News 2016




Parents Association Christmas Draw Results.
First prize of €500 sponsored by St Patrick’s College Parents Association to Cormac Crotty.
Second prize sponsored by to Aoife Hughes.
Third prize: Uniformity – €200 voucher. to Aoife Sheridan.
There were 23 prizes in total.
Thank you to all our sponsors and ticket sellers for your support and to  St Patrick’s College Parents Association for their continuous hard work.
Draw took place in the College on Wednesday 23rd. December.


Christmas Choral Concert
Pictured above are St Patrick’s College choir and orchestra performing at this years choral concert at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Felim, Cavan. Thanks to Ciaran Tackney, Eileen Tackney and all involved for a wonderful nights entertainment and reflection.


Christmas Bells, A selection of original festive songs written and performed by students from St Patrick’s College Music department. CD can be purchased from the school. Why not listen to the sample track below.


Gaisce Bronze Winners 2016.
Congratulations to all Bronze Gaisce winners at St Patrick’s College.
Pictured back row l-r. Luke Cunningham, Gary O’Rourke, Jason Lee, Ben Cunningham, Sean Traynor, Paul Donohoe, Rurai Fitzpatrick, Evaan Fortune Conor Flood, Kieran Grimes, Enda Langtry, Eoin McDonald.
Front row l-r. Oisin McCorry, Luke Buckley, Daniel Walsh, Dara McManus, Mary Yore (Area Co-ordinator for Gaisce), Lorraine Cartwright (Teacher), Geraldine O’Reilly (Teacher), Dylan McClorey, Oisin Kelly, Barry Conaty.






Maths week 2016 kicked off nationally and internationally on October 15th. This event is a week that celebrates all things mathematically and encourages people young and old

to engage with Mathematics in a different way. Maths week in St. Pat’s 2016 was definitely the most successful to date. 144 first years took part in a Maths based quized that not only tested their mathematical knowledge but also that of mathematical facts. The whole school were encouraged to complete a puzzle sheet testing the student’s problem solving skills. We also look forward to plenty of art work as students in first and second year compete in a Maths themed poster competition. Those at senior cycle completed the Prism Challenge. This competition is run in conjunction with NUI Galway and again tests the problem solving abilities of students. Those who do well in the competition will be invited to attend Maths Olympiad classes in one of the Universities and thus try out for the Irish Maths Olympiad Team. Sean T. Murphy in TY was the top scoring student in this event. Well done all involved.

The winners of the first year Maths quiz were from St. Colm’s ; Cailum McNamara, Dean Millar,Martin McGibney , D’nis  Lance Santillan, Paul Surlis, Mark Sexton, Matthew Willis & William Mc Givney and from St. Cathal’s  Callum Kelly, Matt Hackett, Arnoldas Juska and Brady Maguire. Many thanks to Ms. Corcoran and her TY class for running a very exciting Maths quiz. Winners for first year poster competition are Cailum Mc Namara, Conor Mc Cauley, Mark Mc Dermott, D’nis Lance Santillan and Matthew Willis.

First Year Poster winners for St Pat’s Maths Week.
Mark Mc Dermott, Lance Santillian,Conor Mc Cauley, Cailum Mc Namara, Darren Farrell, Charlie Boylan, Matthew Willis, Christian Dunne,


Maths Week Digital team -TY and 5th students
 Daniel Dolan (TY) ,Barry Lynch (TY,) Evon Smyth (TY) and Christopher Maguire (5th). Absent from the team for the photo are Luke Buckley(5th) and Conor Courtney (TY)


Quiz winners first year Maths team
Matthew Hackett, Paul Surlis, Lance Santillian, William Mc Givney, Martin Mc Gibney, Cailum Mc Namara, Mark Sexton, Dean Millar, Arnoldas Juska, Matthew Willis, Callum Kelly and Brady Maguire.

 Sean T Murphy school winner in the Prism Challenge with Ms Corcoran (Maths Week co-ordinator).



Creative Engagement at St Pat’s has almost concluded with an exposition of the decal plates representing the 40 children who died as a result of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. Pictured are Mr Leon Lynch (Art Dept), Leeroy, Jacub, Abel and Matus at the Creative Engagement Exhibition at IMMA 2016.

The exhibition goes on show at Cavan County Library from November 29th. All welcome to the launch at 7pm with a dramatisation of Rising Angels written,  produced and directed by Ms Mary Briody ((English Dept).

Congratulations to Ciaran O’Brien (1st Yr) from Ms McMahon’s English class. Ciaran  wrote a poem based on the theme “Family”. With the  All-Ireland replay on Saturday, this poem is very fitting.

