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Lucan CC Newsletter 1st December 2021

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Lucan CC Newsletter 17th November 2021


Senior Gaelic Football

Congratulations to our senior Gaelic football team who won their match against Balbriggan last Friday. Lucan CC 3-9 Balbriggan 2-5. Thanks to teacher Mr. Carey.


Camogie – Report by Emily O’Reilly

Lucan CC in action against Coláiste Chilliain

Well done to the Junior Girls Camogie team for their 7-10 to 0-3 win against Coláiste Chilliain last Friday. All the girls played really well, and it was a great way to kick of the new Camogie season. It was the first school match many of the girls played and they did an amazing job. Thanks to teacher Ms. Sexton.



  Athletics is up and running! – Report by Róisín Duddy

Want a way to improve your fitness and make friends in the process? If so, I would highly recommend athletics! Athletics at Lucan CC started up again last Wednesday. It was wonderful to be back running on the track, and to see students pushing themselves in their training. There was a positive atmosphere with everyone cheering each other on. All levels of fitness and ability are welcome! Thank you to Ms. McCormack and Ms. Collins for organising the training.






Under 16 Hurling

Words of advice from Mr. Callaghan

Our U-16 hurling team took on Coláiste Pobail Setanta last Tuesday. The final result was Coláiste Pobail Setanta 1-8, Lucan Community College 10-13. This represented a comprehensive victory for our hurlers. The team is now top of the group with a home quarter final to look forward to. Thanks to teachers Mr. Foley and Mr. Callaghan.



Lucan CC in action against Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Basketball Is Back!

On Thursday 11th of November Boys Basketball matches returned. The U-19 boys travelled to Salesians to play their first game in the league. The boys got the opportunity to showcase the new kit recently purchased by the school (Thanks Ms. Birnie!) but unfortunately, they lost by a single point in a highly contested game. Top scorer was Alex Geissel. On Tuesday last the U-16 and U-19 boys played Celbridge Community School. The U-16’s won but unfortunately, the U-19’s missed out. Thanks to teachers Ms L Quirke, Mr. MacGrianna, Mr. Clancy and Mr. McAnerin.

Lucan CC students looking great in their new kit!


Girls Senior Soccer- Report by Emily O’Reilly

Well done to the Senior Girls football team for their impressive win against Adamstown. It was a great team performance. Well done to Sarah Winders, Clodagh McDonnell and Amy Green who each scored two goals and to Abbie O’ Kelly for scoring a hattrick! A very good match as Adamstown was a very tough side to beat. Thanks to teachers Ms. Dowling and Ms. Collins.







Comhgairdeas le gach duine a ghlacadh páirt i ndúshlán Gaeilge24 an tseachtain seo caite. Maith sibh as bhur n-iarracht an Ghaeilge a chuir chun cinn.


Stand Up Week

The pride flag is raised in Lucan CC

Monday 15th November marked the beginning of ‘Stand Up Week’ in Lucan Community College. The occasion was marked by a “Raising the Flag” ceremony. Students raised the pride flag at the front of the school and said a few words. Posters were designed by students and placed around the school showing our support for the LGBTI+ community in the school and around the country, as well as ensuring there is plenty of colour on the walls! Thanks to the Diversity Team and to teacher Mr. O’Donnell.




 Some of the lovely posters produced by students



Mock Elections

Well done to 5th and 6th year Politics and Society students who organised and participated in a mock General Election last Monday for the Dublin Mid-West constituency which takes in Lucan. Sixty-six votes were cast between staff and students. Excitement is building as we await the results. The count will get underway on Wednesday 17th at 12:50pm. Thanks to teacher Ms. McCarthy.



CSPE students learned about COP26, where leaders from around the world met to discuss solutions to climate change. Students heard from young activists such as Greta Thunberg, calling on world leaders and demanding action now. Students discussed small things they can do each day to make a difference and tackle climate change! Thanks to teacher Ms. Flanagan.





Geography Club – Report by Rubyrose O’Hara

For the past few weeks in geography club, we have been studying volcanoes. This week we had a particularly explosive time! Our lovely teacher Ms Flanagan gave us a challenge to construct our very own model volcanoes that would actually erupt. In our groups we used papier-mâché and other recycled materials such as plastic bottles, cans, tissue and paint. We were given two choices of what we would use to make this chemical reaction. The two options were coke and mentos or baking powder and vinegar. They all turned out well we all had a great time out on the football pitch watching them erupt and go everywhere -even if the vinegar was extremely smelly! Thanks to teacher Ms. Flanagan.


