News 2019

Updated 13/8/2019

It was really nice to meet up with our Leaving Cert students when they called to collect their LC results this morning.
Best wishes for whatever you decide to do in the future. 

Congratulations to all our 2019 Leaving Certificate students on their excellent results. Well done all and every success with whatever you decide to do from today onwards.
Pictured above are
l-r Front: Barry Green, Thomas Tierney, Conor Courtney, Gavin Brady, Ryan Shiels.
l-r Back: Hamzah Kazmi, Eanna Moran, Sean T Murphy,Adam Kelly, Shane Vesey.

Graduation Night 2019.

Congratulations to Adam Kelly, Mark Minehane, Aaron Galligan and Sean T Murphy on receiving their Academic Awards. Pictured with Mr John O’Shea (Deputy Principal), Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal and Ms Alaoighse Hayden (Year Head. Graduation Night is one of the many events held in school complimented by our choir and orchestra under the direction of Mr Ciaran Tackney. Congratulations to Quentan Quaile and Eoin Clarke on receiving their awards for Full Attendance. Pictured with Ms Alaoighse Hayden (Year Head). Head Prefect Gavin Brady with Mr John O’Shea (Deputy Principal). A huge thanks to our Mentors, who perform a very important task throughout the school year. They meet with first years on a regular basis to help with any problems and give advice. They are a friendly ear to any first year. Pictured above is Ms Mary Carthy (Parent’s Association) with students Adam Kelly, David English, Paul McCabe, Eoin Clarke, Naoise McKenna and Gavin Brady after receiving their awards from the Parents Association. Congratulations for all the work carried out by our 2018-19 Prefects. Your dedication helped in the smooth running of the school. My John O’Shea, Mr Christopher Rowley and Ms Alaoighse Hayden with Students of the year 2019, Evon Smyth, Aaron Galligan, Barry Lynch and Oisin Finnegan Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal), Mr John O’Shea (Deputy Principal receiving a presentation from Conor Courtney and Naoise McKenna on behalf of the 6th year students.

Leaving Certs take on Teachers soccer final

Whole school attendance as the teachers take on the winning 6th year soccer marathon. Beautiful day and great entertainment. Congratulations to the teachers on a fine win. Pictured above are this years TY students attending their Graduation Night with TY co-ordinator Ms Orla Murphy. Thank you TY2019 for a great nights presentations. Mini-Company overall county winners with Ms Smith receiving their certificates. Well done on beating some very good competition. Self-portraits of TY 2019

College ECO Club re-vamp the shrub area.

TY students who are members of Ms Carolan’s ECO Club with Mr Tony Prunty, Cavan Tidy Towns, planting a selection of colourful heathers in the front area of the school building.

German Debating Team 2019

German Debating Team 2019
Students took part in the All Ireland GDI German Debating Competition were narrowly defeated in the third round by Scoil Mhuire, Trim who went on to win the competition.
Congrats to Ms Carolan and her German Debating team for putting on a very good performance.

‘The Handball Alley’
by TY student Conor Gannon wins the Best Short Film category in the Harp Media Student Film Competition!

Congratulations to TY student Conor Gannon and actors on winning The Best Short Film category in the Harp Media Student Film Competition!  “The Handball Alley” was written, directed and produced by Conor Gannon with lead actors: Manus Graham,
CJ Burns, Seán Courtney and Jack Elliott.
It also involved many other TY actors and one staff member Mr John Smith.
The judges comments included:
The class demonstrated excellent proficiency in all areas of film making including, writing, directing, producing and editing.

The story is well crafted and touches on some important issues for Secondary School students. The film is also extremely well shot and each scene has been well planned and executed. The viewer cannot help but feel immersed in the story from the start and this enables the development of an emotional connection between the main character and the audience. Conor also succeeded in getting  quality performances from the four lead actors by providing them with quality direction and an engaging script.
It is also clear that the film took a number of days to shoot and many more to edit. Conor demonstrates the ambition but also the resilience necessary to become a filmmaker.


