090 64 53600

School Principal
Mr. Garrett Buckley
Deputy Principal

Ms. Stacey Guinan

Beauty and the Beast 2024

What an amazing week of Gallen Community School production of Beauty and the Beast…. We have no doubt that all cast members and production team have created lifelong memories of their time in the show. We witnessed firsthand the dedication of all involved and it was a pleasure to see 1400 patrons thoroughly enjoying the performances this week. To Ms. Scully, Mr. MacCartáin and Mr.Maher thank you for your vision, enthusiasm and commitment to creating this spectacular show. To Ms. Murray thank you for your unwavering support to both cast and staff. To Ms. McKeogh thank you for your artistic expertise resulting in a fabulous backdrop to the student’s talent. To Ms. Carroll and Mr. Deery thank you for seamlessly harnessing backstage energy in to on stage brilliance. To Jacinta and Arlene thank you for all the ticket sales, managing finances and general support to the show while carrying out your other duties. To Jessica Kenny and Brosna Press staff thank you for a wonderful programme. To Conor Foley, Grainne Kavanagh and Hannah Grennan thank you for lighting and special effects that added so much to the experience. To Abbie and Sean thank you for the makeup each night. To Lisa and Emma on Mic’s and our fabulous students who acted ushers and raffle salespeople thank you. To our sponsors and patrons thank you for all your support this week. A special mention to Stephen Moore and Willie Anderson who started and finished the journey with us all in the show. Finally, to all Gallen Community School students and staff, Sodexo staff, Centra Ferbane and all the outside agencies sound, lighting etc who helped in any way thank you. We leave this week with memories to treasure forever.

Transition Year

Since the beginning of the academic year, TY students have gone on many trips with the school. Our first trip of the year was to the National Ploughing Championship in Ratheniska, Laois. In October, we went to Achill Outdoor Adventure Centre, Mayo, and later in the month we were given a tour of TUS Athlone, where we attended various lectures in different faculties. In December we attended a wellbeing retreat in Laois. TY students have also completed numerous courses including Drive School, Offaly GAA Skills Course, E-Movement’s Segway Experience and Vex Robotics. They say that Transition Year is a year for experimentation, exploration, and growth, and this has certainly been the case for us TY’s here at Gallen Community School. For many of us this year was the first time that we surfed, kayaked, hiked, paddle-boarded, ice-skated or meditated. Many of us, through the TY programme, have discovered activities that we really love.  

Transition Year students complete their work experience every Thursday. This structure allows us to explore a wider variety of workplaces, engage with a wider pool of professionals, and to experience the realities of working life and how things change week by week. Another important aspect of the TY programme is exploring different subject areas so that we can make an informed decision when choosing our subjects for senior cycle. We are also enjoying the wide variety of Transition Year modules including Vex Robotics, Self-Defense, Boxercise, Public Speaking, and Performing Arts.

Alongside learning new life skills, Transition Year allows us to develop our business skills, also. All TY students take part in the TY Mini Enterprise Programme. Through this programme we develop our entrepreneurial, leadership, and interpersonal skills. The Gallen C.S. Christmas Market has become an exciting annual event where all TY students display their mini enterprises and, of course, make some profit! All TY students are encouraged to give back to their community throughout the year. We take part in many awareness campaigns and engage with both local and national charities. Our most recent project was the annual SVP Food Appeal where TY students publicised, co-ordinated, and collected non-perishable foods for people in need.

Since returning from the Christmas break, TY students have been busy preparing for this year’s musical. Some of us have been revising our lines and rehearsing our choreography whilst others have dedicated their time to constructing the set and producing the programme. We have so much to look forward to over the coming months, including the annual TY trip to Barcelona in May, which will be the highlight of the year for most students.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy Gallen Community School’s production of Beauty and the Beast.

-Senan Hanniffy, Luke Fitzgerald and Cian Molloy –