3rd Years Attend “Boost Your Wellbeing” Workshop

On Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th November, all 3rd years enjoyed a Boost Your Wellbeing Workshop delivered by Mr. Evan Costigan from Brainbox.  The topics covered were:

  1. Well-being
  2. Managing emotions
  3. Fighting spirit: ways to build resilience
  4. Balance: a winning work and play routine.

Students learned some very useful tips and strategies for study and self-care as they progress towards the Junior Cycle exam. Thanks to Year Head Ms. Casey for organising.


Green School Committee Afternoon Clean-Up- Report by Ruby Crocker-Dunne

For the past week, several members of the Green School committee have been picking up litter during the class after lunch. We did this clear up on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Four members at a time went out clearing the areas that are used mostly during lunch such as The H area, the pitch, and the Memorial Garden. A big thanks to Ms. Cunningham for organizing this clean-up. If anyone is interested in joining the Green School Committee, contact Ms. Cunningham or come to C4 at the beginning of lunch on Fridays.



Thank you to all contributors and a special thank you to our student journalists!

Lucan CC Newsletter 10th November, 2021



Junior Girls Gaelic – Report by Saoirse Balfe

Well done to the Junior Girls Gaelic team in their win against St. Louis High School. All the girls fought really hard for the entire match and it was a great way to kick off the new Gaelic season. It was the first school match for many of the side and they did a brilliant job! Thanks to teachers Ms McCormack and Ms Collins.

Lucan CC Junior Girls Gaelic Team

Under 14 Boys Gaelic

We had our first U14 Gaelic football game this week. It was fantastic to see all the players back on the pitch after 18 months. We played our game against St Michael’s College in UCD. There was a great standard of football played by Lucan CC and we ran out winners in the end. Well done all. Final score: Lucan CC 5:15  St. Michael’s College 4:6 Thanks to teachers Mr Callaghan and Mr Mc Gowan


U17 Boys Soccer – Report by Matthew Fitzgerald

Lucan CC met Kishoge last Tuesday in a very tight game. Lucan were winning 3-0 at half time with goals from Alex, Darren and Kevin. Unfortunately, Kishoge came back in the second half to bring the score level 3-3 at full time. As this game was a cup game it went on to extra time. There were no goals in Extra Time so the game had to be decided by penalties where Kishoge won 4-3. Thanks to teachers Mr MacGrianra and Mr McGrenra.

Half-time team talk

Lucan CC’s first penalty  

Under 15 Boys Soccer – Report by Bobby Laycock

The under- 15 boys soccer team played a match against Maynooth Post Primary this week. At full time the match was scoreless and went to  penalties. Unfortunately for Lucan, Maynooth won in a final score of 5 – 4. Thanks to teacher Mr Clancy.


Ladies Soccer

The Junior Ladies Soccer team won their first cup game against Palmerstown on Friday last and will advance into the next stage of the competition. Our Minor team also played in their first game for LCC on Thursday. Unfortunately they lost but played a great game. Thanks to teachers Ms Collins and Ms Dowling.

Minor Team


Junior team in action against Palmerstown



Past PupilsPlaying for Lucan Sarsfields

There were many recognisable (if a little older!) faces on TV last Saturday as Lucan Sarsfields took on St Jude’s in the Go-Ahead Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship semi-Final in Parnell Park. Great to seed our past pupils representing Lucan.


Step Aerobics

Fancy an early start to the weekend? Join teacher Ms Dowling as she leads the step aerobics class every Friday morning at 8:20 am in the PE Hall. Students from every year are very welcome and any staff member who comes along will be equally welcome!



Walking Debate

Class O’Riordan took part in a walking debate. As they walked they debated on lowering the voting age in Ireland to 16. Each side of the debate produced great arguments. Well done! Thanks to teacher Ms. Flanagan for encouraging these two great activities side by side!


