Roscommon Community College’s junior rugby team completed their league programme with a narrow 14-7 defeat to Garbally College Ballinasloe on Friday, October 28 in Creggs. Despite the misty conditions, both teams endeavoured to play positive attacking rugby and it was evident from the early stages that the teams were evenly matched which made for a close game. RCC suffered a blow midway through the first half when full back Adam Arnold was concussed and was replaced by Maks Andrijanous. In the slippery conditions neither team troubled the scoreboard despite their best intentions. Early in the second half Garbally scored a try to the right of the posts which was converted to form a 7-0 lead. This seemed to energise RCC and a fine back movement saw left wing Erin Coyne score a brilliant try in the corner. Aaron Hannon expertly converted with a tremendous kick and at 7-7 the game was there for the taking. RCC raised their game and went close on a number of occasions with the best chance falling to outhalf Sean Trundle. The greater experience of Garbally proved telling and they were able to capitalise on some good possession close to the RCC line. From this position they scored a second try and decisive try which was converted for a 14-7 lead. RCC rallied and Erin Coyne had a try disallowed. The game concluded shortly afterwards and Garbally held out for a 14-7 win.

Roscommon Community College: Adam Arnold, Ben Finnerty, Tiernan O’Sullivan, Darren Meares, Erin Coyne, Sean Trundle, Eoghan Farrell, Aaron Hannon, Liam Egan, Louis McCaffrey, John Mannion, Keelan Morris, Luca Stratford, Adam Bracken (c), Nathan Sweeney.

Subs Used: Maks Andrijanous for Adam Arnold, Adam Donnelly for Nathan Sweeney and Dara Finneran for Aaron Hannon.

 

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Our Junior Gaelic footballers encountered their first defeat of the season in a very wet Lough Allen on Tuesday. Our lads got out of the blocks early with goals from Aaron Hannon and Gareth Delaney. With the aid of a very strong first half breeze RCC led by an amazing eleven points at the break. They played some great football in the first half but should have been far more ahead only from some quality goalkeeping and some wrong decision making in the final third of the pitch.

After losing a few key players at half-time due to injury, Lough Allen began to slowly chip away at RCC’s lead. The crucial scores were two green flags Lough Allen raised in the second half. Although our lads fought bravely they just struggled with the worsening elements in the latter stages of the game. Lough Allen finished the game with a two point victory.

While it was a disappointing day, it is a great lesson for our RCC lads. They will have to learn how to finish off games when they have teams on the ropes. Despite the result, RCC had some excellent tactical play and look forward to our next game. 

What would you choose to do for the ultimate dare, if you knew that what you were doing was the definitive way to show you care? To show you care for people battling cancer? To show you care for cancer carers? To show you care for those going through the most difficult time of their life?

At Roscommon Community College, our Transition Year students recently pushed themselves to their limits, as they took on the challenge of climbing Croagh Patrick. Participating in the “Dare to Care” campaign, in conjunction with Today FM, the students initiated a fundraising drive as they chose to support the work of the Irish Cancer Society.

On a chilly Monday in October, a group of exuberant TY students boarded the bus at Roscommon Community College, united in their goal to ascend the austere slopes of Croagh Patrick. A key objective for the students was to gather as much crucial funding as possible for the Irish Cancer Society. Fortunately, the weather was clear and dry on the day, assuring a pristine view of the panoramic sweep of Clew Bay. Such scenic views proved to be a welcome distraction from the arduous nature of the ascent, as together the students good-naturedly scaled the craggy mountain. Upon reaching the summit however, a dense and heavy fog enveloped them and visibility was reduced to a few yards, highlighting for our students the risks associated with their gruelling task. For most of our intrepid trekkers, it was their first time to climb Croagh Patrick. A great sense of accomplishment prevailed when each and every student reached the top of the sacred mountain. A truly marvellous feat of determination and fortitude! As often proves to be the case on Croagh Patrick, the descent proved more strenuous for many of our students. It was then that their sense of camaraderie was most evident, as they summoned all of their energy to help each other get to the foot of the mountain. Congratulations to each and every student on their achievement, together with their teachers Ms. Farrell, Ms. Shea and Mr. Devaney for their support and encouragement.

Just last week, the Transition Year students were delighted to bring the final stage of their project to fruition as they presented a cheque for €1250 to Lorraine Toner of the Irish Cancer Society. During Lorraine’s address to our students, she outlined the invaluable work carried out daily by the organisation in providing support to patients and families affected by cancer. Lorraine explained that the work of the Irish Cancer Society is non-government funded and she expressed her gratitude to the group for their contribution. Giving our students a choice as to where they would like their hard earned funds to go within the Irish Cancer Society, Lorraine outlined to them the different options available. These options included Research, Palliative Care, Night Nurse Provision, or Volunteer Driver Services, to name but a few. Our students collectively decided that the money raised by Roscommon Community College would go towards research conducted by the Irish Cancer Society. Students are pleased to think that their contribution might assist as medical researchers move closer to finding a cure for a disease that has the potential to affect 1 out of every 3 people in Ireland during their lifetime. Other shocking statistics revealed by Lorraine included the fact that in Ireland an average of 30,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. Students went on to learn that this number is expected to rise to over 40,000 per year by 2020. 

We at Roscommon Community College are proud to support the work of the Irish Cancer Society and we are glad to assist in funding cancer researchers, as they work tirelessly to find better ways to diagnose and treat cancer. We are proud to do it so that people affected by cancer have the best care and support. We do it in the hope of a future without cancer.

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Transition Year Students present €1250 to Lorraine Toner of the Irish Cancer Society.

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Any Clew where the top is?

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Students prepare for the ascent of Croagh Patrick

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The Transition Year students at the summit of Croagh Patrick

Our third year volleyball girls made history last week as they were the first ever RCC team to represent the school at Cadette level. They travelled to Strokestown on the 24th of October in the hopes of placing in the top two as these would progress the next round.

On the day the girls showed great ability and talent. The group had come so far since last year, mastering skills that they struggled to execute, such as the ‘dig’ and ‘spike.’ The day was full of highs and lows. The team had comfortable wins against one out of the two Strokestown teams and likewise, against one of the teams from Mercy Tuam. However, unfortunately due to a loss in the tie breaker against Strokestown’s other team and Mercy Tuam, our girls placed third, meaning they were only one position off qualifying for the next round.

While their Cadette year may be over, there are so many positives to take from this experience. Witnessing how much these girls have developed, in skill and teamwork, it is clear this team has potential. The girls fought to the bitter end, even coming back from a 7-17 deficit in one game, to win 25-24. Overall, most girls will be eligible to play again next year where hopefully they have improved even more and be sure that they not only make it to the top two but be number one!

A very well done to all players. You all showed great passion and determination and did your school very proud.

Team Photo:

Back row: Nicole Neary, Ana Loureno, Shannon Carter, Sophia Ivanenko, Gabriela Papuga, Laura Leonard and Tara Hegarty.

Front row: Maebh Hickey, Lauryn Flaherty, Rachael Tarmey, Roksana Ptak and Chloe Fallon. 

 

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With our growing number of ladies sports teams in our school, we are delighted to announce sponsorship from Pat Clancy and Gannon’s Furniture. Pat and Gannon’s have kindly sponsored us with two sets of jerseys. The school is very grateful to both parties for their generosity.

Pictured below is Pat Clancy and Jason Gannon, presenting students, Jade McCormack and Ellie Lohan, with the two new sets of jerseys that they kindly sponsored. 

 

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