Changes to School Calendar

There are a number of changes to the school calendar which students, parents and guardians should note.

We have been notified by the Junior Cycle support service that the next training day for staff will take place for all post-primary schools in Louth on Thursday November 23rd. As such, the school will be closed to facilitate this training.

In addition, there is a change to the staff training day originally scheduled for Friday January 19th. This staff training day will now take place on Friday January 26th 2018. The school will be closed to facilitate this training.

The school calendar has been updated on the website and a paper copy of the calendar is included with the October reports.

Updates and reminders will also be posted on the school Twitter account @CCCDundalk.

College Awareness Week 2017

Coláiste Chú Chulainn celebrates College Awareness Week 2017!

Coláiste Chú Chulainn organises Mini Careers Exhibition to mark College Awareness Week

▪ The fourth annual College Awareness Week (CAW) is taking place from November 20th to November 26th 2017
▪ The campaign promotes the benefits of a post-secondary plan for all, supports students to become ‘college ready’ and features local role models
▪ For further information visit

Coláiste Chú Chulainn will celebrate/celebrated College Awareness Week by holding a Mini Careers Exhibition. Colleges from the North East will be hosting stands manned by representatives from the Colleges to give advice to the students on courses available to study after they complete Second Level Education.

Guidance Counsellor Christine McSorley said, “We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education. There are lots of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education as part of their future.”

CAW aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and dreams, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.

CAW is supported by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Many other organisations such as The National Parents Council Post-Primary, the Irish Union of Second Level Students and Irish Business Employers Confederation have backed the campaign.

The inaugural CAW in 2014, the first of its kind in Ireland, was a runaway success with over 350 events in locations including schools, higher educational institutes, community centres and libraries. Last year’s campaign saw over 1,200 events and approximately 125,000 participants. CAW 2017 is expected to bring even more participants on board, with events from Malin Head to Mizen Head and a strong focus on communities where participation in Higher Education remains below average.

College Awareness Week gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of Perrigo, the Higher Education Authority, Trinity College Dublin and Solas, the Further Education and Training Authority, and commends their dedication to the betterment of communities and Irish society through enhanced educational experiences.

For more information on CAW, please visit

For further details please contact:

Christine McSorley
Guidance Counsellor

Follow @CollegeAware

Parents’ Association AGM

The Parents’ Association AGM took place on Wednesday October 11th. A talk was given by Nuala Uí Ceallaigh from the Junior Cycle Wellbeing team who spoke about the new Wellbeing programme being introduced to schools and some supports and strategies that parents and guardian could implement to support the mental health of their sons and daughters. A copy of a newsletter distributed to parents on the night is available in the "Parents' Section" of the website.

The AGM of the Parents Council took place after the mental health talk and the following officers were elected:

Chairperson                Jennifer Harrison

Vice chairperson         Cora Hanratty Kampes

Secretary                     Sheila O'Neill 

Assistant secretary      Rita Doyle 

Treasurer                    Sharon Agnew 

Assistant Treasurer     Sharon Browne 

The Parents' Association meet once a month, on the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday November 14th at 7pm. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend the meetings.



School closed Monday 16th October due to status red weather alert

The Department of Education has confirmed that all schools and colleges are to remain closed tomorrow due to hurricane Ophelia. We hope that all students have a safe day at home tomorrow.