Senior Debating

Congratulations  to our senior debating team- Alex Dela Cruz, Joel Ogunkoyejo, Keisha Correos, Ana Gayubo Kinch, Jason Driscoll and Conor Keohane who performed wonderfully in their first Concern debate competition against Scoil Mhuire in Trim. The result should be finalised this week.   Thanks to teachers Ms Gregory and Ms Shannon. Any senior students interested in joining the debating club should see either of these teachers for more information.


Soroptimist International

5th Year students Jessica Power and Ana Gayubo Kinch are preparing for the first round of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition, which will take place this Saturday.

Soroptimist International is an organisation that seeks to further the status of women and girls. Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and partnerships. It is a great honour for LCC to have our students represent us in this competition. Good luck! Thanks to teacher Ms Hickey.


Admissions 2022

Thank you to everyone who applied for a place in 1st year 2022. We had 422 on-time applications. With 156 places to offer that means unfortunately that we have a lot of disappointed applicants. All information about the review/appeal/waiting list process was posted to applicants and is available on our website.

Parent Teacher Meetings

Unfortunately, due to pandemic restrictions, our PTMs must take place online this year. All parents/guardians will be sent details of how to request teacher appointments and how to use their student Teams account to attend online meetings with teachers. While meetings can only be of 5 minute duration, we hope that this process will enable teachers and parents to have quality conversations about student progress despite the current restrictions in place.


Movember is the leading charity changing the face of Men’s Health. Men’s health is in crisis. Men are dying on average 5 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons.

Last year, our Movember team of Lucan CC Mo Bros raised over €3,200 for this charity. It will be a challenge to raise that amount again, but we will give it a good go. Thanks to all who have supported us and thanks to this year’s team members – Mr. Foley, Mr. Spillane, Mr. Callagahan, Mr. MacGrianra and our former colleague Mr. McMahon.


BLAST Artist in Residence

Lucan CC’s application has been successful for the BLAST Programme. BLAST is a new innovative Arts-in-Education Residency Programme, which enables up to 400 new Arts-in-Education Residencies in schools each year. The aim of this scheme is to give students & members of the school community an opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects. Focus for our project will be to illustrate how we experience our school ethos of Aontas & our ETBI core values. The artist will start work with the school in February 2022.


All of us in Lucan CC were very saddened to hear of the passing of past pupil Samantha Cruise. Samantha attended our school from 2003-2008. Please find here the RIP notice for  Samantha. Rest in peace.


 Extra-Curricular Activities in Lucan CC

It is wonderful to see so many extra-curricular activities back up and running again! A full list of activities can be seen here .Thanks to everyone for their time and commitment to these events that students enjoy so much. It is so much a part of what we offer here in Lucan CC and it is great to see the activities kicking off again thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of our staff members. Remember it is not too late to start something new if you have an idea. Looking forward to reading about the various events and activities in our newsletter/social media pages! Don’t forget to forward information to about your activity to unatwyford@lucancc.ie or to your student reporter. Photos are especially welcome!

Word of the week – Wellbeing

The word of the week this week is “Wellbeing”. Wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. Each week the Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) committee is working hard to create a new work for the week for us to all focus on. Posters are placed all around the school to highlight the word of the week.


Thanks to all who have contributed to this week’s Newsletter. A special word of congratulations to our Student Reporters!





Good Luck Jessica!

Jessica Power is entering in the first round of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition tomorrow in the Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier Street.
Her speech is on the Planet and the Environment.
Soroptimist International is an organisation that seeks to further the status of women and girls. Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and partnerships.

Important Information for parents/guardians/students

Please see link below for parent-focused public health advice about COVID-19 symptoms. You may find it useful as parents/guardians/students to view this information and discuss it at home.


Lucan CC Newsletter 3rd November, 2021


First Year History Webinar

All first year History students had a fantastic opportunity before mid-term to attend a fascinating webinar about children in the Irish Revolution 1916-1922, with special focus on South Dublin. Thanks to South Dublin County Council Libraries for organising the events and to  historian in Residence Liz Gillis for her engaging talk. Some of the students then produced very interesting bubbles of opinions on Children of the Revolution.



Develop Me Workshops for Transition Year Students

Transition Year students engaged in some great team building and leadership workshops this week. In the course of the workshops students focussed on two critical areas for today’s students – project management and understanding effective teamwork.




Online Oireachtas Workshops

5th year students of Politics and Society had the opportunity to engage in an online Oireachtas workshop. Thanks to Conor Reale for his informative presentation and to our local TD’s for answering our students’ questions on current issues.




