Banagher College U-15 Soccer team had a very convincing 6-1 win over Ardscoil Chiaráin Clara in the West Leinster final in Gainestown Mullingar on Tuesday 28th. A hat-trick from striker Ricky Fitzsimons, in addition to goals from Jack Slevin (2) and Jack Rosney, were enough to claim a comfortable victory and a first win at this level in seven years.
Our Pre Exams will begin next week. Our Junior Certs will start on Thursday February 13th with a finish date of Wednesday February 26th. Our Leaving Certs will begin on Friday February 7th and will finish on February 14th. The Leaving Cert Applied exams will take place between February 11th and 13th inclusive.Best wishes to all.
Our Second Year hurlers travelled over to St Raphael’s Loughrea on Wednesday last to play Loughrea Juvenile team in a very competitive return challenge game. The team & subs were, Con O Meara, Alex Regan, Conor Mahon, Michael Boylan, Mark Kilkenny, Michael O Sullivan, Eric Rigney, Ryan McDermott, Ruairí Kelly, Ricky Fitzsimons, Cathal Hogan, Aaron Molloy, Dylan Gath Hollywood, Shane Rigney, Billy Turley.
Subs:Kevin Moran, Euan Temple, Alan Gilligan, Daire Boyd, Enda Mullery & Aaron Dolan
Our first and second year boys have another challenge game lined up v Birr C.S. today Wednesday 5th
Our Senior Camogie team unfortunately lost out by four points in the All Ireland Senior B Camoguie semi final in Dublin on Thursday last January 30th. Playing on the Astro Turf pitch in the Ballyboden St Enda’s Club against Loreto Beaufort, Banagher lost the toss and faced into a very strong breeze from the start. Aided by the elements, Loreto lead 0-3 to 0-0 before Aideen Lyons opened the Banagher account from a 45 in the 8th minute. Loreto dominated the early proceedings and but for a Chloe Reilly goal in the 24th minute, this game could have been decided early on. As it was, Banagher trailed 1-11 to 1-3 at the break and put in a huge comeback effort after the interval.Two more goals from team captain Chloe Reilly saw the score Loreto 1-13 Banagher 3-5 with nine minutes to play. Unfortunately , a short puckout went straight to a Loreto forward who seized the opportunity to seal the Banagher fate. Well done to all concerned on a tremendous campaign during which the Leinster Title was annexed. Best wishes to Chloe Reilly who suffered a broken collarbone in the second half.
Holly Boylan,Deirdre Minnock,Heather Moran,Laura Clancy,Niamh Finneran,Rebecca McGarry,Cathy Moran(0-1),Róise McGarry,Olivia Mannion,Aideen Lyons(0-2,0-1f),Emma Mulrooney,Anna Larkin,Sinéad Hanamy,Aoife O Sullivan,Chloe Reilly(3-2,1-2 frees).
Subs: Katie O Connell for Róise McGarry(25 mins),Lauren Temple for Olivia Mannion (31 mins),Amy Sullivan(0-1) for Aoife O Sullivan,Amy Mannion for Anna Larkin(56 mins),Mia Flannery for Katie O Connell (56 mins)
Our Senior Ladies Football team will play the Quarter Final of the Lidl Sponsored PPS Senior D(South) Competition in Banagher on Friday February 7th when they will host Cnoc Mhuire Granard Co Longford at 1.30pm. Banagher College had a good win over Castlecomer C.S. in the previous round.
Erasmus + Project:
Our four second year pupils Aishling Foley, Maria Heenan, Emily Cormican and Abhainn Hurley and three teachers had a wonderful time in Slovakia last week . We would like to thank our Slovakian hosts for a wonderful week full of unforgettable memories and life long friendships. Erasmus +, breaking down barriers and making connections. There will be a further Erasmus+ trip later on in the year, which is an excellent opportunity, open to all students to apply and is funded by the European Commission.
John O Callaghan from the Engineering Faculty in AIT (Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Polymer Engineering, Engineering Common Entry) spoke to our Leaving Certs last week on all the opportunities that a career in Engineering can bring. Tony Johnston from the Tourism and Hospitality Department in AIT also delivered a very worthwhile talk on the myriad of careers available, from Culinary Arts, Hotel and Catering, Food Business and Technology and Health Science with Nutrition.
