TY Students attend the GECAS Academy

GECAS TY Aviation Academy Review Here’s a day by day review of what students attending the GECAS TY Aviation Academy completed throughout the week. Monday 14th November: On Monday morning we were introduced to the world of Aviation and learned about how aircraft fly. We learned about the four forces …

Interschool’s show jumping

Two teams travelled to the Ennis showgrounds in October to compete in the schools league. Many thanks to Aisling Carmody 5th yr for helping to organise the entries. Well done to the senior team who were 2nd and were delighted with their rosettes and prizes. The junior team narrowly missed …

Great win puts Ladies football into Munster Semi Final

On Thursday the 1st of December, we traveled to Ennis to compete in a fierce contest that would leave one team in a Munster semi-final. We knew from the beginning that playing Spanish Point would be a very tough game and we would need every one of the fifteen players …

Disappointment in the Harty Cup

Dr Harty Cup Last Sixteen Nenagh CBS 1-20  Castletroy College, Limerick 1-13 Nenagh CBS progressed to the last eight of the Dr Harty Cup, but only after a tense contest with Castletroy College which got needlessly complicated. Entering the final quarter of this last sixteen clash Nenagh CBS trailed Castletroy …

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TY Students attend the GECAS Academy

December 8, 2016 Featured, News Comments Off on TY Students attend the GECAS Academy
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GECAS TY Aviation Academy Review

Here’s a day by day review of what students attending the GECAS TY Aviation Academy completed throughout the week.

Monday 14th November: On Monday morning we were introduced to the world of Aviation and learned about how aircraft fly. We learned about the four forces of flight, lift, weight, thrust and drag. We also learned about Newton’s three laws,law of inertia, law of action and reaction and force equals mass x acceleration. We learned about how these forces and laws affect flight. We also learned about the primary flight controls and their functions, the rudder(Yaw), elevators (Pitch)and ailerons (Roll). After our theory lesson we went to look at aircraft to see what we the things we learned about in the classroom.

Tuesday 15th November: On Tuesday morning we were lucky to get a talk from an ex lecturer and pilot  in aviation. He explained to us the “basic 6” instruments In a cockpit of an airplane. After our break, on Tuesday afternoon we planned a flight from Shannon to Kerry and discussed the various obstacles a pilot may face. After the flight was planned we used the flight simulator to fly from Shannon to Kerry which was a half an hour journey. The simulator was very realistic and it was a great experience to use one.

Wednesday 16th November: On Wednesday several people in the Aviation industry came to talk to us. Alison Carty from the IAA talked to us about air traffic control, David Ward from Lufthansa Technik told us about the company and the maintenance it does. Paul Kennedy also talked to us about how composite material is used in aircraft. We also did some flying on the flight simulators.

Thursday 17th November: On thursday morning we visited Entry Point North. It is an Air Traffic Control centre in Shannon. It was very interesting to see how the training centre worked and how they communicate with planes in Irish Airspace. We also had a talk with Captain Darren Maheedy from Ryanair who practiced B737 800 NG Landings on the simulator.

Friday 18th November:

The last day of our time at Atlantic airventure was very productive. In the morning, we visited the Atlantic aviation group. They carry out repairs and maintenance on planes. We got a tour of the building and different work rooms and they explained their job to us. In the afternoon, we then visited GECAS where a networking event was organised with the employees there from all different aspects of the company. We found this incredibly beneficial and interesting. Overall, the week was a success and we are very grateful for it.

By Kenneth McGuire,Ronan Fox,James O’Connell,Brian Quinlan and Jennifer Keating

Interschool’s show jumping

December 6, 2016 Extra Curricular, Featured, News Comments Off on Interschool’s show jumping
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Two teams travelled to the Ennis showgrounds in October to compete in the schools league. Many thanks to Aisling Carmody 5th yr for helping to organise the entries. Well done to the senior team who were 2nd and were delighted with their rosettes and prizes. The junior team narrowly missed out on a placing.

