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

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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

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

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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.

 

 
Beneavin’s response to the #8masses4no8

6th Years in Beneavin College Finglas responded to Tony’ Rileys request that people go to eight Masses to remember his dad by posting their photograph on the Facebook page and becoming the first candle remembrance photo to be acknowledged by the Foley family who were touched by students response. The school community was invited to take up the challenge with this lovely invitation

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