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Instrumental tuition coming to St. Anne’s in September 2018


In September 2018, Music Generation Clare will be establishing an after school Instrumental Hub in St Anne’s Community College, Killaloe

  • Classes will take place every Wednesday after school, between 4pm and 6pm.

The following instrumental tuition will be offered.

  • Concertina, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Banjo, Bodhran, Ukulele, Accordion, Percussion.

All levels are catered for: beginner, intermediate, advanced

  • Cost: €90 per 15 week term

Most instruments are available to rent at the cost of €50 for the year (with option to pay this is two instalments of €25)

*Please note, instrumental tuition offered is subject to demand and tutor availability and may change.

If you are interested in taking part, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return it to your school Principal.



Music Generation Clare is part of Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education in their locality. Through partnership, we create rich and diverse ways for participants to engage in instrumental tuition delivered by skilled professional musicians, across all musical genres and styles

Music Generation believes in every child and young person’s musical potential and their innate artistry; that it is every child and young person’s right to have the choice of access and the chance to participate as a musical citizen and that music doesn’t just change lives, it transforms lives.

For more information and application form click on the links below. 

Killaloe Music Generation Form

Info sheet Killaloe

Student Awards 2018 celebrating the great successes of our school








Our annual Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday 17th May 2017 where over 120 students received an award/certificate in recognition of their successes and achievements across a wide range of activities.

At the end of each year, St. Anne’s Community College hosts an end of year Awards Ceremony to acknowledge and reward the achievements of individual students and teams of the college over the year.

This is a very special event in our school calendar and we are delighted to showcase and celebrate the successes of all our students.

We recognise academic achievements as well as personal successes, positive contribution to school life and extra-curricular activities.

School Principal, Aideen Walsh opened the proceedings and paid tribute to the students, their parents and their teachers for their work, commitment and support throughout the year.

Students received awards for: Art, Debating, Enterprise, Film, Maths, School Mentors, Music, Musical Performance, Science, Speech and Drama, Student Council and School spirit and contribution to positive school life. Students involved in the Gaisce programme will receive their medals at their graduation night next week.

In St. Anne’s we are lucky to have so many determined, driven and motivated young people who are achieving great things in different fields. We acknowledged these students this year including: Siofra Thornton All Ireland winning Harpist. Maeve Óg O Leary and Roisin Houlihan U18 Munster Rugby Team, Finn McGeever Irish Swimming Team, Joseph McEvoy Irish Athletics, Jude McInerney Irish Climbing team, Callum Monaghan Irish World Dance Championships, Ellen Lane, Maeve Óg O Leary, Bríd McMahon and Eithne Walsh Irish U19 Fastpitch Softball Team and Daniel O Meara Irish Badminton Team. We are so proud of them all and their determination to keep striving to reach their goals and dreams.



Sport is very significant in the life of the school and there is a strong tradition of success. This year we had great success in a number of different sports including: Athletics, Badminton, Camogie, Gaelic Football, Hurling, Rugby, Rowing and Soccer are amongst the sports provided. There was a huge amount of success in rugby this year with the Boys U19 team winning the O Brien Cup for the first time and the U18 boys team following their success to win the Bowen Shield B. We also had great success in badminton this year bringing home two golds and a silver medal from the All Ireland. The U19A team came 2nd in a very competitive top division final, with the U19B and the U16 teams winning gold medals. There was also success for the girl’s rugby teams who reached the Munster finals in both the 7’s competition and the 11 a side tournament. The Senior Camogie team also had success this year reaching the final of the Munster school’s competition only to be beaten in the final by a single point. It is our hope, from all the sports department in the school, that the students leaving us in Leaving Cert will continue their sports both socially and competitively in the future and no doubt they will do us proud representing their county, Provence and Country in years to come.








There were 6 nominations for the Sports Star of the Year this year including: Lynda Daly, Susan Daly, Rachael Daly, Dylan McMahon, Maeve Óg O Leary and Sam Loughran representing a number of different sports and achievements. This year’s Sport Star is Dylan McMahon who received the Sarah Devane Perpetual Trophy.

Dylan is a gifted sportsman who plays hurling, football and rugby for his school. He also plays hurling with his club and is presently a member of Clare County Minor team. Although not playing football or rugby with clubs, Dylan has shown his talent by being an integral part of both these teams.



The Under 19B Badminton Team were the undoubted winners of Team of the Year. They have played together since 1st Year and although all in Leaving Cert have attended training during the week and at weekends. This year they won the U19B All Ireland finals in Gormanstown. The team include: Aoife Power, Rosaleen Ryan, Anna Ryan, Moya Marsh McMahon and Katie Moloney.




Each year an outgoing Leaving Certificate student is acknowledged for the positive impact they make on life at St. Anne’s. Ms. Walsh announced the nominees who were Eithne Walsh, Bríd McMahon, Maeve Óg O Leary, Harry Byrne, Ben Fitzgerald Kiely, Evan Rowlands, Hugh Denning and Ashling Conlan. This winner is Maeve Óg O Leary.

To qualify for this honour, she showed herself to have qualities which are considered important to life in St. Anne’s; exemplary behaviour, diligent worker, good rapport with staff and peers, active member of school life, proud ambassador of school, pleasant and co-operative. Up against tight competition from the 7 other nominations who were all selected by staff, Maeve Óg was the worthy winner for being a great role model for her fellow students always representing herself, her school and her family with pride.

Ms. Walsh concluded the ceremony by congratulating all the award recipients for their individual achievements and thanked the teachers involved in organising the smooth running of the event.