Senior team – Emily Knapp, Aisling Lenahan , Brannagh Mc Guire

Junior team – Caoimhne Lenehan , Aoife Carmody , Ellen Madigan , Abbie O Brien

 

Great win puts Ladies football into Munster Semi Final

December 5, 2016 Extra Curricular, Featured, GAA, News Comments Off on Great win puts Ladies football into Munster Semi Final
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On Thursday the 1st of December, we traveled to Ennis to compete in a fierce contest that would leave one team in a Munster semi-final. We knew from the beginning that playing Spanish Point would be a very tough game and we would need every one of the fifteen players on the starting team to be physically and mentally prepared.
We were a little behind on time when we arrived, so we had to move quickly. We got a good warm up done before the referee called us onto the pitch to begin. We prepared ourselves by warming up in the frosted area of the pitch. The sun may have been out but there was not a lot of heat coming from it.
We started off on a high note by getting a couple quick points. We didn’t lose our concentration and we continued to knock over the points. We were nine points ahead before Spanish Point got the ball down the field and scored a point.
The backs had a tough first half in the cold frosted covered area of the field. The ice was still fresh on the ground and trying to stay warm was extremely hard.
By half time Castletroy were 1-11 and Spanish Hill were 0-01. After a quick and well deserved break and a great pep talk from Ms. O’Shea and Ms. Madigan, we went back onto the field for what could be the hardest 30 minutes that we would go through. Even though we were well ahead we went back out knowing well that Spanish Point would do anything to come back and win the match. Castletroy had the hill in the second half so if Spanish Point had any hope of beating us they really had to put their heads down and give everything.
We started the second half the way we started the match, playing as a team, using each other, calling and most importantly not giving out to each other. We scored 2 quick goals and a point.
Spanish Point were working very hard to get the ball back up the field and tried their very best to get goals. Luckily for us we had an amazing back line that fought hard to keep the ball out and succeeded.
Players played their hearts out and got substituted for players with the same enthusiasm to win and for the length they played they gave everything they had. Spanish Point got a late goal to boost their confidence a bit but unfortunately it was a bit too late into the game.
When the final 60 minutes was up and the referee blew the whistle, Castletroy College were the winners with a score of 5-13 to 1-03. We may have won this match and yes we were very, very happy but we still have a semi-final to prepare for and must remain focused.

Disappointment in the Harty Cup

December 5, 2016 Featured, News Comments Off on Disappointment in the Harty Cup
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Dr Harty Cup Last Sixteen
Nenagh CBS 1-20  Castletroy College, Limerick 1-13

Nenagh CBS progressed to the last eight of the Dr Harty Cup, but only after a tense contest with Castletroy College which got needlessly complicated. Entering the final quarter of this last sixteen clash Nenagh CBS trailed Castletroy College by a point (0-14 to 1-12) despite looking the more accomplished outfit in Newport. However, Nenagh CBS saw out the game well and won the remainder of this contest with seven to spare.

The Nenagh CBS management team will be concerned to see their side concede 22 frees while getting the side settled before the quarter-finals on January 11th must surely be a priority.

FIRST HALF

Nenagh CBS started well with points from Jake Morris and Mark Daniels (free) forcing them two clear before Mark O’Dwyer, an unerring free taker who fired over 12 placed balls in all on Wednesday afternoon, hit back for Castletroy. The sides traded placed balls thereafter before points from Jake Morris (two placed balls) and Jerome Cahill helped the Tipperary lads into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead by the 13th minute. Indeed, Nenagh CBS could have enjoyed a much more significant advantage, but Castletroy ‘keeper Pádraig Harnett saved well from Craig Morgan in the 11th minute.

O’Dwyer responded with a free for Castletroy, but Nenagh CBS were more than comfortable and added points which came courtesy of Stephen Kirwan, Jake Morris (free) and Billy Seymour to lead by six (0-9 to 0-3) as early as the 18th minute. Two O’Dwyer frees reduced the Nenagh CBS lead a little, but Craig Morgan soon fired over a point in response. Morgan missed a trick, however, as Eoin Power had made a clever supporting run and a goal chance was duly spurned.

Conor Nicholas plundered Castletroy College’s one and only point from play in the 25th minute to leave four between the sides and although a Bryan McLoughney free helped Nenagh CBS toward a 0-11 to 0-6 lead the Limerick lads closed out the half in encouraging fashion. Another O’Dwyer free reduced the deficit by one before Brian Garry set up Darren Coughlan for a smashing left-hand finish on the stroke of half-time and the sides retired with the minimum between them (0-11 to 1-7).

