School Newsletter 23, 2011/12

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Action from the annual Madigan Cup played on Friday last.

 The last weeks before the Easter break have been extremely busy on all fronts with the school musical running in St Michael’s Theatre, Mock Orals taking place, Transition Year YSI speak outs in Kilkenny and various other activities of an educational,sporting and cultural nature going on in addition to the daily school work, all of which was blessed with the beautiful March sunshine which we have been enjoying.

Good Counsel College has for a number of years had a very close and successful relationship with Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania with a number of students from our school going on to study there on scholarship. There are currently 5 Good Counsel alumni attending Mercyhurst and one of them, Richard Molloy ,was last week elected President of the Student Government, a prestigious honour which brings with it the responsibility of sitting on the University’s board of directors where he will represent the students interests. We wish Richard the best in his role and congratulate him on his achievement.

In addition to travelling to Kilkenny to deliver presentations on their 3 YSI projects, the Transition Year students were busy last week engaged in a film making course. Each of the 3 classes attended for a full day each and we look forward to watching the result of their endeavours at the end of year Transition Year awards. The second cohort of TY hikers took to the Wicklow mountains above Glendalough last Thursday/Friday as part of their ‘An Gaisce’ awards and thanks again to Mr Coffey, Mr L O’Brien and Mr Rossiter for accompanying them and ensuring none were left behind.

The Madigan Cup was played for on Friday afternoon and produced a close and keenly contested game with Kilkenny winning by 2 points. Captain Mark Mansfield, a neighbour of the Madigan family, proudly accepted the trophy from Biddy Madigan on behalf of the Kilkenny lads who appropriately wore the Mullinavat jerseys forr the game. The roll of honour now reads 5 – 2 in favour of the ‘Cats’.


The schools showjumpers were out in force in Barnadown on the weekend before last with 3 teams competing. All went through to the jump off where they claimed 2nd and 4th places to retain their slender lead at the top of the Hoofprints League which reaches its conclusion in Mullingar on the weekend of 21st/22nd April.

First year student Vladyslav  Komarshchuk recently landed a Leinster boxing gold medal being crowned Boys U14 champion in Portlaoise. He is a very talented young man and is extremely dedicated to his sport so no doubt we will hear much more of him in future years. Well done to him and continued success.

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