‘My Family’ by Ciaran O’Brien.

In Cavan,

My family is small you see,

Mam, Dad and then there’s me.

My Mam’s from Mayo,

My Dad is a Dub,

With me on the side-line, like an eager-watching sub.

Next Saturday their counties will clash yet again,

To the victors, the spoils, the heroes of men.

Final whistle will blow,

One happy, One sad.

No matter what the outcome, it’s still mam and dad.


Congratulations to all our 2015/16 Junior Certificate students on their excellent results. Well done all.

Barry Green, Donal Finnegan and Niall Greene, very happy with their results. Mr Rowley (Principal) with Kamil Stachura. Mr O’Shea (Deputy Principal) discussing Brian McGauran’s excellent results. Fearghal O’Reilly, Dara Connolly, Kamil Stachura and Leo Doyle

First Year students first College official photo.

Welcome to all our new First Year students 2016.

Congratulations to all our Leaving Cert Students on excellent results.

Pictured above are Niall Van der Speck, Oisin Quinn, Aodhgan Watters, Cian McCahill, Jermain O’Rourke and Conor McCabe.

Calculating their points are Adrian Moore, Oisin quinn, Killian McCahill and Niall Van der Speck.

Jack O’Reilly , Conor McCabe  and Markuss Potapous.

David Maguire, Conor O’Shea and Conor Mulvany.


TY Grad Night.

Congratulations to all 2016 TY class on a wonderful Graduation night. The power point shows and entertainment were excellent.


Paul Donohoe and Dara McManus made a presentation of a beautiful print by Jackie O’Neill to TY co-ordinator Ms Gwen Brady. Thanks to Ms Brady and all staff who were involved with the group throughout 2015-16.


Student of the year 2016 awards

Congratulations to Paul Leddy who won Overall Student of the Year at St Patrick’s College Leaving Certificate Graduation.
In photo is Mr Raymond Hackett (Year Head), Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal), Paul Leddy (2016 Student of Year),  Bishop Leo O’Reilly and Mr John O’Shea (Deputy Principal).

St Patrick’s College  Student of the year 2016 awards went to Donal Monahan (Head Prefect) Paul Leddy (Overall Winner of Student of year award) Oisin Quinn. (back row) Conor Smith and Niall Van Der Spek. Also in picture are  Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Mr Raymond Hackett (Leaving Cert Year Head),  Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal) and Mr John O’Shea (Deputy Principal).

Winners of Student Academic Awards 2016.

Pictured are St Pat’s 2016 Academic Award recipients  Adrian Moore, David Maguire, Aaron Van Haaster,   Eoghan Mc Cormack, Neill Hayden, Cormac O’Donoghue, Conor Smith
Back row; Enda Goodrich,  Conor Mc Cabe, Thomas Keaney, Stephen Smith, Donal Monahan, Oisin Quinn, Conor O’Shea and Stephen Ronan with Mr Raymond Hackett (Year Head) and  Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal),

Pictured above are this years 5th year academic Achievement winners with their Year head Ms Lorraine Cartwright.


Above are 3rd year subject excellence awardees for 2016.
Well done all.


Above are 3rd year Subject achievers for 2016. Well done to all.


Pictured above are 2nd year winners of Academic Excellence Awards with their Year Head Mr Kieran Smith.


Above are 2016 Best Attendance award winners Dylan Brady, Gavin Keogan, Jack Lee Flood, Alex Prior, Dara Donohoe, Evan Kelly, Eugene Kusi Appiah, James Gannon, Peter Smith, Brian Oghene, Brian O’Rourke.


Congratulations to Ryan Burns, Alex Hetterson and Conor Maguire on their Maths Excellence awards.


Congratulations to Darren Farrell and Wiktor Mocny on their Metal Work Engineering awards for best design of a self propelled car.


Congratulations to the above first year students whose class achievements and participation was recognised by their teachers.



Pictured above are this years 1st year soccer winning team. Congrats on a great achievement


All first year students had the opportunity to participate in the Irish Maths Teachers Association 1st Year Maths Quiz this year. This competition consists of a school round where multiple choice brain teasers are answered within a 40 minute period. Top qualifying students at school level are invited to a regional final. The students pictured here Ryan Sweeney Burns, Conor Maguire and Alex Hetherston represented the school at the Regional final. The final took place in Monaghan and students competed against the top 100 students from the North East Region. Conor Maguire took first place on the night and this is a tremendous achievement. Well done to all the 3 students and their teachers.


Mr Duignan’s 1st year Metal Work class testing out their self propelled project cars.