SECOND HALF

Nenagh re-structured their side at the break and a series of switches yielded a neat dividend when CBS surged four clear thanks to efforts from Bryan McLoughney (two, one free) and Jake Morris (free) to lead 0-14 to 1-7 by the 33rd minute. Just then, however, Nenagh CBS lost their way and Castletroy fired over five consecutive frees to force and enjoyed a 1-12 to 0-14 advantage entering the final quarter.

Bryan McLoughney steadied Nenagh CBS with a converted free before Ruairí Maher set up Conor McCarthy for a smashing point in the 48th minute. Billy Seymour and Stephen Kirwan worked hard to create a goal-scoring opportunity for Robbie Quirke with ten minutes to play, but Pádraig Harnett saved smartly, once more.

Jake Morris converted the resultant ’65 before Ruairí Maher landed two beauties (one off either hand) to present Nenagh CBS with a 0-19 to 1-12 lead. O’Dwyer hit back with a free for Castletroy, but Nenagh CBS’ Conor McCarthy broke the back of the Limerick challenge in the 54th when he raced through, shortened cleverly and finished well off his right.

A Jake Morris free brought the scoring to a conclusion from a Nenagh CBS point of view while Castletroy busied themselves with a late assault on Barry Hogan’s goal which was, to be fair, ably managed by the Kiladangan man.

 

Nenagh CBS: Barry Hogan (Kiladangan), Darragh Molloy (Kiladangan), Conor O’Brien (Portroe), Jack Maloney (Portroe), Mark O’Neill (Kilruane MacDonagh’s), Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg, 0-8, 0-4 frees, 0-3 ‘65s), Ciarán Kelly (Kiladangan), Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonagh’s, 0-1), Stephen Kirwan (Burgess, 0-1), Billy Seymour (Kiladangan, 0-1), Mark Daniels (Silvermines, 0-1, 0-1 frees), Ruairí Maher (Silvermines, 0-2), Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonagh’s, 0-1), Eoin Power (Silvermines), Bryan McLoughney (Kiladangan, 0-4, 0-3 frees). Subs: (HT) Conor McCarthy (Nenagh Éire Óg, 1-1) for Mark Daniels, (HT) Robbie Quirke (Cappawhite) for Ciarán Kelly, (46th) Kevin McCarthy (Toomevara) for Eoin Power, (57th) Aidan O’Flaherty (Burgess) for Bryan McLoughney.

Castletroy College, Limerick: Pádraig Harnett, Ian Campbell, Ciarán Barry, Niall O’Brien, Dion Lynch, David Moloney, Andy Rowsome, Conor Nicholas (0-1), Daniel Minehan, Ronan Reale, Brian Garry, Paul Power, Darren Coughlan (1-0), Mark O’Dwyer (0-12, 0-12 frees), Dara Cullimore. Subs: (37th) Diarmuid Hegarty for Andy Rowsome, (56th) John Hickey for Dion Lynch.

Referee: Jim Lees (Tipperary).

Sean Fitzgerald is going to Brussels!

December 5, 2016 Featured, News Comments Off on Sean Fitzgerald is going to Brussels!
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A huge congratulations goes to Transition Year student Sean Fitzgerald. Sean was one of the successful winners of the essay writing competition which was submitted to Sean Kelly MEP in September 2016. Sean has been invited to join the MEP’s in Brussels as a part of Meet Your MEP Programme. He will experience the workings of the EU. Sean will follow an agenda  which includes meetings and tours in the European Parliament and the European Commission, free time in Brussels (including the famous Christmas Markets), and the visit to the Atomium and Mini-Europe.

Well done Sean!

