De La Salle College Macroom
Booklists for 2018 / 2019:
The lists of books needed for the upcoming school year are available HERE:
Hard on the heels of the loss in the U-14 final, our U-16 team were defeated today by Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh in the final of the Cork Schools' B championship.
Founder's Day Celebrations:
De la Salle Day was marked today with a concelebrated mass in St. Colman's church, attended by students and teachers of both De la Salle College and St. Colman's national school, along with members of the general public.
DLS were beaten today in the final of the Cork Schools' U-14B championship.
The death has been announced this morning of Fergal Murphy from Coachford. Fergal, A past pupil of the school, is a brother to our Principal Mr. John Murphy. The condolences of the school community go out to Mr. Murphy and all of his family.
Date and Venue for U-16 Final:
The final of the Cork Schools' U-16B football championship against Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh will take place on Thursday next, May 17th. The venue is Ballincollig GAA pitch and throw-in will be at 12.30pm.
Preparations Under Way for Founder's Day:
De la Salle Founder's Day will be celebrated on Wednesday next, May 16th, with mass being held in St. Colman's Church at 12 midday.
Italian Adventurers Return:
A weary but happy bunch of First Years returned home from Milan today having spent a week in Marcallo con Casone. Gardaland, the San Siro stadium tour and the wonders of Lake Maggiore were amongst the adventures they encountered.
Date and Venue for U-14 Final:
The final of the Cork Schools' U-14B football final against the Patrician Academy Mallow will be held on Tuesday next, May 15th, on the 4G pitch in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, throw-in at 1.30pm.
National Essay Prize
Patrick Kerry from 2nd Year has won the Department of Education's first prize in his category in the "Decade of Centenaries" competition.
Ethan Forde from First Year will this week represent the school in the national judo championships, which are to be held in Dublin. Best of luck!
Summer Exams Timetable:
The timetable for the summer exams can be viewed HERE:
First Years Depart for Italy:
It was all excitement this morning as 29 of our First Year students boarded the bus on the way to Dublin airport to catch a flight to Milan. The next week will be spent with host families in Marcallo con Casone as the return leg of the annual cultural exchange is fulfilled. Boun viaggio a tutti !
Yet Another Final Reached!
The school's U-16 football team qualified for the final of the Cork Schools' B championship today with a 2-14 to 2-1 win over Carrigaline Community School. Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh will be our opponents in the final, with both date and venue still not known.
U-14's Head Into Final:
A tremendous victory today over Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney, sees De la Salle progress to the final of the Cork Schools' U-14B championship. The Patrician Academy Mallow will provide the opposition, with the venue and date yet to be decided.
Timetables for Certificate Exams:
The timetable for the Leaving Cert exams can be accessed HERE:
The timetable for the Junior Cert exams can be accessed HERE:
GAA Fixture Details:
The U-14B football semi-final versus Blarney will take place in Ovens tomorrow, April 30th. Throw-in will be at 12.30pm.
The semi-final of the Cork Schools' U-16B championship will take place on Tuesday next, May 1st, in Ballincollig GAA pitch at 12.30 pm. Carrigaline Community School will provide the opposition.
Good Reports from Bordeaux!
It seems that the lads and lassies are having a ball in Bordeaux. They are set to return on Wednesday next.
Trips for Transition Years:
TY geography students travelled to Banna beach in Kerry yesterday as part of their field-work education while Kerry was also the destination for all Transition Years today as they took part in a hike to Torc waterfall and its environs.
Stephen Bradley in 5th Year was voted in by the public as the Macroom Senior Sportsperson of the Year - many congratulations from all of the school community.
First Year Hurling Blitz:
De la Salle sent a team to Páirc Uí Chaoimh today to participate in a "friendly" hurling blitz. A great (and successful!) time was had by all on the artificial-surface pitch and this will provide great practice for upcoming competitive fixtures.
Another Great Performance in History Quiz:
De la Salle Macroom's excellent run of results in the Junior Cert history quiz continued in Mount Mercy College tonight with an unlucky one-point defeat to Presentation College. Our second team finished in sixth position, out of a total of 43 teams. Congratulations to all involved.
Transition Years in Killarney:
As the first prize in an inter-schools competition, a large number of our Transition Year Students have spent the last two days in Killarney, taking part in outdoor pursuits, a guided visit to the National Park and a tour of the Liebherr manufacturing plant. Having taken in a movie in the town's cinema on Thursday evening, the lads stayed overnight in a hostel near Killarney.
Our U-16 footballers had a good 2-9 to 2-14 victory today over St. Colman's Fermoy in the quarter-final of the Cork Schools' B championship. They will next play Carrigaline Community School in the semi-final, which will be played in Ballincollig GAA pitch on Tuesday May 1st at 12.30.
Macroom Sportsperson of the Year:
Both Stephen Bradley in Fifth Year and Cormac Buckley in Third Year have been nominated in the sports section of the Macroom Person of the Year awards. They can be voted for HERE:
Presentations were made today of cheques for over 2000 euro raised by our Transition Years for the Macroom Christmas Charities Appeal. The beneficiaries were St. Vincent de Paul, COPE and Macroom Senior Citizens.
Facile Victory for U-14's:
Our U-14 football team had a convincing 7-11 to 1-1 win over Kinsale Community College in the Cork Schools' B championship today.
French Try Their Hand at Technology!
Our visitors from Bordeaux spent the morning in De la Salle, taking in the atmosphere of the school. One of the activities they were involved in was to be guided by Mr. Murphy on a few make-it-yourself techniques!
Italians Enjoy an "Irish Afternoon" Before They Depart:
Our Italian visitors spent the afternoon in the school engaging in an afternoon of Irish music, dance and "craic", even if they might not understand the phrase "Seachtain na Gaeilge"! They will be heading off to Dublin airport in the small hours of the morning to return home after an all-too-brief stay. In the meantime, our friends from Bordeaux are settling in to Macroom life.
Footballers Out of Luck:
Our U-16½ football team were defeated 3-10 to 2-5 by Clonakilty Community College in the first round of the Munster Schools' B championship today.
Visitors On Their Way:
The Italian exchange students will be arriving on Friday next for a somewhat abbreviated visit while the students from Bordeaux will be landing on Monday next - a busy time lies ahead!
