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This Friday, 2nd December, over 200 students and staff, will be taking part in a 24 hour Fast in conjunction with Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland, to raise funds for this fantastic organisation who do amazing work in trying to prevent youth suicide in Ireland. All funds raised go directly to YSPI.

If you would like to donate:
• Visit
• Text YSPI FA14379 to 50300 to donate €4
• Drop a donation into the office at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir.

REMEMBER: Your donation no matter how small could make someone’s Christmas so much easier this year. Please, please spread the word to all your friends to sponsor our fast and help put an end to youth suicide!


Claregalway Girls Champions of Connacht

IT SLIGO was the place to be this week as Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Claregalway Girls were crowned Connacht Futsal Champions for 2016.

The five talented schools that progressed through their County events to the prestigious Connacht Finals, the impressive Davitt College, Castlebar (Mayo), St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton (Leitrim), Coláiste Bhaile Chláir (Galway), Mercy Convent (Roscommon) and host the County’s starlets St. Attracta’s Community School (Sligo) in an epic encounter.

Claregalway edged their opening game of the competition with a 2-0 victory over prior champions Davitt College. In the second round Claregalway had a tense encounter against St Attracta’s Sligo ending O-O this was ensured by Alanah Griffins acrobatic goalkeeping. In the remaining rounds Claregalway overcame Leitrim 2-0 and Roscommon 2-1 to ensure the place in the final

The final itself was another stern test for both teams as their previous encounter ended scoreless. However, Claregalway found some form in the final as Kate Slevin rocketed the ball into the Sligo net to scenes of jubilation and they eventually held out for a much deserved 1-0 victory, to be crowned the first Galway winners of the Connacht Futsol Championship. 

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir will now progress to the National Finals which will take place in Waterford IT Sports Arena on December 8.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir Team: Aine Cellarius, Aoife Killilea, Annagh Moran, Hazel Shevlin, Kate Slevin, Alanah Griffin, Shauna Brennan, Leoni Keane, Caoilfhionn O’Dwyer, Blathnaid Kelly, Laura Scanlon, Nicole Sweeney


Billy solved our Murder Mystery


As part of Science Week Coláiste Bhaile Chláir’s science department organised a whole school Murder Mystery, It began on Monday with the discovery of a crime scene and an announcement over the intercom that there had been a murder in the school. Students then got clues until Thursday. The winner had to name:

1.       The murderer

2.       Who was murdered

3.       The weapon

4.       Where the murder took place

 Congratulations to the successful winner Billy Clarke who was selected from the correct answers and announced on Friday. We were delighted to have a member of the Gardaí Síochána come visit our on Monday at break time to ‘investigate’ and ask a few questions and visit on Friday to present Billy with his prize.


Amharclann na Gaillimhe – Junior Film Fleadh

The German classes from Transition Year, who enjoyed the wonderful German film ‘Charleen macht Schluss’ on Thursday 10th November, in the Town hall Theatre, as part of the Junior Film Fleadh.

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TY Work Experience

The past month has been a busy one for all TY’s in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir with students completing their first week of work experience. This was the first time many students had ever experienced working in professional work place and valuable knowledge was gained by all. Students were spread out across Galway in various work environments ranging from The Galway Advertiser, Galway Bay FM, Boston Scientific, UCHG and Primary school teaching to name a few. Additional educational programmes were also offered to some students in SAP, The Science Gallery Trinity and An Garda Síochana. All students would like to thank their employers for the wonderful opportunity To explore potential career paths.

BY: Órlaith Roe

NUIG Debate & Rotary Youth Leadership


TY student Shane McCormac was awarded “Best Speaker” at NUIG’s school debate this month. Claregalway was represented by a team of our senior debaters who all competed with excellent professionalism.

The school was also proudly represented in the Rotary Youth Leadership competition with 12 students involved in the interviewing process with Órlaith Roe advancing to the County Finals. Well done to all!

BY: Órlaith Roe

First Aid Training


All Transition Year students completed a full first aid training course on Thursday November 23rd. All students that participated will now receive a certificate to certify that they are qualified first aiders. The course covered a multitude of skills ranging from CPR to treating minor injuries and learning how to operate an AED. Students thoroughly enjoyed this valuable chance to learn life saving skills from wonderful first aid coaches.

BY: Órlaith Roe

TY Hoodies

TY student Aoibhinn Fox organised this years TY hoodies for all transition year students. Comfortably designed in grey, with the school crest on display at the front and “TY 2016/17” displayed on the rear. All students have their unique initials on the sleeve. A big thank you for all your work Aoibhinn!

BY: Órlaith Roe


Galway Science & Technology Festival

Aoife Clarke and 2FM DJ Rick O’Shea at the launch of the Galway Science & Technology Festival

First years investigating methane bubbles.


The camogie is well underway in CBC. The first years got off to a great start in October winning the Mairéad Meehan B tournament. This tournament took place in Killimordaly. The girls played three matches and then impressively defeated St. Cuans in the final. There were many stars on the day and captain Shauna Brennan accepted the cup. The first year championship will commence after Christmas.


The Junior B camogie team are doing great so far this year with impressive wins. They are now in the Connacht Semi final which will take place in the coming weeks.