Pictured above are some of the 250 strong dairy herd from Mountbellew Agricultural Science College enjoying their daily ration of silage. This picture was taken by Hannah-Ruth Halford on a recent visit to the college open day where our fifth and sixth year agricultural science students were given a tour of the college facilities.
Students at Roscommon Community College were delighted on Thursday 25th February when former Kilkenny hurler and sporting idol, Henry Shefflin visited the school. The record breaking 10 times All Ireland winner and multi decorated Hurling star visited on behalf of his employer, Bank of Ireland, and spoke for a short period about his role with the bank. Naturally, it was his encounters on the sporting field which most interested the students. Henry connected with all present when he shared tales of the challenges he faced as an underage player sitting on the bench having failed to make team selections. Henry emphasised the importance of personal perseverance in all areas of life. Henry’s parting advice to the students was never let failure halt future potential. Despite all of his success, it is obvious that Henry is extremely modest about his fame and achievements. He is a tremendous ambassador for both Bank of Ireland and the sport of hurling. He finished his visit by signing autographs and posing for photographs.
Roscommon Community College secured a very hard fought victory over Jesus and Mary Enniscrone at Creggs on Thursday, February 25th by 24 points to 21. Enniscrone began the brighter and went in for an early try which was converted for a 7-0 lead. Shortly afterwards a Daire Keenan penalty from 30 metres reduced the deficit to 7-3. RCC were slow to respond to Enniscrone pressure and a number of missed tackles allowed the bigger and more physical Enniscrone forwards to go over for another converted try to make it 14-3 to the away side. RCC raised their game and a break by no.8 Oisin Campbell brought play to the Enniscrone line. Further pressure yielded a penalty which Daire Keenan tapped quickly and went over under the posts to make it 10-14. Another bullocking run by Campbell saw prop Erik Matik pick up a dive over near the post which Keenan converted to make it 17-14 at half time to RCC.
The second half began brightly for the Roscommon outfit and had Enniscrone under early pressure. Diarmuid Treacy went close as did Erik Matik but Enniscrone lifted the siege. Simon Leonard and Captain Dylan Geraghty were disrupting Enniscrone lineouts and Aaron Hannon began to get on some ball. Enniscrone, with their bigger forwards gained a foothold which resulted in a penalty try after constant infringement close to the RCC line. The try was converted for a 21-17 lead approaching the last 10 minutes. A scrum on the Enniscrone 22 for RCC saw Campbell yet again set off on a powerful thrust and went over for the winning score which Keenan converted. Enniscrone came back at the Roscommon School and exerted massive pressure close to the RCC line. Heroic defending from Treacy, Jack Donnelly and Gareth Delaney helped to turn the tide and scrum half Eoghan Farrell fed Keenan who kicked deep to halfway to lift the siege. The final few minutes were played close to the Enniscrone line where RCC kept tackling until they heard the final whistle of referee Steve Gregory.
RCC: Gareth Delaney, Sean Trundle, Jack Donnelly, Conor Lavin, Diarmuid Treacy, Daire Keenan, Eoghan Farrell, Oisin Campbell, Simon Leonard, Aaron Hannon, Dylan Geraghty (c), Keelan Morris, Erik Matik, Adam Bracken, Luca Stratford.
Subs: Diarmuid Quinn for Erik Matik, John Cunniffe for Adam Bracken, Cormac Lavin, Evan Croghan, Keelan Gallagher
Congratulations to our RCC art students Orla Connelly, Simon Leonard and Conor Lavin who reached the Junk Kouture Western Regional finals. The dress titled ‘THE KNIT STITCH’ was selected to represent the school at the regional finals. Over 1100 dresses were submitted and this dress was one of the 320 desgins to make it to the regional finals. The three students spent a lot of time designing and working on the dress, using recycled and old wool donated from parents. The finished design required hours of knitting making their progress in the competition much deserved! Now it's time to really impress the judges with not only the design but with Orla’s performance on the catwalk! The regional final takes place in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar onWednesday March 9th 2016. The very best of luck to the whole team!
The two Roscommon Community College First Year Volleyball teams were out in action for the first round of the First Year Volleyball tournament. The girls were placed in separate groups with the top two teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
The day started off excellently with one of our teams topping their group comfortably beating two Drumshambo teams (Team 2 and 3) and Strokestown (Black Team). This meant that they progressed to semi-final stages of the day – top two teams going through to the National Finals.
RCC’s second team were very unfortunate in their bid to try and qualify for the semi-finals. They were narrowly defeated by Strokestown (Pick Team), 23-25, but showed they don’t give up easily by overcoming Drumshambo (Team 1), in a very tight and heart racing game, ending with a 25-24 victory for the RCC girls. Regrettably, the close loss against Strokestown would come back to haunt the girls, as they were defeated against Elphin Community College which meant the journey for these girls came to an unlucky end.
In order to be seeded number one in their group for the National Finals, the RCC team from group one had to defeat two Strokestown teams. While at times the Strokestown teams looked threatening, taking a lead in the final, the girls showed great determination and teamwork to come back and defeat Strokestown in an epic 25-24 game.
Well done to all girls involved, they did their school very proud and best of the luck to the girls who now progress to the National Finals being held in Limerick on the 11th of March.
Team 1: Caoimhe Leonard, Christine Baek, Emma Kenny, Zara Grehan, Eve Smyth and Michaela Burke.
Team 2: Shauna Clogher, Riesse Donlon, Jade McCormack, Tara Naughton, Ina Van Opstal and Ellie Lohan.