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Transition years take part in “Gifted” Trade Show

This year our TY students are getting some valuable lessons in the world of business, on Wednesday they made the long trip to the RDS in Dublin where they sold their business products as part of the Foróige Entrepreneur Programme. The group had a wide variety of products on sale such as bottle lamps, cable savers, sports products, magnets and hampers. They learnt some valuable lessons in business on the day such as how to set up a stand, entice customers and most importantly how to sell!

The TY’s will have a market in the school next Thursday night and Friday morning. All parents are welcome to attend on Thursday night.

Boston donate money to school show

A massive thank you to Boston Scientific who recently donated €500 towards our school musical. The staff, students and the wider school community would like to thank Boston for their generous contribution. Our school show takes place next Wednesday and Thursday has been added due to popular demand. Tickets can be purchased from the school office or from Ms Breen or Ms Macken.

Oisín wins Trinity Engineering scolarship

Pictured above are Oisín de Barra and Ms Murphy

in Trinity College for the Entrance Exhibition Awards.

Oisín recently won the Entrance Echibition Award scolarship to Trinity College Dublin which was based on his outstanding Leaving Certificate results. While in school Oisín studies Construction Studies, Engineering and Physics all subjects which gave him a solid foundation to progress on the Engineering path.

Clonmel’s Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn celebrating 15 years

Below is an article on our school which featured recently on

Clonmel’s Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn is celebrating 15 years of providing quality second-level co-education

CLONMEL’S Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn recently completed its 15th year of providing quality second-level co-education through the medium of Irish to Clonmel and its environs.

From a class of 14 students in 2004 to its current enrolment of over 150, the school has grown steadily in the intervening 15 years.

One of the aims of Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn is to foster an interest and love for our native language and culture. This is done daily throughout the school, allowing students to become immersed in our language. This has proven so beneficial to students coming to Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn from both Gaelscoileanna and English-speaking primary schools. It supports students coming from English-speaking primary schools by providing a 15-week Irish language course.

The school offers a wide variety of subjects and places a strong emphasis on the humanities and STEM subjects. Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn prides itself on its dedicated engineering room, which has facilitated many students to pursue engineering as a career. In conjunction with Boston Scientific, the school annually presents the STEM Student of the Year Award to a sixth year student progressing to third level education in a STEM related discipline.

Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn has a tradition of achieving outstanding Leaving Certificate results,  2019 being no exception. 5% of the students attained over 600 points, the national average is 1.3%. 16% exceeded 500 points, the national average is 13.2%, while 69% of the students obtained over 400 points, once again bettering the national average of 37.2%.

Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn has a proud record of students winning scholarships to many of Ireland’s top third level institutions. These include the Ernest Walton Scholarship to UL for physics and the Janssen Engineering Scholarship in CIT. There were further engineering scholarships awarded for UL and CIT, the Science Entrance Scholarship in UCD, and this year the Entrance Exhibition Award in Trinity College Dublin.

Past students have completed or are completing studies in disciplines including international business, law, pharmacy, languages, teacher education training, music, dentistry, financial maths, nursing, computer software design, biomedical science, art and animation, and architecture.

“While we place a very strong emphasis on academic achievement, we place an equal importance on the development of our students through extra-curricular activities. Our students’ successes in these extra-curricular activities match their academic successes and Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn takes great pride in celebrating our students’ triumphs,” Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn spokesperson says.

“Since the school’s inception, we have been competing in the Gael Linn organised Comórtas Uí Chadhain Debating Competition. In recent weeks, both our senior and junior teams have won their way into the upcoming second round.”

Students of Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn scooped four of the seven places available in the regional final of the prestigious Poetry Aloud Competition to progress to the All-Ireland semi-final, which takes place shortly in the National Library in Dublin.

Transition year students in a team-building workshop completed the intricate construction of a K’Nex bridge in the record time of 34 minutes, making them joint-first place leaders across second-level schools in Ireland.

“For a small school we are punching well above our weight in sport across football for both girls and boys, hurling, rugby and basketball. To date this year, our boys’ football team have progressed to round two of their campaign. Our under 16 and under 19 boys’ basketball teams have both reached the All-Ireland Cup semi-final and are both in the Regional League semi-finals.”

Plans are afoot to go on a Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn school trip this year to Paris. Previous destinations have included Barcelona, Northern Italy, Berlin and numerous trips to Champions League matches in England.

“Our music department in the midst of preparing to stage our first school musical at the end of this month. Students will perform Ár gCeolseó Scoile on November 27. Tickets, which are selling fast, are available from the school office and can be booked on 052-6126269.

“On November 14, the school is hosting a pop-up Gaeltacht from 7.30pm. We invite students, parents and all with a grá for Gaeilge to come along and join us for a cupán tae and a chat as Gaeilge.”

