News - Oct 19 2015

Camogie in Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré

The Camogie season for 2015/2016 has well and truly started in Colaiste Phobal Roscrea. The management team is as follows: Ms Danielle Ryan, Ms Sarah Kirwan, Mrs Mary Shanahan, Mrs Una Teehan, Ms Margaret O'Gorman and Mr. Aidan Franks. We are delighted to welcome Aidan on board as trainer/coach this year. Aidan has a wealth of experience and knowledge in training camogie teams and we are thrilled he has kindly donated his services to Colaiste Phobal Ros Cré Camogie.

After a number of practice games and training sessions, we entered the Munster 7's competition in Mallow on Oct 5th with our U-16 1/2 team. We were unfortunate to be beaten in the quarter final by Mallow on a score line of 4-3 to 4-4. It was however a great day for the girls who are starting to gel very well as a team.

Wednesday, Oct 7th saw our Senior team make the short trip to Thurles to take on Ard Scoil, Dungarvan in the Munster Championship. We knew this game was going to be a very tight encounter and that indeed it was. Played in ideal weather conditions, both teams got stuck in right from the start. This game was going to come down to the wire if the half time score was anything to go by. Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré 0-3, Ard Scoil Dungarvan 0-2.

The second half started with the same level of intensity. Dungarvan got the upper hand and took the lead with 10 minutes to go. However, the sheer heart and determination of Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré was very evident in the final minutes of the game. Coláiste Phobal ran out eventual winners 3-7 to 2-5. This win secures a Munster quarter final battle between the winners of Killenaule or Ennis.

Our Junior team had their first match of the league on Oct 12th, vs Killenaule. The Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré girls fought hard right from the go, dominating in all areas on the field. Excellent teamwork by the Colaiste girls and super work ethic ensured victory to Ros Cré. We now play Kilfinane in round 2 of the league before mid term break.

Oct 14th saw our First and Second year girls travel to Moyne /Templetuohy GAA field to contest the County Tipperary 1st and 2nd year 'B' Blitz competition. The ladies from Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré found themselves competing against Borrisokane, Cashel and Cahir in group A. Some excellent camogie was played and tremendous battles on the field of play. This was a chance to get some much needed match practice for our young ladies. The Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré girls were brillant on the day. Well done to all.

On behalf on the management and players of Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré Camogie, we would like to take this opportunity to wish Mr O'Brien and Mr Haugh all the very best in their retirements. We thank them both for their help and support over the years with the promotion of Camogie in Colaiste Phobal Ros Cré.

1st 2nd Yr Camogie girls

1st & 2nd Year Camogie players


Cine Mobile – Coláiste Phobal Roscrea and Cistercian College Roscrea

On Thursday, October 8th, Ms. Mullen’s 3rd year French class travelled to Cistercian College Roscrea to watch a French film in the ‘cine mobile’. 

The class was invited by Ms. Niamh O’Rourke, French and German teacher in Cistercian College, and the film we watched was ‘Le Petit Nicholas’, ‘Little Nicholas’.  The film was very good and students and teachers enjoyed it.  We are very grateful to Ms. O’Rourke for the invitation.

Le Petit Nicholas is a 2009 French film, based on a series of children’s books.  It is a comedy based on a little boy called Nicholas who gets up to mischief with his friends.  It was very entertaining and we look forward to the sequel, which is ‘Nicholas on Holiday’.

It was a great opportunity to meet with students from the neighbouring school and it was also the first time for some of the students to experience the mobile cinema.  We hope to make this a yearly event. 


News - Oct 12 2015

Transition Year trip to Ballyhass Co. Cork


About two weeks ago we went to Ballyhass on our first trip as TY’s, it was an excellent trip because we got to know our fellow students better. Around 65 TY’s went with four teachers. We left on Wednesday morning and on our way down we stopped in to the Crescent Shopping Centre Limerick for an hour for a bit of shopping then we continued on to Cork. When we arrived to Ballyhass we were welcomed with open arms and were immediately divided  into groups for our activities. The activities that they facilitated were the leap of faith, zip lining, kayaking, team challenges, abseiling and there was an activity that was  a raft pulled across the lake really fast by a line. On the Wednesday we arrived we did two activities, with each group doing two different activities. It was great fun. On Thursday we had a busy day and we had to do four activities. The staff at Ballyhass Lakes were really kind to us. They encouraged us to do activities and helped us to accomplish them but also they were great crack.

The accommodation was brilliant. We stayed in the Sunfort Language School. We were given our breakfast and dinner each day. There was a big lawn outside and a lot of the lads brought their hurls and had a puck around. On the Wednesday evening we had a Disco and on the Thursday evening we had a Table quiz and a Ceilí. These activities were organized by our Teachers. Our bedroom arrangements were very good. There were six of us assigned to a room and this gave us a chance to get to know each other better. On Friday morning we had our breakfast and headed home. On the way home we went back to the Crescent for some more shopping and after that we went to the Hunt Museum in Limerick. It was very interesting because there was a lot of old artefacts and even though we didn’t get to see everything it was still very fascinating. Our first trip was amazing and we really look forward to our next trip.