TY Deep Sea Fishing Day Out

St Pat’s TY went deep sea fishing today off Bundoran.
Congrats to Charlie on a fine catch!


Students from St. Pat’s and Loreto say goodbye to their German exchange partners after a great week together.

Some moments from Back to the 80’s


The John Hooper Statistics Medal

The John Hooper Statistics Medal is a national competition in which students design a digital poster about a statistical investigation they undertook. The poster can be about any topic, however, it should reflect or illustrate usage analysis, interpretation and communication of statistics or statistical information. Ms Corcoran’s first year Maths classes of St. Ethans,
St Emmets and her TY Maths class competed in this years competition creating posters about a large variety of topics such as sport, homework analysis, farming and streaming digital content. Taking part in this poster competition encourages students to:
• work as a team
• investigate real questions using data
• use their calculation and graphical skills
• interpret statistical results
• develop skills in written communication
The John Hooper Statistics Medal Competition is unique as students who participate are awarded team certification and each
member of a team is named on the certificate awarded. Well done to all students involved.

Irish Maths Teachers Association Regional Finals.

Congratulations to the students who represented St Patrick’s College at the Irish Maths Teachers Association Regional Final of the first year Maths Quiz. All students recieved a certifificate of achievement on the night. James Reilly took first place. Well done to all students and teachers involved. Left to right Conor Sharpe, Luke Gilmartin, James Reilly and Eamonn Mc Entee. Missing from the photo are Conor Mc Govern and Franciszek Gorski. Well done to the third year higher level Maths students who represnted the school and participated in the Irish Maths Teachers Association Pi Quiz Friday April 5th. The school hosted the quiz and 7 teams from the North East Region competed for the winning title. Left to right D’inis Santillian, Colm Brady, Nibeesh Santhosh and William Mc Givney.

Script for a radio advertisement competition.

Ms McMahon carried out a class competition with her 1st Year English St. Eoin’s group after they had completed a unit on advertising.  Students  had to write a script for a radio advertisement for a can of soda.  Congratulations to Conor Lynch and Owen Nulty on their winning entry. Bet ye loved the curry chips first prize. Always a real treat on Thursday’s.

Script for a radio advertisement

“The Bog Boys”
By Conor Lynch and Owen Nulty
Tom: Well, Bob.
Bob: Well, Tom.
Tom: How’s the bog?
Bob: It’s great but my energy is gone.
Tom: Do you know what will fix that?
Bob: What?!
Tom: A can of Super Soda!
Bob: A super what?!
Tom: A can of Super Soda…it’s refreshing, it’s sugar free, it’ll bring back your energy and the bog will be done in 1,2,3!

Singing to music: It’s fizzy, it’s whizzy, it’ll make you busy…It’s Super Soda!

St Pat’s students attended the Global Schools Conference with their teacher Ms Boucheliha.

St. Patrick’s College Law Team to participate in the 2019 National Mock Trials Competition

St. Patrick’s College Law Team shall participate in the 2019 National Mock Trials Competition on Saturday April 13th 2019 in the Criminal Courts of Justice Dublin. The National Mock Trials Competition is now in its 20th year and over 45 schools from across Ireland compete in this prestigious event. We wish St. Pats Law Team and their team coach Mr. Conor Mc Guigan the very best of luck in the competition.


St Pat’s Cavan Brock team through to Final.

A huge congratulations to our St Pats Brock team & mgt Mr Gunn, Mr Fitzpatrick and Mr Quinn on reaching the Brock Cup Final, beating St Pats Maghera in the semi-final.
Best of luck to all in the final.



All Ireland Handball success for Co Cavan.

