St Mel’s College notes

School Mass

School Mass

On Friday last, the newly ordained Bishop Frances Duffy came to the college to celebrate Mass with us. We also welcomed representatives from the Board of Management and Parents Association. Congratulations to the students who participated in the Liturgy. Bishop Duffy was presented with a St Mel’s College jacket and senior Prefects and Members of the Student Council were presented with badges. Thanks to the Religion Department, Fr Joe McGrath, Ms Geraghty, Ms McGuinness and Mr Gacquin for all their hard work.

Aisling Festival Art Competition

Congratulations to Deane Nulty who won first prize in the Senior Category in the Aisling Arts Festival Art Competition.


St Mel’s Senior team continued their great start to the year with a win over Strokestown. It was a strong team performance finishing up with an impressive scoreline of 4-16 to 1-09. Overall the game was a big help to the team who face Granard in the Fr McGee Cup final next week.

Hard luck to the U16 and U18 teams who lost away to Rathangan on Thursday last. Training continues as usual on Wednesdays from 3-4. All team members must attend. Thanks to Mick Murphy for all his hard work with the team.

Leader Supplement

Congratulations to TY students Alex Nevin, Eoin Creevy, Brian Sweeney, Liam Barry, Darragh Doherty and Ciaran Earley who worked on the Aisling Supplement in today’s Leader.

Past pupil returns after 66 years

Paddy Flannery travelled from Limerick city to visit his old alma mater for the first time since he left the school in 1947. A native of Ballinahown, Co Offaly, Paddy arrived to St Mel’s in September 1941. His memories include the bell ringing each morning at 6.30am to be followed by mass and one hour of study before breakfast of tea and bread and class for the day. Paddy toured the college and looked out on the senior field with fond memories from when he captained St Mel’s to win the Leinster Senior colleges title in 1947.

St Mel’s welcomes the Connolly Cup

Dermot Brady, team captain and past pupil of St Mel’s College, along with his teammates Colin Smith and Mark Diffley visited the school on Friday last. Providing security from Killoe supporters for the much sought after Connolly Cup were Caoimhin Smith and Slashers Club Treasurer Tom Mulligan. They attended the school Mass and students and teachers had their photo taken with the cup afterwards. Even our dedicated Killoe supporter, Mr Rowley stood in for a picture!