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December News


December News



On Fri last students and staff donned Christmas jumpers and hats to welcome in the festive season. It was great fun but work continued, classes were held, tests were done and homework was given. With smiles on their faces people went about their business and generously contributed a donation which will be given to the local St. Vincent De Paul along with the proceeds of a cake sale which was held on the same day.


On Thu.6th Transition Year students took a trip to our nation’s capital to see the Gaiety Theatre’s Panto; The Snow Queen.

It was an early start for all: 6-45 to be exact, to avoid being stuck in traffic but this gave us an hour before the show to busy ourselves in the many shops in Grafton Street and the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.

Christmas cheer was in the air and excitement bubbled in each of us as we neared show time.

The Snow Queen was very enjoyable and created an excellent atmosphere for the  audience of school students, staff and families. There was excellent interaction with the crowd and the characters received great acclaim from young and older.



School News-St. Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh.

Shoe Boxes-Last week Marie O’Brien, representing Nenagh’s Team Hope group, collected the beautifully covered boxes donated by students from all years. She was greeted by Ms. Ryan and her CSPE class who had all been involved. Erica Coonan, School President, also presented a cheque for Team Hope, the proceeds of a cake sale which was held by the 5th year music class.

Festival Christmas Tree- Over the past few months students have been knitting green squares to contribute to the Festival Christmas Tree which is part of the Festival in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland which will be held from Dec. 12th-16th. Some mothers and grannies helped too and we look forward to seeing the finished product.

Thanks is due to Sinead at Black Sheep Wool for her help with this and other projects in school over the past few years. We would like to wish her luck for the future.


Science Week:

Science Week was marked by senior and junior students with events outside and inside the school. On Thursday 15th. three teams of Leaving Certs and a number of supporters travelled to L.I.T. to take part in a science quiz. Teams from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary enjoyed an evening answering questions on Biology, Physics and Chemistry. It was a great way to do some revision and meet other 6th. years  students.

The following afternoon first year and second year students took part in a table quiz, organised by the Science department. Teams comprised of a mixture of students from each year and was enjoyed by all.



The School President  was elected on Fri  26th. Oct. All students were addressed by the five candidates, after a week of canvassing. Each presidential hopeful outlined her hopes for the coming year and the electorate was left with a difficult choice having heard many worthy plans.  The result of the voting revealed that Erica Coonan is the leader of the student body for this school year. We wish her well.

John Paul 2 Awards

On Thursday evening last 8th of November 20 students from St.Marys Nenagh travelled to Ennis to receive their Pope John Paul 2 Award. The girls put in a lot hard work throughout the year volunteering in the local community, fundraising and helping in their local parishes . The girls took part in numerous social involvment activities such as the shoebox appeal ,St.Vincent De Paul Christmas food appeal,bake sales for the Fr.Peter McVerry trust ,fundraising concerts for living links and  4 in 1,volunteering in local charity shops ,visiting nursing homes and hospitals, just to mention a few ! For the parish involvement the girls helped out in the church by reading at mass, singing in the choir and leading pray and play. They also undertook a Minister of the Eucharist course led by Sister Maureen. The girls completed 20 weeks of social awareness and 20 weeks of parish involvement as well as a written reflection. 5th year students Sarah Madden, Katie Grace, Claire Ryan, Caoimhe Ryan Moran, Grace Shesgreen, Grace Kennedy,Julia Rojczyk ,Nela Par,Rachel Shanahan, Katie Murphy, Annie Ryan, Orla Maher, Émer Tuohy, Grace O’Dwyer, Eileen Gleeson, received gold medals and 6th year students Marie O’Connell, Brid McKenna,Jenny Myers,Megan Ryan and Sinead Long received the papal cross award. The girls would like to  say a special word of thanks to Sister Maureen for all her help throughout the year


Well done to our students this week on their many sporting achievements.

First Years won the “A”  Camogie County Final defeating Ursuline Thurles in the final.

The Senior Camogie team won their first round match.

The junior Soccer tea also had a great win.


Third Year Parent Teacher Meeting

This meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th November from 4 15 to 6 45. School will finish at 3 45 to facilitate this meeting.

Soccer News

St Mary’s Sec School reached the County final stage of the Tipperary  FAI Futsal . With only the regional winners present the standard was high and St Marys did well to record an opening win over St Ailbhes with goals from Ciara Ryan and Caitriona Finn. Confidence was on a high heading into the second group game against Ursuline Thurles but aginst a strong side St Marys did well to hold out for a 1-1 draw. In the final group game against St Annes of Tipperary town St Marys hit the lead with a fine finish by Ruth Kennedy but the concession of two second half goals spelled the end of St Marys interest. Well done to the entire panel and preparation now begins for The Munster Cup against Presentation Thurles.

Culture and Fun in Cool and Fabulous France

By Mary Darcy and Niamh Bourke

On the 12th of October a large number of excited 2nd and 3rd year students left Aldi carpark to go on a trip that they would never forget.

The first activity on arrival was a bus trip all around Paris where the group saw so many well-known buildings and statues including L’arc de Triomphe. Next was the fantastic Notre Dame Cathedral. Dinner that evening was in a restaurant called Hunch before the students and equally tired teachers finally got to the hotel and badly needed sleep.

Next morning the bus took them to Disneyland, an experience that no words can adequately describe. From arrival to departure there was something to do-roller coasters, shops and meeting the Disney characters. Roller coasters, especially “House of Terror” and “Space Mountain” were the favourite activities of the group. Everyone gathered at Planet Hollywood in Disney Village for dinner and the visit ended with an incredible firework display.

Next morning it was off to Stade de France and a tour of the famous stadium. History lovers really appreciated the trip to the beautiful Palace of Versailles. The last day began with a shopping trip which provided an opportunity to buy souvenirs and gifts. The students really enjoyed having a few hours to do what they wanted before having a boat trip on the Seine. After that it was time to head to Beauvais airport for the flight home. The girls were sad to leave after such an amazing time and are very grateful to the teachers who accompanied them and their families for the opportunity to go.


Munster 7 aside Munster Camogie.

Well done to St. Mary’s Nenagh under 15 camogie team who competed in the Munster 7s B competition which was held in Mallow GAA centre of excellence on Wednesday the 3rd of October. The girls were in a group with St Joseph’s Secondary School Tulla, Laurel Hill Secondary school and Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Blarney. The girls topped their group moving forward to the Munster semi final against St Joseph’s Tulla’s second team. St Marys beat Tulla finding themselves in the Munster 7s B finals againstChrist the King Girls Secondary School Douglas. Half time came and Christ the Kings were winning by four points. In the second half St Marys came out fighting and took the lead with Ellen and Niamh Cuneen scoring points from midfield and Kate Ryan getting a last minute goal winning the match. There were excellent performances from Aine Tuohy in goals who made some super saves and delivered puck outs with pin point accuracy. Ciara Kenneally, Anna Mulcahy, Natalie Creamer and Katie O’keefe were outstanding in the backs and worked hard all day especially in the final where pressure was constant and fierce. Anna O’Keefe, Ellen and Niamh Cunneen were super at mid field and their work rate was incredible hooking and blocking and between them scoring some fantastic points and goals. Aine Spain, Kate Ryan and Lucy Hogan played with intent in the forward line and causes great difficulty for the backs on all the opposing team. This was St Marys second year in a row winning the Munster 7s B championship. St Marys now go on to play in the All Ireland in Ashbourne on Wednesday 17th October next.

Well done to our U16 Munster champions who contested the all-Ireland in Ashbourne and despite scoring 7 . 4  were beaten by Cross and Passion School Ballycastle. Well done to all the girls on their spirited display.


Aine Tuohy, Anna Mulcahy, Ciara Kenneally, Niamh Cunneen, Ellen Cunneen, Aine Spain, Kate Ryan, Anna O’Keefe (Captain), Lucy Hogan, Natalie Creamer, Lynn Farrell, Lauren Ryan

TY Musical

The Transition Year of St Mary’s Nenagh Secondary School are delighted to be doing our  annual TY musical. After weeks of hard work with costumes, set design and hours of rehearsals,we are pleased to announce that all our hard work has paid off as this year we had a record amount of people in our audience and got standing ovations at the end of our shows.

