Aisling Festival Art Competition

Aisling Children’s Arts Festival Longford

Art competition winners from Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon

Congratulations to our talented art students who have received in the Aisling Children’s Arts Festival Art Competition “My Place in the World.”

Congratulations to Jennifer Flynn 3rd year art student who won the 12-14 year old category. Jennifer painted a fantastic piece reflecting “my place in the world”.


Congratulations to the talented Kiera Lily Farrell a 5th year art student, a runner up in the 15-18 year old category. Kiera created an amazing piece using markers to reflect “my place in the world”.


Congratulations to James Gerety 1st year art student who received runner up in the special category .

And congratulations to Laura Hand who received a special honourable recognition.

All students work will be displayed in Back Stage Theatre Longford on 10th October 2019.

My place in the world by Jame Gerety 1st year art student who received runner up in the special category

My place in the world by Jame Gerety 1st year art student who received runner up in the special category

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Ty trip to the Ploughing

Our Ty students had an early start on Wednesday morning when they went to the Ploughing Championships in Carlow as Ms Murphy felt it would benefit students doing Agricultural Science for Leaving Certificate. Despite the hot weather it was a very enjoyable day for all who went. Thank you to Ms. Murphy for organising the trip.


Mass on Monday

We had our School Year Opening Mass in the School Gym to accommodate the whole school community attending the one mass. This marks the beginning of our school year and gives our students and staff the opportunity to participate in our faith community. Fr. Liam our chaplain celebrated the mass with us and our choir added a special atmosphere to the celebration. Thanks to Ms. Malone for all her hard work preparing the choir. We celebrated Mercy Day which was on September 24th. Thank you to our Religion department who worked hard in preparation for this very special occasion.


The girls U16 football team have their first match of the Leinster ‘A’ championship on the 2nd of October, against Eureka Kells. Meanwhile the senior girls begin their Leinster ‘B’ championship with a game against St Marys Edenderry on 8th October. In basketball the U19 and U16 boys have their first match in the Midlands League against St Mel’s on Tuesday the 1st of October. The U19 and U16 girls have their first match of the season against the Bower on 27th September. Next Thursday the U14 boys football team will play Moyne CC in their first match of championship. Best of luck to all the teams in their upcoming matches.

Higher Options

On Thursday our 6th year students went to the RDS to attend higher options where they were shown future career options. They found the event very worthwhile. Thanks to the Guidance Department for organising the trip.

TY Enterprise Talk

Sadie Wheatley came into talk to our TYs on Wednesday about TY mini companies. Thanks to Longford Enterprise and Sadie for the talk, it was very informative. The students are very excited about starting their own companies. We look forward to seeing their product lines, and we wish them the very best as they embark on their new enterprises.

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

by Katie Brogan and Abbey Corrigan

 TY Activities

 Aisling Festival

The Longford Aisling festival committee are busy preparing for the Aisling Children's Arts Festival 2019. Every year some of the post-primary schools from Co. Longford take part in a Print Media Project in conjunction with the Longford Leader.  Our school is involved this year.

 Our students are very excited about the project and are looking forward to seeing their work in print.They are working towards creating the Aisling Supplement which appears in the Longford Leader the week before the festival (which this year takes place from 20th-26th October).

 Abbey Corrigan, Rachel Maguire, Leigh Gurney and Michelle Laffan travelled to the Longford Leader offices on Wednesday 11th September in Longford where they met the editor, Alan Walsh, and journalist Jessica Thompson and the other teams from Scoil Mhuire and Árd Scoil Phadraig.  They gained an insight into how a newspaper is put together, page layouts, generation of ideas for stories, setting and meeting deadlines, writing and editing their work, what a good story or piece of journalism should contain, and lots, lots more. Our TYs returned to school very excited about the project and are currently working on ideas for their stories. Thank you to our Principal Ms. Donohue who accompanied the students on the day, we look forward to reading the supplement.

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TY Schedule

September 9th to 13th was once again a busy week for TY. On Monday Sports Partnership continued in room 35 for Grainne Mhaoil students. This completes the three days of this workshop for these students. On Thursday Sports Partnership took place in room 35 with Lír students. This was day one of the three day workshop. Also TY students were preparing for their trip to the Ploughing Championships, Wednesday 18th September. This will be the first trip of the year for TY students, we look forward to their report on the ploughing next week.

