Transition Year

Staff (and Friends) v TY GAA Match

Anita Doherty Spin

Staff v TY GAA Match photo album

The TYs started with a strong side. Shaun McCarron caused trouble for the ageing legs of the teachers. Luke Davy was a standout player in the first half. Sam Bogan played very well for the teachers and held the ball well. The teachers got off to an early lead. However, as the game continued, they began to drop off the pace as their fitness was tested. Going in at half-time, the TYs looked better despite being quite far behind.

At half-time, I talked to David McGonigle who said “We are unstoppable going forward. However, it’s the simple things we’re messing up. I think we have a chance to win this game. It’s there for the taking!” I asked him, “Are there any leaders in this team?” “Yes…I am!”, he said. “I inspire everyone around me.” (He was subbed at half-time.) He noted that the standout players in the first half were Robert Mullally, Tony Meehan and Adam McFeely.

As the second half started, the TYs looked better with Shane Owen causing trouble. As a corner-forward, he instantly scored a goal, followed by a point. The supporters behind the goal sang “Shane Owen’s on fire…Your defence is petrified!” He continued to cause mayhem. His teammates had this to say…”He’s a legend!”…“It’s simple math. Give the ball to Shane and he will score.” (Meanwhile…) The game ended with the teachers winning; Sam Bogan scored one final goal to add to his tally, ensuring that he walked away with the Top Goalscorer Award. His final goal came from David McGonigle giving the ball away. David really let his team down with that one. (Never mind the fact that the Teachers were leading by about 25 points at that stage…) If the game would have lasted just a little bit longer, there’s no doubt in my mind that the TYs would have won. You have to keep in mind that the Teachers couldn’t put forward a full team and had to use senior pupils. The TY pupils ran to Shane Owen after the final whistle and lifted him high above their heads, as he is a true force of nature. I asked him for a few words after the game, but he said he didn't want to talk about it...Hero!

– Paul Shiels, TYA

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Help Carndonagh Community School defend Ireland’s honour...

When the Carndonagh Community School (CCS) mock trial team competed in the National competition, they were very much the underdogs. The CCS team overcame overwhelming odds to qualify to represent Ireland in the World Mock Trial Championships in New York. It was both an incredible achievement and an honour for a team of students from a disadvantaged area to beat many of the favourites who had a track record in the competition. These students started with a dream and put in the many hard hours in preparation for the competition, in doing so, they have realised the first part of that dream, namely winning the right to represent their country. The second part is to represent Ireland in New York on the world stage.

The cost of sending the team to New York to compete is €38 000. Unfortunately there is no official funding available that we can access to allow these students compete on the world stage. If we reach this target with your help you will be enabling a team of students from a disadvantaged area to engage in a once in a life time experience.

This is a competition that helps students to think critically, communicate clearly and collaborate effectively. This competition takes learning outside the classroom and builds confidence, creates better advocates while equipping students with the skills that will set them apart from their peers and enable them to succeed in any future career path. Your generosity will provide the vehicle that encourages intellectual growth and cultural enrichment among this cohort. Please help our students realise their dream and develop the skills to become effective, confident, leaders of the future. Your generosity will help educate the next generation and by following your example encourage a spirit of philanthropy in them.

For some of our students this is their first opportunity to experience another country and another culture. The students involved in the programme are Daniel Mc Cormick, Ellen Simmons, Adam Mullins, Brigid Doherty, Aidan Doherty, Aisling McCarron. Nathan Crumlish, Shaun Hirrell, Danielle Houghton, Kate Hunter, Ciara McGonagle, Rori Doherty, Ellen Keys, Chantelle McLaughlin, Evan McLaughlin, Ben Nelson, Aimee Donaghy, Jordan Doherty.

This team has done its school proud, its community proud with your help you can afford them the opportunity to do the nation proud. Competition in New York will not be possible without your generous support please donate in support of our Mock Trial team.

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Fair Trade Week 2017

Fair Trade Week 2017Fair Teade Week photo album

CCS celebrated Fair Trade Fortnight from Monday 27th Feb - Friday 10th March. Thanks to all the TYs who gave of their lunchtimes to make FT crêpes; Aileen Doherty, Katie Durey, Aisling McCarron, Rachel Devlin, Shanice O’Donnell, Lisa McLaughlin, Lauren Devlin, Ben Nelson and Katlyn Grant. Thanks also to Rachel Moore and Laura Cobo Ibanez for manning the Fair Trade stand in SuperValu for two days.

Sincere gratitude to the TY girls who baked the Fair Trade goodies for the Fair Trade event in the Colgan Hall on Friday 10th March under the guidance of Ms Caroline Gallagher; Maurita Doherty Laura Cobo Ibanez, Ella Devlin, Leigha Bradley, Rachel Moore, Lauren Devlin and Aimée Donaghy. The enterprising young ladies brought any remaining goodies back up to the school at lunchtime and sold the lot, making €107 in total. Way to go girls!

TY Legal Team Have no Objections to New York Trial Date

National Mock Trials

National Mock Trials 2017 photo album

Congratulations to the CCS TY National Mock Trial Team who won all three of their cases in the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin on Saturday 8th April 2017. As one of the top four teams in the country, the CCS team now proceeds to the Semi-Finals on Saturday 6th May. But that's not all! The final four teams in the competition are invited to represent Ireland in the US Mock Trial Competition in New York in October!! Well done to everyone! The 18-member team consists of Adam Mullins, Aidan Doherty, Aimee Donaghey, Aisling McCarron, Ben Nelson, Bridget Doherty, Chantelle McLaughlin, Ciara McGonagle, Daniel McCormick, Danielle Houghton, Ellen Keyes, Ellen Simmons, Evan McLaughlin, Jordan Doherty, Kate Hunter, Nathan Crumlish, Rori Doherty & Shaun Hirrell. A HUGE thank you to Mr Dónal McGuinness BL for all his guidance and support. We are very grateful. Thanks also to Garda Sean McLaughlin for lending us Garda props and to Mr Dessie Doherty for lending us his lucky bell!

TYs Fly the Flag on St. Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day Parade 2017

St. Patrick's Day Parade (Transition Year) photo album

What a way to spend St. Patrick's Day. Over 50 TYs travelled to Dublin in the early hours of Friday 17th March to participate in the annual parade in Dublin. The students displayed many talents on the journey down - face painting, eyebrow shaping, eyebrow painting, cheek enhancing, eyelash tinting, lip enhancing, eyeliner flicks and costume change - and that was just the boys. Thankfully the weather held out and the students did CCS proud.