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School Principal
Mr. Garrett Buckley
Deputy Principal

Ms. Stacey Guinan

Gallen C.S News Updates 20th Dec.2013


A CD in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal “Offalipino” was launched in Hineys Ferbane last Sunday night.  The CD features the best of Offaly singers and musicians who generously donated their talents for this great cause. Inspired by our very own sixth years who did some fundraising in November we had  a  mad hair day (see gallery), cake sale, jewellery sale and raffle, these musicians decided to continue the fundraising in making this CD. Our very own Niamh Kenny in sixth year sings “Parting Glass”  and our Grúpa Scór Féar Bán  performs “Eoighnin ó Ragodáin” on the CD. The Cd costs €10 euro and is available from the School or local shops and to date is selling very well.

TY Enterprise

The Transition year classes would like to thank students, staff and people of Ferbane for supporting their Christmas Enterprise operation. Christmas Wreaths, Christmas logs, personalised Christmas stockings and Decorations were in much demand and kept students busy over the last few weeks. Once they return in January there focus will be on preparation for “Sleeping Beauty”, our annual musical which will take place in February.

10 medals in u14 Connaught Championships !

Stacey Egan in second year won an amazing 10 medals last weekend in the Connaught Swimming championship: Gold in the 400m Individual  Medley and in two relays, Silver in the 50m Freestyle,50m Breaststroke, 200 IM, 100 IM and  200m Freestyle . Bronze in the200m Butterfly and Breaststroke. Well done to Stacey for her outstanding achievement . Her dedication to her early morning training and persistent hard work is what leads to these results.

Cluny Centre Christmas Draw

We held our annual Christmas Draw last Monday with 19  prizes on offer. The staff of the Cluny Centre raised over €1400 euro which goes to fund services for the children there including paying for occupational therapy , equipment for the Centre and everyday activities that the students are involved in. We wish to thank all who donated prizes,  bought tickets those  near and far and here is the list of prizewinners:

1st Prize: Flynn’s Hamper – John Dunican

2nd Prize: Centra Hamper – James Corcoran

3rd Prize: Sheehan’s Hamper – Sean Lawlor

4th Prize: Hamper – Ursula Finnegan

5th Prize: Carraig Donn Wine Glasses – Denis Murray

6th Prize: Genesis Sculpture – Sheila McKeogh

7th Prize: €30 Glan Bia Voucher – Florrie McLoughlin

8th Prize: Bottle of brandy – Antonette Daly

9th Prize: Hamper – Mrs. E Roe

10th Prize: Big Newgrange Candle – Cherese Dunican

11th Prize: Hamper (basket) – Willie Allen

12th Prize: Electric Kettle – Michael Carroll

13th Prize: Hip Flask and Pen – Deborah Reynolds

14th Prize: Small Newgrange Candle – Mag Horan

15th Prize: Beauty Set and Candle – Justin Lai

16th Prize: Small box (biscuits and wine) – Tommy Molloy

17th Prize: Beauty Set and Candle – Mary Sheehan

18th Prize: Cupcake Maker – Susie Feery

19th Prize: Bath Lotions – Mary Andrews

Christmas Services

Thanks to our school choir under Mrs Reynolds who participated in the parish carol service last Tuesday night.  Thanks also to Mrs Breen for organising class advent services over the past two weeks. After the final tests on Friday and classes for third and sixth years we gathered for a short Liturgy in the GPA where we gathered to remember the real meaning of Christmas and reflect on our blessings and remembered those who Christmas will be difficult.

Following our prayer service, the first years performed a Jazz version of “God rest ye merry gentlemen” on recorders and tin whistles. Darragh Keenaghan in sixth year played a beautiful song on the piano and then Niamh Kenny finished with a compilation of Christmas tunes played and sung in her own unique and brilliant style.  Mr Irwin and Mrs Finnegan ended by wishing all students, staff and their families a very happy and safe Christmas.

                                                               School Reopens on Monday 6th January.