The 2013/14 Academic Year commenced on Monday August 26th. Principal, Mr Murphy, welcomed the staff after their sun-filled summer break. Last year was successful on many fronts; however, the spectacular hurling victories probably eclipsed many of the other fantastic achievements enjoyed by CBS students.
Congratulations are extended to Susy Moore and her family on the birth of a baby girl in July. Barbra Duff has joined the staff in a temporary capacity while Mrs Moore is on maternity leave.
On a sad note, the staff meeting commenced with a minute’s silence for the late Fergus Condon, who died tragically on the eve of his Junior Certificate. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Condon family.
New beginnings happened on Tuesday 27th when our new First Year boys joined the CBS. The move from National School to Post-primary is a big step in their lives but we endeavour to make the adjustment as smooth as possible. The Induction Day helps the new-comers become acquainted with the school and it eases the settling-in process. This day is overseen by the Year Heads, Mr Kelly and Mr Morley, who are both very experienced in dealing with issues which may arise in transitioning from primary school to the second level system.
Many congratulations are due to our Leaving Certificate students. The results were superb! Great credit is due to parents who do so much to support their children. Of course our dedicated teachers can also be very proud of their achievement in helping students attain such remarkable results. The entire school community wishes all our graduates the very best in their chosen studies, careers and life-paths.
Summer is a great time for getting maintenance work done and the school has certainly been spruced up. In particular, the Staff Room has been given a much needed overhaul; new floor covering, new shelving and cream painted walls give it a fresh and airy appearance. Many thanks to our Caretaker, Paudie Lynch, who has done trojan work during the summer to enhance the school’s functionality and appearance.
We are blessed to have a fantastic Parents’ Advisory Council who help out in so many ways. Their fundraising efforts have made it possible for us to purchase new equipment which should enhance students’ learning experience. The Parents’ Advisory Council sponsored the Robotic Kits which will be used in our excellent Transition Year Programme. New laptops have also been acquired for the school.
Finally, it is apt that we reflect on the year that has been while embracing the beginning of this new academic year. The school has enjoyed tremendous success, this is not because of one person or one policy; it is down to everybody choosing to take responsibility and striving for the greater good of the entire school community. We trust that this coming year will also be one where everybody endeavours to achieve their personal best in all areas of life. "Go n-éirí an bóthar libh"
Jim Shine, Chairperson of CBS PAC, presents a cheque for school funds to John Murphy, Principal.
Dungarvan CBS advance to another Munster Colleges Senior B Hurling Final:
CBS Dungarvan 1 -22 Rochestown Cork 3 – 7
Dungarvan CBS progressed to the Corn Phadraig Munster Colleges Senior B Hurling Final when they overcame a strong Rochestown side at Youghal last Saturday. Rochestown had the edge for the first twenty minutes but then a Patrick Curran goal in the twenty second minute and a strong finish to the half saw the CBS lead by 1 -8 to 0 -5 at the interval.
A blistering spell early in the second half saw the CBS score three points in as many minutes.
Rochestown scored their first goal mid way through the seconf half but the CBS immediately added two points. The Dungarvan half backline of Kieran Barron, Kealan Looby and Jack O Donnell were outstanding.Colin Dungord had a marvellous game at mid field, while Christy Breathnach and Patrick Curran did most of the damage up front.
Dungarvan CBS are now contesting their fourth final in four years. They will face a real test in the final where they will meet a very strong Tulla side from Co. Clare who have already scored big wins over St. Augustines and Youghal on the way to the final. The Clare side are very dangerous and have scored a lot of goals in their previous games. The final is due to be played on Saturday Feb. 16th.Venue has yet to be decided.
CBS Dungarvan hosts Comenius Project for 8 EU countries.
Last week, CBS Dungarvan hosted fourteen teachers from across the European Continent. Our colleagues were from as far apart as Estonia to Turkey. Lithuania, Croatia, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany were also represented. Our visitors were in Dungarvan as part of the Comenius Project. For the last number of years CBS Dungarvan has been involved in this very interesting educational initiative.
The Comenius Programme is part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme. It aims to enhance the understanding of European cultures, languages and values among young people and teachers. The programme also helps young people acquire basic life skills and competencies necessary for personal development, future employment and active citizenship.Furthermore, Comenius addresses issues strongly related to current education developments,such asmotivation, digital communication, learning-to-learn skills and inclusive education.
European teachers with some members of the CBS staff on their recent visit to Dungarvan.
The visitors were working on the initial stages of a science project in conjunction with teachers from the CBS. YES: Young European Scientist for a green futureis the title of the project. Eanna McGrath, Maria McSweeney, DonalLooby , AM O’Dwyer along with school principal Mr. John Murphy were part of the CBS team involved in this preparatory meeting.
In the evening our European guests sampled the local cuisine of the town. At the weekend they visited Waterford City and Tramore.A wonderful and worthwhile experience was had by all.
CBS students win top Engineering Awards
Congratulations to Mr. Doran’s top two students , Conor Longan and Ian Walsh on achieving exceptional results in Engineering in their Leaving Certificate in 2012. The Engineering Technology Teachers Asssociation presented the awards at their Annual Conference on Nov 17th, in the Raheen Woods Hotel , Athenry, Co. Galway.
