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Case of mumps in Lucan Community College: April 9th 2019

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.

Mumps: HSE letter to parents of pupils in Lucan Community College

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.

MMR vaccination
The best protection against mumps is to be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine.

Lucan Footballers dominant in Quarter Final Victory

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.

Peter Callaghan

Lucan Girls Soccer Sisters March On

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.

Lucan CC U15 Girls Soccer march into quarter finals

In September 2011 Richard Dunne put in one of Ireland’s greatest ever defensive performances against Russia to help Ireland clinch a place in the Euro 2012 play-offs. Today, Ana Gayubo Kinch put in one of Lucan CC’s greatest ever defensive performances, reminiscent of Dunne’s, to ensure the U15 soccer team secured a place in the U15 girls Leinster division 1 quarter finals.

The game started off slow for Lucan with Loreto Bray taking an early lead though a stunning strike. The long journey potentially resulting in some tired legs. But soon after conceding the early goal the team jolted in to action. The side created many chances though the wide channels with Leah Finn and Emily O’Reilly supplying balls to the onrushing attackers who were thwarted on numerous occasions by a fantastic goalkeeping display.

Eventually Lucan levelled the scoring with a strike from Amy Green, who dominated the midfield for Lucan, meaning the sides went in level at half time. A big push was needed in the second half with Allana Dunne coming off the bench to provide some energy. The side continued to push for the second goal but again were denied on numerous occasions by the Loreto Bray ‘keeper.

The tension was building as the clocked ticked on. The rain began to pour creating a cinematic moment. A goal was coming. With 13 minutes left to play, the captain, Clodagh McDonnell, won the ball back in the midfield, strode forward with pace and power… past one…past two…three…FOUR….GOAL! A moment of true individual skill that ultimately secured Lucan’s place in the quarter finals.

It is Loreto Balbriggan await in the quarter finals. Rumours have it that Kevin Keegan is a big fan of the Lucan Community College soccer team and has been quoted saying that he ‘would love it if we beat them’. Kevin may be watching eagerly in an anticipation of the quarter final result which will take place in the coming week

World Book Day 2019

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

Class Plunkett celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

Class Plunkett attended a play put on to celebrate International Women’s Day in Lucan library today.

The 3rd year students watched an interactive play based on the Women of 1916. It was interesting to learn about the numerous women involved in 1916 who are often overlooked in Irish history, for both their bravery and active engagement in this Rising.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the students

Junior Boys Basketball march into Semi-Finals

Lucan CC had an impressive win over Scoil Caitriona in the quarter final of the Dublin league and will now advance into the semi final.

Lucan narrowly defeated their opponents by 3 points in the end.

Every player encouraged one and other and it was a real team effort.

Best for Lucan were Alex Giessel , Ethan Fennell , Matthew Dwyer and Aaron Cronin

LCC students hit their boats and get rowing

Rowing Ireland continue their support of our efforts here in the college to improve student fitness and growing awareness of rowing as a fun activity.

This week the college held a Transition Year Rowing workshop to encourage students to get fit and see the enjoyment of this wonderful activity.

A very enjoyable morning and a great experience for our PE students.

Well done everyone involved and thanks to Rowing Ireland and our PE Department team for organizing this wonderful event.

Please vote to support our amazing Junk Kouture entry

We are really excited for our two Transition Year students, Eimear Corry and Amy Lyons, who have been been selected for the Junk Kouture Regional finals on the 5th of March in the Helix.

Everyone in the college is behind Eimear and Amy’s entry as the creative pair have worked so hard on their beautiful, plastic inspired dress.

However, Eimear and Amy require even more support in their push to get through the Dublin Regional Finals.

10% of the result in the Regional Finals will come from public voting.

The voting started on Monday the 18th of February and will end on Friday the 22nd of February.

As a college we would appreciate if everyone could take 1 minute to vote through the link below.

https://boijunkkouture.com/

Register and then search to the ‘Dublin Region’ and look up the name of Eimear and Amy’s dress ‘Drowning in plastic’ and click vote.

Lucan CC sparkle at the Leinster Indoor Athletics Championships

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!

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Lucan Community College’s Parents Association will host their first meeting of the new school year on the 5th September at 7.30pm. The Parents Association would love to use the occasion of this first meeting to welcome new members, whether your children are in the college already or if they are new students to us.

The Parents Association is great way to get involved in school life, get to know other parents and contribute in a voluntary capacity. As always, the College would like to thank the Parents Association for their continued work over the years and look forward to working closely with them again over the coming year.
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