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Congratulations to Alex Hanley (Transition Year) who has become a national champion after sensationally winning the gold medal for Physics in the IrEUSO national competition held in DCU on Saturday 11th November.
Alex had been selected to compete in the unique competition based on his outstanding Maths and Science Junior Certificate results.
The college also wishes to congratulate Oisín O’Sullivan (5th Year) who was also selected to take part in this prestigious competition based on his own top marks in his Junior Certificate. Oisín can be very proud of his efforts as he competed with students from all over the country.
As gold medal champion, Alex will now participate in training with the other eleven medal winners in physics, chemistry and biology to decide the team of six who will go on to represent Ireland in the 2018 International Science Olympiad.
The EUSO International Science Olympiad will be held between the 28th of April and the 5th of May in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
We wish Alex every success as he now begins his training for what will hopefully be his Ireland debut in Slovenia next April.
Lucan Community College were delighted to place in the top 20 schools in the country for our participation in the national Maths Week 2017 celebrations. Lucan Community College staff and students brought a new level of enthusiasm and energy to Maths Week 2017 and deservedly achieved this national recognition.
Students eagerly participated in maths poster competitions, daily maths puzzles and the new online Mangahigh Ninja Maths Challenge. The maths department also raised the fashion stakes by donning a range of colourful mathematical themed t-shirts, providing a range of inspiring maths events and competitions and generally making maths feel a fun but important part of all our lives.
Also contributing to the Maths Week 2017 fun was Ms Ryan, who involved her 2nd year home economics students in the baking and decorating of an imaginative and varied selection of maths themed goodies. This certainly added to the whole school nature of Maths Week as it drew to a close last Friday.
Almost 250,000 students registered for Maths Week Ireland, with Lucan Community College placing 19th in the country for the Manga High Ninja Maths Challenge. This truly was a remarkable achievement.
Congratulations to all the students who were so enthusiastic with their involvement. Particular mention goes to the 23 students in first and second year who worked so hard they will receive an actual medal from the Mangahigh Ninja Maths organisers.
Congratulations to Teighan Fitzgerald from 3rd year class Hume who won the overall maths puzzle competition. Thank you to Ms Byrne and all the dedicated members of the maths department for their enthusiastic delivery of such a great fun-filled school event.
Congratulations to two Lucan Community College students who have been announced as finalists in the IrEUSO national competition based on their outstanding Maths and Science Junior Certificate results. The college congratulates and wishes best of luck to Alex Hanley (Transition Year) and Oisín O’Sullivan (5th Year) as they prepare for this unique and prestigious competition.
The national finals of the International Science Olympiad are being held in DCU on 11th November. If successful in DCU, the Lucan Community College students could make the Irish team for the 2018 International Science Olympiad.
Next year’s EUSO International Science Olympiad will be held between the 28th of April and the 5th of May in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We wish every success to both Alex and Oisín as they attempt to make the grade for Slovenia.
Congratulations to Gayatri Sangra who was school finalist in the Tour Guide Competition run by Glasnevin Cemetery for Transition Year students. Well done to all who participated in the Tour Guide programme. Gayatri is pictured presenting her piece on Rory O’Connor (see below) and receiving her certificate for reaching the Final of the Competition.
It is impossible to tell the story of Rory O’Connor without mentioning his lifelong friend, Kevin O’Higgins. Their friendship is a brilliant representation of how the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War shaped and moulded society and how such events cost the lives of many and the relationships of many more.
We’ll go back to 1883, the year Rory O’Connor was born. Coming from a well-off family, O’Connor met his best friend, Kevin O’Higgins, while he was studying at University College Dublin. In 1911, after receiving his diploma in the College of Science, O’Connor moved to Canada, however he returned to Ireland in 1916 to take part in the famous 1916 Easter Rising. In the years to come Rory O’Connor became actively involved with the Irish Republican Army, also known as the IRA, and it wasn’t until the War of Independence that O’Connor and O’Higgins formed a real deep friendship. Both were often in the company of famous revolutionary leaders such as Michael Collins and they both also oversaw the blowing up of railway lines and bridges. While blowing up different methods of transport does sound like an odd way of protesting, it was the loudest way to have people’s voices heard and it was because of their hard work in that field that Michael Collins appointed Kevin O’Higgins as the Minister for Local Government and Rory O’Connor as O’Higgins secretary. Both friends worked together through the War of Independence and extensively travelled around Ireland together, often staying in safe houses as authorities were on the lookout for both men.
