“Wrap Up Session”

ASTORA Women’s Health visited Roscommon Community College on Wednesday the 13th April for our final session of the ongoing Skills @ Work Programme.  This visit was the “Wrap Up” session and it allowed the students the opportunity to acknowledge what they had learned through participating in the programme and the wonderful experience it provided.

The afternoon session was action packed.  Firstly, students presented a video they produced about their journey with ASTORA and what they gained from it.  After this, every student was awarded a certificate for completing the programme.  The visitors from ASTORA requested to be brought to see a very unique feature in our school, the school farm! They were gladly brought on a tour, where they got to meet all the baby lambs! Finally, everybody gathered for refreshments and entertainment was provided by Ms. Smyth and the choir.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Shauna Ryan, Human Resource Manager, and all the gang in ASTORA who made this journey a wonderful learning experience and to Patricia Reilly, Programme Co-Ordinator who made this journey possible.

Thank you from Ms. Carolan and all the 5th Years.


Rob McGlade from Literature Through Music, Dublin, recently gave a captivating and original demonstration of how the works of Shakespeare can be accessible to students through different mediums. Rob performed many of the key soliloquies and passages in King Lear through music for the benefit of the Leaving Cert English students.  The students thoroughly enjoyed this new and alternative method of music through literature. Rob’s energetic and entertaining performance is one they won’t forget for a while!

Roscommon Community College bowed out of the Connacht Junior Emerging Cup at the semi final stage against a strong Enniscrone side on Tuesday April 12 at Creggs. On a stamina sapping pitch, the physically bigger Enniscrone side adapted better to the conditions and were worthy winners by the finish. RCC started brightly and took play to the Enniscrone 22. Glaring overlaps were ignored as inexperience proved to be costly. Enniscrone exerted some pressure shortly afterwards and scored under the posts which was converted for a 7-0 lead. RCC showed character to respond and barnstorming run by no. 8 Oisin Campbell saw him run forty metres for a brilliant try which was expertly converted by Aaron Hannon. After losing out half Daire Keenan before the kick off, RCC then suffered an injury to Erik Matik who had been a key player throughout the season. Approaching half time with the score at 7-7, some weak tackling saw Enniscrone’s no. 5 waltz in for a try which was converted for a 14-7 lead and it stayed that way until the half time whistle.

The second half belonged to Enniscrone as their superior experience, physicality and class shone through. Courageous defence by Jack Donnelly and Conor Lavin in the centres and a high work rate by Oisin Campbell and Simon Leonard in the back row mitigated what could have been a heavy defeat. RCC tired and fell off tackles allowing Enniscrone to score three tries in the second half. At the death RCC managed to get one back when substitute John Mannion went over in the corner. It was all academic however as Enniscrone were comfortable winners by a score of 31-12. RCC wish Enniscrone every success in the final as their own season has now concluded.

RCC: Gareth Delaney, Sean Trundle, Jack Donnelly, Conor Lavin, Ian Trautt, Diarmuid Treacy, Eoghan Farrell, Oisin Campbell, Simon Leonard, Aaron Hannon, Dylan Geraghty (c), Keelan Morris, Erik Matik, Diarmuid Quinn, Luca Stratford.

Subs: John Mannion for Erik Matik, Darren Meares for Eoghan Farrell and Kevin Trautt for Ian Trautt.

On the 12th of April, the Transition Year students welcomed Darragh Daly, Handball Development Officer, to Roscommon to attend a Handball Workshop. Darragh began the session by playing one of our own handball players, Michael Egan, to demonstrate to the rest of the group the basic rules of play. He then gave each student a ball and eased them into the sport by having various warm up games that developed their basic skills and also had them working on both their strong and weak hand. He also incorporated various warm-up games that brought out the students’ competitive side. Once the warm-up session was complete, he introduced the three strokes involved in handball; underarm, overhand and sidearm. He demonstrated each stroke, giving the students two key points to remember when performing the particular shot. The students then were giving time to practice each stroke, keeping the key points in mind and practicing with both their weak and strong hand.  Darragh then ended the session with a short game that incorporated the shots the students had been taught.

Roscommon Community College would like to thank Darragh Daly for the excellent session. The students appreciated the opportunity to learn the skills required to play such a popular game, one that is played competitively by their own peers and internationally recognised.  Also, thank you to St. Coman’s Handball Club for allowing us to use their facility.


We wish all Junior and Leaving Cert Music students the very best of luck as they put the final touches to their performances, ahead of music practicals over the next week and a half. The Junior Cert exam takes place on Thursday 14th at 9am, followed by the Leaving Cert exam on Thursday 21st at 9am. Best of luck to all involved!