13th December 2018
On the 4th December, the Ladies Senior Volleyball travelled to Loughrea to compete in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. They faced Mercy College Tuam, St. Brigid’s Loughrea and Scoil Chriost Ri Laois, with only the top team progressing to the All-Ireland Final.
First up the girls played Tuam who were a very skillful and talented team. While the girls had a nervous start, and found themselves 12-6 down within minutes, they soon settled in and realised that they were not willing to let this opportunity go. It was soon 22 points apiece, both teams just as determined to take the first set as the other. Both teams displayed great skills and ability, however, despite their best efforts to get the win, our girls suffered a 25-22 defeat.
The girls knew the next set was important, with only one team progressing to the All-Ireland Final, it was do or die. It appeared that the initial defeat affected the girls as they began the second set how they had started the first game. Tuam, on the other hand, seemed to strive at the win, as our ladies soon found themselves 10-5 down! After a quick time-out and some encouragement, our girls decided that they were going to bring all they could to get the game back on side and that they did. With superb serving and excellent communication skills, the game was again tied at 22 all. RCC were the first to make their mark to 23, however, that is as far as they got. As a result of some fortunate serving for Tuam and unfortunate shots from RCC, our ladies were defeated 25-23. The girls knew what the defeat had cost them, a spot in the All-Ireland Final. They knew their chances of making it through were slim for the rest of the day and this was reflected in their performance against Loughrea and Laois. Despite having competed so well against Tuam, the girls’ confidence appeared to dwindle, and their performance deteriorated as a result. They lost to Loughrea on a score line of 25-17, 25-22 and suffered defeat to Laois also, 25-23, 25-22.
Overall it was a disappointing day for the RCC ladies as they didn’t perform to their full potential and the question will be, if they had, what could have happened? The girls have trained diligently since returning in September and while things didn’t go their way on the day, there is no doubt that they will be back again in 2019 in the hopes of making it one step further. Well done on a great year girls.
Back Row (L-R) Shannon Carter, Riesse Donlon, Rachael Tarmey, Tia Cronin, Yasmin Cunningham, Front Row (L-R)Lauryn Flaherty, Ina Van Opstal, Chloe Fallon, Gabriela Papuga.
13th December 2018
Well done to our Transition Year team, Jack Mannion, Ben Finnerty, Darragh O’Sullivan and Jack Cronin who came second in the Roscommon County Post Primary School’s ‘Battle of the Wits’ general knowledge competition held in Roscommon Library. Our students qualified for the National Finals which were held in Athlone, in the Civic Offices. Despite the standard being extremely high, our students performed very well and came 6th out of a total of 16 schools. Well done to all. Our students are pictured with Melissa McIntyre of Roscommon County Council Library Services.
13th December 2018
We travelled to Ahascragh to hurl Clarin College on Monday 26th November. The game itself was an excellent advertisement for hurling in the West. It was a free flowing, hard fought game played in the right spirit. We didn’t get the result we wanted but our school is very proud of the performance of our senior hurlers.
Both teams started well and it was nip and tuck at 0-5 each after twenty minutes. However, Clarin College capitalised on some poor defending and five minutes later were up by two goals. An excellent goal by Sean Trundle on the stroke of half time got us back into the game and the half finished 2-06 to 1-06. Athenry got the start to the second half that they wished for and after ten minutes were 5 points ahead. The game looked to be slipping away but our full forward line dragged us back into the game with Adam Donnelly scoring two goals in quick succession to put us one up. Both teams traded points but we were guilty of not putting the game to bed as we missed several chances. A Trundle goal looked to have put us five ahead at full time but the referee controversially pulled him for steps. Athenry went back up the field to score the winning point. We had some excellent performances on the day. In defence, our goalkeeper Patrick Fallon; full back line of Enda Clogher, Dean Conlon and Oisin Farrell and a half back line of Seamus Lynch, Diarmaid Treacy and Darragh Finneran, who were so solid throughout. Michael Lohan, Kyle Kelly, Ryan Conlon and Sean Trundle got some excellent scores.
13th December 2018
On an unusually bright and sunny day the following week, Monday 3rd December we hurled Ballygar in RCC Park. This was another excellent game of high standard hurling for the time of year. Both teams battled furiously from start to finish and it looked like RCC would take the points only for Ballygar to score two goals in injury time. Our players were devastated having come so close to beating one of the favourites to go to the semi-finals. However, the level of performance, courage, skill and commitment shown by our players consoled us in the aftermath.
Darragh O’Sullivan came back into the side after missing the Athenry game due to injury. Ballygar dominated large parts of that first half but our players never gave up. With Half Time looming, we were six points down but Liam Egan finished a great move to the net to leave just three points between the teams, 1-06 to 2-06. We hurled excellently in that second half with our half back line of Seamus Lynch, Diarmaid Treacy and Darragh Finneran completely dominant. Michael Lohan, Kyle Kelly and Ryan Conlon were keeping us ahead with excellent points and a shock looked to be on the cards. However, it wasn’t to be and Ballygar finished much stronger. For the second week in a row our players turned in a commendable performance and did their clubs and schools very proud.
RCC Senior hurling boys panel; Paddy Fallon, Cian O’Brien, Enda Clogher, Oisin Farrell, Dean Conlon, Seamus Lynch (Captain), Diarmaid Treacy, Darragh Finneran, Trevor Fallon, Darragh O’Sullivan, Michael Lohan, Ryan Conlon. Kyle Kelly, Adam Donnelly, Liam Egan, Cormac Lavin, Keelan Morris, Michael Staunton, Eoghan Farrell, Jack Coyle, James Mannion, Keelan Gallagher, Sean Trundle, John Cunniffe.
6th December 2018
Students from both 3rd and 5th year at Roscommon Community College enjoyed a visit to Dublin on Tuesday last, November 27th , where they spent time at the French Cultural Centre and toured the Houses of the Oireachtas. For the 3rd year group the tour of Leinster House, kindly organised by Deputy Denis Naughten is fundamental to their Junior Cert CSPE project next June. The group were ushered to the visitor’s gallery where they watched Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, take Leader’s Questions, a Dáil set-piece which occurs every Tuesday afternoon. When this concluded the party were taken to the visitor’s gallery at Seanad Éireann which is currently sitting in part of the National Museum as refurbishments continue at Leinster House. The ushers who accompanied the group informed the students of the history of Leinster House and spoke about some of the dominant personalities which adorn the walls of the corridors. A number of 5th years who had completed the French Cultural Workshop also joined the party for the Dáil and Seanad visit. Deputy Naughten took a number of questions on the corridors and was joined by current Education Minister, Joe McHugh. Minister McHugh kindly stopped to take questions for up to ten minutes and was impressed by some of the questioning which emanated from the 5th year Politics and Society class. Perhaps some politicians of the future were among the RCC group. A special thanks to Deputy Denis Naughten for coordinating the event.