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Tour Guide Competition Finalist – Gayatri Sangra

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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.

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Rory O’Connor

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.

TY Student Blogs reach finals shortlist

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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)

Nicole Smyth – Irish international Soccer U-16 team

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Congratulations to 3rd year student Nicole Smyth who has been selected to play for the Irish National U-16 Ladies Soccer team.
The team beat Northern Ireland 6-0 in Westport earlier this week and face Lithuania next. Best of luck to Nicole and all of her team-mates.

Mental Health Week – Poster Competition

Need a lift? These student wellbeing posters will do the job. Our Career Guidance Department will be awarding prizes after Easter.

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Co Dublin Enterprise Awards Finalists Announced

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.

DCG class win 3D printer for the college

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.

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Rico Leung’s design of an ancient weapon in the form of a spinning blade

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Jake Coleman had an intricate design for a sun dial with DDLETB logo centre stage

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Conall Tuohy designed a bridge based on the DDLETB logo

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Cathal Green’s design of a water wheel
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Class O’Farrell star on News2Day on RTE Network 2

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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/

News Update 8 Feb 2017

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German Exchange

Preparations are well under way for the German leg of this year’s German exchange programme. Ms. Clarke and Ms. Williams will accompany a number of our TY students to Munchberg Gymnasium next week. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the programme and a very special welcome is expected for all the Lucan CC representatives. In preparation a video has been compiled and edited by Mark Lombard which includes greetings and inputs from many people who have been involved both directly and indirectly with the programme over the last 25 years. Mark is in TY and will be a member of the travelling party. A wonderful Lectern has been designed and made by Mr Carey, one of our woodwork teachers. To mark the occasion this will be presented to the Principal of the school in the Germany as a gift from Lucan CC. A special function in Germany will be attended by the Irish ambassador to Germany, Mr. Michael Collins. We hope everyone involved has an enjoyable and safe trip.

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Our TY students have returned to school after their two week work experience block. The feedback from employers has been excellent. It is great to hear so many great reports of students who have made such a great impression on employers. It is highly beneficial for our students to get this experience.

LCA Interviews

Well done to class Harrington who have just completed their task interviews. Their examiner was very impressed with their communication skills and ability to apply themselves during their interview.

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The students of class O’Farrell made their television debuts on RTE 2 on Wednesday. They helped former LCC student Christian Tierney to launch an online competition organised by the environmental protection agency called “The story of my stuff”. The competition requires entrants to make a short video segment which raises awareness about the environmental impact of everyday objects such as water bottles, pencil cases, lunch boxes etc.

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Well done to 5th year DCG students, Cathal Greene, Conal Tuohy, Jake Coleman and Rico Leung who are finalists in the DDLETB 3D design competition.

Dublin Basketball titles for U16 and U19 Girls

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Amnesty team raise awareness on International Human Rights Day

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LCC Amnesty Group with giant postcard signed by LCC students and photo tweeted to President Elect Trump on Human Rights Day

Lucan Community College students celebrated World Human Rights Day on December the 9th (a day before the actual day – Saturday the December 10th -the anniversary of the UN creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948). This international document, signed by over 190 nations, states the 30 basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled.
The Lucan CC Amnesty group, worked with different subject departments in the school, to organize a number of whole school events to raise awareness about human rights issues.
These included:

  • In Religious Education classes, senior students participated in the annual Global Amnesty “Write for Rights” campaign where students wrote postcards in support of campaigns for justice. The 2016 cases include: Fomusoh Ivo Feh (Cameroon) who is facing 20 years in jail for sending a text message, the indigenous people of Peace River Valley, Canada who are struggling to save their ancestral lands and Shawkan, a photojournalist who has been arrested just for doing his job and is at risk of the death penalty (Egypt).
  • ” The Great LCC Human Rights Bake Off” 2016 competition and Cake Sale.
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  • In English lessons, 1st and 2nd year students took part in poetry competitions on the theme of human rights.
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    Some of the winners of the poetry Competition

  • 1st and 2nd C.S.P.E. and RE students contributed art work to a ” Hands working together for Human rights” tree, illustrating the 30 different articles from the Declaration of Human Rights.
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    LCC Amnesty group in front of the Human Rights tree – art work created by 1st + 2nd Yr students

  • 3rd yr C.S.P.E students took part in a Human Rights themed poster competition
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  • New this year – The amnesty group participated in the very popular ‘The Mannequin Challenge’ as a centerpiece on human rights day. This involved a short scene caught on video of the group posing like mannequins, with various scenes and posters showing the human rights cases being focused on at this event. This challenge will also featured, a large postcard signed by students in the school, asking for U.S. President Elect Donald Trump to uphold and respect “The Declaration of Human Rights Human Rights” and human rights laws in the USA + the world during his presidency and to end existing discrimination. They tweeted him this on the day.
  • A prize giving ceremony took place in the hall in the afternoon of Friday 9th, where winners of the different Human Rights Day competitions were presented with prizes and certificates.

    The activities and events were hugely successful.
    “Principal Ms Birnie said “Our senior students continue to lead the way in shining a spotlight on the importance of campaigning for human rights. Students have engaged with these issues in a strategic and creative manner.”

    Thank you,
    Sarah Walsh,
    Aisling Fahey,
    on behalf of the LCC Amnesty Group.