Inter Firms Football: Hard luck to Staff Members, Mr Scales and Mr Lonergan and the Laois / Offaly ETB Junior Footballers who bowed out at the semi-final stage of the Leinster Inter-Firms competition in Sarsfields Club Pitch Newbridge on Monday night January 27th.Past Pupils Stephen Wynne and Niall Lynch also lined out for LOETB : Roadstone Ltd 2-7 LOETB 0-10
Our Erasmus + project; Inside Out:
This is a joint project between Banagher College and five other partner schools in Europe. Our partner schools are in The Netherlands, Slovakia, Portugal, Poland and Turkey. The project offers the opportunity for students from 1st Year, 2nd year and TY to visit a partner school for one week over the next 2 years. Our first student trip takes place this week from Monday 27th to Friday 31st when four of our second year students, Aishling Foley,Maria Heenan, Emily Cormican and Abhainn Hurley, are visiting our partner school in Slovakia. This is an excellent opportunity, open to all students to apply and is funded by the European Commission. For updates and more information please visit our Twitter page and our school website.
Our U-19 Badminton Boys team are took part in Leinster Schools Championships in Baldoyle Dublin on Thursday last Jan 23rd.During the day,they played teams from De La Salle Churchtown, St Mary’s Templeogue, Blackrock College and Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown.The six lads who made up the team were Tiernan Gohery, Karl Lyons, Seán Killackey, Josh Howe, Kevin Boylan and Andrew Coughlan.
A number of our Business students attended the Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Challenge regional finals in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Thursday last Jan 23rd.Students were given the chance to brush up on Financial Wellbeing topics like spending, saving, earning and credit and debt, in order to gain a better understanding of why it’s so important to be smart about money with lots of useful tips and guides for the future.This was followed by a high energy, fun quiz consisting of eight rounds of all kinds of money related questions and conundrums to be solved over a two hour period.
Camogie Semi Final:
Banagher College Senior Camogie team will travel to Rathfarnham, Dublin on Thursday Jan 30th to play Loreto Beaufort in the Senior B All Ireland Schools Camogie Semi Final. The other semi final will see St Mary’s Midleton Cork take on Dominican College Dublin.
Well done to all our Teachers and Staff who worked so hard in the lead up to our Annual Open Night on Thursday last January 23rd. It was a most successful night with a large crowd of parents and prospective students attending. Enrolment for incoming First Years will take place on Thursday January 30th (7.30pm until 9.30pm and also on Saturday February 1st (10.00am until 12.30pm)
Many thanks to Daniel Seery from Athlone Institute Of Technology who gave a very informative talk to our senior students on Wednesday last January 22nd
We are very grateful to Sister Annette of the L.S.U. Order of Sisters who visited our school on Thursday last and gave a presentation to a number of R.E. Classes about her work in Tanzania.She gave a very descriptive talk detailing the challenges faced on a daily basis and expressed her sincere gratitude for all the support that she has received from the people of Banagher and surrounding areas down through the years.
U-15 Soccer: Banagher College U-15s are through to the West Leinster final after a convincing win over Mullingar C.C. in Banagher. A brace each from strikers Jack Loughnane and Ricky Fitzsimons, along with a cool finish by Jack Rosney, saw the team emerge from a difficult challenge with a fine 5-2 win. The comprehensive victory put the team through to a final where they will face off against Offaly rivals Clara in Gainstown. Special thanks to Karl Bond and all at Banagher United for the use of the pitch and the facilities.
School Robotics team: The school’s robotics team are preparing their Vex robot for battle as they prepare to take on their fellow Offaly schools in the inaugural Offaly VEX EDR Robotics Competition 2020, organised by Offaly County Council. The TY students have a chance to build and code a competition robot, from kits and parts supplied by Offaly County Council. The Robot has been a big hit in the school already and the students are really looking forward to pitching their creation against their peers from across the county.
