School Notes – 9th Nov 2017

Open Evening

Open evening and enrolment for incoming 1st years and new students takes place on Tuesday January 16th at 7pm. All prospective new students are welcome to come along and visit the school and meet current students and staff. There will be subject demonstrations, tours of the school, subject sampling, a chance to play sports and view our extensive facilities and much more!

Past Pupil Success

Congratulations to Alan McMonagle whose novel Ithaca has been nominated for a Bord Gais Irish Book Award. We ask all Mel’s followers of FB and Twitter to follow our short link to vote for Alan’s novel. Alan is the son of former teacher Seamus Mc Monagle. This is Alan’s debut novel but he has published two collections of short stories, Psychotic Episodes) and Liar Liar.   In 2014, his radio play, Oscar Night, was produced and broadcast as part of RTE’s Drama on One season.  In November 2015 he signed a two-book deal with PICADOR and his first novel, Ithaca, was published in March, 2017 and was immediately nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize for first novels. we wish Alan every continued success and best wishes for the Irish Book Awards.

Ganly’s Longford Sports Star of the Month

Congratulations to Cian Dooner and Aodh Dervin on being nominated for the Sports Star award this month. We hope all staff and students will vote for the lads. See our FB and Twitter pages for link to vote.  Apologies to Cian for late notice of his nomination and thanks to our FB critics for their comedic comments on this!!!

Soccer News    

Hard luck to our Under-17 soccer team who suffered a 1-0 defeat to Tullamore in their league fixture on Tuesday. In a very even first half St. Mel’s created some good chances and had the ball in the net only to be ruled out for off-side. Tullamore came out stronger in the second half but didn’t threaten the Mel’s goal. With the match looking like finishing even Tullamore scored a very fortunate goal and kept our lads at arm’s length until full-time. Best for Mel’s were Lucky Igbinogun, Dylan Reilly and Jake Neary. Team; R. Lennon, J. Finn, D. Reilly, L. Igbinogun, T. Ivel, A. Kelly (J. Taylor), I. Abankwah, J. Neary, S. Ayodale (C. Coyle), J. Moran (M. Cureja), C. Dooner (R. Leonard).

Staff In service

Students will have no school on Tuesday November 21st due to a CPD in service (Continued Professional Development) for teachers on the new Junior Cycle exam.

College Awareness Week

Shout out to all the past pupils of St. Mel’s College as part of College Awareness Week ( 20th – 26th November). We asking past pupils to send a 10-30 second video stating

  • What year you left St. Mel’s
  • What college course you choose
  • What job you are now doing or if you are still in college.

Email your clip to Once we compile all the clips together, present pupils of the school will see what courses and what jobs are out there for them also. This will get the students thinking about college.


Hurling was back on the playing fields this week. With tremendous enthusiasm and hunger majority of first and second years pucked, hooked and soloed like it was their final time to time to handle a hurl! There was some excellent talent on show. Well done lads, first year competitive games will start in the coming weeks and training continues Wednesday.

Skills Training

Early morning skills training continues every Wednesday and Thursday morning at 8am. Fantastic turn outs as usual! Keep it up lads!

Christmas Concert

Talk of our annual Christmas concert was in the air this week. Interested students can sign up with Ms Oates. Any student with a talent for song, dance, comedy or drama need apply. We also want student volunteers for back stage and production.