An Ghaelbhratach

Coláiste Chiaráin’s Gaelbhratach committee was awarded a Gaelbhratach on Tuesday last in a ceremony in Leopardstown. The flag is awarded by Gael Linn to schools who “create and encourage a culture of speaking Irish informally within the school community and beyond”.

During academic year 2018/2019, the committee, made up of a group of first and second year students, ran a number of events to promote the use of Irish in the school community. In December, the first years took part in a Ceolchoirm Nollag. There was a whole-school siúlóid in January during Smile Week and just before Easter, the Lá Spóirt was also used as an opportunity for staff and students to use their cúpla focal.

Throughout the course of the programme, the committee were assisted by Edel Ní Bhraonáin of Gael Linn, as well as their múinteoirí Gaeilge.

We congratulate the Coiste Gaelbhratach on all their hard work and look forward to their continued efforts to encourage the use of the Irish language within Coláiste Chiaráin and beyond.


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5th Year Awards week

Student of the Year  Michael McMahon, Jack Quinn, Kerri Thornton, Brian Hoelzle, Grainne Heffron.

Student of the Year

Michael McMahon, Jack Quinn, Kerri Thornton, Brian Hoelzle, Grainne Heffron.

Sports Personality  Darragh Melville , Kayla Cleary

Sports Personality

Darragh Melville , Kayla Cleary

Arts and Literature Award  Florence Adebambo, Daniel Porter Moloney

Arts and Literature Award

Florence Adebambo, Daniel Porter Moloney

Class Awards  Michael McMahon, Niamh Kiernan, Fatma Abdulrashid, Hanna Burwise, Ella McDonnell, Natalia Jaskowska, Amy Harrington, Eva Turley, Sorcha Byrn, Alex Reidy, Grainne Heffron.

Class Awards

Michael McMahon, Niamh Kiernan, Fatma Abdulrashid, Hanna Burwise, Ella McDonnell, Natalia Jaskowska, Amy Harrington, Eva Turley, Sorcha Byrn, Alex Reidy, Grainne Heffron.

Diogras Award  Michael McMahon, Callum Ledwidge, Erica Gannon Deane, Grainne Heffron.

Diogras Award

Michael McMahon, Callum Ledwidge, Erica Gannon Deane, Grainne Heffron.

Spirit of Colaiste Chiarain,  Michael McMahon, Caoimhe Masterson, Grainne Heffron.

Spirit of Colaiste Chiarain,

Michael McMahon, Caoimhe Masterson, Grainne Heffron.

Ist Year Awards

Overall Male and Female Student of the Year  Sean Cotter, Clara Boyce, Amy Heraty (Joint winners) Cillian McPadden, Ceara Mhic Dhonncha

Overall Male and Female Student of the Year

Sean Cotter, Clara Boyce, Amy Heraty (Joint winners) Cillian McPadden, Ceara Mhic Dhonncha

1st Year Class Awards  .S.Cotter, G. Onyejkwe, A. Healy, D.Ogunji, M. Castaneda, L. Kehir, C.Nicholson, E.Malone, J.Lawlor, D.Carter, C.Mhic Dhonncha

1st Year Class Awards

.S.Cotter, G. Onyejkwe, A. Healy, D.Ogunji, M. Castaneda, L. Kehir, C.Nicholson, E.Malone, J.Lawlor, D.Carter, C.Mhic Dhonncha

Sports Personality  Sean Cotter, Sean Mackey, K.Bracken, Ceara Mhic Dhonncha

Sports Personality

Sean Cotter, Sean Mackey, K.Bracken, Ceara Mhic Dhonncha

Art and Literature Award  C.Boyce, L.Carroll, C.Clandillon, E. Keating, J.Howard, D.Carter

Art and Literature Award

C.Boyce, L.Carroll, C.Clandillon, E. Keating, J.Howard, D.Carter

Spirit of Colaiste Chiarain  Sean Cotter, Liam Carroll, Amy Ryan, Jamie Power, C.Mhic Dhonncha

Spirit of Colaiste Chiarain

Sean Cotter, Liam Carroll, Amy Ryan, Jamie Power, C.Mhic Dhonncha

Gradam Gaeilge Award  Sean Cotter, Jodie Lawlor, C.Mhic Dhonncha

Gradam Gaeilge Award

Sean Cotter, Jodie Lawlor, C.Mhic Dhonncha

Diogras Award  Sean Cotter, Atlantis Gounden, Sinead Aniston Andos, Ceara Mhic Dhonncha

Diogras Award

Sean Cotter, Atlantis Gounden, Sinead Aniston Andos, Ceara Mhic Dhonncha

3rd year Awards Week in Colaiste Chiarain

3rd Year Student of the Year.  Betty O’Hare, Aoileann Hayes, Cian Tiernan, Mark Kennedy

3rd Year Student of the Year.

