St. Jarlath’s College and Tuam Swimming Club were celebrating this week when Junior Cert student, Ciarán Burke was selected on the Irish team to represent Ireland at the Schools International Games in Manchester Aquatic Centre from 3-6 September 2015.
Fifteen year old, Ciarán is a member of Tuam Swimming Club and he also trains at the Connacht Performance Centre in Galway and with the National Youth Squad in Dublin.
This will be Ciarán’s second international cap. He also represented Ireland Youths in the international meet last year against Scotland.
Ciarán is grateful to all the staff at St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam for their constant support of his swimming career and to all his coaches at both Tuam Swimming Club and Swim Ireland’s Connacht Performance Centre.
Arron Turner from the Galway Simon Community spoke to some students from 2nd year today about the work that the Simon Community do in Galway as part of the preparation for their CSPE project next year. After a short introduction and a question and answer session on the reasons why people become homeless and the help they receive from the organisation, he showed them a short video featuring the Simon Community.
Members of the Student Council then presented the Simon Community with a cheque for €165.
Left to Right, Adam Cronin, Conor Halbard, Oisin Donnellan, Arron Turner, David Keane and Artur Grochola.
Following their success at first year level last year, this talented and committed bunch of 2nd year students, along with a select number of 3rd years, claimed their second consecutive Connacht title.
Indeed for the 3rd year students eligible for the juvenile age grade, this too represented their second Connacht medal, following their first year victory in 2013.
The achievement was made all the more impressive given the calibre of the opposition once again this year. The Jarlath’s boys defeated the formidable Mayo schools of St. Gerald,s and St. Coleman’s in successive intensely close-fought encounters to qualify for a meeting with the skillful St. Attracta’s outfit in the Connacht final.
Although the scoreline suggests a comfortable, one-sided victory- on the pitch the reality was different. This was a keenly contested battle between two teams displaying a clean, slick brand of gaelic football that bodes well for the future of Connacht schools football in general. St. Jarlath’s once again showed character and resilience in abundance to pull away in the second half, allied with great skill in arguably this group’s finest collective performance of the year. A narrow two point lead at the break was eventually converted into a ten point victory following a glut of scores in the closing minutes.
Proudly led by our outstanding captain Dean Hynes of Corofin it would seem unfair to pick out individuals. Nonetheless, the exceptional contribution of Eoin Broderick, also of Corofin, could not be ignored. In a week that saw Corofin win a senior club All-Ireland title this young footballer delivered a stunning 2-7 that copperfastened victory for his team on a final scoreline of 3-13 to 2-6. Other scores came from lads from Tuam, Killererin and Milltown- underlying the strength of North Galway footballers and the high standard being delivered from these boys both in the classroom and on the football pitch in representing with distinction St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam.
On the 2nd of March 2015, Peter Connell visited our school to speak to the Leaving Certificate students. Based on his introduction of himself, Peter seems like an ordinary local man; he works hard, meets his friends and plays football with his local club. In fact, Peter is an ordinary man but, as we found out, he has accomplished extraordinary things.
Peter told us the tale of how he discovered his love of, and talent for, hiking and mountaineering. It started off small with weekend climbing in Connemara and Mayo but as his passion grew he sought bigger and better challenges which brought him on expeditions to the Alps and the Andes. It was while battling through tough weather while climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland that Peter first thought about climbing the ultimate peak; Mount Everest.
The thought of this never left Peter’s mind and he decided he would do it. He committed himself, following a strict diet, developing his mountaineering skills and training up to ten times a week! He set himself goals that he wanted to achieve before he went to Everest to ensure he was ready. These included swimming 14km across Galway Bay, running 4 marathons and climbing Croagh Patrick twelve times in twenty four hours. Peter reached all of these targets with ease. He was now physically and mentally ready.
Peter documented to the class his seven week voyage to the world’s tallest peak in vivid detail. He described how his body battled with the weather and high altitude and how his mental strength helped him through the tough times. He recalled the joy he felt upon reaching the top as he glanced over the mountain tops below him. His hard work, determination and commitment had all reaped their rewards.
Peter truly is an inspiration and a great example to follow because he showed us that if you set your mind to something, you really can achieve it.
Team Captain Jake Hogan was appointed captain of the 1st and 2nd Year Hurling team for the season 2014 – 2015. Jake hails from Belclare and is well-known as a skilful hurler. He plays with Sylane and featured on St. Jarlath’s school team last year. He is very versatile but mainly excels as a defender. Well done to Jake, and we all hope that we will have a prosperous enjoyable year under his leadership.
Captaen na Foirne Ceapadh Jake Ó hÓgáin ina chaptaen ar fhoireann iománaíochta na scoile, Blianta a hAon agus a Dó, don bhliain scoile seo 2014 -2015. Is as Béal Chláir do Jake agus tá cáil air mar iománaí sciliúil. Imríonn sé leis an gclub Saighleán agus ghlac sé páirt mhór ar fhoireann Choláiste Iarfhlatha anuraidh. Is iománaí breá cumasach é atá sásta imirt in aon ionad ar an bpáirc ach is fearr leis imirt sna cúlaithe. Comhghairdeas arís, a Jake, agus tá súil againn ar fad go mbeidh bliain rathúil thaitneamhach againn faoina cheannaireacht.