Many exciting and challenging activities were on offer for GCC students last week for the annual Active Schools Week. Zumba, Kung Fu, Spinning, Cookery Demonstrations, Tag Rugby, Bootcamp and a Sports Day with 5k walk / run meant the entire student body and staff had the chance to participate. Tuesday saw students from Coláiste Pobail Osraí and Gaelcholáiste Phort Láirge spending the day with us and taking part in many activities organised and supervised by Transition Years. The week culminated with a game of Rounders between sixth year students and staff who were all in flying form after the graduation ceremony the previous night. Well done to all who were involved and especially the organisers Iníon Ní Iréis, Maistir O Briain and all the people who gave the various classes and talks.

Pictured are the 5K first 3 girls over the line – third years Enya Holt, Keara Nic Aogáin (1st) , Leah Ní Mhaolmhuaidh

And first 3 boys over the line – Aaron O Donnchú, Dylan O Nualláin (1st), Con O Scolaí

5th year helpers – Ruaidhrí O Mórdha, Seán O Maoláin & Graham Harland


Energy management consultants 2 Eva based in Carlow Gateway Business Centre, Athy Road, Carlow recently sponsored a set of jerseys for GCC girls soccer team. Pictured here are Mark Shirley and Eoin Mc Gann of 2 eva along with students Shannen Nic Coitir and Clíodhna Ní Shé.


Comhghairdeas le Maithiú Callináin Ó Cianáin wnner of the Senior Pole vault at the Leinster Schools Athletics Championships with a vault of 4m.20.  Art Ó Muirí was the winner of the Intermediate event with a vault of 3m.20. Lúc de Rís also medalled with a fine 3rd place at 3m.


Chloe Ní Éideáin was 5th in the Senior girls 200m and 4th in the 400m hurdles and with Carragh Ní Mheachair finishing 4th in the Inter girls 800m having fallen just before the finishing line. No doubt she would have medalled otherwise. Comhghairdeas libh gó leir


During a recent Bootcamp class with former GCC student Seosamh O Dunaigh, , students discovered a poor hedgehog tangled up in the goal net. The rescue team stayed after hours to help free the poor hedgehog by strategically cutting the netting away from the suffering animal’s spines and his little legs and eventually, releasing him into the shrubbery. It was a long and tedious task, but it was all worth it when the little hedgehog scuttled away as he was set free. I think it’s safe to say that the students all went home that evening with a good story to tell!


It was a wet, wild, and windy Wednesday when GCC took a trip to Tramore beach to partake in surfing with a bilingual surf school. The lesson was carried out as Gaeilge by several seasoned surfers. Typical Irish Spring weather made conditions perfect for the activity, and every student who took part each had a chance to catch some waves on the water. Needless to say, students were sad to wave goodbye.



U17 girls who played against St Killian’s Scoil Gearmáinis, recently..