Amy Wade selected For Irish Team

We are delighted to celebrate another of our students who has been selected to represented Ireland. Third year student Amy Wade from Class Greta has been selected for the National Taekwon-Do Team to represent Ireland at the upcoming European Championships. Amy has been training consistently for this tournament over the last number of months. This is a fantastic achievement for Amy as she is only 14 and is the youngest member on the team!

The competition takes place from 24th November to 27th November in La Nucia Spain. The team will depart from Ireland on 22nd November and will return on 28th November and we wish Amy and the team every success at this event.







Arts Week

Our annual Arts Week will be back next February – bigger and better than ever! Meetings are already underway to plan this event. Watch this space!




First Year German

In the lead up to mid-term break our first year students created wonderful projects on the subject of Halloween – all in German!

Concern Debates

Our senior debating team will take part in their first Concern debate competition against Scoil Mhuire Trim this week. We wish them the best of luck!

Kenwood Young Baker Competition

Some of our students entered the Kenwood Young Baker Competition. They were challenged to create a cake inspired by the theme, Dreams. Best of luck to all students who entered! See below two entries, one from each age category.

Junior Entry: Portia Egan, Class Willow
Senior Entry: Andreea Vasiloi, Class Connolly








Maths Week Competition

And the results are in! Teachers and students were challenged to use their “Maths Eyes” during the recent Maths Week. Congratulations to students Roisin Duddy and Ben Ahuja and to teachers Ms Mellett and Ms Flanagan!

And Remember….

It would be impossible to give reports of every event that is happening in our school each day. Teams continue to train for athletics, badminton, basketball, soccer, gaelic, camogie, hockey etc. Many students take part in clubs – e.g. Geography, Maths, Games. Many more activities will be starting up in the coming weeks  including Trad Music Group, Frisbee Club and Diversity Team.

Lucan CC Newsletter 20 October 2021

5th Years Go Trampolining!

5th year students finally got to go on a trip! The fifth year tutors and year head went with the students to Jump Zone Indoor Trampoline and Adventure Park in Liffey Valley for a fun filled morning last week. The got to try out dodgeball, wall climbing and singular jumping before relaxing over lunch.




Global Citizenship

Great discussions were had and ideas were shared at our Teaching and Learning group “ Global Citizenship in our classroom”  when we met last Tuesday afternoon in Lucan CC. A big thank you to Lizzie from WorldWise Global Schools who joined us and shared resources and helped us with our classroom projects.



Transition Year Work Experience

As many businesses continue to struggle to get back to “normal”, it was especially gratifying that our Transition Year students were afforded the opportunity to undertake two weeks of Work Experience. A big  “Thank You”  to our local business people and all businesses who took on our students for the duration of Work Experience over the past two weeks. We appreciate it more than ever and know that our students gained valuable experience during this time.


6th Year Ecology Trip – Rachel Mullarkey

All Leaving Cert Biology students are required to visit and gain a broad understanding of one particular ecosystem and the diversity of organisms it contains. On the morning of the 18th of October, all 6th year Biology students met outside the Phoenix Park for their ecology module. The students were greeted by their guides who led the way to the ecosystem, a grass/woodland, where each student was given a fieldwork report to fill out over the course of the day.

Students completed a quantitative and qualitative survey of the habitat, using a key to identify 5 plants and 5 animals, and  collected animals in the habitat using specialist collection equipment such as a quadrant, a sweep net and a beating tray. Finally, these students investigated 3 abiotic (non-living) factors in the habitat, for example, the pH of the soil and the temperature of the air. It was a worthwhile and enjoyable day and all students left with more knowledge about their studied ecosystem!


U-19 Boys Soccer

Well done to the Lucan CC U-19 boys soccer team who beat Kishoge CC in the Leinster cup last Friday. Goal scorers were Joey O’Sullivan who scored 3 goals and  Robert Dragusin and Leo Myers who scored one goal each. Final score: LucanCC 5 – Kishoge CC 3.



Congratulations to first year students Rachel Jez and Eve Clarke who came 2nd and 3rd respectively in Dublin’s Cross Country Championship race recently.


Aoibhe Fleming On Winning Irish Team!

