Tuesday 26th February
Below is a report by Eoin Caverly on the 2019 Zambian Immersion Project
The Zambian Immersion Project, 2019
Four teachers and ten students including myself arrived in Dublin airport at 1.30 p.m. on Friday 1st February, all very excited but at the same time, none of us knew what to expect. When we arrived in Lusaka on the first night, we stayed in a hostel run by the Comboni order of nuns. We went out for dinner with Gesimba, a young girl who faced much trauma in her childhood but determinedly she has pushed through and is currently training to be a doctor.
The next day we were greeted from our 6 hour bus journey to Kaoma by Sr. Molly, a Presentation sister from Tipperary and Progress, head of the Friends of Nano organisation. We were immediately struck by the stark poverty constantly surrounding us. Children and adults in dirty or ragged clothing was no strange sight. The lack of food and nutrition was evident in the build of all the local people. While we were there we visited the arable and pastoral farms run by Sr. Molly and played the locals in a game of football. We also visited a sustainable farm run by Sr Anez. Some of her projects included biogas, compost and free range chickens.
While here we also made a journey to the town of Kabanga, a town of no electricity and minimal facilities. We got the warmest of welcomes before going out on home visits to families. This was the most evident poverty on the whole trip and we were all very moved by what we saw in our short time here. After a generous meal and dance that night we set out the next day on more home visits and on a visit to the local secondary school. Here we saw the clear lack of educational materials and also the lack of opportunities post secondary education.
On the Thursday we moved onto Mongu, capital of the western province. While here we worked with Sr Cathy Crawford and Sr Stella Bourke in the Cheshire home for disabled kids. We helped in their classes in the mornings and helped entertain them in the afternoons and evenings. We all got very attached to all the kids in the home and found it very hard to say goodbye.
A lot of our other time here was spent in a village north of Mongu, Limalunga. Here we were working with 4/5 year olds from poor families under the innovative tutilage of Sr Peggy O’Flaherty, one of the kindest and most inspiring people I have ever met. As well as helping in the classrooms we visited some of the children in their homes where we saw more extreme poverty.
Finally we spent some time with Sr Omaira, a young Columbian nun who ran the youth club in St Aghata’s parish. We played the youth club in a football match, walked around their local community; one of the poorest in Mongu and visited a commercial venture run by the nuns.
Soon after we left Livingstone, where we spent a few days at the end of the trip. We were back in the hostel in Lusaka. We gave our last 2 suitcases and made our final monetary donations to Sr. Paolo and Sr. Albertina who ran a school in Lusaka.
On returning home and reflecting, I have come to realise how lucky we are here in Ireland. Even the poorest of people here live nothing like the life in those in Zambia do. I no longer take anything for granted and I appreciate everything I have so uch more. I am content knowing we helped those people we briefly knew in the best way we could, whether we donated clothes, money or simply our time. We all knew we were going to have minimal effect on their lives but I would like to think we made a difference, however small.
Friday 1st February
Our Zambian Immersion Project participants departed Dublin Airport today for Lusaka. We wish them the best of luck on their trip and hope they have a productive, educational and inspiring time.
Thursday 16th January, 2019 – U/16 Football Quarter Final – Report by Luke Herron, TY
Ardscoil Ris 0-7
Colaiste Eoin 3-17
Tuesday 14th January – U/18 Football
The Senior footballers lost by six points to St. Aidans today.
Tuesday 14th January – Parents Council Careers Evening
The Parents Council ran a successful Careers Evening tonight. A number of people came forward and offered their services to the evening. Thanks to all who helped out. The students were very grateful for your expertise.
Tuesday December 4th – U/16 Football – ASR vs. St. Aidans
An under strength Ardscoil lost by three points today against St. Aidans. Despite this loss they have qualified for the quarter finals and hope to have a full team to pick from for that match.