Doing the musical is always a highlight for transition year students and it is no different this year as this experience has been extremely challenging but amazingly fun and worthwhile. I would like to give a big thanks to Mr Calinan, our music teacher and Mrs Shelly,our head of costumes and everyone who helped us to make this musical real and memorable.


Soccer News – St Marys Sec. Nenagh

Munster Junior Cup

St Marys’s Junior Soccer team had a convincing 8-0 victory over Villiers Limerick in the first round of The Munster A Junior Cup at Brickfields. Fielding an experimental line up the home side set the tone early with two early strikes from Fiona Patemen and Emma Keating.  With the Villiers challenge failing  to materialise St Mary’s pushed on in the second half and were duly rewarded with two good finishes from substitute Aisling O Meara ensuring safe passage to the quarter final stage.

FAI Futsal

St Mary’s first years ran out victors in the North Tipperary section of the FAI Futsal held at Nenagh College. St Mary’s entered two teams with twenty three girls seeing plenty of action in this fast and furious indoor format of the game. They now progress to the County Final stage. First Yr Squad -Ruth Kennedy, Claire Gavin, Catriona Finn, Caoimhe O Brien ,Laura Kennedy, Ksenija Nita , Marie Ryan, Molly Dower , Summer McCormack, Iris Grace, Lauren Quinn, Bronagh Kenneally, Abbie O Dwyer, Melania Lyszczarz , Maeve Steed , Eimear Kirwan , Polly Sharkey , Ciara Ryan , Emma Williams , Julia Leszczynsk, Orna Daly, Kerrie Howard.


St .Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh –School News


Dromineer Literary Festival

Writer in Residence

For the first time since it began this year’s Dromineer Literary Festival had a writer- in –residence. St Mary’s was one of the places in town lucky enough to be visited by that writer –Paul McNamara, a performance poet who hails from Doon. What a treat for the staff at breaktime on Monday to hear Paul perform “Quarter-life Crisis “ and another few of his compositions.

Next he addressed the 3rd years who enjoyed the poems and were impressed by Paul’s good advice about finding their strengths. The poetry addresses subjects which are part of 21st century life and many students felt a connection with it.

Poetry Workshop for TY students

On Fri 5th October the TY students went to the Dromineer and ,in the bright environs of the Yacht Club,were privileged to take part in a poetry workshop. The group was divided in two and one group was led by Eileen Sheehan while the other was facilitated by John W. Sexton.

The writers were very generous in sharing their experiences and inspirations. The students explored their own imaginations and even managed to get some of their ideas onto paper. Humour, on the poets’ parts, made for an enjoyable as well as an educational experience. The students also got a clear sense of the life of a poet.

The girls are very grateful to the Dromineer Literary Festival committee and to their English teachers for providing this experience.



(Reporter :Sarah O’Brien, TY)


Munster 7 aside Munster Camogie.

Well done to our U16 Munster champions who will now contest the all-Ireland in Ashbourne Co Meath on Wednesday 17th October.

 Panel of Players

1.Aine Tuohy 13. Lauren Ryan
2.Ciara Kenneally 14.Caoimhe Doughan
3.Anna Mulcahy 15.Aisling Nevin
4.Niamh Cunneen 16.Avril Dooley
5.Ellen Cunneen 17.Lauren Spain
6.Kate Ryan 18.Molly Kennedy
7.Lucy Hogan 19.Emma Mulcahy
8.Anna O’Keefe 20. Grainne O’Meara
9.Aine Spain 21.Amy McCarthy
10.Natalie Creamer 22.Emma Cooney
11.Lynn Farrell 23.Katie O’Keefe
12. Niamh O’Brien



Our senior team played Cashel in a challenge match in Nenagh today. This was great preparation for our upcoming opening championship match against Clonakilty. The girls played fantastic and were winners at the final whistle with a score line of 6-07 to 3-03. Well done girls.

School Activities

Games Club begins onMonday 24th September and will runs every day at lunchtime in the Library –

Every Tuesday (lunchtime) – Camogie training and Juniors and Seniors will train after school on days to be announced.

Every Friday lunchtime (1.30 to 2.00pm) Senior Film Club – Mr Meally

Friday, 12th October to Monday, 15th October 2018 – Trip to Paris for 2nd & 3rd Year French students.

Irish Times School Guide


National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week was marked by a fundraising initiative organized by fifth year students, Aoife Carroll , Agnese Locmele and Elle Mulqueen. The girls sold ribbons in the Social Area and the proceeds are being donated to Pieta House.

Thursday last was Hospice Day and coffee mornings were held in various places to raise funds for this cause which is close to the hearts of many. Two groups of students went to the Suaimhneas Drop in Centre, Clonaslee, Gortlandroe and were warmly welcomed by the volunteers. A tour of the facilities and a short talk on the services provided to cancer sufferers and their families was followed by the opportunity to sample tasty home-baking. The girls returned to school glad to have been given the opportunity to support a worthy cause and impressed by the voluntary assistance which is available on our doorstep.

Trip to London for Senior Students

On Thursday 6th September St.Mary’s Secondary School 6th year art and music students went on a three-day trip to London. As one of the twenty-nine students who took part in this school tour, I can safely say that it was one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable experiences of my time in St.Mary’s.

Errol, our coach driver drove us from Stansted to the British Museum which is one of the world’s greatest containing over 8 million pieces of work. In the afternoon we saw a performance of “Mamma Mia” in West End. It was a captivating show which had us dancing and singing along and everyone with a smile on their faces as they left. After dinner and a sighting of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle we went to the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall for a performance of Compline by the Tallis Scholars, with only a few hours of rest most of us were falling asleep to the velvety music, however, it was still a stunning performance which won’t be easily forgotten.

The next day, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, we visited the Globe where all of Shakespeare’s plays were performed at least once. Here we also had an opportunity to try out our acting skills in a workshop on “Macbeth”. We also went to Tate Modern and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, where we were lucky enough to meet a floating Yoda. To finish off the day we went on a cruise on the River Thames to see some of the city’s most important landmarks. With our tour guide cracking jokes the whole time it was a most pleasant experience.

To kick off our final day we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the greatest museum of art and design. After that we went to Harrods where the cheapest thing you could find was a tin of biscuits on offer for £10. After one final stop at Westfield Shopping Centre Errol drove us to our final destination – Stansted Airport. We arrived in Shannon later that night.

All the students really appreciate the experience and we will always remember our tour to London and all the beautiful memories we made together.

Roisin Radler-Shinnors



Well done to all our Junior Certificate students on their fantastic results.

The school Mass is to be held on Friday and we extend a warm welcome to all parents to celebrate with us.

The senior students who participated in the recent Art/ Music tour have returned after a fantastic trip (report to follow later).

Extra Curricular activities have resumed in St Marys with Handball, Soccer and Camogie started. We welcome the participation of all our students, more activities will be added in the coming weeks.

TY students are preparing for their three day visit to the ploughing event in Tullamore on work experience, this is open to all TY students and is always one of the highlights of the year.


Music and Art Trip

A group of 6th Year Music and Art students are heading to London on Thursday, 6th September and returning Saturday, 8th September. A full report will follow later.

Papal Visit



Four students from St. Mary’s joined more than  thousand pupils from CEIST schools around the country to assist at the papal Mass in the Phoenix Park for the final mass. Jenny Myers, Brid McKenna, Sinead Long and Megan Ryan assisted with the distribution of Holy Communion. All four girls are part of the team involved in the Sunday evening Mass in St. Mary’s of the Rosary, Nenagh.

The weekend was a wonderful experience for the students who were accommodated in Scoil Bride in Clondalkin as part of a large CEIST group. The girls, accompanied by Ms. Dillon, were lucky enough to attend the superb concert in Croke Park on Saturday night.
The four girls were wonderful ambassadors for the school and they fulfilled their duties diligently.
 We wish to welcome back all students and staff at the start of the school year.
 We wish to congratulate our Leaving Certificate students on their fantastic results and wish them every success in the future.

