Abbeyfeale College

Left to Right: Deputy Principal Joan Collins, Principal Liam Murphy, Aodhan Cotter, Caoimhe McGrath, Fionnuala O Sullivan, Caoimhe Harte, Pablo Fernadez Morrissey, Lillie Reynolds, Year Head Ryan Kennelly & Deputy Principal Michael Cross.


Academic excellence across the board in Coláiste Ide agus Iosef Abbeyfeale, including a remarkable seven achieving 625 points.

Students in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef were celebrating exceptional Leaving Certificate results and were
welcomed back to their old school on Monday of this week. The successful students joined with
management, staff and parents to celebrate their excellent accomplishment. The school was
delighted to also welcome back founding Principal Jim Tierney who was on hand to congratulate the
students on their wonderful collective achievement. Included in this success was the unprecedented
awarding of a maximum 625 points to seven of the school’s students. Aodhan Cotter, Caoimhe
Harte, Caoimhe McGrath, Fionnuala O Sullivan, Lillie Reynolds, Pablo Fernandez and Paulina Bajek all
scored the maximum CAO points having completed a perfect Leaving Cert. School Principal Liam
Murphy congratulated the students assembled on their achievements: “The class of 2022 achieved a
great deal throughout their time in school, from extra-curricular success on the sporting fields and on
stage which are amongst a wide range of this year’s extra-curricular and co-curricular achievements.
The Leaving Cert. and Leaving Cert. Applied exams are a rite of passage for many students in Ireland
and we are very proud of each and every one of our students who sat their exams this year. Each
student has their own particular goal and all are equally valid. I would like to take this opportunity to
thank the staff, parents and guardians, the Board of management and Limerick and Clare Education
and Training Board for their support of the school and of our students. The overall set of results this
year and the achievements of the students is truly outstanding and we are extremely proud of them.”

The results this year in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale included a remarkable number of
maximum points in the Leaving Cert. Seven students achieved the maximum 625 points and along
with their peers are progressing to study a broad range of disciplines which include careers in;
Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, Business, Engineering, Nursing, Teaching and the Sciences. Mr. Murphy
also commented that “the school was delighted to see the broad range of courses that students were
able to access and we are particularly glad to see a number of students take up apprenticeships
which are so essential in today’s society.”
The seven students who achieved 625 have all received their first choice and are going to study the
following courses;

Aodhan Cotter: Engineering
Coimhe Harte: Medicine
Caoimhe McGrath: Biochemistry
Paulina Bajek: Pharmacy
Fionnuala O Sullivan: Law and Business
Pablo Fernandez: Law and French
Lillie Reynolds: Medicine

There was a very notable achievement by Leaving Cert. student Sean Walsh, who was accepted to
the LIR Academy of Dramatic Arts in Trinity College. This is Ireland’s National Academy of dramatic
art. Congratulating Sean, Mr. Murphy said “it was a very well deserved achievement for Sean and we
are delighted for him that he has earned a place in this most prestigious of academies. We are very
proud of his achievement and it is great to see someone excelling in the field of the arts. We are
delighted to see our students access such a broad range of Universities, Colleges, apprenticeships and
the world of work. This is a school that aims to cater for everyone’s ambitions and we value them all

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Paulina Bajek, who was unable to attend the celebration but was among the seven students who received 625 points in her Leaving Cert.

Sean Walsh and Year Head Ryan Kennelly

First Year Students, pictured with Deputy Principal Michael Cross, who made buns and scones for the Leaving Cert class 2022 in their Home Economics class with their teacher Karen Meade.

Aodhan Cotter, Caoimhe McGrath, Fionnuala O Sullivan, Caoimhe Harte, Pablo Fernandez, Lillie Reynolds and Agata Bajek (in place of sister Paulina) with parents celebrating receiving 625 points.

Jim Tierney, Liam Murphy, Caoimhe Riordan, Lorna Larkin, Lauren O Connor, Lillie Reynolds, Caoimhe Harte, Ryan Kennelly, Joan Collins and Michael Cross.

Successful leaving cert students Katie Bo Costello, Katie O Connor and Aoife Lane with Jim Tierney, Michael Cross, Joan Collins and Liam Murphy

Pictured with LCA Students who achieved top grades including Distinctions are: Deputy Principal Joan Collins, Founding Principal JimTierney, Principal Liam Murphy, Damon Sheehan LCA, Padraig MacMahon LCA, Rosarie Irwin LCA Coordinator and Deputy Principal Michael Cross.

Deputy Principal Joan Collins, Founding Principal Jim Tierney, Principal Liam Murphy, Damon Sheehan, Padraig Macmahon, Darragh Murphy, Lydia Murphy, Megan O Rourke, Maeve Finnerty, Lena Foley and Deputy Principal Michael Cross.

John Doran, a Guidance Counsellor in Kildare and author of Ways to Wellbeing a programme promoting resilience and positive mental health for students nationwide and internationally visited Colaiste Ide agus Iosef recently. He delivered very powerful and memorable presentations to three different groups of senior cycle students, teachers and parents. 

On this post, the SEN department will update advice for parents. 

Firstly for parents interested in supporting their child with Dyslexia. The Dyslexia Association of Ireland has a wide variety of resources and courses. Check their website here

Of note, this week is a FREE online webinar with Colman Power " My Journey with Dyslexia" More information and booking here

Then on Wednesday 19th October:  a free, one-hour webinar on 'Strategies to Support Your Young Person at School'. Highly recommend booking this, More information here


A Public Presentation by Clinical Psychologist Dr. David Coleman 

Maintaining Good Connection with children and teenagers 



7.30 PM 








Free workshop this Thursday February 17th

Please find updated versions of the Covid Response Plan here

Covid-19 School Response Plan (PDF)