Weather: Snow watch Winter 2012-13

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Two years ago, in Dec. 2010 we had one of the coldest months in living memory. Temperatures fell as low as -17C. This was the satellite photo taken on Dec. 22nd.



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Ireland at night


The most distant image of Earth, taken from 6 bn km by Voyager 1 which was launched in 1977 and now has travelled out of the solar system.

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Dublin Bay
Above: What a marvellous view of Dublin Bay taken from a plane heading out to London. In the foreground is Howth Head and then Bull Island. You can see the mouths of the Rivers Tolka and Liffey as the bay sweeps away towards Bray and the Dublin mountains. Can you spot the twin chimneys of Poolbeg power station?
Below: From Google Maps, the Sth Dublin/Kildare area. You can see the Liffey running left to right at the top of the picture, the Grand Canal is more of a straight line as is the Cork-Dublin railway which is just north of the canal but less clear. The M7 to Limerick runs alongside the Baldonnel aerodrome and there are many towns and villages near it. Finally the River Dodder meanders through the south city and enters the Liffey near the Aviva stadium.
Dublin area
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A Simple Way to Improve your Writing

This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety.

Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music! The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

– Gary Provost (100 Ways to Improve Your Writing, 1985).

Victorious Dublin Minors visit the school

Well done to past pupils Brendan Bentley and Niall O’Sullivan who have both won All Ireland minor football medals as subs on the Dublin team which defeated Meath. They were joined on the team by their Templeogue Synge St. clubmate Niall Scully who kicked two great points in the final Hopefully, they can go on to emulate our All Ireland senior medallists Paul Curran, Brian Stynes, Denis Bastick and Eoghan O’Gara. Here they are part of the school team which contested the 2005 Corn na nGearaltach final in Croke Pk. Brendan played in a few of the matches in the Leinster championship and was also on the panel beaten in the final last year.They are following in the footsteps of our recently retired Deputy Principal Emmett Hallinan who played on the winning Cork team in this competition 43 years ago.

Hard luck to Chris Bennett who played in both the Leinster final and All Ireland final drawn match for Dublin minor hurlers. They were beaten in the replay by Tipperary but Chris has two more years as a minor and maybe in the future he can be part of the first Dublin team to win the senior hurling title since the 1930s.