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Victory for second year boys basketball!!


Coláiste Chiaráin's second year boys have qualified for the South West Regional finals!!. They reached this by winning a number of games in a strong manner such as defeating St Nessans 26 points to 9, St. Annes 20 points to 8 and finally Gaelcolaiste Luimní 24 points to 18.

Well done to the team for such a strong performance especially Adam Barry, David Macken and Bryon Fitzgerald.

Well done also to our score and timekeepers and of course Mr Cathal Fitzgerald (Coach).

The Limerick City Library Inter-Schools Quiz

Coláiste Chiaráin first year pupils took part in the Limerick City Inter-Schools quiz recently. The event was held in the Limerick City library and our fantastic team came in second. Congratulations to all involved including their mentor, Mr. Patrick Hayes!!

Coláiste Chiaráin musicians visit Caherass Nursing Home

Students from Coláiste Chiaráin went to Caherass Nursing Home today, Monday 14 Mar’11, to play and sing for the residents. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Students ranged from 1st year to 5th year and played a variety of instruments such as piano, whistles, flutes, guitars, button accordions, bodhrán etc as St. Patrick’s Day is this Thursday, The residents were thrilled to hear real Irish music performed live by students from Coláiste Chiaráin. Ms Jude Keane & Ms Davina Noonan accompanied the students!

Peruvian Children's Project

Fr. David Costello is from Croom and runs the Peruvian Children's Project. He and Fr Derek Leonard work very hard to improve the lives of the people they are working with. Every year the people of Croom hold fundraisers to try provide funds got Fr. David and Fr. Derek to carry out their work. This year we are hoping to be able to help here in the school. We are collecting unwanted gifts this week. These will be raffled off to raise funds to send to the project. We want to collect as many gifts as possible!! Fr. David Costello will be returning to Croom very soon and it would be wonderful to be able to give him our donation to bring back to his community in Peru. For more details, please contact Mrs Farrell.

Linguistics Olympiad proves that Coláiste Chiaráin students are clever in any language!

Lateral thinking and creative problem solving were the keys to success as budding linguists from secondary schools across Ireland competed in the finals of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) at Dublin City University on 9 March 2011. Nine talented students from Coláiste Chiarain, Croom pitted their wits against the world’s toughest puzzles in language, logic and linguistics.

From a starting line-up of more than 300 students representing schools in 23 counties, the nine Croom students –
Cian Lannon, Dean Shanahan, Sean Aksoy, Alexander Storey Cosgrove, Eoin O Farrell, Eimear McCabe, Constance Ekwoge and William Wheeler – were among the country’s top 100 problem-solvers to progress to the national finals of the competition. There, they competed head-to-head in the hope of becoming AILO National Champions 2011 and winning the opportunity to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad Finals in the USA in July 2011. The students will learn how they fared against the puzzles, and their opponents, when the winners are announced later this month.

The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad challenges students to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages from around the globe. Students were required to decode the grammar of unfamiliar languages, which included Dutch, Swahili, the Ndyuka language of Suriname, and the ancient Aztec language, Nahuatl. Using their ingenuity, each student then had to construct new words and sentences in those languages. No prior knowledge of linguistics or languages was required: even the hardest problems required only logical ability, patient work, and a willingness to think around corners.

Speaking of her favourite part of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad, Constance Ekwoge, 5th year student at Coláiste Chiarain, said "The most interesting puzzle I have had to do was one on Chinese syllables and how they use syllables to refer to something. It was interesting and I really love learning other languages”.

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