This year Coláiste Dún an Rí had an impressive seven projects reach the finals of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, Ranking 10th out of 236 schools for entries this year.

The seven entries are:

Rural Roundabout Wreckage: A statistical investigation to examine and improve the current driving practices in my local area by Aimee Reilly.

Processed meat, not so neat (Overview of people’s knowledge on processed meats and health risks associated with processed meats) by Jessica Dodd.

An investigation into the high prevalence of millipedes and beetles in Dún an Rí Forest Park in Kingscourt Co.Cavan, and the reasons for their high prevalence in various habitats in this location by Ilona Mc Carty, Eabha Garvey and
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An investigative study into the prevalence of waste segregation, and the influential factors on segregating waste in Cavan/Monaghan Kelsey Buckland-Morris, Hana O'Connor, and Kayla Mahon

Stereotypical or not....A comparative investigation into deduction and logical reasoning upheld by those in urban and rural areas by Oisin Raymond.

Gypsum – where does it come from and how does it compare to other continental deposits by Alex O' Reilly, Cein O' Rourke and Max Kelly

Fight the Light (Statistical Analysis of rural men and their perception of SPF in the fight against skin cancer.)


On Friday all first years attended the exhibition were they met their fellow classmates and had a look at the various projects. Later that evening the awards ceremony took place.

Winning the first national award for Coláiste Dún an Rí, Aimee Reilly achieved 3rd place in her category while 4 of the other entries received "Highly Commended" Rosettes for their projects. This is a huge achievement for our school in its second year of establishment and is reward for the hard work of the students and dedication shown by our teachers within the school. 


This years entrants all set for the Exhibition at the RDS


Daisy, Holly and Maria with their teacher Ms. Kelly.


Jessica Dodd presents her project to Minister David Stanton.

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Fr. Gerry McCormack showing his support for students of Coláiste Dún an Rí.


TD. Brendan Smyth listening contently to Aimee Reilly as she explains her project on Rural Roundabout Wreckage.


TD Brendan Smyth and Cllr. Clifford Kelly enjoying the day out with students from Coláiste Dún an Rí.


Student Oisin Raymond pictured with TD Brendan Smyth and Cllr. Kelly.

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Students and their teachers pictured with their rosettes. 




On Friday morning students and staff of Coláiste Dún an Rí bid farewell to there temporary accomodation and moved into our state of the art new building. There was scenes of delight as many locals came out to watch students walk through the gates of their new school. This school has been the dream of many people around Kingscourt, Shercock, Magheracloon, Meath Hill and the surrounding hinterland for a long number of years. Friday 20 October was the culmination of over forty years of work by those within the community and CMETB. On arrival students were greeted by the Chairperson of the CMETB Mr Clifford Kelly. 

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After a brief assembly and a tour of the school it was buisness as usual with students being designated lockers and then returning for class. At 2pm. Minister Heather Humphreys visted the school and spoke to the children. She was accompanied by the CE of CMETB, Mr. John Kearney, Chairperson, Mr Clifford Kelly, TD, Brendan Smith and Senator Joe O'Reilly. Each person spoke to the students, wished them well in there new school and in the future. 

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This week school is back to normal and students are back in clases. As you can see below they are settling in very quickly.

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On 25th of September, a group of second year students, travelled to Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal, accompanied by Ms. Hough and Mr. O'Brien. The trip was based on exploring the concept of biodiversity. Set in the heart of Gleveigh National park the hostel boasted incredible views of Mount Errigal and various other mountains which were interlocked by Lough Nacung. On arrival students engaged in work shops were they discussed biodiversity followed by a 10km hike through the mountains. The following morning all students went kayaking across Lough Nacung were they completed a series of challenges. On Tuesday evening the group returned to the school and judging by the students reactions they enjoyed the trip thoroughly. 

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A large crowd was in attendance for the first Enrolment Evening to take place in the recently opened new school building. Sixth and Fifth Class students from the local primary schools were invited to attend along with their parents on November 14th last. A crowd of over 400 people got a tour of the new school and got to meet students and staff and learn about various academic and extra-curricular areas that can be experienced in Coláiste Dún an Rí.

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On Tuesday the 24th October, a large number of students had a very successful and enjoyable outing to Killinkere representing Coláiste Dún an Rí in the Cavan Post-Primary Schools Cross-Country competition. Many were placed in the top ten finishers in what was a hugely competitive field.

First Year Boys - 2nd Max Kelly, 3rd Oisín Martin, 5th Conor Ward, 9th Conall Burns, 10th Ryan McCormick.

First Year Girls - 3rd Emily Mc Cormick, 5th Kerry Halpin, 6th Ílona McCarthy

U-15 Boys - 5th Jason Carolan

U-15 Girls - 1st Ava McCaul, 2nd Emily Fleming

U-15 Girls - 1st Overall team – Ava Mc Caul, Emily Fleming, Lucy Fitzsimons, Shauna Fox, Allanah McDaniel, Alex Sterry, Regina White.

Well done and congratulations to all.

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