Pictured below are both the First and Second year girls’ Basketball teams who hosted Borris VS on Monday where the second years had a great win.

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Cluiche iontach, bua iontach. Our boys showed determination and heroics to earn their win against Colaiste Bríde in a thrilling rugby game recently. . Going into the second down 5-22 it was starting to look like it might not be our day but in the second half the boys came out and delivered something special. Lifted by an interception try from Aaron ó Donnchú running over half the length of the pitch, GCC went from strength to strength. With ten minutes to go at 22-22 and looking like it could end it a draw, the team worked hard and sent Evan Mac Eochaidh ó Guaire into the corner to put us into a hard fought lead. Battling until the end, the boys defended their lines holding up the ball and eventually winning the turn over to conclude the game. Final score 27-22. Leinster final here we come! GCC abú! Trys: Fiachra ó Scolaí, Aaron ó Donnchú, Evan Mac Eochaidh ó Guaire (2) conversion: Fiachra Mac Giolla Phadraig

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Gaelcholáiste hosted Pobalscoil Eanna in a Leinster U17 schoolboys Quarter – Final last week on Friday the 2nd of December. This was both sides’ first game of the competition, as they were both given a number of walkovers in previous rounds. The game got off to a relatively slow start, that is until a Pobalscoil Eanna player was shown a straight red for striking Gaelcholáiste right midfielder, Tomás Ó Cuillin in an off-the-ball incident. Gaelcholáiste striker Seán Ó Catháin opened the scoring with a curling half volley into the near top corner. Pobalscoil Eanna created chances but Gaelcholáiste’s defence, led by captain Evan Ó Córráin and keeper Evan Ó Cíarán managed to keep them at bay. Not long after the first, Luc O Hutáin’s volley dipped up and over the opposing keeper to give the home team a second. Pobalscoil Eanna managed to get one back right before the half directly from a looping cross.

Both teams returned to kick off the second half, but it was Pobalscoil Eanna who came out all pistons firing. They equalised early on, followed by another to put them in the lead about twenty minutes later. Both teams created chances, although Eanna were holding their lead for the time being. With no more than five minutes left of regular time, Evan Ó Corráin’s whipped corner was met by Seán Ó Catháin six yards out, not before a frantic goal line scramble.
The first half of extra time kicked off, with chances at either end, but neither side converting. This continued until the last minute of extra time, when Daniel Ó Donegáin slipped Seán Ó Catháin through on goal. He didn’t waste his chance, slotting it past the Eanna keeper to put Gaelcholáiste through to the Semi-Finals.
Pictured below are Aonghus O Sé and Evan O Corráin with an opposing player from Pobailscoil Eanna

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Iníon de Bhál and her club rith took on the 5k challenge of the Jingle Bell Jog held in Carlow town on Sunday morning. Students trained after school for many weeks beforehand and joined the hundreds of other participants that took part in the event held by CRYS. Well done to all the students and teachers that took part.
In the photo are – Maistir O Briain, Seán, Joshua, Conor, Seán, Iníon de Bhál, Kian and Diarmuid.

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Pictured below are Rachel de Léis and Katie Nic Aogáin winners in a Rowing Competition recently held in Trinity College Dublin.

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Nerves were in tatters as sixty hopeful students and their three teachers boarded the bus to Clontarf early last Friday morning. The reason? The long awaited Gael Linn Scléip talent competition, an Irish event especially for students of Gaelcholáistí nationwide. First up on stage was the junior dance group called Eitre na Fuama, followed by the senior dance group, Na hÉiliminteach. Next up was Shónagh Ní Threabhair who sang ‘Supermarket Flowers’, then followed Tadhg Ó Grifín who sang an original song called ‘Abhainn na nGrá’. Taboo (Tadgh, Allanah and Barbara), Saoirse and First Year drama group An Rang Fíorfa. In the end GCC managed to grab five out of seven places in the final much to everyone’s delight. We are so proud of the amazing talent amongst the students in the school and a huge thanks to Iníon Ní Shé, Iníon Ní Inglis Ní Eideáin, and Béan Mhic Raghnaill for all their hardwork and time. The finals take place during the last week of January 2018. Go n-éirí libh ar fad!

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The students of Gaelcholáiste took part in Team Hope this year when we started back in September wrapping hundreds of shoeboxes in preparation for the Team Hope Christmas appeal. Many students brought in filled shoeboxes however through fundraising and team effort we ended up with a grand total of 100 boxes on the last day. Each day Lily, Wendy, Gwen and Bernie were helped greatly by our TY students who spent 4 hours per day sorting and checking thousands of boxes from all over county Carlow. We got a sense of the whole purpose and meaning of the Christmas shoebox appeal whereby the poorest children in the world receive a gift for Christmas. We are proud to be involved in such a great cause at this festive time and it really showed us that we should appreciate what we have.
The pictures attached below show Iníon Tennyson along with TY student volunteers at the depot. One of the pictures show some of the second year group who kindly donated boxes.

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Under 17 girls soccer travelled to UCD last week where they played against St Killians DS. They were delighted when two former students of GCC Conor and Caitlin turned out to support them.

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