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As we are all navigating these challenging times, we believe that it is more important than ever to stay connected to our community and continue equipping and empowering Ireland’s STEM ecosystem.
Therefore, we are connecting with you to share some information about Trinity Walton Club’s latest programme Trinity Walton Club Virtual.
For the past six years, we’ve been welcoming teenagers from all over Ireland (including your school) into Trinity College Dublin’s Campus to explore science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through a suite of enriching educational activities.
This year due to COVID 19 restrictions, we have decided to move online, with a Virtual programme that is engaging, interactive and develops competencies across creative problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration, as well as digital literacy.
We attach an e-flier that might be useful for your notice board and some additional TWC Virtual information. There are also two informal information webinars on Monday 21st of September for teachers Principals and parents. Anyone interested in joining this webinar should register HERE.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think might be interested, especially your science and math teachers, who can circulate amongst your STEM curious youth.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at email@example.com.
Yours in STEM,
Trinity Walton Club Team
Trinity Walton Club,
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin, DNO2 PN40, Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org www.tcd.ie/waltonclub
Club Walton Choláiste na Tríonóide,
Ollamh Taca Cúnta, Scoil na Fisice,
Coláiste na Tríonóide, Baile Átha Cliath, Ollscoil Átha Cliath, Baile Átha Cliath, DN02 PN40, Éire.
The Model Council of the European Union debate took place on Thursday, 27 February In Dublin Castle. The annual debate is a simulation of a meeting of the Council of the European Union. Each EU Member State is represented by a team of students from a secondary school. Our team of three 5th yr politcs and society students from Lucan Community was proud to represent Sweden and participate in the debate. Some students and staff attended the event , supporting the team. The motion for discussion, on the topic of Climate Action, was if the EU should increase its target for carbon emissions to 50/55 %
The debate was chaired by Barry Andrews, MEP. It was officially opened by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Climate and environment and Ciarain Cuffe MEP, gave closing speech.
The debate judges were Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement Ireland; Mary McCaughey, Head of Information and Communication at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions; and Michael Ewing, Development Officer at the Irish Environmental Network & Environmental Pillar. Ambassadors of all EU Member State embassies to Ireland Members of the European Parliament were invited to attend the event.
The Lucan Community College minor girls soccer team kicked off their season with a 5-1 cup win over Sacred Heart Drogheda. There were many new faces on the team with eight 1st year players thrust into a squad that had a successful run in the league last year reaching the quarter final stage.
Fresh from a summer of relaxation, the team flew out the traps netting an early goal to help ease the nerves. The goal was scored by Amy Green who pressured the defender into a mistake allowing here to run through on goal. Throughout the game there was an intense midfield battle with Lucan coming out on top on numerous occasions due to the 3-player midfield which consisted of Shauna Cooney, Sarah Nolan and captain Clodagh McDonnell. It was a consistently fierce, but fair, battle with Lucan coming out with the ball or winning the loose ball after the tackle.
It was from this midfield battle that Lucan CC notched their second of the game. Fierce tackling from the terrier that is Sarah Nolan, led to the ball breaking to Clodagh McDonnell who played an inch perfect through ball to striker Amy Green who netted her second of the day. The Lucan CC defence was tested towards the end but kept safe thanks to the astute tackling of Aoibhe Fleming and strength of Freya Colgan.
After half time it was more of the same from Lucan. The team knew that if they netted quickly after the restart, they could slow the game down and play at a more relaxed pace. Sarah Winders cut in from the wing to smash a ball past the Sacred Heart goalkeeper, who it must be said made a string of great saves throughout the match. It was time to ring the changes with many 1st year students coming off the bench to make their debut for the red and black of Lucan Community College.
A short while later, Lucan were awarded a penalty with the calm and collected Aoibhe Fleming stepping up to take and duly dispatch high to the keepers right. Many more changes came for Lucan which had an impact on the flow of the game. Sacred Heart pulled one back with a fine finish soon after. They tested the keeper on many other occasions, even hitting the cross bar at one stage.
However, Lucan weren’t finished scoring with great passing between the midfielders and winger Saoirse Balfe to set up Clodagh McDonnell who broke through the Sacred Heart defence to tee up Aoife Hanan allowing her to net her first goal for the team with hopefully many more to come.
Overall it was an excellent performance from the whole team who want to go all the way in this competition. A huge thank you to their dedicated coach Mr Morris for his continued efforts in coaching the girls team.
Huge congratulations to our Senior Boys Gaelic Footballers who were crowned Dublin champions in a thrilling final last week. The team, led by man of the match Alan Griffin, were heroic in the pursuit of a first Senior Championship since 2007. Moyle Park were worthy opponents and pushed Lucan CC all the way, with the game eventually decided by 6 points in extra time. Thank you to their mentors, Mr Carey and Mr Coogan, for their continued dedication to the team throughout this year. Lucan CC Abu!
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!
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.
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
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