Lucan CC is very proud of student Aoibhe Fleming who has just returned from representing Ireland in the women’s U17 Euro football qualifiers.  Ireland won all of their three matches against Bulgaria, Hungary and hosts Norway to finish top of their group. Aoibhe plays an integral role in the Irish defence. Well done Aoibhe and the Irish team!



Twelve of our 5th year students are participating in Gaisce this year. Some just joined this year and are preparing for the bronze award while others are aiming for the Silver award. The students taking part are: Richard Okafor, Méabh Egan, Jessica Power, Clodagh McDonnell, Sarah Mahon, Christopher Brady, Jemima Kaisi, Athena Valea, Rhian Hawkins, Keelah Sisk, Andrew Kennedy and Ana Gayubo Kinch.

The students are busy every week developing skills including GAA, boxing, athletics, cycling, driving, music, and Gluais. Some students have also undertaken to write letters to elderly patients in nursing homes. It is great to see students participating in this programme and we wish them all well!


Class Freeman Show Off Their Baking Skills!

Class Freeman enjoyed making very creative cupcakes for their last cookery before midterm!  We are reliably informed that they tasted every bit as good as they look.


Gluais – Sarah Mahon & Meabh Egan

On the 1st of October to the 3rd of October, the Gluais team – Sarah Mahon, Meabh Egan,  Keelah Sisk, Jemima Kasisi, Eoin O’ Sullivan, Clodagh McDonnell, Jessica Power, Rhian Hawkins, Kate Mc Caffery, Alisha Guy and Natasha Roca took part in an intense weekend of training in St Kevin’s Community College with Gluais teams from four other schools from the local area.

At first, we didn’t know what to expect as we were in a new atmosphere surrounded by new people. We quickly adjusted once we took part in some team building games which brought us closer together as a group.

We learned all about the kind of people we are , as well as making many new friends from other schools.

We learned both leadership skills and communication skills which will help us both in the distant future , and in the near future helping the first years to adjust and settle in to life here at Lucan Community College.


1st Year Students Have Fun At School

Once again we welcomed “Team-works” to Lucan CC. This time it was the turn of our first year students to enjoy a two hour fun packed session.


Students Study The Impact Of Earthquakes

Class Valentia explored the impacts of Earthquakes both economically and socially on towns and cities around plate boundaries. Students found out that developing regions usually experience the worst impact. Cities that are developed have earthquake proof buildings and therefore suffer less damage despite their high Richter scale readings.


Black History Month

From the 18th to the 22nd of October, a team of staff and students explored identity, history and culture through the topic of ‘Black and Irish’ under the general theme of ‘Be Proud.’ This saw 6th year student Yasmin speak over the intercom system as Gaeilge and in English, providing an anecdote from her past. We are so proud of Yasmin’s contribution to the school community in sharing her experience and demonstrating the confidence and courage to do so. In addition to Yasmin’s speech, 5th year student Jemima spoke to the school of a marginalised community and of a role model within the LGBT+ community, Marsha P. Johnson. 6th year student Joel shared how population changes have influenced Irish culture abroad and at home and highlighted authors that could further educate us, or make us stop and think differently about what it means to be Irish. Furthermore, an information session was held during a lunch time to allow students space to ask questions to the team regarding the topics we discussed. At Lucan CC, our motto is ‘Aontas’ (Unity), and our students have reflected this in their hard work this week. Well done to all for your contributions.’


Maths Week

Maths Week is celebrated from 18th – 22nd October. Here in Lucan CC we are running a competition for teachers! Teachers of subjects other than Maths are asked to use numeracy in their teaching. Students will “report” each time this happens and there will be a prize for the winning teacher! There are many ways teachers can use Maths in class – calculating test results with students in class, calculating area, volume, DST in science subjects, mapwork, constructions, carbon dating in History etc. So use your Maths Eyes!


Careers Information

Many colleges are holding online and onsite information events for prospective students.