(Katie Scully and Kristina Sabau)

News - Oct 5th 2015

1st Year  Parents Meeting
There will be a First Year Parents meeting on Wednesday October 7th at 7.30pm in Coláiste Phobal. This meeting will deal with First Year options and all Parents/Guardians are encouraged and advised to attend. 
Coláiste Phobal Musical
The cast has been chosen and rehearsals are in full swing for Colaiste Phobal Ros Cre's transition year musical: 'Back to the 80's' .
From the era that brought the world The Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes this "totally awesome" musical. 
Join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final Senior year - as they experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and the loneliness of growing up.... all set to the biggest hits of the 80's!!
Set in the USA, Back To The 80's tells the story of the Senior class of William Ocean High School that graduated in the 1980's, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-something.
The cast are:
Corey Palmer (senior) - Joseph Fogarty
Corey Palmer (junior) - Neil Maher
Alf Bueller - Graham Fahy
Kirk Keaton - Rory Delaney
Tiffany Houston - Emma Wright
Cyndi Gibson - Erica Deane
Mel Easton - Leah Brooks
Kim Easton - Lisa Quinlan
Michael Feldman- David Jones
Billy Arnold - Mark Fanning
Lionel Astley - Daniel Ryan
Huey Jackson - Dylan Carroll
Feargal McFerrin - Joe Ahern 
Eileen Reagan - Laura Egan
Laura Wilde - Rachel O'Brien
Debbie Fox - Katie Scully
Ms.Brannigan - Orlaith Cleary
Mr Cocker - Paul Costello
The Musical will take place on Wednesday 25th November - Friday 27th November. The Matinee for local primary schools will be held on Wednesday the 25th. 
To prepare for the Musical all students completed a Drama Workshop on Friday 2nd October run by professional actors Johanne Webb & Daniel Guinnane. The Workshop focused on character development, stage craft & voice projection.
U16 1/2 Corn Shéamais Ó Donnchú
Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré 1-15
P.S. Glanmire, Cork 1-10
The Junior hurlers of Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré got off to a winning start with a hard-earned victory over a determined Glanmire side in New Inn on Tuesday last. Glanmire started the game much brighter than Roscrea hitting the first three points as many Coláiste Phobal players struggled with the pace of the game. As the half progressed we came more into the game with Cillian Ryan beginning to exhert an influence at centre back and Dillon Fitzgerald  very good at left half back. Points from Liam Seacy and Joe Fogarty kept us in touch but we then conceeded a goal on twenty minutes. Coláiste Phobal finished the half well with good play from Gearóid Murphy, Joe Fogarty, Paul Costello, Matthew Fogarty and Coley Cleary. Luke Seacy was accurate from frees and Mark Fanning was now playing very well in goal. It was level pegging at half time with Coláiste Phobal 0-10 to 1-7. Facing the breeze in the second half Coláiste had it all to do but they showed great will to win and our backs were outstanding along with goal keeper Mark Fanning. Gearóid Sampson, Jack Bourke and Jack Kirwan in the full back line, Stephen Carey, Cillian Ryan and Dillon Fitzgerald all made major contributions. Fionn Ryan worked tirelessly at midfield and Cillian Sampson and Glenn Loughnane. Owen Tynan and Jack O'Brien all played well when introduced. A goal was always going to be important in this half and it was Roscrea who got it following a great move betwen Joe Fogarty and Gearóid Murphy which was well finished by Gearoid Murphy to give Coláiste a two point lead. Liam Seacy and Cillian Sampson added points and Mark Fanning made some telling saves to secure the win. Roscrea now face Rice College, Ennis in the next round. 

News - Sept 28 2015


Junior Hurlers
Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré Junior Hurlers with Coach Mr Smyth after winning the Fr. Eanna Cup
The Junior Hurlers of Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré with their coach Mr. Smyth got their season off to a flying start by winning the Fr. Éanna Cup for the second time on Tuesday 22nd September at the Cistercian College. Though fielding an unstrength panel due to the absence of the Roscrea players who were club tied, the players took on the task with great enthusiasm and determination allied to great hurling skills.
Our first match was against Killina C.S Co. Offaly and after a hard fought  game, the Coláiste boys got off to the perfect start of any Blitz competition with a good victory.
Our next game was against Ballingarry Presentation. Again this was a tough match but the Coláiste Phobal lads came out on top with  some great play from Cillian Ryan, Mark Fanning, Gearoid Murphy, Jack O'Brien, Joseph Fogarty, Jack Bourke, Gearoid Sampson, Coley Cleary and a couple of vital goals from Cillian Sampson. In our final group game we faced St. Josephs, Tulla Co. Clare. Once again, Coláiste Phobal took the game to the opposition from the start and though scores were hard to come by, Coláiste Phobal edged it at half time. There was a lengthy stoppage in this game after Dillon Fitzgerald picked up a serious injury, thankfully nothing broken. On the resumption, Coláiste really drove on with William Abbot, Coley Cleary, Paul Costello, David Jones, Jack Kirwan and Roddy Teehan all putting in serious games. Another victory and Coláiste Phobal was into the final against old rivals Scoil Ruain Killenaule. With renewed determination the Coláiste Phobal lads were not going to be denied in this one and all of the players put in a serious effort. Coley Cleary, Mark Fanning, Cillian Ryan, Roddy Teehan, Jack Bourke, Gearoid Sampson, Matthew Fogarty, Rian Lee, Dara Maher, Jack Kirwan, Neil Maher, David Jones, Gearoid Murphy, Eamon Cleary, Patrick Sammon, Paul Costello and William Abbot all contributed to a great victory on the day. Gearoid Murphy recieved the Fr. Éanna cup on behalf of Coláiste Phobal's Junior panel and thanked the Cistercian College for a great day and thanked all of the officials and everyone who took part.
1st Year and 6th Year Parents Meeting
There will be a First Year Parents meeting on Wednesday October 7th at 7.30pm in Coláiste Phobal. This meeting will deal with first year options and all Parents/Guardians are encouraged and advised to attend. Also there is a meeting for 6th year Parents on Wednesday 30th at 7.30pm. This meeting is on "Options after Leaving Certificate" and Parents/Guardians are advised to attend.

