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CEIST Student Leadership Conference 2016

A group of eight students travelled to St Patricks College Drumcondra to take part in the second national Student Leadership Conference on the 15th of March. The focus of the day was the promotion of Youth leadership within our CEIST schools and for the future. The event began with a dramatisation to mark Proclamation Day by students from Presentation School Thurles.

The Students spent the morning engaged with a variety of student workshops session. Themes like “Building student leadership” in CEIST schools and “Leadership in Catholic Schools” were developed and ideas were shared.

The afternoon session involved a presentation on leadership by the youngest member of the present 32nd Dáil, Mr. Jack Chambers TD. He took questions from a packed auditorium.

The students that attended the conference were Eimear Thynne, Ellen O’Loughlin, Olivia Leneghan, Denis McMahon, Nicholas Dunne, Aaron O’Brien, Colm O’Brien and Darren Gray. They were accompanied by their religion teacher Shane Slattery.

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Proclamation Day

Irish Flag being raised by John Flaherty

On 15th April schools throughout Ireland marked Proclamation day by raising the Irish flag and reading the Proclamation. In Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna the Proclamation was read aloud by Dylan Egan and Eva Harrington. The flag was raised by ex-army officer John Flaherty. After the flag raising the school sang and played Amhrán na bhFiann with the help of Martin Conway another ex-army officer.

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Flag Presentation in Croke Park

5th Year students Colm O'Brien, Myra McNamara, Niamh Reilly and Ben Kenneally at flag ceremony at Croke Park

5th Year students Colm O’Brien, Myra McNamara, Niamh Reilly and Ben Kenneally at flag ceremony at Croke Park

On the 7th March 2016, four students from the school travelled to Croke Park to attend the state flag presentation ceremony where second level schools were presented with an Irish flag and with a hand carved flag base and pole. They also received a copy of the Proclamation in Irish and in English. The event was organised by the Thomas F. Meagher foundation. The president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins inspected a Guard of Honour before addressing the 6000 students and teachers that attended the event. Photos of the event can be seen at

The Thomas F. Meagher foundation was partnered with the Department of an Taoiseach and the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht for this ceremony. The foundation was set up in honour of Thomas Francis Meagher who first flew the Irish tricolour in 1848. The Thomas F. Meagher foundation aims to promote pride in and respect for the Irish flag and its true meaning for peace on this island.

The school was represented by 5th year history students Colm O’Brien, Myra McNamara, Niamh Reilly, Ben Kenneally and teacher John Sims.

BSTAI Certificate of Achievement

Eoin Burke and Anne Keane Egan at BSTAI Awards 2016

Eoin Burke and Anne Keane Egan at BSTAI Awards 2016

Congratulations to Eoin Burke on receiving a Certificate of Achievement for his excellent results in Business Studies Junior Certificate exam 2015 from The Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick in conjunction with the Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland on the 9th March 2016.

Success for Lisdoonvarna in First Year Football Blitz

First Year blitz winners

Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna participated in 1st year 9-aside blitz played on the astro-turf in Kildysart on Wednesday the 24th of February. Games of this nature will help develop and improve not only players handling and kicking but their teamwork and confidence on the ball also. Each game was 12 minutes a half. Unlimited substitution was allowed and the entire panel contributed to a well deserved victory in each of the rounds. Up first were Spanish Point, then John Bosco Kildysart, which set up a final against CBS Ennistymon who themselves had gone unbeaten during the day. However a spirited first half paved the way for victory.  Clare Coaching Development Officer John Enright presented training tops to the successful panel afterwards.

Panel included: Killian Burke, Callum Dobbins Catto, Patrick Doherty, Daniel Fogarty, Tommy Garrihy, Jason Geraghty, Denis O’Callaghan, Gearoid Howley, Rael O’Connor, Eoin Guerin, Matthew Sheedy, Thomas Roche, Sean McNamara, Eoin McNamara, Diarmuid O’Donoghue, Oisin O’Loughlin, Sean Casserly and Dylan Egan.


Transition Year ‘Tractor Run’ in aid of the Irish Cancer Society

Tractors lined up for the tractor run

The Transition Year students from Mary Immaculate Secondary School held a tractor run in aid of the Irish Cancer Society on Saturday the 20th of February. Registration was at 11am at Ballyvaughan G.A.A. field and the convoy set off at 12 noon. It drove through Ballyvaughan and then headed onto Lisdoonvarna, Doolin, Fanore, and back to Ballyvaughan where everyone parked along the sea front. Tea and sandwiches were available on return sponsored by Hylands Burren Hotel. We raised over €1800 on the entry fee and bucket collections and are still receiving donations.

We would like to thank all of the marshals that came out and helped. We would also like to thank all the people that came out on the streets and watched and supported us despite the poor weather. A special thanks to Hylands Burren Hotel and Kelleher Signs Graphics Ltd. for sponsoring the event. Finally we would like to all of the drivers that gave up their time to support the great cause. All the proceeds will go to The Irish Cancer society and we hope to run the event again next year.