Updated on 13/06/2017
College Concert a great success on the 5
th of May
The music department held a most enjoyable concert on Friday 5
th of May in the college sports hall. This concert was very well attended and featured the musical talents of almost 100 students. The concert featured performances by the college choir, jazz band, traditional Irish traditional group, soloists and the winners of 2017 Pat’s Factor ‘Good Feeling’. Not being content with just having students performing the staff also got involved ! A number of the college staff performed a song written by Mr Ray Hackett which was arranged for the College Jazz band by Mr Ciarán Tackney. Overall the concert received extremely positive feedback. It was enjoyed by all who attended for the excellent standard of performance and the variety of music presented.
The concert got off to a rousing 60’s start with a medley of 15 Beatles songs performed by the 50 strong College choir and band. All the big hits were included and it was a great start to the concert. The 2017 Pat’s Factor winners ‘Good Feeling’ then gave a rousing rendition of the classic song ‘Feeling Good’.
‘Barry and the Back Ups’ were runners up in Pat’s Factor 2017 and under the direction of Ms Orla Murphy performed a choreographed dance routine to the song ‘Fly Me To The Moon’. Barry Lynch singer and the excellent college jazz band provided the musical accompaniment.
Classical musical also featured in the concert and Ivan Krupa bravely and brilliantly performed, on electric guitar, the very difficult 1st movement of the A minor Violin concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach. As part of the classical section of the concert Conor Flood performed an organ piece on the recently acquired 2 manual Viscount organ.
Next followed an unusual piece that required 3 people playing a piano at the same time! The piano trio ‘Le Secret’ by Leonard Gautier was performed to great reaction by Barry Conaty, Conor Flood and Kieran Grimes. Eoghan Ruddy then treated us to the infamous tongue twister ‘Model Major General’ from the Pirates of Penzance. Keeping in the classical theme Paul Mc Brien brought us to a magical place with Debussy’s Dr Gradus ad Parnassum from the Children’s Corner Suite.
The 2nd half of the concert had a distinctly Irish feeling to it. It got off to a very powerful start with the orchestra and members of the traditional Irish group performing Riverdance. This was greatly enhanced by Ms Orla Murphy and Luke Murphy ably filling the shoes of Michael Flatley and Jean Butler.
Following this was the theme music from ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’. Oisín Mc Corry on ocarina and the college choir with instrumentalists gave a very evocative performance of the iconic film score theme by Ennio Morricone. The 40 strong College traditional Irish group were next to display their talents and they performed a medley of hornpipes, jigs, reels and polkas. One of the tunes was written by Oisín Mc Corry a 5th year student who would then go on to wow the audience with his excellent performance of Máirtín O’ Connor’s virtuoso piece ‘The Road West’. He was ably accompanied by Barry Conaty on piano, Conor Flood on acoustic guitar and Patrick Gaffney on bass. Traditional Irish music got a ‘rock and roll’ make over when 1st and 2nd year students combined their rock and traditional music skills to perform the Corr’s version of the reel ‘Toss The Feathers’. This piece really came to life with Mark Sexton’s brilliant drum solo. More Irish music fusions were to come with the choir and traditional Irish group performing an upbeat version of ‘The Auld Triangle’. This performance with Dáire Smith as soloist attracted one of the best audience reactions of the night. To conclude the concert the entire forces of the choir, orchestra and traditional Irish group were brought together with a dance group choreographed by Ms Gwen Brady + Mr Gerard Gunn. They lit up the hall with a magnificent performance of an Irish traditional make-over of the Justin Timberlake hit ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’. This had been performed as the interval act at Pat’s Factor back in February and it was so good that it was felt it deserved another outing ! The brilliant vocal performance by Jomarii Suazo, the break-neck tempo of the Irish traditional musicians and the brilliant acrobatic moves of the dancers combined with the entire forces of the music department provided an extremely powerful ending to what was an excellent concert. While the music department played a big role in the staging of this concert the assistance provided by a great number of the College staff played a huge role in the success of this event. I would like to wholeheartedly thank all the very many staff, too numerous to mention and the student committee, for the invaluable contribution they made towards the success of this concert. Ciarán Tackney May 2017
Congratulations to our four third year winners of the College Academic Achievement awards. Pictured is Mr O’Shea (deputy Principal), Daniel Rowley (Overall Winner), Aaron Galligan (winner), Mr Smith (Year Head), Odhrán Maguire (winner), Mazharul Choudhury (winner) and Mr Rowley (Principal).