Dates for your Diary 2018/2019


Monday, 27th August 2018:          1st Years Induction – 10.00am to 12.30pm

Meetings in the afternoon

Tuesday, 28th August 2018:          5th Years, 6th Years & LCA – 9.00am to 1.00pm

Meetings in the afternoon

Wednesday, 29th August 2018:    2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th Years & LCA – 9.00am to 1.00pm

Meetings in the afternoon

Thursday, 30th August 2018:        Second Day for 1st Years

Transition Years return and all other classes as normal

Full Day


The full School Calendar 2018/2019 will be available on our school website, www.stmarysnenagh.ie

Please note school will be closed for                                        Tuesday, 27th November 2018

students on the following dates:                                               Tuesday, 19th March 2019


Good luck to all of Junior and senior students who are completing their summer tests.

We wish all our Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students the very best as they prepare for their upcoming Examinations.

First Years

Another busy week in St .Mary’s began with First Years to the fore. On Mon 21st. and evening of words and music featured the talents of our First Year students. There was a hum of activity in the hall as parents and family members arrived and the pupils got ready entertain.

After a musical introduction the final of the First Year Debate began. For a number of weeks the culmination of the year’s work showed fruits as debating teams were chosen and a semi final between 1A and 1C resulted in Mollie Kennedy, Lillian Gill-Butler, Tara O’Donoghue, Sanija Orlovska and subs Emma Mulcahy and Johanna Finn defeated Grace Brennan Nikolett Heveli, Hayley Clancy, Katie O’Keefe with subs Natalia Leszczynska and Grainne O’Meara.

The topic for the final was Second Level Education No Longer Fulfils the Needs of Young People.The speakers belied their age in the strength of their arguments and the range of debating skills they employed. The judges had a difficult task as their spokesperson, Ms. Noreen Kelly, explained before announcing that 1B had emerged as winners of the Brian MacDermott  Award. Sincere thanks is due to Ms. Foley and Mr. Mullarkey, teachers of First Year English for all their hard work.

The rest of the night was filled with music, song and dance under the direction of Mr.Callinan, who was the brains behind the whole idea. Ms. Quinn ,First Year Head,thanked everyone and highlighted the wonderful talent and great spirit among the pupils. Credit too to the TY girls who helped out .

LCA visit to Nenagh Credit Union- The students of Leaving Cert Applied spent a most informative and pleasant hour with Ms. Margaret Grace , Manager of the Credit Union. The LCA course provides many lessons for life and work on managing their money is part of this . The students are very grateful to Ms. Grace for her time.


Student Awards Ceremony 2018

Our annual student awards were held on Friday last 18th may. Well done to all concerned.

Full Attendance

From 1st Year: Rebeca Parcelea   Kate Minogue  Sophie Rea  Emma Mulcahy     Shauna Mannin

From 2nd Year: Anna-Maria Betivu Melissa Radu  Madalina Radu

From Fifth Year: Lisa Bergin

From Sixth Year: Elke Bergin

Cara Leaders

Síle Spain                    Aoibheann Ryan                      Caoimhe Costello

Rita Bourke                 Lily Purcell                              Jackie O’ Meara

Eimear Ryan               Eva Ryan                                 Eimear Meagher

Fiona Hennessy           Lara Smyth                              Portia McMahon

Sinead Kelly                 Rebecca Ryan                         Lauren Crowe

Lauren Hourigan

Music Award

Emma O’ Donovan

John Paull II, Papal Cross, CEIST Award 

John Paul II

Ella Kennedy               Eva Mc Keogh             Rena Gillespie

Jenny Myers                Brid Mc Kenna                        Maria O’ Connell

Sinead Long                 Emma Conroy             Erika Coonan

Megan Ryan                Niamh Barry

 Papal Cross

Elke Bergin                  Micha Ryan                 Ciara Whelan

Chloe Moran               Hannah Bergin

 CEIST Award

Eva Ryan

Brian McDermott Award

Sinead Kelly

School Presiden

Mary Reidy

Enterprise Award

Picture This

Emma Cooney

Jodie McGrath                                   

Katie O’Keeffe

Niamh Pateman


Hooked On Hurling

Emer Tuohy

Grace O’Dwyer

Orla Maher

Sarah Madden

Eileen Gleeson


VZ Sports

Mary O’Brien

Katie Grace

Orla Gillespie

Megan Maher

Ciara Sherlock


Sports awards

Winners of All-Ireland 7s Camogie medals

Katie Murphy  Sarah Seymour          Danni Boland  Mary Flaherty

Emily O’Dwyer Aoibheann Delaney Seana Grace    Aisling O’ Farrell

Sarah Hallinan  Ciara Kenneally        Jill Quirke        Emma Gavin

Aine Touhy       Anna Mulcahy           Aine Spain       Natilie Creamer

Ellen Cunneen  Niamh Cunneen        Lucy Hogan


Winners of Badminton medals

Junior Team    Jean Daly         Emily Griffin    Katie O’ Meara   Anna O’ Keeffe

Fiona Pateman


Minor Team    Lynn Farrell     Snigda Sibi       Sophie Hudson   Nikolett Heveli

Jodie McGrath                                    Katie O’ Keeffe

Winners of County Junior Handball Final

Anna Mulcahy             Aine Spain

Presentation to Athletics members

All-Ireland cross-country silver medals

Ellen Cunneen             Niamh Cunneen          Sarah Murphy

Ailbhe O’ Neil             Emma Mulcahy           Hannah Flemming

Munster cross-country Bronze medals

Aoibheann Slattery     Nicola Lehane

Recognition of commitment to school sport for 6th years

6th Years

Emer Ryan         Rebecca Ryan           Katie O’ Flaherty       Danielle Nealon

Ciara Dwan        Dearbhla Slattery    Jane Seymour              Rachel Shanaghan

Kristen Howard   Jane Minehan         Aoibheann Ryan          Maria Moloney

Lucy Monaghan Becky Ryan              Caoimhe Costello        Sorcha McInerney



Team of the Year – Sports Teams of the Year – joint winners

Junior camogie 7 aside -> Munster and all Ireland 7s winning team

Katie Murphy  Sarah Seymour          Danni Boland  Mary Flaherty

Emily O’Dwyer Aoibheann Delaney Seana Grace    Aisling O’ Farrell

Sarah Hallinan Ciara Kenneally         Jill Quirke        Emma Gavin

Aine Touhy       Anna Mulcahy           Aine Spain       Natilie Creamer

Ellen Cunneen  Niamh Cunneen        Lucy Hogan


Unnder 14 Badminton -> Tipperary, Munster and All Ireland Champions

Minor Team

Lynn Farrell      Snigda Sibi       Sophie Hudson    Nikolett Heveli

Jodie McGrath      Katie O’ Keeffe


Sports Person of the Year (Junior and Senior)

Junior: Aoibhin Delaney                     Senior: Katie Murphy


  • Academic AwardsLeaving Cert: Eva Moynan
  • Junior Cert: Sarah Madden
  • Special Merit Award
  • Cara O’ Brian              Amy Lombard                         Anna Powell
  • Student of the Year Awards

1st Year:  Gemma Sheedy, Ciara Brislane, Aisling Nevin. Winner- Gemma Sheedy

2nd Year:  Mary Darcy, Alana Correia, Laura Terenti. Winner- Mary Darcy

3rd Year:   Michelle Fitzsimons, Lucy Armstrong, Katie Grave, Aisling O’Farrell. Winner-Aisling O’Farrell.

St Benedict’s: Rebecca Conway

Transition Year: Farinaz Arefin, Aoife Carroll, Elle Mulqueen, Molly Kennedy. Winner-  Aoife Carroll.

Leaving Certificate Applied: Hazel Finn

5th Year:  Viktoria Buydenco, Erica Coonan, Olwyn Dunne. Winner- Olwyn Dunne.

6th Year: Brid McCormack, Ellen Maher, Katy Coffey, Jackie O’Meara, Eimear Meagher. Winner- Brid McCormack.


Tennis Success

Well done to Anna Mulcahy, Katie O’Meara, Sarah Seymour & Ellie Spain. The girls had a great victory over Carrigtwohill  today in the Munster schools tennis quarter final.


All things English language and literature were to the fore in St. Mary’s during the last week. On Thu 26th. Poetry Ireland Day was celebrated with lessons devoted to reading poems, analysing poems and writing poems. TY students made a display of new and older, well-loved poems for the social area.