Friday November 29th – U/16 Football ASR vs. St. Fintans
Ardscoil faced St.Fintans in their first football match of the season in Alfie Byrne Park. Moments before throw in the rain started to come and it didn’t stop for the duration of the match. Ardscoil started brightly and when a shot for a point from Adam Mourad,who is also the captain,dropped short into the hands of the keeper he let the ball slip from his grasp and into the back of the net. This would be the first of three goals from the captain. Fintans recovered well and minutes later they managed to put it in the back of the net in an almost identical fashion to the first goal. The rest of the first half turned out to be a tight one and,given the conditions in which the match was played, it was a fairly high scoring half. Fintans took a one point lead into to the break with a score of 4-3 to 3-7. Ardscoil started the second half fairly slowly with some wasteful passing in the forwards, who coughed up plenty of possession. They did pick it up, however, and soon began picking up the scores. A superb performance from the team and in particular Dylan Kelly saw Ardscoil get to full time with a comfortable 14 point win. Final score: 7-10 to 3-8
Wednesday November 28th – Badminton Update
This week the U/14s had their first game of the season. They played away to St. Colmcilles and the match was drawn 3-3. A great team effort from Eoin Burke, Matthew Traynor, Finn Burton and Ilia Martin.
Congratulations to the U/19 team after winning both their away matches today. An impressive 5-1 win against Terenure College and outscoring Wesley College on the day. An outstanding performance from Mark Foley, winning both his singles and doubles. Special mention for Kevin Biju who played through the pain barrier for his second match. Again, both Cian Boland and Gavin Duff had strong performances.
Wednesday 14th November – Hurling Update
Unfortunately the U/16 and U/18 squads saw their seasons come to an end this week. The 18s lost their Dublin semi final by two points to St. Benildus while the U16s could not add the Leinster title to the Dublin title they won before mid term, losing to Mountrath CS by the same margin. Thanks to all players who were involved with the teams this year and to their mentors.
Monday 12th November – U/16 Badminton
Congratulations to the U-16 team who played a badminton blitz in St Aidan’s today. The lads beat St Aidan’s 4-2 and came out on top 6-0 against Colaiste Chraobh Abhann from Kilcoole. Well done and a great team performance from Gavin Duff, Neville George, Lorcan Kennedy-Kelly, Marcus O’Sullivan, Dylan Fitzgerald and Javier Riego de Dios.
Monday November 5th, 2018 – ZAMBIAN IMMERSION PROJECT 2019
Next February the following ten students along with four teachers will take part in the Zambian Immersion Project. This will involve travelling to Zambia for two and a half weeks to help with the missionary work done there by various religious organisations.
Conor Baldwin, Conor Davis, Eoin Caverly, Jack Daly, Sean McDermott, Kevin Bohan, Ian McAweeney, Peter Gourley, Darragh Grealy, Karl Burke
Here are some fund raising activities that are taking place over the next few weeks. If you see our students out collecting please be as generous as you can.
Sunday November 18th – Bag Packing/Collection – Supervalu, Killester
Thursday November 29th – Concert by Colum Sands and Jake Curran (former pupil and current lead guitarist for Niall Horan) in the Sports Hall – Tickets €15 from the School Office.
Friday November 30th – Student Soccer Blitz
Saturday December 1st – Bag Packing/Collection – SuperValu, Finglas
Saturday/Sunday December 1st/2nd – Church gate collection – Marino Church
Sunday December 2nd – Coffee Morning – Raheny GAA Club
Further events as they are added!
Monday October 23rd – U/16 A Dublin Colleges Hurling Final
Ard Scoil came up against Colàiste Eoin in the U16A Hurling final in the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown today. Having lost the final to the same opponents in last year’s decider it was always going to be a tough assignment. Both schools brought big support to the game and the atmosphere was electric. Colàiste Eoin got off to a good start and scored an early goal within 30 seconds of the throw in. Ard Scoil responded immediately with a Daniel Peel free followed by an Andrew Keegan bullet to raise the first of Ard Scoil’s five green flags. Both sides had a number of wides throughout the first half due to the blustery conditions. Colaiste Eoin were in the ascendency during the middle period and did well to open up a 7 point lead with 5 minutes to the half time whistle. But Ard Scoil never gave up. Cian Dunne was brought down for a penalty and the resulting Peel shot ended up in the back of the net via Keegan. The resulting puck out was won by captain Diarmuid Clerkin and after a long delivery was won by the impressive Conor Kelly, it ended up in the net off the stick of Charlie McHugh. The whistle then blew and the score was 2-9 to 3-3 to Colaiste Eoin.
Wednesday October 17th – U/14 Football League Round 5
On a windy day in St. Benildus’ Astro Turf pitch Ard Scoil played St. Benildus. The winner took a spot in the Under 14 A Semi Final.
