Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon



Transition Year students travelled to the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, last Friday to see “Observations From A Hedge”, a hilarious play written by Ger Carey. This play looks at the weird and frightening world of the teenagers. Thanks to Ms Gaffney and Ms Nevin for organising this day out in conjunction with the English Department.


Congratulations to our Senior ladies football team who won their first match of the season against Cnoc Mhuire in Granard last Wednesday. Many thanks to their coaches Mr Munds and Ms Egan. Well done girls! Well done to our Junior boys soccer team who had a great win against Templemicheal College last Wednesday. Thanks to their coaches Kevin Stansbury, Reina Flower and Patrick Claffey. Congrats boys on the great start to the season. Commiserations to our Senior boys football team who were beaten last Wednesday by Cnoc Mhuire in Granard. Thanks to their coaches Mr Seery and Mr O Gara. Hard luck boys. We would like to congratulate our Open Equestrian team who finished sixth overall in the Newbridge College event in Coilog Equestrian Centre in county Kildare. The team consisted of Megan Connell, Derek Shaw, Christopher Connell and Aine McLoughlin. Special congratulations to Derek Shaw who came fourth in the individual events. Good job guys!

World Mental Health Week

This week, our school is raising awareness and funds for a very worthy charitable organisation, “Walk in my Shoes”. Walk in My Shoes’ is St Patrick’s Mental Health Foundation’s leading awareness and fundraising campaign. Donating to this charity will directly support young adults in Ireland in need of mental health services. Numerous activities have been organised by Ms O’Neill and a group of Transition year students and student council members. They have been busy preparing activities such as the “Walk In My Shoes Event”. This involves students wearing wacky and wonderful shoes and socks on Thursday and donating 2 euro to the “Walk in my Shoes” charity. Also, TY students will be wearing T-shirts displaying positive mental health.

New Bishop

We here at Mercy Ballymahon would like to thank Bishop Colm O’Reilly for all his hard work and for the times he visited our school. We would also like to extend a very warm welcome to Bishop Francis Duffy and we look forward to meeting him.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Ms Conneely on the death of her father Sean. May he rest in peace.