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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.
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!
There has been an identified case(s) of mumps in Lucan Community College and your child may have been exposed. If your son/daughter has either had mumps or has received the two doses of the MMR vaccine, the chance of him/her developing mumps is lower. If, however, your son or daughter has not had mumps and has not received two doses of the MMR vaccine, then it is quite possible that he/she might get mumps. Please read the information provided by the HSE in the link below.
What are the symptoms of infection?
Mumps is a viral infection. Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, malaise and swollen, tender salivary glands (usually the parotid which is a type of salivary gland located just below the front of each ear). Mumps often gives the appearance of swollen cheeks or jaw. Meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain itself) and deafness can occur. In adolescent and adult males mumps can cause inflammation of the testicles (orchitis), but, contrary to popular belief it is not a frequent cause of infertility.
Symptoms tend to decrease after one week and have usually resolved after 10 days.
How is mumps spread?
Mumps is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing and by direct contact with saliva or discharges from the nose and throat of infected individuals. People infected with mumps may spread the infection to others even when they do not have any symptoms.
Infectiousness of mumps
Cases are infectious for up to 7 days before the cheek swelling appears and remain infectious for 5 days after symptoms develop.
What to do if you have symptoms of mumps
As mumps is a viral infection, if you suspect your child may have any of the symptoms described please keep them at home for a period of 5 days after you first notice any of the symptoms appearing.
The best protection against mumps is to be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine.
Lucan CC 7-15
Lusk CC 5-10
Lucan CC under 16 Gaelic footballers advanced to a semi final meeting with Blackrock College after a comprehensive victory over a gallant Lusk CC side.
From the first whistle,Lucan forwards Luke Curran,Jack Lawlor and Paul Tuite were causing untold damage to the Lusk rearguard and Lucan had a half time lead of 4-7 to 2-5.
Lusk came roaring out of the blocks in the second half and scored 1-3 unanswered but soon after Lucan’s defence tightened up and scores from Jack Lawlor and Luke Curran again extended Lucan’s lead and the lads pushed on in the final 15 mins to record a hugely impressive 11 point victory.
At the beginning of the football season the Lucan CC senior girls soccer team were knocked out of the cup by Loreto Mullingar losing 3-2. On that day many excuses could have been made – injuries, lack of training time together, a long distance journey or the harsh conditions of rain and hailstones. However, nobody made an excuse. The opposition played in the same conditions and injuries are part and parcel of the game. As Pep Guardiola stated ‘excuses mean you cannot grow or move forward’.
On April 1st, the Lucan CC senior girls soccer team set off to again face Loreto Mullingar aiming to secure a spot in the Leinster division 1 semi-finals. The conditions were excellent. The team were pumped. They wouldn’t be leaving Mullingar this time without a victory.
The game started off well for Lucan with some nice tidy passes between the midfield trio of Emma Fallon, Aoife Hanley and Amy Green. Possession was the aim of the game and to play the killer through ball at the precise moment. It wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken. As the ball fall to centre-back Zara Lawless she played an exquisite, Bonucci like diagonal ball to Nicole Smyth whose first touch and pace took through 1-1 with the keeper. Calmness personified, 1-0 Lucan.
The game was far from over. Lucan CC were in this position before against this same team. Mullingar pushed forward in search of an equaliser. It was time to absorb some pressure and hit them on the counter attack. In recent seasons, counter attacking football has been utilised to great success by many teams: Spurs, Wolves, Chelsea. The key is to break quick and precision passing.
The next goal was an example of how counter attacking football should be played. Aoife Hanley picked the ball up outside the box, turn, head up, and played the perfect through ball, one Andrea Pirlo would be proud of, splitting the defence for Nicole Smyth to again run through and slot home. 2-0 Lucan.
At half time two changes were made due to injury. It was a battle. 5 minutes into the second half another injury. This time Sarah Winders unfortunately taken out from behind. The opposition player receiving a yellow for what many would argue was a straight red offence. From the resulting free kick Zara Lawless narrowly fired wide.
Soon after, Loreto Mullingar pulled a goal back. They were in the ascendency. It was time to dig deep for the Lucan girls and dig deep they did. Bodies were on the line making sure the ball didn’t reach the back of the net. Time felt like it stopped. As the closing moments came, Mullingar had a player sent off for a shoulder barge in to the chest of Emma Fallon. A second yellow. Loreto Mullingar down to 10.
Lucan CC held out for a well deserved victory and now face St. Mary’s Naas in the semi-final, the furthest a senior girls soccer team from Lucan CC have gotten in 20+ years. It’s hard to beat someone who never quits and Lucan CC girls soccer teams never quit.
We hope everyone in the college is enjoying our Drop Everything and Read time this week as part of our wellbeing celebrations.
Today is World Book Day, enjoy it and we hope you lose yourself in the stories that books paint in your imaginations.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin
Lucan CC brought 28 1st & 2nd students to this massive competition which took place in Abbottstown’s beautiful indoor 200m track.
All of our athletes did Lucan proud sprinting, throwing and jumping. We stormed to success and took home several medals for all our hard work.
Our mixed relay team consisting of Alex Geissel, Gerard Gorman, Dara Donoghue, Milly Hughes, Ago Salawu and Ashley Kam claimed the top prize of a gold medal.
They ran an unbelievable race and worked together to claim that top spot.
Our 1st year boys relay team consisting of Llyod Gysai, Eoghan O’Connor, Ben McLoughlin and Thomas Jermain won their heat and booked their spot in the final.
Once again they ran so well and were deserving winners of their 3rd place and got the bronze medal. In the individual events Alex Geissel made the Long Jump Final and placed 3rd getting himself another bronze medal.
This was a highly contested competition with over 150 participants. Our very own Llyod Gysai won his 60m sprint and also won his semi-final and then came from the back in the final to claim himself another bronze medal.
This was a fantastic achievement for all our students. Well done everyone!
Lucan Junior Girls footballers are champions again.
It was a great performance from the girls in the Junior Camogie shield final out in Naomh Marnog.
Lucan CC were simply far too strong for Trinity Comprehensive and the match was pretty much over after 10 minutes. Millie Reid, Niamh Roche and Fey Murphy were excellent on the day.
Final score 10-17 to 0-0.