Planning Permission for Enabling Works granted

Tá áthas orainn go bhfuil cead pleanála faighte chun tús a chur leis an suíomh nua do Ghaelcholáiste Luimnigh a thosú. Tá breis eolais ar fáil anseo –

We are delighted to inform you that permission to commence enabling works for our new school has been granted. This is great news for our pupils, parents and staff. More information here –

Tuairisc Aontaithe Phobal an Choláiste Agreed Report to College Community

Bhuail an Bord Bainistíochta Déardaoin, 31 Bealtaine ag 5.30 in.

Seo an tuairisc aontaithe ón gcruinniú sin.

Tréaslaíonn an Bord Bainistíochta le scoláirí uile Ghaelcholáiste Luimnigh as a gcuid díograise, díchill agus rannpháirteachas i ngach gné den scoil-bhliain. Tá an Bord Bainistíochta thar a bheith bródúil as éachtaí agus cur chuige scoláirí na scoile.

Guíonn an Bord gach rath ar phobal na scoile don Samhradh.

Ba mhaith leis an mBord Bainistíochta ardmholadh a thabahirt don bhfoireann uile i dtaobh an dul chun cinn le linn na bliana agus an raon leathan d’imeachtaí agus comórtais a chuireadh ar fáil do scoláirí chun cur le foghlaim agus forbairt scoláirí an choláiste.

Gabhadh buíochas ar leith do Chomhairle na dTuismithoirí maidir leis an Oíche ag na Madraí a bhí  ar siúl i mhí Aibreán agus an díograis a léiríonn an Comhairle chun bualadh go míosúil leis an bPríomhoide.

Gabhadh buíochas do phatrúin an choláiste, an Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Luimnigh agus an Chláir agus Príomh Fheidhmeannaigh, George O’ Callaghan agus a chuid foirne bainistíochta maidir leis an gcúnamh agus comhairle le linn na bliana.

Ghuigh an Bord gach rath ar scoláirí sa tríú agus sa séú bhliain in sna scrúduithe stáit.

Rinneadh comhghairdeas d’Ollamh Eugene Wall as a bheith ceaptha mar Uachtarán ar Choláiste Mhuire Gan Smál.

Ghabh an Bord buíochas do Dhiarmuid Ó Murchú, iar-phríomhoide na Modhscoile i dtaobh a thacaíocht, tiomantas agus comhairle do Ghaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

Rinneadh comhghairdeas d’Éibhear Ó Dea, an príomhoide nua-cheaptha ar an Mhodhscoil.

Aithníodh agus moladh séiplíneach Ghaelcholáiste Luimnigh, an Canón Micheál de Liostún agus a iubhaile cúig bliana fichead mar shagart.  Beidh aifreann speisialta ar siúl, 17 Bealtaine chun é seo a cheiliúradh.

Beidh an chéad chruinniú eile den Bhord Bainistíochta ar siúl ag tús mhí Mheán Fómhair 2018.

The Board of Management of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh met on Thursday, 31 May 2018 at 5.30pm.  The following is the agreed report for the school community.

The Board praised all pupils for their enthusiasm, hard-work and achievements during the year.  The Board notes the very high number of letters of commendation which were sent to pupils

The Board is extremely proud of all its pupils and wishes the entire school community a very enjoyable Summer break.

The Bord complimented the staff for all its hard-work in developing the academic and personal development of pupils of the school and for the many achievements in 2017/2018.

Particular reference and commendation was made regarding the time teachers invest in extra-curricular activities for the benefit of the pupils.

The Board would like to thank the Limerick and Clare Education & Training Board (LCETB), Chief Executive, Mr. George O’ Callaghan and his management team for all of its guidance and support in enriching the education and development of pupils at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

The Board is very grateful to the Parents of the Parents Council who meet with the Principal every month to discuss all aspects of the school’s service.

The Board praised the Council for all its work with the highly successful ‘Night at the Dogs’.

The Board wished all exam pupils in Third and Sixth year the very best in the exams.

The Board congratulated Professor Eugene Wall on his appointment as President of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
The Board congratulated Professor Teresa O’ Doherty on her appointment as President of Marino College, Dublin.

The Board thanked and acknowledged the support, commitment and dedication of Mr. Diarmuid Ó Murchú, former principal of the Modhscoil.

The Board congratulated Mr. Éibhear O’ Dea on his appointment as Principal of an Mhodhscoil.

The Board congratulated and praised the school chaplain, Canon Mícheál Liston on his silver jubilee.  A special tribute mass will take place on 17 June 2018.

The next Board of Management meeting will take place in September 2018.



