Banking on soccer success!


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!


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.

Christmas Jumpers for SVP

Each year 6th students organise a Christmas Jumper Day as a fundraiser for our local branch of SVP. All funds raised go directly back into our local community. Well done to our senior prefects for organising the event and our students and staff for their support. Photos can be view from this link

No Phone Zone Poster Competition!

Following feedback from students and to raise awareness of the distraction which mobile phones can be while studying, the TL21 teaching committee ran a ‘NO Phone Zone’ poster competition for 1 st and 2 nd Years. Well done to all the finalists who displayed great creativity and thoughtfulness.


2nd year students visit Munich and Salzburg.

Twenty-one of our second year German students have just returned from a four day Landeskunde trip to Munich and Salzburg. Together with Mr Coplen, Ms O'Hare and Ms McConnon, the students had an action-packed few days. The four day trip saw the group tour Munich's Old Town, Dachau concentration camp, the beautiful Austrian city of Salzburg and the Olympic Park. Students were also taken on tours of the Deutsches Museum (Science & Technology) and Die Pinakothek der Moderne (Modern Art & Design museum). The students even found the time (and Red Bull-fuelled energy) to climb the 299 steps to the top of St. Peter's church tower in Munich and the steep incline to the top of the Hohensalzburg fortress to experience wonderful panoramic views of the two gorgeous cities and to make two separate trips to the ice skating rinks. The festive aromas of scented candles, pine, grilled meat, roasted chestnuts, cinnamon and cloves were aplenty as the group took in no less than three separate Christmas markets during the trip. All in all, the trip was an enormous success and enjoyed by all. The teachers would like to take this opportunity to thank the students in question for their exemplary behaviour. They represented our school and country well (even managing a moving rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann on their kazoos on the airport shuttle).


Black '47

3rd year history students travelled to the Irish Film Institute to see 'revenge-western' Black '47 this morning. Set in Connemara,  in the worst year of The Famine, the story tells of an Irish soldier who has deserted from the British army to wreak revenge on the regime he once served which has caused the death of all his family. 

The students were extremely lucky that the movie's director, Lance Daly, was on hand afterwards for a Q+A session. A most insightful experience.  


1st Year Girls Futsal Leinster Champions

The Colaiste Chiarain 1st Year Girls soccer team were crowned Leinster Champions in the Post Primary Schools Futsal (5-a-side Indoor Soccer) Championships on Wednesday 21st November in the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown.

Having won the Kildare Championships in October, the girls were pitted against the 12 county winners from all across the province, organised into two groups of six.

A brilliant start saw them claim an emphatic 5-1 win over School Chriost Ri, with a hat trick from Jodie Lawlor. Further wins over Moyne CS and St Joseph's set up a crunch clash with the Dublin Champions, St MacDaras. The girls put in a stirling performance to edge the game 1-0, with Sophie Kelly Buggy grabbing the vital goal. This win ensured progress to the final.

In the decider, they faced off against an old foe, Loreto Kilkenny. Having recently lost out to Loreto in an 11-a-side fixture, the girls had added motivation, and set about their task brilliantly with a well-worked early goal from Lawlor. Ella Malone then took the game by the scruff of the neck, scoring two spectacular long range efforts to put Colaiste Chiarain 3-0 up at the break. Despite renewed efforts from Loreto, the girls put in a calm, assured defensive effort in the second half and never looked like conceding. At the final whistle, the 3-0 scoreline was greeted with great celebrations and excitement.

The team now progress on to the National Finals in Waterford on December 4th. As Leinster Champions and representatives, they will face the other provincial winners from Munster, Ulster and Connaught, and will have high hopes of further success!

Well done to all of the team:

Kate Ryan, Ava Carey, Rion Nallen, Ella Malone, Sophie O'Hagan, Jodie Lawlor, Sophie Kelly Buggy, Jessica Howard, Eimear Kenny, Olivia Grange


C.C. dismantle border defences.

The boys first year soccer team headed north this morning to face De La Salle, Dundalk. The long trip proved fruitful almost immediately as CC struck three times early on in the first half leaving the lads from the Wee County scratching their heads. A brace from Luke Kehir, who tormented his markers all day and a neat finish from playmaker Matthew O'Hara doing the damage. 

Despite the scoreline flattering us a little at the interval, apart from hitting the bar, Dundalk never seriously threatened our goalkeeper Alex Kearney's net following the restart. Indeed, our lads could and should have added to our tally before mid field general, Sean Mackey, struck low into the bottom corner to effectively finish the game as a competition. There were very strong performance all over the pitch with Abel Adam and Gideon Onyejkwe at the heart of our miserly defence. Hamish McNaughton, Ben Corcoran and Cathal Manley all battled like tigers throughout while Alfie Ball ran himself into the ground up front to ensure our opponents would never gain a foothold in the match. 

