News 2013

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Pictured above is Conor O’Shea and Niall Van Der Spek who were semi-finalists in the Poetry Aloud competition with TY co-odinator Ms Gwen Brady The St. Patrick’s College German Debating Team pictured with their opponents from the Mercy College, Sligo.
(L-R Darragh Fay, Mikolaj Sidor, Gavin Sherlock and Jakub Zubcevic)
The team recently took part in the second round of the Goethe Institut
All- Ireland debating competition, where they debated the topic of “Women in Science”. Bin It Live Team
St. Patrick’s College Green Schools Committee are busy working on their application for the Green Schools Flag. As part of their activities they invited the ‘Bin It Live Team’ from the Litter Task Force to the school. The interactive workshop involved all first year and second years students and was aimed at helping them to think about issues related to littering. Other activities this year organised by the Committee have included planting trees, with a special tree planting ceremony for first year students, guest speakers and a competition to encourage recycling of plastic bottles.
Left to Right – Riccardo Vennettili, Leo Doyle, Oisin Mc Breen, Aaron Olwill. Front row Stephen O’Riordan and Lizzie Conroy (From the Bin It Taskforce). Back Row Mr. Rowley, Lizzie Conroy (From the Bin It Taskforce). Christopher O’ Connell, Daniel Walsh, Daniel Straume, Greg Duffy, Kameron Walsh, Eoghan Mc Grath, Stephen O’Riordan (From the Bin It Taskforce). Front row: Abel Aymen, Riccardo Vennettili, Leo Doyle, Oisin Mc Breen, Aaron Olwill (1st and 2nd year student on the Green Schools Committee)
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Congratulations to Stephen Smith and Cian McManus who beat Omagh CBS in the under 17 doubles Ulster Colleges final 15-3, 15-3 recently. They now go on to represent St Pat’s in the All Ireland Colleges doubles semi final. They are pictured here with their PE teacher and coach, Mr James Brady.
Congratulations also to Mr Brady and Patrick Clerkin, who won the All-Ireland Junior Doubles final 21-14, 21-19 against Wexford. Prefects, St Patrick’s College, Cavan, 2013 Pictured above are Mentors for 2012-13 after the presentation of their certificates with Ms Marie Henry, Guidance Counsillor.
Mentors play an important role in St Pat’s. They are there to look after incoming first year students, helping them to settle into their new school surroundings. They are also a friendly ear for any worries or concerns a new first year may have. Thank you to all for the very important work you have carried out through the year.


Junior Cert students get results.
Killian McCombe, Shane Fortune, David O’Reilly, Luke Fortune, Paul Leddy, Keenan Donohoe, Shane McDermott.



2013 Junior Certificate students opening their results.








Patrick Adamski, Mikolaj Sidor, Corry Wright, Jacub Zubcevic.


Students Honour Dr Liam McNiffe. Today marked the second last day that all students, except those sitting the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams, will have Dr Liam McNiffe as their Principal. To honour his time with them, the student body made a presentation to him today 28th May 2013. Pictured is 5th Year student Fiacra McGoldrick making the presentation to a very surprised Dr McNiffe.Pictured is 5th Year student Fiacra McGoldrick making the presentation to Dr McNiffe on the occasion of his retirement as principal of St Patrick’s College.
Pictured is 5th Year student Fiacra McGoldrick making the presentation to Dr McNiffe on the occasion of his retirement as principal of St Patrick’s College.Students Honour Dr Liam McNiffe on the occasion of his retirement as Principal. 28th May 2013



Leaving Certificate 2013.

Pictured above is Dr McNiffe (centre) with some of the                              students at St Pat’s who achieved over 500 points in                                    their Leaving Cert.

From left are; John Denning, Liam Connolly, Chris                                          Gaffney, Michael Maguire, Thomas Kelly, Donal                                              McEntee, Dr Mc Niffe (Principal),
Seamus Tierney (over 600 points), Adam Hough, Fionan                            Tierney, Daniel Maguire, Liam Fitzsimons and Cian                                        Monahan.
Dr McNiffe and staff are really delighted with the terrific                           results and wish every boy the very best for his future.                                 Ninteen students gained over 500 points, very                                                significantly above the national average. Thirty five per                              cent of this years Leaving cert class took higher level                                    maths and the new Project Maths did not seem to be a                                problem to students, judging by the results.


