Torthaí ArdTeiste den Scoth / Excellent Leaving Certificate Results 2014

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh class of 2014 continued the excellent tradition of achieving outstanding results in the Leaving Certificate. The average points for pupils was 420. 25% of pupils secured more than 450 points.
More impressively, s
The majority of pupils secured their first or second CAO offer in Universities and Colleges.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Principal and Deputy Principal, Mr. Donncha Ó Treasaigh and Ms. Sinéad Ní Chiardha respectively praised all pupils, parents and staff of the college. They also praised the excellent guidance service of the school. Donncha Ó Treasaigh explained that Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh has ring-fenced as part of its quality service to pupils.



Seirbhís Bialainne Nua / New Canteen Service for Pupils


The Official Opening of the new Canteen Facilities at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh took place on Monday, April 28th at 8pm.  A large crowd of parents, students, staff and members of the Board of Management was in attendance to see the wonderful new facilities installed by the School Food Company and to sample some of the extensive menu on offer.  A wide variety of healthy food is available on a daily basis at a very cost effective price.  The management and staff of the College together with Parents and students of the College are delighted with the new service.

The School Food Company was founded by Ken and Mark Boland in 2011.  They now operate in an increasing number of schools across the Mid-West.  They also provide a healthy food service to a number of afterschool and youth projects.

The School Food Company is dedicated to improving the health of children and young people and ensuring greater access to healthy food in schools by providing a healthy, nutritious food service to schools and offering a range of strategies to help empower young people to choose healthy options.  They encourage students to try more fruit through a range of initiatives such as Free Fruit Friday, educational posters and competitions.



Both Principal, Donncha Ó Treasaigh and Deputy Principal, Sinéad ní Chiardha spoke of the importance of healthy, nutritious food to the students of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.  Sinéad ní Chiardha thanked the School Food Company for their tireless efforts to get the new canteen up and running so smoothly and so quickly.  Sinéad also thanked members of the Parents Council, Students Council and the staff of the school for their support.  She said ”As a school, we are very excited at the prospect of working with The School Food company and ensuring that the students in our care have a variety of healthy, balanced meals and snacks available to them throughout the day.  Research has shown that children and teenagers who eat a healthy, balanced meal and do not consume large amounts of sugary foods or drinks are better able to concentrate in class and absorb more of what is being taught”.  Sinéad said “We look forward to to a successful partnership between Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh and The School Food Company and to seeing the benefits which it will bring to our students into the future”.

Sinéad ní Chiardha,

Deputy Principal, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

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Eircom Junior Spiders

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh wishes to congratulate one of its Third Year pupils, James Corneille on being selected in the 2014 eircom Junior Spider Awards. 

James designed no less than three separate websites to showcase his aptitude and skills in ICT.  These sites are called;

  • 1250 Games 
  • Astro Catalogue 
  • Tus Gaeilge 

James will travel to Dublin on Tuesday, 29th and the agenda of the day will be as follows;

  • 10:30 – 11:00 am: Arrive at The Foundry, Google HQ, Barrow Street, Dublin 4 for registration
  • 11:00 – 12:15pm: Interactive Exhibitions and Entertainment for students
  • 12:15 – 1:15pm: Lunch provided by Google
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm: Awards Ceremony hosted by MC Aidan Power
  • 3:30pm Event Finishes

Since 1996 the eircom Spider Awards have honoured Irish individuals and organisations for their outstanding achievements online and celebrated the successes of the Irish internet and digital media.

The eircom Junior Spider Awards were established in 2009 as a parallel programme for students at primary and post primary school level.The idea was originated by Business & Finance, working closely with main sponsors eircom.

The aim of these awards is to:

  • Acknowledge the innovation amongst web creators in schools.
  • Provide an exciting programme that will encourage teachers/students to further develop their technology skills in web design.
  • Encourage the use of the internet to teach subjects on our curriculum.
  • Act as a catalyst for those students who wish to pursue a career in this sector by providing access to influential business executives.

Maith thú Jenny

A transition year student from Gaelcholaiste Luimni will bid to become the Irish student enterprise champion after winning the top enterprise award here.

Jenny Mullins, who hails from the North Circular Road, has invested her own time and money in beauty courses to prepare her for a life in business.

Her company, Nails by Jenny, came about when she saw there was a growing trend for manicures, and particularly gel nails among her peers.

The resulting sales proved her right, and her success – and her business plan – inspired the judges, including UL entrepreneurism lecturer Dr Briga Hynes and Burga Fullam of the City Enterprise Board.

Gaelcholaiste Luimni principal Donnacha O’Treasaigh said the school is “thrilled” at Jenny’s effort.
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“It was an outstanding project, and it is great to win the award at senior level, as we have won it in the junior category for many years,” he said.

Asked what made her stand out, he said: “Her personality is superb. She is very engaging, and makes a wonderful impression on those who speak to her.”

Jenny will now go forward and represent Limerick City at the national final on April 2 in Croke Park.