Plúirín Sneachta agus na seacht habhaic le Fionn 4

December 2, 2016 Arts, Extra Curricular, Featured, Transition Year Comments Off on Plúirín Sneachta agus na seacht habhaic le Fionn 4
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An tseachtain seo caite chuireamar an dráma “Plúirín Sneachta agus na seacht habhaic” ar siúl do dhaltaí ón gcéad bhliain, chun spraoi a bheith againn trí mheán na Gaeilge.  Rinneamar obair na gcapall roimh ré. Rinneamar na cultacha bréige muid féin sa rang ealaíne chomh maith.  Bhí an dráma an-ghreannmhar and bhaineamar an-taitneamh go deo as an lá.  Fiú an tUasal ó Coileán, bhí sé ag gáire gan stad gan staonadh!

Cricket Ireland Women in Sport Initiative with First Year Girls

December 1, 2016 Extra Curricular, Featured, Hockey, News Comments Off on Cricket Ireland Women in Sport Initiative with First Year Girls
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Castletroy College 1st year girls were history makers recently when they took part in the first-ever Munster region all-girls secondary school cricket tournament for the inaugural Philippa Guinness Trophy. 120+ first year girls from Castletroy College and Laurel Hill Colaiste braved a very cold Limerick morning to showcase the skills they have developed during coaching sessions from Cricket Ireland’s Regional Development Officer for Munster, Jim Doran.  The event, which attracted interest from Cricket Ireland International players, Ciara Metcalfe and Isobel Joyce, saw Laurel Hill Colaiste take the trophy after 8 hard fought matches between the school teams.  The Castletroy girls can be justifiably proud of their efforts as they were only a handful of runs short of taking the trophy themselves. They’ll get the chance to turn the tables on Laurel Hill Colaiste with the next running of the tournament for the Philippa Guinness trophy scheduled for the 2017 summer term.
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TY Debating Team

November 22, 2016 Featured, News Comments Off on TY Debating Team
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Castletroy TY students are involved in the Concern debates this year. The Concern debates teach students how to propose formal arguments in a structured manner. Debating enables students to be more confident in their writing skills.

Team roles include a captain to lead  the team, 3 further members and an additional time keeper / bell person.

In the first round of the debates we confronted Laurel Hill F.J which took place in Castletroy College on the 10th of November. We proposed the debate topic ‘France should allow religious symbols in public institutions’. We put up a tremendous battle working relentlessly, against the Laurel Hill 5th years but unfortunately we did not win this round. We have gained  great experience from the event however.

In our next challenge, we will take on Coláiste Nano Nagle, opposing the motion that “Europe is failing Africa”.

On Tuesday the 18th of October, Castletroy TY students  and Mrs. Brennan participated in the Concern Debate Workshop which was held in the Limerick Pastoral Centre.

The Concern Debating workshop was led by Sarah Ryan who demonstrated the basics  skills of debating. Sarah illustrated key debating  points through presentation and practice. Students participated in mock debates including controversial topics to get them thinking on their feet and to get a feel for a real debate.

We would like to thank Sarah Ryan from Concern for organising this workshop and Mrs. Brennan for accompanying us to this workshop.

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School Calendar 2016-17

FIRST TERM
First Day of Term Monday, 29th August, 2016
Mid-Term Break Monday, 31st October – Friday, 4th November, 2016
Term Ends Thursday, 22nd December, 2016
SECOND TERM
School Re-Opening Monday, 9th January, 2017
Mid-Term Break Monday, 20th February, 2017 – Friday, 24th February, 2017
Bank Holiday Friday, 17th March, 2017
Easter Holidays Monday 10th April, 2017 – Friday 21st April, 2017
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GECAS TY Aviation Academy Review Here’s a day by day review of what students attending the GECAS TY Aviation Academy completed throughout the week. Monday 14th November: On Monday morning we were introduced to the world of Aviation and learned about how aircraft fly. We learned about the four forces …

Interschool’s show jumping

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Two teams travelled to the Ennis showgrounds in October to compete in the schools league. Many thanks to Aisling Carmody 5th yr for helping to organise the entries. Well done to the senior team who were 2nd and were delighted with their rosettes and prizes. The junior team narrowly missed …

Great win puts Ladies football into Munster Semi Final

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On Thursday the 1st of December, we traveled to Ennis to compete in a fierce contest that would leave one team in a Munster semi-final. We knew from the beginning that playing Spanish Point would be a very tough game and we would need every one of the fifteen players …