Fieldtrip, Newgrange and Battle of the Boyne

Last Thursday the students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn set off on a bright, brisk, Wintery morning to visit several sites of both historical and artistic significance in southern Louth and Meath.

Our first port of call was the historic ruins of Monasterboice, an early Christian settlement founded in the 5th century just north of Drogheda. The students were afforded the chance to get up close and personal with the fantastic high cross of Muirdeach, which features biblical carvingsof both the Oldand New Testamentsof the Bible and is regarded as the finest high cross in the whole of Ireland.

Our next stop was the Battle of the Boyne visitor centre, where students learned about the largest ground battle ever to take place on Irish soil between King William’s ‘Williamite’ army and King James’ ‘Jacobites’ in the year 1690. Students watched a laser show depicting where and how the battle took place, as well as a short live action film showing the horrors of the battle. The artifacts on show included canons and muskets used at the time and correspondence from both camps.

And lastly, after a little bit of rest and relaxation we made our way towards the Neolithic tombs at Newgrange. Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a roof-box. This baffling orifice held a great surprise for those who unearthed it. Its purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the shortest days of the year, around December 21, the winter solstice. One of students had been lucky enough to witness this event last December having won a place in the tomb by entering the Newgrange art competition. 

A fantastic day was had by all, and hopefully with a bit of luck this will become an annual expedition!



Great success for our girls basketball team!

We had a very historic day last Wednesday 14th with our first ever basketball match with the first year girls. We have entered the regional development league in order to develop the game within the school. The girls have been training hard since September and made great progress.


We were drawn against  Scoil Ui Mhuirí, Dunleer  in our first game had a strong start to the league winning the game 34:18 . Our top scorer on the day was Princess Okonkwo who scored 12 points followed by  Pelumi Adesanya scoring 10. Scores also from Caoimhe Campas, Grace Mulligan, Sorcha Ó' Reilly and the final score from Somie Mefor.  We had strong offensive and defensive play and were delighted with our win.

Our second game was Tuesday 20th January against Coláiste na hInse , Laytown. Both teams were equally matched and the game was very close indeed. Our first score came from Princess Okonkwo who scored 6 points, followed by scores from Grace Muilligan and Mia Harrison, the final quarter was a nail biting finish with only one basket between the two teams. We managed to retain our tight defense and narrowly took the game, final score was 9/7.

Well done to all the girls and training continues every Wednesday after school .

Trick or Treat for Temple Street

BOO!! The students and teachers of Coláiste Chú Chulainn donned their finest fancy dress costumes today before the school broke for the Halloween break. Each fancy-dresser brought in a small donation and raised over €200 for the Temple street Childrens Hospital!

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Dundalk F.C. Silverware Visit!

Dundalk F.C., who were crowned SSE Airtricity League champions in October brought their newly acquired silverware for a visit to Coláiste Chú Chulainn this week for a photoshoot with the Lilywhites most dedicated supporters in the town!

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Christmas Hamper Appeal for the Dundalk Lions Club

The students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn were busy throughout the month of December collecting food and drinks for the Lions Club Christmas Hamper Appeal. This year the Lions club were able to deliver 250 food hampers to families in Dundalk in the run up to Christmas. Declan Dempsey, the President of the Dundalk Lions club, and Catherine Doherty, the manager of the Christmas Hamper Appeal collected the food items from the school and expressed their sincerest thanks to the staff and students who helped with what we hope will become our Annual food drive for the Lions Club!

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A selection of the goods collected by the Coláiste Chú Chulainn students!

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First Year students who organised the food drive organising the collected items into boxes to be taken away and distributed to local families.

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