Over 20 of our LC1 and TY Physics Students attended the annual Tyndall Lecture for Schools in NUIG on Friday last 24th.This year’s Lecture was entitled “ABC of T
Fighting Words Workshop: LCI students from Banagher College braved Storm Brendan to attend a Fighting Words workshop in Dublin on Monday last January 13th. Despite a last-minute change of venue, the students had a very successful day honing their creative writing skills in the famous workshops, which were founded by Man Booker winning Irish writer Roddy Doyle. Not only did the students get to spend an enjoyable day in Dublin, but they also benefitted from the change of venue, as the workshop was moved to the prestigious and beautiful DLR Lexicon building in Dun Laoghaire, a spectacular library housed in one of Ireland’s finest modern buildings. The students got a chance to savour both the beautiful building and some of the interesting exhibitions contained therein.
Hurling Coaching: Thanks to Offaly G.A.A. G.D.A. Michael Cleary who has been doing some very good hurling sessions, working with teachers of Banagher College on skills and S&C with 1st & 2nd year students recently. A great effort by all .
The Merchant Of Venice: On Thursday last our 3rd Year English students attending a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick .
U-16 Badminton: The U-16 Offaly Schools Badminton Championships took place in Banagher College on Wednesday last with competitors from a total of six different schools.We had three teams entered from our school, Two boys teams and one girls team who all really enjoyed playing competitively against their counterparts from around Offaly.
Cycle Against Suicide: Our TY students attended the Cycle Against Suicide student leaders Congress 2020 in the Citywest Convention Centre on Friday 17th accompanied by Ms Dewane, Mr Duggan and Miss Gleeson. We have been eagerly awaiting this fantastic event of music and talk promoting the message that “ It’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help”.
Exam Dates: The timetables for our Pre Exams are now available. Our Junior Certs will start on Thursday February 13th with a finish date of Wednesday February 26th. Our Leaving Certs will begin on Friday February 7th and will finish on February 14th. The Leaving Cert Applied exams will take place between February 11th and 13th inclusive.
By Ellie Corcoran
On the 12th and 13th of December our current TY students presented ‘Robin Hood’ the pantomime, directed by Jared Madden and assistant directors Ms G Dewane and Ms M McIntyre.
The matinée was enthusiastically attended by over 600 students from primary schools in the area, while the evening performances were played to large audiences of family, friends, students and the local community. The TY’s are to be commended for the enormous effort they put in to all aspects of the show from acting to dancing, costumes, sets and music.
The BCCNS pantomime is a team effort and everyone had a part to play. From the colourfully animated sets which added the ‘wow’ factor to our stage, led by Ms. Kelleher to the individually made character costumes created in-house under the helm of Ms. Cushen the show has all the hallmarks of a collaborative effort.
The choreography and individual performances of the singers reflected many hours of preparation and displayed the confidence of all the performers. The execution of the ‘Men in Tights’ dance by almost the entire group of boys in TY was a highlight of the night.
A thoroughly enjoyable experience for both cast and audience, the TY show was yet again a memorable success for the TY’s of 2019. Huge commendation and thanks goes to Jared, Ms Dewane and Ms. McIntyre for their efforts, it is an annual highlight on the school calendar.
Junior Camogie: Our Junior Camogie girls bowed out of the Leinster B Campaign when going under by three points to Gorey C.S , 2-3 to 0-6 in the semi final on Thursday last January 9th. The early exchanges were even enough with Banagher answering an early Gorey point with points from Cathy Moran and Sinéad Hanamy. However, Gorey struck two goals in the second quarter to give them a 2-2 to 0-3 lead at half time. Banagher put in a huge shift in the second half where they restricted their opponents to one single point from a free. However , try as they might, scores were hard to come by and that much sought after goal never arrived as Gorey advanced to the Leinster Final.
The Banagher team was, Molly McDermott, Patricia Kelly, Ellie Gohery, Sarah Moylan ,Amy Mannion, Cathy Moran(0-5 frees) ,Ellen Larkin, Labhaoise Glynn, Caoimhe Darcy ,Amy Sullivan, Sinéad Hanamy(Capt.)(0-1), Katie O Connell, Aoife O Regan, Mia Flannery, Emma Nevin
Subs: Kayla Earner for Ellie Gohery (inj.) 17 mins, Sophie James for Aoife O Regan 50 mins and Eva Larkin for Emma Nevin 50 mins.