Senior footballers get off to a winning start in Limerick

CTI Clonmel 4-5 Ennistymon VS 2-7

Our senior footballers kicked off their campaign against Ennistymon today in a rain and wind swept Limerick. The wind had a big factor in this game with CTI starting well with two goals from Lar Walsh and and Sean Hawkins. The Ennistymon side found it hard to battle against the wind as they only managed to 1-2 in the first half. This was the opposite for CTI as they managed to score another two goals (Lar Walsh & Jake Maunsell) as well as points from Sean Hawkins, Niall Walsh, Ben O Connell and Luca Dennehy. This gave CTI a lead that they knew they would need as they would be against the wind in the second half.

The second half was a half where our backs and goalie Conor Grant showed their value. The Ennistymon attack went for the jugular but could not find a way past Conor in goal and a back line lead by Sam McGowran who was rock solid at full back. The lads now progress to round two which takes place after the midterm, before this they play the Tipperary quater final against Roscrea this Friday in Holycross.

Team and scorers:

Conor Grant, Keenan Curtin, Sam McGowran, Eoin Freaney, Sean Kenny, Sean Boyce, Oisin Power, Michael O Sullivan, Niall Walsh (0-1), David Cagney, Lar Walsh (2-0), Luca Dennehy (0-1), Sean Hawkins (1-1), Ben O Connell (0-2), Jake Maunsell (1-0)


Dylan Fahey for Eoin Freaney

John Molloy for Sean Hawkins

Lennon Foran for Keenan Curtin

Open night for GCC – A message from Seamus Kennedy

On the 16th of October we held our first Open night under the new management of Principal John McCarthy. The night went off very well with a large number of parents coming from a number of primary schools across Tipperary and Waterford.

Information on our school was given by Principal Mr McCarthy, our guidance counselor Mrs Begley, out going Múinteoir i bhfeighil Lorna as well as our incoming Múinteoir i bhfeighil Bróna who spoke about building upon the great work that Lorna has done as well as paving a path for the Gaelcholáiste to become an Irish culture centre in Tipperary.

Entertainment on the night was provided by our school choir which can be seen here on our school youtube channel:

We also had a message from a very special former student who could not make the night but spoke about his time spent in the school and how it had an effect on him:

A reminder to all parents to get your application forms in as soon as possible for the academic year 2020.

Brave Under 16.5 side loose out to Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí

CTI Clonmel: 4-7 Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí: 4:13

On a wet Thursday in October we made the long journey to Rathkeale for our Munster Hurling Quarter-Final against Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí. It was our first time reaching this stage of the competition in a number of years but with the number of young, talented hurlers we have, it hopefully won’t be our last.

The game started with a downpour of rain followed by a downpour of scores from Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí. They hit 1-4 before we registered our first score. These early scores are what cost us later in the game. We hit three wides before hitting our first score – a goal from our youngest player on the panel: Darragh Landers. Good team play brought Darragh through on goal where his only option was to kick the ball into the net as he was being held back. An exceptional finish from a player who went on to play a big role throughout the match.

After the goal we had our period of dominance as Sean Cagney found his scoring range hitting 3 points (2 frees). His point from play was probably the score of the match. Turning on a six pence, he struck the ball on the swivel and put it between the posts. Although we dominated possession, we failed to capitalise whereas Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí were much more clinical and went on to tag on a number of scores before the half time whistle. There was further disappointment on the stroke of half time as CTI had a player sent to the line. This left us trailing at half time on a score line of 3-7 to 1-3.

At the start of the second half, we gave away a couple of silly frees to put a further deficit between the teams. After this we really rallied and for the last 20 minutes of the game all the qualities that you admire in a player such as bravery, resilience, determination and leadership came to the fore. This was led by David Cagney and Sean Kenny in defence as they powered out with an endless amount of ball to launch attacks on the Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí defence. This filtered up the pitch as Michael O Sullivan got a score as well as a brace from Sean Cagney.

The shackles were off at this stage and getting goals was a must. Our first came from the individual effort of Sean Cagney. He followed this up with another point before striking his second goal – which he got by chasing a lobbed in ball from a 65. Moments later, Michael O Sullivan found the back of the net and all of a sudden we found ourselves 3 points down with 2 minutes to go. A sideline free 20 metres out gave us a glimmer of hope and we decided to take our chances, placing a few bodies in around the goal for it. Our effort was blocked and Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí countered and scored a goal to leave 6 points between the sides at the finish.