School will Remain Open on Wednesday March 14th:
The planned closing of the school to students on March 14th will not now go ahead.
Notice With Regard to Weather Alerts:
Due to the Red Level warning that has been put in place by National authorities, the school will remain closed on tomorrow, Thursday March 1st and also on Friday, March 2nd. It is planned that the school will re-open to students on Tuesday, March 6th (as Monday will be an in-service training day for teachers).
The remaining pre-certificate exams for 6th and 3rd students year will take place from Tuesday morning onwards.
This morning's anticipated arrival of the Italian students from Milan has been a victim of flight cancellation due to adverse weather in Dublin, more news to follow on this ...
Keep safe and warm over the next few days!
The school will be closed to students on Monday next, February 28th, to facilitate teacher in-service training.
Disappointment for Senior Footballers:
De la Salle suffered a gallant but heartbreaking defeat tonight in the final of the Corn Simcox, beaten by Coláiste Chríost Rí in C.I.T. on a 3-15 to 2-13 score line.
Timetables for Pre-Exams:
The timetables for the upcoming pre-exams are available HERE:
Simcox Final Details:
De la Salle will face old rivals Coláiste Chríost Rí in the final of the Corn Simcox on Wednesday next in C.I.T. Throw-in will be at 4.30pm.
Transition Year Technology Display Their Wares!
There will be a Parent-Teacher meeting for Second Years in the school on Thursday next, 1st February, from 4.15-6.45pm.
There will be a Parent-Teacher meeting for First Years in the school on Tuesday next, 23rd January, from 4.15-6.45pm.
Seniors Go Close in Quarter-Final:
A gallant 4-point defeat to St. Brendan's Killarney in Ballyvourney today sees the end of De la Salle's progression in this year's Corn Uí Mhuirí competition.
Juniors Do Well in Cross-Country:
Our Junior Cycle team did exceptionally well in the West Cork Schools' Cross-Country championship held in Dunmanway today, the highlight being our Third Years filling 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions in the Third Year section.
Stephen Receives His Award:
Stephen Bradley was presented today with the trophy as the winner of the West Cork Garda Youth Achievement award.
Impressive Response to St. Vincent de Paul Appeal:
A fantastic response by students and parents yielded a huge bonus for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Christmas hamper appeal, with an impressive amount of non-perishable food being collected. Grateful officials Gerry McKenna and Phil Barry from the society visited the school today to take away the goods for distribution to needy families.
Christopher Wins the Prize:
Christopher Scanlan from 5th Year won the prize for the best Christmas "jumper" today with his inflatable Santa outfit!
Yet Another Simcox Final Appearance!
A 1-7 to 0-8 victory over Clonakilty Community College in Páirc Uí Chaoimh today sees De la Salle through to the final of the Corn Simcox. Coláiste Chríost Rí or Hamilton High School Bandon will provide the opposition in the final. We have won this Cork Schools' Senior A competition four times since 2006 and been runners-up on several other occasions. In the Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter-final draw made this evening, De la Salle were matched against St. Brendan's Killarney, with the game to be played on the 17th of January.
Congratulations to Steven:
Steven Bradley has returned from the IWAS games in Portugal with several personal best times and a new Irish record for the 800 metres under his belt. Well Done Stevie!
Cross Country Runners Do Well:
Our Junior Cross country runners did well in Riverstick today, with Ramon Gasper from 3rd Year finishing 10th overall and Ben O'Connell coming first in the Second Year sub-section:
2C in Haulbowline:
The 2C class visited the naval base in Haulbowline today as part of their CSPE project.
De la Salle Places High on "League Tables":
Albeit a very narrow measure of a school's quality, it is nevertheless gratifying to see De la Salle ranked amongst Cork's academic elite in the "league tables" published in the national media today. With 98% of last year's graduates going on to Third Level education, the school was in eighth place in the Cork city and county list. Congrats to the students and their educators!
De la Salle went down 4-4 to 1-5 to Douglas Community School in the Cork Post Primary schools U-16 C hurling championship today.
Presentation to Steven Bradley:
A presentation was made to Steven Bradley in front of his classmates this morning to mark his being honoured with the Garda Special Youth Achievement award. Steven is off to Portugal tomorrow to compete in the IWAS games - good luck! - and unfortunately will miss the gala ceremony in the Riverside Hotel tomorrow night where all the Youth Achievement awards will be presented.
Past Pupil Receives U.C.C. Scholarships:
Brendan Kelleher, on the basis of his results in the Leaving Cert last summer, was awarded an Entrance and a Keliher scholarship to U.C.C. at a ceremony in the university tonight.
First Year Blitz in Páirc Uí Chaoimh:
A brilliant day was had by our First Years who travelled to Cork today to take part in a First Year football blitz in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Christmas Exams Timetables:
The timetables for the Christmas house exams may be viewed here:
The school will be closed on Monday next, November 27th.
Dylan Brings Trophy to the School:
Dylan Foley from 5th Year was part of the Eire Óg club team that won the Cork Premier 1 county football championship. He brought the trophy to the school today.
Another Great Day for De la Salle!!!
Qualification Achieved for the Corn Uí Mhuirí Knockout Stages:
A 2-14 to 0-14 victory against Cork schools football kingpins Coláiste Chríost Rí in Ballincollig today sees our senior football team progress to the knockout stages of the Corn Uí Mhuirí.
Great day for De la Salle!!!
West Cork Garda Youth Award:
Steven Bradley from 5th Year has been so deservedly awarded the overall top honour in the Supervalu-sponsored West Cork Garda Youth Awards for 2017. These awards acknowledge and celebrate outstanding achievement by young people aged between 13 and 21 and there can rarely have been such a meritorious winner as our Steven. It is no exaggeration to say that the entire school community is thrilled to bits for him.
Victory in Business Quiz:
De la Salle came in first and fourth places with the two teams that we entered in the Cork and Kerry Business Teachers' Association Junior Cert quiz, which was held in St. Brendan's College in Killarney tonight. Well done to all the lads and their teachers!
Good First Outing for U-14's
Our footballers had a convincing win against Midleton CBS today in their first game in the Cork Schools' U-14B championship.
Presentation of Jerseys:
The company Philmac Ltd. made a presentation to the school today of a set of newly-designed jerseys. The school very much appreciates this support and our lads will wear the gear with pride!