Senior Camogie: Our Senior Camogie team qualified for the Leinster Senior B Final after a hard earned win over Coláiste Bríde Enniscorthy on Friday last January 10th. Backed by the wind, Enniscorthy made a strong start and lead 1-2 to 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Then two goals, within two minutes, from Banagher Captain, Chloe Reilly, both of which dropped in over the goalkeeper, brought Banagher back in to contention. From here to the half time whistle the Wexford girls dominated proceedings and added five points without reply, to lead 1-7 to 2-0 at the interval. A pointed free from Chloe Reilly and a 36th minute goal from substitute Mia Flannery, saw Banagher draw level soon after the break. The last 20 minutes of this encounter was ultra competitive with Banagher restricting Coláiste Bríde to just one point from a free while managing to add 1-4 themselves in the same period. Aoife O Sullivan, who worked very hard, set the ball rolling with a fine point which was quickly followed by a similar effort from Anna Larkin . The all important score came in the 52nd minute when Chloe Reilly soloed in from the left wing leaving a trail of defenders behind her, before sending a rasper to the net. This inspired the Banagher girls to finish on a high with Chloe Reilly and Emma Mulrooney stretching that lead to leave it, Banagher 4-5 Col Bríde 1-8.
The Banagher Team was Holly Boylan, Deirdre Minnock,Heather Moran ,Laura Clancy, Niamh Finneran , Rebecca McGarry ,Olivia Mannion, Róise McGarry, Anna Larkin(0-1) , Aideen Lyons, Emma Mulrooney(0-1), Cathy Moran, Sara Corcoran, Aoife O Sullivan(0-1), Chloe Reilly(Capt.)(3-2,0-2 frees).
Subs Used: Mia Flannery(1-0) for Sara Corcoran 25 mins, Katie O Connell for Aideen Lyons(inj.) 46 mins, Amy Mannion for Olivia Mannion 52 mins.
Our Transition Year pupils began a six week stint of Social Dancing Classes on Wednesday last Jan 8th. After a very successful stint with last year’s TYs, Galway man Gerry Tynan is back again putting this year’s pupils through their paces.
School Digital Champions at Banagher College
The Banagher College School Digital Champion teams were in Thomond Park Conference Centre recently for training to assist them in the completion of their projects. The school is entering a record three teams this year, covering a range of technology themed projects. The remit of the School Digital Champion programme is for teams to come up with an idea for a project that will benefit either their school or the wider community, through the use of technology. The Department of Communications – who run the scheme – then provides training and assistance to the teams to help them bring their projects to fruition. This includes a training day and a site visit to a major technology company. The team’s work culminates at a showcase event in Dublin in May, when they will get the chance to display their work to an audience that includes the Minister for Communications.
Banagher College students have in recent years completed an array of interesting projects, including setting up a very successful digital media company, and building an app for the school library. They’ve also gotten the chance to visit cutting edge tech companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft. This year’s teams have picked some really interesting projects, including using QR codes to help guests to navigate the school building (Luis Regan, Evan Duffy); creating school based Virtual Reality content (James Delaney, Jakub Mastalerz), and creating a coding culture in the school, through workshops, coding clubs etc. (Leanne Mahon, Eva Noyce, Josh McDowell, Amy McGough, Chris Rigney, Conor Moore, Lorna Kelly, Lauren Davis.)
The teams will be busy working on their projects in the coming weeks, as they do their site visits and begin to prepare their project reports.
Caption for photo: The Banagher College School Digital Champion Teams at their recent training day in Thomond Park, Limerick.
After many weeks of preparation, our TY students are ready to go with this year’s Christmas Pantomime, “Robin Hood” which takes place on Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th December at 7.30pm in the School Hall.
Second Year Boys Gaelic Football: Our second year boys were very unlucky to lose out to Coláiste Naomh Cormac in the North Leinster Gaelic Football Final which proved to be a goalfest in Banagher College grounds on Thursday last December 5th.Banagher lead 3-3 to 2-1 at half time but eventually went down 7-2 to 5-4.
Kilcormac’s Full forward, Aaron Dalzel was amazing for the visitors as he scored all seven of his side’s goals.
The team was: Ricky Fitzsimons, Aaron Clarke, Michael Boylan, Paul Cannon, Mark Kilkenny, Conor Mahon, Eric Rigney, Aaron Molloy(0-1), Luke Bowe(0-1), Alan Gilligan, Shane Rigney(3-1) , Ruairí Kelly(0-1) ,Michael O Sullivan,Callum Hogan,Niall Flannery(2-0). Sub used: Ryan McDermott.