Pictured above are recent achievers at the Windows Poetry competition. Odhrain Maguire, Eoin Clarke, Dylan Brady and Jack Traynor. Well done all.


All Ireland u15 B Cup Winners
Congratulations to our u15 basketball team and coach Mr Christopher Rowley on their All Ireland u15 B Cup win on 9th May  at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. They won the final comfortably against Ashbourne CS but had a tremendous battle in the semi v OLSS Castleblayney, ultimately coming from behind to win by a point in the last 30 seconds.
Riccardo Vennettilli, 3rd year, was captain.


Pictured above are St Pat’s under 15 basketball team who qualified for the All Ireland Semi Final, in Tallaght, recently.

Pi Quiz

April 22nd was an challenging evening for local 3rd year higher level Mathematics students with eight teams from local schools competing in the Pi Quiz. This is the second year of this event in the North East Region and St. Pat’s were hosts on the night. Each participating school entered a team of 4 students to compete in 8 rounds of higher level Junior Certificate type questions. The winners on the night were The Royal School, Cavan. Congrats to them.
Well done to our own team on the night,  Evon Smyth, Fearghal
O’ Reilly and Daniel Dolan who performed strong and just missed out on a final prize. Many thanks to schools who participated and to teachers who supported the event.
Thank you to their mentor/teacher Ms Breda Corcoran.

The Pauraic Kiernan Memorial 1st yr handball tournament took place recently. Pictured is winner Darryl McGurrn and runner up Caolán McCabe with coach Mr James Brady.


Transition Year and 5th Year students participated in the All –Ireland Linguistics Olympiad. This is a problem solving competition in which students combine mathematical and linguistic skills. Oisin Sheirdan from TY successfully qualified to represent the school at the final round in Trinity College Dublin.
200 students were selected nationally to compete in this final with the chance to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad in India as the prize.
Well done Oisin on this tremendous achievement. Thanks to their mentor/teacher Ms Breda Corcoran.

German – Irish Exchange

St. Patrick’s College and Loreto College, Cavan played hosts to visiting Germans last week. Sixteen boys and girls from Europagymnasium in Woerth-am-Rhein (near Karlsruhe) spent a week living with families in the Cavan area and attending school with their exchange partners. Last October the Irish students spent a week living in Woerth with their German friends.

The German students were accompanied by Michael Thomas and Christina Beckert.

This is the first time the exchange between the three schools has taken place. It has proved to be a great success for all involved and will hopefully continue on a regular basis.


St Pat’s Digital Champions visit RTE.

Five students, Ronan Mascarenhas, Christopher Sheridan, Christopher Maguire, Aymen Abdel Rahim and Luke Buckley were awarded the opportunity to visit RTE studios to attend a series of workshops dealing with Mobile Journalism. They were introduced to various mobile applications which help create promotional type videos. Apps used were Adobe Voice, Video Scribe and iMovie.
After a well earned lunch in the RTE canteen they were introduced to the  Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset where they experienced under water tours and  a virtual tour of Brazil.

Google Cardboard has been designed for class room use. This visit forms part of the Schools Digital Champions Programme, where in St Pat’s the team have been teaching first year students HTML and Scratch programming during their lunch breaks.
Thanks to their IT co-ordinator Ms Corcoran for facilitating this programme.
St Pat’s at RTE a Promotional video made at RTE.


Congratulations to our Brock Team and coaches, Mr Duignan and Mr Mackey on making it to the Brock Final. It was a wonderful achievement and well done to all who took part.
St Patrick’s Cavan 1-12
St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon 2-12

Our 2015-16 Brock team with coach Mr Gary Duignan and Mr Mackey


Congratulations to Basketball coach Ms Ellanna Hackett and our 2nd year Basketball squad at St Patrick’s College, Cavan who have won the North East 2nd Year B Regional Final today. The final was played in the Phoenix Centre Carrickmacross today, 5th April 2016.. Final Score:    St Pats Cavan 70, St Oliver’s CC, Drogheda 20

Special Awards to Three Junior Certificate Students. 

Professor Philip Nolan, President Maynooth University with students Barry Conaty, Barry Fay, Mrs Lorraine Cartright  ( Business Studies Teacher), and Oisin Kelly. These three students received awards for excellent Junior Certificate Results in Business Studies in their 2015 Junior Certificate Exams from Maynooth University.


