Lucan CC 1-20 Coolmine CS 0-7
The now annual (fourth year in a row drawn against each other) LCC versus Coolmine senior hurling match took place on the Coolmine school pitch. Despite recent bad weather the pitch was in very condition but the high grass wasn’t very conducive to ground hurling.
We played in to a strong wind in the first half, with points from Sean Balfe, Charlie Caseley and Alex Hanley putting us in to an early lead. The pinpoint free-taking of Charlie Keher, followed by a cracking goal from Paul Tuite gave us a 1-11 to 0-5 half-time lead.
A resolute defence marshalled by Ben O’Toole and Dylan Kelly never allowed a dogged Coolmine side back in to the game. Luke Finnerty in goal was solid as ever. Adam McGarry and Daire Murphy held their players scoreless. Wing backs Matt Dwyer and Rian Carey were outstanding.
Caseley continued his scoring exploits in the second half and Adam Cormican came thundering in to the game. The O’Leary twins chipped in with some telling work in the forward line.
All told a very satisfactory outing which leaves management with some major selection choices for the winner takes all match against Templeogue College.
Another huge congratulations must go to Tara Phelan in 5th year.
Tara’s latest fantastic achievement came last week during a Graded International event between Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales hosted here in Ireland.
This event was launched in line with the 120th Anniversary of Badminton Ireland and the four federations came together to celebrate this at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin.
Tara was selected to play for Ireland following on from her National Title wins earlier this year and was part of the National Grade E Team.
The team competed to a very high standard and secured the silver medal having beaten Wales and Scotland to some very tight matches.
Well done Tara, we wish you further success as you continue on your badminton journey!
Congratulations to our amazing Junior Certificate class of 2019.
Their superb results today were a testament to the hard work put in by the students over their three years of Junior Cycle study.
Huge credit must also go to their teachers who ensured that every student was prepared for their exams in June 2019 but also for their many classroom based assessments (CBAs) that constitute a growing part of the state exams of the new Junior Cycle curriculum.
The smiling faces and tears of joy were wonderful to see as so many were delighted with the results after putting in the hard work.
We hope every student enjoy their celebrations tonight and over the weekend with family and friends before returning to school on Monday morning.
The 2021 1st year enrolment process started on Monday 30th September 2019 with the online publication of the 2021/22 Admissions/Enrolment Policy. Deadline for return of applications is 12 noon on Friday 25th October 2019. Full details of the enrolment process including Admission Notice, Policy and Application form can be viewed HERE. Visits to prioritised primary schools will take place during the week of 30th September and application forms will be delivered to the Primary School offices for interested 5th class pupils.
The enrolment process for 1st year students due to start second level school in August 2021 will begin on Monday 30th September. An Admission Notice has been published on our Admissions/Enrolment page available here.
The admissions/enrolment policy and application form will be published on Monday 30th September and application forms will be delivered to our listed priority primary schools early next week and are also available from the college office. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 25th October.
We welcomed Sari Ireland to Lucan CC on Wednesday and Friday of this week. All of our 2nd year students availed of the workshop.
Their mission is to promote and support cultural integration, social inclusion and cohesion in Ireland and abroad by using sport as a medium to combat racism, sectarianism, xenophobia, homophobia and all other forms of discrimination.
It was a very worthwhile workshop and all of our students thoroughly enjoyed it and took a lot away from it.
Thank you to the Wellbeing Committee, Ms Ryan our Wellbeing Coordinator and our PE department for facilitating this great event for our students.
Our enrolment policy for 2021/22 and application form will be published on our website on Monday 30th September and will be available for collection from the front office also. We will also deliver copies of the application form to the prioritised primary schools listed in the policy for distribution in 5th classes. The deadline for application for 1st year 2021 is 12 noon on Friday 25th October 2019. The enrolment policy is very similar to previous years with the new inclusion of The Paddocks in our priority geographical area following the result of our enrolment consultation last year and the maximum number of students to be enrolled set at 144 due to our increasing student numbers.
Another wonderful German Exchange took place in Lucan CC this September. On Thursday 5th September two German teachers, Stefan Weigert and Ricky Fränkel arrived in Dublin airport accompanied with their 12 Students from Gymnasium Münchberg to be greeted by their 12 Irish partners and Irish teachers.
An action packed nine days was enjoyed with trips to Causey Farm. Castletown House, Howth, Walking tour of Dublin and not to mention a trip to Bord Gais to see Angela’s Ashes.
Lucan CC welcomed our German friends for our 27th German Exchange. Teachers gave special classes in History, Geography, Baking, Irish Music, Irish Dancing, Irish Language and Irish Sport. Thanks to all our staff for preparing and giving these classes, for accompanying students on the various trips and for showing hospitality.