CBS students Conor Logan and Ian Walsh along with their parents at the Engineering Awards ceremony in Galway
Passing of our Deputy Principal, Mr. Éamon Ó Máirtín
On January 9th, the CBS reopened after the Christmas break and sadly, the school community learned of the untimely passing of our Deputy Principal, Mr Éamon Ó Máirtín. He died the previous evening in Marymount Hospice in Cork City. Staff, students, parents, the Board of Management and the Parents’ Advisory Council all extend our deepest sympathies to Éamon’s family and close friends at this sad time.
Éamon Ó Máirtín taught Latin, Geography, Irish and Maths in CBS Dungarvan. He took up his teaching post here in 1976, having previously taught in Presentation Brothers College, Cork. In 1988, Mr Ó Máirtín became Deputy Principal. As well as being an excellent teacher, Éamon was a passionate Gaelic Football coach. He did much to pass on his Kerry football skills and love for the game.
On Wednesday, January 11th2012, Éamon’s funeral took place in his native Cahersiveen, Co Kerry. Fr. Moran of St. Augustine’s College was the chief celebrant and his homily paid tribute to Éamon’s just and charitable deeds throughout his life. Christy Connolly, a close friend, spoke about the man he grew up with in Cahersiveen. Shane McGrath, a CBS colleague and a member of the Brickey Rangers’ GAA Club, also paid tribute to Éamon who was instrumental in transforming the club into the magnificent grounds it is today. After Requiem Mass, Éamon was laid to rest in the nearby Holy Cross Cemetery. At the graveside, CBS staff members Johnny Hughes and Michael Scanlon played and sang Dungarvan My Home Town. Cahersiveen native Tim Dennehy then sang Éamon’s party piece song, The Boys of Barr na Sráide.
The entire community of Dungarvan CBS are at a great loss. Éamon Ó Máirtín was a warm and caring man who was deeply committed to his students in the classroom and on the football field. He was deeply valued as a colleague and we will all miss him dearly.
Ar dheis Dé ar anam.
Coláistí na nDéise Thiar win Dr. Harty Cup
Coláistí na nDéise , Dr. Harty Cup winners , 2012
Congratulations to Coláistí na nDéise Thiar (CBS Dungarvan and St. Augustine’s College) on winning the Dr. Harty Cup last Sunday in Cashel. On a score line of 2-14 to 1-10 they recorded a sweet victory over Nenagh CBS in a thrilling and highly entertaining game. The Harty Cup is the ultimate prize for secondary schools in Munster hurling and it is a great achievement to now have the Harty Cup for the first time in the town of Dungarvan.
Our own Cathal Curran and Colin Dunford became the first players in Munster Colleges’ history to win three Munster Colleges senior hurling medals, A level 2012, B level 2010 and C level 2008. The youngest player on the team, Patrick Curran and top scorer from play in the final with 1-2 from play has in the past two years played in all three A Munster Colleges finals and now adds a Harty Cup medal to the White Cup medal won in 2010, Michéal Harney, Kealan Looby, Cormac Curran also collecting their second A Munster Colleges medal.
Michéal Harney the only player on the team with three A Waterford Colleges A medals at all three levels U.14A, U.15½A and 18½B 2010, Harty Cup U.18½ A 2012, in addition to captaining Dungarvan CBS to Rice Cup and White Cup success in recent years.
Kevin Sheehan was introduced as a substituteplayed in all the Harty games up to the semi final when struck by illness, made a speedy recovery from a recent operation to regain fitness and play in the Harty Cup final.
The three teacher mentors, Pat Collins, Shane McGrath and Darragh Duggan are all past pupils of CBS schools who have tasted Harty Cup success. Great credit is due to these mentors along, of course, with our good friend and great stalwart of Waterford hurling, Peter Power.
The panel consisted of players from two local schools, Dungarvan CBS and St. Augustine’s, and involved twelve local clubs: Abbeyside; Ardmore; Ballinameela; Bonmahon; Brickey’s; Clashmore; Colligan; Dungarvan; Kilrossanty; Modeligo; Ring; St. Mary’s Touraneena.
CBS Regain Devereux Cup
The annual competition for the Devereux Cup, played in the Gold Coast Golf Club, was as close as any previous year, with our lads coming out on top on a 7-5 scoreline. We went in with a very young team as rank outsiders. The outcome was in doubt right to the finish. The score was 5-5 until Cian O Halloran and Conor Whelan gave us the extra two points, both matches going to the 17th. The competition was ,as ever, played in a very competitive but sporting manner by all. Dungarvan Golf Club will host the 13th year of this outstanding event. Our team members were Conor Morrissey, DarraghHerlihy, John Blackwell, Luke Cummins, Stephen Donovan, Jack O Donnell, Conor Whelan, Cian O Halloran ( all West Waterford Golf Club), Sean Whelan Barrett, Ronan Mansfield ( Dungarvan Golf Club), Lee Crotty, Jack Kiely ( Gold Coast Golf Club). We would like to thank Bob and Mark in the Gold Coast Golf Club for looking after us on the day. We were delighted to have the sponsor of this prestigious event, Noel Devereux, in attendance to present the Cup to our winning team.