The school is working towards the achievement of The Well Read Award under the direction of Ms. Foley and with the enthusiastic co-operation of a group of TY students. A scheme called “ A Bookie for a Cookie” saw first years donating books to the school library. The reward for each book was a cookie, baked by the TY girls. Due to popular demand the project is now being extended to other years. Get baking, girls!


Tennis Win

Well done to Ellie Spain, Anna Mulcahy, Katie O’Meara and Sarah Seymour on their most recent win in the Munster series versus Cashel with a scoreline of 4 1.

China Trip

Four transition year students ,Sarah Madden, Melanie Dumitru, Sophie Morgan and Katie Grace from St.Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh travelled to Shanghai accompanied by their teacher, Mr. McLoughlin.The girls participated in an Easter Camp organised by UCC Confucius Institute.The students reported on their fantastic experiences:

Over the course of  two weeks we experienced Chinese language and culture. We really enjoyed visiting East Pearl Tower where we got to see a birdseye’s view of Shanghai City.-including the second tallest building in the world ‘The Shanghai Tower’. We also took an amazing cruise on the Huangpu River. 

 During the second week we visited Suzhou and Hangzuo where We got to see a different element to Chinese life. We visited a Silk factory as well as going on a boat trip completely different to the one in Shanghai!
 In Hangzuo we visited the great western lake which was magnificent and it was especially fascinating to watch the water show.The Ancient town of Zhujiajio was very pretty and w..e enjoyed browsing in the shops. There the highlight was attending the acrobatics show. It was the single most amazing thing we’ve ever seen. We really enjoyed experiencing Chinese food,it was not what we expected but we were adventurous, trying out new foods such as dumplings and pork dishes. We attended Chinese classes , we learned many new words and phrases. We took part in a  Chinese calligraphy class as well where we learned to write a few letters and do some Chinese Art. We also enjoyed participating in Taiji which is a type of Chinese martial arts.It has been a wonderful experience that we will never forget and we’re so grateful for getting the opportunity to travel to China.



Branding ,blogging and modern media were among the topics covered by Aimee O’Connell, a former student of St. Mary’s when she spoke to TY students recently. Aimee explained her interest in studying and working in media began in school. She did Leaving Cert Applied, followed by a media related PLC. This led to her realization that the area of advertising and specifically branding was where she saw her future. She will complete her business and marketing degree exams in the next few weeks.

Aimee gave the students tips on writing news articles and advice on keeping a blog. She referred to work experience at “ The Nenagh Guardian “ as being particularly useful. Finally she told the girls if they want to write they must write, write and write.


Badminton Success

U-14 Div2 Winners in FZ Forza Shuttle Time Secondary Schools Badminton Finals held in Gormanston College, Co Meath on Wednesday 21st March 2018.

 Sophie Hudson, Nikolett Heveli, Lynn Farrell, Jodie McGrath, Katie O’Keeffe and Snigdha Sibi.
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U-16 Div 1 Runners Up In FZ Forza Shuttle Time Secondary Schools Badminton Finals held in Gormanston College, Co Meath on Wednesday 21st March 2018.
L to R : Katie O’Meara, Grace Fleming, Emily Griffin, Jean Daly, Anna O’Keeffe and Fiona Kirwan.

Back : Fiona Kirwan,Grace Fleming, Katie O’Meara, Jean Daly, Emily Griffin, Anna O’Keeffe
Front : Lynn Farrell, Katie O’Keeffe, Jodie McGrath, Sophie Hudson, Nicolette Heveli, Snigdha Sibi
Schools Rugby

Ty Student Eileen Gleeson met with Irish International Rugby Player Leah Lyons at the recent Munster Rugby Emerging Schools Blitz held in UL recently. Our Ty Students have been preparing each Tuesday and did themselves proud in the school’s first ever competitive contact rugby competition.

Griffith College Business Competition

 On the 15th of March Katie Grace, Ciara Sherlock, Mary O’Brien, Megan Maher and Órla Gillespie from St. Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh participated in the Griffith College Business Enterprise Competition in Dublin. Mini companies from all over the country entered the competition. 12 were shortlisted from Ireland to attend this event. Their company VZ sports was among them. Their company product is a high visibility half-zip which promotes road safety. The company set up a stand in an auditorium in Griffith College which was viewed by judges as well as members of the public. Part of the competition involved making a presentation in front of everyone present. The girls said it was a great day and they gained a lot of experience. It was great to be in the top 12 in the country and the product was in great demand at the event.

Nenagh Parish Mission

Two members of the Ceili team visited every class in St. Mary’s between Mon 26th.  And Wed. 28th. Feb. Veronica and Peter impressed the students with their honesty and their commitment to their faith. On Sun.11th. a number of students were involved a mission mass dedicated to a youth celebration.A group of junior  students, under the direction of Mr. Callinan,  provided music and sang at the 10a.m. mass on Thu.15th.



Parents Council

Minutes of the January meeting are available under the Parents Council tab.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th March at 7 Pm.


Weather Alert

School will close on Thursday 1st March and Friday 2nd March as per a directive by the Department of Education and Science.


School Closures

In order to facilitate the continued implementation of the new Junior Cycle curriculum, the Department of Education and Skills has instructed schools to close for two days during the 2017/2018 school year. The purpose of these school closures is to allow all teachers to attend in-service training, both as a whole-school and in their specific subject departments.  As a result, the Department of Education and Skills has informed us that our school will be closed to pupils on Friday 2nd and Thursday 8th March 2018.

The new “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017” were published in December 2017 and all schools are now in the process of updating their Child Protection procedures according to Circular 0081/2017 which is available through the link below –


The circular states that schools should close for two half days to facilitate training for all school staff – both teaching staff and all ancillary staff. Our school will close at 12.35pm on Thursday 1st March and Thursday 26th April 2018.

The above school closures are necessary to ensure all of the staff are fully trained in relation to both the new Junior Cycle curriculum and the changes in Child Protection procedures.

We regret any inconvenience caused to families but as these school closures are mandated by the Department of Education and Science, the Board of Management must comply. Parents should make alternative arrangements for the collection of students.  St. Joseph’s CBS will be closing on the same dates as St. Mary’s Secondary School.

Hooked On Hurling: A book of interviews with inter-county players and managers and tips on how to be the best hurler/camogie player you can be. The authors are Sarah Madden, Émer Tuohy, Orla Maher, Grace O’Dwyer, Eileen Gleeson, TY Students from St.Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh. There will be a book launch in Eason Nenagh, March 5th @6.30pm with special guest Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and players who contributed to the book. All welcome!

The TY Mini Company ‘Hooked On Hurling’ who are through to the Student Enterprise County Finals would like to invite the public to the launch of their book ‘Hooked On Hurling’.

‘Hooked On Hurling’ is a book of interviews with inter-county hurling and camogie players such as Brendan Maher, Joe Canning, Anna Geary and Austin Gleeson and managers Liam Sheedy and Derek McGrath. It also includes tips on how to play to the best of your ability in your position, nutritional information and an article on injury prevention. . The authors are Sarah Madden, Émer Tuohy, Orla Maher, Grace O’Dwyer, Eileen Gleeson, TY Students. There will be a book launch in Eason Nenagh, March 5th @6.30pm with special guest Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and players who contributed to the book. All welcome!

St. Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh- Trip to Dail and Courts

A visit to the source of our laws is part of the Law module for Transition Year students and a group spent time in the Dail and the Criminal Courts last week. As luck would have it the T.D.s were discussing children’s rights and Minister Zappone acknowledged the presence of our students in the visitors’ gallery during her contribution to the debate. A tour of Leinster House followed and the girls were particularly impressed by the portraits of former Taoisigh.They were also welcomed by Jackie Cahill, one of Tipperary’s TDs.

Next up were the Criminal Courts and again the girls were given a guided tour, this time by a barrister. They were free to sit on a number of court cases after that before having the opportunity to hold a mock trial in one of the courtrooms. All returned to school feeling better informed about how our legal system works and who knows what seeds for future careers were sown.


School reopens on Monday morning 19/2/18 after the mid-term break.