By Erin Meagher and Caitlin Keogh of Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh TY.

The Hope Foundation

Getting up for school every morning, lifts to town to meet friends, complaining about the dinners we are handed up, clean running water to shower every day. We never realised how much we took for granted until we met Charlotte Nagle from the Hope Foundation.

The Immersion TY programme gives students like me and you a chance to give something back while also testing our skills of resilience and tenacity. Now it was no easy task as we had to raise €2400 each and then pay through private funding for our trip but we were hooked. The best part was working as part of team and researching ways to fundraise. We were taken back by the support we received especially from local business’. From October right through to March we worked tirelessly to achieve our goals.

The morning of our trip came around so quickly. After 21 hours of travelling the first thing that hit us was the overwhelming heat that left us breathless. Getting to the hotel was a relief but with curiosity getting the better of us we headed out to visit a girls school. The poverty while overwhelming was also humbling. Despite having no family to care for them, feed them or give them a sense of purpose the Hope Foundation intervened to help and rescued them from the streets of Kolkata. These little girls with their smiling faces and big dark eyes now have a chance to be educated, a bed to sleep in, daily meals and a sense that they are being cared for. They got their dignity back.

One of the hospitals we went to visit left us in no doubt how much we take for granted. A woman lying in her bed talking to a nurse. Her story, she was abandoned by her son due to having dementia. She beckoned us over and held our hands. She kissed our hands and held them to her heart. The one thing we thought she was asking for was that she would get better but the nurse went on to explain to us that she was praying we would always have our health. Someone left abandoned praying for others?

The staff of the schools and hospitals were truly amazing during our trip. They were patient and kind and showed great

empathy to the people they helped on a daily basis. While we saw a lot of poverty we also saw gratitude. Gratitude for living, gratitude for education, gratitude for a safe bed to lie in at night time, gratitude for their health and gratitude for the love and care they are shown.

We are now back home for the last few weeks and we can honestly say that this trip is one that we will never forget. Through our funding The Hope Foundation can keep staff on the ground and build communities to help the helpless. We gave a little hope in a big world and also take time to reflect on the things we take from granted.

Our trip would not have been possible without the help of all of our family and friends and of course local business’ such as Vistakon, Facelift Kitchens, Bailey Foods, Smyth’s Toy Store, Kieran O’Brien Solicitors, BDO Accounting and The Spotted Dog. We want to thank you all so much for the opportunities you gave us thank the Hope Foundation for having us. If you are heading to TY this September please give this programme your attention so that you can also give a little hope in a big world.


Pangea Maths Competition 2018

Educational Society of Ireland

Pangea Maths Competition 2018

The prize for most participants went to Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Limerick.

Pangea, the Europe wide mathematics Olympiad has just celebrated its 5th highly successful annual event in Ireland. Currently 21 countries run the Pangea competition with over 500,000 students participating.

The competition sets out to eliminate the fear of Maths through promoting participation while inspiring talented students to quest for mathematics excellence.

This year the competition was both online and paper-based, students throughout Ireland completed first round papers under supervision within their own schools. Approximately the top 130 then attended the Irish finals in Trinity College Dublin on May 12th and finalists were awarded with medals and a voucher.  The school with the most participants overall won an iPad.

Hosted by The Educational Society of Ireland (ESI) and graciously attended by Maureen O’Sullivan TD, James Lawless TD, Prof. Sinéad Ryan from the School of Mathematics of Trinity College, Prof. Richard Conroy of The Royal College of Surgeons, Dr Johnston McMaster, ESI Advisory Board, Dr. Peter Admirand DCU, Dr. Gerald Keane BCL, Senator Ged Nash, Senator Padraig O’Ceidigh, Senator Gerard P Craughwell, Senator Gerry Horkan, with messages of support sent by Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development Mr. John Halligan, Senator Ms. Ivana Bacik, and Senator David Norris.

The winners of Pangea 2018 were awarded as follows:

1st year winners:

1st Tiernan O’ Shaugnnessy of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

2nd Liam Ward of Coláiste Chiaráin, Athlone

3rd Jodie Ni Maoldomhnaigh of Gaelcholáistean Chláir

2nd year winners

1st Emily Wolfe of Mount Mercy College, Cork,

2nd Jason Horan of St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise

3rd Nina Keating of Mount Mercy College, Cork.

3rd year winners

1st Seoda Ni Chaoimh of GhaelcholáisteLuimnigh

2nd Oscar Ganley of St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise

3rd Dara O’ Sullivan of Ghaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

4th year winners

1st Daniel Lough of Coláiste Chiaráin, Athlone,

2nd Yi Ming Qin of St. Paul CBS, Dublin

3rd Cian Mcauliffe of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

The prize for most participants went to: Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Limerick.

