29th November 2018
On Tuesday last Transition Year students took part in a very engaging day long work shop based on the Irish Law system in conjunction with the law module that they study in TY. Three barristers from the Public Access to Law Programme worked throughout the day with students to brief them on their rights and responsibilities as citizens of our country. They discussed and debated hypothetical and real cases in law and enjoyed a mock trial to finish up the day with students playing the parts of barristers, solicitors, witnesses, judges and members of the jury. It was a hugely enjoyable experience and students will have the opportunity later in the year to take part in a national competition in the Criminal Courts of Justice against other schools where they will carry out a mock trial. They will also pay a visit to the Criminal Courts of Justice and avail of the opportunity to visit real courts in session.
29th November 2018
R.C.C’s 1st Year Camogie team travelled to Killimordaly GAA Pitch, Galway on Thursday 25th October, to take part in a regional first year 7-a-side blitz organised by Connacht Camogie.On the day the girls played two group games against Gort Community School and St. Rapheal’s College, Loughrea. They were successful in both of these games, winning both convincingly for a finish with two determined, excellent team performances. This advanced R.C.C. to the Quarter finals of the tournament. In what was an extremely close Quarter Final meeting, our girls sadly lost out to Seamount College, Kinvara. They showed admirable heart, battling relentlessly to the end but just missed out by two points. The girls had an enjoyable day out and both players and coaches were very proud of their progress. The future is bright for R.C.C. camogie and their time will come! Thanks to Ms Spellman and Ms Conway for accompanying the girls on the day.
29th November 2018
Our 1st year footballers played Boyle recently. In a very high scoring game, two goals for Boyle, both in injury time proved the difference and left us feeling very deflated at the final whistle. A very slow start found us 3-03 to a 0-2 after 15 minutes. Our players through grit and determination fought their way back into the game and went in just two points down at half time after quick-fire goals from Dylan Treacy. The second half was tit for tat but it looked like we had done enough to take the points after Sean Allen had pulled off a great save from a penalty and Brian Keegan scored a last minute goal to put us one point to the good. But Boyle showed tremendous resilience with the final whistle looming they scored two goals in quick succession. It was a disappointing way to end the game but we had some excellent performances. Sean Allen was excellent in goals, Tommy Morris, Ryan Dowling and Isidro Ribas were excellent in defence, Conor Harris and Dean Mulligan tried hard in midfield with Kilan O’Brien and Dylan Treacy weighing in with some excellent scores.
22nd November 2018
The Ladies Senior Volleyballers travelled to Santa Sabina in Dublin on the 15th of November where they faced two teams from the Dublin school and one from Ballinasloe’s Árdscoil Mhuire. Only two teams out of the four could progress to the All-Ireland Semi Finals so it was going to be a long, tough day.
Up first, the RCC ladies faced their closest rivals, Ballinasloe. This, without a shadow of a doubt, was the match of the day. The girls found themselves in a battle from the get go. While it took our girls a while to settle, they soon caught up but despite their best efforts in the first set, they lost 25-21. The girls knew they had to get into it from the very beginning of the second game and that they did. What started as poor skill selection and mediocre communication, soon transformed into brilliant shots and excellent calling and support. They were almost a completely different team from their first game and showed just how far they had come since last year. The girls showed such determination, they were insistent on making it further on in the competition than last year. They forced a tie breaker after beating Ballinasloe in the second set 25-19. The girls had now the confidence and the belief to win, however, Ballinasloe were not giving in that easily and continued to battle. The tie breaker was a game that showed both teams incredible skills, with no team going ahead by any more than two points at a time. In the end, it was Ballinasloe who persevered and left our girls gutted on a score line of 15-13.
While the girls were left devastated by their defeat, they now had to make a decision, would they lie down and accept defeat, or would they fight and not give up? Thankfully, the girls maintained composure and continued to battle. It was the two Santa Sabina teams who suffered as a result of their initial defeat to Ballinasloe as unfortunately they were not strong enough for our determined ladies. They beat the first Dublin team 25-4, 25-10 and the second team, who had brought Ballinasloe to a tie-breaker, 25-11, 25-6.
The results meant that the RCC ladies placed second on the day and now progress to the All-Ireland Semi Finals which takes place over the coming weeks. Well done to all the girls who played out of their skin and the very best of luck in the next round.
22nd November 2018
A number of our students joined with thousands of others around the country last week in taking part in Gaeilge 24. The aim of this initiative is to promote Irish as a living language and students were challenged to use their cúpla focal at home, in school and in their community for 24 hours. Táimid fíor-bhródúil as na scoláirí uilig- maith sibh! All students who took part will receive a certificate of participation from Conradh na Gaeilge and will be entered into a draw in school to be in with a chance of winning one of five €300 Gaeltacht vouchers for Coláiste UISCE, Co. Maigh Eo.