News - May 25 2015

Awards Ceremony

Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré held its Academic Awards afternoon last Wednesday 20th May. The afternoon commenced with the Senior Academic awards. The following were the recipients- Accounting Award- Ciara Ryan, Certificate- Paula Quinlan, Agricultural Science Award- Mairead Teehan, Art Award- Anna Higgins, Certificates- Matthew Phelan, Seána O'Hara, Aoibhe Ward. Art L.C.A. Achievement- Gordon Clare, Joseph Delaney, Kynita Brennan, Claudia Donoghue, Gemma Woods. Biology Award- Hugh Bulfin, Niall Devitt, Paul Scully, Certificates- Donal Carroll, Paul Crampton, Niamh Gunning, John McCabe. Business Award- Declan Cleary, Certificates- John McCabe, Margaret Cleary, Tony O'Connor, Fergal Flanagan, Paul Crampton. Chemistry Award- Declan Cleary, Certificates- John McCabe, Niall Devitt. Construction Studies Award- Jack Delaney, Certificates-Mairead Teehan, Darragh Morrissey, Eoin Cooke, Jordan Fogarty, Eoin Fogarty. D.C.G Award- Eoin Hobbs, Certificates- Eoin Cooke, Jack Delaney. Engineering Award- Conor Spendlove. English Award- Katrina Murray, Niall Devitt. French Award- Niall Devitt, Certificates- Fergal Flanagan, Kelly Maher. Geography Award- Paul Scully. German Award- Paul Crampton. Certificates- Ms. Nielsen's TY Class. History Award- Hugh Bulfin, Certificate-Niall Devitt. Home Economics Award- Niamh Gunning. Irish Award-Eoin Hobbs. L.C.V.P Award- Paula Quinlan, Certificates-Roisin Dwyer, Annabel Newberry, Jonathan Roe, Ciara Ryan, Emma Murray, Chloe Kirwan. Maths Award- Daire Murray, Certificates- David Williams, Emma Murray. Music Award- Fergal Flanagan, Certificates- Kelly Maher, Ciara Lupton, Emma Murray. Physics Award- Eoin Hobbs, Certificates-Hugh Bulfin, David Williams, Paul Scully, Aoife Bulfin, Aine Corbett, Jim Collison, Thomas Deegan, Jake Blakehurst. 