Pictured above is Oliver McCrystal (Ramor) with his coach and teacher Mr James Brady. Oliver along with his doubles partner Adam McKenna (Cuchullain’s) won the All-Ireland U-14 doubles final against Co Kilkenny. Winning on a scoreline of 15-3 and 15-8, it proved a fine success, as it has been 20 years since Co Cavan won this title. Pictured above is St Patrick’s College Jazz Band playing support to The Song Sisters Concert in the Imperial Hotel, Cavan. What a night’s entertainment! The Song Sisters also performed with the Jazz Band. You did us proud. Congrats to Mr Tackney and all the student musicians.

TY trip to the European Offices in Dublin on Monday March 11th.

TY European Studies class from St. Pats along with their EU studies teacher Mr. Conor Mc Guigan recently traveled to the European Commission Offices in Dublin as part of their studies on the European Union including it’s Legal and Political history. Students gained a valuable insight into the founding principles of the European Union and the structures which underpin the various treaties and laws governing each member state. The TY students wish to thank Julio and all the staff in the Commission office for their warm welcome and engaging presentation.

Safer Internet Day

First year classes marked Safer Internet Day 5th February 2019 in their computer classes. Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise. The Theme for Safer Internet Day is “Together for a Better Internet“. This year almost 145,000 people in Ireland celebrated Safer Internet Day 2019. Report, Ms. B. Corcoran,

Student Enterprise Success

Congratulations to Cian Fitzgerald, Patrick Mulligan and Eoghan Galligan on winning First Prize in the Senior Category in the Student Enterprise Awards County Final with their company “St Pats Woodcrafts”. They will now go on the represent Cavan in the All Ireland Final in Croke Park on 3rd May!
Also in photo is Ms Ailbhe Keane, entrepreneur and creator of “Izzy’s Wheels”. The boys were mentored by Ms Yvonne Smith (Teacher).



Pictured are Natalia Banasik and Enya Duke representing Abbott Ireland Nutrition Division in Cootehill donating two electronic laboratory balances to the school for our chemistry labs.
Accepting the balances are Science teachers Ms Amanda Shiels and Mr Raymond Hackett.

Green Schools Committee get to work!

Pictured above with members of Cavan Tidy Towns are Ms Carolan’s Green School students preparing to remove soil from an area on the school frontage in preparation for re-planting.
Regional final of the IMTA First Year Mathematics Quiz
Congratulations to first year students Luke Gilmartin. Franciszek Gorski. Eamonn Mc Entee. Conor Mc Govern. James Reilly and Conor Sharpe who have qualified for the regional final of the IMTA First Year Mathematics Quiz. This is a great achievement and we wish those students going forward representing the school the very best of luck. Many thanks to the first year Maths teachers involved in this event; Ms. Shields, Ms Corcoranm Mr Quinn and Mr Murphy.

Student Council Fundraising

The proceeds from the recent Student Council non-uniform Christmas jumper day were presented to representatives of the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes by members of St Patrick’s College Student Council. €1000.00 was raised and will go towards the cost of the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. Students from St Pat’s have seen first hand the good work of the pilgrimage as they have accompanied it to help out in recent years.
L-R; Gavin Brady, Fr Kevin Fay, Mr Barney Cully, Ms Sheona Farrelly and Oisin Finnegan. Missing from photo, Ms Fiona Brady. We continue to celebrate Catholic Schools Week in St.Pat’s. Activities have included a visit to the Pastoral Centre, inviting grandparents to visit the school, poster competitions, daily reflections and celebrating diversity. Pictured above are three of our students who gave a morning welcome to the College population in their own dialect.

St Pat’s U16 reach All Ireland Basketball Final!

Congratulations to St Patrick’s College, Cavan U16 basketball team and management Mr. Rowley and Mr. McGuigan in today’s All Ireland Semi Final, qualifying for the A Final. Well done to everyone involved on this great achievement.


On Wednesday the 23rd of January 2019, Transition Year students launched the first session of our coding club, “Road2Code”, with the First Years. Supervised by the TYs, it was very successful and the students worked on Blockly, a good introduction to block coding. The TYs running this programme (from left to right) are Matthew Chen, Dylan Brady, Conor Gannon, Andrew Gilcreest, Rory McCabe and Manus Graham. Alex Hetherston, was unable to attend that day. Ms. Corcoran is project co-ordinator. Report by Matthew Chen.

