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.


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. 


TY Trip to Amsterdam!

On Thursday morning last at 6:45 am, a group of tired but excited students and teachers met at the gates of Coláiste Chú Chulainn to get on our way for our foreign trip to visit Amsterdam in Holland! A fantastic, action pascked trip was had by all involved!


On Thursday afternoon we arrived in Amsterdam city having being picked up from the airport by our jovial bus driver Klauss. We stopped for a quick bite to eat before making our way to 'Mikes Bikes' for a bicycle tour of all the famous landmarks in the city. Cycling as the locals do, we saw everry corner, stopping for hot chocolates and buns along the way!


We stayed just outside the city in a wonderful transport museum turned hotel. The staff were friendly and the food was plenty!

On day two we made our way south of the city to Efetling theme park. At a piping 20 degrees (piping compared to Irelands temperatures this time of year!) we were quickly dried off after the log flume and splash coasters! The Baron, a huge 180ft vertical drop roller coaster, wasn't enough to scare off any Chú Chulainners (though you could hear B Uí Riodal and T Ó Luachrains screams from a mile away!)

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Saturday came with another action packed itinerary. We started by travelling into the city to visit Madamme Toussauds, had our photos taken with the Avengers and E.T., before having a nice relaxing boat tour around the citys' canals. We took a break at a local market for lunch and then made our way to visit Anne Franks house - a harrowing but very worthwhile experience. In the evening we visited a traditional Dutch village equipped with windills, clog making factories and lots of cheese!



On our final day we made our way to the Van Gogh museum in the morning to see the collection of work by the great master, and then lunched in the Hard Rock Cafe. In the afternoon we visited the Ajax stadium, just a few hours before Holland were set to take on Germany. We finished our trip with a shopping spree in a large outlet shopping centre before an exhausted team of teachers and students made their way back to the airport. With our final goodbyes to Klauss we embarked upon our journey home, an amazing trip had by all! 



TY Students raising funds for Oesophageal Cancer

A number of Transition Year pupils were involved in raising funds and awareness for Oesophageal Cancer in the Marshes and Aldi on Friday 1st March. Oesophageal Cancer is 100% curable if detected early, however, the sad fact is that the majority of oesophageal cancer patients wait 3 months before contacting their GP. Students sold lollipops and provided the public with information about the illness in order to help combat the disease. Students have been working hard in their community efforts this year and are enjoying giving something back to the community.



Our 2nd Year girls Basketball team start the season with style!

Well done to the second year girls basketball team who won their first match of the league. The final score was 30-10 against St. Ciarans Community School. Well done to all involved!


Success for our TYs at Trashion Fashion!

After months of preparation, more than a few fingers and thumbs glued together, and multiple battles with unruly straps, we were ready to showcase our recycled costumes at the Trashion Fashion Event

Local fashionistas were treated to an evening of glitz and glamour when the students of Louth showcased their couture creations at the seventh annual ‘Trashion Fashion’ event at the Carrickdale Hotel on Wednesday 23rd January. The fashion competition is open to all secondary school students in Louth. The challenge posed to students is to create a couture outfit of any shape and size made by the least couture of materials – junk! 

Six costumes were submitted by students from Transition Year in Colaiste Chú Chulainn into the event. The costumes which were made with a variety of materials including crisp packets, old examination papers, plastics, baby dummies and so much more!


We were delighted to have two winners in the event, and are ectremely proud of each and every one of the students who put so much work into getting prepared for the night.

The winners were:

Magdalene losses – best performance (Tara Woods, Mickey Doyle, Katie Farrell)

Standards set for young people – one of overall winners (Laura Jane Hearty, Sarah Hoey)


All of our costumes received very high praise. The team members include:

Sophie O’Kane, Ayo Adesanya, Ronke Amushan

Finn Duffy, Michael Dunne, Markuss Ogsts

Anne Reilly, Rose O’Brien, Alannah Murray

Hannah Reilly, Ly Dillon, Grace McEntaggert


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