Letter to parents regarding School Closures

9th February 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In order to facilitate the continued implementation of the new Junior Cycle curriculum, the Department of Education and Skills has instructed schools to close for two days during the 2017/2018 school year. The purpose of these school closures is to allow all teachers to attend in-service training, both as a whole-school and in their specific subject departments.  As a result, the Department of Education and Skills has informed us that our school will be closed to pupils on Friday 2nd and Thursday 8th March 2018.

The new “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017” were published in December 2017 and all schools are now in the process of updating their Child Protection procedures according to Circular 0081/2017 which is available through the link below –


The circular states that schools should close for two half days to facilitate training for all school staff – both teaching staff and all ancillary staff. Our school will close at 12.35pm on Thursday 1st March and Thursday 26th April 2018.

The above school closures are necessary to ensure all of the staff are fully trained in relation to both the new Junior Cycle curriculum and the changes in Child Protection procedures.

We regret any inconvenience caused to families but as these school closures are mandated by the Department of Education and Science, the Board of Management must comply. Parents should make alternative arrangements for the collection of students.  St. Joseph’s CBS will be closing on the same dates as St. Mary’s Secondary School.

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact the school office.

Yours sincerely


Michael Dineen


Principals Notice.

Please see the School News section for correspondence regarding the school Uniform.


Minor Soccer Victory

Well done to our Minor soccer team that had a comprehensive 6-1 win over St Augustines Waterford in the Munster Cup quarter final


Junior and Leaving Cert students spent the last week  sitting their Pre or Mock exams . It is hard work but the best way to prepare for the actual State Examinations in June. They have another week of the same but then there is mid-term and an opportunity to recharge and get ready for a last big effort. Good luck to all concerned.

Junior Cup Soccer

Colaiste Ennis 3

St Marys 1 (AET)

Our junior Cup Soccer team were knocked out of the Munster A Cup at the semi final stage on Friday 26th in Ennis.

It ended a remarkable run in what was our first team ever to enter into the prestigious Munster Cup competition. The girls can take huge encouragement from their performances to date and it certainly bodes well for soccer in St Marys.

Despite dominating possession in the early stages we could not find the goal that we so desperately needed. Medhb Ryan was asserting control in midfield with Niamh Cuneen and Emma Keating lively in attack. Colaiste Ennis began to settle and their defence in particular was strong as well as their threatening counter attack. After a first half of real intensity the scores were still dead locked at the interval.

In the early stages of the second Colaiste Ennis floated in a dangerous free kick which broke kindly and they finished well past the excellent Aine Tuohy. St Marys continued to press and when Emma Keating was bundled over we were rightly awarded a penalty. Ominously though the keeper guessed the right way to deny Niamh Cuneen. Our spirits weren’t broken and finally we equalised through a sublime Medbh Ryan free kick that curled beautifully into the top right hand corner.

Extra time was needed and again it was our side that continued to dominate possession but in another cruel turn of events an Ennis free kick cannoned off a St Marys defender and into our own net. In the final minutes we threw caution to the wind and were punished as Colaiste Ennis exploited the space well and grabbed a third after another set piece.

The final whistle saw tears aplenty but the girls can hold their heads high. Colaiste Ennis proved an experienced and shrewd outfit that will be hard stopped in this competition and we wish them well. We can now focus on the upcoming Minor Semi final and will be back to this competition next year.

Junior Cup Squad – Aine Tuohy ,Emer Tuohy ,Caoimhe Clancy ,Sarah Madden ,Niamh Cuneen ,Ellen Cuneen ,Caoimhe Kennedy ,Medhbh Ryan ,Emma Keating ,Fiona Pateman ,Fiona Kirwan, Aoibhinn Delaney ,Grace Kennedy  ,Megan Grace , Melanie Dumitriu ,Orla Clarke ,Mikayla Doran ,Rachel Shanaghan ,Eileen Gleeson ,Siobhan Collins ,Rebecca Murphy, Caitlin Ducie Hogan, Emma O Hara, Mary O Brien, Katie Grace ,Annie Ryan, Ciara Sherlock


Forensic Science

On 15th. January a speaker enthralled T.Y. students with an informative talk on forensic science. Alison,an Australian forensic scientist, conducted the session and  she began by giving the  students a question sheet based on a crime scene. They were then asked to solve the crime but only when Alison gave them directions and explained the procedures involved. Next the girls were split into groups and they worked with props. Finally Alison told them what had actually happened. The session concluded with a body and suits worn by forensic experts being shown to the students who had an opportunity to try them out. It was a most interesting and educational experience.

 Enterprise  Day

One of the highlights of Transition Year is setting up companies and running an enterprise. After months of hard work students got an opportunity to present their companies in front of judges , Sue Anne O’Donnell and John Lillis. From culinary delights to informative books a wide range of products had been produced and were on sale.

Coming out on top was “ Hooked on Hurling”  which goes forward the County Enterprise Final. This product  is a book giving an insight into the lives of hurlers . Two other companies, “VZ Sports” and “Not Your Ordinary School Book” qualified for a competition in Griffith College in March.

All students learned a lot and the day was truly enjoyable.


Wee done to all our TY students on their success in the TY School Enterprise Final on Tuesday 23rd January 2018.  Judge:- Ms. Sue Anne O’Donnell LEO School Co-ordinator.

Well done to our Munster U14 and U16 Finalists who were victorious on Thursday 25th January 2018 in UL.

We welcome the Primary School Students from our feeder schools who attended the school musical on Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 10.30am.



Prospective Students and their Parents are invited to an Open

Evening at 7.30pm on Monday, 15th January 2018

St. Mary’s is a Catholic Voluntary Secondary School for Girls

Enrolment will be possible on the evening of January 15th

All enrolment forms must be returned to the school by Monday 29th January 2018

For further information please contact:

The Principal

St. Mary’s Secondary School


Co. Tipperary

Tel: 067 31450

Email: admin@stmarysnenagh.ie


Soccer Success

St. Mary’s                            6

Nenagh College                3

St Mary’s had a good win over near neighbours Nenagh College in the Junior Shannonside league on Thursday 10th Jan in Brickfields.

We fell behind to an early Nenagh College goal but from then on we started to assert ourselves with Leah McLoughney and Aoibhinn Slattery doing well in defence supported by Lynn Farrell making her debut!

Before long we hit the equaliser. After a sustained spell of pressure the ball fell kindly to winger Amy O Mahoney and her low shot found the far corner. In midfield Niamh O Brien and Knigh’s Emma Gavin were gaining plenty of possession and it was Gavin’s shot that put St. Mary’s into the lead.

After half time a tame shot from Gavin evaded the Nenagh College goalie to increase the lead before impressive substitute Jodie McGrath scored her first in St Mary’s colours. Julianna Gaska took over from Aine Tuohy in goals and showed great composure in what was her first time in goals. Niamh O Brien completed a barnstorming run with a good finish to add a fifth  before another substitute, Nichola Lehane prodded home after a goal mouth scramble to bring the tally to six. To their credit Nenagh College never gave up and  two second half goals put a fairer reflection on proceedings.


In all 20 girls got to play and each ever one deserve credit for their commitment to the cause on a wet and cold January day.

St Marys – Natalie Creamer ,Anna Mulcahy, Lynn Farrell, Julia Madden ,Cindy Diplacido ,Lera Anton Julianna Gaska ,Sarah Murphy ,Niamh O Brien ,Aoibhinn Slattery,Aine Tuohy ,Leah McLoughney Emma Gavin ,Ashling O Meara,Shauna Manning ,Jodie McGrath ,Amy McCarthy ,Niamh Pateman ,Mollie Kennedy ,Katie O Keefe ,Amy O Mahoney Andrea Brennan,Hannah Fleming ,Ellie Loughnane ,Avril Dooley ,Lauren Spain ,Snigdha Sibi , Nichola Lehane

St. Mary’s Secondary School  Christmas Market Day

As you are now reading this account of the final week in our school, Santa will have come down the chimney & magically found his way, laden with gifts to your Christmas Tree. No-one more deserving to be on the ‘nice list’ this festive time than the girls of St. Mary’s.