The finals proved a resounding success with large numbers of students, teachers, parents and supporters in attendance. ESI CEO Fiona O’Malley predicts an even bigger event in 2019 based upon an ever-increasing number of schools and students involved in the event over the years.

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Apple Distinguished School Visit

Fantastic Apple Distinguished School Tour event in our School today with the Apple Education team for Ireland, our amazing pupils and staff and the Absolute Hotel, Limerick.

This is the first time Apple have organised an Apple Distinguished School visit at post-primary in Ireland.

Visiting Schools were treated to keynotes from Apple, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Management, teachers and pupils at the school, classroom visits and a panel discussion with pupils and school personnel.

Our team of pupils led our visitors around our school and also presented on their learning experience using technology.

Taispeántas Ealaíne

Bhí an Taispeántas Ealaíne Bliaintiúil ag an Roinn Ealaíne anocht sa Scoil Ealaíne & Ceird (LSAD – LIT) anocht.

Oíche den chéad scoth a bhí ann.

Maebh Ní Ghuairim – Washington Ireland Program

Maebh Ni Ghuairim on the Way to the USA!

Maebh, a 3rd year student at Trinity College Dublin and a past student of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, will join a class of 30 student participants representing Northern Ireland and Ireland as part of the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP) this year.

WIP inspires and develops promising leaders through an exceptional program committed to building a future of peace and prosperity for Northern Ireland and Ireland. For over two decades WIP has brought together young leaders from a wide range of communities and backgrounds for an outstanding leadership and skills-development program. Each year, WIP selects 30 talented students to join it’s network of leaders and influencers by completing a 12-month program of service and leadership development, which includes a summer in Washington DC or New York City.

The Washington Ireland Program has cause to celebrate in 2018 with notable alums serving as Taoiseach (Leo Varadkar, WIP Class of 2000), Lord Mayor of Belfast (Nuala McAllister, WIP Class of 2010), and in Westminster (Emma Little-Pengelly, WIP Class of 2002).

Selection for WIP 2018 was highly competitive with three hundred students from across the island of Ireland competing for the opportunity to be on the class, and ultimately to become part of an active WIP alum network seeking to make a difference in their communities.

Maebh says:

“I’m absolutely honoured to have been chosen to take part of the Washington Ireland Program Class of 2018. I’m looking forward to the summer ahead, meeting the rest of the class, and learning about how their unique experiences has helped shape much of how they view the world.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently launched WIP’s New York Program by speaking about his experience on WIP at the Irish Consulate in New York City:

“It helped me develop my view of the wider world…and without it perhaps I wouldn’t be standing here today.”

If you would like to follow the progress of Maebh and others this summer you can follow their blogs and view photos at

For further information please contact Claire Rumpsa, Director of Leadership Programs at +1 202 772 3824 or at

School Excellence Fund – Digital Leader

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is delighted to be selected as a lead-School in Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD ‘s Digital Excellence Fund.

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with other scoileanna lán Ghaeilge.

Buíochas mór @Education_Ire @RichardbrutonTD RichardbrutonTD –… @Gaeloid @tj_oceallaigh @MICLimerick @President_MIC @AppleEDU

Especial thanks Dr. TJ Ó Ceallaigh and staff and President of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, which will oversee the project.

Additional information available here:

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018

Tá sceitimíní orainn ar fad sa scoil an tseachtain seo agus imeachtaí bhreá spraoíúla eagraithe ag Roinn na Gaeilge agus scoláirí chun an Ghaeilge a spreagadh agus a cheiliúradh.


Parents’ Talk

Sábháil an Dáta!
Save the Date!

C.G.B. Chomhairle na dTuismitheoirí
Parents’ Council A.G.M.

Bheartaigh Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí, ag a chruinniú dheireanach, go mbeidh ‘C.G.B.’ 2018 ar siúl Dé Luain, 5 Márta 2018 ag 7.30 i.n.

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Is ócáid thábhachtach í seo a chuirfidh ar chumas tuismitheoirí suim a léiriú chun bheith páirteach sa chomhairle nua a bheidh ag feidhmiú ó Mhárta 2018 ar aghaidh.  

Cuirfidh Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí Tuairisc Bhliaintúil na Blaina 2017 i láthair ar an oíche agus beidh cóipeanna do Bhunreacht Chomhairle na dTuismitheoirí ar fáil ar an oíche chomh maith.  

