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Free scoring Lucan CC senior hurlers cruise past Coolmine CS

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.

International Badminton Silver for Lucan CC student

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 students on their Junior Certificate results 2019

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.

 

Sport Against Racism Workshop for our 2nd Years

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.


Áine Brooks

German Exchange 2019

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

Sad passing of a beloved teacher, colleague and friend David Byrne (1962-2019)

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)

Lucan CC celebrates Amnesty’s Ambassadors of Conscience 2019

Case of Shingles in Lucan Community College (Sept 12th 2019)

There has been a confirmed case of Shingles among our 3rd year students in the college. Please read the parental advice letter from the HSE attached below as a link.

HSE advice letter for Chicken Pox & Shingles

Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it. It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.

Most people have chickenpox in childhood, but after the illness has gone, the virus remains dormant (inactive) in the nervous system. The immune system (the body’s natural defence system) keeps the virus in check, but later in life it can be reactivated and cause shingles.

Shingles usually affects a specific area on either the left or right side of the body.

The main symptoms are:

  • pain
  • a rash, which develops into itchy blisters and then scabs over

In most cases, the painful rash of shingles lasts 7 to 10 days and takes 2 to 4 weeks to fully heal. A number of different medicines can be used to treat the pain.

It is not possible to catch shingles from someone else with the condition. The shingles virus is reactivated from a previous infection with the varicella-zoster virus (the virus that causes chickenpox) and is not transmitted by person-to-person contact.

However, it is possible for someone who has never had chickenpox to catch chickenpox from someone with shingles. In Ireland, chickenpox is so common during childhood that 9 out of 10 adults have had it, so will not be affected.

Catching chickenpox

The blisters (vesicles) that develop as a result of shingles contain virus particles. The virus can be spread through direct contact with the open blisters. If you have not had chickenpox before (usually as a young child), you can catch it from direct contact with:

  • the fluid from the blisters of someone who has shingles
  • something that has the fluid on it, such as bed sheets or a towel

If you have shingles, you are contagious until the last blister has scabbed over. This will usually occur five to seven days after your symptoms started.

{source https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/s/shingles/}

Amnesty Ireland to Present 2019 Ambassador of Conscience Award to Young Climate Activists in Lucan Community College

Amnesty International will be presenting the Ambassador of Conscience award, its highest honour for human rights work, to Greta Thunberg, the Fridays for Future movement and all other school strikers in New York on Monday 16 September 2019. Amnesty chose to present this award to Greta Thunberg and other school strikers to honour their activism and leadership on climate change, which has mobilised more than one million young people from all over the world

Amnesty Ireland will be presenting the award to school strikers in Lucan Community College on the same day, Monday 16th September. Ahead of the event, Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty Ireland, said “The change these young activists have made in such a short space of time is incredible and awe-inspiring. They truly are leaders in this movement; forcing the climate emergency onto the agenda of governments, their communities and corporations.”

Previous awardees include Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, Harry Belafonte, Ai Weiwei, the Youth Groups of West and Central Africa, Angélique Kidjo, the Indigenous rights movement in Canada, Alicia Keys and Colin Kaepernick.

 

TY Recycled Newspaper Fashion Challenge


TY fashion design students were challenged to design, create and present a complete outfit made from recycled newspaper within a triple class.

The students worked in teams, designing, problem solving and creating.

This recycled newspaper fashion challenge was the first step on their journey to creating their designs for Junk Kouture.

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