Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes by: Katie Gouldsbury and Amy Cox


All TY students have now completed their training in First Aid with Martin Mulvey. Thanks to Martin for sharing his knowledge with the students. On Wednesday February 21st, TY groups 1, 2 and 4 attended the AXA Safe Driving presentation in the Backstage Theatre in Longford. Thanks to Mrs Bohan and Mr. Walsh for accompanying the students. It was a thought provoking event highlighting the responsibilities of all the car drivers and the tragic  consequences of unsafe road use.

Thanks to Dylan Coady, Brian Casey, Bryn Peters, Jack Murtagh, Ciaran Hanley Richard Sweetnam, Matthew Jordan, Keith O’Halleran and Richard Laffan who helped out at the Day-care Centre this week.

All the TY’s are enjoying an Irish dancing workshops with Mairead Casey over the coming weeks.

The TY students involved in the Lighthouse programme are continuing to help prepare the confirmation classes in St. Matthews Primary School. They accompanied the students to St. Mel’s Cathedral and Diocesan Centre on the 22nd February for a day of spiritual preparation for their confirmation. They all had a great time.  


Hard luck to the U 19 boys’ basketball team and their coach Mr. Dempsey who lost by a point after extra time in their All Ireland semi-final in Tallaght on Friday 9th February. Thanks to all the supporters.

Commiserations to the Senior girls’ football team who lost by a goal to Trim on Friday 16th  February in St. Lomans GAA Mullingar with a final score of 4-9 to 5-3. It was a close match with Trim scoring the final goal in injury time. The 2nd year boys’ basketball team lost to Nobber in Kingscourt last week. They have 2 wins out of three games and they await confirmation of whether they qualify out of their group stages or not.  Thanks to their coaches Ms. Flannery and Mr. Dempsey

Hard luck to the Concern Debate Team of Emer Tyrell, Arron O’Connor, Denny Hebron and Amy Cox who lost their debate against Davitt Community College in Castlebar on Thursday February 9th. Thanks to their mentors Ms. O’Reilly and Mr. Staunton.


Congratulations to past pupil Stephen Mulledy who was a recipient of the AIT inaugural “Scholarship of Excellence” programme 2017/18.  This scholarship was established to celebrate the achievements of students receiving over 500 points in their Leaving Certificate examination. The school was represented at the event by Stephen’s former Year head Ms. Honeyman.

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Congratulations to our Junk Kouture western Regional finalists! - Claire Beirne, Dearbhail Rooney and Blathnaid McDonagh, 3 TY students who are representing Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon in the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2018 Regional Finals, which will be held on March 7th in The Helix Dublin. Thanks to their mentor Ms. Bruton. Make sure to vote through the schools Facebook page or Their piece is titled “Seas The Day”.

Thanks to Mike Shortt and “An Tobar Nua” a Galway retreat team who gave all the 3rd year students their Retreat on Friday the 23rd of February. They all had a very enlightening and enjoyable day.

Thanks to all the parents of our incoming 1st year students who attended an Information evening on February 20th. Presentations were given by principal Ms. Donohue, Guidance Counsellor Ms. O Neill and Wriggle.

Thanks to all of the 1st years’ parents who attended the parent teacher meeting on Thursday  22nd of February.

The LCVP students have been very busy with recorded interviews on Monday 26th February and Tuesday 27th February.  

Congratulations to all the students who did their JC in 2017 and received their official Junior Certificates of completion (the JCPAs) recently. The Department of Education now rewards students for their non-academic activities within the school during their Junior Cycle.

Thought for the week:

Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.