Junior Camogie: Our Junior Camogie girls travelled to Lomans Pitch Mullingar on Friday November 29th and had a convincing win over St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge in Round 3 of the Leinster Championship. The team was,Molly McDermott , Amy Mannion,Ellie Gohery,Sarah Moylan ,Caoimhe Darcy, Cathy Moran,Ellen Larkin,Sinéad Hanamy,Labhaoise Glynn, Amy Sullivan(0-4), Kayla Earner, Katie O Connell(1-3),Emma Nevin(1-1), Mia Flannery(4-2) ,Aoife O Regan.
Subs: Katie O Sullivan,Cáit Hickey,Eva Larkin,Sophie James(1-1) ,Erin Vaughan,Hannah Clarke,Emma Foy,Clodagh O Meara & Kacey Delaney Spollen Referee: Ken Gunning.
Banagher have one remaining Group game v Castlecomer C.S.
One Good School:
Banagher College are delighted to be involved in Jigsaw’s One Good School, a new initiative for promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in post primary schools. Following a survey of parents, staff and students, Banagher College will undertake a number of activities based on the specific needs of each group.
On Friday morning December 6th, Kate Brennan from Jigsaw Offaly delivered the “Its Time to Start Talking “ presentation to our first and second years. On Tuesday 10 December the Leaving Cert Applied students and the fifth years availed of her advice on how to increase mental health literacy among students.
We hope it will encourage students to consider how to mind their mental health and to develop the skills to cope with the ups and downs of life.
Students from TY and LCI travelled to Microsoft HQ in Sandyford, Dublin recently to attend a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Maths) workshop. The students were treated to lunch by Microsoft, following a tour of the magnificent building, where they got some fascinating insights into life at one of the world’s biggest tech companies.
In the afternoon the students were involved in a number of active, team-based STEAM workshops, including Maker Challenges and Microbits. The trip was part of the school’s continually expanding array of opportunities for students to develop their 21st Century skills; and reinforced much of the learning they are currently involved with through their Digital Technology curriculum as part of the Transition Year course at the school.
Inter Firms Gaelic Football:
Two of our teachers, Mr Lonergan and Mr Scales, were members of the LOETB Inter Firms Gaelic Football team which made a good start in the Leinster Junior competition at the Portlaoise COE on Monday December 2nd with a win against Abbeyeix Distillery. LOETB have also entered a hurling team in the Leinster Junior Inter Firms Championship
Just like their 2B Counterparts a month ago,our 3B Class visited Dáil Éireann on Thursday last December 5th as part of their CSPE Course.
After just two games within five days of each other ,our Senior Hurling team have made their exit from this year’s Top Oil Leinster Senior B Hurling Competition. After losing out narrowly to Naas CBS at home, our boys found Coláiste Choilm Tullamore to be too strong, when they crossed paths in Bord Na Móna O Connor Park. It’s been difficult on the lads this year as they have had to line out each day without some regulars due to injury.
Well done to our 2C Class who raised some much needed funds for the Peter McVerry Trust last week when they held a very successful Bake Sale.
With Christmas just around the corner, our Carol Singers travelled out to Eliza Lodge Nursing Home on Thursday last and provided some very seasonal entertainment for a very appreciative audience. The Singers will be performing again outside Supervalu Banagher on Friday next December 13th .
ReelLife Science Winners:
Pride of place this week goes to our LCA Students who have compiled a video entitled” Why Humans Cannot Digest Cellulose In Grass”. Having been originally shortlisted from a total of over 191 entries throughout the country down to just nine entries from Primary and Secondary schools the Banagher College students were eagerly looking forward to Awards Day at the Galway Science Festival in NUIG Galway. On Sunday last in Galway , they were rewarded with a Silver Medal in the Secondary School Category. A huge achievement.The students involved were Aidan Grennan,John Stevenson,Carl Coughlan,Patrick Coughlan,Maeve Maloney,Leah Hogan,Naomi Wynne Smith and Natasha Delaney with Ms Hassett co-ordinating the work.
