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German wins

Members of the German Debating Team with their certificates from the GDI German Debating Competition. Missing from photo is Ciara Hunt. 

Pictured above are Ms. L. O’Leary’s 5th Year German class who received certificates in recognition of reaching a high standard in the Austrian Embassy German Language Competition. The students wrote essays about the role of young statesmen in Europe.

Trip to the Dail

Colaiste Ide agus Iosef 3rd Year CSPE Trip to Leinster House


On Tuesday April 17th, Class Brid 3 from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef (Abbeyfeale) made a trip to Dáil Éireann as part of their CSPE Action Project which will contribute towards their Junior Cert grade. Beforehand, the class had organised themselves into five groups, each taking responsibility for a different aspect of their project.

When they arrived at the Dáil they had to go through security. They had to put their jackets and bags through a scanner.  On arrival, they met with Sinn Fein TD’s Martin Ferris and Maurice Quinlivan. Following photos, they had a surprise visit by Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein Party Leader.  He spoke to them about his role as a TD and they enjoyed talking many photos with him.  Next, they made their way to the Dáil chamber for Leaders questions.  They heard TD’s such as Michael Martin, Mary Lou McDonald, and Michael Lowery question An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Some of their questions included the issues surrounding the data breach at the INM and local Country Council spending in relation to the upkeep of secondary roads.

Next they went to the Seanad. There they saw Senator David Norris speak. He spoke about concerns in relation to the loss of medical cards for those deemed to be financially over the minimum threshold. His speech was similar to the debates in the main chamber but this time he didn’t have a time limit.

After the debate, the tour guide brought them to the gallery. The gallery had portraits of all the past Taoisigh. The tour guide told them about the history of the Dáil and also the Taoisigh. During the tour they also met with Simon Harris, Minister for Health and Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing.

On completion of their guided tour, they met Patrick O’ Donovan , Minister of State for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment .   He spoke with them about his visit to their school on December 18th last and gave them a brief history on Leinster House.  They took a group photo with him before departing.

They had an extremely enjoyable visit, once which will remain etched in their memory for many years to come. They would like to thank Minister of State Patrick O’ Donovan for his kind invitation and also to his Administrative Assistant Jeremiah Roche for meeting with them and accompanying them on the tour.

Finally, their sincere thanks go to their teacher Ms Kelly and to Nora, SNA, for travelling to Dublin with us.  They look forward to returning to Dail Eireann,  perhaps as future leaders of their country. The sky is the limit!

Debate Action Aid

Larissa McCarthy, qualified for the National Action Aid debating final in Dublin, with her speech on gender inequality standing out from the over 130 entries. On the day she competed against 8 other students for a trip to Brussels. While not victorious, Larissa spoke very well and in the days preceading her appearance in the Royal Irish Academy, thanks to help from her teacher Niall Twomey, she had delivered the speech to most of our own school community. 

 Link to tweet here


Feale Good- Time Out Wellbeing Week


Our first ever "Feale Good- Time Out" Wellbeing Week took place from February 19th to 23rd. The events saw a huge amount of participation from staff, students and the wider school community. Some photos below.





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Junk Kouture finalists

Transition Year students from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef were delighted to find out last Thursday that two of their entries in the Junk Kouture national competition had made it through to the Southern Regional Finals. This is the first year that the community college on the Kerry Limerick border has entered the competition. The two creations have strong messages, with one taking the theme of Gay Pride and the other nature and caring for the environment. The regional finals will take place in University Concert Hall Limerick on March 9th

One of the two successful outfits, "Androgynous" by twins Shona and Caoimhe Hickey had as its theme Gay Pride. Using crisp bags their colourful creation co-ordinates with the rainbow flag. Words like 'Pride', 'Equality' and 'Love' are attached to the pants using crisp bags. The outfit with its futuristic look has a message for where society should go.
"Lady in Leaves" by Grainne Flynn, Caoimhe Pegley and Shauna O Shea is a design that helps to personify the beauty of nature. The students embraced using natural and organic materials including evergreen and deciduous leaves along with off cuts of chicken wire, bed sheets and old fabric. They believe their couture will draw peoples attention to the pressing threats facing the environment. The creation encapsulates the rebirth of organic materials restoring them to their former glory.
The students will now attend the Regional finals in Limerick, with their teacher Keith O Rahilly on March 9th. On that night they will get to display their outfits on the catwalk to a piece of music that they have chosen.
UPDATE *** Until Friday 23rd February you can vote for one of the two designs. This will count towards 10% of overall vote in Regional Final. You can vote often (every day) so head over here to register and vote. Thanks !!

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Principal: Liam Murphy
Convent St., Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Phone: (00353) 68 30631


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