Dermot Earley Project

The Dermot Earley project founded by the National University of Ireland, Galway, Foroige and the GAA. Developed for the first time this year, the programme aims to inspire a new generation to achieve their full leadership potential both on and off the field of play.

The programme offered 45 young GAA club members, 15 each from counties Roscommon, Kildare and Galway the opportunity to develop and explore their leadership skills through a programme that evokes and honours the values Dermot epitomized.

In our school, four of our TY students were chosen to participate in this prestigious award. They are: Alan Hevehan, Cathal Dowd, Cathal Donnelly and Deirmaid McDermott. This is an extreme honour for our school and for the students involved as it has never been achieved before.

Last Saturday the group had another talk in relation to leaders relating to the problems they face and how to (In general) become a better person.


Carol Singing

On the 18thof December 2013, our transition year students and choir members travelled to Athlone Golden Island Shopping Centre to sing Christmas Carols to the shoppers passing by to raise funds for transition year and Cancer Care West. The Atmosphere was electric and many shoppers took time out of their shopping to appreciate the magnificent singing by the T.Y and choir members.TheĀ event was a huge success!


TY Work Exp

From the 11th to the 15th and the 18th to the 22nd on November the Transition Year students completed their work experience. The students went to numerous employees and saw how the day to day work of the employee was. Some students even got Christmas and Summer work out of this opportunity. The students were very happy with their placements and the students and teachers would like this opportunity to thank all the employees.

NUIG Survey (HSBC)

Last Monday the 25th of November two researchers from the NUIG came into the Transition Years to ask them to complete a pilot questionnaire about Health and sexuality. The questionnaire was private and confidential. There were numerous questions and then the Ladies answered any questions that were asked. They will be back again in a few weeks so students can complete the second part of the survey.

Tidy Towns.

On Wednesday and Thursday the 6th and 7th of November the Transition Year students of Colaiste Mhuire helped out with the Tidy Towns after lunch for 2 hours. They designed windows at Petitts Corner for an art project for the town. They really enjoyed this experience and some of the students thought about joining the Tidy Towns. This was a great experience and the students developed many skills.

Trip to Roscommon

On Tuesday the 5th of November the Transition Year students in Colaiste Mhuire Ballygar went on a trip to Roscommon. They went to Roscommon Courts, Roscommon County Library and Roscommon Fire Service. When they were at the courthouse they got to watch numerous court cases and they saw how they proceeded. The court finished at 1.15 and the Transition Years went straight to the County Library. There they met with one of the Librarians who showed them all the useful resources including The Study room, The computer room, The Local History room and the exhibition on Roscommon football team. They went from there to the Fire Station at 2.30. There they met with Mr Gary Smith and Chief John Keane. They got a tour of the Station and they told them which vehicles go to each accident. They also spoke to them about how good of a career it is and gave them some guidelines as to fire safety.

G.M.I.T Visit (Mr Michael Hannon

On Monday the 4th of November Mr Michael Hannon from G.M.I.T visited the Transition Year students Colaiste Mhuire Ballygar. He spoke to them about his job in G.M.I.T and how he never wanted to go to college when he was growing up to how he became a register at G.M.I.T. He started out by working part time at a joinery company, and then he became an apprentice at the joinery company he worked at. After that he went to collage to become a teacher in Technical Drawing and Woodwork. When he finished collage he became a teacher in Limerick. While he was there he brought in a new development in computers, he also helped develop the technical drawing and woodwork curriculum in Letterfrack. He then applied for a job in G.M.I.T and he worked his way up to being a register.