On April 30th the Lucan Community College senior girls soccer team booked their place in the Leinster Division 1 finals and LCC folklore. This was the first time a senior girls soccer team has reached the final stage in over 25 years. No matter what happened next, they were history makers. It was a long wait until the final which was played on Monday, May 20th. The venue was Wayside Celtic in Kilternan, the opposition Gorey Community School, the largest school in Ireland.
Unfortunately for Lucan Community College they did not come out on top the day losing 2-1 to a strong Gorey side. After going 2-0 down in the first half the LCC girls pulled a goal back in the second through Katie O’Connor expertly assisted by captain Nicole Smyth. Regardless of the loss, it has been an extremely successful season for the college playing 7 games, scoring 28 goals and conceding 6.
Well done to their dedicated coaching team of Mr Morris and Ms Dowling for their enthusiasm and dilligent coaching throughout the year.
Well done to our Transition Year student,Tara Phelan, who was crowned Badminton champion last weekend. Tara achieved this fantastic result in the Badminton Ireland FZ Forza All Ireland Graded Finals. The event took place at the National Indoor Arena and Tara had qualified earlier in the year for both the Grade E Ladies Doubles Final and the Grade F Ladies Doubles Final.
Tara and each of her doubles partners put in very strong performances to take both matches in straight sets and win the National Titles. All of us here in Lucan Community College are immensely proud of Tara as she continues to map out an impressive sporting career.
Huge congratulations to our Senior Boys Gaelic Footballers who were crowned Dublin champions in a thrilling final last week. The team, led by man of the match Alan Griffin, were heroic in the pursuit of a first Senior Championship since 2007. Moyle Park were worthy opponents and pushed Lucan CC all the way, with the game eventually decided by 6 points in extra time. Thank you to their mentors, Mr Carey and Mr Coogan, for their continued dedication to the team throughout this year. Lucan CC Abu!
Lucan Community College student Alex Hanley, has achieved 4th place on the Roll of Honour in the Irish Mathematical Olympiad and now qualifies to compete for Ireland in the International Maths Olympiad in July.
The International Maths Olympiad is the world’s most prestigious maths competition for school students, and many leading mathematicians are past participants. The competition will take place over two days in Bath, UK in July. It involves tackling very difficult mathematical questions which require ingenuity to solve.
Alex, a current 5th year student in Lucan Community College, will join a team of five other secondary school students from Ireland who will compete on the world stage in this exciting competition.
On Poetry Ireland Day earlier this month, the LLN carried out a poll on both students and staff on their favourite poems.
It appears our very own Seamus Heaney is the most popular poet with both students and staff.
The students’ favourite Heaney poems are: Blackberry Picking;
When All The Others Were Away At Mass; Mid-term Break and
The Early Purges.
The teachers’ favourite Heaney poems are: Postscript, The Tollund Man, Requiem for the Croppies, When All the Others Were Away At Mass and Anything Can Happen.
Favourites with the students are:
The Lake Isle of Innisfree WB Yeats
Daffodils William Wordsworth
Timothy Winters Charles Causley
Tich Miller Wendy Cope
The Road Not Taken Robert Frost
Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen
Favourites with the teachers are:
In Flanders Fields John McCrae
The Wayfarer Patrick Henry Pearse
On Raglan Road Patrick Kavanagh
Begin Brendan Kennelly
I See You Dancing, Father Brendan Kennelly
An Irish Airman Foresees his Death WB Yeats
No Second Troy WB Yeats
He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven WB Yeats
Ulysses Alfred Tennyson
Inniskeen Road: July Evening Patrick Kavanagh
Fern Hill Dylan Thomas
Little Red Cap Carol Ann Duffy
Take time out to read some of these beautiful poems. The LLN & the English Department at LCC will always continue to foster a love for Poetry with the students, both in the reading and writing of poetry.
“Words, words were truly alive on the tongue, in the head
Warm, beating, frantic, winged; music and blood
But then I was young.”
