Coláiste Dún an Rí is thrilled to have been chosen as the only school in Co. Cavan selected to participate in the Creative Schools pilot Arts Programme during the 2018-2019 school year. The Creative Schools Team at the Arts Council stated that they are delighted to have Coláiste Dún an Rí as one of the 150 participating schools nationwide.

The primary aim of the Creative Schools project is to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. Over the upcoming school year, the Arts Council will support the school to develop and begin to implement the school’s own Creative Plan. Working with a Creative Associate, the school will be supported to understand, develop and celebrate its engagement with the arts which will empower it to bring about real changes in the way the school works.


As a Creative School, Coláiste Dún an Rí will draw on the range of resources within the school and wider community to develop new ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on student learning, development and well-being. The children and young people in the school will have a central role in this process. The Principal of the school, Mr. Fergal Boyle expressed his delight at being one of the successful schools and praised the teaching staff for their promotion of the visual, literary, musical and dramatic arts in the school. He praised the work of the Arts committee within the school and looked forward to working on the pilot project.



The 27th August marked the beginning of a new school year in Coláiste Dún an Rí as it welcomed a new cohort of 1st year students through its doors. There was scenes of joy, inquisitiveness and nervous anticipation as students were split into their base class groups and departed on a team building day to Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre. Over the course of the day students engaged in a series of challenges within two very different environments. The first series of challenges were based in bogland where students had to work unison to complete these highly skilled activities. The second part of the day involved more team-building activities based on a river. This involved working together to build a raft and then race the other teams across the river without the raft falling apart. It was a highly competitive race and nearly all teams succeeded in making it across.

After the activities the students and their families were invited to a barbecue. The principal, Mr. Fergal Boyle, welcomed them and their children as they begin a new journey through second level education in Coláiste Dún an Rí.





Coláiste Dún an Rí held its 2nd annual Evening of Excellence Awards ceremony, on Tuesday 22nd May. It was the frirat time the awards ceremony took place wihin our new state of the art school. The special guest on the evening was Ms. Catherina McKiernan. Ms. McKiernan is a former long-distance runner for Ireland, who competed in the marathon, 10,000 metres and cross country running. She attended in the company of   Mr. Clifford Kelly Chairperson CMETB, Mr Sean McKiernan, David Crosby, members of the Parents’ Association, Board of Management, parents, family members and other invited guests, the students were recognised for their outstanding contribution to a myriad of extra-curricular activities that they participated in throughout the year.  In her address to the students, Catherina praised them for all that they had achieved in such a short period of time. She also gave an insightful analogy on her recipe for success. She outlined to students that if they engage with the various ingredients needed for her recipe they have an opportunity within Coláiste Dún an Rí to be very successful in the future.

Throughout the course of the evening, students were called to the stage to accept an award for his or her contribution to a sporting discipline-GAA, soccer, golf, athletics, badminton etc.-the BT Young Scientist Competition, SCi Fest, drama, music, lunch-time Clubs, or for their positive contribution to life in the school. Other speakers on the night praised both the students and staff for the positivity they have generated in and around the town of Kingscourt and wished all every success going forward.  Principal Mr Fergal Boyle ended the evening by thanking everyone for attending the event and commended all – especially students and staff-who had contributed in any small way to the wonderful success the school had in its second year.


Principal, Mr. Fergal Boyle, Ms. Catherina McKiernan, Ms. Carol lynch and Deputy Principal Mr. Tommy McCormick


Deputy Principal, Tommy McCormick, Chairperson CMETB, Cllr. Clifford Kelly, Ms Catherina McKiernan, Cathaoirleach Paddy Mc Donald, Principal, Fergal Boyle and Sean McKiernan


Mr Fergal Boyle addresses the audience.


Students pictured holding their medals accompanied by Ms McKiernan




School Choir with a rendition of "This is me" from the Greatest Showman


Aaron Kenedy speaks about his first year in Coláiste Dún an Rí


Mr. David Crosby, Ms. Catherina McKiernan, Cllr Clifford Kelly


1st year Sports Boy of the Year Mateusz Mlodzianowski


1st year Sports Girl of the year Emily McCormack.


2nd year Sports Boy of the year Oisin Byrne


2nd year Sports girl of the year Ava McCaul


Ava McCaul presents Catherina McKiernan with a token of appreciation from staff and students of Coláiste Dún an Rí.


School Choir pictured with Ms Catherina McKiernan, Music teacher Claire O'Reilly and Rev. William Stacey.

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