The Amber Flag committee raised €600 for Pieta House at a recent bake sale in the school . They also helped raise awareness of positive mental health across the week. Special thanks to McNally's Pharmacy, parents and students who supported this bake sale by baking, buying or donating to such a great cause. 

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On Wednesday 9th May Coláiste Dún an Rí officially opened its doors to Kingscourt and the wider community. Minister for Buisness, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys was present and had the priviledge of cutting the ribbon.


On arrival Minister Humphreys greeted the principal, Mr Fergal Boyle, Deputy principal, Mr Tommy McCormick, CE CMETB, Mr. John Kearney and the Chairperseon of CMETB, Cllr. Clifford Kelly. Minister Humphreys was introduced to each member of staff, followed by the student council as the beautiful music of Kingscourt brass and reed band echoed around the foyer.


Mr. Tommy Mc Cormick welcomed members of the Oirechatas, Senators, Councillors, CMETB staff, students and their parents and also members of the Kingscourt Community to Coláiste Dún an Rí. The choir then led a bautiful rendition of This is Me led by their music teacher Ms. O'Reilly. The prinicpal, Mr Fergal Boyle spoke about the opening of the new school and how we had met many of the objectives we had set out to achieve back in 2016. He continued by making a promise that this would not stop today and we as a school would strive to achive bigger and better things, year on year.



Cllr. Kelly addressed the audience on the history of Coláiste Dún an Rí from its conception 40 years ago to the realisation of todays progress. He thanked many members of the local community, councillors, TDs and various CEs of CMETB, past and present in helping him achieve a lifelong dream of having a school in Kingscourt.



Student council representative Shanice Alwell-Meegan told us about life in Coláiste Dún an Rí before the arrival of the new school and how they had grown within their temporary accomodation, both academically and socially and were sad to leave it behind before the move to our current building. However, these feelings were shortlived as they began to grown in their new state of the art school. Ilíona McCarthy demonstrated the strong musical ability within the school with a wonderful solo rendition of on the piano. CE CMETB, John Kearney pointed out the wonderful facilities within the building and the hard work that had been invested to deliver these state of the art facilities.


Minister Humphreys outlined many of the achievements the school had achieved in the short space of time since its establishment. Some of those included the outstanding achievements in The Young Scientist and Scifest awards, Ulster champions in handball, Regional winners of the Minor basketball league and the endless accolades achieved in athletics and cross country. She paid tribute to the hard work of the principal and staff who have made these achievements possibe through their dedication and hardwork. 





After the speakers had concluded the unveiling of the plaque took place. a huge round of applause echoed around the sports hall.  Student Council members, Stephen O Reilly and Ava McEvoy, then made a presentation to Minister Humphreys and Cllr. Kelly before the Principal, Mr Fergal Boyle made a presentation to CMETB ,which was accepted by CE Mr. John Kearney. A presentation was made to former CE Mr. Martin O'Brien in recogntion of his role in securing the school for the region.

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Fr. Gerry McCormack, Rev. Willian Steacy and Rev. Daryl Edwards gave a short blessing on the school which concluded the ceremony. The audience proceeded to the front of the school were Minister Humphreys cut the ribbon and declared the school open. The sense of joy on the faces of those in attendance highlighted the sense of relief and happiness that Kingscourt finally had its own second level school.


Many thanks to Kingscourt AED Group and Mr David McNally, Pharmacy 365 for their generous sposorship of an AED (defibrillator) device for the school. The AED device is available for community use should the need arise.

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 Calendar 2018-2019

Term 1             27 August 2018 (Monday) to 21 December 2018 (Friday)

                        Midterm Break: 29 October to 3 November 2018

                        Closed: 7 December 2018 (Friday)

Term 2             7 January 2019 to 12 April 2019

                        Midterm Break: 18 February to 22 February 2019

                        Closed: 18 March 2019 (Bank Holiday)

Term 3             29 April 2019 to 31 May 2019

                        Closed: 6 May 2019 (Bank Holiday)

Please note that this calendar is provisional and subject to change. The school may be required to close for additional days to accommodate staff training

Key Dates

27 August (Monday)                           First Year Team Building Day in Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre

