Scoil Ruáin welcomes acclaimed actor to library opening
Scoil Ruáin extended a warm welcome to acclaimed actor Séan McGinley when he visited the school on Friday April 19th last to perform the official opening of its school library. The library boasts an extensive collection of reference material and is available for use by students for studying, research and project work as well as recreational activities at lunch time. Addressing the assembled students and staff, school principal, Mr Gerry McGill thanked in particular, Deputy Principal, Ms Siobhan Landers for overseeing the library project and for bringing it through to its fruition. Ms Landers was ably assisted in this task by Library Assistant, Ms Margaret Matuszewska, who put in countless hours cataloguing and organising the library’s collection of material.
Mr McGill welcomed Mr McGinley and thanked him for taking time out from his busy schedule to visit Scoil Ruáin. Mr McGinley, who has starred in countless stage, television and film productions worldwide, spoke of his pleasure at being invited to visit the school before making a presentation of two books by playwright Tom Murphy to add to the library’s collection. In advance of the opening of the library, each student and staff member had been given the opportunity to place their favourite quote on a ‘Quote Tree’ and following the presentation of books Mr McGinley added his own favourite quote, by Brian Friel , “Confusion is not an ignoble condition” to the tree.
Following the cutting of the ribbon, Mr McGinley joined students and staff and was most generous with his time in chatting with staff and students and posing for the many photo opportunities that followed. It was certainly a day that will be fondly remembered in Scoil Ruáin in the days and months ahead.
Munster Championship First Year Hurling
Scoil Ruáin eased to a second round victory over Comeragh College in Mullinahone on Tuesday 16th April. Having beaten Fermoy in Round 1 recently the Killenaule lads continued on their winning ways with a resounding victory on the score line: Scoil Ruáin 7-7, Comeragh College 2-2.
Although Comeragh started the best with an early goal, Scoil Ruáin found their feet and dominated most exchanges to lead at half time on a score line of 4-4 to 1-2. The second half didn’t improve for the Comeragh lads as Scoil Ruáin continued to put scores on the board to run out convincing winners.
Best for Scoil Ruain were DJ Lyons in goals, defenders Andrew O’Connell, Oisín Drennan, Kevin Lawlor, midfield Jack Hayes and Baylea Grace, forwards Jesse McCormack, Tara Gayson and Sean Fitzgerald.
Scoil Ruáin lined out as follows:
DJ Lyons, Luke Nolan, Andrew O’Connell, Kieran Slattery, Kevin Lawlor, Oisín Drennan, John Hogan, Jack Hayes, Baylea Grace, Tara Gayson, Jesse McCormack, Dylan St John, Ronan Kelly, Sean Fitzgerald, David Whelan.
Subs: Jack Grace for Jack Hayes (45 mins), Paul Holohan for Ronan Kelly
Munster Championship First Year Football
Scoil Ruáin had a good victory over St Brogan’s, Bandon in the 2nd round of the Munster Championship on Thursday 11th April in Mitchelstown. After receiving a bye in Round 1 the Scoil Ruáin lads played their hearts out in atrocious weather conditions to secure victory on a score line of: Scoil Ruáin 4-12 to St Brogan’s 1-5.
Scorers : Sean Fitzgerald 1-2, DJ Lyons 1-0, Jesse McCormack 2-3, Ronan Kelly 0-1, Kevin Lawlor 0-2, Jack Hayes 0-4.
All-Ireland Inter-schools Huntertrials
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Newross, hosted this years All Ireland Inter-Schools Hunter Trials on Saturday the 16th of March in Moorefield, Ballinaboola, Co. Wexford, by kind permission of the Wexford Hunt. Seven students from Scoil Ruain, Killenaule competed in this event, the thirty fourth year of its establishment.
Seventy four teams from all over Ireland were entered for the Team Championship, with schools from as far away as Askeaton, Palmerstown and Dunshaughlin travelling for the event. Only six of the teams managed to get around the course without picking up any faults. With a mixture of fly fences, knockables, coffins and drop banks making up the twenty six fence course.