St. Patrick’s College visit Dail Eireann

St. Eoins, a 3rd Year class from St. Patrick’s College, Cavan visited Dáil Éireann on Thursday 28th January as part of their CSPE project for their Junior Certificate. A class effort helped organise the trip with students organising various elements of the tour. Brendan Smith’s secretary, Celine along with Joe O’Reilly, TD organised our itinerary on the day.  Senator Diarmuid Wilson and Deputy Joe O’Reilly facilitated a question and answer session for us, with Deputies Smith and O’Reilly sponsoring refreshments. Whilst in the Houses of the Oireachtas, we viewed both the Dáil Chamber and the Seanad in session with Senator David Norris taking the floor while we were there. The trip to Dáil Éireann was both interesting and informative. Copies of the Proclamation were stamped for us as a memento of the occasion. We would like to take this opportunity to thank both Deputy Smith and Deputy O’Reilly and wish them both the very best of luck in their upcoming election.

Gavin Brady, Class Rep.


Digital Champions at St Pat’s.

Fifth Year students Ronan Mascarenhas, Christopher Sheridan, Christopher Maguire, Aymen Abdel Rahim and Luke Buckley attended the Digital Champions Seminar in Galway with their IT teacher Ms Corcoran.  They were given expert tuition in web site design, video editing and presentation skills.

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has developed a new initiative, The ​School Digital Champion programme, with the support of the Department of Education and Skills.
Second level schools in counties Cavan,  Clare, Galway, Laois, Louth, Offaly, Tipperary and Westmeath are currently taking part  in a pilot programme. Schools have selected a School Digital Champion, or team of Champions, who are working on a project based challenge.
This optional programme will provide students with opportunities to engage with some of the leading technology companies, to be recognised for their skills and to showcase their digital achievements on a national platform.

German Deutschmobil Visits St Pat’s.

The German Deutschmobil recently visited Ms Carolan’s German 1st and 2nd Year German classes. Students were introduced to the finer details of German Culture over a morning session.

Student Council St Pat’s Cavan News

‘What a wonderful gift.’ As a fundraiser to finish off 2015, St. Pat’s Students Council organised a non-uniform/Christmas jumper day on Friday the 18th December. It was agreed this year’s funds raised would go to the Simon Community as a gift to those who would spend Christmas homeless.
The whole school played a part and got behind the cause, this meant we were able to raise a grand total of €1001! Michele Ryan, Director of Services at Dundalk Simon Community, wrote back to the Student Council expressing how grateful they were, ‘The light of Christmas shines brightly on Dundalk Simon this year.’
With the vast majority of students and lots of teachers donating and getting in the Christmas spirit by wearing festive jumpers, the day will be remembered as one of the highlights of the year. Prizes were awarded for best Christmas jumper in each year: Daire Donoghue (1st Year), Evan Mc Intyre (2nd year), Evan Smyth (3rd year), Daniel Walsh (TY), John Grogan (5th year) and Jonathan Mc Philips (6th Year). First prize in the teacher’s competition went to Ms. Bowler, with Ms. Flood and Mr. Murphy getting the runner up prizes.
The Student Council’s Christmas jumper day 2015 was a big success and we hope many are benefitting and will benefit from the money raised! Well done to the Student Council Committee: Sidas Litvinas, Michael Dawody, Aife Makinde, Jack Trainor, Conor Lappin, Evon Smyth, Ben Cunningham, Daniel Watson, Shane Maguire, Patrick O’ Reilly, Gavin Smith, Marc Dolan, Conor Mc Cabe, Cathal Tierne and Promise Temiloluwa.



Below are members of TY class who have completed a sign language course with Ms Carolan. Click on the image to view. 


Boolean logic participants


November 2nd was the bicentenary of the famous Irish Mathematician George Boole. He was the first professor of Mathematics at University College Cork and the inventor of Boolean logic. George Boole is often referred to as the forefather of the Information age. Along with students in 45 other countries, students in Ms. Corcoran’s first year and TY Maths class participated in a module on Boolean logic to celebrate the bicentenary. Students learned about the truth tables, logic gates and how games like Candy Crush and Mindcraft use Boolean logic to work. This workshop awarded each student who participated a certificate to aknowledge their participation in a celebration of the legacy and incredible contribution George Boole made to the digital world we live in. Well done to all those who participated.

Pictured below are members of ST Patrick’s College Choir and Orchestra performing at the annual Christmas Choral Concert in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim. Thank you to all the choirs who participated and congratulations to Mr Tackney and his students on a fantastic performance. Photo courtesy of Venessa Smith


Congratulations to Ms McMahon’s CSPE class St. Enda’s and St. Emmett’s on their fantastic fundraising achievement.
St. Enda’s CSPE class raised 600 euro for Temple Street Children’s Hospital  with their Stationary Cycle. 

St. Emmett’s CSPE class raised 240 euro for GOAL with their “100 miles for GOAL” event.





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