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School Principal
Mr. Garrett Buckley
Deputy Principal

Ms. Stacey Guinan

Student achievements

 April 30th : Sci fest awards, congratulations to all who won prizes last week in Sci fest competition on April3oth 2014

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Make-up: Beauty or Beast Megan Murray, Michaela Anderson Special Cosmetic Award
It’s not just a puzzle, it’s a woozle Chloe Mullen, Serena Corcoran, Tara Flynn 3rd place in group projects intermediate Life Science.
Social Media Sites Vs. The Real World John Corcoran, Ryan Heavin Highly recommended in group projects intermediate Life Science
The effects of wind turbines on people with an autism spectrum disorder Stevie Anne Buckley 2nd place in individual projects, intermediate Life Science

2nd place Health Science Award


 ALL  IRELAND SCHOOLS U16  CUP  FINAL  –  GALLEN CS  33   ST JOSEPHS CHARLESTOWN 26Gallen  CS,    the ” small school  with  the   big  heart” as their  dedicated   coach  Ms  Josephine  mc  Keogh  so  aptly  put it  ,  won their  first   National  title    in  Basketball  after a   compelling  struggle with a  determined  St  Josephs  Charlestown in this   Blue   Riband   decider  played in the  National   Basketball  Arena  in Tallaght . See archive weekly notes for full report.


December 2013 :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.

Well done to other students featured on the local newspapers in December :

Mrs Reynolds and the Scor Group for getting to the Lenister Finals AGAIN !

The sixth years who raised money for the Philippines and inspired Ciaran Guinan and others to record the CD for this great cause.

Donal Grogan for his participation in Offaly Badminton Event

Celine Camon for coming second in the Creag Equestrain Competition on Dec 1st.

All the TYs involved in the School bank and enterprise projects over the last few weeks.


October 2013

Academic  excellence at  Leaving & Junior Certificate 2013

 Excellence in  Home  Economics  Award went to Laura  Dolan.

Excellence in Agricultural  Science Award went to  Eoghan Hennessy.

Excellence in  German  Award  went to  Jennifer Krock.

Excellence in  Music  Awards  went to  Chloe  Flynn and   Clare  Anne  Kearns .

Excellence in  Construction  Studies  went to Keith  Hamilton ..

Excellence in  Biology Award  went to  Laura  Dolan  .

The  John  Sugrue  Memorial  Cup  For  Art went to Chloe Flynn

Leaving  Certificate  Commendation  Award  given  to the  student[s] who received the highest  Leaving  Certificate Results went to  Laura  Dolan and Clare Anne  Kearns.

Junior Certificate Medallion  Award 2013 : Criteria is the  best results in 10  subjects at  Higher level in the  Junior  Cert . The 2013 went to Tara Flynn .

Junior  Certificate  Merit  Awards:   Criteria is next four students with  best results in 10 subjects at Higher Level, winners were Roisin  Egan ,  Eimear  Flynn,  Rachel  Hanniffy and Ellie  Mc  Evoy

September 2013

Congratulations to Noelle Egan in sixth year who was voted student of the Gaeltacht in summer 2013

Congratulations to Claire Egan who participlate in the charity dance/song with her Gaeltacht in summer 2013   and was featured on the Late Late Show on RTE


Silver Award Recipients : Ciara  Casey,  Ailbhe  Doolan,   Ruth  Hennessy ,  Laura  Keena ,  Michelle  Keena,  Niamh  Kenny ,  Niamh  Larkin,  Ashling o  Shea and  Laura Phelan.

Bronze Award Recipients were Chloe  Cahill,  Celine  Camon , Alisha Daly ,  Amy  Dunican,  Chloe  Egan ,  Joseph  Egan,  Ashling  Grogan ,  Catherine  Guinan,  Hazel Hackett,  Niall Higgins,  Dean  Hogan ,  Sean  Hynes,  Laura  Keenan,   Conor  Kelly,  Colin  Kenny,  Conor  Kenny,  James Lowry,  Michelle  Lyons ,  Brian mc Evoy ,  Ronan mc Evoy,  Tommy Molloy , Kevin Nugent, Michael o  Shea,  Donal  Ryan ,  Anthony Seery and Jarlath Stevenson.

December   2012                                                                                                                    

Congratulations to James Nally, Ferbane who was awarded third place in the Barra Flynn Memorial Scholarship .  James received his award from Patrick Flynn (son of the late Barra Flynn), Tormeys Solicitors, Athlone. James is currently studying Law and Accounting in the University of Limerick.  Please see Gallery for photo.         