Silver Success for St Pat’s Intermediate boys cross country team.

Congratulations to the Intermediate boys cross country team and coach Mr Dara Tiernan on their success at Irvingstown yesterday.They came home with silver after coming second in the team event. All five students finished in the top 25. Team members are Ciaran O Brien, Mark McDermot, Caolan Smith, Jody English and Oran Daly.
Other good results came from Cian Keaney who came 7th out of 130 competitors in the Minor Boys category and Luke Gilmartin came 6th out of over 80 competitors in the Junior boys category.

DCU Scholarship Award for past pupil Barry Conaty

Congratulations to Barry Conaty on receiving a Scholarship Award from DCU. Barry sat his Leaving Cert last June and received his award based on his excellent results. Well done on this fantastic achievement Barry..

It is with great sadness that we at St Patrick’s College heard of Fr Dan Sheridan passing away. Fr Dan was a past pupil of St Pat’s and served on the Board of Management from 2005-2014. He will be sadly missed by all here at St Pat’s. May he Rest in Peace.

Congrats to St Pat’s Cavan Under 19 Basketball team and coach Mr Rowley on a fantastic performance qualifying for the All Ireland Quarter Final on Tuesday 5th February. Well done all!

BIPPS U19A Boys All-Ireland Qualifying Pool A
Venue: Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan
9:30am Colaiste Chiaráin, Leixlip 48 56 St Pats Cavan
12:30pm St Pats Cavan 42 36 St Aidan’s CC, Cork City
3:30pm St Pats Cavan 46 27 CBS, The Green, Tralee
St Pats Cavan qualify for All-Ireland Quarter Final on Tuesday 5th February
St Pats Cavan v The Bish, Galway City

St. Patrick’s College music department perform new choral, orchestral setting by Ciarán Tackney of Noel Monahan’s poem ‘The Music Of Snow’.

St. Patrick’s College music department perform new choral, orchestral setting by Ciarán Tackney of Noel Monahan’s poem ‘The Music Of Snow’.
For the last 6 years Ciarán Tackney has written a new piece for St. Patrick’s College to bring the choir, traditional Irish group, brass and woodwind instruments together to perform a solo piece in the carol concert in the Cathedral of Ss Patrick & Felim.
In 2018, by kind permission of the internationally acclaimed poet Noel Monahan Ciarán set Noel’s poem ‘The Music Of Snow’. It was an 8 minute piece for male voice choir, brass, woodwind, traditional Irish instruments, church organ, piano and vocal soloists. It also was a concerto type work involving a number of soloists, uilleann pipes (Daniel Brady), button accordion, (Pádraig Conroy), violin (Adam Kelly), trumpet (David English) and saxophone (David Hayden. It included no less than 76 performers and it was first performed in the Cathedral on the 12th December 2018 to an audience of over 800 people. The project was completed in a very tight schedule with the poem having been chosen in September, choral and instrumental parts then had to be written, distributed and rehearsed. Eileen Tackney who played organ on the night also helped prepare the choir for the performance. This piece was very well received by all who attended the event. The students involved in the concert put a huge effort into preparations for all the music involved in the concert and the school extends its congratulations to them.
This event also included performances by the Cathedral Choir, Cavan Singers, Cavan Sinfonia, the Song Sisters, the choirs of Breifne & Loreto Colleges, the Royal School and a host of solo contributions. The event was also a fundraiser for the pipe organ that is being installed in the Cathedral.

Under 16 Basketball success.

Congratulations to our Under 16 Basketball team and team coaches Mr Rowley and Mr McGuigan, who have qualified in the A Division Playoffs of the All Ireland Schools quarter finals, beating De Le Salle Waterford. Well done all!


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