Congratulations to TY students John Corcoran and Ryan Heavin and their Science teacher Mrs Catherine Hopkins who did the school proud in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS last week.The title of Ryan and John’s project was “Social Media Sites and the Real World”. Ryan and John’s project was one of 550 projects selected nationwide out of 2000 projects submitted initially. Indeed Gallen CS can be proud that they entered 8 projects in total so the ” appliance of Science” is happening in Gallen CS. Ryan and John focused on how Facebook affects our lives away from the Computer Screen and whether it makes us more lonely or more Socially Active. They compiled a survey and collected 221 responses. The survey collected data regarding teenagers use of Facebook, time spent on Facebook and compared this to participation in and time spent playing sport. They also conducted a loneliness survey to identify a correlation between use of Facebook and loneliness.
Overall, their results showed that girls spent more time on Facebook and less participation in sport. They also found that girls had a greater experience of loneliness than the boys. A highlight of the RDS for Ryan and John was their appearance on RTE Six One News and 9 O Clock News bulletins on Thursday last where Ryan spoke eloquently about their project. Well done to Ryan , John and Mrs Hopkins who deserve great credit for all their hard work and dedication.
BASKETBALL – ALL IRELAND SCHOOLS CUP CADETTES SEMI FINAL GALLEN CS 28 ST ALOYSIUS CARRIGTWOHILL 24.
Gallen CS under the expert guidance of coach Ms Josephine Mc Keogh qualified for their first All-Ireland final since 2003 by virtue of a deserved win over old rivals St Aloysius Carrigtwohill in this tense semi- final played in the UL Basketball arena on Thursday last. Gallen had narrowly beaten Carrigtwohill last year and this encounter was very much in the same vein.St Aloysius scored the first two baskets but Gallen CS with Emma Maher , Eimear Flynn , Roisin Egan , Ellie mc Evoy and Sarah Kenny starting , gradually came back into the game. Emma scored Gallen’s first basket before further baskets from Ellie and Sarah saw Gallen lead 6-4 at the end of the first quarter.In the second quarter Ellie got Gallen off to a fine start with a hard earned rebound and a basket. Roisin Egan began to stamp her authority on the game and was beginning to cause the Cork girls problems. Roisin got 3 baskets at this key phase of the game.Anna Grehan was then introduced and made her presence felt and showed her determination on the court .Eimear Flynn and Ellie mc Evoy finished the half with a basket each to leave Gallen ahead 18-12 at half time.In the 3rd quarter Roisin Egan , Sarah Kenny , Emma Maher and Ellie mc Evoy got baskets to extend Gallen’s lead. .In the last quarter Gallen defended doggedly in their absence. Roisin and Ellie were then both fouled out and Kaithlin Rigney and Laura Devery worked hard to keep pressure on the St Aloysius girls. Gallen’s brave defence saw them hold on for a well merited win on a 28-24 score line and qualify for an All-Ireland final appearance against St Joseph’s Charlestown on Thursday January 23 in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght at 1.30 pm
Gallen have qualified for the final by beating Rathcoole [49-19] Tarbert [40-33] in Round 2 , Dingle [30-13 ] in the quarter final and St Aloysius [28-24]in the semi-final.in Round 1Gallen have also wonthe Midlands Regional League Cadette final beating Monasterevan and play in the All-Ireland League play offs this coming weekend in Dundalk against St Vincent’s Dundalk , Our Lady of Lourdes New Ross and Rockford Manor. Go Gallen!
PANEL AND SCORERS – Ellie Mc Evoy  Roisin Egan  Eimear Flynn  Sarah Kenny  Emma Maher  Anna Grehan, Laura Devery, Kaithlin Rigney, Rachel Seery, Amanda Keena, Molly Stevenson, Laura Bracken, Natasha Lynam and Laura Kenny.