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St. Mel’s College February 2nd 2017

Backstage Success

Congrats to St Mel’s students who took to the stage recently in two local productions. Dylan Murray, Iarlaith O Rourke and Jack Oates performed in “A night on Broadway”. Last week saw Dylan Kelly, Alex Gorman, Peadar Kenny, Rudi Herterich and Kacper Martyniak all take party (on and off stage) part in the BYT panto.

Come on de Town! Well done to Aodh Dervin from 5th yr who made his Longford Town debut last week in a match vs Sligo Rovers. It was a great start for Aodh as de Town won 3-2!

LY Factor Congratulations to Michael Purcell from 5th year who won the final of LY factor last weekend. He performed a rap which was penned by Michael also. Well done to Tyler Murphy from 1st year who was in the final also.

Catholic Schools Week Catholic Schools Week is an annual all-Ireland celebration which invites schools to give expression in an exceptional way to the ethos of Catholic education. It acknowledges the contribution that our school makes in Irish society. This year, the theme is ‘Laudato Si’ – learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home – with words Seeing, Caring for, Watching over, Protecting and Sharing. Each day Fr McGrath led a student assembly and on Fridaty last students attended a prayer service and had tri throats blessed remembering the feast of St. Blaise.

1st and 2nd yr Basketball Two fantastic wins for the St Mel’s Basketball teams against De La Salle Waterford last Wednesday. The 1st year team surged into an early lead in the 1st quarter but by half time the Waterford team were right back into the game . A strong 3rd quarter saw De La Salle in command but St Mel’s had edged into a one point lead with just two minutes remaining and held their composure to retain the lead until the final whistle. Final score St Mel’s 23 De La Salle 22. Very well done to coaches Tadhg Mc Nevin and Paul McKenna who have now secured two wins out of two for this team.

The 2nd Years also faced a stern test against the Waterford school and despite playing well in spots trailed 28-16 going into the final quarter. But an effective press and improved conversion rate saw them eat away at the lead in a nail-biting 4th quarter, trailing by three points on more than one occasion before drawing level just before the final whistle. This sent the game into overtime and St Mel’s, playing with huge courage and belief and cheered on by their noisy supporters, held on to win a thrilling encounter 40-39.

DCU Talk many thanks to Jonny Copper from DCU for visiting the school last week. Jonny is the student liaison officer for DCU. He gave a great overview of the courses available in DCU and also spoke about college life. At present there are 45 St Mel’s past pupils in DCU. Hopefully some of the class of 2017 will be joining them in September. Check out Facebook for photographs of Jonny with some of the junior students. The lads were delighted to meet the all-Ireland winning Dublin footballer.

TY Enterprise Thanks to Sadie from the Enterprise Board who visited last week with advice and support for the TYs. At present there are 7 groups working on enterprise projects. The county final for enterprise projects takes place in April.

1st year Soccer

Our first year soccer team have advanced to the quarter finals of the SFAI West Leinster League by beating Moyne CS 5-2. St. Mel’s went 1-0 up after 15 minutes thanks to a penalty when Michael Mulcahy was brought down illegally in the box following a great individual run. Connor Clancy stepped up and calmly slotted the ball past their goalkeeper for an early lead. The lead was doubled 5 minutes later when Clancy chipped the ball over the Moyne defence to an on running James Abankwah who drove the ball past the keeper and into the bottom left corner of the net. Killian Feeney made it 3-0 shortly after half time and seemed to put the game out of sight for the visitors however Moyne CS rallied and took advantage of some complacent play and scored 2 quick goals in succession, it was game on once again. After a lull in play Emmanuel James came on from the bench and made an instant impact, beating two players down the left wing and crossing the ball to James Abankwah were he slotted home his second from close range. Moyne’s response was positive and if was not for a world class save by Daniel Gallagher the deficit would have been reduced to 1 for the second time in the match. With 10 minutes left Killian Feeney drove down the right wing and hammered a pass across the box where Emmanuel James was waiting at the back post to tap the ball in from close range, for the final goal in the match. Well done also to Mohamad Nasir who played his first competitive game of football when he came on in the second half. MOM James Abankwah!

Mock Exams Best of luck to our Leaving Certs and 3rd years who are doing mocks this week.


St. Mel’s College Notes  – February 9th 2017

LCFE Talk for Leaving Certs   

Many thanks to Maura Casey from Templemichael College who visited last week and spoke to the leaving cert classes about the courses available in Longford College of Further Education. LCFE offers level 5 and 6 courses in many areas. Their open day is on March 1st.


Plans have begun for WELLFEST. During this week the school explores ways to promote positive mental health. This year’s activities are being organised by the transition years with the support of Mr Garvey and Ms Concar.  WELLFEST takes place from February 27th until March 3rd. students will enjoy a sports day, nutrition talks, drop everything and relax and talks for support groups a just a few of the planned activities. #mentalfitness 


Practice continues in the sports hall at lunchtimes. TYs and a select group of talented dancers from 5th years are teaching the haka to 1st years. We look forward to a demonstration during WELLFEST.


Next week 1st years are going to a blitz in Sligo and 1st and 2nd year basketball teams are in action again in Newbridge.