 The Naughton Scholarship

Congratulations to Cian Belton who won a Naughton Scholarship this year. The Naughton Scholarships are a scheme of scholarships to promote the study of engineering, science and technology at third level by students in Ireland. Each year from February to May Leaving Certificate students can apply for a scholarship if they intend on studying science, engineering or technology at third level that year.

All applications are reviewed in August each year and the winners of scholarships are notified in September.  Full details on who is eligible to apply for a scholarship, the terms and conditions applicable to the scholarships and answers to frequent questions can be viewed on the Naughton Scholarships website, Pictured below is Cian Belton with principal Josephine Donohue and Cian Belton with past pupil Derek Shaw who was awarded the scholarship himself in 2017.


All sports facilities were busy this week as teams returned to training. Fixtures for games will begin shortly for Boys and Girls Football, Soccer and Basketball. We look forward to many successes in sport again this year, good luck to all our students who compete for our school.

 Art Club

Art club has begun on Tuesdays at lunchtime, all students are welcome. Look out for Art Competitions outside the Art room. ‘School walk’ competition open at the moment for all first years, details on posters placed around the school. Closing date the 27th September.


Leaving Certificate Results

Leaving Certificate results will be available at School from 9am tomorrow, Tuesday 13th. Please see FAQ guide prepared for Parents and Students “The Results Are Out, What Now?”. You might find also helpful National Parents Council’s Helpline 1800 265 165, please see details below.

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Boys GAA
Our first year boys GAA team qualified for the Leinster final winning against Wexford CBS on a score line of 5-11 to 5-7. Final is set to be played this week, venue and time yet to be decided as we went to print. Good luck to the first year boys in the final.Thanks to coaches Mr Larkin and Mr S Kenny.

TY All Ireland Script Writing Competition

The TY students entered the ‘All Ireland Film Festival Script Writing Competition’. In order to participate they individually had to type up a 2000 word script on the title ‘Connections’. Unfortunately no student was shortlisted this year but all received a certificate of completion at a fantastic awards ceremony in The Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone. Well done to all the students who took part and their English teacher Ms. Quinn for her guidance.

Women's Mini Marathon

Once again TY students and staff( Ms. Quinn, Mrs. Minogue, Mrs. Fitzmaurice and Ms. Donohue) will be completing the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on the 2nd of June. This year their chosen charity is Ballymahon Day Care Centre. In order to fundraise for this extremely worthwhile charity, 1st and 2nd year students were taken on a tour of Ballymahon Day Care Centre and a bake sale was held within the school. So far the tally is €540.30. A massive thanks to everyone who has contributed to this fantastic cause, it is much appreciated. Lastly, best of luck to all taking part on the 2nd of June. Without a doubt it will be a day you will never forget!

Leaving Cert Graduation

Congratulations to our Leaving Certificate Class who graduated last Thursday. They celebrated the end to their secondary school education with a beautiful Mass and graduation ceremony. The night was preceeded by a super last day of activities, on the Wednesday. The teachers cooked a tasty bar-b-que and the day ended on a long established tradition of walking up the avenue with the Principal, Deputy Principal, Year Head and teachers. Thank you to all who helped out on the day and a video of the last moments can be viewed on the school website. An emotional goodbye, but a very proud moment for our school as we send our students on to the next chapter of their lives. We wish them every success in their future lives.

Awards Ceremony
Congratulations to all our students to took home an award on Tuesday last from our Awards Ceremony. Stuents received awards for attendance, student council, exam success, sporting success and specific subject excellence. The Leaving Certificate students received awards for their excellence in their role as school leaders, Roisin Leen Ceist Award, Aisling McCormack Leadership Award, Ronan English Mercy Award and Claire Shaw Student of the Year Award. Well done to everyone your hard work has paid off.

TY Graduation

Congratulations to our TY students who graduated from TY on Tuesday last. The night was a wonderful celebration of all the activites and success’ that took place during their year, everyone enjoyed a cup of tea afterwards and chatted about all the high points of the year. Thank you to Mrs Bohan our TY Co-ordinator, Ms. Gaffney, TY Year Head and all the teachers involved with TY, and who make it a fantastic experience for our students.

Junior Cycle Exams and Leaving Certificate Exams

It is exam time once again and we would like to encourage our students coming up to their exams. We wish you the very best of luck and your hard work will pay off. Good luck Leaving Certs and Junior Certs from everyone at Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon.