Climate Change Mini Conference:
Well done to all concerned with making our recent Mini Conference on Climate Change such an outstanding success on Friday November 15th. A huge crowd turned out to hear all about the prospects and possibilities of Climate Change on our future. The Conference was opened with an address from two students, Leanne Mahon from Banagher College and Stephen Donnellan from Portumna Community School. Among the other Speakers on the night were Duncan Stewart (From Eco Eye), Alastair McKinstry ,a Climate Scientist, Peter Deegan (from Banagher Pre-Cast), Cathal Nolan (From Midlands Weather Channel),Keith Scully of Grant Engineering and Senator Pippa Hackett.
Congratulations to Second Year Students Emily Cormican, Abhainn Hurley, Aishling Foley and Kelly Claffey who will be heading to Slovakia in January 2020 as part of our Erasmus+ Inside Out project.
National Youth Assembly:
Banagher College student Gráinne Malone was part of the recent Youth Assembly on Climate Change. Gráinne spoke in the Dáil on Friday November 15th and visited RTE for Climate Youth Assembly. The assembly hope to have 10 motions passed on climate change. Well done Gráinne.
Civil Merit Award:
Heartiest Congratulations to our staff member, Mr. Jim Nolan Banagher College,on being awarded a Civil Merit in Farmleigh House Dublin, by fellow Ciarraíoch, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh on Saturday November 16th.
Having beaten St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge in Round 1,the Banagher College Senior Camogie team had a convincing win over Sacred Heart Tullamore in Dr Kelly’s Field Tullamore on Monday November 18th.The Banagher Team was Holly Boylan,Niamh Finneran,Ellie Gohery,Laura Clancy,Lauren Temple,Cathy Moran,Olivia Mannion,Rebecca McGarry(0-2),Anna Larkin,Aideen Lyons(0-3),Emma Mulrooney(2-1),Aoife O Sullivan,Róise McGarry(1-3),Sara Corcoran(4-0),Chloe Reilly(Capt.)(4-3).
Subs Used:Katie Ryan,Labhaoise Glynn(0-1),Emma Nevin,Deirdre Minnock and Mia Flannery(1-0).
John Paul 2 Awards:
On Sunday October 27th, 25 of last year’s Transition Year Students, accompanied by Ms Gleeson, made the journey to St Mel’s Cathedral Longford to be presented with their John Paul 2 Awards by Bishop Francis Duffy. Three Students, Ciara Flynn, Katie Butler and Gráinne Malone received Gold Awards while a further eight students received Silver Awards with a total of 14 students receiving Bronze.
Our Junior Camogie girls recorded their second win in the Leinster B Campaign when they came from behind to beat Coláiste Naomh Cormac 3-15 to 3-5 in Kilcormac on Wednesday October 16th. The team was, Molly McDermott , Patricia Kelly, Ellie Gohery, Eva Flannery, Amy Mannion, Kayla Earner(1-3,0-3fs), Caoimhe Darcy, Sinéad Hanamy(0-1), Labhaoise Glynn, Katie O Connell(0-5), Cathy Moran, Aoife O Regan(1-2),Emma Nevin(1-1) ,Mia Flannery(0-2), Amy Sullivan(0-1).
Subs:Erin Vaughan for Emma Nevin, Sophie James for Sinéad Hanamy, Cáit Hickey for Labhaoise Glynn, Holly Boylan for Mia Flannery and Eilish Naughton for Amy Mannion.
This team has remaining games v St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge(A) and Castlecomer C.S. (H).
We are very grateful to local First Responders Donal Moran, Damien Keenaghan and Jackie Duffy for delivering CPR training to our TY Students on “ National Restart The Heart Day” on Wednesday October 16th. Thank you to our three local volunteers who are providing an essential life saving service and creating life saving opportunities for our students into the future.
Senior Ladies Football:
Our Senior Ladies Footballers opened their Leinster D Campaign with a 4-9 to 3-5 win over Castlecomer C.S. in Castlecomer on Monday October 14th
Team: Aideen Lyons,Marie Clare Fogarty, Tiyana Hein Walsh, Emily Guinan, Eilish Naughton, Hannah Cannon, Rebecca McGarry, Labhaoise Glynn(1-4),Amy Leonard(0-1),Grace Butler(1-0),Cathy Moran(2-2), Róise McGarry(0-1),Ella Camon(0-1), Jessica Wynne Smith, Saoirse Flynn.
