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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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!

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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!

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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!

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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! 

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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.

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