TU Dublin- City, Blanchardstown and Tallaght Campuses:

Onsite Event in Grangegorman Campus -Saturday 6th November 2021, Thursday 13th January 2022 and Wednesday 27th April 2022

Further information and booking here

National College of Ireland:

Online Event -Friday 12th November 2021 (4.30pm-6.00pm), Saturday 13th November 2021 (12noon-1.30pm) and Wednesday 18th January 2022 (5pm – 6.30pm)

Maynooth University and St Patrick’s Pontifical University

Friday & Saturday 26th and 27th November 2021. Register  here

Trinity College

Information Sessions for all CAO applicants (Fortnightly on Thursdays, 6pm Irish Time)

21st October 2021. / 4th November 2021. / 18th November 2021. / 2nd December 2021. / 16th December 2021. For more information and to register click here

Virtual Open Day Saturday 6th November 2021 (10am – 4pm). Register here


1st year 2022 applications

The application form for 1st year 2022 is now live on our website from 1st October. Closing date is Friday 22nd October. Application forms will also be distributed to feeder schools.


And Finally…

We wish all members of our school community a happy and safe mid-term. Enjoy the break!










Lucan CC Newsletter 13 October 2021

Lucan CC student plays soccer for Ireland

Aoibhe Fleming (3rd Year Class O’Riordan) has been representing her country abroad. Aoibhe has travelled to Norway to represent Ireland on the U17 women’s Irish Soccer Team in round 1 of the Euros. Ireland beat Hungary in their opening Group 1 game and went on the defeat Bulgaria 3-0 thus securing a place in Round 2.

Photo: https://www.fai.ie/ireland/under-17-womens/latest

Aoibhe is a fantastic role model to all and an excellent representative from Lucan Community College and the wider community to represent Ireland at an international level. Best of luck to Aoibhe and the Ireland U17 squad as they take on hosts Norway on Friday. You can get the latest updates here.

Active Learning in History class

Class Valentia created and designed their own Early Christian Monasteries through some beautiful artwork. Well done! Great to see examples of active learning in Lucan CC.




German Exchange

It would take more that covid to thwart the German exchange Lucan CC enjoys with Gymnasium Münchberg. And so it was that on the occasion of its 30th anniversary the exchange took place virtually. As Lucan CC principal Diane Birnie said to the cameras „Nichts kann uns stoppen!“ ( “Nothing can stop us!”).

At the opening ceremony students introduced themselves as teachers gave encouragement „Traut euch einfach!“ (“Have faith!”). The ceremony included words of praise and encouragement from principals and former principals, and a message from former student Nellie Woods who now works with Post Primary Languages Initiative.  A letter from President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins was also read out in which he his “congratulations on arranging such an innovative event”.

Over the course of the exchange students attended classes in Lucan CC in areas of History, Geography, Music and Celtic Art. Jack Harte, a former Principal of Lucan CC, also conducted a poetry reading.


The Irish students each worked alongside their German partners to practise GAA and soccer skills, do some baking, singing and dancing. The virtual exchange was reported on in the German newspaper Frankenpost whose reporter Claudia Serbert said „Was in Harry Potters Zauberwelt funktioniert, geht diese Woche auch im Gymnasium Münchberg.“ (“What works in Harry Potter’s Magic world is also possible in the week in Gymnasium Münchberg.) You can read the article in full  here.

There were also more formal opportunities for students to develop and practise their language skills through making PowerPoint presentations on language and culture of Ireland and researching Irish artists. Students were also set a project to work on with their partner in preparation for the second leg of the exchange which will be hosted by Gymnasium Münchberg in February.The event concluded with a farewell ceremony packed with music, quizzes and a wealth of memories of the week together virtually.

Well done to the German department on the super-efficient organisation and thank you to all those who continue to make this exchange such a worthwhile experience for our students here in Lucan CC and in Gymnasium Münchberg.


Basketball is Back!

The wait is almost over! Basketball Ireland have announced that League games will begin after the Midterm Break. Training for under 16 and under 19 boys and girls has started with a great uptake of almost 100 students. This shows how much extra-curricular activities have been missed by students in Lucan CC. It has been great to see the return of many players as well as a good cohort of new recruits. Training for boys is on a Monday at 4pm in the gym and is being coached by Mr C. MacGrianra and Mr K. Clancy. Training for girls takes place every Tuesday at 4pm in the gym with Ms. L. Quirke, Ms. Dowling and Ms. R. Doherty. This is the last week for registering players so if interested please contact Ms. L. Quirke ASAP!


3rd Year Study Skills

Our 3rd Year students will attend a study skills and Mental Health workshop in Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th November. In this workshop they will cover topics such as: Managing emotions, Building resilience, Finding balance and minding yourself. What a great opportunity for these students at such a crucial time for them!