This, I am sure, was one of those games that the lads will be mulling over for quite a while as there were a number of factors that went against them on the day. On a positive note, there were some outstanding performances all over the pitch. In the back line David Cagney ruled the roost and was our most comfortable player on the ball. He was assisted by an energetic Sean Kenny and captain Oisín Power who grew into the game, especially in the second half. Midfield was orchestrated well by Oisín Forristal and he was aided by a future star of the school Bobby Drohan. Up front, Sean Cagney was our main scoring threat and once again he contributed handsomely. A tigerish Darragh Landers played a huge role up front as well along with Michael O Sullivan and Jake Maunsell. This concludes the season for our under 16.5 hurlers. We look forward to seeing these players contribute to the senior and junior teams that are still left in their respected competitions.


Keenan Curtin, Eoin Freaney, David Cagney, Cian Power, Charlie O Callahan, Oisín Power (Captain), Sean Kenny, Oisín Forristal, Sean Cagney(2-6, 3f), Bobby Drohan, Michael O Sullivan (1-1), Darragh Landers (1-0), Harry O Leary, Jake Maunsell, Shane Taylor.


Gearld Nugent for Cian Power

Thomas Dunphy for Eoin Freaney

Carl Nulud for Harry O Leary

John Molloy for Jake Maunsell



New principal appointed for our school

A new chapter has started at the Central Technical Institute (CTI) in Clonmel, County Tipperary, following the appointment of John McCarthy as principal.

Consisting of the CTI Senior College of Further Education, Gaelcholáiste Chéitínn and Coláiste Chluain Meala, Cork native John has been taken aback by the sense of “real camaraderie and openness to new ideas” since commencing the role in August.

“It has been a challenging few months but there’s a really impressive staff here that have helped me settle in. Tina Kennedy was the acting principal last year and she has been guiding me through the role and has been so supportive,” says John, who previously taught English and was deputy principal across his 15 years at Coláiste Dún Iascaigh in Cahir.

John crafting a “coherent vision” for CTI Clonmel

John’s goal is to create a “coherent vision” for the three schools, one which will drive them into the future. He says the Senior College has grown from 183 to 210 students this year, crediting the rise in numbers to the school’s ability to proactively respond to society’s needs. “The Senior College’s courses are legendary. It offers students a gateway to further education and employment. It was usually just for school leavers, but nowadays there’s a lot more mature students who range in ages. We have seen a lot of older people coming back to school looking to reposition themselves in society and looking to boost their career opportunities, especially in childcare, special needs assistance and pre-nursing,” he says.

Gaelcholáiste Chéitínn currently has 158 students, growing “rapidly” in recent years, and Brona Kinnane has just been appointed to take charge of the day-to-day running of the school. “We have 31 students in first year and there’s 11 in sixth, so it has really grown and offers something unique in the town. It’s incredibly natural for the students to speak the Irish language. Every subject is done through Irish which really helps, and it’s terrific when you hear them engaging in groups,” he says.

“But it’s not just about Irish language and education, and it provides the culture and sense of identity that the students are looking for,” he explains.

“The school is very academic and it’s a very caring, close community. We had 69% of students achieve over 400 points and one student got 601 points in the recent Leaving Certificate. It’s quite a relaxed school in some ways but still maintains high academic standards. If you have a can-do attitude towards work, you’ll flourish in Gaelcholáiste Chéitínn,” he smiles.

As part of his vision for the school, John plans to open the gates of Gaelcholáiste Chéitínn on The Mall to the public. The school will host a bilingual production centred on High School in November. “It’s going to be the first-ever show for Gaelcholáiste Chéitínn and will feature over 50 students in roles ranging from set design to acting and singing. The music department is very strong in the school at the moment. We want the school to be part of the community in a traditional Irish way,” he says.

John, an accomplished author who also taught in Drogheda for 10 years, also has big sporting plans for Coláiste Chluain Meala. The school currently has 110 students, from first to sixth year, who do “incredibly well with many going on to further education.” Tipperary senior hurler Seamus Kennedy went on to lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup following his studies at the school.

“Basketball is huge in the school, rugby is back this year along with GAA and soccer. The school has won prizes in the Poetry Aloud competition and is part of the School Excellence Fund, which recognises excellence and innovation. It’s a really exciting time for the entire school community,” John adds.

All Ireland cups come to visit school

Today we have a visit from Seamus Kennedy, Laura Dillon and Courntey Lonergan who were members of the All Ireland winning Tipperary panels in hurling and ladies football. It was a huge honour to have All Ireland winners visit our school and it was a greater honour to have one of our past pupils – Seamus Kennedy visit the school. Seamus spoke highly of his time spent in the school and his appreciation for what we do in Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn. Afterwards himself and the girls stayed around and chatted to the students about their success and posed for photos, some of which can be seen below.

Courtney Lonergan, Seamus kennedy and Laura Dillon with pupils from CTI Cluain Meala in the school hall on thier visit with the All Ireland Cups.
Courtney Lonergan, Laura Dillon and Seamus Kennedy parade the All irelands cups in Gaelcholaiste Cheitinn