Betty O’Hare, Aoileann Hayes, Cian Tiernan, Mark Kennedy

3rd Year Class Awards,  Betty O’Hare, Tara Neville Moynihan , Ailbhe Harrington, Siún O'Gorman, Sophie Baker, Shauna Long, Mark Kennedy

3rd Year Class Awards,

Betty O’Hare, Tara Neville Moynihan , Ailbhe Harrington, Siún O'Gorman, Sophie Baker, Shauna Long, Mark Kennedy

Arts and Literature Award  Betty O’Hare, Katerina Healy, Keeley Hogan, Mark Kennedy

Arts and Literature Award

Betty O’Hare, Katerina Healy, Keeley Hogan, Mark Kennedy

Diogras Award  Betty O’Hare, Caitlín Devitt, Andre Gonzalez ,Mark Kennedy

Diogras Award

Betty O’Hare, Caitlín Devitt, Andre Gonzalez ,Mark Kennedy

Sports Personality  Betty O’Hare, Emily Reynolds, Emmanuel Balogun, Mark Kennedy

Sports Personality

Betty O’Hare, Emily Reynolds, Emmanuel Balogun, Mark Kennedy

Spirit Of Colaiste Chiarain  Betty O’Hare, Glen Morahan, Mark Kennedy

Spirit Of Colaiste Chiarain

Betty O’Hare, Glen Morahan, Mark Kennedy

Overall Excellence / Journal  Betty O’Hare, Ailbhe Harrington , Mark Kennedy

Overall Excellence / Journal

Betty O’Hare, Ailbhe Harrington , Mark Kennedy

2nd Year Awards Week in Colaiste Chiarain

2nd Male and Female Student of the Year.  Louise Doran, Anna Evans, Niall Hession, Evan Kirwan.

2nd Male and Female Student of the Year.

Louise Doran, Anna Evans, Niall Hession, Evan Kirwan.

2nd Year Class Awards  Louise Doran, Oisin Dolan, Sophie Browne, Shauna Mooney, Kerrymay Prenderville, Tadhg Traynor, Conall Henson, Evan Kirwan

2nd Year Class Awards

Louise Doran, Oisin Dolan, Sophie Browne, Shauna Mooney, Kerrymay Prenderville, Tadhg Traynor, Conall Henson, Evan Kirwan

2nd Year Diogras Award.  Louise Doran, Ava Kelly, James Foster, Evan Kirwan.

2nd Year Diogras Award.

Louise Doran, Ava Kelly, James Foster, Evan Kirwan.

2nd Year Sports Award  Louise Doran, Emily Smyth, Hanna Daly, Paul Donnellan, Evan Kirwan.

2nd Year Sports Award

Louise Doran, Emily Smyth, Hanna Daly, Paul Donnellan, Evan Kirwan.

Spirit of Colaiste Chiarain  Louise Doran, Nia Dunne, Evan Kirwan.

Spirit of Colaiste Chiarain

Louise Doran, Nia Dunne, Evan Kirwan.

Arts and Literature Award  Louise Doran, Sharon Fotso, Mackenzie Pascual, Evan Kirwan.

Arts and Literature Award

Louise Doran, Sharon Fotso, Mackenzie Pascual, Evan Kirwan.

6th Year end of year Awards presentation

The 6th Year Award Ceremony took place on Tuesday 21st of May. Students and staff joined together to acknowledge academic and sporting achievements. The service was led by Ms.Gallagher who reminded the students that caring for each other and valuing love in their life would endure long after examinaton results. The service concluded with students and staff enjoying refeshments before the rest of the student body arrived into school.

6th Year Male and Female student of the year.  Ann Courtney, Eanna Ginnetty, Ellen Devine, Dan Broderick

6th Year Male and Female student of the year.

Ann Courtney, Eanna Ginnetty, Ellen Devine, Dan Broderick

Subject Awards: More than three subject nominations.  B/R: D. Broderick, E.Devinne, P. Kavanagh, V. Sidarchuk, C. Connolly, S.Seaforth, A.Courtney, S.Hyland, H.Lee, S,Hickey Tobin, B. Condell.  F/R: L. Smyth, E. Brezina, B. Travers, A. Reynolds, A. Maher, K. McDonald, H. Sylvester.

Subject Awards: More than three subject nominations.

B/R: D. Broderick, E.Devinne, P. Kavanagh, V. Sidarchuk, C. Connolly, S.Seaforth, A.Courtney, S.Hyland, H.Lee, S,Hickey Tobin, B. Condell.

F/R: L. Smyth, E. Brezina, B. Travers, A. Reynolds, A. Maher, K. McDonald, H. Sylvester.

6th Year Male and Female Sports Personality.  Ann Courtney, Ben Travers, Mollie Dagg, Dan Broderick

6th Year Male and Female Sports Personality.

Ann Courtney, Ben Travers, Mollie Dagg, Dan Broderick

Principals Awards.  Joe Sweeney, Sam Errity.

