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St Brigid's Cross for flood relief

Crosses for flood relief

Junior Cert Students from Coláiste Ide agus Iosef recently raised €427 for Jesuit Misson. The money was raised through the making and selling of St Brigid's crosses. It will go towards flood relief in Dar-es-Salaam. Serious damage was suffered in these recent floods by the Jesuit run Gonzaga Primary School and Loyola Hostel. The flooding which occured in December was the worst seen in Tanzania in over 50 years.

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Munster Title for Senior Girls from Abbeyfeale

Saturday February 11th saw the Senior Ladies Footballers of Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Abbeyfeale play Fermoy in the Munster Senior A Final at Mallow.

In heavy underfoot conditions at the main pitch in the Mallow Complex, Fermoy were first to score with a point in the 5th min.  This was quickly followed by a score from the Abbeyfeale College from the boot of Megan Carroll.  The next score came as a result of a sweeping move from the Abbeyfeale ladies that saw link up play from Chloe Dalton, Tina Mangan, Eibhlis Dillon and Mariah Stack set up Rebecca Daly who rounded the keeper for a well taken goal. 
Further points from Eibhlis Dillon, Leanne Mangan (1 play, 1 free) and a long range effort from full back Sinead Guiney saw the Abbeyfeale side take a half time lead of 1-04  to 1-01. 

The second half began where Colaiste Ide agus Iosef had left off with a pointed free in the 3rd min from Leanne Mangan and another from play 2 mins later to give the Abbeyfeale ladies a 5 point advantage.

However, the physical strength of the Fermoy was now beginning to show with 4 points in 15 mins to leave just one between the sides.
A driving run up the middle in the 21st min saw Laura Sheeran give the Abbeyfeale side a 2 point advantage once again.
Points were then swapped by both sides, the latter coming from a superb team move from Abbeyfeale and pointed from 30 meters by Sinead Guiney who was now very influential at centre back, along with the excellent Sorcha McNulty who kept Cork inter - county star Jennifer Barry scoreless. 
However, just as Colaiste Ide agus Iosef had started to take control of midfield they were shell-shocked by a Fermoy goal with 4 mins remaining to leave them one behind for the first time in the game.  With defeat staring Abbeyfeale Tina Mangan won the next kick out to pass to her sister Leanne to draw level.  With 1 min remaining the Abbeyfeale college won possession and a great passing move involving Megan Carroll, Lisa O Connell, Laura Sheeran and Mariah Stack ended with Eibhlis Dillon driving through the Fermoy defence to score a match winning point from a tight angle out on the right.  The final whistle blow immediately to cheers of jubilation from Abbeyfeale supporters who saw the Colaiste Ide agus Iosef ladies footballers crowned Senior A Munster champions on a score line of 1-10 to 2-06.
Munster Chairman Dan O Mahony presented the cup to captain Laura Sheeran and Player of the Match to midfielder Eibhlis Dillon.

Afterwards coach Con Healy praised the team for their wonderful character and "never-say-die" spirit which helped clinch victory for them in the final minutes.

The Colaiste Ide agus Iosef ladies now play St. Leo's of Carlow in the All-Ireland semi-final on March 3rd at a venue to be decided.

Abbeyfeale girls in Cork rugby blitz

Our Girls Rugby squad took part in the Munster Girls Rugby Blitz day in CIT Cork last week.  The Senior Girls A won their two matches very convincingly and our Senior Girls B drew their first match and were denied a second match due to the weather conditions.

Junior Girls team A won both matches and the Junior B team drew one and won one match.  This was the first time the girls teams were playing as part of the school. It was a most successful and enjoyable day.

Reading Initiative

Innovative Joint Initiative between Co. Limerick V.E.C. & National branch of JCSP (Junior Certificate Schools Programme) - 2011/2012 Academic Year
All Coláiste Íde agus Iosef first year students are taking part in this initiative in response to the "National Strategy to improve Literacy & Numeracy among children and young people 2011 - 2020".  Currently underway as and from Monday 16th January 2012 is a six week "Reading Challenge Programme" where first year students are challenged to read a book per week, purely for pleasure.  With the support from voluntary involvement by the local community and a further initiative applied for under the JCSP Programme the Abbeyfeale Active Retirement group are coming in to our school for an hour per week to provide one to one reading to selected 1st year students.This is an initiative lead by the JCSP team in the school, ran by the English department and supported by all staff.   It is envisaged and hoped that reading levels among all our first year students will see an improvement and that we will collectively develop an interest and desire for reading among our students.  This is just one of the many initiatives being run as part of the JCSP programme that has at its heart "that all young people are capable of achieving real success in school".

Basketball update for January

Our girls senior and cadet basketball teams are nearing the business end of their respective seasons. Both teams will be participating in the league play-offs with the cadet team travelling to Cork on Saturday 21st while the seniors are Dublin bound on Saturday February 4th. In the meantime the 1st and 2nd year teams kicked off their campaigns with matches against Presentation Tralee. Our 1st years recorded their maiden win while the 2nd years went down valiantly against last year's All-Ireland finalists.

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School:   Coláiste Ide agus Iosef
Principal: Liam Murphy
Convent St., Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Phone: (00353) 68 30631


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