Prizes were awarded to the following Coláiste Chiaráin students at an event in Athlone library on Thursday 9th May 2024. The event was run by Brian Toolan and Regina Bushell with prizes presented by Louise Heavin. Students had entered a competition as part of the fringe festival during Athlone Drama Theatre Festival 2024. Students were asked to design a cover for a play currently on the course. The event was sponsored by Grovelands Childcare.
First prize went to Katie (3rd Yr) for 'A Christmas Carol'. The Runners up were Oleh (5th Yr) for the play: 'King Lear', Agnieszka (5th Yr) for the play 'King Lear' & Katie (6th Yr) for the play 'Hamlet'.
Drug Awareness - Transition Year students representing Colaiste Chiarain, participated in an Art Competition before the Christmas Break. Sponsored by the Athlone Drug Awareness Group, the function of the competition was to create awareness around the ongoing problem of drug abuse and in particular, the ease of access of these dangerous narcotics to young people. Photo: (L to R) Back Row - Galina (Athlone Drug Awareness), Ms. Olivia Grogan (Art Teacher), Lara, Ella, Mr. Frankie Keena (Chairman of The Athlone Drug Awareness Group). (L to R) Front Row: Patryk, Hannah, Emma (Overall Winner), Noelle & Susie.
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Congratulations to Emma Murphy who was the overall winner of the Athlone Drug Awareness Group competition. Emma received her award of voucher for Athlone Town Centre on Wednesday 10th April 2024 at the local school.
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Well done to our senior debate team who took part in the All-Island Concern Debate semi-final in Dublin on Wednesday evening 10th April 2024. The students representing Colaiste Chiarain spoke with passion and enthusiasm on the motion "The current aid system is ineffective; it's time to shift the power." Unfortunately, the students were unsuccessful in their bid to reach the All-Ireland Finals. Well done to the team and their mentors for all of their hard work and for coming so far in their first year taking part in the competition. (L to R) - Aaron, Aimee, Éle, Antoni, Keela & Leah.

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Congratulations to John, a second year student at Coláiste Chiaráin, who was awarded first place at CRDM Irish Dancing Championships in Firhouse, Dublin on the 8th March 2024.

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Congratulations to the Coláiste Chiaráin Senior Debating team who have made it through to the semi finals of the Concern Debates, defeating Largy College, Monaghan.. The debate took place in the Concern Headquarters in Dublin on Tuesday 12th March 2024. The team successfully defeated the motion that “Ending world hunger is possible in our lifetime”. Speakers on the day were Keela, Antoni, Éle and Aimee. They were assisted by team members Leah and Aaron.

Senior Debating Team - (OL to R) Mr. Cogavin (School Debating Co-ordinator), Aimee, Éle, Antoni & Keela

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Action Talks Speech Writing Competition - Congratulations to Aristide who has won a place in the national finals. He is one of two students in the Leinster region to qualify and go forward to the national finals in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on March 20th. Best of luck!

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John Paul Awards 2023 - Congratulations to the students who received the John Paul Awards during the 1st Year mass on Wednesday 20th December 2023. The medals were presented by Bishop Kevin Doran for voluntary work done in community and parish during 2022/23.

L-R Aaron, Lochlainn, Patrick, Abigail, and Keela. Absent from photo, Aleesha.
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We wish Keela a 5th Year student the very best of luck as she progresses to the regional finals of the Soroptimist Ireland Public Speaking Competition.

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Congratulations to our U16 girls basketball team who won their Midlands regional final and best of luck as they continue onto the Leinster finals after Christmas.

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Congratulations to Rachel in 6th year, who won Third Place at Oireachtas Rince Connacht this weekend.

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Congratulations to Aristide in 3rd year, who won the Connacht Irish dance Championship this weekend in under 15 years boys category. Also to his sister Athénaïs in 1st year, who came 5th in under 13 years girls. They are both qualified for the World Championships.

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Cyra and Alice, standing on the Winner's podium after receiving gold medals while representing Ireland at the Unified World Kickboxing Championships in Italy. Both girls are returned as World Champions!

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James, a Transition Year student has been made Captain of the Ireland Team A for the upcoming JDC World Cup of Darts in Gibraltar. James is also the current Captain of the Athlone & Westmeath Youth Darts Teams & is the current West Coast Challenge Youth Champion. He recently won one of four events at the JDC European Open, finishing 3rd overall in that event. We wish James the best of luck going forward.

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Well done to Caimin in 5th Year for qualifying for the Athletics All Ireland. Best of luck in the challenges ahead!

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Congratulations to our local ladies who performed so well at the CRDM (Cumann Rince Dea Mheasa) Irish Dance Championships. The international competition took place on the 30th September & 1st October 2023 in Kent England. CRDM is a young dynamic and professional organisation whose aim is to unite and support its members and promote and preserve Irish dancing. The three local students all received podium placing with Ella winning her Preliminary, Caitlin taking 1st place and Aoife achieving 3rd place. Well done to the girls on this very special achievement.


Congratulations to Matilda, who was selected to represent Ireland at U16 level in Basketball. Matilda is currently a Transition Year student and we wish her well.

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It was a watershed moment on Tuesday 3rd October last as Colaiste Chiarain competed in the school's first ever Senior Golf Event in Tuam golf club for the All-Ireland series qualifier. The school was represented by Isaac and James. Isaac had tied the best gross score but unfortunately lost out on a count back. James came third in the nett category, missing out by just a single shot. While both unfortunately just missed out on the qualifying, it was a new challenge for both players and the school. Well done to Isaac, James and their School Coach, Mr. Paul Kelly.

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