Once again TY students and staff( Ms. Quinn, Mrs. Minogue, Mrs. Fitzmaurice and Ms. Donohue) will be completing the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on the 2nd of June. This year their chosen charity is Ballymahon Day Care Centre.  In order to fundraise for this extremely worthwhile charity, 1st and 2nd year students were taken on a tour of Ballymahon Day Care Centre by its manager Breda Greeves and a bake sale was held within the school. So far the tally is €540.30. A massive thanks to everyone who has contributed to this fantastic cause, it is much appreciated. Lastly, best of luck to all taking part on the 2nd of June. Without a doubt it will be a day you will never forget!

The Naughton Foundation Scholarships

2019 Scholarships for STEM Undergraduate Applications is now Open - Closing Date May 18th.  Apply on line 

The Naughton Foundation is awarding thirty six scholarships in 2019 to promote the study of engineering, science and technology at third level by students in Ireland.   Each Naughton Scholarship is valued at €20,000 i.e. €5,000 for each year of students third level course.

There will be one guaranteed scholarship for each of the participating Counties.  Mercy Secondary Ballymahon student's have been awarded the scholarships many times.

Apply on line  

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Reporters : Alanah Reid, Siobhan Kilduff, Katie Quinn

Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge was celebrated in the school last week. First years participated in a poster competition, second years took part in a ‘Tráth na gCeist’, while our 5th years enjoyed a traditional céilí in the Canteen. As well as that, all students and teachers made use of their ‘cúpla focal’ in a ‘Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine’ competition. Bhí seachtain den chéad scoth againn! Beatha Teanga í a labhairt! Thank you to Ms. Nevin, Ms. Fox, Ms. Mc Cafferkey, Ms. McGovern and Ms. Daly for all their work organising the weeks events.

Boys GAA

Our U14s boys GAA team play Cnoc Mhuire Granard Thursday next the 28th in the North Leinster C Final. Good luck Lads and thank you to Mr. Larkin and Mr. Kenny for training the team.

Girls Basketball

Mercy Secondary School girls basketball team travelled to the Phoenix Centre in Carrickmacross on Tuesday the 19th March to play Virgina college. The game was very close for the first two quarters with Virginia pulling away in the end to win. Even though the girls lost the regional final, they still progress on to the All-Ireland play offs. The venue is yet to be decided. Thank you to Ms. Walsh and Ms. Coyle for training the team. Good luck girls in the play offs.

1st and 2nd Year Boys Basketball

Our 1st and 2nd Year Boys Basketball teams won the North East Regional Finals on Wednesday with impressive wins over St Pats, Navan and Cnoc Mhuire Granard. Both teams put in outstanding performances with out 1st Year team winning 48 - 22 and our 2nd Year team winning 36-32. Both teams will now advance to the All Ireland Play-offs.

We wish both teams the best of luck in the finals. Thank you to Ms.O Sullivan, Mr. Tansey and Ms. Curley for all their hard work training the team.

Book Club

On Thursday March 7th, we at Mercy Ballymahon celebrated World Book Day by hosting a variety of events including Booky Breakfast, Library visits, our monthly book club and to end a successful day writer Eammon Brennan spoke to our fifth year students.Remember "the journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page". Thank you to Ms. Gaffney for organising our book club.


6th Year Students have all finished their DARE applications - they now need to ensure they get their forms together with proof of disability into the CAO by April 1st.

5th Years are currently having their 1:1 appointments with their Guidance Counsellors. They are all being advised to apply for at least one Day Summer School which are being advertised at the moment. Summer Schools are really excellent and are held in UCD, NUIG and Maynooth University. They give you the opportunty to expereince college life as well as trying out areas of interest. Thank you to Ms. O’Neill and Mr. Larkin for all their hard work helping students decide on their future careers.

TY News

TY 1&4 attended their Holy Spirit Day in Mullingar with the Alpha team on Wednesday last. Thanks to Ms Walsh and Ms Gaffney who accompanied them.

Sports Partnership commenced a coaching course with our TY students, all of whom will avail of this opportunity. Students will then be in a position to coach young people in any sport.

Enterprise finals. Our school was represented by Brian Maloney and Robert Smith of Nanny’s Candles and Molly Doyle and Aisling Dolan who sold dog accessories. Brian and Robert were runners up in the competition. Well done to all involved!

