Congratulations to Ryan Conlon and Aoife Campbell, first year students, who qualified for the provincial cross county finals. The event takes place in Sligo on Tuesday next, 7th February. Best of luck to our two athletes.
Our second year volleyball team were very successful in their first outing of the junior volleyball competition last week. They travelled to Kiltimagh to face St. Louis Secondary School. In all, four teams took part – one from RCC and three from St. Louis. Despite only having one team, RCC’s experience and skill outshone the beginners of St. Louis. They showed the importance of teamwork, communication and support as they comprehensively won all three matches. All girls have shown much improvement since last year and it is hoped that this will benefit them greatly as they now progress to round 2 of the cup stages. Very well done to all players and the very best of luck in the next stage of the competition.
Back row (l-r): Ellie Lohan, Jade Mc Cormack, Shauna Clogher, Tara Naughton and Orla Bishop
Front row (l-r): Caoimhe Leonard, Riesse Donlon, Julia Kesek, Eve Smyth and Ina Van Opstal.
Our U/14 Ladies Gaelic Football team played their last group game in their championship this week. It was hoped to be a dramatic and tense game as we faced St. Nathy’s of Ballaghderreen, who we had met in November in a fantastic 60 minute encounter. Unfortunately for RCC, this was not to be repeated. With an unlucky loss of our goalie, Zara Grehan, due to injury, Caitlin Connolly and Rose Michaela Cunniffe sacrificed their corner back positions to take on the vital role for 30 minutes a piece.
Our girls started off extremely well with a four point to no score lead in the first ten minutes. It was after a goal from the skilful St. Nathy’s side that gave the opposition the confidence that our girls never seemed to gain. From that moment on, St. Nathy’s held the power and took control. A great performance from Ashling Treacy inspired our girls to continue to battle until the very end, however, St. Nathy’s lead kept growing and in the end they were comprehensive and well deserving winners.
Due to this result, it is unlikely that we will progress to the next round, however, it must be said that this team has shown such grit, determination and teamwork throughout the year that there is no doubt this team is one to watch for the future.
On Monday, January 30th and Tuesday January 31st, music students from Roscommon Community College travelled to the National Concert Hall in Dublin, to attend bespoke guides to works on the Junior and Leaving Certificate music syllabi. Students had the privilege of listening to the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Maloney and presented by internationally praised music educationalist Paul Rissmann, who engaged students from the outset.
For Leaving Certificate music students, the focus was a step by step guide to Tchaikovskys Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. For Junior Certificate students, the focus was on a selection of set and selected choice works/excerpts, including examples of theme and variations, film music and a concert overture. Paul Rissmann devises and presents orchestral concerts for many leading orchestras in Europe, America, Australia and the Middle East. His recent engagements have included concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic in Abu Dhabi, Valery Gergiev and the LSO in Trafalgar Square, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall and presenting a Young Peoples Concert with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall. Despite the early departure time of 7am, students found the trip highly beneficial in their preparation for the Junior and Leaving Certificate music exams.
Eiléan Ní Cuilleanáin, who has nine poems on the English course, spoke to students of Roscommon Community College last week, 30th January 2017. Eiléan, who lectures in Trinity College Dublin, read some of her works and answered the students' questions. As Eiléan is an academic and very much involved in education herself, she was very engaging with the students, and they found it a very insightful experience.
Ni Chuilleanáin has long been established as one of the leading Irish poets of her generation, and her appointment to the Ireland Chair of Poetry will be widely recognised as the fitting tribute to her achievement. Her sometimes elusive poems have an unmistakable beauty, elegance and grace that carries readers into their own special world of image and feeling. She moves at ease between Irish and European landscapes, between the material and the spiritual realms, unifying them by the force of her compelling imagination.
She has been an important advocate and spokesperson for poetry, both as an editor of the long-running journal, Cyphers, which she helped to found, and in her outreach activities such as the poetry workshops in schools and prisons which she has led with her husband, the poet Macdara Woods. With all these gifts, she will bring great authority and distinction to the Ireland Chair. She was also awarded the prestigious position of the Ireland Professor of Poetry 2016. All of us at Roscommon Community College would like to thank Eiléan for such a wonderful and informative visit. We are sure that this opportunity will serve as a great benefit to all students.