Ard Scoil started well with very good play leading to a free scored by James Brady. Ard Scoil’s defence started very well, forcing Benildus to kick 4 wides in a row but they followed up with a well earned point scored by Lennon Gill. St Benildus went on to score another point kicked by Dylan Bannon. Oisin McHugh for Benildus went on to score a beautiful point moments later. Ard Scoil pushed forward and got a free but it was unluckily missed by James Brady. Michael O’ Rowe was having a stormer, winning every ball against his man and causing the Benildus defence problems. He went on a solo run and he laid the ball off to Diarmuid Comiskey who put it over the bar. Ard Scoil continued pushing forward but missed a few easy shots. The Ard Scoil full back line were very good, winning everything which gave the forwards confidence. This led to a well worked goal for Ard Scoil scored by Donagh Fay. Ciaran Stacey and James Brady were linking up very well in the full forward line but just couldn’t manage to score from play. Benildus went through a dry spell but Niall O’ Mahony finally put his team’s 4th point on the board. Michael O’ Rowe won the Benildus kickout and scored an unbelievable top corner goal to put Ard scoil 2-2 to 0-4 up. Kevin Moran won the next kickout and put it into the square where Donagh Fay was waiting and he fisted the ball into the goal. Donagh Fay scored another point before Benildus went up the pitch and Lennon Gill put it over. Benildus pushed up and Lennon Gill scored a goal before Ard Scoil quickly responded with a point from Ciaran Stacey. Seamus McGovern, Ard Scoil’s keeper made an unbelievable save before Ard Scoil pushed up the field and Ben Gaughran put the ball over the bar. St. Benildus quickly responded and Mark Erdis put the ball over the bar for Benildus from a very tight angle. Ard Scoil pushed on again and James Brady slotted a very good goal away to put Ard scoil 7 points up. Shortly before the half time whistle Benildus’s Oisin McHugh put a point over.
Ardscoil led by 4-6 to 1-8 at half time.Benildus were very much still in the game at half time but Ard scoil were in the driving seat with a 7 point lead.
Benildus started off the second half well with a point coming straight from the throw in scored by Lennon Gill followed by a point from Niall O’Mahony. The Benildus forwards kept pushing on which led to nice goal scored again by Niall O’Mahony to reduce the gap to 3. Kevin Moran won a free which James Brady took and scored a goal from. Benildus pushed on and Lennon Gill slotted over another point. Kevin Moran won another kickout before hand passing the ball to Ben Gaughran, who slotted it over the bar. James Brady was taking on and beating his man every time which led to another well worked point scored by Ben Gaughran. Calum Daly replaced Diarmuid Comiskey 10 minutes into the second half while Johnny Robinson was playing very well giving his man little of the ball The game went through a dry spell before Niall Sinclair of Benildus scored a rocket of a goal. Seamus McGovern made another great stop to keep Ard Scoil in the lead. Soon after Benildus scored another point to make it level before James Brady scored another goal for Ard Scoil. Soon after Ben Gaughran was taken down by the keeper in the square which resulted in an unbelievable finish from the penalty spot from Michael O’Rowe. Ciaran Stacey scored another point for Ard Scoil to increase their lead to 7. Moments later James Brady scored a very good point from a nice solo run before setting up a top corner goal for Graham Lowry. Benildus never gave up and Cian Dawson scored a point late on. Johnny Robinson was replaced by Joe Gunnigan. Eoin Cullen was replaced by Ryan Murphy and Ciaran Stacey was replaced by Matt O’ Donnell with just a few minutes left on the clock.
The game finished 8-7 to 3-14 Ard scoil.
Graham Lowry, Kevin Moran, Ben Gaughran and James Brady were very good for Ard Scoil but James Brady got man of the match with an impressive 3-3.
Report by Aaron Nolan, TY
Tuesday 16th October – Maths Week Update
Monday October 15th – Golf Update
The school golf team are currently top of the league in the Leinster section of the Schools Golf League. We defeated St Fintans, Sutton in the last match. The four players representing the school in the match were Dean Russell, Sean Stafford, David O’ Sullivan and Colm O’Brien. The School is due to play Belvedere on Tuesday 23rd of October in Royal Dublin.