Subs Used: Abbie Graham,Caoimhe Darcy,Mia Flannery,Alannah Walsh Graham and Katie O Connell.
EU Code Week at Banagher College
This year saw Banagher College mark EU Code Week for the very first time. The TYs recently set up their first Coder Mojo Team (a branch of the wider TY Mojo Digital teams) to enter in the Department of Communications School Digital Champions initiative. Their aim is to increase participation and positivity around coding in the school. They decided to use EU Code Week to launch their campaign by promoting this international event, and particularly by running a series of ‘Introduction to Coding’ cross-curricular workshops for all First Years in the school. The three-hour workshops, which took place in the school’s new STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Maths) room were a big success for the Coder Mojo team, as many of the First Years had a very enjoyable and fun first introduction to the world of coding, while others got a chance to build on their previous experience. The TY team have big plans to add to this success as they work towards their School Digital Champion goals in the year ahead.
Many thanks to Fr Pat Kiernan for celebrating a lovely Beginning of Year Mass with our School Cohort in St Rynaghs Church Banagher on Tues Oct 8th.
Senior Camogie: Our Senior Camogie team opened their Leinster Senior B campaign with a 9-11 to 2-6 win over St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge at home on Monday morning. The Team was,Holly Boylan,Niamh Finneran,Heather Moran,Laura Clancy,Lauren Temple,Olivia Mannion,Ellen Larkin,Sinéad Hanamy,Anna Larkin(0-1),Rebecca McGarry(1-3),Emma Mulrooney(1-0),Aideen Lyons(2-2),Róise McGarry,Sara Corcoran(0-1),Chloe Reilly(Capt.)(4-5).
Subs: Aoife O Sullivan for Sinéad Hanamy 45 mins and Deordre Minnock for Niamh Finneran 47 mins.
Our Seniors also played a very worthwhile challenge v Presentation Athenry on Friday 11th.
Senior Ladies Football:
Our Senior Ladies Football team had a very good 4-9 to 3-5 win over Castlecomer C.S. in Castlecomer on Monday Oct 14th. The team was Aideen Lyons,Marie Clare Fogarty,Tiyana Hein Walsh,Emily Guinan,Eilish Naughton,Hannah Cannon,Rebecca McGarry,Labhaoise Glynn(1-3),Amy Leonard(0-1),Grace Butler(0-1),Cathy Moran(2-2),Róise McGarry(0-1),Ella Camon(0-1),Jessica Wynne Smith,Saoirse Flynn.
On Thursday Oct 10th,World Mental Health day, our TYs attended Zeminar, a Wellbeing & Educational event in the National Sports Campus, Dublin, with influential speakers, resources & fun activities! Among the speakers were Shane Carty, a Sam Maguire winner with Dublin and Boidu Sayeh, a Westmeath Gaelic Footballer.
First Year Quiz:
Well done to our first year team who came in 3rd at the Credit Union Quiz in Clara on Tues Oct 8th.
L Cert Ag Science Ecology Trip:
Our Leaving Cert Ecology class went on their annual Ecology trip on Mon Oct 7th. We are very grateful to Pádraig Keane who showed our students around his dairy farm and to Grennan’s of Rath for an excellent tour of their facilities and demonstration of their operations. To cap it all off, Miss Hassett treated the whole class to an assortment of treats and refreshments in her own house in Kinnitty.
First Year Hurling Blitz:
We had two First Year hurling teams which took part in a First Year blitz at The Faithful Fields on Wednesday Oct 9th. Both teams played both Killina Secondary School and St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge
Internet Safety Day:
Many thanks to Dr Maureen Griffin who delivered a most informative talk to our students on Monday Oct 14th.The main topics dealt with were Online Safety and Behavioural Safety.
Well done to LC1 student Gráinne Malone who has been selected to represent Offaly on The National Youth Assembly in Dáil Éireann on November 15th.