Helen Emerson continues her workshops on Mental Health.

Lighthouse Program

Thank you to Sr Úna Purcell who mentored Derinn Finn, Ailbhe Molloy, Brona Cox, saidhbh Doherty and Danielle Nally empowering them to return to their primary school St Matthew’s and work with the young students there in their Confirmation.

Daffodil Day

A coffee moring took place last week in the staffroom to support Daffodil Day. A Bake sale was held in the Open Area. Students and teachers sold Daffodil badges to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. SWe raised €847, all proceeds went to the Irish Cancer Society. We would like to thank every one who supported this worthy cause. Thank you to Ms.Úna Daly, Ms. Curley and Ms. Fitzmaurice for organising the activities.

Junk Kouture Finalists

Congratulations to our Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2019 Regional finalists:

Maria Gallagher, Olivia Hamilton and Alannah Reid - ‘Leave it in the Past; Papers’


Katie Farrell, Siobhan Kilduff and Katie Quinn - ‘Puzzle of Life’

Almost 1,400 entries were submitted to Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture this year and the judges had once again a very tough time picking the regional finalists! The regional final takes place in TF Royal, Castlebar on Thursday March 7th 2019.

Tickets for the regional shows will go on sale from The TF Royal box office and website on Monday February 18th at 9:00am. These are expected to sell out fast as they did in previous years. Tickets are €20.00 plus booking fee.


Public REGIONAL VOTE for all finalists is worth 10% of overall score, and will take place from 10am on Monday 18th February until midnight on Friday 22nd February. Voting for both will take place on - please note that all public voters will be required to register before they can vote.  Please download the app and vote for Mercy School’s team!

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Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Reporters : Alanah Reid, Siobhan Kilduff, Katie Quinn


Paul from Getwest came to visit our school on Monday. He was speaking to our TYs about their outdoor pursuit trip, which will take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of May. T.Y. students are very excited about the upcoming trip. They are looking forward to the water sports, climbing wall and archery.

St. Christophers Visit

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On Tuesday Ms Caroline Donoghue brought T.Y.1 to St. Christopher's Day Centre in Ballymahon as part of their Disability Awareness Course. We would like to thank St. Christopher’s for hosting the group. The students learned about the services St. Christopher’s Resource Centre and Residential Services provide to people with disabilities and their families in the Ballymahon area. They learned about how they could volunteer to help the service and about future potential career opportunities. They met some of the service users and viewed the Resource Centre’s facilities and training rooms.

Student Bank

Derek Glennon from Bank Of Ireland empowered our students from T.Y. to join the school bank team. The students will now run the school bank at lunch time. The team members are Chloe Kelly, Kevin Tansey, Jesse Aguneche, Cait Keily and Aoife Nolan. Also on Tuesday Derek gave an informative talk on cyber safety and living in our modern world. It made us all stop and think about the consequences of our cyber footprint.

We would like to sincerely thank all the employers who have taken on our T.Y. students for work experience this week. We wish the students good luck and we hope everyone enjoys their time in the world of work.

On Friday the 1st of February, we held a badminton tournament in the gym for our T.Y. students, great fun was had by all.


Mairead Murtagh, past pupil, owner of “Murtagh’s Dog Grooming” gave a talk to our LCVP students on her experience of running her own business. Mairead set up her own business ‘Murtaghs Dog Grooming’ in Ballymahon having completed her training. Mairead’s talk was an inspiration to our students, she made her dream happen and now enjoys a successful career in her local town.


Well done to our under 15 boys soccer team who played against Banagher College in the West Leinster Final last Friday. After extra time and penalties they came out victorious with the final result 3 : 2. Also, thanks to their coach Ms. Quinn.

Girls Football

The Senior Ladies football team played Presentation Kilkenny in the Leinster semi final in Portlaoise last Thursday. The final score was 5-17 to 1-2. Well done girls and thank you to the coaches Mr. Sean Bohan, Mr. Colin Seery and Ms. Niamh McCann. They will meet St. Joseph’s Navan in the Leinster Final.

Girls Basketball

Well done to our U16 Girls’ Basketball team who played St. Angela’s Cork in the All-Ireland quarter final last Monday. Well done girls for reaching the final 16 in the “A” Division. It was a great battle and unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Thank you to Ms. Coyle, Ms. Walsh and Ms. Carr for all her hard work coaching the team.