Congratulations to Lee Byrne in  5th year who was awarded overall winner of the over 16 category in the Boston Scientific, “Coding theBig Bang” National Awards. The aim of the competition which was open to all post primary students across Ireland ,was to create an informative  web based computer programme that explains the role of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in solving one of the great mysteries of the universe. Lee will receive a cash prize and trophy as well as the chance to present his interactive game to the Boston Scientific Leadership Team at their international manufacturing facility in Ballybrit, Galway. Lee is a member of our School’s Computer Club which is run by our teaching colleague Ms Sandra Mc Grath whose input is greatly valued.

November 2012

Congratulations to Ruaidhrí Doolan who was awarded an UCD Scholar Award in recognition of his great success in his Leaving Certificate 2012. Mr Irwin represented the school  at the Award Ceremony  and received a plaque to commemorate Ruaidhrí success

Congratulations to Celine Camon who won first prize in a Showjumping competition.

Well done to the Transition year students who won numerous awards at the Co Offaly Photographic Schools competition held in the Tullamore Court Hotel last week. See Weekly News for full story.

Well done to Eimhin Boland, fifth year student who spoke at the national launch of “Life as a child and young person in Ireland:Report of a National Consultation” in Dublin on Wednesday Nov.7th. Eimhin representating Offaly Comhairle na Óg was a member of the Children and Young People’s Forum from 2009-2011 and this group came up with the questions posed to children and young people all over Ireland. The results of these findings can be viewed on www.dcya.gov.ie

October 2012                                                                                                                               Congratulations to all our Award Winners recognised in our Annual Academic Awards on Friday 26th of October. See Gallery for photos of the night.

September 21st 2012                                                                                                              

 Congratulations to Brian  Gilligan who was capped on the wing by Connacht Schools in the u 18 schools interpro against Leinster in Donnybrook on Wednesday of last week.Congratulations also to Conor Kenny and Niall Higgins on their selection for Connacht.

Well done to all our Junior Certficate students on receiving their Junior Certificate results. We look forward to highlighting their achievements in our annual awards night in October.

Well done to Keith Hamiliton, sixth year student,  who won an All Ireland Title in Kickboxing in August in Athlone beating Danial O Connor from Limerick.

Laura Dolan, sixth year student in Gallen C.S has had an outstanding  season in her Field events. Trained by her father John, Laura competes for Ferbane A.C as well as for Gallen in schools competitions. 2012 was her best season to date winning numerous records and medals. In July 2012 she won GOLD in the All Ireland U18 Javelin and SILVER in U18 Hammer event. She set a championship record in the All Ireland Javelin event and set records in both events in Leinster finals.                                           2012 Achievements

Offaly Co. Juvenile Championships:   1st Javelin, 1st Shot Putt, 2nd Discus

Senior Championships:     1st Javelin, 1st Shot Putt, 1st Discus

Leinster Juveniles:     1st Javelin, 1st Hammer, 3rd Indoor Shot putt

Leinster Juniors:     1st Javelin, 2nd Hammer

South Leinster Schools:    2nd Hammer, 3rd Javelin.

Leinster Schools:     2nd Javelin, 3rd Hammer

All Ireland Juveniles:    1st Javelin, 2nd Hammer

All Ireland Schools:    6th Javelin, 6th Hammer

What a staggering achievement and we wish continued good luck to Laura in her Athletics career and we hope to watch her progression through the senior ranks over the next few years!

August 2012                                                                                                                                            Warm congratulations is extended to all the Leaving certificate students who got there results last Wednesday 15th August.It was a day of great excitement , a few nerves but a lot of  hugging and handshaking when students opened their results. We are delighted that many students achieved to the highest level of their ability .  Buckling the national trend this year  it was the boys who took highest honours with Ruaidhrí Doolan achieving a tremendous  565 points score,  followed  by Ryan Delaney , James Nally,  Claire Kelly , Maria Spain, Alan Devery, Stephen Wren to name but a few. We look forward to our annual awards night in October when we  will invite many of these young men and women to receive  awards in our school. However school and the Leaving Certificate is not all about points so we congratulate all students who achieved their own personal goals and  successes at different levels in this difficult exam.  It  marks the end of five or six years of schools for these young people and we wish them well  as they all progress to Further and/or  Higher Education courses.

Well done to Ian Maleney, past student of Gallen Community School on becoming quite a regular contributor to the Irish Times. Ian’s command of English plus his love for  music has endeared him to the readers and editoral staff of the Irish Times who now ask him to submit  articles for their newspaper.

July 2012 

 Congratulations to Transition Year Students Aisling O Shea for  getting her name in print ! Aisling entered a competition and won the opportunity to  meet and interview singer Conor Maynard on his recent visit toIreland and she was able to bring along her friend Shauna O Shea also.  Check out their pictures and article in Septembers edition of KISS magazine.

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