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The Birdman Swoops on CCS

Martin Maloney BirdmanMartin Birdman Maloney photo album

Martin Maloney a.k.a. The Birdman had two parts to his presentation in the Aras on Thursday, 4th February. Firstly, a slideshow and video presentation to our TY pupils on birds of prey. He highlighted the need for young people to change the perception of birds of prey, e.g. that they don't eat living lambs and they do eat pest species such as rats and mice. Of course, birds of prey are scavengers and will also eat dead animals.

Secondly, he took out three of his own birds - Rambo the buzzard, Leo the long eared owl and Barny the barn owl. Martin is a professional Ornithologist who has been a leading member of Ireland's Raptor Study Group for the past decade (Raptors is another term for birds of prey). The main part of his work at the moment is education in schools throughout Ireland north and south. In addition, he is no stranger to RTE and BBC and will be on Colin Stafford's Living the Wildlife on RTE One TV in April. Martin is also a leading light throughout Ireland and Britain for rehabilitating and reintroducing birds of prey into the wild.

CCS Pays Tribute to Past-pupil, Mark Farren

Mark FarrenPupils and Staff at Carndonagh CS offer their condolences to the family of Mark Farren, who passed away on Wednesday morning, 3rd February aged 33. Mark attended CCS before establishing a youth football career at Tranmere and Huddersfield Town. He is best known for his exploits with Derry City FC, becoming their all-time top scorer in 2012. During his high-profile illness, support for Mark came from all corners of the country and further afield. May he rest in peace.

Senior Boys Crowned Comeback Champions of Ulster

CCS Senior Boys Ulster
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Ulster Senior Soccer Final
Carndonagh Community School Vs Loreto Milford
(Match report - Matthew Cavanagh, 5B)

Martin Cavanagh (manager) interview with Donegal Sport Hub

Twelve months on from a devastating Ulster Final defeat at the hands of Deele College, CCS rose from the ashes to claim a well-deserved victory over Loreto Milford in this year’s showpiece by two goals to one. In truth the gap should’ve been much greater as CCS showed far more desire and spirit than their opponents. The tone was set in the opening minute with Sam Todd skewing wide with a snap-shot following a corner. Wave after wave of CCS attacks followed with Milford goalkeeper Shane Graham keeping Brandon Browne and Cathal Farren at bay. Milford had excellent pace on the counter however and this told when Adrian Delap was upended in the box. The referee pointed straight to the spot and Connor Gormley put Milford into the lead, completely against the run of play. Half-Time CCS 0-1 Loreto Milford.

CCS came racing out of the blocks and within 30 seconds thought they had levelled through Keelan Doherty. The celebrations were short lived however as the linesman on the far side flagged for an offside in the build-up. CCS now had wind in their sails and the pressure grew too much for Milford as full-back Paddy Carr fouled Christopher McLaughlin to concede the games second penalty. Cathal Farren converted with consummate ease to level the scores. The introduction of Declan McLaughlin swung the game in CCS’s favour and it was McLaughlin himself who laid the ball off for Farren to fire home what turned out to be the winner. CCS survived a late Milford surge with James McKinney clearing a Gormley header off the line. A late break saw Declan McLaughlin have a top corner bound shot clawed away by Graham. The referee blew the final whistle soon afterwards and CCS were crowned U19 Ulster champions for the first time in 6 years. The team now face the Leinster champions on the 23rd February in the National Semi-Final and will hope to bring this vein of form even further. Full-Time CCS 2-1 Milford.

‘Empowering Parents to Help Their Children’ - Monday 1st February, 7.15pm

Amazing Brains“Parental involvement in a child’s schooling is a more powerful force than family background, size of family and level of parental education.” (Research report on the impact of Parental Involvement in Children’s Education, DFES 2006)

Parent Power is a practical, meaningful, activity based 90-minute workshop that empowers parents and gives them the opportunity to help their own children develop the essential study techniques to succeed in schools and exams.

This workshop will take place in Carndonagh Community School on Monday 1st February at 7.15pm sharp. This workshop is suitable for all parents/guardians, and particularly to parents of exam year students. Please visit for more details.

Lifeline Inishowen - "One-in-Five" Balloon Release

LifeLine Inishowen
On Monday 30th November the TYs participated in a 'Balloon Release' for Lifeline (Inishowen) to highlight domestic violence. For every four purple balloons, there was one white balloon to represent the statistics of abuse in Irish relationships - "one-in-five". Mary Doherty and the Lifeline team will be back in CCS in the Spring to do a workshop with the TYs.

School Ties Are Back!

SchoolTies2015 2Newly designed school ties are now available from Room 211 on Tuesdays and Fridays at lunchtime. The ties carry the school colours and are embroidered with the school crest. They are supplied by the Moville Clothing Company and cost €10. While the 'School Tie Shop' is the result of a TY Mini-company, there's no doubt that the formal look is making a comeback at CCS. The introduction of the blazers several years ago was warmly received by the pupils, and the ties are a natural step towards completing the look.