If Santa’s little helpers were needed to assist the elves (except for the one on the shelf !), then an advanced detour to St. Mary’s in Nenagh would have revealed the world of true imagination. Reliable sources have now confirmed the presence of very hard working ‘Fountain Fairies’, Elves’ donning the blue and gold and many more seasonal helpers in homes over the last number of days. And so it was, Christmas Market Day had arrived for the first year girls. Parents who transported equipment, products and other essential bits and pieces now departed the venue. The young festive entrepreneurs had a serious task on hand, namely to prepare the most inviting and attractive trade stands. Everything had to look its best.  After all, judges would be on site shortly.

Customers were plentiful, spoiled for choice. Appetites were well taken care of. Cupcakes and brownies delightfully decorated were very popular as were an assortment of sweets, candy canes and truffles. Santa’s Little Helpers had arrived. Also on site were the Fountain Fairies whose magic worked a treat. Freshly made crepes made, there and then in front of the customer, had wide appeal such that a dash for more ingredients all worked fine. Arts and Crafts activities also featured with ‘Lets get Muggin’ (all in the name and more!), handcrafted candles and ‘Spa Humbug’ who brought the joys of pampering products to the festive season. ‘Snap-mas’, the mini-company run by Emma Cooney, Jodie McGrath, Katie O’Keefe and Niamh Pateman were the overall winners. Their company seeks to create a unique photographic experience for the customer tailored to the individual’s requirements.


We welcome back all students and staff at the start of another year. We wish all students, staff, parents and members of the local Community a happy new year.


Tipperary Comhairle na nOg – by Amy Lombard

I have been a member of Tipperary Comhairle na nOg since October 2016.  Comhairle na nÓg are youth councils which give young people a voice and allow them to be involved in the development of services in their local communities.  I have a 2 year term in Comhairle and I’m really enjoying it so far.  When people’s terms are up they are replaced by new people so after the AGM in October every year there are new members.  In Tipperary Comhairle there are 4 sub groups which are based on geographical area. I am in the Nenagh/Roscrea group.  Each group work on a topic over the course of the year.  Our group are working on Mental Health and we are now planning our strategy for the events and activities we will get involved in.  I am really looking forward to the year ahead.


CAO Presentation

Presentation for Parents Nenagh

St Mary’s School Athletics

Wednesday the 6th of December marked the first outing of the new school year for St Mary’s Athletics team. Thurles Crokes Athletic Club was the destination for the Tipperary schools cross country championships. Following the success of last year’s All ireland winning minor team, interest in joining the schools athletics team has most certainly increased with a total of 45 athletes from St Mary’s taking part in the event on the day.
There were a number of notable performances, however race of the day would have to have been the junior girls 1500 metre event. With last year’s minor girls taking part, any on lookers were in for a real treat. Ailbhe O’Neill lead the race from the start breaking away to take a 20 metre lead. The chasing pack which included the Cunneen twins made sure to keep her in sight, finally managing to reel her in in the last straight for a very exciting finish. Leading that chase was another member of last year’s minor team in Niamh Cunneen, finishing very strong with a sprint finish to win the gold medal. Ailbhe O’Neill was very unlucky to finish in 3rd place after running a brilliant race with Ellen cunneen finishing a close 4th.
We had to wait for the senior girls 2000 metre race for our next medal as Jill Monynan ran a brilliant race to finish in 2nd place. Other notable performances on the day were put in by Emma Mulcahy from 1st year running in the junor event, Emma gavin in the intermediate along with the Transition year duo of Emer Tuohy and Sarah Madden.
A huge well done to all 45 athletes who took part. Our next outing will be in early February when the girls travel to WIT for the East Munster Cross Country Championships.

St Marys reach Munster title

St Mary’s Junior camogie team travelled to Cork Institute of Technology to take on Clonakilty in the Munster semi final. After a great team performance in the first half the girls led 2-3 to 0-2 at the break ,with the goals coming from Emily Morrissey and Emily O’Dwyer and points from  Mary Flaherty and Jill Quirke. Facing a strong breeze in the second half the girls battled hard but when the final whistle blew it ended 3-5 a piece, a goal from Emily Morrissey and 2 points from Jill Quirke.

The match was brought to extra time to try and separate the two sides. The girls we’re determined to earn their place in the Munster final and battled hard for the next 20 minutes. A great goal from Emily O’Dwyer in the first half of extra time gave the Nenagh side a 3 point lead . Sarah Madden hit the net for St Mary’s 5th goal of the match and with a point from Eileen Gleeson the girls emerged winners on a scoreline of 5-6 to 3-5. They now face Borrisokane in the Munster final on the 20th of January.


Junior Soccer through to Munster Semi Final

Well done to our Junior Soccer Squad who defeated Abbeyside Community College, Waterford in a thriller to reach our first Munster Junior Cup Semi Final.

After a long journey the opening periods were a cagey affair with both teams working each other out. Shortly before half time St Mary’s  ratcheted  up the pressure with Aoibhinn Ryan and Medhbh Ryan asserting their presence in midfield and finally the breakthrough came  when Megan Grace broke free down the right before producing a lovely ball across the box where Emma Keating duly made no mistake.

Defending champions Abbeyside were spurred into life and suddenly our back four of Emer Tuohy, Fiona Kirwan, Caoimhe Clancy and Ellen Cunnen were forced to withstand some sustained pressure. Aine Tuohy produced some great moments before being finally undone as the hosts equalised. St Mary’s responded and pressed hard right to the end with Fiona Pateman and Sarah Madden putting in some serious work before the ref’s whistle signalled the end to normal time and an additional twenty minutes.

St Mary’s replaced tired legs with Niamh Cunneen and Grace Kennedy adding an extra attacking threat and it was good pressure from Kennedy that forced the mistake in an otherwise assured Abbeyside defence  that allowed Emma Keating to race through before coolly slotting the ball past the advancing keeper.

Both sides had chances as physically both s paid for their earlier endeavours and in the dying minutes the resilient Waterford school forced a free kick on the edge of our box.  The result was an outstanding free kick which flew to the net leaving Aine Touhy with no chance and the dreaded prospects of penalty kicks were suddenly a reality.

The Cuneen twins Ellen and Niamh, Fiona Patemen and Aoibhinn Slattery showed cool converting their spot kicks and when Medhb Ryan brilliantly saved her second and our opponent’s final penalty it handed us a precious away win. Well done to the entire squad!

Aine Tuohy ,Emer Tuohy ,Caoimhe Clancy ,Sarah Madden ,Niamh Cunneen ,Ellen Cunneen ,Caoimhe Kennedy ,Medhbh Ryan ,Emma Keating ,Fiona Pateman ,Fiona Kirwan, Aoibhinn Delaney ,Grace Kennedy ,Megan Grace , Melanie Dumitriu ,Orla Clarke ,Mikayla Doran ,Rachel Shanaghan ,Eileen Gleeson ,Siobhan Collins ,Rebecca Murphy,Caitlin Ducie Hogan, Emma O Hara, Mary O Brien, Katie Grace ,Annie Ryan

St Mary’s School musical a resounding success.

On the 29th of November the 2017 St Marys Secondary School transition year class put on their musical production in the school.

Preparation for the musical began a little over 3 weeks ago, with a two day retreat in the middle of it. With the time constraint came a bit of pressure, but the things we accomplished in just 13 school days was quite amazing. Our year really came together to put on the best show possible.

Each student had a job of their own, each as important as the next. The delegating of these jobs really helped in the completion of as much work as possible as quickly as possible. Every dance was choreographed by the very talented girls in our year. A lot of work was put into getting everyone their chance to shine on stage, and for each girl an opportunity to show off their different talents.

Our music teacher, Mr Callinan was the musical director, along with three TY students who also directed. He has been musical director for many TY musicals in the last few years and lent his experience to perfect the scenes. With some of the amazing leads it really excelled the musical to new heights.

Even though it has been quite stressful to put on this performance, it was very enjoyable at the same time. There is an amazing sense of accomplishment that comes with being part of a show like this, and I’m sure it will be one of the highlights of the year.


The Full Cast

Mr and Mrs Bumble

The Police

Fagan and the artful dodger

Well done to all 81 TY students who brought the house down with a polished entertaining performance.