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Coláiste Phobal Junior Music Winners
Junior Academic Awards Ceremony followed with the following recipients - Art Certificates- Patrick Lee, Niamh Geraghty, Julie Brennan, Nadia Fletcher, Elizabet Farago, Leah Brookes, Rebekah Bevans, Emma Wright, Josie Poyner, Szymon Redzimski. Business Award- Jack. J. Kirwan, Oonagh Gleeson, Certificates- Laura Murphy, Eimear Gleeson, Graham Fahy, Jake Delaney, Aoife Tynan, Ciara Conlon, Rebekah Bevans, Neil Maher. English Award- Ross Thompson. French Award- Josie Poyner, Certificates- Viktoria Toth, Isabelle Coonan, Peter Maher. Geography Award- Graham Fahy, Oonagh Gleeson,, Certificates- Orlaith Cleary,Jake Delaney, Eimear Gleeson, Cillian Hogan, Kian Morris, Theresa Larkin, Ross Thompson. German Award- Oonagh Gleeson, Certificates- Theresa Larkin, Ross Thompson, Ciara McNicholas, Levente Nagy, Liga Litavniece, Claire O'Connor-Talbot. History Award- Oonagh Gleeson, Certificates- Rory Delaney, Jordan Choppin, Levente Nagy, Leah Brooks, Ciara Conlon. Home Economics Award- Ciara Conlon, Certificates- Ciara McNicholas, Laura Murphy, Ciara Hogan, Debbie Siu, Ruta Kulikauskaite. Irish Award- Ciara Hogan, Certificates- Ciara Conlon, Ciara McNicholas, Oonagh Gleeson, Eimear Gleeson, Jack Kirwan. Materials Technology Certificates- Evan O'Donoghue, Laura Murphy, Ross Thonpson, Paul Costello. Maths Certificates- Levente Nagy, Ruta Kulikauskaite, Oonagh Gleeson, Jack J. Kirwan. Metalwork Award- Jack J. Kirwan, Certificates- Ross Thompson, Roddy Teehan, Dylan Fitzgerald, James Roe, Stephen Carey. Music Award- Eimear Gleeson, Certificates- Kelly Feehan, Jade Quinlin, Caoimhe Tuohy, Liga Litavniece, Melissa Rossiter. Science Award- Jack J. Kirwan, Certificates- Levente Nagy, Ruta Kulikauskaite, Ciara Conlon, Ross Thompson, Theresa Larkin, Graham Fahy, Daniel Crean, Leah Brooks. Technical Graphics Award- Jack J.Kirwan, Ruta Kulikauskaite. Certificates- Rory Delaney, Roddy Teehan, Stephen Carey, Raminta Derbutaite, Graham Fahy, Ruta Kulikauskiate, Neil Maher, Levente Nagy.
The Academic Awards were followed by the Personal Achievement and Sporting Awards. We at Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré were honoured to have these awards presented by the Tipperary Hurling Captain Brendan Maher. There was complete silence as Brendan spoke to the whole student body assembled. He gave a background to his education and pathway through sport to where he is today. He emphasised the importance of hard work, study and balance to all facets of one's life. He emphasised very strongly about the effect social media can have on thoughts and opinions and advised students not to part take in social media sites before and during exams. Brendan was a most positive and sincere speaker and we feel that the students of Coláisate Phobal Ros Cré really benefited from his visit.
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 Coláiste Phobal Leaving Cert Hurlers with Mr. Smyth and Brendan Maher Tipperary Hurling Captain
The Personal Achievement Awards were- Student Council- Luke Seacy, Emma Choptiany, Adam Dooley, Lauren Egan, Daniel Ryan, Emma Wright, Colman Treacy, Katie Ryan, Evan Hassett, Aine Corbett, Dylan Coffey, Paul Crampton, Katrina Murray, Oliver Curtis.
Prefects Awards- Head Girl Mairead Teehan, Head Boy Eoin Hobbs, Kelly Maher, Hugh Bulfin, Sarah Heaney, Declan Cleary, Ciara Lupton, Paul Crampton, Nikki Murphy, Fergal Flanagan, Aine Malone, Enda Moloney, Mairead Williams, Paul Scully, Gemma Woods, Paddy Quinlan. Camogie Awards- Senior - Lucy Ryan and Mairead Teehan (Outstanding Achievement Award). Junior- Orlaith Cleary, Certificates- Emma Murphy, Aine Gleeson, Fiona Scully, Eilish Gleeson, Ciara Sammon, Jane Cleary. Hurling Award 1st Year- Dara Maher. Badminton Award U19 All Ireland Runners up- Andrew Cullen, Enda Moloney, Tony O'Connor, John McCabe.  Soccer Award- Wojcieich Spyra, L.C.A. Student of the Year 5th Year- Niamh McNamara, 6th Year Joseph Delaney. L.C.A. Soccer Blitz team. 
Silver Gaisce Award - Jack Doherty, Nikki Murphy, Daire Murray, Joseph Phelan, Jonathan Roe, Michael Rosney. Junior Entrepreneur Award- Neil Maher. Senior Entrepeneur Award- Cathal Nash. Choral Award- Stephen Lee and James McKelvey. Certificate- Luke Spencer. Green Schools Award- Enrika Reinyte, Certificates- Claire O'Connor-Talbot, Isra Saleem, Siobhan Kearney, Simona Staponkute, Emily Walsh, Chloe Kenneally-Bateman, Lorcan O'Meara, Amelia Lown, Raminta Derbutaite, Kane Walsh, Eamonn Ryan, Dylan Heaney, Niamh Troy, Michael Hannon. Limerick F.C. Athletics-   Youth Award- Paul Costello, Kevin Fitzgerald (both winners of U16 Division).
Athletics Award- Adam Dooley. ETB Talent Search Award- Senior Winner- Eoin Hobbs, Junior Runner-Up- Orlaith Cleary.
School Draw- Odhran Dooley. Fundraising- Stephen Monahan (€280 raised for Pieta House 'Darkness into Light' walk).
Boxing Award- Michael Doyle (All-Ireland Winner).
We congratulate all of our winners both Academic and Personal Achievement and sincerely thank our guest Brendan Maher for taking the time to participate in our ceremony.

News - May 18 2015

PLC Graduation Night at Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré

The Post-Leaving Certificate programmes celebrated their Graduation ceremony last Thursday evening.  The students, together with their families, gathered in the gymnasium for a very moving ceremony to mark the end of their studies.  Mary McGrath, PLC Co-ordinator, congratulated the graduates and applauded their tremendous achievement on completing their courses.  She acknowledged the different reasons each had for taking a PLC course.  Some students wished to use it as a gap year after their Leaving Certificate or use the qualification to progress to Third Level.  Others, particularly more mature adults, took the opportunity to upskill or retrain and embark on a new career path.  The College is planning to introduce a Community Development with Youthwork PLC programme in September so it was very fitting that John Lupton was asked to be guest speaker on the night.  Mary McGrath indicated that John represented the “essence of volunteerism” in our community.  He is currently Regional President of St. Vincent De Paul, Chairperson Of Roscrea Community Development Council (RCDC), Treasurer of North Tipperary Community and Voluntary Association (CAVA) – to name but a few.  John gave a very engaging talk and acknowledged the value of education and training not only for the development of the individual but for the impact that the individual, in turn, can have on their own communities.  Mr O’Brien, the Principal, acknowledged the work of the PLC team in the College and wished the students every success in their future careers. 


Personal achievement awards at PLC Graduation in Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré

Pictured below are the PLC students who achieved 100% attendance record during their course of studies at Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré.

Attendance Award

Front row: Elise Byrne (Early Childhood Care and Education), Siobháin Regan (Early Childhood Care and Education), Breda Quinlan (Business Administration with Technology) and Caroline Robson (Nursing Studies)

Back row:  John Lupton (Guest Speaker), Paula Nolan (Tutor), Mary McGrath (PLC Co-ordinator), Ingrid Condell (Tutor) and Gerard O’Brien (Principal).


