1st April 2022
Bhí tréimhse den scoth againn ag ceiliúradh Seachtain na Gaeilge 2022. From céilís to quizzes to tea parties and treats our students were immersed in several days of ceol, craic agus spraoi. Well done to students who won prizes in the various comórtais over the weeks- the Irish Department are looking forward to next year already.
Our Transition Years will be stepping it out in a Céilí after Easter when the head away to Coláiste Acla for the annual Turas Gaeltachta.
1st April 2022
Roscommon Community College 7-4
St. Cuans College 3-8
By Elliot Grealy
The Juvenile footballers put in a brilliant performance on their way to an impressive win over St. Cuans College on Wednesday morning. On the outskirts of Ballinasloe, the lads booked their place into the Connacht Semi-Final.
Right from the off, the intent from the lads in blue in yellow was strong. From here, they racked up a number of goals thanks to the work of the Kilbride duo of Marc Shally and Cormac Naughton. The pair without doubt brought their shooting boots in the gear bag as they scored some fine goals in the first half. This was followed up with some incredible goalkeeping from Oisin Hynes who was proved brilliant with his shot stopping as well as his kickouts. Additionally, midfielders Conor Carley and Jack Hayes were in fine form for their school. Coming up to the break, there was some brilliant work in the half forward line where Eoghan Morris managed to lob the goalkeeper from inside the 45’. This then gave RCC a comfortable half time lead.
Unfortunately, the second half was not quite as entertaining as the first. RCC’s defence was called into action several times in the half. Nevertheless, the experience of Evan McNeill and Joshua Donlon meant that the backs were organised enough to stop the scoreboard ticking. Anthony Cox was very impressive as he often dropped back to help his back line and keep his team in gear.
Overall, the intense first half performance was just enough to overcome the St. Cuans side. The lads can now look forward to a Connacht Semi-Final next week, provisionally fixed for Thursday the 7th of April. Best of luck to all players and management involved.
25th March 2022
By Chloe McNamara (Transition Year)
The Great RCC TY Bake Off 2022, an event that was reserved in all participants' calendar. This newly organised event by teachers Ms. Greene, Ms. Mannion and Ms. Nestor allowed TY students to showcase their baking abilities and creativity, which the seven finalists didn’t fail to demonstrate.
After the first round of elimination where the students were challenged to bake buttercream/fondant cupcakes it was evident how high the standard was set by all participants. Furthermore, getting to the final was not going to be a walk in the park. The hard-working list of finalists included Ailbhe O’ Sullivan, Izidro Ribas, Rachel Trimble, Chloe McNamara, Mairéad Lohan, Luke Fitzmaurice and Olivia Croghan.
After weeks of preparing, designing, and baking Monday the 7th of March was just around the corner. The remaining bakers were set the challenge to produce a themed buttercream/fondant cake which tested every aspect of their baking abilities. The finalists were competing for a large hamper compiled with baking equipment and recipe books from renowned bakers, the perfect prize for aspiring young bakers. As nerves, excitement and tension diffused around the Home Economics room, the bakers set up their units, weighed their ingredients and designed their presentation tables. While the bakers began carefully making their creations they were greeted by the friendly and talkative TY interviewers who questioned them on their bakes throughout their 3-hour window of opportunity.
As the clock steadily ticked the bakers prepared and decorated their cakes as well as whisking their buttercream. In result, the fresh aroma flooded the room and the corridors. Heavenly coffee cakes, rich and fluffy Victoria sponge, mouth-watering biscuit cake, moist appealing chocolate cakes and showstopping nature and animal themed cakes caught the eye off all the judges.
All cakes unique to each other were presented to the eager judges who had the difficult task of choosing the overall winner. After a difficult decision the overall winners were finally announced. Congratulations to Olivia Croghan who was crowned The Great Roscommon Community College Bake Off Winner 2022 with her exceptional and outstanding chocolate sponge with raspberry coulis and chocolate buttercream.
Congratulations to Chloe McNamara – second place and Ailbhe O’ Sullivan – third place and all the other accomplished bakers with their marvellous cakes. Thank you to all students, judges and teachers who took their time out to help with a very successful event.
TY Bake Off Winner Olivia Croghan
25th March 2022
Our Third Year Physical Education classes had a lovely day out in Slieve Bawn last Monday as part of their STE(A)M in Action project. For this action projects students were able to combine a range of teaching and learning through a list of Junior Cycle Subjects such as Science, Maths and Geography during the field trip. As part of this educational trip, students were able to enjoy the lovely outdoor scenery of Slieve Bawn which is available only a couple of miles from their school. If you haven’t already visited the hills of Slieve Bawn, we would highly recommend you do so. Thanks to all teachers who helped organise this lovely day out which was savoured by all.
25th March 2022
Roscommon Community College 6-11
Colaiste Mhuire Ballygar 5-8
The juvenile boys football team remain undefeated for the year after a hard-fought win against Colaiste Mhuire Ballygar. The game was played on a spring Thursday afternoon in the RCC grounds. Under the tutelage of Mr. Devaney and Ms. Fleming, the mixture of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students have a Connacht quarter final against St. Cuans Castleblakeny to look forward to, to go along with their County Final against Castlerea Community School.
RCC started the game brightly and built up an early 2-2 to 3 point lead following goals from both Luke and Marc Shally. After this encouraging start, Ballygar got more of a foothold in the game, with mistakes starting to pile up from the home team. Ballygar kept tagging on the points to keep in touch. Daniel McCormack put over a great solo effort with five minutes to go to half time but then disaster struck just before half time. Ballygar’s full forward, Adam Kenny, scored two goals in as many minutes and just like that, the game was how it started, level pegging. Referee Declan Hunt blew the half time whistle on what was quickly becoming a rip-roaring contest.
Whatever was said by the RCC management, it had an almost immediate effect as Cormac Naughton rattled the net soon after the ball was thrown in. This was followed up by a brace from Marc Shally, bringing up a hattrick and it gave the RCC lads a bit of breathing space. With the gap widened, the home team expressed themselves more by tagging on point after point to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Ballygar scored a goal to get back in the game, however Conor Carley replied with a cracking finish from distance to restore the comfortable lead. Ballygar threatened a comeback late on with two more late goals, but it was too little too late as our lads ended up 6 point winners.