Pictured above are Transition Year 2017 at their Graduation Ceremony with Ms Gwen Brady (TY Co-ordinator). Congratulations to all concerned on a fantastic year.
Pictured is Mr Rowley accepting a presentation to the staff of St Pat’s from TY students Evon Smyth and Ciarán Jermyn.
TY students Conor Courtney and Gavin Brady made a presentation to Ms Gwen Brady.
Congratulations to Matthew Chen, Brian O’Rourke, Dylan Brady Colin Keogan, Jomari Suazo, Callum Kelly and Rory McCabe on their success in the Windows Poetry Competition. They were awarded certificated of success for coming in the top fifty out of a total entry of 1300. Well done and congratulations to their English teachers Ms Craig-Elliot and Ms Curran.
Congratulations to Shane Maguire and Ronan Mascarenhas on winning joint Student of the Year Award. They are pictured here with Ms Lorraine Cartwright (Year Head), Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Mr John O’Shea (Deputy Principal) and Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal).
Congratulations to Jonathan Devlin, Ronan Mascarenhas, Barry Fay, Ryan Conaty, Jack Kerrigan and Paul McBrien on receiving their Academic Student of the Year awards.
Pictured above are Prefects of 2016-17. Prefects are important to the smooth running of the school. Thank you for all your hard work.
Pictured above are this years Mentors. Each Mentor takes care of First Year students when they arrive at St Pat’s for the first time. Thank you for all your hard work.
Rang St Adrian’s gave out a questionnaire to 104 First Year Students to find out what they knew about discrimination. Their findings are posted on the History notice board.
The School Digital Champions. Well done to The School Digital Team on completing their project Pats Tech. The project is part of a national initiative to encourage young people to develop their computing skills while working with others. This year the school team set up a lunch time coding club for all First Years. Here are the team of Christopher Maguire, Luke Buckley, Daniel Dolan, Barry Lynch, Conor Courtney and Evon Smyth receiving certification of their achievement.
The John Hooper Statistics Medal Competition is for all students of Mathematics and aims engage students with statistics that are real and important to them. This year three groups of TY students entered the competition. Each group had to complete a poster based on data they had collected from questionnaires they compiled. The topics of the statistical investigations undertaken by the groups were; penalty shootout and kicking accuracy, concussion in Rugby awareness and influence of TV on the lives of First Year students. Well done to all involved and congratulations on the certificates achieved from the CSO (Central Statistics Office). The students below are David Cosgrave, Brian Mc Gauran, Liam Fennon, Sebin Binu, Evon Smyth, Conor Courtney and Ryan Shields. Missing from the photo is Mark Nulty.
IMTA (Irish Maths Teachers Asscciation) First Year Maths Quiz Well done to James Byrne (1st Place) and Colm Brady (Joint 3rd place) on taking trophies home last Friday night at the regional final of the First Year IMTA Quiz in Monaghan. The regional rounds was very tough this year with many students scoring well so this is a great achievement for the St. Pat’s students. The future of Maths in the school is definitely in good hands. Well done to the boys and their teachers.
Congrations to St Pat’s 1st year soccer team and their coach Mr.Macken on winning the Cavan/Monaghan league.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Corn Mill theatre on their fantastic performance in “Philadelphia Here I Come” here at St Pat’s on 19th May. All funds went to St Patrick’s College Handball alleys refurbishment. Thank you all in Corn Mill.