The Early Childhood Care and Education PLC programme at their recent Graduation in Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré

Early Chidhood Care and Ed


The Advanced Administration with Human Resource PLC programme at their recent Graduation in Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré

Advanced Admin and HR



Green-Schools Committee Colaiste Phobal Roscrea Visit to Cloughjordan Eco Village

On Monday, May 11th, the students from the Green-Schools Committee in Coláiste Phobal Roscrea visited the Eco village in Cloughjordan, along with their teachers, Ann-Marie Mullen and Billy Newman.

We met our guides, Brenda Ainsworth and Deirdre O’Brolchain in the Resilience Centre, at the entrance to the Eco village and they explained a little to us about the history of the project and the concept behind it.  Our presentation lasted an hour and we were encouraged to think about ways in which we can conserve water, both at home and at school.  Water was our theme, as we are working towards our third flag, the water flag.

Some of the things we learned are simple and easy to do.

  1. Turn off the tap while brushing our teeth.
  2. Fix any leaks that we might have at home or in school.
  3. Use any water that we might have left-over in a glass or a bottle to water our plants.
  4. Fill the kettle with the required amount when making a cup of tea or coffee.
  5. Use a stopper in the sink when washing your hands.
  6. Use a basin in the kitchen or Home Economics room to wash the dishes – don’t let the tap run!
  7. Buy fewer plastic bottles as if they are not recycled and they end up in landfill, they take hundreds of years to break down.

After our presentation, we visited the Eco Hostel, Django’s, where we met with the friendly owner, Pa Finucane.  We then walked on through the eco village and got to see inside the Fab Lab of the WeCreate centre.  It is possible for students to do workshops here in digital fabrication.  Students get the opportunity to design and produce their own models and work scientifically and creatively.  We then finished our tour of the Eco village at the farm, where all of the food is grown organically and sold to members of this Community Supported Farm.

After lunch we visited the Heritage Centre where we met our guides Shay Hannon and Jim Casey.  They gave us a tour of the Heritage Centre and we watched some short DVDs on Thomas MacDonagh and the 1916 Rising.

All in all, we had a very enjoyable day in Cloughjordan and the students look forward to visiting again next year! 


News - May 11th 2015

Transition Year London Trip

On the 16th April 2015, 49 Transition Year students along with four teachers, Ms Egan, Ms Howard, Mr Flynn and Mr O’Brien embarked on the first foreign trip with the school in six years.

Our trip began on a bus outside the school at 3.30am Thursday morning. We headed to Shannon Airport where we eagerly awaited our flight to Standsted London.

On arrival we were greeted by a double decker tour bus which brought us around to see what wonderful sights London had to offer. We saw Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. We then enjoyed walking around the outskirts of Buckingham Palace and experienced watching the changing of the guards.

Covent Garden was next on our guided tour, there we had some time to shop and grab something to eat.

Later that night we went to the Novello Theatre where we saw an outstanding performance of Mamma Mia. The show exceeded our expectations and proved to be one of the highlights of everyone’s trip.

An early start the next day lead us to the Shakepeare Globe where we learned a lot about its history and got the chance to take part in a workshop that gave us an insight into the play we will be studying next September.

The next three hours consisted of visits to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, these were both full of exciting things to discover.

That evening we dined in Pizza Express where we celebrated one of our classmate's birthday.

Our next activity was highly anticipated by everyone and turned out to be another memorable item on our itinerary.

As a group, we appreciated great views of London as we travelled between Greenwich Peninsula and The Royal Docks on the Emirates Airline Cable Cars, London’s newest tourist attraction.

On our last day we had breakfast as a group in the hotel, packed our bags and left for Greenwich for some personal sightseeing and experienced Greenwich Markets.

Our final stop before Stansted Airport was Westfield Shopping Centre the biggest urban shopping centre in Europe. We shopped till we dropped here for four hours which proved to be too much for some people!

Our spectacular adventure came to an end at 11.30pm when we all arrived safe and sound back at the school with a new-found understanding of exhaustion!

The trip really exceeded everyone’s expectations and it will always be one of the most unforgettable experiences of our school life.



Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré Transition Year 2015 Group at the Natural History Museum on their recent London Trip.  


Coláiste Phobal Athletics

The East Munster Schools Boys 2015 Track and Field Championships took place in Waterford Regional College on Wednesday 6th May.

Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré were represented by six 1st and 2nd Year students. The day started well for them, with the Junior boys long jump being the first field event to take place. Both Adam Dooley and Kevin Moore jumped in the first three rounds and both qualified for a further 2 jumps. Kevin finished in 7th place overall and Adam finished in 2nd place with 5m 46 as his best jump. This was followed by the minor boys long jump where Wojciech Spyra took part. Wojciech won a silver medal with his best jump of 4m 38.
Meanwhile on the track, both  Nathan Finnerty and Tadhg Nash ran in the Junior boys 200m sprint, finishing in 4th and 5th place respectively. Alistair Robson jumped well in the Intermediate boys long jump and also ran in the 100m where he crossed the line in 4th place in his heat. In the Junior boys 100m Adam Dooley and Kevin Moore both won their heats and lined up in the final. Kevin ran well to finish in 5th place and Adam ran an excellent race to comfortably bring home the gold medal.
For the final event of the day the Junior boys ran in the 4 x 100m relay. Wojciech ran well in the first leg and handed the baton on to Tadhg Nash. Tadhg also ran well. In the 3rd leg, Nathan Finnerty ran the bend really well and gained some ground before handing over to Adam Dooley for the last leg. Adam ran a tremendous final leg and crossed the finishing line in 1st place. A short while later the boys lined up again for the final, full of hope. However it was not to be. One exchange simply didn't go to plan and unfortunately despite their best efforts the boys failed to qualify for the Munster finals in this event. 
However, both Adam Dooley and Wojciech Spyra go on to compete in the Munster Championships on May 16th. Adam will compete in the Junior Long Jump and the 100m, and Wojciech will compete in the Minor Long Jump. Best of luck to both athletes on the day.

