Pictured below are Cliodhna Ní Shé, Amy Ní Shúilleabháin, Tadhg O Grifín and Barbara Derenda who were narrowly defeated by Coláiste Iosagáin / Eoin in the quarter finals of the All – Ireland German Debating Competition. A huge thanks to their teacher Caoimhe Uí Fhearaíl
As part of the OSSP course, a group of third years took a trip to Dublin Zoo where they attended a talk on endangered species and the fors and againsts of keeping animals in a zoo. They then enjoyed a ramble round the zoo where they saw the famous penguins whose video recently went viral after their sojourn in the snow a few weeks ago.
Pictured are the Sixth Year German Debate team who travelled to Cork recently with their teacher Bean Uí Fhearaíl to compete against the renowned Christian Brothers College German Debate team in the GDI / Goethe Institut All Ireland German Debate.
The motion debated was ‘Science is for boys’…… auf Deutsch natürlich!
GCC came out victorious after a hard fought battle. Well done to Tadhg O Grifín, Cliodhna Ní Shé, Barbara Derenda and John de Sutún.
The quarter finals takes place in late February against Coláiste Íosagain / Coláiste Eoin in Dublin.
History teacher Iníon Ní Fhearaíl took all of her first year students to Wexford recently where the wonderful Heritage Park is located. Students got a taste of life in days gone by as they cooked and ate meat done on an open fire. They saw how our ancestors worked and lived before the days of electricity and all the mod cons we are used to today.
Last Friday saw the cycle Against Suicide “schools go orange” day at GCC and around the country. The message that it’s ok not to feel ok and that it’s absolutely ok to ask for help was spread by the girls of 5th year as they taught the 1st and 2nd years some great dance moves and raised the spirits of everyone for the day! Well done girls.
Fourth year English debating team who competed against Coláiste Eoin, Hacketstown last week. Going ahead to the next round are Emma Ní Dhuaig, Kayla de Faoite and Máire Caomhánach who are pictured here with teacher Maistir O Laochra. Also in the photo are Leah Amond and Olivia Ní Shiocháin.
GCC scooped a fantastic three first place prizes and one second place award in the All Ireland finals of the talent competition Scléip hosted in Clontarf by Gael Linn and open to all Irish Speaking second level schools throughout Ireland. Tadhg, Barbara and Alannah formed the group Tabú and took first place in the Senior group singers. Tadhg went on to win the solo singers’ prize also. Second year Shóna Ní Threabhair sang and played guitar and took second place in her category while Senior dance troop ‘Eliminteach’ won the Senior Dance section. A huge show of talent overall and thanks to Iníon Ní Shé, Bean Mhic Raghnaill and Iníon Ní Eadáin and all the students who travelled on the day and were a great support to the competitiors.
What a great bunch of students from Bliain 6 who donated blood today for their very first time with Iníon Ní Iréis. Donating bloood is extremely worthwhile and could possibly save someones’ life.
This year’s schools senior basketball All – Ireland playoffs were held partly in Coláiste Lorcáin, Castledermot, with other games being played in the Gaelcholáiste Ceatharlach. GCC’s first game of the day was played in Coláiste Lorcháin against Tarbert College from County Kerry. Gaelcholáiste started well, with Cathal Ó Braonáin finshing from a nice pass from Evan Ó Corráin. They gained an eight point lead before the half, when Tarbert finally got themselves off the bus, they managed to claw back the lead. The game finished with GCC pushing them close, but Tarbert managed to edge a win by seven.
Shortly after this game, the venue was moved to the Gaelcholáiste Ceatharlach, as Coláiste Lorcáin’s court was deemed dangerous due to slippy patches. GCC’s second game tipped off later in the day, where Coláiste Lorcáin provided the opposition. Coláiste Lorcáin came out of the blocks quickly gaining a ten point lead. GCC edged their way into the game due to good play from Liam Ó Braonáin. Despite this Coláiste Lorcáin’s great performance could not be matched in the end.
Gaelcholáiste Ceatharlach’s came up against Old Bawn from Tallaght in the school’s final game of the evening. A slow start from Gaelcholáiste gave Old Bawn the chance to gain a healthy lead early on. Just after the second half started managed to lift the lid off the basket and started draining some shots from Ben Mac Domhnaill and Seán Ó Brúadar
The Gaelcholáiste lads fought bravely to the bitter end, but certainly did themselves proud in the process.
Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach 58
St. Brogan’s, Bandon 55
On Tuesday last, Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach hosted St. Brogan’s College from Bandon, Co. Cork in an All-Ireland preliminary match. This was a knockout game with no second chances for the losing team and the winner heading into the All-Ireland Quarter Finals, which was played on Sunday.
The first quarter started tensely with St. Brogan’s opening the scoring. However GCC bounced back quickly with Seán Ó Bruadair sinking a three and Ben Mac Domhnaill scoring as well. The first quarter ended as a draw with both teams not giving much away.
GCC had a poor second quarter with Bandon finishing the half with a six point lead. However a three from Evan Ó Corráin and help from the bench kept GCC in the game as Jonah Ó Duinn and Ciarán mac Aogáin made their mark.
The second half started with both teams forced to put star men on the bench due to foul trouble. However this had more of an effect on Bandon as GCC showed their strength in depth with Cathal Ó Braonáin playing well and they raced into a 4 point lead with captain Liam Ó Braonáin stepping brilliantly up to the mark and scoring double digits in this quarter.
Bandon earned their lead back soon enough though and GCC faced an uphill battle in the fourth. Séan O B hit another three early on in the fourth, galvanising both his teammates and the crowd. The fourth quarter went back and forth with both teams putting scores on the board. However a few big defensive plays from the GCC and another three from Seán Ó Bruadair restoring the home team’s lead heading into the last minute. The game was at extremely tense at this moment but Ben MacDomhnaill found Séan Ó Bruadair who hit the insurance points. St.Brogan’s had one last, desperate attack but the GCC’s defence stood strong with Liam Ó Broanáin showing why he’s captain.
Overall it was a brilliant encounter but GCC simply just had too much for the team for Cork. Man of the match was Liam Ó Braonáin who scored 24.
GCC: Liam Ó Braonáin (24), Seán Ó Bruadair (23), Cathal Ó Braonáin (2), Ben MacDomhnaill (2), Evan Ó Corráin (3), Ciarán Ó hÉigeán(2), Jonah Ó Duinn(2), Danann de Búrca