Roscommon Community College had a decisive victory in their Connacht Junior Emerging Cup pool match in atrocious conditions at Ballina against St Tiernan’s College Crossmolina on Wednesday, January 13th. RCC were positive from the start and took the game adventurously to Tiernan’s despite the conditions. Impressive handling by Aaron Hannon, Dylan Geraghty and Erik Matik took play deep inside the Tiernan’s 22 and RCC’s backline looked threatening with Jack Donnelly and Conor Lavin to the fore. RCC got the early breakthrough when Hannon went over from close range for a try which was expertly converted by Daire Keenan for a 7-0 lead. 

RCC continued to dominate and a strong run by Oisin Campbell should have yielded another try but he was held up short. The pressure was kept up and strong bursts by Simon Leonard and Luca Stratford saw them almost score but Conor Lavin made no mistake left of the posts close to halftime when he dotted down for a try which was again converted by Keenan. The halftime score was RCC 14 - Tiernan’s 0.

With worsening conditions came difficult handling and RCC had a number of strong runs from debutant Diarmuid Treacy and prop Erik Matik. A five metre scrum saw a nice backline move finished off by full back Gareth Delaney who went over for a try. Keenan hit the post with the conversion. The game petered out somewhat after this as it became almost impossible to play any creative rugby. Final score: St Tiernan’s 0 - RCC 19.

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

Subs: Cormac Lavin, Keelan Gallagher, Erik Horvath, Diarmuid Quinn, Evan Croghan, Shane Donoghue, Brandon Maguire

Pictured is the Roscommon Community College Public Speaking finalist Maria Lohan, who competed in the Western Region Drugs Task Force annual public speaking competition recently held in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. Maria, front row, is pictured alongside her teammates Oisin Keenan and Dan Carroll. Back Row; Emmet Major, Western Region Drugs Task Force, Ms. Maura Connelly, Ms. Siobhan Cullen (English Department, Roscommon Community College) and Martin Lee, Western Region Drugs Task Force. 


At Roscommon Community we are encouraging students to use Khan Academy to enhance their learning experience with Maths.

Khan Academy provides "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere" and encourages and supports independent learning. The website features thousands of educational resources, including a personalized learning dashboard. There are over 100,000 practice problems, and over 6,000 mini lectures that are delivered via video tutorials stored on YouTube. The teaching of Maths through this site caters for basic Maths from primary school operations to activities focused on key Leaving Certificate Higher Level topics.

Khan Academy sets challenges for students that re-enforce material that is being taught in class and encourages the student to develop independent learning skills.

A competitive atmosphere is created where students compete to win points and earn much coveted badges through the use of Khan Academy students can take responsibility for their own learning and develop new skills through the medium of technology at a pace that suits each individual student.

It is intended that students at Roscommon Community College will participate in the Mathletes (Learn Storm) competition that commences in January 2016. The school registered great success in this competition as new entrant last year.

A Khan Academy Club runs at the school on Tuesday evenings 3:45 to 4:45



Khan Academy Club Members: Teacher Dr Nuala Commins, Michael Lough (Winner 2015 Mathletes), Eoghan Farrell, Tiernan O’Sullivan, Julia Makowska

Well done to the First Year Girls SPIKEBALL team who reached the All-Ireland Semi Final at the National SPIKEBALL Competition held in UCD. The girls have had an excellent journey since they first began playing the game two months ago and did themselves very proud. The team consisted of Riesse Donlon, Ellie Smyth, Tara Naughton, Zara Grehan, Eve Smyth, Jade McCormack, Shauna Clogher and Ina Van Opstal (pictured above).

The girls settled well and had a brilliant start to the day, beating Rockford Manor in both sets: 22-11, 25-9. Next the girls faced St Mary’s Nass. They were a very strong Kildare team who put the girls to their first test of the day. While the girls played well and showed real determination throughout both sets, they were unable to get the better of the Nass side, losing 15-20 in the first set and 16-18 in the second. In their final Pool game (Pool A), the girls tackled St. Raphael’s second team. The girls played exceptionally well in the first set, beating the highly ranked Dublin team, 20-13. Unfortunately, things didn’t go the right way for the girls in the second set as St. Raphael’s started off with strong and impressive serves and despite narrowing the margin, in the end the girls were defeated 11-14. Based on these results, the girls came second in their pool which meant they progressed to the All-Ireland Quarter Final stages.

In the Quarter Finals, the girls faced Coláiste Bhríd from Carnew. In both sets the girls could not be faulted. The girls called for the ball, supported one another and displayed outstanding skills that displayed just how much these girls had progressed since the start of the year. The game was an absolute joy to watch, as every team member contributed brilliantly to ever point gained and showed the power of teamwork and belief. In the end, RCC took both sets, 22-13, 20-11 and advanced to the All-Ireland Semi Final.

RCC faced St. Raphael’s first team in the Semi Final, who topped Pool B. The first set saw both teams exhibit their wonderful skills, however, RCC fell short and were defeated 15-18. Despite the girls’ best efforts to try and bring the game to a tie-breaker, they could not counteract St. Raphael’s superb serving and outstanding return shots. Sadly, the girls bowed out of the competition, losing the second set to a very deserving Galway team, 11-20.

While the girls may not have a medal to show for all their efforts, it is clear that this team is one to watch for the future. The girls gained a lot of experience and this will prove very beneficial to them when next year’s competition commences. The girls have worked hard, showed great determination and enthusiasm and it is hoped that this will be transferred when they progress to Second Year in the hopes of going that one step further and reaching the All-Ireland Final. The girls should be very proud of themselves as they represented Roscommon Community College with pride and honour. Very well done girls – you were outstanding!!



Having recently finished learning about ‘Das deutsche Essen’, Third Year German students found a German recipe and took to the Home Economics room on Wednesday the 16th of December to bake their chosen dish. A delicious assortment of muffins resulted and valuable lessons were learned about the importance of accurate translation; we had a particularly rich set of muffins that contained some extra ‘Sahne’!


This is the recipe for those who want to try their hand at baking their own “Schoko Schocker-Muffins”. Viel Glück!

Schoko Schocker-Muffins


175g Butter, 2 Eier, 174g Zucker, 1Pck Vanillezucker, 100g Sahne, 200g Schokolade, 20g Kakaopulver, 180g Mehl, ½ Becker Backpulver


Arbeitszeit: ca. 25 Min. / Koch-/Backzeit: ca. 20 Min. 

1. Den Backofen auf 200 Grad Umluft vorheizen. 
2. Butter, Eier, Zucker und Vanillezucker vermengen. Die Sahne unterrühren. Die Schokolade hacken (nicht zu klein!) und unter den Teig heben. Mehl, Kakao und Backpulver untermischen.
3. Papierförmchen in das Muffinblech legen. Den Teig in gleich großen Portionen in die Förmchen füllen. Bei 180 Grad 20 Minuten auf der mittleren Schiene backen. 
4 .Bevor man die Muffins aus der Form holt, möglichst 5 Minuten warten.