Má theastaíonn uait a bheith ceaptha ar an gComhairle ní mór duit tuismitheoir amháin eile chun d’ainm a ainmniú.  Beidh toghchán ar siúl do ghach bhliain-ghrúpa agus tré bhallóid phoist a fheidhmeoidh an córas chun tuismitheoirí a cheapadh ó gach bliain-ghrúpa.  Beidh tuismithoirí in ann daoine a mholadh chun dul ar aghaidh chuig an gComhairle Tuismitheoirí.  Beidh an toghchán ar siúl le linn na Nollag.

Má tá suim agat a bheith mar bhall ar an gComhairle, seol ríomhphost chuig an Príomhoide – ag léiriú go bhfuil suim agat ann.

Caint ó Shiceolaí faoi na brúnna a bhíonn ar dhéagóirí.

Beidh Stella O’ Malley ag caint ar an oíche chomh maith – eolas faoin údar mór le rá thíos anseo.

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The Parents Council would like to invite you to a Parents Talk by Dr. Stella O’ Malley and the Parents Council 2018 A.G.M. on Monday, 5 March 2018 at 7.30 pm.

This is an important occasion for parents where nominations will be accepted for the formation of a new Parents’ Council which will operate from March 2018.

The Parents Council will present the Annual Report 2017 and copies of the Parents Council Constitution will also be available on the evening.  

If you would like to be appointed to the Parents Council, you must have a parent to nominate you or express your interest to be elected to the council.  An election may take place within each year group by postal ballot for parents to represent pupils from each year.  

If you are interested in working on Parents Council, please email Donncha O’Treasaigh, school principal to let him know –

Speaker – Stella O’ Malley – Psychotherapist

The Parents Council is delighted to inform you that it has organised for Stella O’Malley, a psychotherapist, writer, best-selling author, public speaker and a parent with many years’ experience working as a mental health professional, to speak on the night also.  

Stella will focus on the pressures on young people in today’s world and how to manage the unrealistic demands on young people to seek out perfection in all they do in their daily lives, while losing out on being joyful and happy.

Stella O’ Malley – Biography

Born in Dublin, Stella now calls Birr, Co. Offaly home where she lives with her husband and two children and runs her private practice.

Much of Stella’s counselling and teaching work is with parents and young people which culminated in the publication of her two bestselling books ‘Cotton Wool Kids’ by Mercier Press in 2015 and ‘Bully-Proof Kids’ by Gill Books in August 2017.

Forging a career in the Irish media, Stella writes extensively about mental health issues for newspapers such as the Irish Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, Irish Examiner, Evening Herald, Daily Mail, Irish Tatler, Pregnancy and Parenting magazine and many other media outlets. She’s also a regular contributor to the Irish Independent and to

Stella frequently appears on national and local media such as RTE Radio 1, RTE television, TV3, Newstalk, Today FM and BBC Northern Ireland to discuss a broad range of topics such as mental well-being, mindfulness, conflict resolution in the workplace, communication skills, parenting and childhood issues in Ireland today.

You can hear and watch some of what Stella covers by clicking on this link: Click Here

This event is being funded by the Parents Council of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh for the benefit of parents and guardians who are part of our community.

We are extremely grateful to the Parents Council for its tremendous support of our school and the guidance and advice the members provide on a voluntary basis each month.  

Our Parents Council also help to raise a considerable amount of money each year to support the activities and rent of facilities at the school for the benefit of all pupils.

Donncha Ó Treasaigh


Dráma na hIdirbhliana/TY Drama 2018

CorpOideachas san ArdTeist / PE in Leaving Cert

Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE)
Gaelcholásite Luimnigh is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application to the Department of Education and Skills to be included in the first phase of schools to offer Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) as an optional subject for examination and (SCPE ) Senior Cycle PE for all Senior Cycle students.

Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 09.59.22The LCPE will be introduced from September 2018 for fifth year students at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh. LCPE is an optional subject in which the students will study and are examined in, as part of the Leaving Certificate, with CAO points allocated accordingly. The new Leaving Certificate Physical Education examinable subject will have three assessment components:

  • A physical activity project, (20%)
  • A performance assessment (30%
  • A written examination. (50%)

Sports psychology and skill acquisition techniques will be among the areas studied. Students also learn to use ICT in an ethical and responsible manner as an integral part of learning and assessment.

The selection of this Limerick ETB school is a testament to the high standards of teaching and learning taking place in its schools across the county. The benefits for the students as they continue their learning journey at Senior Cycle will be far-reaching: including improved health and fitness among young people; raising awareness of physical health; and increasing the range of subjects on offer.

Link to Limerick Leader Article