Derry Clarke Visits St. John’s Ballyfermot

Derry Clarke, celebrity chef, visits St. John’s College, De La Salle, Ballyfermot

By 2D – Reece, Jake, Lennon, Patrick, Daryl, Cian, Andrew and Sean


On Wednesday 8th March, 2017 Derry Clarke visited our school.  Our class and the 1st years who do Home Economics were lucky enough to be at the 2 hour demonstration he gave.  Some of our teachers who were free came in too. 

Derry told us that he started out washing pots during his summer holidays when he was 13 in a restaurant in Kinsale, Co. Cork.  At the age of 15 he had decided he wanted to be a chef.  He trained and worked hard to achieve his goal.  He now owns and runs his own Michelin star restaurant “L’Ecrivain” on Baggot Street in the city.

During his demonstration he cooked Roast Red Pepper soup with Chorizo and white beans.  He also made stuffed chicken breasts wrapped in bacon with mustard and honey glaze and a Banoffi sundae.  He showed us how to cook the perfect steak.  He got some of us to volunteer to help him.  There were a lot of us willing to help! 

We asked loads of questions and Derry was happy to answer them all.  He was surprised by how much we knew about the foods he was using.  Derry was asked by one lad was he “better than Gordon Ramsey?” and he answered “who is Gordon Ramsey!  This got a good laugh. We got some good tips for our Home Economics classes in the future like putting a damp towel under a chopping board to stop it slipping.    We also learned that Derry loves salt!! Poor Aaron had a sore arm seasoning the steak. 

We were so lucky to get a taste of all the food that Derry made and it was delicious especially the steak and the sundae. 

At the end of the demonstration Derry let us take photos and he gave us autographs. We thought Derry was a very nice, down to earth, kind and generous person. 

All in all, it was a real privilege to welcome Derry to St. John’s College Home Economics room and an experience we will all remember.

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OLS Terenure girls defy the odds to win prestigious national calf-rearing competition

angus winners

Our Dublin schools have hosted Le Chéile ducks, chickens and a show-jumping team but now we can add some real farmers and calves to the list and prove farming is not the just the preserve of our fellow Le Chéile students in the country. Four students from Our Lady’s School, Terenure were announced as the national winners of the Certified Irish Angus Beef schools competition which saw them rear five Irish Angus Cross calves for 18 months. Students Eithne Murray, Tara Frehill, Emily Browne, and Shauna Jager are not only part of the first Agricultural Science Leaving Certificate class in Our Lady’s School, Terenure, they also defied the odds and won the Certified Irish Angus Beef schools competition with no farming experience and living and studying in an urban setting.

Each year, five school groups are chosen to receive five Irish Angus Cross calves and as part of their winning project, they reared their calves on a farm in Manor Kilbride, Tallaght from September 2015 through to their slaughter in November 2016.
The students also organised a competition in the school to decide on the names of the calves. One of the highlights of the project was having the calves brought to the school grounds ,with Miriam O Callaghan and the local priest from Blessington for the "Naming Ceremony " last year.
They also conducted research and set about increasing market awareness of the benefits of Certified Irish Angus Beef, which they succeeded in doing among their fellow students, teachers, parents, as well as targeted groups at Scifest in Tallaght IT and Bushey Park farmers market.
The competition is run by the Irish Angus Producer Group, along with its processor partners, ABP Ireland and Kepak Group, and aims to encourage second level students to gain an understanding about the care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers. Each year, five school groups are chosen to receive five Irish Angus Cross calves.

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Dominican Cup Competition

The Dominican Cup Competition was hosted by Dominican College Taylors Hill, Galway this year on Le Chéile Day 24th March. This annual competition sees Dominican schools from around the country compete in hockey, basketball and soccer.






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First Cap for Ireland for DLS Churchtown Past Pupil

At Leinster Vs Connacht in RDS

Niyi Adeolokun a Past Pupil of De La Salle College Churchtown earned his first international cap for Ireland Vs Canada last Saturday. He is a full time player with Connacht and won the Pro 12 with them last year - beating (and scoring) against Leinster in the final.

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St Joseph of Cluny schools helps open a new School in Haiti

thinking development

Linda O Halloran a past pupil of Mount Sackville and a graduate of the London School of Economics set up an organisation called 'Thinking Development ' as a response to the destruction of so many Cluny schools during the Haiti Earthquake 2010. Linda wanted to to use her skills to provide a school in Haiti that could sustain a future Earthquake. Both Mount Sackville and St. Joseph of Cluny Killiney did much of the fundraising for the new school buildings and this lovely video demonstrates the fruits of all their work.


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