Schools Go Orange

As students are sitting mock exams next week we are postponing schools go orange for Cycle Against Suicide until March. #ShareTheJourney #Itsoknottofeelok

TY Concern Talk

Last Thursday the transition class enjoyed a debate workshop hosted by Concern. Claire Marshall is the schools liaison officer for Concern. Students were encourages to share their views about many topics. The lads took part in many fun activities and learned lots about debating and the work of Concern. This was an enjoyable experience. Concern organise a debating competition each September and so we hope that next September some of our students will take part in this competition.

 Seachtain na Gaelige

Preparations are underway for seachtain na gaelige which takes place in March. Ms Farrell is busy preparing a of transition for an Irish language debate. There is great excitement as the lads are debating against the TYs from Scoil Mhuire.  We look forward to this event.


We extend our sympathy to Mr Boland on the death of his father last week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Get Well Wishes

We send our best wishes to teachers Ms Fallon and Ms Geraghty. We wish them a speedy recovery and hope they will be back among us before long.

Happy Mid Term

Leaving cert and 3rd years finish their mock exams on Friday. We hope everyone has an enjoyable mid-term. School reopens on Monday February 27th.


St. Mel’s College Notes February 16th 2017

Exam Notice

Ms Hayden will distribute Leaving and Junior Cert exam fee forms after the mid-term to all leaving and junior cert students. Junior Cert fee -€109 and Leaving Cert fee – €116 Repeat fee – €301. Fees are to be paid to the Bank using bank giro forms. These forms will then be returned to Ms Hayden. Medical cards may be used to cover the cost of exam fees and must be current on March 1st 2017. GP visit cards are not accepted.

Garda Trip

TY students Barry O Brien, Rory Lennon, Jack Finnegan and Liam Morgan were chosen to go on a three day work experience with An Garda Siochana. They visited Templemore Training College, the Central Criminal Court and the canine and coastguard units. It was a great experience and the remaining tys are envious of this experience.

1st year GAA Blitz in Sligo

Our first year gaelic football team travelled to their first blitz day of the new year on Tuesday last. After a full month of training with Paddy O Connor from Longford GAA we travelled to Sligo to a blitz organised by Sligo GAA. This was a great opportunity for the lads to test themselves against the best schools in Sligo and Donegal. All 34 players who travelled to the venue got at least 30 mins of game time and the improved skill levels of all players was evident. In the first game we played St Attracta’s from Sligo. In an evenly matched game the scores were level at half time and with the advantage of a strong wind in the 2nd half Attracta’s won out by 5 points in the end. In the second game we played Colaiste Colimcile Ballyshannon. We went into half time 8 points down and just after half time conceded another goal. The lads showed great fight to get the scores back to 2 points in the finish and were unlucky not to grab the win. Training continues for this group after mid term with another Longford blitz day the Thursday we come back after the mid-term. 

Irish Debating

Barry O Brien, Cian Ó Nualláin and Jack Oates are busy preparing for their debate against MeanScoil Mhuire which takes place on Thursday February 30th. The notion for the debate is “Cruthóidh Uachtaránacht Trump cogadh i Mericeá agus ar fud an Domhain”. Go neirí libh a bhuachaillí! 


Join us for a week of positive mental health and wellbeing promotion during WELLFEST. This year’s activities are being organised by the transition years with the support of Mr Garvey and Ms Concar.  WELLFEST takes place from February 27th until March 3rd. Students will enjoy a sports day, nutrition talks, drop everything and relax and talks for support groups a just a few of the planned activities. #mentalfitness . A highlight of the week will be the first years performing the Haka!

TY Drama

TY students have just started learning their lines for the play Moll. They will perform the play later in the year. Welcome back to Mickey Kenny who has the arduous task of turning our TYs into award winning actors. Updates as soon as the play is cast!


Well done to our basketball teams who were in action against Patrician College Newbridge last Thursday  in two very exciting games. The 1st year team met their sternest opposition to date and while they were right in the game until the end, they were unable to overhaul the Newbridge lead and lost on a scoreline of 33-30. Well done to Paul McKenna who coached the team.


A strong 1st quarter saw the 2nd year team take an early lead against their opponents but despite stretching their lead to 9 points at one stage, they couldn’t shake the Kildare team off. They then faced a strong full-court press in the 4th quarter as Newbridge tried to salvage the match but St. Mel’s held their nerve and their lead to finish winners on a score of 31-25. 


24 TYs have paid their deposits and are preparing for their week in Berlin. We depart on Monday 1st May and return on Friday 5th. Trip includes visiting the Brandenburg Gate, The DDR Museum, a Computer Game Museum and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. There may also be a tour of a BMW motorbike factory so there is something for everyone. The boys are now busy practicing their German so they are able to communicate with their host families. 

Cross Country

On Thursday, January 26th, a team of 16 students travelled to Calgry, Sligo to take part in the North Connacht Cross – Country Championships. Two students Cian O Nuallain and Sean Mc Manus qualified to the Connacht Finals that took place on Tuesday February 7th. Well done lads and thanks to Mr Enright for arranging the trip. Anyone interested in a lunchtime run can see Mr Enright after the mid-term.

Mid term

We hope everyone is enjoying the midterm. School reopens next Monday!