October 12th – U/14 Football League Round 4
Ardscoil Ris 4-08
St. Fintans 3-15
The game got under way at 2 p.m. and St. Fintans won the throw in. They clipped over two early scores which set the tone for a dominant first 10 minutes from the away team. Fintans kept chipping over points while Ardscoil struggled to win their own kickouts. The score was at 1-6 to 0-1 when Ardscoil caught a lucky break when the goal keeper came off his line and left midfielder Eric Lambert with an empty net to shoot into to bring Ardscoil back into the game. Fintans kept the pressure on Ardscoil and deservedly put another one in the back of the net shortly afterward. Ardscoil kept going however and caught Fintans on the break and salvaged a goal which left the score 2-10 to 2-3 going into the last few minutes of the first half. Ardscoil then kicked over 2 good scores which left the score at half time St Fintans 2-10 Ardscoil Ris 2-5.
Ardscoil would be happy to be only 5 down after a poor first half. Ardscoil came out all guns blazing in the second half and managed to put Fintans under fierce pressure in the early stages of the second half. Ris scored two points without reply to make the score Ardscoil 2-7 Fintans 2-10. Fintans then scored two without reply to put five between the teams again. Then Ardscoil netted a humdinger from the 21 yard line into the left top corner. Another point followed to leave one between the teams but Ardscoil began to tire and couldn’t bring it level which led Fintans getting back on top. Another goal by Ciaran Stacey kept Ardscoil in it but Fintans were still a point up when a spill from the Ardscoil goal keeper led Fintans to another goal and a deserved win. The final score was St Fintans 3-15 Ardscoil Ris 4-8.
Report by Aaron Dunne, TY
Tuesday October 9th – U/18 Hurling League Round 3
Ardscoil Ris 3-14
St. Benildus 1-09
On Tuesday the 9th of October Ard Scoil faced St. Benildus in Alfie Byrne Park.
Thursday October 4th – First Year Hurling League – Round 1
Ard Scoil responded to Fintans well worked point by scoring a beautifully crafted goal scored by Alfie O Driscoll. Fintans pushed up but the Ard Scoil full back line duo of Leo Sweeney and Ruiri Barclay were cleaning up any ball near them. Ard Scoil pushed on and scored another goal from George Stevens. A mistake from the defense gifted Fintans their first goal of the game. They followed up straight away by winning a puck out and putting the sliotar straight over the black spot. They seemed to be switching on as they scored another point moments later. Soon after they scored another two points. After a really long dry spell Ard Scoil finally responded after a nice point. The game ended Ard scoil 5-6 to Fintans 2-7.
The Ard Scoil man of the match award was split between Cillian Cummins and Ryan Murphy.
Report: Aaron Nolan Transition Year
Wednesday September 26th – First Year Hurling Blitz
On Wednesday 26th September the First years took part in a blitz in St. Annes park with St. Fintans and St. Aidans. Each school fielded three teams with a TY student in charge of each team. The matches began at 10 a.m. and each game lasted 20 minutes. All three Ardscoil teams won their first games with a lot of players standing out and showing their skills early int he tournament.
In the second round of games 2 of the 3 Ardscoil teams were victorious. One team, led by Conor Kelly, won their game by 14-03 to 4-03!! The team that lost went down by a score of 1-10 to 1-06.
In one of the third round games two Ardscoil teams plauyed each other with Aaron Dunne’s team defeateing Joe Cherry’s. The third team lost to St. Fintans.
Team 1 won all their games and played St. Aidans in the final in a game that Aidan’s won by two points. Overall it was a grreat day for the First years in their first games for their new school.
Report by Jamie Hynes, TY – For pictures click on School Updates>Latest Photos
Monday October 1st – U/16 Hurling League Round 2
The U16s had a huge win, 7-19 to 1-9, against St. Aidans and have now qualified for the semi finals. Congratulations to the team and their managers Mr. Mahony and Mr. Craven.
Monday October 1st – Message for parents
The Parents Council meets at 7 p.m. on Monday 1st October to elect representatives to the new school Board of Management. All parents are welcome. On Tuesday 2nd October at 7.30 p.m. there will be an information meeting regarding the CAO process, which deals with all aspects of applying to college. All 6th Year parents are welcome on the evening.
