28th February 2019

Our Ladies Junior Volleyball team had their first outing last week as they travelled to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Roscommon where they faced two Convent teams and one Ballinasloe team in the hopes of progressing to the next stage of the competition. This was a new experience for many members of the team as it is predominately made up first year students. 

Up first, the girls played the Convent’s Blue Team. Our girls had a rocky start, nerves played a big part as they quickly found themselves 20-4 down in the first set. It took our girls sometime to settle but as soon as they did, the battle began with our ladies fighting back, one point at a time. Unfortunately, for our girls, despite their best efforts, the Convent girls had gained too much of a lead and the set ended with the all-girls school winning 25-12.  

While most have only taken up the sport since January, as the girls became more comfortable, they showed off their great digging and volleying skills, as well as their excellent teamwork.  From the first whistle our girls battled against our opponents for every point. Having found their feet, the RCC ladies were determined to redeem themselves in the second set. Our girls soon found themselves ahead and finished the game on a score line of 25-17. A tie breaker to 15 was to decide who would get the points for the match. Sadly, for our girls the tie breaker did not go our way. Having delivered some excellent serves across the net, the Convent girls soon took the lead and kept it for the remainder of the final game. In the end, they took the points after winning 15-5.  

Next up the girls faced the Convent’s Red Team. With the top two teams of the day progressing to the next round our RCC ladies knew they must win their next game. It appears the Convent girls were just too strong for our ladies and we couldn’t seem to edge ahead despite a very close match. 

After being defeated by the Convent girls 25-14 and 25-20, the last game of the day took place. Here our RCC ladies played Ballinasloe. Although the girls were aware that they could no longer progress to the next round, our girls battled to the very end. In the final game they were as determined and enthusiastic as they had been at the start of the day. Regardless of the fact Ballinasloe received the points for the game, the girls have gained the much-needed experience to learn for next year’s competition. Volleyball can be a very intimidating and overwhelming sport when there are only six people on each side of the court. This experience will greatly benefit all the players as they got to experience first-hand how a volleyball competition is ran and the procedures that need to be followed both before, during and after a game.    

Thank you to Sarah Farragher for hosting the event and the referees and lines people from both RCC and Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál. The very best of luck to both teams who progress to the next stage of the competition.  

Team (as per photo): 

Back row (L-R): Aoibhinn Murray, Rachael Trimble, Lyndsey Gibbons, Mia Kilcline, Eimear O’Connor, Mairéad Lohan, Grace Dwyer, Siafra Finneran, Katelyn Lynch 


Front row (L-R): Rachel Fallon, Bridget Hoare, Heather O’Sullivan, Julia Lipka, Julia Papuga, Andrea Fallon and Kayleigh Foxe. 



28th February 2019

'Fertility Shock', a documentary discussing issues affecting fertility, will air on Monday, March 11th @ 21.35 on RTÉ 1. This documentary features past and current pupils of Roscommon Community College and their discussion of issues affecting fertility. 




28th February 2019

We extend a very warm welcome back to all staff and students after Mid-Term. We would like to wish all of our students the very best of luck in the coming weeks, particularly our examination years as they complete courses and project work. 


14th February 2019

At the 53rd BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (2017) Conor Lavin, Michael Egan and Simon Leonard, now past pupils of Roscommon Community College, presented a study entitled ‘Insight from a New Generation – Fertility Issues’. The aim of their study was to examine students and adults awareness of factors that affect fertility and infertility.

The boys’ idea for their project stemmed from a documentary aired on TV 3 exploring Ireland’s IVF couples and from this their research question evolved. This motivated their research project and they became extremely interested in the topic that they had not really given much consideration to before.

The boys, under the supervision of their teacher Dr. Joanne Shea designed a questionnaire with 32 questions, spanning two sections: awareness of infertility and problems associated with it; and knowledge of reproductive science. This questionnaire was handed out to TY, fifth and sixth year students, teachers and GPs, to distribute to their patients. In total they had 106 responses to the survey.

The research findings triggered much discussion among the school environment and the boys concluded that in the near future, they would like to see this topic being introduced into secondary schools, possibly as a topic in SPHE, or even Junior Certificate science. Since the completion of the project the students and their teacher have actively engaged in increasing the awareness of young peoples’ knowledge and understanding issues affecting fertility through the development of TY workshops and information sheets.

As a result of this promotion RTÉ contacted Dr. Shea last summer inviting the students and the school to participate in an upcoming documentary titled “Fertility Shock”. In September of this year RTÉ visited Roscommon Community College to interview and film Conor, Michael and Simon present a workshop to current TY students along with their teacher Dr. Shea. This documentary will be aired on Monday, March 4th at 21.35 p.m.

Many thanks are extended to Dr. Shea for her help and support throughout the development of this much valued research project. We hope you can all take the time to watch this extremely interesting and timely documentary in early March.

Dr Shea with Conor, Michael and Simon following their invited visit to Repromed in Dublin


Dearbhail McDonald (author and presenter of Fertility Shock) discussing issues affecting fertility with some TY students following the workshop.



14th February 2019

Congratulations to Roscommon Community College Art students, Cian Campbell, Zara Grehan and Riesse Donlon on receiving a ‘SILVER TICKET’ in the BOI Junk Kouture fashion competition. Their spectacular creation is made from recycled materials and titled ‘Brave in Hides.’ The very best of luck in the Regional finals. Voting commences on Monday the 18th February. Please support!

Cian Campbell, Zara Grehan and Riesse Donlon receiving a ‘SILVER TICKET’ in the BOI Junk Kouture fashion competition for their spectacular creation.