In preparation for this, Mr O’Treasaigh said she is consulting with some of the business teachers in the school who have supervised students in previous national enterprise entries.



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Scouting Success for Conor

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is delighted to congratulate one of its Sixth year pupils, Conor Ó Briain, where Conor received both the Chief Scouts Award (CSA) – Venture medal and the silver Gaisce medal, at a presentation ceremony at O’Reilly Theatre (Belvedere College) as part of Founders Day celebrations yesterday. In the photograph are Julie McGimpsey, Duke of Edinburgh NI, Michael John Shinnick, Chief Scout, Conor Ó Briain, Patricia Blake, National Commissioner Venture Scouts and Kieran McCormack, Conor’s mentor.


Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh come 2nd at ITLG Young Innovators 

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh pupils came second in the recent ITLG Young Innovators event at Shannon Airport, coming a very close second to the worthy winners, Castletroy College.  With support and mentoring from Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) investors, the Irish “Dragons” Barry O’Sullivan, Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy and Sean O’Sullivan as well as Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Ingrid Vanderveldt among others, secondary school students from Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and Westmeath all competed against each other for an array of the latest technology gadgets and cash prizes.  Indeed, it was a wonderful result for LCETB to have two of its colleges in the top three.

Top Marks for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Irish Dept.

The Inspectorate published its report on the teaching of Irish in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh last Friday, 31/01/2014 – a summary of the findings included the following;

a)      Good teaching and learning methodologies was a feature of the majority of lessons observed and exemplary practices were evident in teaching and learning in a small number of the lessons. There was scope for development in a small number of cases.

b)      Significant strengths were evident in the quality of instructional leadership provided for the teaching and learning of Irish in the school.

c)       An excellent information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure has been developed in the school which is very effective in enhancing communications, planning, teaching and learning and the assessment system in the school.

d)      Excellent teaching and learning techniques were observed in a number of lessons.

e)      The principal provides a clear role in instructional leadership for staff and is to be commended. This is evident in the excellent communication between management and teachers of Irish and in the supports offered to teachers to participate in continuing professional development (CPD).

f)       Teachers of Irish are very active in CPD activities on a personal level, and in external projects provided by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) for Irish.

g)      High quality, up-to-date resources and aids have been developed in the school for teaching and learning Irish. Members of the department make effective use of a significant number of resources and ICT networks.

h)      A system has been developed at whole-school level to focus students’ attention on mistakes in structure, grammar and spelling. More extended use of these strategies is recommended.

i)        The school has developed a wide range of methods, including electronic systems, to keep students and parents or guardians informed of progress and achievement in Irish.

j)        A very good range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities is provided to foster student skill and interest in Irish and in Irish culture.

k)      Significant strengths are evident in the quality of the planning carried out for assessment of learning and assessment for learning in the curricular plans.

l)        The Irish department is progressive and works collaboratively and diligently. The department co-ordinator uploads plans, minutes of meetings and teaching resources on a regular basis so that all teachers can access them.

m)    Very good cross-curricular planning has been completed by the Irish department.

Scléip Success!

Scléip is a national talent competition catering specifically for Irish-medium and Gaeltacht post-primary schools. The aim of the competition is to encourage pupils attending Irish medium secondary schools to use their Irish through the various performing arts by giving them the opportunity to take part in a innovative and exciting event. Students from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh participated in six events at the Munster Final on Wednesday, 5th February, and were delighted to come home with five acts placed in first place. These five acts will now go on to represent Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh at the All-Ireland Final of Scléip in the Axis Theatre, Ballymun on Saturday, 1st March. GCL have had acts participate in the All-Ireland final of Scléíp on many occasions since 2007 but have never had such a substantial representation in the final. Sinéad Toomey, a gifted transition year student, won the overall prize in 2012 over all other acts, ranging from 1st to 6th year, by singing her own composition. The following are the acts who will represent GCL in March:
Sinéad Toomey (B4)
Chloe Milliken (B2)
Caela O’ Shaughnessy (B1)
Caela O’ Shaughnessy, Becky Ní Thuathail, Leah Carter & Taylor McEvoy (B1)
Conor de Bhailís & Cion O’ Brien (B5 & B2)

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh pupils perform in NCH, Dublin

Jack Mc Partlin, (3rd yr) Ruadhán Keogh Daly (2nd year) and Eoin Kiely (1st year) performed in the NCH in Dublin yesterday as part of the Ceol na Mara youth orchestra. It was part of IAYO (Irish association of youth orchestras) annual festival concert.)
A couple of nice photos that someone took at rehearsal are attached and one taken from the choir balcony during the performance.


Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh pupils perform in NCH Dublin

Jack Mc Partlin, (3rd yr) Ruadhán Keogh Daly (2nd year) and Eoin Kiely (1st year) performed in the NCH in Dublin yesterday as part of the Ceol na Mara youth orchestra. It was part of IAYO (Irish association of youth orchestras) annual festival concert.)
A couple of nice photos that someone took at rehearsal are attached and one taken from the choir balcony during the performance.



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