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.

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 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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Defib Presentation 2

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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