A number of St. Jarlath’s College students visited the Icon of ‘Our Mother of Perpetual Help’ at Tuam Cathedral on Thursday 21st April. Blessed Pope Pius IX presented the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorists for veneration in their newly-built Church of Sant’Alfonso, Rome in December 1865. The boys were welcomed by Fr. Seamus Devitt, Fr. Fintan Monahan and Fr. Pat Farragher. They were joined by their teacher, Ms. Cliona Feerick. More information on the pilgrimage can be found at http://www.followtheicon.ie/ .
The second annual interschool’s debating competition was held recently in St. Jarlath’s College. This year the competition was extended to schools outside of Tuam with Dunmore Community School and Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, take part for the first time, along with Scoil Bhríde, Mercy Secondary School and Presentation College, Currylea.
The motion for the debate was, ‘By Celebrating the Rising, We Glamorise War’. All debaters were incredibly well prepared for the debate and the crowd was entertained with compelling arguments presented by both the proposition and opposition.
Adjudicators on the day were Mr. Jim Carney and Dr. Gabriel O’Connor. The debaters were complimented on both their outstanding ability and confidence and while deciding the winners of the competition needed much deliberation, first prize of the SJC Shield was awarded to Adam Cronin and Oisín Donnellan from St. Jarlath’s College. The medal for Best Individual Speaker went to Caleigh-Ann Ryan from the Presentation College. Congratulations to all students involved and a special thank you to Ms. Joanne O’ Connor for organizing the event.
D’imir Coláiste Iarfhlatha i gcoinne Seamount, Cinn Mhara sa chluiche leathcheannais Chonnacht san Uarán Mór ar an Aoine 15 Aibreán.
Bhí an imirt tapa agus sciliúil. Chuaigh an sliotar suas agus síos an pháirc ar luas lasrach le pasanna maithe agus le buillí láidre. Bhí an aimsir go dona le ceathanna troma báistí. D’éirigh sé deacair breith ar an sliotar. Ba é an scór ag leath ama ná 2 – 8 ag buachaillí Thuama in aghaidh 1 – 4 ag daltaí Chinn Mhara. Isteach linn sa seomra feistis chun sos a thógáil. Dúirt muid le chéile “is féidir linn é seo a bhuachaint le hobair chrua”.
Amach linn ar an bpáirc don dara leath agus thosaigh an imirt i gceart ansin. D’imir gach iománaí as a gcraiceann agus fuair muid an lámh in uachtar ar an bhfoireann eile. Thug Caoilinn Ó Craibhín sár-thaispeántas le cúig chúl agus ceithre chúilín agus scóráil Aodh Mac Donnacha cúl maith agus Conchúr Ó Tnúthail ceann deas gleoite freisin. Chríochnaigh an cluiche 7 – 14 againne agus 3 – 5 ag Seamount. Thugamar aghaidh abhaile go Tuaim go sona sásta agus sinn ag súil leis an gcluiche ceannais.
The F14, CSPE class invited speakers from the Resource Outreach Centre (ROC.), in Tuam, to speak the the class about their work in the community. The class presented ROC. with a cheque for €200 during the visit . This money was raised through a fundraising event earlier in in the year, where the class, under the guidance of the CSPE teacher, Ms. Kenny, organized a soccer tournament for Junior classes in the college.
The journey took place from Thursday, 17th March, through to Saturday 19th March. The students walked 30 miles and climbed 9700 feet over the three days, which they had worked and trained for during lunch times, after school and at weekends. In addition they took part in two full days of training. The first day of the trip was in the Maumturk Mountains where the group walked most of the day in snow. The second day was spent in the Twelve Bens. The aims for these two days was team building and to practice and develop route finding and compass skills.
The three days of walking and climbing involved the following ranges of mountains, Ben Gorm day one, Sheffry Hills day two, and Mweelrea on the third day
Well done to the Silver Gaisce participants, Jordan Buckley, Adam Cronin, Samim Haque and Eoin McHugh. A fifth participant, James Glynn, had to pull out due to injury. He is hoping to complete a cycling adventure journey in the summer.
A big thank you for Francis Stockwell for the photographs which can by found by clicking the picture above.
Staff involved in the trip were Mr. Francis Stockwell, Mr. Mike Houlihan & Mr. Andrew Marsden.