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24 September 2023
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Schools notes

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St Joseph's Class of 1983 Reunion

Former pupils are planning a reunion night on Friday 10th November in Kennys. A chance to catch up with old friends and enjoy sharing memories of our school days. Finger food and '80s music.

Admission is by ticket only (20 euro) and is limited to the Class of '83.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.
For more details please contact Olive Murphy at


Lucan Community College

Scholarship Award for Past Pupil: On Saturday last Ms Malone accompanied past pupil Yasmin Aminou to University of Limerick where she received the prestigious JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to gifted students across the country in recognition of their excellent Leaving Certificate results and will assist them in completing their Third Level education.

Yasmin who is a former Student of the Year and Spirit of DDLETB, is currently studying Pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin and would like to pursue a career in healthcare.

The school community in Lucan Community College are very proud of Yasmin and wish her all the best for the future!


Adult Education Classes: Our Adult Education night school starts this week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for the Autumn term. Please see our brochure for a fantastic array of courses - available on our school website.

Debs 2023: Our 2023 Graduates enjoyed their Debs Ball on Friday last in the Red Cow Moran Hotel. The event was a hugely enjoyable night by all! A huge thank you to our wonderful Parents' Association who organise and supervise the event each year.

Teaching and Learning at Lucan Community College: Our teachers and students are settling back well into their classrooms for the year ahead. Here are Mr Carey's 1st Year Graphics class on their 'Team build and describe the Geometry' Assignment. Excellent teamwork, built structure and descriptions. Geometry is all around us!


We would also like to congratulate Transition Year students Paris Uyi and Anna McCaffrey who were joint winners in the back to school TY competition entitled 'New Chapter' recently.


Sports News: The girls U19 basketball team won their first match yesterday against Kishoge CC, with a final score of 65-14. The U16 team also played their first match as a team, unfortunately they lost but they played extremely well. Well done to all players and their coaches Ms Nolan and Ms Corrigan.


Colaiste Phadraig

Open Night 2023: A reminder that Colaiste Phadraig's Open Night will take place in the school on Thursday 5th October from 7pm-9pm.

Hurling: Our Senior Hurlers began their Post-Primary Schools Leinster Hurling 'B' League campaign last Thursday with an exciting and high-scoring draw against Laois school St. Fergal's College, Rathdowney. Dublin Minor star Conor Dillon had a superb game in the full-forward line as he tormented the Laois backline throughout with his power, pace, intelligence and movement. Conor scored an impressive 2-09 in an influential display full of energy and skill. Michael O' Brien also scored a fine goal from the full-forward position with Sean Teehan, Patrick Ryan and Callum Morris adding further goals.

Killian Costello also impressed for Lucan in the half-forward line with his strength in the air, numerous interceptions and successful tackles. He also added 2 points from play but the last point came from the Laois side who equalised right at the end with their 25th score of the game to deny Lucan the win their overall performance perhaps merited. The final score was 6-15 to 4-21 so both teams can be a little disappointed not to win a game after posting such impressive scores. Lucan can be proud of their display as they had a much younger team than their experienced and talented opponents who had mainly 6th yrs playing for them.

There is one other team in the group, Colaiste Abhainn Ri, Callan, Kilkenny, with both teams to face them in the coming weeks. The group could very well come down to scoring difference after this opening draw so there could be some further high scores in store in the games ahead! The top team in the group advances to the League Final with the 2nd placed team qualifying for the Shield Final.

Football: Our senior football team began their Leinster League campaign on Monday with a group stage match against Colaiste De Lacy, Ashbourne. Lucan played very well against a high standard opponent but came up short on the day as the Ashbourne team eventually won the match on a score-line of 4:13 to 3:07. Full forward Tyler Doherty scored 2-0, Shane Wallace added 1-1 from full-back while Luke McGovern, who impressed throughout with a lively and influential display, kicked three points, while Reece Kelly, Alex Leonard and Kai Keogh scored the other points for the team. Two quick-fire goals just before half-time, while playing with a strong breeze, ultimately cost Lucan dearly.