A special thanks to Mr. McDermot, our former Deputy Principal, for his annual walking tour of Dublin with our German friends. Thanks also to Darren Tully, a past pupil of LCC and who was also part of our German Exchange many years ago, who led our students on an interesting tour around Lucan.
We warmly thank our fabulous parents for hosting the new addition in their family. Our visitors certainly felt at home and spoke kind words to their Irish mums and dads at our farewell party on Thursday 12th September. A rose was given to each mum as a thank you. Without our parents this Exchange could not take place. Danke.
Thanks to Ms. Williams and Ms. Clarke for hosting our German visiting teachers. It was an absolute pleasure. Well done to our German Department for their continuous dedication and commitment to this wonderful successful Programme. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to be part of this ongoing Exchange and this years group all look forward to their return trip in February.
Danke, Danke, Danke – Colette Clarke
It is with deep sadness that we lost our dear friend, colleague, year head and teacher David Byrne on September 12th after a brief illness. David began his teaching career in Dundrum College where he worked for 10 years before taking the opportunity to work for the European Schools in Brussels. He remained with the European Schools for a further 10 years where he embraced his love of history, geography and travel.
In 2009, David joined the teaching staff of Lucan Community College where he would become one of the most highly and affectionately regarded members of our staff. An invigorating presence, David took up the pastoral role of year head as well as teacher of economics, history and geography. David’s passion for teaching was built on his deep knowledge of the world, acquired through his love of both history and geography. He was also a truly committed year head for all in his care. David was a devoted sportsperson, as a player of both rugby and soccer, as well as a coach of both junior and senior rugby teams in the college. David was also instrumental in organising various charity fundraising events for Irish and global charities here in the college through our ‘jersey day’ events.
David was a true gentleman, scholar and humanitarian. He will be sorely missed by every member of our school community.
Ar dheis Dé do raibh a anam dilis.
David Byrne –A Tribute from a Smaller Room
The office feels very small and silent today. David and I shared this small room for many years. Colleagues often wondered how two large loud men such as us fitted in and functioned in such a limited space. Now that he is gone, I understand. David had the capacity to bring the whole world into our small space – such was the range of his knowledge and the expanse of his spirit.
There was never a day when we didn’t have a laugh about some absurdity or other, and often David would share stories of his many travels. In conversation, we rambled to the rugged coast of Mayo, or through the bustling streets of European cities. Sometimes we travelled back in time to the battlefields of France or Germany in 1945.
David’s generosity of spirit so often brought light and warmth to the little room. He always made time and space for his students. It was a great privilege to observe how he interacted with students. Even in the most difficult of situations he never lost his cool and never raised his voice. Evidence of students’ appreciation of David’s great care was to be seen in the many heartfelt tributes left in the room beside our office. David would think them undeserved, but would greatly appreciate them, and he would be tremendously proud of the sensitivity and compassion shown by our students.
David Byrne has gone away on one last journey. The office, our school, the world seem to be smaller and duller now that the big man has gone.
We can’t help being sad in the space left by our departed friend but let’s also try being a little glad that he shared it with us for some time – I am; he would want us all to be.
So from this seemingly smaller room I write this tribute, sad that he is gone but glad that he was once here.
John M O’Connor
Year Head and Teacher – a Tribute from your Students
Mr. Byrne is the best year head I could have asked for. He is more than just a teacher to us. He is a person we can always rely on.
Mr. Byrne was my Junior Cert history teacher. He takes care of all his students, giving them the best out of the classes that they have with him. He has such an engaging personality that makes a memorable impact on each individual that gets to step into his classroom.
He has so many qualities that we all admire. He is never afraid to admit when he is wrong, even if him being wrong is the rarest of occasions. He knows how to treat every single person with respect and he never demeans anyone or puts us down. Mr. Byrne only elevates us and makes us into better people. He encourages us to take part in any activity that we can do, offering us the support we need to be our best selves.
He knows how to find the silver lining in every situation, making the most out of anything he can. He is a very humorous person, quick with a comeback or to add in a joke to one of his speeches. We all appreciate his witty personality. Mr. Byrne would always tell us anecdotes in class that we may not have seen the purpose of at the time, but somehow, they related to situations where we needed to make a difficult choice. His advice is always invaluable to those that he gives it to.
He made such a big impression on me as my teacher that I still would love to talk to him about whatever historical information I find out that I think would interest him. He always makes time for his students, to help us with any problem we have.
We have all missed having Mr. Byrne’s company for the past several months. He is an irreplaceable member of staff that means the world to all of us. Thank you Mr Byrne.
David Wright (5th Year)