John Paul II Awards

On Thursday last, 13 senior cycle students from St.Mary’s attended the John Paul II Awards ceremony in Ennis. The ceremony was hosted by Rev. Fintan Monaghan, the Bishop of the Diocese of Killaloe. This has now become an annual awards ceremony to mark the work done by young people in their local parishes and communities. There are three awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Those who complete the Gold award can go on to get the Papal Cross. Students who received the awards had participated in a variety of activities such as: volunteering in local charity shops, helping at after school clubs, participating in liturgies and some went as helpers on the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. Many of the students from St. Mary’s are involved in the local youth pastoral group and participate in the Sunday evening mass in St. Mary’s of the Rosary. It was a really enjoyable night with guest speakers and entertainment. It gave us all a chance to meet with other students from all parts of the diocese. There are a number of people who throughout the year, supported each of us in achieving these awards. We would like to thank the priests of the local parishes, Lorena, our Youth leader and Sr. Maureen Frawley. We are really grateful for all their support and patience!!!

The following 12 students were presented with Gold Medals:

Ella Kennedy

Eva McKeogh

Rena Gillespie

Jenny Myers

Brid McKenna

Marie O’Connell

Sinead Long

Emma Conroy

Erika Coonan

Megan Ryan

Niamh Barry

Hannah Bergin

The following 4 students were presented with the highest honour – Papal Cros

Elke Bergin

Micha Ryan

Ciara Phelan

Chloe Moran

Congratulations to all students involved

Shoebox Appeal

One hundred boxes and five bags of fillers went to the Shoe Box Appeal from the school today. Well done to all who filled a box, contributed to the fillers or donated money. Over 100 children overseas will have a brighter Christmas because of this-well done🎄

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Last week all the shoeboxes for Team Hope were collected by Marie O’Brien ,who had previously spoken to classes to encourage students to take part in this worthy venture. With the support of  Ms. Maher and Ms. Coffey a 100 brightly decorated and filled boxes are on their way to less fortunate young people for Christmas.


Christmas Shoebox appeal

Well done to 2A who recently got into the Christmas spirit preparing for the annual Christmas shoebox appeal.


Junior Cup Soccer Win

Our Junior Cup team defeated Colaiste Choilm of Ballincollig on a final scoreline of 6-2 in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup. The team got an excellent start and penned the home side deep in their own half and were duly rewarded with goals from Aoibhinn Delaney and Fiona Kirwan. We conceded from a penalty before half time  but bounced back with an Emma Keating strike to leave the scores 4-2 to St. Mary’s at half time.


Second half strikes from Keating and substitute  Niamh Cuneen completed the scoring and put a fairer reflection on events. It was a real team performance from start to finish. Medhbh Ryan was her consistent best in goal with Emer Tuohy, Ellen Cunneen, Caoimhe Clancy and joint captain Fiona Kirwan forming a formidable defence. In midfield Aoibhinn Delaney, Orlaith Clarke and Caoimhe Kennedy were magnificent in the engine room. In attack Emma Keating was a constant threat on the wing, No. 10 Fiona Pateman always linked well with midfield whilst Sarah Madden was full of running and unlucky with several super efforts. Niamh Cunneen, Mary O Brien, Aine Tuohy and Grace Kennedy were all introduced and made their presence felt too.

First Year Ceili

First Years recently enjoyed our annual school Ceili, well done to all who took part.

TY Retreat by Hannah Hogan and Claire Ryan.

On Thursday the 16th and Friday 17th of November, all Transition Year students in St. Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh were given the opportunity to take part in a unique and special retreat hosted by Gerry Keegan. Gerry has been hosting retreats in schools for the past thirty years and has attended St. Mary’s many times to carry out retreats with many fortunate students.

The retreat was based on music and listening to the lyrics in the songs played by Gerry on his guitar. He spoke a lot about “awareness” and living in the present (rather than in the past and future in our minds). He told us lots of funny stories with very serious lessons. He told these stories to us to give us a clearer understanding of why we should just focus on the present and not worry about things that may not even happen.

The retreat was an incredible experience for us, the students.  The music and the lyrics of the songs created a calm atmosphere, so powerful that the whole room was in silence several times during the two days. The retreat also consisted of fun activities like sing songs and quizzes. These also added to the amazing atmosphere in the room.

The whole experience was very uplifting with Gerry reminding us several times that we are unique, special and loved. It was obvious that all of the Transition Year students enjoyed the experience and would love to do something similar again sometime in the near future.

This retreat was really a unique experience. We now know when someone asks us ‘who are we?’ We know not to tell them our name, age. Where we’re from, what we do. We know now to tell them we are an aware consciousness  that’s full of love. Each and everyone of us is special and unique and thanks to Gerry every TY in our school now knows that .

Science Week by Ana Maria Betivu and Crian O’Donnell.

On 15th November second years in St. Mary’s participated in a science quiz. There were eight rounds with seven questions in each round. The questions ranged from ones dealing with topics we had dealt with in class to those on general knowledge of science related issues. It was fun and interactive while quite competitive towards the end as each team got closer to winning a selection box.

The members of the winning team were Sarah Murphy, Nicola Tucker, Caoimhe Connolly and Ciara Coffey. We all enjoyed celebrating Science Week with our friends while testing our scientific knowledge. We would like to thank Ms. Hogan for the time and effort she put into organising the event.

6/11/17 – Camogie All Ireland

Well done to our Junior seven aside Camogie team  who won the all Ireland final on Wednesday. A fantastic performance by all the panel. Well done on a fantastic achievement.

Having become 7 aside Munster Champions before midterm St. Mary’s Junior camogie team travelled  to Ashbourne,  Co. Meath to take part in the All Ireland 7 aside blitz. They won all 3 of their matches to claim the title and Eileen Gleeson reported on the day.

“St. Mary’s first game was against Our Lady’s Knock, from Belfast. At half time the score was 3-0 to 1-2, in our favour. The goal scorers were Niamh Cunneen with 2 and a goal by Emily O’Dwyer. The girls showed great teamwork in the second half as Mary Flaherty scored 2 goals, both set up by Niamh Cunneen. We finished the match with 6-3 to 2-4. Jillanne Quirk got 1-1 while Niamh Cunneen registered another point.

The second match was against St. Cuan’s from Galway, the team we also played in the final. St. Cuan’s were ahead at half time 1-2 to a goal which had been scored by the other Cunneen, Ellen. However our team came fighting back in the second half with two goals from Danielle Boland, another from Ellen Cunneen, a point from her sister, Niamh and another point by Mary Flaherty.The full time score was 4-2 to 1-4. The game wouldn’t have been won without Natalie Creamer who was tremendous in the full back line, catching balls out of the sky.

Everyone was raring to go in the final and Jillanne Quirk set the pace when she got a pointl in the first minute of the game. It was a very tense match with balls rebounding off of the crossbar, the side netting and the posts. Mary Flaherty scored two points and Emily O’Dwyer got a goal to put St. Mary’s ahead 1-3 to 1-0 at half time. We were kept on our toes in the second half and Sarah Seymour, our goalie, pulled off two great saves. Jillanne Quirke scored another point as did Emily O’Dwyer while Niamh Cunneen added to her tally with three more. Aoibheann Delaney made sure the backline stayed firm and captain Katie Murphy topped it off with an outstanding display. The final score was 1-8 to 1-3 , a well- deserved All Ireland for St. Mary’s.”


Third Years/TY Second Years
Katie Murphy Ciara Kenneally
Sarah Seymour Jill Quirke
Danni Boland Emma Gavin
Mary Flaherty Aine Tuohy
Emily O’Dwyer Anna Mulcahy
Aoibheann Delaney Aine Spain
Seana Grace Natalie Creamer
Aisling O’Farrell Ellen Cunneen
Sarah Hallinan Niamh Cunneen
Lucy Hogan

23/10/17 – King Lear

“King Lear” in the Scouts Hall

The Leaving Cert students from St. Mary’s joined with their peers in the CBS to see a production of “King Lear” by Cyclone Rep, from Cork. This year’s Shakespearean tragedy involves many heart-wrenching scenes which were really brought to life by an able troupe. The audience lived through the famous storm and blinding scenes on the edge of seats.