Max Wins the Prize:
First Year Max Wyczynski was selected as having produced the best poster for Mental Health Awareness week.
Loss for U-15's:
Our U-15 footballers suffered a 4-3 to 1-15 loss against Abbey CBS from Tipperary in Glanworth today in the second round of the Munster B championship.
There will be a Parent-Teacher meeting for parents of 5th Years in the school on Monday next, November 13th, from 4.15 - 6.45pm.
As part of the school's wellbeing awareness programme, 1st and 2nd Years will be participating in several events next week. The programme can be accessed here:
Defeat for Footballers:
Our senior football team suffered a 0-10 to 1-11 defeat against Coláiste Choilm in the Corn Uí Mhuirí at Kilmurry today. A victory against Coláiste Chríost Rí will now be required for us to proceed to the next stage of the competition. Transition Year David Hunt's report may be accessed here:
Olympiad Trials Call-up for Colm:
On the basis of his Junior Cert science and maths results, Colm O'Riordan from Transition Year has been invited to take part in trials for the Irish Science Olympiad team. These take place in DCU on Saturday next and we wish him the best of luck!
Christmas Shoebox Appeal:
Some of our First and Second Years have been busy collecting toys and goodies for needy children and their "shoeboxes" will be shortly sent on to Team Hope.
A comfortable 2-16 to 3-3 victory over Rochestown College today sees the school through to yet another semi-final of the Simcox Cup. Our opponents will be Clonakilty Community College.
Transition Year Geography Field Trip:
Our TY geography class had a fine day out in Killarney National Park today.
Video Goes Viral!
The Transition Year homage to "Ophelia" has garnered almost 100,000 Youtube hits to date. Congratulations to the lads and their teachers Ms. O'Donovan and Ms. Crowley. The video clip can be viewed on the school's facebook page.
Third Years in Haulbowline:
The 3B class visited the naval base in Haulbowline today as part of their CSPE project.
Last Gasp Victory:
A very late goal saw De la Salle overcome Coachford College by 2 points in the replay of the Munster Colleges U-15 B championship today. The score was 5-5 to 4-10 and the game was played in Canovee.
TY Hike To Gearagh:
Our Transition Year students participated in a hike to the Gearagh today to raise funds for their activities over the coming year.
Corn Uí Mhuirí Campaign Off To The Perfect Start:
We had a comfortable 3-15 to 1-9 win over Clonakilty Community College in the first group match in the Corn Uí Mhuirí today, the game having been played Kilmurry. Our next outing is against Coláiste Choilm from Ballincollig on November 8th.
The postponed Parent-Teacher meeting for parents of 6th Years will now be held on Monday, November 6th, from 4.15 to 6.45pm.
The meeting for parents of Third Year students will go ahead as planned on Thursday October 26th, also from 4.15 to 6.45pm.
The school will reopen as normal on tomorrow, Wednesday 17th October.
School to Remain Closed:
The Department of Education has instructed all schools to remain closed on tomorrow, October 17th. It is expected that classes will now resume as normal on Wednesday.
The Department of Education has instructed all schools in the areas subject to a Red Weather Warning not to open tomorrow, October 16th. Accordingly, De la Salle will remain closed tomorrow but it is expected that all will be back to normal on Tuesday. Stay safe!
Disappointment for Hurlers:
Our senior hurling team lost out to Davis College, Mallow, today in the first round of the Cork Schools' C championship.
There will be a Parent-Teacher meeting for parents of 6th Year students on Tuesday next, October 17th, from 4.15 - 6.45pm.
Exciting Draw in Munster Football:
De la Salle came from behind to salvage a 6-12 to 7-9 draw today against Coachford College in the first round of the Munster Schools' U-15 B football championship.
First Year Bonding Trip:
The First Year group travelled to the Aquadome in Tralee today to have some fun and to get to know each other in a more informal environment.
Welcome Back to School Mass:
A mass, commencing at 12 noon, was celebrated by Fr. Joe O'Mahony in St. Colman's church today to mark the beginning of the new school year. The mass was attended by students and teachers as well as three special visitors from the national and international De la Salle community. After the mass, a presentation was made by Transition Year students to those De la Salle representatives of the proceeds of a "no-uniform" day in the school.
The Open Night for prospective First Year students 2018 / 2019 will take place in the school on Thursday evening next, from 7pm to 9pm.
Junior Cert Results:
The Junior Cert results arrived this morning and all were pleased with how they got on, including some very high grades for many students.
Transition Years in Castletown:
Some of our Transition Years, both Class Prefects and 1st Year mentors, travelled to De la Salle headquarters in Castletown in County Laois over the weekend to participate in a leadership course.
New First Years:
Here are this year's recruits!
Steven Bradley Selected for Ireland:
5th Year student Steven Bradley has been selected on the Irish team for the IWAS games in Portugal. Many congratulations Steven and family!
Friday 1st September:
Transition Year Paint Balling:
The Transition Group travels on a bond-making trip to Tralee today to have some fun paint balling. Teachers beware!
The school will re-open on Monday next, 28th August, for Transition Year students, from 9.30 - 11.30.
New First Year students will be in school on Tuesday 29th August from 9.30 am to 12 Noon.
The school will re-open fully for all students on Wednesday morning, classes beginning at 9am.
Leaving Cert Exams out:
Many congratulations to our students today as they receive their Leaving Cert results, the culmination of 6 years of hard work.
Eileen Butler Retires:
Much loved and highly respected, both professionally and on a personal level, French teacher Eileen Butler has called a halt to her career in De la Salle. After more than 30 years of valued service, she will be sorely missed by all. The school community wishes he all the best and many years of a fulfilling retirement.
School on TV Tonight:
The Prime Time show in which De la Salle features will be aired on RTE 1 tonight after the 9 O'clock news.
Transition Year Awards:
The awards for achievement in Transition Year were made by Miss Butler today.
Graduation Night a Success:
The graduation ceremony for the departing Leaving Cert students took place tonight, with Monsignor O'Donnell and Fr. O'Mahony concelebrating the mass. Mr. Murphy addressed the gathered students, parents and teachers and Alan O'Farrell replied on behalf of the 6th Years.
A staff meeting will commence tomorrow at 2.30 and so school will be over at this time.