Transition Year Students Volunteer at the Academy in Lucan Sarsfields

While many are enjoying a much deserved lie in on a Saturday morning, some of our Transition Year students are helping develop football and hurling players of the future at Lucan Sarsfields. Well done to Sean McGowan, Conor Smullen, Lee Murphy, Josh Murphy, Daragh Kenna, Rory Egan, Eabha Lillis, Lauren McGivney, Robert Keher, Cormac Coffey and Milly Hughes! Led by development officer David Moran the students help out in the academy which caters for boys and girls aged four to six.



National Porridge Week

To acknowledge National Porridge Week which ran from the 4th to the 10th of October, our first year Home Economics students prepared their own delicious granola.

girl holding tray of potatoesIngredients: 150g porridge oats, 25g coconut oil, 25g golden or maple syrup, 25g mixed seeds, 25g dried fruits, 25g mixed nuts or just add your favourite seeds, nuts and dried fruit and stir them in!


1.      Preheat oven to 180° C or Gas Mark 4.

2.      Prepare nuts and dried fruits (if using)

3.      Melt the syrup and coconut oil together in a pot on a low heat.

4.      Mix the porridge oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit together in a large bowl.

5.      Add the melted syrup and coconut oil to the bowl of dry ingredients and stir well.

6.      Place greaseproof paper on a flat baking tin and pour mixture onto tray and spread evenly.

7.      Bake for 20 minutes and remember to stir the mixture after 10 minutes.

8.      Allow to cool and place in an airtight container.

9.      Serve with some milk or yoghurt and fresh berries for a healthy, balanced breakfast!

More exciting and nutritious recipes using porridge oats here .



1st year 2022 applications

The application form for 1st year 2022 is now live on our website from 1st October. Closing date is Friday 22nd October. Application forms will also be distributed to feeder schools.


Student Journalists

We are currently recruiting student journalists who will contribute to this Newsletter in the future. The team will be introduced after the mid-term break. Look out for exciting articles and the student voice of Lucan Community College in the weeks ahead!







Lucan CC Newsletter 6th October 2021-Andrew Purcell departs for new position

Farewell to Andrew Purcell – much respected Deputy Principal

The staff, students, parent association nominee and chairperson of the board all turned out in force to wish Andrew Purcell farewell on Friday 1st October. Andrew moved to St Farnan’s Post Primary School, Prosperous to take up the role of Principal from 4th October. The staff social committee made a number of presentations to Andrew in the form of a Principal’s survival kit on Thursday as staff gathered to recall the wide and varied contributions that Andrew has made to the school during his 21 years here, 12 of them as Deputy Principal.

Andrew started in Lucan Community College in 2000 as a teacher of Music and Geography having previously worked in St Tiarnan’s Community School and Kings Hospital School. During his time as music teacher he inspired many students to achieve great performances on stage in the National Concert Hall as part of the Co Dub VEC/DDLETB Festival of Music, in 19 school musicals and at countless school events and ceremonies. Many students also progressed to studying music at 3rd level. Andrew recounted his love of school events that allowed students to demonstrate their achievements including graduations, music practical exams and also recounted stories from the many school trips and tours that he had organised and supervised.

Imelda Higgins, wife and colleague to Andrew, spoke about how they met in the staff room and how they had enjoyed many years of Friday evening discussions about education and would continue to do so in the future. Andrew spoke warmly about the support he had from his wife and family as he took on his new role.

Always ready to champion those who needed help and support, Andrew served on the school TUI committee for a number of years. He also held the roles of TY coordinator, website coordinator and Year Head bringing a level of innovation and improvement to everything he led. No stranger to sport, Andrew started the student rugby teams with other colleagues and shared his passion for the sport with students and staff both on and off the field.

Andrew listened, he understood complex issues from different perspectives and took time to engage with the school community on many and varied topics. He acted from a supportive stance for students and parents/guardians and did his utmost to resolve challenging situations before they escalated further.

Messages from current and former students, staff and parents were gathered into a booklet for Andrew and he was honoured and proud to read comments thanking him for his “guidance and kindness”, for being approachable, encouraging and a “great support” to students. His colleagues called him a “gentleman in the truest sense” and recalled his “professionalism and passion” as a teacher and his “compassion and hard work” to support members of staff.