Thursday September 27th – Dublin Phoenix Park Athletics Meeting
1st Year Race (250 participants)
Lee Bohan – 41st
Dan Dunne – 59th
Alfie O’Driscoll – 64th
2nd Year Race – (200 Participants)
Ronan O’Donohoe – 14th
Eoin Ferguson – 18th
Sam Warren – 28th
Thursday September 27th – U/18 League Round 2
Ardscoil Ris 3-17
St. Fintans 1-16
We played our second game of the U18 Hurling championship against St Fintans of Sutton on Thursday. Ardscoil got off to a great start with a quick goal by Liam McGovern. Fintans respponded with a point from long range. A goal chance for Fintans was denied by a great Neil Currie save. Ardscoil‘s full back line kept out all of the danger around the square with Andrew Gilroy catching everything. Liam McGovern broke a run of wides with a free in front of goal. Fintans kept Ardscoil’s backs on their toes with a number points in without reply. A great score by Paddy McCaw lifted spirits after a shortage of scores by Ardscoil. A great run through the middle by Mark Sweeney resulted in a Senan Hession point. Liam McGovern scored another free to keep the score board ticking over. A goal by St.Fintans put the pressure back on Ardscoil. A Senan Hession goal opened up a gap between the two teams. The half time score was 2-9 to 1-9 to Ardscoil.
Ardscoil started well in the second half when a great ball by Rory O’Neill resulted in a Senan Hession point. Ardscoil kept Fintans quiet by scoring 3 great points in a row. Goal keeper Neil Currie stood over a free in his own half and scored a great goal from it. Conor O’Brien at center back kept the back line together by catching everything in his area. Good build up play by Fintans resulted in a save by Neil Currie. Liam McGovern finished the scoring with another point giving Ardscoil a 7 point victory. Rory O’Neill earned himself the man of the match on the day with a fine display although Mark Higgins wasn’t far behind him. A promising start from our U18 hurlers with maximum points from our 2 games.
Ard Scoil Rís: 1. Neil Currie 2. Mark Higgins 3. Andrew Gilroy 4. Cian Nolan 5. Eamon Potter 6. Conor O’Brien 7. Joey O’Connell 8. Mark L’Estrange 9. Mark Sweeney 10. Shane O’Leary 11. David O’Sullivan 12. Paddy McCaw 13. Senan Hession 14. Liam McGovern 15. Rory O’Neil. Subs used: Diarmud Clerkin
Report by Euan Maguire
Stats by Aaron Nolan
Picture by Colin Sweeney and Conor Lyons
Friday September 21st – U/18 Hurling League Round 1
Full time score:
Ard Scoil Rís: 4-17
St Aidans: 4-9
The first game of the U18 Hurling championship took place on Friday v St Aidans. Ardscoil got off to a great start with two quick goals by Liam McGovern and David O’Sullivan. They kept the score board ticking over with Shane O’Leary scoring two points and Liam McGovern and David O’Sullivan both scoring one each. Andrew Gilroy kept the St. Aidan’s full forward line at bay sweeping up everything that dropped in. Aidan’s only response was by scoring through long distance frees. Ardscoil pulled away even more when a great bit of play from Tommy O’Brien led to a Mark Sweeney goal. Aidan’s slowly clawed their way back with a goal from long range. Ardscoil kept their cool and put on a show with some champagne hurling. Neil Currie hit a monstrous free from within his own half and put it straight over the black spot. The half time score was 3-11 to 1-6 for Ardscoil. Aidan’s started the second half strongly with a goal chance saved off the line by Tommy O’Brien. Ardscoil proved relentless as Aidan’s corner forward screamed at one point `I’m sick of this game’!! Aidan’s improved on their good second half start with a mesmerizing goal. Ardscoil pulled a head with another goal scored by Shane O’Leary. A great run by Mark Sweeney resulted in a save by the Aidan’s keeper and an Ardscoil 65. A mistake by our backs was crucial as Aidan’s scored another goal. Aidan’s dominated this section of the second half, scoring several times without reply. Shane O’Leary scored another superb point and with that a man of the match performance. A great bit of play from Liam McGovern with a no look pass to Shane O’Leary proved how comfortable Ardscoil were in the closing stages of the game. A great save by Neil Currie in the last play sealed the game for Ardscoil with a final score of 4-17 to 4-9.
Report and pictures by Transition Year students Euan Maguire, Matthew Howard and Conor Baldwin.