From “Little Red Cap” by Carol Ann Duffy
Lucan Community College hosted their annual Sports Day today and what day it was.
Massive congratulations to all students on a very successful day.
Each student gave their all and they can be rightly proud of their efforts for both themselves and their classes.
A big thank you to all the teacher helpers today who ran each event superbly and to our TY students for ably assisting.
Finally, a huge high 5 to our amazing PE department for putting on such a brilliant event for our students where each and everyone gets a chance to really enjoy taking part in physical activity.
Well done to our amazing Lucan Community College athletes who performed so brilliantly today in Santry.
Aine Burke, 6th year, ran an amazing race to take a silver medal and now qualifies for upcoming All-Ireland finals.
Eoghan O’Connor put in two great performances in the long jump & javelin great. Lloyd Gyasi and Millie Hughes were both terrific in placing 6th and 5th respectively in their finals.
Liam Fitzgerald grabbed 4th place and pushed so hard for the 3rd place right to the very end.
Each one of our athletes demonstrated the determination and desire to do their very best and we are proud of each of them.
A big thank you to their coach for the year, Ms Brooks and to Mr Morris for bringing them today and encouraging them all the way.
There has been an identified case(s) of Chicken Pox in Lucan Community College and your child may have been exposed.
Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point.
It causes a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters. They then crust over to form scabs, which eventually drop off.
Some children have only a few spots, but in others they can cover the entire body. The spots are most likely to appear on the face, ears and scalp, under the arms, on the chest and stomach and on the arms and legs.
Chickenpox (medically known as varicella) is caused by a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. It’s spread quickly and easily through the coughs and sneezes of someone who is infected.
Chickenpox is most common in children under 10. In fact, chickenpox is so common in childhood that 90% of adults are immune to the condition because they’ve had it before.
Children usually catch chickenpox in winter and spring, particularly between March and May.
What to do
To prevent spreading the infection, keep children off nursery or school until all the spots have crusted over.
Chickenpox is most infectious from one to two days before the rash starts, until all the blisters have crusted over (usually five to six days after the start of the rash).
If your child has chickenpox, try to keep them away from public areas to avoid contact with people who have not had it, especially people who are at risk of serious problems, such as newborn babies, pregnant women and anyone with a weakened immune system (for example, people having cancer treatment or taking steroid tablets).
Chickenpox in children is considered a mild illness, but expect your child to feel pretty miserable and irritable while they have it.
Your child is likely to have a fever at least for the first few days of the illness. The spots can be incredibly itchy.
There is no specific treatment for chickenpox, but there are pharmacy remedies which can alleviate symptoms, such as paracetamol to relieve fever and calamine lotion and cooling gels to ease itching.
In most children, the blisters crust up and fall off naturally within one to two weeks.
When to see a doctor
For most children, chickenpox is a mild illness that gets better on its own.
But some children can become more seriously ill with chickenpox. They need to see a doctor.
Contact your GP straight away if your child develops any abnormal symptoms, for example:
- if the blisters on their skin become infected
- if your child has a pain in their chest or has difficulty breathing
Chickenpox in adults
Chickenpox may be a childhood illness, but adults can get it too. Chickenpox tends to be more severe in adults than children, and adults have a higher risk of developing complications.
As with children, adults with chickenpox should stay off work until all the spots have crusted over. They should seek medical advice if they develop any abnormal symptoms, such as infected blisters.
Adults with chickenpox may benefit from taking antiviral medicine if treatment is started early in the course of the illness.
Who’s at special risk?
Some children and adults are at special risk of serious problems if they catch chickenpox. They include:
- pregnant women
- newborn babies
- people with a weakened immune system
These people should seek medical advice as soon as they are exposed to the chickenpox virus or they develop chickenpox symptoms.
They may need a blood test to check if they are immune (protected from) chickenpox.