Talk on the Danger of Drug Mis-use:
A presentation was made to our 5th Year students today by Nicole Ryan from Millstreet, whose brother of Alex died last year as a result of drug mis-use. The talk was filmed for broadcast in the Prime Time programme on RTE 1, possibly on May 25th.
Founder's Day Celebration:
The feast day St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle will be celebrated by the school tomorrow during the Founder's Day mass, which will be held in St. Colman's Church at 12 midday.
Preparations for Graduation Ceremony Well Under Way:
That day is drawing close again where we say goodbye to our Leaving Cert class. The graduation mass and ceremony will be held on Tuesday next, May 23rd, at 8pm in the school hall. Tissues at the ready!
The school suffered an narrow 3-point defeat to Coláiste Choilm in the Cork schools' U-17½ football blitz in Páirc Uí Rinn today.
Death of Former Principal:
Br. Jerome Cooper, Principal in De la Salle Macroom from the late seventies to the early eighties passed away this weekend - "Ar Dheis Dé go Raibh a Anam Dílis".
Transition Year Students in Ballyhass:
Our Transition Years are in Ballyhass outdoor pursuits centre today and tomorrow and a great time should be had by all.
Back From Milan:
After a fabulous week in Italy, our intrepid First Years plus teachers returned home this evening.
Fine Showing by Third Years:
A Third Year team consisting of Jakub Byrdziak, James Galvin, Fionn Healy and Eoin O'Riordan came a fine fifth place this evening in the Cork Schools' Junior Cert science quiz. The lads won the general knowledge section of the quiz on full marks, earning a handy 30 euro each as their prize.
Transition Years Climb to the Ceiling of Ireland!
Our 4th Years plus some of our more active teachers hiked to the top of Carrantouhill in Killarney this afternoon. God bless their energy!
The timetables for the upcoming house exams can be found here.
You can access the State exams timetables as follows:
Off to Italy!
33 of our First Years, together with two 4th Year mentors and three teachers, headed off to Dublin airport this morning en route to Milan and thence onwards to Marcallo con Casone and a week of adventure and cultural immersion. Enjoy!
First prize (of a laptop) was won by Colm O' Mahony from 5th Year. The other prize winners were: Daniel Buckley (2nd prize); Julie O' Dea (3rd prize); Matt & Julian O' Leary (4th prize); Katie O' Riordan (5th prize).
Back from Bordeaux:
Our Transition and 2nd Year students came back this evening after a successful trip to Bordeaux on the annual exchange.
Italian Students Return Home:
Our Italian visitors set off on their return journey to Milan today - Bon Voyage!
Off to Bordeaux!
18 of our Transition Year and Second Year students headed off early this morning on the return leg of the French exchange.
Our visitors from Marcallo arrived in Macroom today and hopefully the weather will be favourable for the week of their stay!
Transition Years on Geography Field Trip:
Our Transition Year geography students spent the day basking in the sunshine and doing geography field work on Banna Beach in Kerry.
French Return Home:
Our visitors from France travelled back to Bordeaux today. Bon Voyage! Fifteen of our Transition Years and four of our 2nd Year students will commence the return leg early on Wednesday morning next.
U-16 Footballers Lose Out:
Our U-16 football team was beaten today by Skibbereen Community School in the first round of the Cork Schools' A championship.
Martial Arts Champion in Transition Year:
John Wynroe from Transition Year has added to his already impressive tally of taekwondo medals by winning 3 gold and one silver in the English Elite Open Championship.
Our U-14 footballers were well beaten by Clonakilty Community college today in their latest round of the Cork Schools' A competition.
Disappointment for Footballers:
De la Salle went down to a heartbreaking one point loss today against Ballincollig in the semi-final of the Corn Simcox
Tickets were made available through the school's students today to raise funds for school upkeep. Tickets are 10 euro each and the prizes are grand! Everyone's support would be appreciated.
Details for Simcox Match:
The semi-final of the Corn Simcox against Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig will take place tomorrow, March 15th, in Kilmichael. Throw-in will be at 12.30.
Our visitors from Bordeaux arrived safe and sound tonight and will be with us for the next couple of weeks. Bienvenues!
First Year Students in Listowel:
Our First Year students paid a visit to Listowel today as Kerry Writers' week is underway.
TY Students Earns Call-up to Foreign Affairs!
Seán O'Leary from Transition Year has won a week-long internship as an "Iveagh Scholar" in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He was selected on the basis of an essay he submitted and will head to Dublin in early April.
A series of Parent-Teacher meetings will be held in the school throughout the day on Friday next, March 10th. From 9am - 11am parents of Second Year students are invited to attend, from 11.15 - 1.15pm will be for parents of 4th Years and from 1.50 - 3.50pm it will be the turn of parents of 5th Years.
Great Result for TY Drama:
Our Transition Year players arrived home from Mullingar in the early hours of the morning bringing with them the prize for best comedy and overall runners-up. Well done to all!
Best of Luck to TY!
The vast majority of the Transition Year class headed off to Mullingar this morning to participate in the final of the TY drama competition.
Visit From Mother of Donal Walsh:
Mrs. Elma Walsh, mother of the late Donal, paid a visit to the school today to speak with Senior Cycle students about the history and work of the suicide trust set up in his memory. She was presented with a cheque for funds raised by the school on behalf of the charity.
TY Drama Goes Down Well:
Our Transition Years, under the guidance of the English teachers, made the short trip to the Riverside Hotel this morning to participate in a TY inter-school drama contest, wowing the audience and judges with the somewhat zany "The Most Lamentable Tragedy of the Desperate Housewives and their Fellas, Like". A slightly longer trip to Mullingar now beckons in the final of the competition.
Victory for Debaters:
The school hosted St. Brendan's from Killarney in the Munster schools' debating league tonight and we emerged victorious. The motion for the debate, which we supported, was that "Europe has Failed Africa". The team members were Conor Sheehan, Tom O'Donovan, John Downey, Ciaran Condon and Sean O' Leary.
Defeat for Footballers:
Our U-16 football team were beaten today by St. Flannan's from Ennis in the first round of the Munster Schools' A championship (the Frewen Cup).
Our U-16 hurlers brought the first piece of silverware of the year back to the school today having overcome MICC Dunmanway in the final of the Cork Schools' C championship. Well done!