 Well done to the whole squad who represented our school with such distinction.


Saoirse Hyland wins Irish Translators and Interpreters' Award

Saoirse translated a literary text from German to English and won  this year's German - English Translators award for secondary schools.  The competition is organised annually by the  Irish Translators and Interpreters' Association, who give awards for seven different languages nationally.  It's aim is to promote language skills and to encourage students to consider careers as professional interpreters and translators.  The awards ceremony took place on the 29th September in The Irish Writers' Centre, Dublin. 

Mary Phelan (Chairwoman of the Irish Translators and Interpreters' Association) and Saoirse Hyland

Mary Phelan (Chairwoman of the Irish Translators and Interpreters' Association) and Saoirse Hyland

Pride in our Students Competing at International Level

In Coláiste Chiaráin we are very proud of all our students who perform and compete at international level. We recognise their focus, diligence and attainment. It is wonderful that these students are performing at such high levels internationally while continuing to apply themselves academically.  Well done to you all, keep up the amazing work!


L/R Cian Tiernan, Conor Walsh, Tiernan Howe, Fatimah Akorede, Caoimhe Masterson, Mollie Dagg, Hanna Sylvester, Ciara Bracken, Ciara Saunders, Ciaran Connolly, Ronan Foley,
Nelson Fotso Toumo

Missing from the photo are the following: Ciara Mulleady, Killian Geraghty,


Ciara Saunders has played nationally and internationally on Ireland’s U21s

Women’s Canoe Polo team for the past 4 years. She has travelled to various

countries for competitions, such as the Canoe Polo World Championships in Sicily

Ciara Bracken is currently in her fourth year of representing Ireland for basketball,

she has played at under 15, under 16 and now at under 18 level. She has

represented in 9 foreign countries including Macedonia in 2017 for the European


Cian Tiernan is playing with the Irish U16 basketball team. Cian plays his club

basketball with Liffey Celtics Basketball Club

Ciarán Connolly, a sixth year student, competed for his school and his country in

the International High Jump SIAB Championships. He continued on to compete again

with the Irish Team in the Celtic Championships, where he was awarded silver in

both events. Ciarán now focuses on achieving the qualifying standard for the

European Championships in the coming year.

Ronan Foley enrolled in Colaiste Chiarain this year as a Leaving Certificate student.

He is an elite kayaker who has made and represented the Irish National Team

multiple times abroad.

The season of 2018 was a very special one for Ronan., His achievements included:

Irish National Marathon Champion. Multiple Irish National Sprint Champion. Double

World Cup Gold Medallist.

Junior European Marathon Champion. World Championships Silver Medallist.

Caoimhe Masterson has been representing Ireland in basketball for the past 3

years. She was on the U16 development squad one year ago and is currently on the

U16 Irish squad for her age group now.

Conor Walsh represented Ireland in basketball at the European u16 Championships

and is currently on the u17 Irish team.

Fatimah Akorede has been representing Ireland with basketball for the past 3 years.

Last year, she travelled to Serbia to represent the school and Ireland in the 3v3 world

Schools championships. She also participated in the U16 European Championships

with her Irish Team in Montenegro last August. She is currently on the U17 Irish

Basketball squad.

Tiernan Howe is a member of the Irish under 18 men’s basketball squad and

represented Ireland in Bulgaria in the under 16 European Championship

Hannah Sylvester has competed at Irish Dancing World Championship for the past

6 years, recalling and placing at top level, internationally

Ciara Mulleady is currently on the U17 Irish basketball team. She has previously

represented Ireland at U15 level.

Killian Geraghty came 2 nd in the World Boxing Championship for Youths in the 60kg

weight category in Italy. He has represented his country over 20 times in places such

as Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Belarus, France and Spain

Nelson Fotso plays on the U16 basketball team. He is in preseason training at the

moment preparing for tournaments in Belarus in December. He is very proud to

represent Ireland.

Mollie Dagg plays GAA handball at an international level. She has won a total of 5

world titles, 4 silver medals and 3 world championships (Ireland, Calgary and

Minnesota). She has also won a number of All Ireland’s, representing Leixlip, Kildare

and Leinster

Recognising Junior Certificate Excellence!

The highest achieving students in the Junior Certificate Examination 2018 were congratulated today and awarded with book tokens to recognise their excellent performance. You have done your parents/guardians and school proud, comhghairdeas!

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l/r Grainne Heffron, Sean Halvey, Darragh Melville, Julianna Decuseara, Kerri Thornton, Kila Dunne, Ella McDonnell, Laura McGonigle, Alannah Hyland, Matthew Hunt, Joe Sweeney.

Missing from the phot are the following:
Jack Quinn, Oran Hayes, Cara McLaughlin, Cara McLaughlin