Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon

All Ireland: Congratulations to the U16 Girls Basketball team who won the Under 16’s All Ireland School League in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Wednesday last. It was hard fought game against a strong Coláiste Oirial side from Monaghan. The entire school travelled in force to Tallaght and the atmosphere was electric! The Longford girls took an early lead and set a ferocious pace to the delight of all supporters in attendance. But slowly Coláiste Oirial made their way back into an enthralling battle. The captain Sarah O’Boyle was at the heart of the defence time after time, coming up with blocks and outrageous catches. Late in the 3rd Quarter the girls trailed by 7 points but the comeback was inspired by MVP Rachel Dillon who shot 18 points in a flawless performance. The opposition only managed one basket in the final quarter and the winning margin of 6 points emphasises Mercy Ballymahon’s dominance in the latter stages of this All Ireland Final. Sarah O’Boyle and Tracey Dillon also proved their class and quality during the game. Thanks to their coach Mr. Dempsey and his assistant Ms Carr. All the long hours of hard work in the school gym definitely paid off for this group of talented players! We wish to extend a huge thank you to our art department who undertook a lot of work in making over 100 posters for the basketball final. The posters looked splendid on the day and special thanks to Ms. Ryan and Ms.Cribben for all their work in co-operation is due.

All Ireland: Congratulations to the U16 Girls Basketball team who won the Under 16’s All Ireland School League in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Wednesday last. It was hard fought game against a strong Coláiste Oirial side from Monaghan. The entire school travelled in force to Tallaght and the atmosphere was electric! The Longford girls took an early lead and set a ferocious pace to the delight of all supporters in attendance. But slowly Coláiste Oirial made their way back into an enthralling battle. The captain Sarah O’Boyle was at the heart of the defence time after time, coming up with blocks and outrageous catches. Late in the 3rd Quarter the girls trailed by 7 points but the comeback was inspired by MVP Rachel Dillon who shot 18 points in a flawless performance. The opposition only managed one basket in the final quarter and the winning margin of 6 points emphasises Mercy Ballymahon’s dominance in the latter stages of this All Ireland Final. Sarah O’Boyle and Tracey Dillon also proved their class and quality during the game. Thanks to their coach Mr. Dempsey and his assistant Ms Carr. All the long hours of hard work in the school gym definitely paid off for this group of talented players! We wish to extend a huge thank you to our art department who undertook a lot of work in making over 100 posters for the basketball final. The posters looked splendid on the day and special thanks to Ms. Ryan and Ms.Cribben for all their work in co-operation is due.

School Facilities: The school are very proud to make their sporting facilities available to hold the Leinster Community Games Badminton Finals on Sunday the 7th of April. This is a huge honour for the school as the competition is rarely held outside of Carlow. We are sure all competitors will be more than impressed with the facilities on the day.

Photography: A special mention to Kirsty Monaghan who is quickly becoming known as the Transition Year photographer. Kirsty was busy at the recent U16 Girls All Ireland Final taking snapshots of the vocal supporters and also the action on court. Kirsty is also preparing photos and videos for Transition Year Night at the moment and we look forward to seeing them

Football: We wish to congratulate our student Rory Connor, and past pupils Shane Donohoe, Garret Higgins and Barry O’ Farrell, who were part of the Longford U21 side that had a brilliant win over Wexford in the Leinster quarter final on the 20th of March last. Longford ran out winners on a 2-11 to 1-13 scoreline, and now march on to face Kildare in the Leinster final. Well done to the boys.

TYP Programmes: Fionnuala Colgan from the HSE was in the school the week before last to give a full day workshop to our TY’s on mental health. The workshop was informative and enjoyable for the TY’s. Séamus Maguire and Brian McCaffrey of Longford Ambulance Station were in the school on Tuesday the 19th of March to give a talk to our TY’s on general medical issues. The students were given a talk on the dangers of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, while they also received a tour of an ambulance, which proved very interesting. Karen McMenamin from Youth Connect Ireland was in the school on Thursday the 21st of March last to give a talk to TY students on people’s rights in today’s society.

Home Economics: World Home Economics Day was celebrated on March 21st. To celebrate this event the Home Economics Department in the school organised a first year home Economics table quiz. Congratulations to Ruth Noonan, Áine Bannon, Molly Fox and Cíara Dixon for winning the quiz. Ruth McGarry of Torc Café in Longford town gave a presentation to the senior students about chocolate making and running a food business. Finally, Transition Years organised a cake sale in aid of the Irish Cancer Society on Thursday the 21st of March. Thanks to TY students Dayna Victory, Aphra Hartmann, Cormac Dennigan and Paddy Grogan who organised this event.

Retreats: The first year students enjoyed their annual retreat at Knock on Thursday and Friday last. Thanks to Ms. Gaffney, Mrs. Higgins, Mr. O Gara and Ms. Daly who travelled with the students and organised the retreats.

Fund Raising: Thanks to the Parent Council for organising the annual fundraiser the “Easter raffle”. Thanks also to all who supported this raffle by buying tickets and sponsoring the huge hampers. Thanks to Ms. Donohue for continuing the great Easter spirit by giving 3 Easter eggs to be raffled among each class on Friday. Finally we would like to wish all staff, students and parents a very Happy Easter.