Craic sa Cheaintín!

The doors of the music room burst open on Friday at lunchtime filling the room with craic agus ceoil as students (and some teachers!) performed for all onlookers in Coláiste Chú Chulainn. 

The student led initiative aims to encourage other students to come forward and get involved with music in the school.

Many thanks to Inion Ní Hír and the Music Department for organising the event!

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Rang Bóinne Geography field study trip

Transition Year students were on the road again for a Geography field study trip to Gyles Quay. Accompanied by an tUasal Mac Fhearchair the students conducted a number of studies on the beach as part of their coursework for the year.

Many thanks to the Geography department for organising the trip!

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5th Yr Art trip to Dublin Galleries

Our 5th Year Art students visited Dublin this week to view the collections in the Hugh Lane Gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum. We set off on the bus in the morning and arrived on Parnell Street to see the huge range of artworks displayed in the collection of the Hugh Lane Gallery. Students viewed the reassembled studio of Francis Bacon and studied Sean Scullys abstract work.

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We then strolled down O'Connell street, taking in some street art along the way before arriving at the National Gallery on Dawson Street. Students critiqued paintings and sculptures by the old masters, including works by Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin and Caravaggio. 

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We lunched on Grafton street before setting off towards the National Museum, the next stop on our cultural tour where students saw some of Irelands greatest treasures. The Ardagh Chalice, Tara Brooch and other relics from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron age were on display. We also had the chance to get face to face with some of our ancestors from the Iron age in the Bog Bodies exhibit.

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An excellent day was had by all. Thanks to the Art department and all involved for making the day possible.

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Gaisce training in the Mourne mountains!

Over two days, a group of Transition Year students completed a hike of 27km in the Mourne mountains as part of the program to attain their Gaisce award. The Gaisce or 'Presidents Award' is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 15-25 and has been in existence since 1985. The Awards initially flourished under the patronage of former President Patrick. J Hillary and to date and have been carried by incoming President’s.

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The students set off on Friday afternoon from their accomodation in Donard park in Newcastle Co. Down and trekked towards Tollymore park where they were greeted by a beautiful sea of bluebells. Wild deer were encountered as the team passed over the Drinns, rivers were carefully crossed and well deserved cups of tea were poured by Parnells bridge as the kilometers started to add up! A well deserved rest was had that evening in the Greenhills YMCA, but not before a wander down into Newcastle for pizza and treats!

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The group set off early on Saturday morning after breakfast, this time setting their sights on a higher goal - the Mourne wall. Trekking upwards through the forest the team encountered spectacular views of the Mourne mountain range. The goal of almost 600m of altitide was achieved over a 4hr trek that spanned 12km.

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A fantastic trip was had by all, many thanks to Ms Savage and Mr Loughrran for organising the trip

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Futures in Banking Program in London

Two 5th year students from Coláiste Chú Chulainn spent 3 days in London on Net Éire and Cooperation Ireland’s ‘ Futures in Banking’ program in Morgan Stanley’s office in Canary Warf.

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Among the activities were an employability and skills workshop with Alexander Mann solutions focusing on your social footprint and interview technique, a presentation from the Irish Deputy head of mission , Mr Gerald Angley. The boys also visited the trading floor in Morgan Stanley and were shown around by interns at the firm . They networked over lunch with young people working in the office discussing their career paths to their current roles. We were taken on a guided tour of Bloomberg TV Studio in Bank Street and visited the Roman ruins in The City. Day two began with a Project Management Exercise and the boys in their groups worked on a presentation which they gave to invited guests in the industry. A private tour of Buckingham Palace was organised for the group to finish off the day. This was the 10 year anniversary of the student Diversity Programme which brings students together from all walks of life to experience what career paths are open to them. Bean Ui Riodal has brought students from Coláiste Chú Chulainn on the program for three years now and students have benefited from the trip in having a clearer plan and making connections for the future. 

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