Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes by: Katie Gouldsbury and Amy Cox


All TY students learned how to play “Bridge”, with Margaret Larkin last week culminating with a Competition on Friday.

Thanks to Ryan Shannon, Niall McGarry, James Murphy, Lucy Ann Myhill, Ellen Shannon, and Dylan Coady who visited the Day Care centre this week.

On Wednesday the 21st, all TY groups went to the Longford Arms Hotel for a Mental Health photography exhibition where one of our students Meghan Finnan was placed first.


A big congratulations to the 2nd year girls’ basketball team who won their regional final against Colaiste Oireall in Kingscourt, Co Cavan on Tuesday last. They also beat  Scoil Mhuire Longford in their semi-final. Thanks to Ms. Carr for all her hard work in coaching the team.

Congratulations to the 1st year girls’ basketball team who beat Dunsaughlin in their regional semi-final last week. Thanks to their coach Mr. Walsh.

Commiserations to our second year boys’ basketball team and their coach Ms. Flannery, who were beaten by Bush CC in the regional semi-final last week.

First year boys’ basketball team beat De La Salle recently in the regional semi final and won the regional final against Colaiste Oireall on Thursday the 22nd in Dundalk. Thanks to their coaches Mr. Dempsey and Mr. Walsh

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Well done to the 1st year boys’ football team who beat Edenderry in the Leinster league last week. Thanks to their coaches Mr. Kenny and Mr. Larkin.


All 5th year LCVP students were on work experience as part of their coursework from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd March. Thanks to all their employers who gave them this opportunity to complete this module of their course.

Well done to19 students from first to transition year who have been trained as Anti Bullying Ambassadors for our school. Their training took place in Galway on Wednesday 21st March and they all received the Diana Award. Thanks to Ms. O Neill for mentoring the students.

Ms. Donohue, Mr. Larkin and Mr. McCormack attended the launch of the new LC P.E. program as a leaving cert subject in Portlaoise last week.  64 schools in the country have been selected to introduce the pilot program to 5th year students from September 2018. We are thrilled to be one of the selected schools.

6th year students who are interested in studying in the STEM subject area at 3rd level are reminded that applications for the Naughton Scholarship are now open.

Thought for the week:

There are considerable benefits to having an attitude of gratitude. When we make a conscious effort to focus on the things/people for whom we are grateful in our lives, we lift our own mood, and thereby the mood of those around us.


We wish all our readers a Happy Easter and our third and sixth year student’s good luck as they prepare for their oral and practical exams which will take place during the first two weeks on our return after the holidays.