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European final in Estonia for School Scientist

A very exciting science journey for a school student will culminate in her representing Ireland in the European Science Olympiad in Estonia next month. Emily McCarthy was one of 350 students from all over Ireland invited to participate in the Irish European Union Science Olympiad following high results achieved in Junior Cert Maths and Science last year.

In the first round in late 2015 she got a silver medal in the Biology exam and was invited back with 11 others to complete two days of training and a three hour exam in DCU in January. Following this round, six students were chosen. Emily is the only girl on the team.

In March there was further training in DCU and Emily who is a fifth year student in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale, will now travel to Estonia in May to complete against students from all over Europe in the final competition.

National Gael Linn 1916 winners

Sarah Cusack, Caoimhe Ni Fhlannabhra and Emily McCarthy were all winners in recent National Competitions organised by Gael Linn to commemorate the 1916 Rising. Also photographed are teachers from the Irish department in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale along with Principal, Mr Jim Tierney.

Wizard of Oz show is a great success

Transition year students in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale finished off a very successful production of the Wizard of Oz with a full house last Friday night. During the week over 2000 adults and children passed through the doors of the school to see a very colourful and vibrant production of the well known classic. The musical directed by Miriam Ball saw lead roles being played by students  Maria Power, Aaron Lee, Emma Woulfe, Josh Enright and John Forde.

Full photo set from show available to view here

The Yellow Brick Road to Abbeyfeale

Over 2,000 people are expected to pass through the doors of Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale, this coming week, to see this year’s Transition Year Production “ The Wizard of Oz”. While the musical’s story of Dorothy and her challenges in a strange land will be familiar to many, there are unexpected twists in this retelling. Along with some powerful musical numbers this makes this show one not to miss. Directed by Miriam Ball, lead roles in the production are played by Maria Power, Aaron Lee, Emma Woulfe, Josh Enright and John Forde. While daytime matinees will run in conjunction with local primary schools, two evening shows will also take place on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th of February at 7.30 pm. All shows will take place in a specially transformed school gym hall and tickets are available from outlets in town, all TY students and the office at the school 068-30631

First school in country with new software and equipment

As part of the coaching and games development initiative in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef 12 transition year students recently undertook a video analysis course through Avenir Sports. The students were tutored in the school by Simon Kavanagh of Avenir Sports and undertook a project through Limerick Institute of Technology.  They had to use the software available, to analyze 2 school games that were recorded last year. Having successfully completed their projects the students spent last Wednesday getting to grips with the school's brand new video camera which can pan the whole pitch from a height of 25 feet giving a birdseye view of any game. The students can then download the recording to a school laptop where they can analyse the game to the specification of the coach in question.

Currently, Colaiste Ide agus Iosef are one of only  three schools in the country using the software for G.A.A purposes and are the only school in the country to also possess the camera and software for our own use. Speaking about the development, teacher David Kennelly said "We will be hoping to record all of our games where possible, but we would also hope to make the service available to local clubs etc. A special word of thanks to Mr Healy the TY coordinator for facilitating the training and to Gerard Murphy for all his help with setting up the course by introducing us to Simon and all the team at avenir sports." He finished by saying that "We are also hoping to announce another exciting venture for our transition years in the coming days."
In photo, Transition Year students from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef are photographed with their certificates after completing their course on video analysis with Avenir Sports. Also in photograph are Simon Kavanagh from Avenir Sports, Gerard Murphy, David Kennelly, Principal Jim Tierney and Vice-Principal Liam Murphy.

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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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