16th March 2018


Five Transition Year students from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann took part in the final of the Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition in Croke Park on Wednesday the 14th of March. The students involved were Oisín Cullen, Sam Ireland, Chloe Cream Tighe, Kelianne Coughlan and Dylan Symes. 

 The competition involves students promoting Certified Irish Angus beef through various mean. The CCA students chose to promote their Certified Irish Angus project amongst the school community. 

The students displayed their stand and met with various judges throughout the day, who interviewed them on their promotional idea. The five winning groups will receive five Irish Angus calves, with the winners being announced in the coming weeks. 

The students worked incredibly hard to develop their ideas and we wish them the best of luck. Thanks to Ms Keogh for all her work with the students on this project. 


Second Year students of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann welcomed acclaimed children’s author Jane Mitchell to the school to discuss her award winning novel ‘Chalkline’. 

In addition to giving the students an insight into the life of the writer, she also gave advice on developing their own writing style, as well as giving them a preview of her most recent work ‘A Dangerous Crossing’ which has been nominated for the CBI children’s book of the year award. 

Many thanks to Mr Hogan for organising this event. 


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge from Monday 12th to Friday 16th of March, with an extensive week of activities, competitions, musical and theatrical performances taking place. 

On Monday the 12th, the musician Enda Reilly visited the school and performed a number of songs from his acclaimed album Nua Amhrán i nGaeilge in a concert for the Junior Cert students. 

Transition Year students organised ceilís for all the year groups, and an Irish language football match took place between a mixed side of second and third year students at lunch time on Tuesday. 

There were also treasure hunts, quizzes, posters competitions throughout the week, along with a seomra caidreamh, where teachers and students used their Irish in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  

Míle buíochas to everyone who made Seachtain na Gaeilge such a great week, where our national language and heritage was celebrated with great enthusiasm and passion.  


The senior drama group, The CCA Players are currently in rehearsal for their production of the play ‘12 Angry Jurors’ which will take place from Tuesday 24th of April to Thursday the 26th of April in The Castle Inn Theatre, Newcastle, County Wicklow. 

Tickets will cost €5 on will be on sale in Coláiste Chraobh Abhann school care of Mr Ó’Súilleabháin or Ms Hennessy. 


The cross-schools Irish drama production between Ms McGillycuddy’s fourth class students from Newtown Primary school and the Transition Year students from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann took place on Thursday the 15th in Newtownmountkennedy Primary School, with this year’s production of the all Irish play Labhraidh Loingseach. 

The play is the culmination of months of work between the two schools, where TY students along with Mr Rice, Ms Doran and Mr Ó Súilleabháin rehearsed the play with the Newtown students every week, which is then performed as part of the celebrations of Seachtain na Gaeilge. 

For the past six years, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann and Newtown Primary School have worked on this exciting cross-schools Irish drama project, where TY students work on props, music and costumes, while the primary students act in an original Irish play based on an Irish myth or legend. 

Parents, staff, students and family members all attended the show last Thursday morning and were thoroughly entertained by the wonderful acting from the fourth class students. CCA Deputy Principal, Ms Buckley, and Newtown Principal, Ms Dempsey, highly commended the production, praising the students for their confidence on stage and their fluency in speaking the Irish language, before presenting the actors with certs of participation.

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