Speeches from John Grimes, Genevieve Casey and John O’Connor long-time colleagues of Andrew and Diane Birnie, principal, recalled the wonderful contribution that Andrew has made to the college over his 21 years and how much he will be missed. The school senior leadership team of Diane Birnie, Stephen Brett and Grainne Malone are delighted to be joined by Elaine Brady who was appointed as Deputy Principal.

Andrew’s final hours in Lucan CC included a guard of honour formed by 3rd and 6th year students who applauded him warmly followed by a quick visit to every classroom in the school to say his goodbyes. A final presentation from staff and the board of management and many individual cards gifts from colleagues and students ensured that Andrew can begin his new role confident and proud that his approach to leadership and the skills and talents he has practised were very much appreciated in Lucan CC and with good wishes that the same will be true in his new school.

collage of people saying good bye to someone

Thank you Andrew! Lucan CC will miss you.


1st year 2022 applications

The application form for 1st year 2022 is now live on our website from 1st October. Closing date is Friday 22nd October. Application forms will also be distributed to feeder schools.


Historians of the future

“Local history brings history home, it touches your life, the life of your family, your neighborhood, your community.” –Thomas J. Noel, Denver author and historian.

The history department would like to congratulate all 3rd year history classes for their amazing CBA’s on local and  family history. Great work as historians.


Ad Astra Scholarship for Lucan CC student

person being presented with plaqueIt was great to see David Wright (class or 2021) return to his alma mater this week so school principal Ms Birnie could present him with his plaque to mark his award of a UCD Ad Astra scholarship. “The UCD Ad Astra Academic scholarship programme seeks to recruit exceptional, high-achieving students and provide them with additional support and unique opportunities as they study for a degree at UCD.  These students will have a proven record of academic excellence and a desire to continue to achieve at the highest level”.https://www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/academic/scholarships/

Many teachers in the school took the opportunity to congratulate David on this fantastic achievement. David’s former year head Elaine Brady told us “It is such a joy to hear more good news from David. I am delighted that he received an Ad Astra Academic Award from UCD. David is an inspiration to us all – his passion and commitment to learning and engaging with initiatives are to be admired. He is an excellent role model for our school community, and we wish him luck with his future endeavours.”


Home Economics Department promotes National Potato Day!

National Potato Day was celebrated on October 1st.

girl holding tray of potatoesWhy don’t you try these delicious potato wedges, tried and tested recently by our third year Home Economics students.

Ingredients: 500g Baby potatoes, 1 tbsp rapeseed/olive oil, 1tsp chilli powder/paprika, salt and pepper (optional)


  1. Wash the potatoes and slice into even sized wedges.
  2. Place on an ovenproof dish/tray. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with seasoning of your choice. Toss to evenly coat with seasoning.
  3. Place in the oven at 180°c for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on size) until crispy. Toss the potato wedges after about 10 minutes.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

For inspiration on how versatile potatoes can be see http://www.potato.ie


Transition Year Trip To Causey Farm

Transition year students set off at 8:30am last Monday morning for Causey Farm – marking the first trip to leave Lucan Community in over 18 months. Students had the opportunity to bake bread before visiting the animals on the farm. Students fed the donkeys, horses and llamas and some even managed to milk a cow! Later they ran through the corn maize before heading off for some bog hopping.

The highlight of the day must surely have been the freezing power wash before heading for home!!

boy with birds on his arms


Space Week

To celebrate Space Week (October 4th-10th 2021)Frances McCarthy from Blackrock Castle Observatory ‘zoomed’ in to chat to us about Space Weather and how it affects us on Earth. Science students enjoyed the talk to promote Space week which is being promoted. More details of additional events in http://www.spaceweek.ie/



German Exchange

Gute Reise to the Transition year and 5th year students as they begin their Virtual Exchange with Germany. This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the exchange with Gymnasium Münchberg! Our first ever virtual exchange started on Thursday with the Opening Ceremony.  The ceremony included  music and speeches from current and former students and staff of both schools. A lovely letter from President Michael D. Higgins was also read before students from Lucan Community College virtually, but no less warmly, welcomed the students from Gymnasium Münchberg. Look out for a further report on the exchange in next week’s Newsletter.