Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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Remembering Zoe presentation

Last Friday the Remembering Zoe committee made a presentation of 1,000 euro to Hope Foundation. Four students from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale are going to Calcutta with the Hope Foundation in March

Newgrange visit

Senior cycle art students from Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale, visited Newgrange in Co Meath on an educational trip in preparation for their Leaving Cert Art history exam. Students were given a guided tour of the 5000 year old passage grave and a detailed account of the satellite passage graves in Knowth and Dowth. A significant reference was made to the archeologist and native of Abbeyfeale, Professor Michael J. O'Kelly, who discovered the roof box in 1967 which annually allows the light to illuminate the passage and grave chambers on the the Winter Solstice. Professor O'Kelly was also responsible for restoring the facade of the tomb to how we see it today. 5th and 6th year Students, accompanied by their art teacher Keith O'Rahilly, science teacher Seán Kennedy and Jackie Corr were all glad to make this connection and interact with such an important part of their heritage.

Abbeyfeale eight make impression in Young Scientist

Eight students from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale participated in Dublin in the 53rd B.T Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition last week. Two of the three entries picked up display awards. This was the third year running that the school had entered the competition. Over 4500 students from across Ireland submitted projects from which only a select number of projects were chosen for last week's exhibition.

The three projects from Abbeyfeale had been worked on over the last few months in a collaborative effort by students with guidance from their teachers, Maria McMahon and Joanne Culhane. They focussed on physical fitness, protein milk and social media 'likes'. Both students and teachers had a very interesting yet busy four days in Dublin dealing with large numbers of visitors made up of judges, media, Ministers and the general public. Projects from the school featured on a variety of news outlets during the week.

The project “Who is the fittest of them all?” compared students in junior and senior cycle and their respective fitness levels. The students, Aoife Curtin, Ciara Hunt and Emily Pierse tested hundreds of students and their comprehensive findings suggested a trend where students get less fit as they progress through second level.

Muscular Strength and the effect of protein milk on this area of the body was the focus of a project by Caoimhe Ní Fhlannabhra and Sinéad Hunt. This project saw the students test students but also interview experts from third level. The conclusions drawn from their work emphasise the positive effects of protein milk.

The final project from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef dealt with the ever popular area of technology. In this project the students looked into teenagers obsession with “likes” on social media. As Leona Lyons, Rachael Horan and Cian O Connor from the “Am I liked?” project explained “Before we started our project we noticed that many young people were becoming increasingly obsessed and concerned with social media networking sites. We observed as well as posting on these networks our friends  would check their phones frequently for likes. Students would compare their “like” numbers to others in their class as if it was a popularity competition. So much so we noticed that people would even delete a post if it failed to reach sufficient likes in their view.”

Slam Poet champion visits

Slam poet champion and culture journalist, Clara Rose Thornton visited our school to host a number of workshops, talks and performances over the course of a very busy day. Students were delighted with the chance to work with the Chicago-born poet, who brought poetry to life through her performances and got students to produce very engaging work. The central workshop was with our Leaving Cert Applied students.

Clara Rose will return later this term to conduct workshops on our sister school in South Africa. This project called Sister Cities will look at cultural awareness, crosscultural relatability, and awareness of various types of privilege and is part of our Worldwise Global Schools programme

Historic first Camogie win for Abbeyfeale

A historic first Munster title for an Abbeyfeale team in Camogie was achieved last Sunday in Tournafulla, when Colaiste Ide agus Iosef convincingly saw off the challenge of Salesians, Pallaskenry to win the Munster Intermediate crown. A large crowd witnessed a convincing early performance by Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, which led to a 10 point lead at half time. Despite a flurry of goals in the second half this margin was never eroded and the Colaiste Ide agus Iosef ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 7-10 to 3-3.

The historic journey to this title began back in mid-October when Colaiste Ide agus Iosaf took on GaelCholáiste Luimnigh in the first round of the Munster championship. Teachers Rebecca Delee and Marie Lenihan had worked hard with a panel of 23 players and it showed as despite an early setback the  team dug deep and advanced to the Munster quarter final on a score line of 4-12 to 2-2. Colaiste Ide agus Iosaf played Scoil Pól Kilfinane in that quarter final in extremely bad weather conditions, but despite the rain, frost and even snow the girls fought hard for every ball, showed great team spirit and were victorious on a score line of 1-6 to 1-1. North Presentation School were Colaiste Ide agus Iosaf’s opponents in the Munster Semi final, played in extremely frosty conditions. The result was 3-9 to 4 points in favour of Colaiste Ide agus Iosaf and although the result may not suggest it, this was the girl’s toughest match of the campaign.

Thoughout this championship, the girls showed great determination, heart and skilful passages of play. There were fantastic scenes of joy on Sunday when Mike Nash presented captain, Shannyn Foley with the Hayes Intermediate Camogie Cup. Thanks to Tournafulla Development Association and Tournafulla Community Alert for the preparation of food and hospitality after the match.

 Panel: Elise Buckley, Rachel Doody, Shannyn Foley (c), Roisin Scanlon, Ellen Scanlon, Ellie Lane, Michelle Curtin, Larissa McCarthy, Stephanie Woulfe, Noelle Curtin, Aoife Curtin, Sarah O’ Brien, Noreen Nolan, Muirne Lane, Siobhan Sheehy, Caoimhe Hickey, Shona Hickey, Ciara Ward, Amy Brouder, Lily Doody, Roisin Egan, Lauren O’Connor, Lisa Nolan

(For the final, CII had to wear jerseys inside out due to a clash of colours)


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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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