Cyclone Rep’s programme involves not only the production but discussion and analysis which provided much food for thought for the students. The general consensus was that it was an afternoon well spent.


An awesome display of local talent was showcased in St Mary’s last Thursday, as students from local schools, Nenagh.

College, Nenagh CBS, Borrisokane Community College, Cistercian College Roscrea and St Mary’s Secondary School

participated. An atmosphere of excitement was felt as the audience awaited the performance’s commencement. The concert was very enjoyable and interactive, and everyone enjoyed singing along.

Ian Callanan (Seinn), Sr Maureen Frawley (Chaplin of St Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh),

Michael Dineen (Principal, St Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh) and Bishop Fintan Monahan at the Seinn Concert in St Mary’s Secondary School.

16/10/17 – Sporting Success

Well done to our Junior seven aside Camogie team who recently won their Munster title and now go on to play in the all Ireland final on Wednesday 8/11/17.

Congratulations to Anna Mulcahy and Aine Spain who recently won the County Tipperary Handball title beating Presentation Thurles. They were narrowly beaten by Clare in the Munster final. well done to both girls.

9/10/17 – TY Zeminar Visit

“Some of our transition year students enjoying the Zeminar in the RDS on Tuesday discovering different ways to look after your mental health.”


2/10/17 – TY visit to Dromineer Literary Festival

On Friday last, 6th Oct. a group of 50 plus TY students were lucky enough to attend  poetry workshops in the picturesque setting of Dromineer Yacht Club. This was part of this year’s Literary Festival. The workshops were facilitated by Kerry- based poets ,Eileen Sheehan, and John W. Sexton.

Both writers read from their own works, including a poem by Ms. Sheehan’s  which features on the Leaving Cert. syllabus for 2019. Students were given an opportunity to write too and a few brave souls read out their work. Tips on composition and advice on the importance of developing one’s vocabulary made for a very useful afternoon.

The sessions concluded with the students being given an opportunity to ask questions. We left with a more positive attitude to poetry after an enjoyable couple of hours.

25/9/17 – Third Year visit to Knock

On the 14th of September the Third Year religion students travelled to Knock Co. Mayo on a religious retreat. While in Knock the students visited all four churches. Many of the girls also did the Stations of the Cross and went to confession in the underground chapel. Students really found the day very rewarding, one girl commented, ”The silence was strange but wonderful, as you never find silence in the world of today.” Another said, “It was a great place to relax,  have a moment with God.”

The third years attended a mass in the Basilica where the music students enhanced the occasion by playing music and singing hymns. Many were especially impressed by the mosaic of the appearance of Our Lady. The students prayed for family, friends and the Junior Cert. They brought holy water and medals home. Everyone would like to thank Sr. Maureen for organising the retreat and Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Hogan for accompanying us. A great day was had by all.

18/9/17 – Sixth Year Higher Options

Decision-making can be quite daunting, especially with CAO application day slowly approaching us. However, 6th year students from St. Mary’s secondary school were given a taster of the real world this week as we paid a visit to the “Higher Options” summit in the RDS in Dublin. Here we were greeted by over 160 universities, institutes of technology and colleges all under the one roof! Talks and lectures were scheduled throughout the day to cater for all of our needs and guest speakers and representatives were patiently waiting at each stall to answer our questions and tell us what their courses had to offer. From primary teaching in Limerick to astrophysics in Budapest “Higher Options” was really an eye opener and certainly taught us that the world has endless opportunities and career paths! Students travelling abroad to study were given an in-depth lecture from UniCast representatives, our school debs committee spoke with DebsIreland about their plans for the coming year and the Institute of Education even distributed samples of their leaving certificate notes. We left the RDS with much more reassurance, answered questions and a bulging bag of prospectuses to read through! “Higher Options” was certainly a beneficial, fun-filled event with a positive and friendly approach to each person’s specific needs. This experience has certainly eliminated half the stress of making important future decisions!

18/9/17 – TY Ceili

On Monday the 11th of September the Transition year students of ST. Mary’s secondary school took part in a ceili .there was a lot of excitement to show off their Irish culture. An instructor came to the school to teach the students various dances, for example the Siege of Ennis. There was lots of fun and laughter as they figured out the new steps. The students showed a great deal of enthusiasm and were very proud of their dancing. They were delighted to learn new steps, more dances and to having fun with their peers.

The girls were exhausted after an hour of practise and precision but overall felt that the day was a memorable experience.

25/9/17 – Third Year visit to Knock 

On the 14th of September the Third Year religion students travelled to Knock Co. Mayo on a religious retreat. While in Knock the students visited all four churches. Many of the girls also did the Stations of the Cross and went to confession in the underground chapel. Students really found the day very rewarding, one girl commented, ”The silence was strange but wonderful, as you never find silence in the world of today.” Another said, “It was a great place to relax,  have a moment with God.”

The third years attended a mass in the Basilica where the music students enhanced the occasion by playing music and singing hymns. Many were especially impressed by the mosaic of the appearance of Our Lady. The students prayed for family, friends and the Junior Cert. They brought holy water and medals home. Everyone would like to thank Sr. Maureen for organising the retreat and Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Hogan for accompanying us. A great day was had by all.

11/9/17 – Sixth Year Retreat

This week us sixth years from St. Mary’s Secondary School paid a visit to Mountshannon in the east of Clare for our retreat! We put on our life jackets and exercise gear and set off bright early on our journey along the River Shannon to the beloved Inis Cealta (also known as Holy Island) where we learned about the mesmerising ruins of those who came before us. Parish priest of Ogonelloe Fr. Donagh O’Meara and caretaker of the Island Gerard Madden guided us through the area, teaching us about the remains of the monastic churches and roundtowers that were once occupied by the residents of Inis Cealta and historical battles along the River Shannon. At each station we received an in-depth lesson about the beliefs and stories of the island and its astonishing surroundings, ending it with an enlightening prayer as we stood at the graves of the 126 monks that once resided there. This allowed us to show gratitude for the little things in life. I was in awe of the beautiful scenery and welcoming atmosphere that Holy Island had to offer. Inis Cealta was an absolute pleasure to visit and allowed us all to relax and reflect on the necessities in life before the realities of exams creep up on us! On the way home we stopped in Tuamgraney for a well deserved bite to eat. Here we also attended mass in Dun Carraig church with Fr. Donagh O’Meara where he created a link between the importance of the Gospel and the Buddhist mantras in our everyday lives. Overall it was certainly an excellent experience and we all left with smiles on our faces and fond memories of our day on Inis Cealta!

We welcome all our first year students who have completed their first day on Friday last. A great start by all our students . We look forward  to our other year groups returning this week.

Back to school dates 2017/2018

Friday, 25th August 2017: 1st Years Induction – 9.30am to 12.30pm Meetings in the afternoon

Monday, 28th August 2017: 5th Years, 6th Years & LCA – 9.00am to 1.00pm Meetings in the afternoon

Tuesday, 29th August 2017: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th Years & LCA – 9.00am to 1.00pm Meetings in the afternoon

Wednesday, 30th August 2017: Second Day for 1st Years, Transition Years return and all other classes as normal Full Day

Changes to School Day 2017/2018

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Start time 9:00 9:00 9:00 9:00 9:00
Finish time 16:00 16:00 15:20 15:20 15:20

Dates for your Diary 2017/2018

23rd Oct 2017                              6th Year Parent-Teacher Meeting.

30th Oct – 3rd Nov 2017          Midterm Break. School Closed.

7th Nov 2017                               3rd Year Parent – Teacher Meeting.

8th Dec 2017                               School Closed for Students.

25th Dec – 5th Jan 2018          Christmas Break. School Closed.

24th Jan 2018                            5th Year Parent – Teacher Meeting

1st Feb 2018                               1st Year Parent – Teacher Meeting.

12th Feb – 16th Feb 2018       Midterm Break. School Closed.

28th Feb  2018                          2nd Year Parent –Teacher Meeting.

19th March 2018                      Bank Holiday. School Closed.

22nd March 2018                     TY Parent – Teacher Meeting

26th Mar – 6th Apr 2018        Easter Break. School Closed.

4th May 2018                             School Closed for Students.

7th May 2018                             Bank Holiday. School Closed.

1st June 2018                             Summer Holidays