News - Apr 27 2015

Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré School Draw Results
The Annual School draw was held on the 26th March. A sincere thank you to all who participated in the draw. The following is the list of winners- 1st Prize of a 42" Smart HD TV was Laura Newe, Dunkerrin, 2nd Prize of a 5* Aghadoe Heights Hotel + €100 spending money was Thomas Fitzgerald,  Ashbury, Roscrea, 3rd Prize of €300 Fuel Voucher was Marion Coonan, Cloncracken, Roscrea, 4th Prize of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet was Martina Cordial, Railway View, Roscrea, 5th Prize of €100 Shopping Voucher was Patricia O'Connor, Limerick Street, Roscrea. Sellers Prize of Samsung Galaxy Tablet was Tomás Teehan from Naomh Bride class. Congratulations to all winners.
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Coláiste Phobal School Draw prize winners with Mr. O'Brien Principal and Mr. Haugh Deputy Principal. Also present Mullalys Electrical Management and staff.
U15 1/2 Hurling Blitz
Our U15 1/2 Hurlers took part in a very enjoyable Hurling Blitz in Borrisoleigh on Tuesday last. This was a new initiative organised by John O'Keeffe County Development Officer to cater for this age group. On the day, only four schools took part but each team got four thirty-minute games which was very worthwhile. Our first game was against Nenagh Vocational School and we got our first win. In the second game vs Thurles CBS our lads had to work hard but eventually got on top and won easily in the end. By the third game players were beginning to tire a little and this time we drew with St. Joseph's Borrisoleigh. This qualified us for the A final where once again we faced Thurles CBS. After a great contest we lost out by the narrowest of margins and both teams tired noticeably during this game. This was a very successful day all told and gave our players a great chance to play together in a competitive setting which will be of great benefit going into next year. Panel- Mark Fanning, Roddy Teehan, Paul Costello, David Jones, Jack O'Brien (All Moneygall), Gearoid Murphy (Anacurra Co. Wicklow), William Abbott, Dillon Fitzgerald, Gary Sheppard (All Borris-in-Ossory), Danny Bergin (Ballyskenach-Killavilla), Aaron Loughnane, Stephen Carey, Liam Seacy (Capt), Fionn Ryan, Eoin Harte (All Roscrea), Cillian Ryan, Jack Bourke, Coley Cleary, Patrick Sammon, Killian Sampson, Matthew Fogarty (Shinrone).
U17 Fitzgerald Cup Semi-Final
Having got a bye to the Semi-Final we faced a strong Borrisoleigh side who had already had a good win over Abbey CBS Tipperary Town. Roscrea had a couple of practice games played and after a slow start against St. Josephs on a splendid day in Templemore we got ourselves into the game with some excellent play by our forwards. Josh Neville finished off a flowing move with a well taken goal. Both sets of forwards looked dangerous and were well able to score. Gearóid Murphy was winning a lot of ball and giving good quality ball to our forwards. Cathal Hogan, Shane Fletcher and Liam Seacy were all hurling well in the full forward line. At the other end of the field the Borrisoleigh forwards were causing problems for the Roscrea defence especially Billy Seymour, Jake Ryan and Adam Hogan who had switched from centre field. St. Josephs were two points to the good at half time and extended their lead after half time but Roscrea kept hurling and kept the gap to 5 points for most of the second half. Some brilliant saves by Mark Fanning from Gerry Kelly who had switched from centre back to full forward for the second half kept Roscrea in the game. After great pressure by forwards, Shane Fletcher scored two goals from ordinary 21 yard frees during the second half. Joseph Fogarty won some great ball also and scored a couple of points as well. In the end, time ran out for Roscrea who had a couple of late goal chances, one saved, one in the side netting. St. Josephs just deserved it on the day and won on a scoreline of 4-16 to 4-12. Panel- Dan Ryan, Graham Hogan, Shane Fletcher, Josh Neville, Colman Treacy, Thomas McCarthy, Jason Gilmartin, Owen Walsh, Stephen Carey, Liam Seacy, Jordan Donovan (Roscrea), Mark Fanning, Daniel O'Meara, David Jones, Paul Costello, Niall Maher, Joe Fogarty, Eoin Whyte, Cathal Hogan, Dylan Maher, Bob Kenny (Moneygall), Joe Ahern (Ballyskenach-Killavilla), Cillian Ryan, Matthew Fogarty, Cian Maher, Jack Bourke, Gearoid Sampson, Coley Cleary, Patrick Sammon (Shinrone), William Abbott, Gary Sheppard (Borris-in-Ossory), Gearoid Murphy (Anacurra Co. Wicklow).

The Early Childhood Care and Education PLC Course went on an educational visit to Imaginosity and The Ark, Children's Cultural Centre in Dublin recently.  The purpose of the visit was to reinforce the theoretical learning which takes place throughout the year by offering a visual and hands-on experience to the learners.  As both of these Centres are charities, the group donated funds raised from a recent PLC Bake Sale in the newly refurbished PLC canteen.  A very enjoyable and informative day was enjoyed by all and Mary McGrath, PLC Coordinator, would like to thank their tutor, Paula Nolan, for organising the event. 


