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Deirdre Nic Canna, Turlough Ó Cleircín, Jessica Ní Dhruacháin, Thomas Ó Muineach and Loinnir Ní Dhonnghaile are some of the Transition Year students from Coláiste Oiriall, who sold all their produce ‘Love the Subh’ jam within three hours at their stall in Church Square, Monaghan, as part of the Taste of Monaghan festival.

Donna Marie Ní Mhuireagáin was awarded a third level scholarship in recognition of her academic performance in the Leaving Certificate examination. The scholarship scheme, funded by the trustees of the J.P. McManus charitable foundation, provides significant financial assistance to top performing students throughout their undergraduate studies.

The following ten students got excellent results in their Junior Certificate when the results were published in September, receiving 60As, 50Bs and 10c’s between them, all at higher level.

Gavin Duffy, entrepreneur from Dragons’ Den, presented bronze Gaisce Awards to the following twelve Coláiste Oiriall students at a ceremony in the Mullingar Park Hotel, Co. Westmeath in November. Áine Ní Fhlanagáin, Aoife Ní Chonraoí, Hannah Ní Longaigh, Conor Ó Maolfhabhaoil, Seán Ó Brogáin, Padraig Ó Muirí,

Conchur Mac Aoidh, former student in Coláiste Oiriall was awarded a UCD Bord na Gaeilge Scholarhship at the Entrance Scholars’ Ceremony in the O’Reilly Hall, UCD, Belfield in November and was accompanied by his mother, Grace Maloney and school Principal, Brendan Ó Dufaigh.

An Irish subject inspection was undertaken by cigire Oilibhear de Búrca on behalf of the Department of Education in April 2010.  The report was published in December 2010 and now appears on the Department’s website www.education.ie.

The report is very positive, stating that the planning work presented was of high quality, that the quality of teaching and learning was very high in all of the five lessons observed, that good use as made of ICT resources and that good attention was paid to assessment of all the language skills.

The Under 19 and the Under 16 Boys’ Basketball teams face Scoil Uí Mhuirí in their respective finals of the North Eastern League organized by Basketball Ireland. This is how their season has gone so far:

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan T.D. visited Monaghan in early December to unveil plans and digital images for the new VEC Monaghan Education Campus.

Rang Grainne students in Coláiste Oiriall participated in the Innocent Smoothie sponsored Big Knit in aid of Action Ireland as part of their CSPE project. Innocent Smoothie hope to get 80,000 miniature hats knitted for their bottles and have pledged 25c per bottle to the charity.