Our Junior hurlers have played two games in the Top Oil Junior B Hurling, starting with a good home win, 4-14 to 2-16 against Heywood C.S. on September 20th. In their second game on Tues Oct 1st our boys lost out 4-15 to 1-5 to a very strong Mullingar CBS team at St Oliver Plunkett’s Grounds in Mullingar. These boys have a remaining away fixture v Coláiste Choilm Tullamore. The Banagher team v Mullingar CBS was Darragh Spollen,Keith Bradley,Brandon Kennedy,Jack Rosney,Kian McManus, Ciarán Daly,Lorcan Troy,Sean Finneran,Jacob Mahon,Jack Slevin,Aidan Byrne,Rory Duffy,Josh Spain,Dannacha O Meara,Finn Gohery.
Our Junior Camogie girls opened their Leinster B Campaign with a good 5-10 to 2-5 home win v Mountrath C.S. ON Monday September 23rd. The team was,Holly Boylan, Patricia Kelly,Ellie Gohery,Eva Flannery,Amy Mannion,Kayla Earner,Ellen Larkin, Katie O Connell,Amy Sullivan,Cáit Hickey, Cathy Moran ,Eva Larkin,Sophie James, Mia Flannery,Erin Vaughan. On September 25th our Junior Girls took part in the Leinster Sevens Camogie blitz in Castlecomer Co Kilkenny where they reached the final after good wins against Abbey C.C. Ferrybank and Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown only to give best to a good Castlecomer C.S. side in the final.
Junior Ladies Football:
In the Leinster Junior D Ladies Football Rd 1, Banagher College came up against a strong Killina S.S. side and lost out 5-11 to 4-4. In Round 2, our girls just lost out by a point 6-8 to Oaklands C.S. Edenderry: 6-9 in Edenderry on Monday September 30th. Team v Oaklands was Kacey Delaney,Amy Mannion,Rachel Healy,Maeve Lyons,Cáit Hickey,Tiyana Hein Walsh,Eilish Naughton,Caoimhe Darcy,Labhaoise Glynn,Abbie Greham,Katie O Connell,Sarah Moylan,Mia Flannery,Cathy Moran,Bríonna O Connor.
Second Year Boys Gaelic Football:
Our second year boys had a good 4-10 to 3-3 win over Ardscoil Chiaráin Clara in Clara on Monday September 30th and have a remaining group fixture v Gallen C.S. Ferbane on October 22nd. The team v Clara was Callum Hogan,Cormac Leonard,Michael Boylan,Aaron Clarke,Eric Rigney,Conor Mahon,Mark Kilkenny,Aaron Molloy,Luke Bowe,Alan Gilligan,Shane Rigney,Ruairí Kelly,Paul Cannon,Niall Flannery,David Daly.
Banagher College Senior Art Students travelled to both the Hunt Museum in Limerick and to Newgrange Co Meath. The students visited the Knowth passage tombs in Brú na Bóinne while on the newgrange trip. Knowth is 300 years older than Newgrange which is 5,000 years old.
One of our Higher Level Irish Leaving Cert classes travelled to watch the play “An Triail” in The Belltable Theatre in Limerick City on Tuesday October 1st..
Our First years took part in the Offaly Schools Cross Country running event at The Harriers Tullamore.n First year Boys Callum Moore finished 8th & Evan Mannion finished 11th with Callum going forward to represent Offaly in forthcoming cross country events.
Both our Leaving Certs and our Third Year Students took part in a very beneficial Study Skills Seminar with The Super Generation team recently. This will provide some excellent guidance for the year ahead.
On September 26th Banagher College LC2 LCVP students paid a visit to Butlers Chocolate in preparation for their LCVP exam.This was a very informative trip during which the students watched a short video on the history of Butlers and the chocolate production process. They travelled back in time in the chocolate museum and also designed their own chocolate bunny at a chocolate workshop! Our Leaving Cert students also attended the Higher Options Conference 2019 in The RDS on September 19th
“Make Way Day”:
Daniel Daly and Gráinne Malone travelled to Tullamore to participate in SICAP “Make way day”. They took part in a walk around Tullamore town in search of inclusion and obstacles. Daniel presented his access project findings to Ann Marie Delaney, Offaly County Council in Tullamore .
Junior Cert Results:
Well done to all our Junior Cert students and indeed to our teachers on the excellent 2019 Junior Cert results which were released on Friday last October 4th. Nice to see so many parents coming in with their sons and daughters to collect the results in person on Friday.