Principals Awards.

Joe Sweeney, Sam Errity.

Diagras Award  Anne Courtney, Ben Condell, Dan Broderick

Diagras Award

Anne Courtney, Ben Condell, Dan Broderick

International Sports Award.  Ann Courtney, Ciara Saunders, Dan Broderick

International Sports Award.

Ann Courtney, Ciara Saunders, Dan Broderick

Silver Gaisce Award  Siobhan Grandison, Josh Brunkard

Silver Gaisce Award

Siobhan Grandison, Josh Brunkard

Bronze Gaisce Awards  Siobhan Grandison, Ciaran Connolly, Oisin Scanlon, Ciara Saunders.

Bronze Gaisce Awards

Siobhan Grandison, Ciaran Connolly, Oisin Scanlon, Ciara Saunders.

Tara Strikes Again in Texaco Art Competition

Congratulations to Tara Neville Moynihan who has won a prize in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition for the third year in a row. Tara was awarded a special merit for her self-portrait titled “Green Jumper”. She will be presented with her prize at an awards ceremony on the 22nd of May. Other notable Colaiste Chiarain entries were TY Alannah Hyland’s portrait “Scribbles” and 3rd Year Katerina Healy’s portrait, both included below.

Green Jumper by Tara Neville Moynihan

Green Jumper by Tara Neville Moynihan

Scribbles by Alannah Hyland

Scribbles by Alannah Hyland

Portrait by Katerina Healy

Portrait by Katerina Healy

Fantastic Performance at Junk Kouture Final

A huge congratulations to the Junk Kouture team who did themselves, and the school proud, at the Three Arena last Thursday night. There was a record number of 1,200 entries to the Junk Kouture fashion competition this year. Alannah Hyland, Laura McGonigle and Florence Sonowo’s beautiful creation “Mielikki”, was one of the final 80 costumes chosen to make it through to the final. The atmosphere was electric with the Arena filled to capacity with supporters from all over the country. Florence, who showed no sign of nerves, seized her once in a lifetime opportunity to perform on stage at the Three Arena. Thank you to all the Colaiste Chiarain students and teachers who showed up to show their support. No doubt the girls will inspire future Junk Kouture teams in the school, with their creativity, hard work and fantastic achievement in the competition

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TY class on trip to the Dail

TY class on a trip to the Dail for their political studies. They are being addressed by political director of the Social Democrats Ann-Marie McNally. An excellent Q&A that dealt with issues from Brexit to Homelessness,legalising cannabis for medical use and lowering the voting age.

Local TD Catherine Murphy will be making a follow up visit to the school.

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Ski Trip 2019

44 students and 4 teachers made their way to Lavarone, Italy over the mid-term break for Colaiste Chiarain’s annual ski trip. The group stopped in the town of Verona along the way to take in the incredible view of the Verona Arena amphitheatre and also to visit Juliet’s Balcony (it was Valentine’s Day, after all!)

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After that we took to the slopes for 5 action-packed days of twists and turns, and we filled our evenings with activities like bowling, tubing and spikeball.

We may have returned with some bumps and bruises, but we certainly brought home some unforgettable memories too. Have a look at some of the highlights here:

Senior Soccer

There's been a spate of new football jersey reveals around Colaiste Chiarain recently and today was the senior team's chance to get in on the act. 

 Here's 5th Year's Tobi Shokeye being presented with new shirts by Ms. Patryca Wroblewska from Bank Of Ireland. BOI have very generously partnered with the school on this for which we're very appreciative. 

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Banking on soccer success!

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AIB Leixlip Manager, Fiona Dunning, presenting the new girls' soccer jerseys to Ríon Nallen and Lily Daniere-Doyle from first year in the school this afternoon.

Many thanks to AIB Leixlip for their very generous sponsorship of the girls' team. The girls won the Leinster futsal title before Christmas and are now continuing their great form on the 11 a-side pitch. They will now be kitted-out in the manner befitting champions! 

Junk Kouture 2019

Three TY students have produced an entry for Junk Kouture this year. Junk Kouture is a nationwide fashion competition that promotes environmental sustainability. All of the entries must be created from recycled materials. Florence, Alannah and Laura’s creation titled “Mielikki” is named after the Goddess of Forests. The outfit is inspired by birds and is made from paper and card waste from the art room; the very material produced through deforestation.

Deforestation has had a devastating effect on the population of birds. Mielikki is a fierce warrior protecting their habitat. Wishing the girls all the best that “Mielikki” gets through to the live shows and down that catwalk!


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All Ireland U/20 cup pays a visit to the school.

Past student Jack Barrett called into the school today with the All Ireland U/20 cup and Leinster cup. Jack spent some time with our Gaelic players and provided them with an insight into the training regime that was laid out for the team over the year.

We are extremely proud of Jack’s achievement and look forward to him representing his county at senior level.