22nd November 2018
Roscommon Community College concluded their Senior Emerging League pool with a well-deserved victory over Clarin College Athenry on Wednesday last, November 14 at a windswept Creggs. Despite playing into a massive breeze, RCC dominated the first half and had they been more accurate, could have been out of sight by half time. Strong, driving forward play by Eoin McDonnell, Adam Donnelly, Ciaran Corcoran and Luca Stratford forced Clarin to defend for most of the half but RCC had only a 5-0 lead at the break courtesy of an Adam Donnelly try from close range.
A similar pattern emerged for almost the duration of the second half and RCC only added three further points through a Matthew Ryan penalty. At 8-0, RCC were vulnerable and in the final minutes, Clarin’s centre intercepted a loose RCC pass and cantered under the posts for a try which was converted leaving the score 8-7 in favour of RCC. With the game in the balance, RCC felt the pressure but showed good defensive composure. In the final minute, out half Ben Finnerty kicked to the open field where a flying Fabio Oliveira latched on to a perfect bounce to outsprint all defenders. Ryan converted for a 15-7 scoreline and RCC were worthy but relieved winners.
RCC: Diarmuid Treacy, Dean Conlon, Adam Bracken, Erin Coyne, Kyle Kelly, Ben Finnerty, Eoghan Farrell, Ciaran Corcoran, Tiernan O’Sullivan, Adam Donnelly, Dylan Geraghty (c), Eoin McDonnell, Darragh O’Sullivan, Diarmuid Quinn and Luca Stratford.
Subs used: Matthew Ryan, Liam Egan, Fabio Oliveira
22nd November 2018
A determined RCC side faced a long journey to Sligo’s Colaiste Iascaigh in a bid to be in with a chance to top their group and advance to the Connacht semi-finals. Roscommon Community College were definite underdogs for this game as Colaiste Iascaigh had already beaten Castlerea Community School who beat RCC previously. A mammoth task lay ahead but the girls were focused and knew it was all to play for.
Colaiste Iascaigh were first out of the traps with a goal almost immediately but RCC held their composure and responded with an equally impressive goal by Siobhan Tracey. Points were exchanged between the teams with Tia Cronin and Aoife Campbell making the scoreboard. There really was nothing between these evenly match teams. Just before half time Tia Cronin found the net to put RCC ahead 2-2 to 1-3.
The second half again certainly did not disappoint. Iascaigh opened up with a point but RCC replied with some great interlinking play setting Méabh Hickey up to hit a fine score. RCC really increased their work rate contesting every ball that came their way. Super defending by the solid backs made it very difficult for Iascaigh to get a score. The last ten minutes were truly nail-biting with just a point separating the teams. Again there was immense pressure on RCC’s defence and in particular goalie Shannon Carter which they handled with ease. Some good support play created vital scores by Rachel Tarmey and Ellie Lohan ensuring RCC secured the much needed win with no answer from the Sligo side.
A super performance from the girls, sheer grit and determination was evident from the very beginning. Once they took the lead there was no looking back. Well done!
22nd November 2018
On Wednesday the 14th of November as part of Science Week, the 5th year students visited the County Library for a science demonstration by Ian B Dunne. Ian is a science showman and educator who performed science tricks and magic to help our students see fun in the world of science around us. A very enjoyable morning for all.
22nd November 2018
Our TY students kindly helped to organise the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal this year. Pictured is a selection of the many boxes collected for this worthy cause. A simple variety of gifts in a wrapped shoebox can provide such delight to children in impoverished countries across the world. Thanks to Ms.Kerrane and Ms.Shanley for coordinating this event.
15th November 2018
The 26th of November saw over sixty Transition Year students travel to Meath to Causey Farm, most famously known as Farmaphobia. On the day the students were exposed to the wonders of farm life through baking and animal interaction, as well as being given a little spook and not to mention a lovely experience in a bog!
On arrival, the students tried their hands at baking brown bread with minimal, mostly locally produced, ingredients. In pairs, using only flour, eggs, baking powder, salt and buttermilk, the students followed the instructions of their leader and worked together to produce a loaf of bread that would later be baked and hopefully eaten!
After baking, the students then met the animals on the farm, from sheep, to cattle, to pups, geese and sows, the students were allowed to get up close and personal with their magnificent creatures. Some of the students even attempted to milk a cow for the very first time, while others were too hypnotised by the adorable sheepdog puppies to try any new experiences.
Next up the students were then given the fright of their lives! They experienced some of the Farmaphobia events as they were requested to go through the ‘House of Dolls’ Haunted House, trying to make their way out…alive! It was an experience that terrified some and pushed others to the limit. While all students enjoyed the petrifying experience, there are some who will be hoping to forget it so that they can sleep easy! After they had recovered from their fright, the students then had lunch.
After the students filled their stomachs, they then were brought to the bog, in a cattle cart, by a tractor, where they experienced bog jumping. The students partook in the activity where they dived, jumped and even cannonballed into the bog. Being in a world where children are obsessed with technology and on their phones 24-7, it was very pleasing to see students have such enjoyment from something to natural and simple.
Finally, the students cleaned themselves up and were given hot tea to have with the brown bread that they made earlier to finish up a thoroughly entertaining day filled with fun, amusement and laughter.
TY students Ben Finnerty, Aaron O'Toole and Keelan Murray petting the farm dogs.
Transition Year students having fun on the farm meeting Causey Farm's Sow, Georigia.