There will be a parent-teacher meeting for parents of First Year students held in the school tomorrow, January 24th, from 4.15 - 6.45pm.
Comfortable Win for Footballers:
Having received a bye through the first round of the Cork Schools' U-16A football championship, De la Salle easily disposed of St. Colman's Fermoy today to reach the semi-final of the competition.
Transition Years Attend Congress in Limerick:
The school's Transition Year students travelled to UL this morning to take part in the Cycle Against Suicide Leaders' Congress.
Debaters Perform Well:
De la Salle hosted Mounthawk from Tralee in the school tonight but weren't quite strong enough for the Kerry school. The next debating event is due to take place in the school on Monday 30th January.
Hurling Final Postponed:
The final of the Cork U-16C hurling final against Dunmanway, due to be played today, has been postponed due to frost.
Visit to the Young Scientist Competition:
A large group of our 3rd and 4th Year students braved the snow and ice today and travelled to the RDS in Dublin to visit the Young Scientists exhibition. The hope is that the trip will inform the lads as they hopefully prepare to enter the event next year.
Board of Management End-of-Term Report:
The Board of Management's end-of-year report is available here:
Presentation to Society of St. Vincent de Paul:
The annual Christmas collection hampers for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul were presented today.
Several priests from the parish and beyond visited the school today to conduct a penitential service for the schools' students. During their visit, the official opening and blessing of KAL house took place.
A Tonic for the Troops!
Our senior football team received a major morale boost today with a hard-fought Corn Simcox win over Skibbereen in Ballineen. We next face Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig in the semi-final.
Tomorrow, December 13th, will be a no-uniform day in the school. Proceeds will go towards the MCA charity appeal. Also, the finals of the 1st and 2nd Year Dance competition, run as part of Positive Mental Health Week, will take place in the hall.
Our U-14 hurling team won their opening match in the Cork Schools' championship today when they defeated Kanturk.
Heartbreaking Loss for Footballers:
A single point loss to Killorglin in Ballyvourney in the Corn Uí Mhuirí today sees our senior footballers fail to qualify for the knock-out stages.
Change of Plan for Mass:
The mass to celebrate The Feast of the Immaculate conception will now take place at 12pm and will be attended by the Junior Cycle students of the school.
Passing of Former Deputy Principal:
The school community was saddened to hear of the passing on this morning of former Deputy Principal Mr. Pa Joe Horgan. May he rest in peace.
School Riding High in League Table:
The publishing of the annual Third Level entry tables by the national newspapers today shows that De la Salle Macroom is in the top ten schools in Cork, a wonderful achievement.
Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception:
The school community will attend Mass in St. Colman's church on Thursday, December 8th, to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass will begin at 10.30 am.
Third Year Visit to Navy Base:
As part of their C.S.P.E. course, the 3A class paid a visit today to the naval base in Haulbowline, Cobh.
Christmas Exams Timetables:
U-16 Hurlers Reach Final:
Our U-16 hurlers defeated Cobh today to reach the final of the Cork Schools' championship.
Positive Mental Health Week:
There will be several activities held during the week to engage with national Positive Mental Health Week. This will include speakers on well-being, lectures on nutrition, dance classes and general de-stressing silliness at times!
The school will be closed all day on tomorrow, Fri 25th, as a staff training day will be held in the school.
The first outing for our U-14 footballers ended in disappointment today when they were beaten by Coláiste Choilm in the first round of the Cork Schools' championship.
Disappointment for Seniors:
A 7-point loss was the outcome today for our 2nd round game in the Corn Uí Mhuirí. Reigning All-Ireland champions St. Brendan's of Killarney provided the opposition. The next game will be against Killorglin and we still have a great chance of going through to the knock-out stages.
Past-pupil Wins U.C.C Award:
Past pupil Micheál Ó Lionáird was tonight presented with the Eli Lily award for top U.C.C. 2nd Year student in Chemical and Process Engineering.
Corn Uí Mhuirí Fixture:
The senior football team will play St. Brendan's of Killarney in their second round match in the Corn Uí Mhuirí tomorrow. Throw-in is at 1.30 in Rathmore.
Aindrias Moynihan T.D. visited the school today to accept the shoeboxes that the Junior Cycle students have been collecting for the Team Hope charity appeal.
There will be a Parent-Teacher meeting for parents of 3rd Year students held in the school tomorrow, Nov. 17th, from 4.15 - 6.45 pm.
School to Re-open:
The announcement of the suspension of industrial action by the A.S.T.I. means that the school will open as normal from tomorrow morning.
Ongoing Industrial Action:
While the situation remains open to change, as things presently stand the school will not re-open after the mid-term break until the dispute regarding the withdrawal of teachers from voluntary substitution and supervision service is resolved. As the week progresses there may be updates on this. In any event, a one-day strike is planned for Tuesday November 8th during which the school will definitely be closed.
As a result of industrial action by the ASTI, the school will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 27th October.
A team from De la Salle progressed tonight through the first round of the Concern debates which were held in the North Monastery in Cork. The team members were John Downey, Tom O' Donovan, Seán O' Leary and Conor Sheehan. Also James O' Mullane and Lloyd Asling progressed to the next round of the Philosophical Society debate in U.C.C.
De la Salle's senior footballers had a convincing 7-point Corn Uí Mhuirí win against Hamilton High School from Bandon In Kilmurry today. The next round will be against St. Brendan's Killarney in early September.
Corn Uí Mhuirí First Round:
The first round of the Corn Uí Mhuirí will be played tomorrow in Kilmurry, with Hamilton High School from Bandon providing the opposition. Throw-in is at 1.30 pm.
De la Salle Brother Elevated As A Saint:
Brother Solomon Leclercq was canonised in Rome today. Read article HERE:
There will be a parent-teacher meeting for parents of 6th Year students in the school on Tuesday next, October 18th, from 4.15 - 6.45 pm.
Transition Year on Top of the World!
Our Transition Year group took in the sights and got some fresh air by scaling the heights of Torc Mountain in Killarney today.
Cian Generates the "Aw!" Factor (or is that the "Paw" Factor?)
Cian Twomey from 5th Year appeared on TV 3's Ireland AM programme last week, having been selected as a winner on this month's Camera Club, where the theme was "New Beginnings".
