Presentation College Athenry had 3 chess teams taking part in the Connacht Chess Cup recently. Congrats to our 1st years namely: Liam Kelly, Gavin Kelly, Emmet Keane and John Birhett who came second in the Novice category. Well done to our other teams namely: Oisin Davis, Brendan Bradley, Tommy Mitchell and Adam Czarnik, David Donoghue, Thomas Burke, Colin Doyle, Daniel Kelly, Ciaran McMahon and Thomas Corley.
Presentation College Athenry participated in the College's County handball recently. Liam Egan and Morgan Leggett were narrowly beaten in Intermediate doubles. Dara Coleman won the Colleges Connacht singles title.
Our junior boys footballers lost the Connacht Semi Final to St. Muredach's Ballina on a scoreline of 2-14 to 3-10. A great effort from all involved and great progress made this year.
On Wednesday, 8th of March, Paddy Daly, Youth Development Officer with the St. Vincent de Paul, Galway Region visited the school to talk to a group of Transition Year students. Paddy gave a very engaging and informative talk on the history of St. Vincent de Paul, both from an international and national perspective. He engaged with the students very well throughout the talk, inviting their opinions, views and questions on topics ranging from poverty to lonliness and social justice to education. TY's were inspired by his enthusiasm and will hopefully become involved in these issues through project work and fundraising in the future. It is hoped that Paddy will return to speak with other year groups soon.
Our Senior footballers were unfortunate to lose a thrilling Connacht Final vs Ballinrobe on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-17. The boys performed terrific against a very fancied Ballinrobe side and did the school very proud.
Joe Healy, President of the IFA visited PCA on Thursday 2nd of March to speak to 4th year and Leaving Cert. Ag. Science students. Mr. Healy is a past pupil of PCA and was a full-time dairy farmer before he took up his new position. Mr. Healy spoke to the students about his selection as a candidate for the election. In his presentation he offered an insight into a typical week in the life of President and the importance of agriculture to the Irish economy.
A full recording Mr. Healy's presentation is available on our Soundcloud page, which can be accessed by clicking here.
Retired Home Economics Teacher, Mrs. Ryan recently returned to our school to meet with TY students and tell them about her experiences of volunteering in Uganda. Mrs. Ryan will return to Uganda to continue her voluntary and we wish her the very best in her new chapter.
Through the Pope John Paul II Award, young people are enabled to take an active part in the life of their Church, in the life of their community and society. It allows young people to understand that religion and faith are not just for learning, nor are they a list of rules, but they are for living. There are four awards, the Papal Cross, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Young people can earn the award by taking part in activities through Parish involvement and social awareness.
On November 17 th, fifteen students from our school received the Gold Award from Archbishop Neary at a ceremony in Knock Basilica. We congratulate them on their achievement.
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