Chickenpox in pregnancy
Chickenpox occurs in approximately three in every 1,000 pregnancies. It can cause serious complications for both the pregnant woman and her baby.
Chickenpox and shingles
One you have had chickenpox, you usually develop antibodies to the infection and become immune to catching it again. However, the virus that causes chickenpox, the varicella virus, remains dormant (inactive) in your body’s nerve tissues and can return later in life as an illness called shingles.
It is possible to catch chickenpox from someone with shingles, but not the other way around.
The most commonly recognised chickenpox symptom is a red rash that can cover the entire body.
However, even before the rash appears, you or your child may have some mild flu-like symptoms, including:
- feeling sick
- a high temperature (fever) of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or over
- aching, painful muscles
- generally feeling unwell
- loss of appetite
These flu-like symptoms, especially the fever, tend to be worse in adults than in children.
Soon after the flu-like symptoms, an itchy rash appears. Some children and adults may only have a few spots, but others are covered from head to toe.
The spots normally appear in clusters and tend to be:
- behind the ears
- on the face
- over the scalp
- under the arms
- on the chest and stomach
- on the arms and legs
But the spots can be anywhere on the body, even inside the ears and mouth, on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and inside the nappy area.
Although the rash starts as small, itchy red spots, after about 12-14 hours the spots develop a blister on top and become intensely itchy.
After a day or two, the fluid in the blisters gets cloudy and they begin to dry out and crust over.
After one to two weeks, the crusting skin will fall off naturally.
New spots can keep appearing in waves for three to five days after the rash begins. Therefore different clusters of spots may be at different stages of blistering or drying out.
On a night where Tottenham Hotspur struggled for goals, the Lucan CC senior soccer girls certainly didn’t as they ran out 5-2 winners in the Leinster Division 1 semi-final against St. Mary’s Naas. As the April showers poured down so did the goals.
Rivalling the fastest goal record recently set by Shane Long, Amy Green, fresh off a plane from Italy, opened proceedings within the first 30seconds of the game. There were no signs of jet lag as Amy burst in to the box to tap home from close range. It was a great start for the girls who showed no signs of rustiness following on from the Easter break.
Although it is great to score early, there was still another 79 minutes to play. St. Mary’s were still in the game, having home advantage on their side. But with a chance of making Lucan CC history, the girls continued to push to secure a place in the final. Shots reigned down on the St. Mary’s goalkeeper who made a string of great saves. The second goal came from a dangerous corner whipped in by Zara Lawless with Emma Fallon applying the finishing touch to make it 2-0. It wasn’t long after until Lucan went 3-0 up with a calm, Thierry Henry-esque finish from taliswoman and captain Nicole Smyth.
The tempo and intensity of the LCC girls dropped after that, with minds switching to the final, and this allowed St. Mary’s to pull a goal back after a lapse of concentration in the Lucan rearguard. The game wasn’t over and half time was a perfect time to remind the girls of this. St. Mary’s were still in the game. The champions league final in 2005 could not be forgotten. Liverpool came back from 3-0 down. St. Mary’s could easily do the same.
This encouraged the girls to step up another level with another quickfire goal coming after the break. Again a well-timed run in to the box and precision cross resulted in Hannah O’Reilly tapping in from close range. Due to the wet conditions the majority of the second half was a midfield battle with very few chances coming either way for a time. With Aoife Hanley and Emma Fallon marshalling the midfield it was Lucan who eventually won the battle allowing Aoife to play a perfect through ball to Nicole who was brought down for a penalty. Up stepped Zara Lawless who slotted home the penalty to ensure Lucan marched on in to the final.
St. Mary’s pulled one back towards the end with concentration clearly now on the upcoming final. It has been a long time since the Lucan CC senior girls have made a final with Emma Fallon’s mother being on the last team to reach that phase. They came out winners that time. Can this team and Emma repeat the feat of her mother and that team? Kevin Keegan believes so… and he would love it if we beat them!