Seniors do the Business:
A first round 2-point victory over Coláiste Chríost Rí in Cloughduv today sees De la Salle advance to the quarter finals of the competition, where Skibbereen await.
Athlete Makes Presentation to the School:
Athletics legend James Sheehy visited his alma mater today to donate to the school a mounted presentation of his many medals and a compendium of his athletics achievements, which were gratefully received by Principal John Murphy.
First Years Go "Bonding"!
Our entire First Year cohort spent the day in Tralee today, mainly in the Aquadome, where a great time was had by all as they got to know one another better.
Simcox Gets Under Way:
Our first round game in the Corn Simcox will take place tomorrow, Sep. 30th. Coláiste Chríost Rí will provide the opposition and the game will be played in Cloughduv, throw-in at 12.30 pm.
Great Win for Footballers:
Our U-15 footballers had a comprehensive victory today against CBS Dungarvan in the first round of the Munster Schools' B championship.
Medals Galore for Cross Country Performers:
The Cork Schools' cross country championships took place today, and De la Salle came away with an impressive haul of medals.
Welcome Back to School Mass:
A "Welcome Back to School" mass will be celebrated tomorrow, Sep. 28th, in St. Colman's church at 12 noon.
Condolences to Principal John Murphy & Family:
The school community was saddened to learn of the passing on of Principal John Murphy's mother Eva today. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.
Invite for Transition Year Student to Olympiad Trials:
Based on his outstanding Junior Cert results, John Downey in Transition Year has been invited to participate in trials for the Irish team to compete in the International Olympiad in maths and the sciences. The trials will take place in Dublin in October.
Hurlers Just Miss Out:
Our Senior hurling team put up a brave display today when going down by 3 points to St. Brogan's from Bandon in the Cork Schools' C championship.
Junior Cert Results Out:
Our Transition Year students received their Junior Cert results today and there was general delight at the quality of the outcomes. Congratulations to all!
New First Years:
Here is our new First Year group for 2016/17:
The open night for incoming First Year students (2017 / 2018) will take place on Tuesday evening September 20th, from 7.15 - 8.45 pm.
That time swings around again and the school is about to re-open for business!
On Thursday August 25th Transition Year students will attend from 9.30 am - 11.30, while the new First Year students will attend on Friday 26th August from 9.30 am - 12.30.
The school will open for all students on Monday August 29th.
Excellent Results yet Again!
The Leaving Cert examination results were published this morning and once again the school has produced a fine set of results. Congratulations and best of luck to the class of 2016!
Mark Duggan Trophy Won:
The final of the annual Mark Duggan memorial trophy for First Year soccer was played today.
Transition Year Awards:
Our 4th Year students received their certificates today to mark their participation throughout the year. First Aid, Self Defence and the President's Gaisce awards were also made.
The graduation mass for the class of 2016 will commence tomorrow evening at 8pm in the school hall.
Hurlers Lose Out:
Our U-14½ hurling team were beaten by Coláiste an Chraoibhín from Fermoy today in the Cork Schools' C final.
Not a Day for the Beach!!!
Our Transition Year geography class spent a wet and windswept day surveying Garrettstown Strand.
Paired Reading Certs Presented:
Transition Years and First Years were today presented with their certificates for participation in a highly successful 6-week Paired Reading programme.
Disappointment for Footballers:
Our U-16 team was beaten by Coláiste Chríost Rí today in the final of the Cork Schools' U-16 A championship.
Preparations Ongoing for De la Salle Founder's Day:
The celebration of De la Salle Founder's Day will take place on Wednesday next, May 18th, and preparations are underway throughout the school. Mass will be celebrated in St. Colman's church at 12 noon.
Good Performance in Science Quiz:
The Third Year team of John Downey, Nicky Dromey, Gerard Murphy and Kieran Murphy came a close third this evening in the Cork Schools' Junior Cert science quiz, held in U.C.C.
First Years Return from Italy:
Our 29 First Years who had participated in the Macroom -Marcallo exchange flew back into Dublin airport today as they came home after a great week of adventure and discovery in Italy.
The timetable for the Leaving Certificate exams can be accessed here:
The timetable for the Junior Certificate exams can be accessed here:
The timetables for the upcoming house exams can be accessed here:
Great Time Being had by Transition Years:
The Transition Year class have been spending two days in the Ballyhass Lake outdoor pursuits centre and have been enjoying themselves immensely:
The school has the honour of having three of its students, all 5th Years, on the Cork Minor football panel this year. While two are currently on the injured list, it is expected that Cathal Foley will start against Limerick next week.
Off to Italy!
29 of our First Year students, along with their teachers, headed for Dublin airport this morning as they began their journey to Marcallo con Casone near Milan. This is the "return leg" of the De la Salle College - Leonardo da Vinci College cultural exchange.
Great Win for U-16 Footballers:
Our U-16 football team progressed to the final of the Cork Schools' U-16A championship with a 4-point victory today against St. Colman's Fermoy. As with the Simcox final last week, Coláiste Chríost Rí await us in the decider.
Disappointment in Simcox Final:
Our senior footballers emerged with tremendous credit but nonetheless on the losing side tonight in the final of the Simcox Cup, Coláiste Chríost Rí winning with 4 points in hand.
Poignant Lecture from Donal Walsh's Mother:
Mrs. Elma Walsh, mother of the late anti-suicide campaigner Donal from Tralee, delivered a powerful and uplifting lecture to all of the Senior Cycle students in the school this morning. A no-uniform day was held to coincide with the visit, with the proceeds going to the Donal Walsh "#LiveLife" foundation.
Brilliant 1-2 for History Quizzers!
De la Salle came first and second in tonight's Cork Schools' Junior Cert history quiz, held in Mount Mercy in Cork. The school thus retains its title that it also won last year. Congratulations to all on a terrific achievement.
1st Years Presented with Lasallian Certificates:
Students from 1A were presented with certificates by Mr. Murphy today to mark their achieving a gold medal in a National Lasallian project on St. John Baptist De la Salle.
Italians Return Home:
Our visitors from Italy commenced their journey back to Marcallo con Casone this morning - buon viaggio! Our First Years will travel to Milan the week after next on the return leg of the exchange.
Italians Enjoy Culture Night!
