ASTORA Women’s Health visited Roscommon Community College on the 20th of January as part of their ongoing Skills @ Work Programme where the students participated in a CV and interview workshop. The students attending were given a presentation by Human Resource Manager Shauna Ryan and her colleague Orlaith Martin. The workshop included a discussion on CV preparation and presentation and the students were given the opportunity to ask questions together with an opportunity to have their own CV’s reviewed and discussed how to prepare for an interview. This will be of great benefit to our student’s when they are applying for positions in the future and will especially help them prepare for their mock interviews which will take place in ASTORA Women’s Health on the 23rd February!!

Thank you Shauna and Orlaith for another very enjoyable and informative session from Ms. Carolan and all 5th Years involved!




Our Senior Football team was defeated by Elphin Community College on Wednesday last in Strokestown GAA club. Elphin proved to be very strong opposition and despite a gallant display by RCC and some periods of good play, they were sadly defeated. Elphin got off to a very strong start with some powerful running through the centre and RCC were, unfortunately, unable to claw back these vital scores. The team and management would like to thank Strokestown GAA for allowing us to use their facilities which were in pristine condition as ever. Best wishes to Elphin community College in the Connaught semi-final of the competition.

Roscommon Community College had the pleasure of welcoming students from Our Lady’s Secondary School Bower and from Meánscoil Muire gan Smál for an All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) workshop on Wednesday the 20th of January. These students worked with a group of our own students from First Year and Fourth Year, to complete AILO challenges, set by Dr. Emma Clarke of Trinity College Dublin. The workshop proved to be both educational and challenging.


Another fantastic exhibition of primary and second level students’ innovative projects in science, technology and mathematics took place at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS last week. The national event attracted students from 550 secondary schools around the country and attracted over 60,000 visitors. Nearly 1,200 students from across Ireland presented their projects ranging from farm safety to the factors affecting the birth of foals to Outdoor retro-reflective Christmas decoration. The event was officially opened by President Higgins where he stressed the importance of the students’ ground breaking research as they address issues relevant to today’s lives including climate change and mental health. He continued to acknowledge the students’ range of topics which represent their lateral thinking and creativity which again is an excellent skill generated and developed within the event.

Roscommon Community College were delighted to be represented by three students who are extremely interested in science and its applications to our lives. Michael Lough from Roscommon Community College was ‘highly commended’ for his project. Michael’s project was entitled ‘The Application of Digital Technologies to Enhance the Visitor Experience of Young People at Local Heritage Sites’. Michael used an app called Guidio which is an audio and visual guide, and created material using a variety of resources including books, DVD’s and information gathered from local Conservation Groups. The Guidio App is specifically targeted to younger users who can access the App through their mobile phones. This facility allows young outdoor enthusiasts to conduct self-guided tours and also incorporates a basic orienteering activity.

A second project was presented by two Transition Year students, Simon Leonard and Casey Kelly who entered in the intermediate section within the Social and Behavioural category. Their project received a lot of attention due to their interesting nature of their project which was titled “Is your personality written in the stars?” and investigated whether there was a relationship between a person’s date of birth and their personality. The study involved the use of an established personality test developed by Myres and Briggs where the students administered the test to second level students to determine if there were comparisons between the traits within individual star signs and personality tests.

The students had a wonderful week in the RDS meeting lots of interesting people, including VIP’s, media and BT judges. It was an experience of a lifetime and the students are already planning next year’s entry. Well done to all involved.



Transition Year Students Casey Kelly and Simon Leonard with their teacher Dr. Joanne Shea participating at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

Michael Lough was visited by Minister for State at Department of Foreign Affairs.

Second Year Student Michael Lough with his presentation poster at the national event.

RCC are once again participating in the First Lego League International competition. Over the last few months students have been designing, building and programming the Lego EV3 Mindstorms robot to preform missions on an obstacle table. Also, the team have been putting together a project, which this year’s theme is Trash Trek. The theme encourages the students have to come up with an idea to save the environment by dealing with how to reduce waste or recycle waste.

The big competition date is Saturday 30th January in the Radisson Hotel Galway City.

Best of luck to all students involved.



First Lego league team with their coordinator Debbie Merrigan (left) and teacher Rebecca Dobson (right)