Cycle against suicide stops over at St Pat’s.      

The cycle against suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’ S The Secret Millionaire.

When our school heard about the campaign back in October there was huge interest. We were delighted to be chosen as an anchor school . A committee of seven students was then formed with the overall task of organizing the day. Weeks before the cycle

planning was in full swing and four from our committee went to the RTE studios to meet the main organizers and take part in a pre-recorded Colm Hayes radio programme.

The running order for the day was extremely busy and to say the least the school was buzzing. Staff, students and parents -past and present- joined forces to ensure that everything went to plan. Over seventy school members cycled to Belturbet to welcome the 250 cyclists and escort them back to the college.  After refreshments in the canteen a concert was held featuring musicians and singers from The Royal, Breifne, Loreto and St. Pat’s and the male choir from the Rugby Club. At this stage a most energetic Jim Breen took over and as well as talking about his own story introduced three speakers who shared their experiences with us.


Official opening of New School Building 2013.

Pictured above at the unveiling ceremony are: Mr Albert Connelly (Glenman Corp), Ms Sheila O’Connor, Mr Conor Casey (Semple and MacKellop), Mr Pat Murphy (Clerk of Works), Dr Liam McNiffe (Principal), Minister Ciaran Cannon TD, Feargal McAleenan (Architect), Frank Duignan, Alan o’Brien, Fr Dan Sheridan (Chairperson BOM). The official “Turning of the Sod” by Minister BrendanSmith. Dr Liam McNiffe (Principal) and Mr Feargal McAleenan (Architect, Todd Architects). Pictured above front; Fr Colm Hurley, Dr Liam McNiffe,
(back); Fr Gerard Alwill, Mr Patsy Lee, Fr John McTiernan.
All past presidents/principals of the College. Pictured above l-r; Michael Cooke, Fr Brian McElhinney, Fr John Gilhooly, Fr Brian Flynn,
Fr Kevin Donohoe, Fr Michael Router, Fr John McTiernan, Fr Colm Hurley. Pictured above are Anne Cleary (Artist involved in the One per Cent for Art scheme,
Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly and also at
Niamh Smith (artists assistant), Aaron Lynch (participating student in One per Cent project). Leon Lynch (One per Cent scheme Co-Ordinator),
Liam McNiffe (Principal), Eoghan McConnell (participating student in One per Cent project) looking through one of the glass panels which is part of a work titled “Compliment of Colours”.
Overall five works were produced by the artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly in collaboration with students from the College..


Dr Liam McNiffe making a presentation to Mr Feargal McAleenen (Architect) Dr Liam McNiffe making a presentation to Fr Dan Sheridan (Chairperson BOM). Dr Liam McNiffe making a presentation to Ms Geraldine Smith (College Secretary) Dr Liam McNiffe making a presentation to Mr Leon Lynch (Art Teacher). Dr Liam McNiffe making a presentation to Mr Pat Murphy (Clerk of Works). Members of the Creative Engagement team pictured with three of eight stained glass light boxes based on the theme “The School Ethos” and also with five turned cerimonial platters. The workshops, in Stained Glass production and Wood Turning were run with the assistance of Leon lynch (art teacher) and Declan Burns and Gerard Gunn (Materials technology).
Pictured back l-r are; Mr Pat Rooney (Pangur Glass Studios), Ms Caroline Smith (Religion Dept), Mr Dermot Carney (Creative Engagement Arts Officer, NAPD), Mr Gerard Gunn (Materials technology dept), Ms Claire Rahill (Religion dept), Mr Declan Burns (Materials technology dept).
Front l-r; Ms Anne-Marie Madden (Religion dept), Mr Leon lynch (Art dept), Ms Jane Craig-Elliot (Religion dept). Pictured above are past members of staff with Principal Dr liam McNiffe attending the official opening of the new school on May 7th 2013. Pictured arriving for the official opening of the new school are Mrs Kathleen Conaty, Mr Jim McDonnell, Mr Jack Brennan and Mr Paddy Brady. Members of staff 2013 attending the official opening of the new school on 7th May 2013. Students who assisted with preparations and helped out with the official opening of St patrick’s College new school building. Fr Gabriel Kelly and Bishop Leo Reilly attending the official opening of St patrick’s College new school building. Mr Ronan McDermott, Mr Fergus O’Connor and Mr Michael Killen. Fr Colm Hurley and Liam McNiffe. Fr John McMahon and Mr John Meade. hane Tierney (6th yr) performing with the school orchestra. Mr JJ Reilly. Mr Con Dolan attended with his father John Joe.