Our Italian guests, along with their correspondent students and parents from De la Salle, enjoyed a great night of craic agus ceoil in the school tonight. Snacks and refreshments made the night complete!
The final of the Corn Simcox against Coláiste Chríost Rí will be held on Monday 25th April, venue Páirc Uí Rinn. Throw-in will be at 7pm and it is hoped that the school will be well represented in the stands!
Our U-14 football team were defeated by Clonakilty CC today in the Cork Schools' A league.
Our visitors from Italy arrived today on the first leg of the cultural exchange programme with Leonardo da Vinci College in Marcallo con Casone, near Milan. Benvenutos!
French Return Home:
Our guests from Bordeaux began their homeward trip to France today after enjoying their visit to Ireland immensely - the weather, for a change, behaved itself! Bon Voyage!
Great Win for U-16 Footballers:
Our U-16 footballers had a convincing victory today against Rochestown College in the first round of the Cork Schools' A championship.
There will be a parent-teacher meeting for parents of 6th Year students in the school on Thursday next, April 7th, from 4.15 - 6.45 pm.
Our visitors from Bordeaux arrived in Macroom today to begin the "return leg" of the annual schools exchange programme with Bordeaux. Bienvenues a tous!
De la Salle Advance to the Final:
A brilliant 1-12 to 0-10 extra time victory over Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig today sees De la Salle through to yet another final of the Simcox Cup (Cork Colleges' Senior A football). Our opponents in the decider will be either Coláiste Chríost Rí or Coachford College.
Fantastic Display to Commemorate 1916:
All of the school's students, along with teachers both present and past, stood to attention in the school's courtyard today to participate in the ceremony commemorating the centenary of the Easter 1916 rising. Mr. Murphy addressed the gathering and the proclamation was read out by a selection of students, both in English and as Gaeilge. The thoughts of our own students on where Ireland is today in relation to the aspirations of the Proclamation were also read out. Music was provided by Mr. Murt Kelleher and family and the event was recorded both by local TV and 96FM Radio. The event was climaxed with a rousing rendition of our National Anthem, delivered by Mr. Diarmuid Bolger with the accompaniment of all of the students and staff.
Back From Bordeaux:
Our Transition Year students with their teachers returned to school today after the "away leg" of the annual schools' exchange with College St. Genes in Bordeaux. Despite disappointing weather, a great time was had by all!
1916 Proclamation Commemoration Visit to Dublin:
Our 1B class, together with some Transition Years and teachers, travelled to Croke Park in Dublin today to take part in an event to mark the proclamation of the Republic in 1916. Each school in the country has received a tricolour, which will be raised at noon on Tuesday next. The group also visited the historic Glasnevin Cemetery.
Narrow Defeat for Hurlers:
The school suffered an extra-time 1-goal loss to St. Peter's Community School, Passage West, in the Cork School's U-16 hurling championship today.
Victory For Hurlers:
Our U-14½ hurling team defeated Maria Immaculata Community College Dunmanway today in the Cork Schools championship.
Off to Bordeaux!
17 of our Transition Year students set off for Dublin airport with Ms. Butler and Ms. O' Connor in the early hours of the morning as they headed to Bordeaux on the first leg of the annual French exchange. Bon Voyage!
Heartbreaking Defeat for Footballers:
A single point denied De la Salle a place in the final of the Frewen Cup today when the our U-16½ team were defeated by St. Flannan's in Rathkeale.
Visitors From South Africa:
A group of students with their parents and teachers paid a flying visit to De la Salle this morning, They are from a De la Salle school in Johannesburg and had been participating in an Irish dancing competition in this country. They both entertained and were entertained by some of the school's own musicians and dancers!
Large Attendance at Meeting:
A crowd of over 120 people attended tonight's meeting to address the issue of the exclusion of De la Salle from the 2016- 2021 schools building program.
The timetables for the upcoming Pre-Leaving and Junior cert exams are available here:
A meeting will be held in the school on Tuesday next at 8pm to discuss the exclusion of De la Salle Macroom from the most recent allocation of funds for the building of new schools. All are most welcome to attend.
Great Victory for U-16½ Footballers:
A rare foray into the heady heights of the Frewen Cup (Munster U-16½ A football) saw De la Salle emerge victorious in their first round encounter with CBS Tralee in Rathmore. The school will next play St. Flannan's from Ennis in the semi-final.
Seminar in Millstreet:
Some of our Transition year students, along with teacher Mr. Liam Fleming, attended a seminar in the Green Glens Arena Millstreet today organised by Trocaire on the theme of "Schools for a Just World".
There will be a Parent-Teacher meeting in the school on Thursday next, February 4th, for parents of 2nd Years, from 4.15 - 6.45pm.
On Monday next, February 8th, a Parent-Teacher meeting for parents of Transition Year students will take place, also from 4.15 - 6.45pm.
Visit to Glenstal Abbey:
23 of our Junior Cycle students travelled to Glenstal Abbey in County Limerick today to take part in the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Fr. Joe O' Mahony and teachers Mr. Diarmuid Bolger and Mr. Liam Fleming accompanied the lads who were given a tour of the icon chapel in the Abbey's crypt. They participated in a Q & A session on monastic life and they also attended mass in the Abbey.
There will be a Parent-Teacher meeting in the school for parents of 1st Years on Tuesday next, January 26th, from 4.15-6.45pm.
De la Salle Teacher Hits the Airwaves:
English and history teacher Ms Jean O'Donovan was to be heard on the Joe Duffy show on RTE radio this afternoon discussing the TV drama "Rebellion". One of Ms O'Donovan's novels, "Shadow of a Century" , is based on this era in Irish history.
Presentation of MCA Cheques:
The money collected by Transition year students over Christmas for the Macroom Charities Appeal was presented to the various deserving charities yesterday.
Great Victory in Law Society Competition:
Garry O'Sullivan from 6th Year has come first in the U.C.C. Law Society Schools' essay competition. His winning essay, on the theme "How the Greek Economic Crisis Exposed Cracks in the European Project", has earned Garry a prize of 200 euro, which will be presented next week in U.C.C.
Article in Evening Echo for Budding Journalist:
An article written by Kyle Lehane from 6th Year filled a full page of tonight's Evening Echo newspaper. Kyle, whose ambition is to become a journalist, wrote an article on LGBT issues in schools.
