Mercy Ballymahon Notes

by: Aoife Kavanagh and Ellen Kelly



The third and sixth year students are glad to be finished their mock exams. They are now preparing for their orals, practicals and completing their different subject projects over the next few weeks.


On Friday 3rd of February, our 5th years had a talk from Declan Reidy of Sligo I.T, who informed the students about the courses the Institute offer after Leaving Certificate and also about employment opportunities after qualification.

Well done to the Art Ice-cream Committee, who raised €225 last week to fund their trip to Glass Hammer Art Studios in Rhode, Co. Offaly in March.

Well done to transition year students Clodagh Lohan, Clodagh Kenny, Shauna Costello, Bronagh Gorham and Orla Kenny who sat their volleyball coaching exam last week. This exam gives the students access to the practical module for the qualification to coach volleyball in local primary schools. Volleyball Ireland will organise the practical module during next term.

Thanks to transition year students Jamie Birmingham and Lochlann Healy who help out with G.A.A coaching in St Matthews’s primary school.

Well done to the first and second year girls’ basketball teams who beat Carrickmacross on Monday the 13th Feb. Thanks to their coach Ms. Carr.

Thanks to the parents who attended the seminar provided in our school by the Triple P on Wed 15th Feb. The Triple P, “Positive Parenting Program” is a parenting intervention training program with the main goals of increasing the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents and reducing the prevalence of mental health, emotional, and behavioural problems in children and adolescents.

Thought for the week:

It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen –Claude M Bristol

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes By: Aoife Kavanagh and Emer Tyrrell


Well done to our senior and U16boys’ basketball teams who beat Kells last week. Thanks to their coaches Mr. Dempsey and Ms. Carr

Commiserations to our senior soccer team who lost their first game to Athlone Community College last week. Thanks to Mr. Broderick and Mr. Burke for training the teams.

Hard luck to our U16 boys’ football team and their coaches Mr. Seery and Mr. McCormack who were beaten by St. Mels recently.

Three first year boys’ football teams enjoyed a blitz held in Clonguish. Thanks to Mr. Kenny for coaching the teams and to the transition year students, Cian Belton, Oran Kenny, Jason Coughlan, Aidan O’Cealleagh and David Doherty who helped him on the day.

Good luck to our Concern debating consisting of Conor O’Brien, Dennis Hebron, Emer Tyrell, Aaron O Connor, Gary Sherdian, Neil Kilbane, Brendan Mc Keown, Niamh Dennehy and Conor English who are preparing for the first round of the concern debates away to Kilbeggan on Wednesday 12th October.  Thanks to Ms. Towey and Ms. Matthews for mentoring the team.

Lunchtime Clubs:

On Tuesdays the Creative Writing group meet in room 29 with Ms. McCann and Mr. O Gara. The Junior debating league has started in room 29 at lunchtime. On Thursdays the board games club meet in room 29 with Mr. O Gara.

Thanks to Ms. Nevin who organises “Ciorcal Cáinte” in room 21at lunch time on Fridays. This is a chance for our senior students to prepare for their oral Irish Leaving Certificate exam.


The Christmas Shoe box appeal is beginning and Ms. Ryan, Ms. Bruton and Ms. Towey are looking for small non-perishable goods, toys or educational resources that fit into a shoe box. These need to be ready for collection on Nov 11.

Green Schools meetings and work is going on in pursuit of the Green flag. The first, second and transition year students are involved in an art poster awareness campaign to help promote proper use of recycling bins around the school. Thanks to Mr. Burke for all his hard work.

Mocktober exams for third and sixth years take place during week 17th to 21st of October. Good luck to all our students. The Junior Cert Art mock exam has been completed.

Auditions are taking place for acts for the  upcoming school show which takes place from Thursday November 17th to Saturday November 19th.

Thought for the week.

Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it. (Lou Holtz)

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes By: Niamh Hanley , Cian Belton and Aisling McCormack

Welcome Back:

Welcome back to all students and staff. A special welcome to our first year students and to the new students who have joined us for the first time in other classes. We wish the new staff members Mr. Broderick, Ms. Bruton and Ms.Towey and the new S.N.A’s Claire Doyle and Kate Reilly a good year with us. Thank you to Ms. Minogue for organising the best buddy programme between first and sixth year students. Congratulations to Ms. O’Neill on the birth of her daughter Shóna recently. Our sympathies are with Ms. McManus at this time after the sad loss of her father Stephen. May he rest in peace.

Transition Year:

Thanks to Sarah Horan, Sarah Dillon, Jason Moorhead, Conall McKiernan, James Carroll, Lochlann Healy, Ciara Nally and Shannon Guy who visited the day-care centre during the last week .

The transition year students enjoyed a talk on Beat the Blues and Mental Health Wellbeing which was provided by Helen Emmerson.


Congrats to all past Leaving Certs on receiving their excellent results.  The school are very proud of their wonderful achievements. We wish them all good luck in their life ahead.


Congratulations to Oisín Lane on winning third place in Kent in July in the Schools International Race Walking intermediate competition. Oisín was competing against race walkers from Ireland, England, Scotland and Britain. Oisín won the Connaught Junior competition, and as a result he qualified to compete in the Intermediate competition. Oisín also won the All Ireland Junior race walking competition in June  

Congratulations to Sarah Horan, Aisling McCormack, Ciara Foxe, Muirinn Claffey, Niamh Hanley, Rebecca O Kane, Cliodhna Allen, Ciara Healy, Juileann Moran, Petrina Carrigy, Áine Bannon and Dearbhaile Rooney who were part of the Longford Ladies under 16 football team who won the All Ireland C championship recently. We are proud to see Ms. McCann and last year’s U16 Girls, who were All Ireland finalists, featuring in the Lidl advert on television.

We wish the U16 and senior boys’ football teams good luck in the year ahead as they have resumed training. Thanks to their coaches Mr. Seery, Mr. O Gara and Mr. Mc. Cormack.

Good luck to U14, U16 and senior girls’ who also have resumed training under the watchful eyes of their coaches Mr. Bohan and Ms. Mc Cann.

Senior and U16 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will be coached by Mr. Dempsey and Ms. Carr.

Mr. Burke and Mr. Broderick have organised soccer trials for U15, U17 and U19 teams.

The Green Schools Committee is also resuming its weekly meetings. 

Tip For Week:  Remember the three time rule for improving memory – Look over the topic before class, Listen in class and Look over topic after class. This is really effective, efficient way of improving your memory. It means that there is no such thing as having “no homework”.