Ballymahon Vocational School notes

Young scientist

Young scientist

The students of Ballymahon Vocational School are leaping in at the deep end when it comes to the BT young scientist competition this year. Patrick Farrell and James Gavigan are gathering the truth behind teenage drinking and teenagers’ true attitudes to this in their project “The anti-alcos”. Jack Nolan, Paul Walsh and Gerard Doyle are investigating the truth behind energy drinks and their effectiveness to sports people with their investigation called “The effects of energy drinks v water”. Aidan Dunne wants to obtain confirmation of his theory that eating food whilst listening to music can make the tempo of the music speed up with his titillating project “Brain Beats”. The three broncobusters Taylor Byrne, Aishling O’Reilly and Andrew Donlon are doing wonders for the Irish Equestrian industry with their project “Grooves for Hooves”. They are going to analyse their horses response to different genres of music and come up with the equine equivalent to Mozarts 5th. Take heed JP McManus. All the teams are working very hard at their projects and are looking forward to representing their school at the RDS in January.


Casting for our forthcoming Panto has nearly been finalised and rehearsals are currently taking place. There is a tremendous response to this year’s Panto. The abundance of talent has made it even more difficult to allocate parts!


First year girls basketball is well on its way with training every second Monday from 4-5pm. See notice board or speak with Ms Mulcahy for further updates.

Ladies Football

Football hopefully to start every second Monday for all girls! Our trainer Ms McCabe is putting the final touches to the master-plan for this year’s ladies football!

Bród Club

Bród Club has started, thanks to the Irish teachers. Students that participate will play games and do activities through Irish. It is on every Thursday after school.


Students have now picked their activities for Gaisce. Thanks to the Gaisce Pals Mr Dennigan and Ms Nolan for giving the students the privilege to be able to do Gaisce.


An equestrian meeting has been held for students interested in joining the equestrian team this year. Further news to follow!


The senior boys started off their campaign with an away win beating Kilbeggan. Training for all ages continues after school every Tuesday and Thursday from 4.15 pm to 5.15 pm and also during the week in the school gym. Under 14 and Under 16 championships starting soon. Keep an eye on the notice board for further updates!

Best Wishes

Congrats and best wishes to Bishop Francis Duffy who was ordained Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise at the weekend. We at BVS wish him all the best in his work ahead.

Big Game

By the time this paper goes to print a local intermediate championship final between Ardagh and Carrickedmond will have concluded. (And yes, we are all disappointed that a certain red and black club won’t be there this year!) In the weeks up to this big game there has been a very tense atmosphere between supporters of both clubs in the school. Our very own Mr Farrell flies the flag for Ardagh, met with strong opposition on the field of play from Carrickedmond native and BVS student Conor Kelly. We wish both clubs the best of luck and let’s hope the best team won! We’ll have a mediator on standby for the rest of the week!


A very warm welcome is extended to Ms Quinn who joins our teaching staff. Ms Quinn will be teaching Home Economics over the weeks and months ahead.


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Parent/Teacher Meeting

Tomorrow evening there is a parent teacher meeting for the parents and guardians of Leaving Cert students. This is the first such meeting of the year. Teachers are looking forward to meeting all the parents.


In recent times our school library has been updated with many new books, novels and dramas. All junior years, especially our first years are encouraged to familiarise themselves with books inside and outside of the school as our Reading Challenge will begin shortly. Have your book list ready!