Scoil Ruain is situated in the heart of the equine industry with Coolmore, Edward O’Grady and Mouse Morris’ yards on their doorstep. Students are regularly seen out with the Tipperary Hounds and The Premier Harriers, learning their trade and cutting their teeth on the hunting field. So it is not surprising that Scoil Ruain had two teams compete in this event with Shannon O’Brien (Fethard), Megan Hassett (Killenaule) and Fionnuala Gleeson’s (Killenaule) team coming in second place, narrowly missing out on the top prize by 30 seconds.
A mere 15 seconds behind them were Scoil Ruain’s other team comprising of Pa Hannigan (Killenaule), Cillian Slattery (Drangan) and Eoin Shaw (Killenaule) resulting in a very respectable fourth place. Both fantastic results for the school yet tinged with sadness as this was the last Interschool Hunter Trial for Shannon O’Brien, who sits her Leaving Certificate this year. Shannon has been a constant and competent competitor down through her years in Scoil Ruain and it was fitting that in her final year she should receive the result she deserved. This was also the final outing for Dunwudhe the mount of Megan Hassett who has been retired after the event after a long and successful career.
Scoil Ruain had initially entered three teams, however due to various injuries incurred by horses and riders only two teams represented the school on the day. A notable absence this year was Shane Quigley, (Killenaule) who competed for the school last year. We wish Shane a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him compete for the school again next year on his new steed.
Six students including Emma Slattery from Cooldine, competed in the Junior and Senior individual competitions. Emma one of the forty four Junior competitors coming home clear out of a field of one hundred and twenty five, in a time of five minutes thirty three seconds on Stilo Smarty. Also in this category was Fionnuala on Delboy finishing faultless in a time of four minutes and forty seconds. Delboy is sadly moving onto pastures new after his time in the Gleeson household, hopefully giving his new owners as much luck and laughs as he has with Fionnuala. Shannon O’Brien completed the seniors course in a time of five minutes fifty seven seconds, once again accumulating no faults, she however remained out of the placings this time. The other individual competitors from Scoil Ruain weren’t as fortunate and picked up some faults on the way round with sharp bends and knockable fences proving troublesome.
Many thanks must be given to the parents of the students without whom they would not have been able to make the early start on Saturday. Even with the dense fog, low-lying sun and frosty roads students and parents still managed to make it from Killenaule to Ballinaboola well in advance of their 8.30 a.m. tack inspection. The School is immensely proud of our students’ achievements and have no doubt that our students will maintain this very high standard in next year’s event.
Buaiteorí – Natasha Ni Bholguir agus Labhrás Ó Gliasáin
Tá an-áthas orainn Seachtain na Gaeilge a chéilúiradh agus buaiteoirí na scoláireachtaí gaeltachta a fhoilsiú an tseachtain seo ach go háirithe agus sinn at tnúth le mórfhéile na nGael – Lá le Pádraig ar 17ú lá de Mhí na Márta.
Beidh Natasha agus Labhrás ag dul go dtí an Rinn an samhradh seo. Beidh said ann ar fedh míosa ag cur snas ar a gcuid gaeilge. Molaimid iad as an obair atá déanta acu cheana féin chun an scoláireacht a bhuachaint. Cuimnigh I gcónaí gur fíor an ráiteas – “Tír gan Teanga, Tír gan anam”.
Gabhaimid buíochas le Coise Gairmodieachas Chontae Thiobraid Árann a chuireann an scolaíreacht se ar fáil dár scoláirí. Creidimid go laídir sa sheanhocal – “Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí”.
February 1st Year Maths League
On Monday, February 18th, Scoil Ruáin’s 1st Years took part in the February Maths League quiz. This quiz tested mathematical skills but more importantly, it helped introduce our 1st Years to the new country-wide initiative of Project Maths. Our overall winners were Jack Hayes, Shauna Kelly, Ann-Marie O Reilly and Samantha Fanning, while our Mathematician of the Month Award goes to John Hogan for his remarkable attitude towards his mathematical studies and his overall contribution during the February League.