The Early Childhood Care and Education PLC programme at Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré making a presentation to Jenny Bohan, General Manager/Marketing, Imaginosity, Cultural Centre, Dublin during their recent educational field trip.

Trip to Imaginosity


Enrolment for next year’s PLC courses has started and first round interviews will be held at the end of May.  Those interested in enrolling for a course may apply through the College website or phone/email the College at 0505 23939 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for our prospectus.




News - Mar 30 2015

Coláiste Phobal unveils new Library

March 27th 2015 will enter into the annals of Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré as an important date. The school were proud to invite distinguished guests, friends of the school and members of the school community to unveil a beautiful bespoke library. The library is the brainchild of teaching staff and students alike whose partnership on this project was fundamental to its completion. Of course this project needed vital funding which was secured through the generosity of the Parents' Association, Board of Management as well as various school fundraising initiatives such as Non-Uniform Day and bag packing. Books were purchased especially to enlighten young minds and imaginations but an extensive collection has been donated by local people and friends of the school such as George Cunningham, Liam Doran & Mary Arrigan. Finally the guidance of the English and Maths Departments allowed National directives on Literacy and Numeracy to come alive in the most serene of places. 

Earlier in the school year John Murphy joined staff as the School Librarian. His attention to detail as well as around the clock availability allowed imagination to become reality. Countless hours were spent archiving and cataloguing library materials. Mark McCabe also joined staff and has overseen all painting in the project enhancing the library environment. The school art department led by Ms McDonnell were instrumental in the beautiful calligraphic quotes from literary icons that adorn the walls leading to the new library.  Quotes are from Wilde, Rowling, Einstein and more. Inspiration can come from many sources.

The Student Council directed by the Chairperson Evan Hassett has sacrificed many lunch-times in preparation for this day. The buzz and beauty of the surroundings make it all worthwhile. The students were assisted by Ms McEvoy, (Student Council Coordinator), Mr Fitzgerald, Ms McMahon and Ms Egan. The Council are extremely grateful for the support of the aforementioned groups as well as the enthusiasm of Principal Mr. O’Brien and Deputy Principal Mr. Haugh who have supported the project since the embryonic stages.

It is hoped that the library will be a setting for study, research, relaxation and most of all inspiration. The students of Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré are eager to work in such surroundings. Who knows, our next great literary icon may just come from here!

 Library tape cutting


Mr. Gerard O'Brien (Principal), Ms. McEvoy (Student Council Coordinator), Mr. John Hogan (Chairperson of Colaiste Phobal Board of Management and Chairman of ETB), Evan Hassett (Chairperson of Student Council), Mr. John Murphy (Coláiste Librarian) and Ms. Fionnuala McGeever (CEO of Tipperary ETB).

Coláiste Students sweep Entrepreneur awards

Entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well in Coláiste Phobal Roscrea on Friday 6th of March, four teams from Coáiste Phobal went to LIT Thurles to take part in the Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards. These awards promote and foster entrepreneurial culture in classrooms across the country. They offer students the opportunity to take a business from the idea stage, through market research, production, selling, record keeping and management. Neil Maher Third Year took First Prize in the Intermediate Category with his enterprise ‘Maher’s Free Range Eggs’. Neil now goes through to the National Finals in Croke Park in April. Other prize winners from the school were the ‘Smoothini Wagen’ who won Best Display and ‘Roscea Cards’ who took second place in the Senior Category. Well done to Cathal Nash, Katie Tyrrell, Rachel Gilmartin, Nicole Darmody and Daniel Quinlan. The ‘Stick Stack’ team also represented the school on the day with their innovative idea for hurl storage. To have three winners out of four with such stiff competition is a fantastic achievement for the school. The very best to Neil in the Nationals in April. A thank you must also be extended to Ms Neilsen, Ms Rice, Mr Flynn and Mr Harney who supported students to complete their projects.
Neil Maher


News - Mar 23 2015

School Variety Concert
On Thursday 26th March Coláiste Phobal is holding its second Variety concert. Any individuals/Bands, Acts who wish to take part are welcome. This concert is open from 1st years up to 6th years. Please come along and support this concert. A great night's entertainment is guaranteed
Green Day – Friday, March 13th 2015
On Friday, March 13th, we had a very successful non-uniform 'Green Day' in Coláiste Phobal Roscrea. This was organised by the Green-Schools Committee in our school. All students were encouraged to wear green on the day and everyone had to pay €2. There were prizes for the best-dressed student and staff member in fancy dress. Ms. Mulrooney was dressed up as Mrs. Greenwater and won a prize and Michael Hannon (Transition Year) dressed up as a giant pea and also won a prize!
We held a poster competition where students had to design a poster around our water slogan: 'Do your part, be water smart'. First prize was €30 and this went to Simona Staponkute, 2nd Year. Second prize was €20 and this went to Lauren O’Connor, also 2nd Year. Congratulations to all who entered this poster competition. The posters were of a very high standard.
Members of the Green-Schools Committee baked buns at home and in school, and these were sold at break and lunch time in the very colourful bake sale.
Members of the Green Schools Committee joined forces with the 5th Year Leaving Cert. Applied group with Mr. Smyth and planted trees on the school grounds.
We are very grateful to the Parents’ Association, who sponsored the purchase of water butts for the school. These will help in our efforts to conserve water and will also help us to achieve our 3rd Green Flag – the Water Flag.
The Committee is very grateful to management, staff and students for the on-going commitment to the Green-Schools Programme. More and more research and evidence shows that Global Warming is a man-made phenomenon and that we urgently need to do more to save the environment from the harmful effects of Climate Change.
A grand total of over €700 was made on the day. This money will be used for Green Projects around the school. The Committee has also decided to sponsor a child in Uganda for one year of her education, and will be donating some of the money raised to the Uganda Mission.
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Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré Green Schools Committee and Staff winner Ms Mulrooney and student winner and member Michael Hannon, Transition Year
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 Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré Green school representatives with the water butts sponsored by the Parents' Association.

