There were smiles all around in Coláiste Dún an Rí last Friday afternoon when the Transition Year students received their Junior Cert/Cycle results. It was a truly historic day for the students, their parents, staff and the wider community as this was the first ever class to sit a state examination in the new state of the art school, officially opened in Kingscourt in 2017. To mark this memorable day, and in keeping with the spirit of partnership that exists within the school, the students were joined by family members, staff and the third year students, when they received their results. The Chairperson of the school’s Board of Management-also Chairperson of CMETB-Mr Clifford Kelly, was also present to congratulate the students on their success. Mr Boyle, school principal, congratulated the students on the excellent results received, with top grades and Descriptors being received right across every subject. He thanked the staff for their hard work and paid tribute to the parents and guardians for looking after the wellbeing of their children during the run-up to the exams. Mr. Boyle stated that the outstanding results received bore testimony to the excellent teaching and learning environment that exists within the school.

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BT Young Scientist 2020

Coláiste Dún an Rí ​is privileged to announce ​that 10 projects have been accepted to compete in The BT ​Young ​Scientist and Technology Exhibition taking place in the RDS, Dublin ​on January 8th-11th 2020. This is a new record for the school. Well done to all the students and teachers involved!

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The projects titles competing this year are;

  • Are older generations aware of the rising anxiety levels in younger generations? by Lucy Fitzsimons.


  • An investigation into the prevalence and importance of woodlice in Dun an Ri ​Forest​Park by Shanice Alwell.


  • An investigation into the population of earthworms, nutrient content and organic matter content of organic farms vs conventional farms by Evan O’Reilly.


  • The Kaye ​Effect and how different viscous liquids affect it’ by Aoife Sheriff.


  • CBAs: Less Stress or more mess, a statistical investigation to analyse how effective the Junior Cycle CBAs are at reducing stress in students by Aimee Reilly.


  • A glass of wine is not OK: An investigation into the drinking habits of pregnant women in Ireland by Grainne Kieran and Amber Smith.


  • Psychological experiment to determine whether white noise can impact on learning by Corey O’Reilly and Holly Browne.


  • Chicken feathers as an alternative Insulation b​y Lauren McCabe, Allanah Clarke and Freya Waterson.


  • Should Home Economics be compulsory for Junior Cycle? by Rachel McEneaney, Ava O’Reilly and Lorcan Gogarty.


  • To investigate if birds feel safest feeding on garden feeders high up, at mid-height or low down by Louise Kennedy, Tara Shannon and Sophie Byrne.

Coláíste Dún an Rí invites Sixth Class students and parents from our feeder Primary Schools to our Open and Enrolment Evening on Tuesday 26 November. Sixth Class students from our feeder Primary Schools are invited to attend our Subject Sampling Morning on Saturday 23 November from 9am to 12:30pm. 

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Sampling Morning Notice 2019



As the dust settles on another academic year in Coláíste Dún an Rí and with a new year about to commence it is a good time to remind ourselves of the achievements this school has continued to make over the past number of years. At the end of May, students and their parents were invited to our annual Evening of Excellence were they were presented with awards based on their achievements throughout the academic year. On the night our special guest was Mr. Colm O'Rourke, former All-Ireland winning footballer for Meath and current principal of St. Patricks Classical school Navan. Mr O'Rourke has also made a name for himself through his punditry with RTÉ. He spoke fondly of his memories of playing football in Kingscourt at the beginning of his footballing career. He recalled one particular occasion when Meath played Cavan, in Kingscourt Stars pitch and how a Kingscourt man playing full back had almost knocked football out of him for good!

We were also joined by Mr Michael Donohoe from Link Credit Union. Link Credit Union have generously sponsored our awards night for the last two years and without thier support the event would not be the success that it has proven to be.

In his address, Mr O'Rourke reminded students that when he was at school he had a keen interest in football and that opportunity had provided him with a platform for success. He highlighted the array of opportunities students where being offered in Coláiste Dún an Rí, based on how successful students had been in a number of sports and extra curricular activities ranging from Handball to Dancing and pointed out that whilst not everybody is born with the same talent, sporty, academic, musical. etc. it is important that students engage with the opportunities provided to them in order to find there talents, achieve their dreams and use it as their platform to success. 

Below are some photos taken on the night.

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