Phelim Dunne was one of the team's stand-out performers as he won numerous high balls, tackled extremely well and used the ball intelligently throughout while Alex Leonard also impressed with his fitness, speed and handling. The team have one more group match to play, a must-win home game against a school from Ballymahon, Longford in the next two weeks.

Basketball: Our u16 and u19 basketball teams are to begin their Eastern League A campaigns this week after the draws were sent to schools last Thursday. Doubling up is the norm in schools’ basketball with both panels travelling together for all matches against the same opponents. They are approximately 20 schools in total in each competition and our teams have been drawn in a group of 5, alongside Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip, Adamstown CS, Moyle Park and Colaiste Eanna, Rathfarnham with the top two sides in each of the four groups of five advancing to the 1-4 finals. Our 16s contains the majority of the 2nd yr panel that won the All-Ireland “B” National Cup in dramatic fashion in May, with a couple of additional players from TY joining the group this yr.

The group will be managed by Ms. Gough and Mr. Kelly and they are both hopeful of another competitive and successful season, even though the step-up to 'A' inevitably means that the standard of opposition will be much tougher this year. However, our u14s won every match they played last year so they are certainly up for the challenge! They can also take inspiration from our 2016 basketball team who won the u16A National Cup so it is not uncharted territory for the school.

Our u19s should also be competitive as our u16s won the Shield Final last year and won all of their games throughout the campaign, just missing out on a place in the main League semi-final due to a missed deadline in one fixture. The two panels had a good training session on Tuesday morning in preparation for their opening matches against Colaiste Eanna on Wednesday.

Soccer: Our senior soccer team have been drawn to play Malahide CS at home in the preliminary round of the Leinster Senior Cup. There are 115 entrants for this year’s competition, the highest amount in over 20yrs, so it is an extremely difficult competition to win. The match against Malahide will take place next week so best of luck to the team.


St Joseph's College Lucan

Joey's Splashers win Silver! Well done to Joey's Splashers - our TY Dragon Boat Regatta Team who won Silver at the Lough Rynn Regatta in Mohill, Co. Leitrim on Saturday! The students were competing in three 200m races against a variety of teams such as the Donegal Dolphins and the Athy Dragon Warriors! Great fun was had with 16 paddlers & our drummer Sara Devine, it was brilliant to se 20 Silver medals coming back to St. Joseph's!


The students held a fantastic Bake Sale in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland as part of their involvement in the Regatta. They raised an unbelievable 822.50 euro last Friday. Well done all!


6th Year Activities: Our 6th Year students are having a busy few weeks so far. Almost 80 6th Year students enjoyed a trip to Flynn Park in Balbriggan last week. Well-deserved time out in the sunshine scaling the heights & working together made for a very worthwhile bonding experience. On Wednesday, 20th September, all 6th Years visited the Higher Options Expo in the RDS - students spoke to representatives from 3rd Level institutions from Ireland and across the world and attended career talks on a wide range of topics. On Friday, 22nd September, 6th Year Geography students will travel to the Burren, Co. Clare to spend two days exploring the unique landscape as part of the Field Study for the Leaving Cert.


Disney's Beauty & The Beast Jr coming to St. Joseph's!
We are delighted to announce that this year's Transition Year Musical will be Disney's Beauty & the Beast Jr! For the first time in the school's long history of TY Musicals, we will be welcoming the songs, set, costumes, scripts & dance routines of this Disney Classic to our stage! On Thursday, 14th September, we welcomed Carol & Jimmy O'Byrne to speak to our excited TY students about the up and coming auditions & rehearsals! The new cast & choruses will take to the stage from Thursday, 30th November - Sunday, 3rd December 2023 for our nightly shows. We cannot wait to welcome our audiences to Disney's Beauty & the Beast Jr!