co-ordinator Ms Gwen Brady, just before 36 tractors (new and vintage) set off on their 20 mile tractor run to support TY St Pat’s.
Weather was friendly and no break-downs hampered the run. Congrats to all involved for a very well organised event.
Mathletes Info February 2015.
Congratulations to David Cosgrove (2nd year) who is 2nd nationally. Overall, 11 of our students in 2nd year and 12 in 1st year are in the top 20 and St Pat’s is still in top position in Ulster.
Conor Courtney is still the top (first position) 2nd year nationally and St Pat’s hold 17 out of the 20 spots in Ulster.
Adam Kelly is 8th nationally overall also a second year.
The school is still top in Ulster and 6th nationally. Twenty out of the thirty students in 2nd year at St Pat’s are in the top 100 overall nationally.
A really exceptional achievement by our students and maths teachers at St Pat’s, well done to all!
Golf Ball Returner Competition.
Three other winners for best designs were (Shane Halton on left, Ryan Curran centre and Kamil Klimczak right
St Patrick’s College students win Ulster title in MATHletes Challenge January Cup
In opening month of MATHletes Challenge 2015, 10,000 students spent over 1 million minutes improving their maths.
St. Patrick’s College has topped the leader-board for Ulster in the MATHletes Challenge January Cup, winning the secondary school provincial title in a hotly contested race.
The school was led by 2nd year student Conor Courtney,
who triumphed over 700 2nd Year MATHletes across the country to win the individual title for the month.
Conor’s maths teacher is Ms Breda Corcoran.
Just one month after launch, the number of sign-ups to the MATHletes Challenge has already tripled from last year. Over 10,000 students and 250 schools are now competing in the innovative maths tournament with €20,000
in prizes and the coveted title of MATHletes Challenge All-Ireland Champion 2015 at stake.
Since registration opened on January 5th, students in Ireland have completed over 2 million maths problems on Khan Academy and spent a mind-blowing 1,150,000 minutes on Khan Academy, over half of that out of school
hours. The online maths competition has captivated both boys and girls, with January’s statistic showing an even gender split among competitors.
Modelling a GAA-style tournament playoff, the 4-month online and in-person Challenge showcases students and schools on weekly online leader boards, with top scorers advancing to represent their county colours at the provincial playoffs in April, and onto to the All-Ireland MATHletes Championship final on May 2nd, 2015.
Pictured above are Ms Breda Corcoran (Mathletes Co-ordinator), Conor Courtney and Luke Murphy who received special commendations for outstanding results. St Pat’s came out overall winner in Ulster and is ranked 5th in the All Ireland ranking.
Absent from photos is co-ordinator Ms Jennifer Corr and student Nithesh Santhosh who also received special commendation.
Pictured below is Gaisce Silver award recipient Peter Watson with Mary Yore (area co-ordinator) and Gwen Brady (TY co-ordinator).
1. Community Involvement. 2. Personal Skill.
Above are Mary Yore (Gaisce area co-ordinator), Ms Lorraine Cartwright (teacher), Lorcan Clarke, Conor Smith, Killian Mc Cahill, Conor O’Shea, Conor Mc Cabe, Enda Goodrich, Niall Van der Spek, Peter Watson, Ms Gwen Brady (teacher) and Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal).
Front: James Cartwright, Oisin Quinn, Stephen Smith, David Maguire, Aaron Van Haaster, Thomas Keaney, Neil Hayden, and Stephen Ronan.
Ulster U17 Handball Champions
Congrations to Ulster U17 Handball Champions Shane McVeety, Caolan Smith & their coach Mr Brady. Shane and Caolan won the 2015 Intermediate Colleges Handball Championship, beating St Macartan’s College, Monaghan in the semi-final and Omagh CBS in the final.
Creative Engagement 2014 saw 30 St Pat’s students take part in poetry workshops over a five week period with poet Noel Monahan. One poem was selected from each participant and given to 30 students from the Art department who worked under the guidance of artist Jackie O’Neill, also over 5 weeks. The illustrated poems are on display in the Johnston Library gallery space from February 2nd to 27th.
Well worth a look!
“Patstech” is an initiative set up by Transition Year Students at St Pat’s in 2014. Its aims are to introduce senior citizens of Cavan to the contemporary workings of computer technology. This years TY students have just started their first session of workshops with two classes running on Monday and Tuesday evenings 4-5pm.
Fund Raising for GOAL
Also as part of their fund raising efforts the class held a GOALS for GOAL penalty shoot competition which raised €180.
Well done to all involved .
Congratulations to Thomas Galligan and Cian Mc Manus on their selection for the Ulster Colleges All Star Football Team 2014-2015.
Response to Beauty Exhibition
Pictured below are two students from the fifth year Art class who attended the Response to Beauty Exhibition talking to artist Elena Duff.
Response to Beauty, the shared learning experience curated by Heather Brett, poet and editor culminated with an exhibition of work from the participating artists. The project involved arts and heritage workshops encouraging artistic and multi disciplinary responses to the landscape of the Cavan Burren and the wider Geopark. Informed experts in literature, visual art, the built heritage, archaeology, geology, photography shared insights from their own practice incorporating and interpretating the landscape in a visual way.