In October of 1921, O’Higgins married Brigid Cole, a teacher he had met during his travels, and asked O’Connor to be his best man. Naturally O’Connor accepted and he was given two golden guinneas by O’Higgins as a souvenir from his wedding day. It was at that wedding, however, that one of the most famous pictures that relate to the Irish Civil War was taken. A picture of O’Higgins, flanked by future president Eamon de Valera on one side, and his best man, Rory O’Connor on the other, alongside his bride sitting in front was taken. In that picture, you can see the bond between the three men and the happiness they had for one another. You can see a team, ready to work together and bring to the people of their nation a free Ireland. Unfortunately, everything from there on out went downhill and it is that picture that is a testament to the friendships that were broken during the Civil War.
It is not surprise that reason why there was a dispute between the two friends, was because of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, a treaty that separated the north of Ireland from the south.
Like Eamon de Valera, Rory O’Connor was against the treaty as he believed that stopping on the way to total freedom would, in the end, never allow them to see a whole independent Ireland. However, like Michael Collins, Kevin O’Higgins believed in the treaty and saw it as a stepping stone to freedom.
Due to the vast difference of opinions, Rory O’Connor and Kevin O’Higgins friendship slowly crumbled away. In July of 1922, with pressure from the British, O’Connor made the decision as the IRA’s Chairman of the Military Council, to shell the Four Courts, the nerve centre of the Irish legal system. After two days of fighting, during which many people were killed, the wounded Rory O’Connor surrendered to the British. It was the shelling of the Courts organised by O’Connor, that essentially ignited the Irish Civil War.
During the time Rory O’Connor was working with the anti-treaty side, Kevin O’Higgins station rose and he became Minister of Justice. I imagine that when he got the job as Minister he was delighted, however he had no idea that on the 7th of December 1922, he would have to sign the death warrant of 4 anti-treaty men, one from each providence as a way of sending a message of zero tolerance all around the country. The condemned men were Liam Mellowes for Connaught, Dick Barrett for Munster, Joe McKelvey for Ulster – and Rory O’Connor for Leinster. At precisely 9 am, all four men were shot dead and were buried in Mountjoy, and it is said that O’Connor had requested the gold guinneas that O’Higgins had gave him only a year before hand to be buried with him regardless of O’Higgins involvement with O’Connor’s execution.
Despite the years of friendship between the two men, in the end of one was killed by the other due war and politics. Rory O’Connor now lies in Glasnevin cemetery, still buried with the golden guinneas, given to him by the man he considered his best friend until the day he died.
Congratulations to Transition Year students Mark Lombard and Darragh Bacon whose Transition Year blogs were shortlisted for a Junior Spider award (http://www.juniorspiders.ie/shortlist-2017/). Have a look at the two student blog as they are an excellent showcase of our TY Programme!
Mark Lombard’s Blog (https://marklombardmusic.wixsite.com/marks-ty-blog)
Darragh Bacon’s Blog (https://jebadiya16.wixsite.com/myty)
Congratulations to the following students who have been nominated as finalists in the Enterprise Regional Finals in IT Tallaght:
SEA Jewellery Sarah Murphy, Alex O’ Shaughnessy, Emer Kenny
My Experience Kaitlyn Byrne and Rhiannon Withero
Bittersweet Bláthnaid Henry and Gayatri Sangra
The Regional final takes place on Wednesday 8th of March and we wish each group the very best of luck. Their teachers Ms Freeman and Mr Lawless are very proud of the achievements of these Transition Year students.
Lucan Community College is delighted with the award of its first ever 3D printer from DDLETB as a result of the excellent standard of entries in a 3D design competition run recently.
Mr Carey accompanied 5th year DCG students Conall Tuohy, Rico Leung, Cathal Greene and Jake Coleman to the Rua Red Arts centre to the Celebrating Creativity competition ceremony where the finalist designs were displayed. Pictured here with CEO of DDLETB Paddy Lavelle the students were thrilled to be awarded a 3D printer for the college. Debbie Howlett (Head of IT) and Samantha Conroy (TEL support) with DDLETB organised the event with a group of enthusiastic students from some of our sister colleges.
Rico Leung’s design of an ancient weapon in the form of a spinning blade
Jake Coleman had an intricate design for a sun dial with DDLETB logo centre stage
Conall Tuohy designed a bridge based on the DDLETB logo
Cathal Green’s design of a water wheel
Congratulations to class O’Farrell who participated in the launch of the competition: ’The Story of Your Stuff’ this week. This is a competition open to all second level students that the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland (EPA) are running. Past pupil Christian Tierney arrived with a team of reporters to launch the competition which is all about getting students thinking about where their stuff comes from. Great prizes are available for students (and their school!) and it gets students engaging in an environmental topic in a way that, frankly, they know best – video!
Christian has taken on the Story of Your Stuff challenge himself and produced his own video. He has also provided the EPA with helpful tips and advice for students when they are creating their entries.
Watch members of class O’Farrell in action with teacher Mr Duffy on the link here: https://trte.rte.ie/news2day/