28 August (Tuesday)                          First Year Induction (9am – 12:30pm)

29 August (Wednesday)                     All students return (8:45am – 1:10pm)

6 September (Thursday)                    First Year Parents’ Information Evening

10 September (Monday)                    Second Year Parents’ Information Evening

18 September (Tuesday)                    Third Year Parents’ Information Evening

15-19 October                                     Maths Week

10 November (Saturday)                    Subject Sampling Morning

13 November (Tuesday)                     Enrolment Evening

12 – 16 November                              Science Week

19 – 23 November                              College Awareness Week

26 – 30 November                              Third Year Assessments

7 December (Friday)                          School Closed

11 December (Tuesday)                     Christmas Concert

13 December (Thursday)                   Third Year Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting

17 – 21December                               First and Second Year Assessments




9 – 12 January                                    BY Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

11 January (Friday)                            First Year Trip to BTYSTE

14 – 18 January                                  Wellbeing and Active Week

29 January (Tuesday)                         First Year Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting

4 – 8 February                                    English Week

7 February (Thursday)                        Second Year Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting

11 – 15 February                                Third Year Mock Exams

25 February – 1 March                       Engineering Week

11 – 15 March                                     Seachtain Na Gaeilge

18 March (Monday)                            Bank Holiday

19 – 22 March                                     French Week

6 May (Monday)                                 Bank Holiday

23 May (Thursday)                             Evening of Excellence Awards

24 May (Friday)                                  Subject Awards

27 – 31 May                                        First and Second Year Assessments


Coláiste Dún an Rí set up The Bank of Ireland School Bank to offer students some basic financial education. This initiative enables students to learn about what banking is by working in a bank. As part of the inititaive students posted their applications and were interviewed for various positions within the bank ranging from Bank Manager to Digital Manager. In the process students learn about banking and how to work as an effective team.

A team of five first year students are selected and trained in setting up and managing the day-to-day operations of the School Bank from Marketing to data protection. It is not just the School Bank team who benefit, as all students can open a genuine bank account and save on a regular basis by visiting the onsite School Bank.

The members of the team are:

Branch Managers – Alex O Reilly and Aaron Kennedy

Ilona Mc Carthy – Sales and Marketing Manager

Nikija Maculska- Customer Service Manager

Ryan Lockwood- Audit Specialist

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 First customers arrive at the school bank.

The Student Enterprise Programme is Ireland’s biggest student enterprise competition. Students get to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on taste of real life business. Students taking part attended workshops, received in-school talks from business mentors and got the opportunity to develop their business ideas.  


SHB Products

The four students in this group were – Jessica Dodd, Moyagh O Reilly, Eabha Garvey and Ilona McCarthy.

SHB Products had two products joined together to make the one business which is where we got the name SHB Products. The two products are Glossy Slime and Hobby Boxes. Glossy Slime is a unique and simple way to occupy young children, relief stress and help develop young children’s creative skills. Hobby Boxes are a unique and simple way to kick start a new hobby and a great gift to give anyone.

This group won an award for Special Prosecutor prise for Innovation.

Ace designs

The three students in this group were Asling Sankey, Clodagh Shields and Emily Mc Phillips – Sheridan.

The idea for their products came from wanting to use recycled goods to make something decorative.  The saw a gap in the market for hand crafted penholders and lanterns designs.

Protein Pops

The students in this group was Max Kelly and Oisin Raymond. 

Protein Pops are nutritious, delicious gluten free treat. Protein Pops is a great healthy snack to keep you going. The product comes in four unique varieties.  They are, Oates and Chocolate, Figs, Dates and Chocolate, Mint and Chocolate and finally Coconut and Chocolate. There is no protein powder in the product, only the natural protein from high quality oats, honey, figs and dates.  Protein pops are great for diets or school lunches and they won’t leave you feeling guilty as their packed full of delicious goodness.

This group came 2nd in the overall competition

Crafty Magnets

The four students in this group were – Ava McEvoy, Kate Gilbride, Lucia Lambe and Kate Kieran.

This group made fun magnets to hold reminders, timetables and important notes in student’s lockers or on your home refrigerator. They created magnets for all genders and all ages. Their magnets were handcraft to ensure us uniqueness and used recycled materials wherever possible.

This group won an award for use of Social Media to sell their product and advertise.

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