Ms Bridie Curley, Mr John Lavin, Fr Gerard Alwill, Fr Tom McManus, Mr Ronin McDermott, Mr Sean Reilly.


John O’Shea (Deputy Principal) and Tom Caslin.


Jane Craig-Elliot, Pat King (ASTI) and Kerry Flood. Dr Liam McNiffe greets Cardinal Sean Brady. Mr Joe Reilly TD, Mr Winston Bennett, Mr Paddy Reilly, Mr Brendan Smith TD, Mr John O’Shea . Dr Liam McNiffe, Bishop Leo O’Reilly and Cardinal Sean Brady. Staff members with Minister Ciaran Cannon TD Mr Ciaran Tackney conducting the school choir and orchestra. Head Prefect, Kian Monahan reading at the official mass. Congratulations to four members of the Ty German class pictured here with their German teacher Ms Carolan.
Pictured left to right is Evan Burke, Enda Duffy, Conor Leddy and Joe O’Hamlon with Ms Carolan after taking part in the GDI German Debating Competition 2012-13. Their debating topic was “Die Sommerferien in Ireland sind zy lang”. Trocaire Fast 2013.
Over 50 students participated in this years Trocaire fast. It is great that even in the tough economic times we are in, that young people are willing to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Well done to all. Pictured are l-r, Ms Burke, Ms Craig Elliot,Diarmuid mcCorry, Niall Mc Gaughran, Fr kevin Fay and Ms Jennifer Brennan (Trocaire representative). Basketball fever has truly taken over the corridors of St. Patricks College Cavan in this school year, with the opening of our first ever indoor basketball court in the new sports hall, in addition to three outdoor courts. The daily basketball bonanza invading the corridors has reaped major dividends and finally secured the first ever basketball regional title for the college with the first years defeating Boyne C.S. in the Phoenix centre Carrickmacross on March 19th 2013, 32-20.
The dual captains of Evaan Fortune (10) and Niall O’Reilly (12) stormed through the opposition in attack and set up a strong opening half to the match for St. Pats to lead 15-6. In addition to the excellent attacking play from Daniel Watson (4), Michael Smith (2), Hayden Walsh (3) throughout the game and massive defence and assists from Daniel Walsh, Emmett Henry, Conor Flood, Leon Kelly, Rolands Timma, Barry Fay and Lee Reilly there was no denying the first years securing the first ever victory for the college.
This first year group is a strong 20 man panel and having played six matches to reach this final, huge credit also goes to the players who performed so well in previous games to secure our place in the final including, Ruairí Fitzpatrick, Feargal Dunne, Luke Cunningham, Ben Cunningham, Darragh brady, Eoin Mc Donnell, Chris O’Connell and Cian Cahill.
The First years will now play in the All Ireland School Playoffs on 21st April 2013. Above are the committee members of Cycle against Suicide,
Matthew McKenna, Andrew Creamer, Declan Smith, James Dolan, Blaine O’Callaghan and Eoghan O’Neill St Pat’s win Rannafast final November 17, 2012
St Patrick’s Cavan 4-10 Omagh CBS 2-10
The College now holds its sixth Rannafast Cup title and their first since 2003 when they beat Omagh CBS at Emyvale on Friday 17th Nov in what was a riviting game. CBS got off to a flying start when they established a 1-4 to 0-1 lead in the first ten minutes. The half time whistle saw St Pat’s lead 2-3 to 1-4.
With five minutes to go before full time, St Pat’s were three points down. It all looked over but for the strong resolve of the lads.
Pierce Smith, Tomas Galligan and Matthew McKenna all scored points before Cian McManus punched home a goal which finally sealed Omagh’s fate.
Congratulations to the team and Managers, Finbar O’Reilly, Andrew Mc Govern, Gerard Gunn and Fr Kevin Fay.


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