The school will re-open after the Christmas holidays on Wednesday next, January 6th. On that day, the school community will take part in 12 noon mass to in St. Colman's church celebrate the feast of the Epiphany.
To facilitate the Whole School Evaluation process, the school will close at for students on Thursday, January 28th, at 1.15 pm.
Dion O' Sullivan and Tyrone Murphy from 4th Year presented one of the Christmas food hampers today to the Macroom Senior Citizens' Sullane Haven project.
Changes to Meeting Dates:
Due to a Whole-School-Evaluation (W.S.E.) that will be taking place in the school from January 19th - 21st, the Parent-Teacher meeting for parents of First Years has been changed to Tuesday January 26th, from 4.15-6.45 pm. Also the Parent-Teacher meeting for parents of Second Year students has been changed to Thursday, February 4th.
During the next few days, priests of the parish and beyond will be visiting the school to conduct penitential services.
No-uniform Day Raises Funds:
A no-uniform day was organised by the Student Council in the school today to raise funds for their activities. A lot of "Santa's", elves etc. spent the day wandering around the school!
Simon Hampers Ready to Go:
As part of their S.P.H.E. course, the 2A class have been busy assembling hampers for the Simon Community to distribute around the local community - a worthy endeavour that is much appreciated at Christmas time!
Celebration of Mass:
Students and staff participated in the traditional Feast of the Immaculate Conception mass held in St. Colman's church today.
TY's in Killarney:
Our Transition Year geography class took part in a field trip to Killarney National Park today, including a visit to Torc waterfall.
The timetables for the Christmas exams are available here:
"Elf" Goes Down a Treat!
The final "curtain" came down tonight on The Transition Year panto "The Town that Never Raised an Elf", which has played to packed and appreciative audiences for the last three days. Great credit goes to the lads for their talent and enthusiasm and the school owes another debt of gratitude to the English teachers Ms O' Donovan and Ms Groome for their indefatigable dedication!
Senior Footballers Lose:
Our footballers lost In their last game in this year's Corn Uí Mhuirí today to Rathmore.
Welcome Victory for Senior Team:
Our senior football team had an overdue win today when they defeated Clonakilty Community College 3-9 to 1-12 in the Corn Simcox. They will next face either Rosscarbery or Coláiste Choilm in the semi-final.
There will be a parent-teacher meeting for parents of 5th Year students in the school on Monday next, 16th November, from 4.15-6.45.
Bad week continues:
Our U-14 footballers suffered defeat today in their second round match against Hamilton High School from Bandon.
Disappointing Loss for Seniors:
Our senior footballers were beaten by Coláiste Phobail Dingle today in their 2nd round match of the Corn Uí Mhuirí.
Drama Nears Readiness:
Preparation for the Transition Production of "The Town that Never Raised an Elf" is well underway. The show will first be presented to the local schools and then to the general public on the evenings of Tuesday 24th November and Wednesday 25th, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets for the evening showings are available from the school office, tel. 026-41832.
Shoebox Charity Collection:
Some of our Junior Cycle students have been busy putting together gifts for children in need in Africa and the Middle East by participating in the annual Christmas shoebox collection.
Eoghlan Clancy in Olympiad Trials:
Eoghlan Clancy from Transition Year travelled to Dublin today as a result of an invitation to take part in trials for the 2016 Science Olympiad. He performed very well to come in the top 10 in the country.
Refurbished Computer Room Almost Ready:
The 42,000 euro upgrading of the school's computer room is well under way and should be ready for action within weeks.
Visit from Simon:
Ms Niamh Quain from the Simon Community visited the school today to talk to 2nd years as part of their CSPE course.
Senior Footballers Lose Out:
Our Corn Uí Mhuirí campaign got off to a poor start today when we lost to Coláiste Chríost Rí on a 2-12 to 0-5 scoreline.
Our hurlers had a very comfortable victory today against Cobh in the Cork Schools' U-16 C championship.
There will be a Parent-Teacher meeting in the school for parents of 3rd Year students on Tuesday next, October 20th, from 4.15-6.45pm.
Our footballers were dumped out of the Munster Schools' U-15A championship today by St. Brendan's College of Killarney.
There will be a Parent-Teacher meeting in the school for parents of 6th Year students on Thursday next, October 15th, from 4.15-6.45pm.
Nerve-jangling Win for U-15's:
De la Salle scored a last-gasp point to defeat Clonmel CBS by a point today in the replay of the first round Munster B championship.
Welcome Back to School Mass:
The annual "welcome back to school" mass for the De la Salle Macroom school community will take place in St. Colman's church on Wednesday next at 12 midday.
Our U-15 footballers had a close shave today when they managed to draw with Clonmel CBS in the Munster School's B championship opening round. The replay will take place next week.
Football Up and Running - Business as Usual!
The school's footballing year got off to a successful start today when Our U-14 team had a narrow one-point win over St. Colman's Fermoy.
Prospective First Year students for 2016/'17 and their parents are invited to the school's open evening, which will take place on Tuesday next, Sep 29th, from 7.15 to 8.45. Students in fifth class are also more than welcome to attend.
First Years in Tralee:
Our First Year group spent the day in Tralee today, having fun in the Aquadome.
New First Years:
Here is the photo of our new First Year group:
Transition Year Fundraising Hike:
Our 4th Years climbed to the top of Carrantouhill today as part of their fundraising for the transition year program.
Taekwon-do Master in the school!
John Wynroe of Third Year, who is a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwon-do, won a gold medal representing Ireland at the Open World Taekwon do championships in Milan in July. He will be competing in both the upcoming Internationals in the Neptune Stadium and the European championships in Budapest.
6th Year Geography Trip:
Our 6th Year geography class spent the day in Killarney National Park today, carrying out various investigations to complement the Leaving Cert course.
The re-opening arrangements for the new school year are as follows:
Death of Former De la Salle Teacher:
Mr. Hal O'Brien, who taught English and geography in the school from the 1970's to the mid-2000's, passed away in Marymount Hospice this morning. RIP.
Excellent Leaving Certificate Results:
The release today of the results of the Leaving Cert exams gave rise to relief and joy for graduating students as their 6 years of diligence were rewarded with an excellent set of results. Congratulations to all!