Most Creative Production At Holycross Schoool’s Drama Festival

On 12th March our first years spread a little magic as they took to the stage in the annual Holycross School’s Drama Festival.

On 12th March our first years spread a little magic as they took to the stage in the annual Holycross School’s Drama Festival.

This year’s production of “Holka Polka” produced by Ms. Teresa Regan took the audience into the world of witches and wizards, a wold turned topsy-turvy with sweet witches and friendly wolves. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to perform on stage and were reward for their hard work of learning lines and creating costumes by receiving the award for most creative production. Well done to Marie Mcgrath who received an individual award for her role as Brenda, a young witch who was given the quest of saving Fairytale land and to Aidan Mullally who played the part of Pinocchio for his very convincing role.

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As part of Engineering Week 2013 Mark Ivors an employee of Merke Sharp and Dohme, Ballydine, Kilsheelan gave a presentation to the Leaving Certificate Physics class and to the Transition Years.

Mark emphasised the importance of studying Science at Leaving Cert level to ensure that there are sufficient highly qualified graduates for the many Science and Engineering based industries in Ireland. He also stressed the importance of Maths for any student interested in studying Engineering and he outlined the many different job opportunities available to graduates.

Mark concluded his talk with a brief summary of his own job with Merke, Sharp and Dohme. We would to thank mark for this most informative and lively presentation. To quote Emer Fitzgerarld, student of Physics, “this talk gave me an excellent insight into the daily life of an Engineer in industry.”

LCA’s Visit Cashel Blue Cheese Factory

Together with their teacher Ms Smith the 6th year LCA students as part of their Food Science Module enjoyed a most interesting visit to the Cashel Blue factory at Beechmount, the Grubbs family farm in Co. Tipperary. The students were given a tour of the factory and a very informative talk on the process of cheese production. Students even got to sample some of this world renowned cheese and all agreed that this was a most interesting and educational outing.

Leg Wax For Marie Keating Foundation!

Sarah Holland’s pictures, see below, captures the pain in their faces.

These photographs capture three very brave 5th year boys who took part in a Charity leg wax for The Marie keating Foundation. Daniel Dunne, Pat O’ Halloran and Sam Carberry all agreed to have their legs waxed by fellow fifth years Hannah Ellis and Leah Cunningham under the kind supervision of local beautician Ms. Mary Slattery. This event was very enthusiastically supported by the entire school community and over €500 was raised. Our sincerest thanks to Ms Slattery for generously giving of her time and expertise. Well done to all involved.

Viva Il Papa!

There was great excitement around the school as we awaited news of “white smoke” from the Vatican. The Religion department took this opportunity to inform classes on what was involved in electing a Pope and some classes did news articles on the life of a Pope. News of the election of Pope Francis 1 was met with great enthusiasm and all were struck by his simplicity. Ms. Cahill (Principal) led the school community in prayer asking God to bless Pope Francis in his new ministry. What a wonderful time for our students to be heading to Italy on 22nd. This trip will take in a tour of the Vatican, Pompeii and Florence. Bon Voyage to tour organiser Mr. Moran and his team Mr. O’ Leary, Ms. Rosaleen O’ Dwyer, Ms. Coleman and students from T.Y. and 5th year.

Ciara Heads To Boston

Ciara Horan 2nd year is putting the final touches to her preparation for The World Irish Dancing Competitions in Boston over the Easter holidays. We wish Ciara and her family a safe journey and the very best of luck.



Congratulations to Aoibhe O’ Shea 3rd yr who ran a superb race finishing 3rd in Leinster u16 girls 8oom. Aoibhe trains with the Kilkenny City harriers and is busy training for All Ireland’s in two weeks’ time in Athlone.


Hard luck to our u-15 hurling panel who were defeated in the Munster quarter-final by a strong Coláitse Sheosaimh, Kilmallock side. The team battled bravely during the game despite being heavily depleted by injury and illness. The team had a very successful year with the annexation of the county hurling cup in December and can be very proud of their efforts. We thank the panel for their dedication and special thanks to their coaches Mr. Egan and Mr. Moran.


The Transition Year Girls Leadership in Sport Programme is continuing to enjoy success with our TY girls coaching Spikeball in the local primary schools. The girls are enjoying the experience and are looking forward to April when the programme will culminate with an inter-schools blitz between the primary schools. The girls will be pitting their coaching expertise against each other and a day of fun and friendly competition is guaranteed for everyone involved.

Transition Year GAA Coaching Course

The busy Transition Year programme continued as the TYs took part in the GAA Coaching Course on Wednesday last. Games Development Administrator Andy Ryan was in attendance to put our TY boys and girls through their coaching paces. The TYs learned about fundamental movement skills and how to coach the different skills of our games to young players. We hope that the TYs can now use their coaching expertise to help with coaching in the school and in the local communities.