Category Archives: Transition Year

TY Graduation

Congratulations to the Ty Class, who had their graduation on Thursday, May 26th. Each student spoke to the audience about their experiences in TY, and showed great maturity and confidence to deliver their speeches. This was followed by awards and a slideshow of the highlights of TY 2021/22. Guests were also shown the students eportfolios as a showcase of their year. A great way to draw what has been a very busy school year to a close.

Congratulations to award winners on the night:

Blessed Ncube (Spirit of TY Award)

Madison Conway (Highest Credits Total)

Aisling O’Brien (Best eportfolio)

Aisling O’Brien (Student of  the year – teacher vote)

Aoibhinn Keegan (Student of the year – student vote)


TY Rowing Competition

Well done to our TY rowers who took home 3 bronze and a silver medal from the recent indoor rowing competition held in Mohill Sports complex. The event, organised by Leitrim Sports Partnership, was very enjoyable and highly competetive, with teams from Ballinamore CS, Carigallen VS and Mohill CC facing off against each other. Well done all! Particular thanks to Charlene Donnelly from Lough Rinn Sports and recreation Hub for organising the event.

TY Gaisce Adventure Journey

On Wednesday 4th and 5th May the TY group set out on their Gaisce Bronze Award Adventure Journey at Lilliput Adventure Centre in Westmeath. This was an overnight trip where the group had to complete a hike. They also had some additional time to go kayaking, rock-climbing, orienteering and bog-hopping. It’s fair to say the group enjoyed the experience  and a lot of great memories were made.

TY Driver Ed Full Day Workshop

TYs had a great full day workshop on Wednesday, where they each got a driving lesson, learned some basic car maintenance, experienced the effects of alcohol on spatial awareness with Beer goggles and learned all about motoring finances and safety from buying and insuring a car to the risks associated with dangerous driving. A very worthwhile experience.

TY School Summit

TYs enjoyed a trip to the GAA Air Dome in Mayo today. Students attended the School Summit Careers Fair with Ms Garvey. There was a vast array of information stands representing lots of Colleges, Universities, Apprenticeship Employers, the Defence Forces and professional bodies. Talks were ongoing throughout the day covering topics from studying abroad, to apprenticeships, to PLC progression routes, to name but a few.

The Youth Fund – TYs award €1000 to Castlefore Development Association

Congratulations to Castlefore Development Association, who have been awarded €1000 by the TY group as part of their involvement in The Youth Fund, a project run in Association with Youth Work Ireland and supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Marie and Geraldine from Castlefore Development Association were on site with us to recieve the funding, which will be used to build permanent BBQ facilities at Castlefore Amenity Area. No doubt, many students from Ballinamore CS will benefit from the amenity in the years to come.

Lots of great work all year by the TY group, under the excellent supervision of Catherine McLoughlin from Youth Work Ireland led to the group being able to tender for applications for funds of €1000 from local groups that work with/for young people. This was followed by an interview process, where the TY students interviewed each of the applicants, culminating in the award of funds to Castlefore Development Association.

Sincere thanks also to the other local groups who submitted very worthy applications, and made The Youth Fund Experience a great success for our students. The TYs would have loved to be able to offer funds to each applicant.

This has been a really worthwhile experience for the group, with each student learning so much from the process. They have gained valuable experience and confidence and dealt admirably with the responsibilities they were given.



MABS Talk for TYs

Thanks to Mary Holahan and David Walsh from North Connacht and Ulster MABS for delivering a very informative workshop to the TY group on Budgeting and Wants v Needs as part of Global Money Week.  The group really enjoyed the workshop and learned some vital life skills.

TY Youth Revival Day in association with The Youth Fund

The Tys had a great day out organised by Cooperation Ireland as part of our involvement in The Youth Fund.

The TY group have been working hard all year on a process whereby they will award a fund of €1000 to a local group/groups involved in working with young people in the coming days.

After 6 months of working on the project, the TY group were treated to a day at Share Centre in Fermanagh, where they met up with peers from Malone Integrated College in Belfast.

The group had a great day of rockclimbing, archery, stand-up paddle, banana skiiing, and African Drumming, as well as making some new friends!