Assessment Test for Incoming 1st Year Students

The Assessment test will be held at School on

Saturday 2nd February 2019 from 10a.m. to 12.30p.m.

The student will need to be at the School by 9.55a.m. Please bring along a pencil and an eraser. The assessment tests are purely to assist the School in best providing for the educational needs of incoming students. They are not used for the purpose of selection or streaming. We do not want it to be a stressful process. It also provides the first opportunity for incoming 1st year students to meet one another. There will be three short breaks. A snack and drink will be provided. Your son/daughter may bring in their own food if they wish. Results of these Assessment tests will be available in September on request from school guidance counsellor.

JC & LC Mocks

Please find timetables for Mocks below. Mocks starting on 5th February for 6th years and on 6th February for 3rd years. Finishing on 15th February. Good luck to all students!

U15 Boys Soccer

Well done to our under 15 boys soccer team who played against Banagher College in the West Leinster Final yesterday. After extra time and penalties they came out victorious with the final result 3 : 2. Also thanks to their coach Ms. Quinn. 


Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Reporters : Alannah Reid, Siobhan Kilduff

Comhghairdeas le foireann shinsearach díospóireachta Mheánscoil na Trócaire agus a múinteoir Ms.Nevin a mbeidh ag dul chun cinn chuig an chéad bhabhta eile i Mí Eanair!

Congratulations to Mercy Ballymahon's senior debating team who won their first Gael Linn debate on Monday December 3rd . The next round is in January.


Congratulations to our U16 and U19 girls’ basketball teams who had fantastic victories over Castleblaney in the regional A league finals on December 3rd. U16 won 43-42 and U19 won 35-33. Both teams now progress to the All Ireland playoffs in January. Thanks to their coaches Ms. Coyle, Ms.Walsh and Ms. Carr.


Our senior boys had a comprehensive victory in their first championship game on the 29th November, played in St Lomans Mullingar. It was a fantastic squad effort with 21 players getting valuable gametime in very windy conditions. We play Ballymahon VS in the next round of the North Leinster Championship. Full time score- Mercy Ballymahon 3-14(23) Oldcastle (St Olivers PP) 1-5 (8).


Congrats to our U19 boys’ soccer team who won their game against Mercy Kilbeggan 4-0 on December 3rd. They are now through to the West Leinster final. Thanks to their coach Mr. Burke.

Thanks to Ballymahon AFC for the use of their excellent facilities.


Our 6th years receive excellent talks from various colleges throughout the school year. So far this year we were delighted to host Athlone IT, UCD, Maynooth, GMIT, IT Sligo and we look forward to many more in the coming months. But nothing beats having a past pupil return. Paddy Grogan gave a great insight into the option of an Apprenticeship, he is finishing his final year in Aerospace and has already been offered a permanent job starting in September! We would encourage all our leaving certs to keep all options open by applying to the CAO, Apprenticeships, PLC courses etc.

Transition Year

On Monday 3rd Ms Donoghue brought TY students to St Christopher’s Day Centre Ballymahon where both groups of students connected in a very sociable setting.

On Wednesday 5th December TY students went ice skating in Dundrum. A great day was had by all. Everyone came home safe and sound.

On Thursday 6th TY students attended an AXA Road Safety show in the Backstage. This was organised by Longford County Council. It was a very powerful show. It highlighted the importance of taking care on our roads.

On Thursday 6th and McCarron brought a group of TY students to Thomond Nursing Home carol singing. This was a very sociable gathering which everyone enjoyed.

On Sunday 9th December seven mini company groups sold their wares at the annual Craft Fair in the Rustic Inn Abbeyshrule.

Open Night

Open night proved to be a very enriching experience for our school last week. We were delighted to open the doors of our school to welcome all prospective students who are set to enrol in secondary school for September 2019. There was a great buzz of excitement around the school as present students demonstrated the full range of subjects, our school offers. Our trad group gave a lively introduction to the night and set the atmosphere of excitement and anticipation for our prospective incoming first years. Closing date for Enrolment for 1st year 2019 is 4pm Tuesday December 18th.

As part of their  Disability Awareness course, TY 2 and their teacher Ms Donoghue visited St Christopher’s Day Disability Service in Ballymahon on Monday 3rd December.