Pi Quiz 2017 The Pi Quiz is a Maths competition for third year higher level Maths students and last Friday (May 5th) saw the regional final for the North East Region taking place in St. Pat’s. A total of nine teams of four students competed for the beautiful Pi trophies with St. Pat’s being represented by Odhrán Maguire, Daniel Rowley, Mazharul Choudhury and Aaron O’ Connell. The other teams came from a variety of schools from the region. The teams completed eight rounds of Maths questions based on the current Junior Certificate Syllabus, which will most definitely stand to the students in June. The competition is organised by the Cork Branch of the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association each year and it has grown from strength to strength each year. Well done to all those students who participated.
Congratulations to TY student Adam Kelly who has been presented with a scholarship from the German Embassy.This presentation gives Adam an opportunity to spend time in Germany for the summer. He is pictured here with his German teacher Ms. Derval Carolan
Congratulations to Mr Bogue and his 1st yr basketball team on their achievements in Limerick at the weekend.
Hard luck to our Dalton squad and trainers Mr Fitzpatrick, Mr Gunn and Mr McNerney in their Ulster Schools Final. What a brilliant game. Both teams played their hearts out. Well done all.
Mrs. Hayden’s First Year french class with the winners of the annual “Poulet au chocolat 2017”.
First prize : Ciarán O Brien
Second prize : Evan Brady
Pictured here are the winning and second place teams from the First Year Soccer tournament which was organised by Mr Burns and Mr McLoughlin with the assistance of Eoin Lavin, Evan Burke and Barry Lynch. €330 was raised for the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Congratulations to our Under 17 Soccer team who beat Virginia College in the Cava/Monaghan Soccer League. Well done all and special congrats to Mr O’Callaghan, team coach. Check out Team Photos for more photos.
Digital Champions visit Facebook HQ.
The School Digital Team of St. Pat’s College went to Facebook HQ in Dublin on Friday March 3rd. This visit to Facebook was part of the project that the Digital Team are participating in. The team this year comprises of Daniel Dolan, Conor Courtney, Barry Lynch, Evon Smyth (all TY students ), Luke Buckley and Christopher Maguire (5th year students). These students (The Digital Champions) have undertaken to teach first years how to code and introduced those interested to the Hour of Code, Scratch and designing a website using HTML. The code club meet every Thursday and the Digital Team work with the first years to develop coding skills. To enable the Digital Team to run the lunchtime club with first years the team attended a training day in Galway I.T. and the Facebook workshop. At Facebook the students were given a guided tour of this digital giant and learned about the future of technology using drones, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Students also experienced Virtual Reality using Oculus Rift headsets. Part of the day also placed student in teams and encouraged them to present their vision of a future where data enables people and aids everyday life. The project is called School Digital Champion and is a new initiative developed by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in collaboration with Department of Education and Skills. In line with the National Digital Strategy and the Digital Strategy for Schools the programme will motivate, encourage and support schools in embracing digital technology and increase awareness of digital as a career.
Drive change in your community, volunteer at the Cavan, Cootehill Michaela Foundation Summer Camp. Click here to view full details
National University of Ireland Maynooth Junior Certificate Business Awards for eight St Pat’s Students for their impressive results in their 2016 Junior Certificate Business exam. Congratulations to the boys and their teacher Mr Duffy. Pictured is Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal), Nithesh Santhosh, Lexes Mantiquilla, Sean T Murphy, Fearghal O’Reilly, Luke Murphy, Evon Smyth, Daniel Dolan and Mr Eddie Duffy (Business teacher).
Barry Conaty a 5th year music student was recently chosen by composer Michael Rooney to be part of a 20 piece traditional orchestra comprised of the finest young players from around the country. They are to perform on the 27th January in The Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena for the Taoiseach and other government ministers. They will play sections of Michael Rooney’s Irish suites including Macalla. Sligo is the European city of volunteers 2017 so this is a launch concert for this in front of a 2000 strong audience. Among his many achievements Barry has had many successes at county, provincial and all Ireland level in the Fleadh Cheoil and is a very active member of St. Patrick’s College Music Department. We wish him the very best on the 27th !!