Today, our deputy principal, Mr. Declan Donnelly, retires as he completes 40 years of sterling service to St. Joseph´s. Having started as a class teacher on July 1st 1977, he would have seen around 3000 boys pass through the school in his time here. Over the last twenty five years, his pioneering work in the area of ICT in education has attracted national attention and greatly benefitted the whole school community. He will be missed by all in St. Joseph´s and we wish him and his wife, Pam a long and happy retirement. We wish everybody else a happy and safe summer holiday and remind you that the school reopens on Thurs. Aug. 31st at 8.50am!
Best wishes, Anne McCabe


Report by Darragh and Shane

We did our project on Michael Murphy. Darragh and his dad travelled up to Donegal on a 3 and a half hour journey and interviewed him.

We won a trophy because we went to Donegal and did a unique project on a great player. Anthony Daly gave it to us. He is a former Clare hurler and he captained them to 2 all Irelands and he managed Clare and Dublin.


Image courtesy of Faughs website

Bord Gàis Student Theatre Awards 2017

By Dylan G. G. and Leo G.

Recently, our class entered for the Bord Gàis Student Theatre Awards for the best short script and critique for a live performance. We were not selected for the best short script, but one of our classmates, Elliot Tuite was selected for the final three for the critique. It was our only hope. We anticipated the day, Wednesday, the 17th of May, 2017.

The day finally came; it was time for the winner to be announced. We left for the theatre at about 9:45. An hour-long bus journey later, we finally arrived. The build-up was intense. We did not expect the award for the critique to come so early on; it was the first one given! Nothing could have prepared us for the surprise. After the nominees were announced, it was time to announce the winner. Nervousness yet also excitement flowed through the theatre. The winner was… Elliot! The cheering was overwhelming. We were all filled with disbelief and happiness. The moment was perfect. Elliot was escorted like a champion down to where he accepted his award. After the next award (for the short script), we were met with an unexpected number from the musical Annie Junior. (More on that later) From then on, awards were given in groups of three with another musical number in between; including but not limited to Seussical the musical which was performed by St. Pius BNS, and Oliver performed by St. Mochta’s NS. The final three awards were the big ones, best play, best musical and the judges’ choice award. The four nominations for the best musical turned out to be the ones including the four short performances. The winner for that category was Oliver, which most of us agreed deserved to win, not saying that the other performances were not good. It is just that Oliver had one spark that won them the award. We left the theatre with smiles on our faces. It was a big day for us, one that we hope to remember for years to come.

Congratulations to Elliot T. from Mr. O’Flynn’s class on winning the Bord Gáis Award for Best Dramatic Review for Primary Schools. Elliot, an excellent Irish dancer himself, wrote a review of Riverdance. Well done Elliot and congratulations to Mr. O’Flynn and all the boys in the class for their entries.

We welcome our guests from Sant Ignasi school in Barcelona this week. This has become an annual event and we are delighted to participate in this cultural exchange. 

We started with a monster table quiz. This gave our boys a chance to introduce themselves to our guests. 


Getting to know each other by playing some board games

Congratulations to the winners of the Easter Art Colouring Competition

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