Category Archives: Transition Year

Irish Guide Dogs talk

A huge thank you to former TY student and Guide Dog owner, Helena Mollaghan and her fellow Guide Dog owner Des Keaney, who delivered a great talk to our Transition Year Students to raise some awareness around the supports and services the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind provide for people with vision impairment and families of children with autism!

Helena and Des covered all things dogs and vision impairment related as well as their upcoming Christmas fundraising this Saturday where the students will be helping to

sell some Christmas cards and calenders.

Thank you for your continued support.

TY Musical Theatre/Dance Workshop

The TY Group had agreat workshop from Dance Concepts this week, where they learned some Dances to music from The Greatest Showman. Originally this was  intended to be used as an act that the TYs could use in the Christmas Concert, bu unfortunately, due to Covid 19, the concert cannot go ahead again this year. However, the group got a chance to work up a sweat and demonstrate some excellent dancing talent!

War of Independence Commemorative Walk of Ballinamore

History classes in Ballinamore CS were treated to a guided walk of Ballinamore by local historian, Cormac O Suilleabháin over a 3 day period at the end of September,2021 on the theme of Ballinamore during the War of Independence

As 2021 is the centenary of this historic time in Irish History, Cormac offered his insight and knowledge of these times to students during a tour of about 90 minutes duration.
Plans to assassinate Eamon de Valera in the Island theatre, the shooting of a local politician in the 1930’s, Selton Hill and Sheemore ambushes, bank robberies, hijacking trains, the remarkable survival of Bernie Sweeney at Selton hill even though shot 3 times in the leg, raids on barracks and shops by Anti-Treaty forces were just some of the many fascinating stories regaled.
What brought it home most to students was the links many had to either people or places who were significant to the events that happened in the Ballinamore area at that time.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the walk and it brought History “alive” and complemented classroom work.
In 2nd year, students complete a Classroom Based Assessment  entitled “History in My Place” and this talk will hopefully present students with plenty of potential areas of study.

Sincere thanks to Cormac for such an interesting tour.