News - Feb 02 2015

PLC Sector, Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré,

forges links with Bradford University, Leeds

Gerard O’Brien, Principal, Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré and PLC Coordinator, Mary McGrath are delighted to announce that the Nursing/Health Post-Leaving Certificate Sector of the College are currently forging progression Links with Bradford University, Leeds.  PLC Nursing and Healthcare Tutors, Ingrid Condell, Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré, and Mary Ryan Maher, Coláiste Mhuire, Thurles, recently visited the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery in Bradford University, and met with recruitment and academic staff and students in the school of Nursing and Health.

Admission to Nurse training programmes in England is not points driven as it is in Ireland. Students are selected on the basis of personal qualities and suitability. The application process involves writing a personal statement containing information about personal suitability for nursing, providing a reference and doing a group and individual interview.  Sue Elson, Lecturer at the College, agrees that the QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies course is an excellent preparation for studying nursing in the UK, she feels that the work experience element of the QQI course is invaluable in helping students to build up the skills necessary to pursue a career in nursing or midwifery. Bradford University is a medium sized university and the School of Health Studies have courses in Nursing, Midwifery, Health and Social Care, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.  Irish students studying there have no registration or tuition fees as these are sponsored by the NHS.  Accommodation costs are similar to those in Limerick and Cork but cheaper than Dublin.  Irish students who qualify for maintenance grants in Ireland may bring their grant with them to the UK.

The tutors met with both English and international students who agreed that the supports for students in the University are excellent.  The on-campus accommodation is three minutes walk from the Nursing building and there are lots of societies and groups to join. As Mary Ryan Maher highlighted, “Bradford University has a friendly and homely atmosphere”.  Ingrid Condell made a presentation to recruitment staff at the University informing them of the structure and content of the QQI Nursing Studies programmes in Roscrea and Thurles.  “We had a very positive response from staff” she says, “Mary and I are both experienced nurses, and with the support of fellow staff and management, ensure our College programmes are relevant to the current demands of the profession and further education requirements both in Ireland and in the UK.  We provide additional training in Patient Moving and Handling, CPR and First Aid, Hand Hygiene and Elder Abuse Awareness. We very much look forward to strengthening our links with Bradford and other UK universities in the future.”

Mary McGrath, PLC co-ordinator, is also delighted to say that progression links are also currently being established with Irish Colleges (Waterford IT, LIT (Tipperary), Athlone IT) for the other PLC programmes offered by Colaiste Phobal Ros Cré in Business and IT, Childcare and Security Studies.

This year the College offers a new programme in Community Development with Youthwork.  An Information/Enrolment Evening for our PLC programmes will take place in the College on Monday, 9th March at 8 pm.   

Pictured from left to right: Rachael Gartland, Head of Recruitment for UK and Ireland, Sue Elson, Lecturer, School of Nursing, Bradford University, Leeds and Ingrid Condell, Nursing/Healthcare Tutor, Coláiste Phobal, Ros Cré during her recent visit to the Universtiy.
Student Enterprise Awards  - Encouraging Young Entrepreneurs Through its ethos and education
Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré encourages young people to view enterprise as a career choice and develop entrepreneurial skills and qualities, in the hope of helping to create the business successes of tomorrow. Students at Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré have created several small enterprises and through the local Enterprise Board have gained valuable advice and mentoring as well as the experience of setting up and running a small business. Establishing innovative local business is key to the creation of sustainable growth in our communities, the future of this is in the innovation and expertise of the students of today. The students of Coláiste Phobal Cré give us a lot to be optimistic about. Local Enterprise Boards through their programmes and initiatives aim to reinforce entrepreneurship in education. One of these initiatives is the Student Enterprise Awards, the largest national competition of its kind in which young entrepreneurs compete with each other at local, regional and national level. Each year over 17 000 students take part in this competition. Students of Coláiste Phobal RosCré entered several businesses in The Student Enterprise Awards this year. Entries were in two separate categories in the initial stage of the competition held on Friday 16th January 2015. In the Intermediate Category Neil Maher, a 3rd Year Student entered his successful business. Neil Maher Eggs – selling Farm Fresh Eggs locally. In the Senior Category several innovative businesses were entered in the competition by Transition Year students from their Enterprise Class and German Class. The Stick Stack – an Innovative Storage Solution for Hurleys and Sliothars. Marker Parker –attractive and useful storage solution for markers in the classroom. Roscrea Cards – attractive Personalised Playing Cards. Der Smoothini Wagen - an innovative Mobile Smoothie Bar selling Fresh Smoothies. The German Transition Year Class. Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré wishes every success to its students at County Level of the Student Enterprise Awards on Friday 6th March 2015, at LIT Thurles Campus. Congratulations to all students on the impressive achievement of creating small businesses and entering the competition.
People of the Year Citation
Congratulations to Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré Senior Hurling Panel who recieved a Citation for their All-Ireland Hurling win early last year.