As part of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Programme and to celebrate National Engineering Week, all First Year students at Coláiste Dún an Rí will be given the opportunity to attend an Engineering and Technology workshop at the W5 Interactive Discovery Centre in Belfast on Tuesday 27th February 2018.



This workshop develops teamwork and problem solving skills. Using K'Nex, pupils worked in small teams to design and construct a racing buggy. They then raced them against other groups.

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The students also had time to explore the 250 interactive exhibits which will enhance their understanding of STEM subjects.untitled 2

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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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Coláiste Dún an Rí Parents' Association would like to invite all parents of Coláiste Dún an Rí students and parents of students from our local primary schools to a Cyberbullying and Online Safety Workshop in Coláiste Dún an Rí on Monday 5 February at 7:30pm. 




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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