For more pictures of the ceremony, see the Gallery above or click here.

Callum reaching Irish Dancing success on the World stage

As you are all aware Callum Monaghan (TY) is a championship Irish Dancer and excels in his dancing. Callum is so dedicated to this he trains 4 nights a week after school and at weekends he attends Feiseanna around Ireland.

Callum has attended the Riverdance Summer School and the Carlingford Irish Dance Festival for 1 week.


Callum’s achievements to date:

  • Munster championships  November 2017 Killarney

2nd place in Munster boys 16 to 17 years

Qualifying for a place in the world’s championships


  • Irish Nationals October 2017 Belfast

3rd place boys 16 to 17 year qualifying for world championships


  • World Championships  April 2018 Glasgow

Callum danced and finally after 5 years of attending and competing in the world’s his dream was to get a recall.

Callum achieved this dream and came 21st in the boys in the world’s coming home to Ireland with his first world medal.



This is not a hobby but a lovely of Irish dancing, he has to skip every morning exercise run and dance his feet off to get to this level of dancing. This has been hard for Callum because through the years he has had to put up with all kinds of bullying name calling and isolation of a kind. Callum just keeps dancing because it his dream and passion and his life.

Callum has performed here in school on many occasions with Caitlin Hough with whom he has performed the opening number from Riverdance. We hope to see Callum continue to follow his passion for Irish Dancing and achieve more of his dreams.



Table Quiz Friday 20th in O’Donovan’s Bar at 8pm

St. Anne’s Community College Quiz April 20th 2018


The Parents Association are holding their annual Table Quiz on April 20th in O Donovan’s bar – Boru on the Hill at 8pm. Tables of 4 are €10 per head with fantastic prizes on the night. Raffle prizes on the night include dinner for 2 at Wood & Bell as well as other great prizes. It promises to be a fun night and all money raised will go to projects in the school.


Friday night sold out as tickets go fast for We Will Rock You

Tickets are flying out the door for the eagerly awaited production of “We Will Rock You” taking place in St. Anne’s Community College from Wednesday 14th March to Saturday 17th March inclusive. The performance on Friday night has now been fully sold out but there are still tickets available at the school office for the performances on the other nights but book soon to avoid disappointed.


St. Anne’s students row to victory

Over 80 students from St. Anne’s attended the Limerick Schools Indoor Rowing competition in the University of Limerick on Wednesday 7th March. The competition is team only with teams of five rowing 2 km on ergometers in 200 meter intervals, each person going twice. The fastest time wins.

This competition is on the back of “Rowing Ireland” founding a rowing coach, Ger Hayes, for St. Anne’s for over 3 months to work with PE classes for all year groups.

The school was very successful with 5 teams getting medals and St. Anne’s winning the best overall school award.

Congratulations to all the rowers who attended the Limerick Blitz. #getgoinggetrowing.


1st Year Boys – 3rd Place

  • Max Ryan
  • Aaron Leonard
  • Turlough McLoughlin
  • Freddie Costello
  • Brian McGrath


2nd Year Boys – 1st 

  • Kian Donnelly
  • Shane Kelly
  • Jason Gleeson
  • Stephen Geraghty
  • Daniel Tighe


2nd Year Boys – 3rd

  • Eoin Gilmartin
  • Patrick Ryan
  • Joseph McGrath
  • Omar Erdam
  • Conor Moloney


2nd Year Girls – 2nd 

  • Naoise Houlihan
  • Rachel Lowth
  • Sarah McWey
  • Grainne Mahony
  • Eibhlis Coleman


TY Boys – 1st 

  • Charlie Byrnes
  • Sean Hale
  • Ross Cantillon
  • Jordan Cleary


St. Anne’s Community College getting ready to rock you!


St. Anne’s Community College, Killaloe is getting ready to rock you! Over 100 students are busy rehearsing ahead of the school’s production of ‘We Will Rock You.’ The musical will take place over four nights from Wednesday 14th March with the finale on St. Patrick’s night, Saturday 17th March.

This show is the latest in a long list of acclaimed productions held in the school over the last decade. It builds on the huge success of the school’s production of ‘Les Miserables’ in 2015 which culminated with the cast opening the show at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards in 2016 and making front page news on the Irish Independent.

‘We Will Rock You’ is tells the story of a dystopian future where technology has taken over and real music has been banned by the Killer Queen (Molly Fennessey). A band of Bohemian rebels led by Galileo (Kyle Collins) and Scaramouche (Jessica Doyle) are on a mission to save rock and roll for good. This show will appeal to all ages with Queen’s iconic music sure to have everyone rocking in their seats.

Doors open  at 7 p.m and the performance will begin at 7.30pm. For bookings call 085 143 9179. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a great night’s entertainment.  Get ready to rock.

From ‘what is this sport?’ to starting for Ireland at the World Championships in 18 months.

From ‘what is this sport?’ to starting for Ireland at the World Championships in 18 months, Maeve Óg O Leary gave a fantastic interview about her experiences in sport and how to grab every opportunity possible during Transition Year.


For a copy of the article see below:

the42.ie interview with Maeve Óg O Leary

Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year

Wishing all our students, staff, parents and friends a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year. 

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Transition Year Update December 22nd

Dear Parents,

We have reached the half way mark in Transition Year.  It has been jam packed!  I was ‘cleaned out’ by the students at the amazing trade fair on Wednesday. Well done on all the hard work developing the products and services.  Those skills developed will stand to you. TY students were in the Waterman’s lodge yesterday bringing Christmas cheer in the form of song and dance.  Our first school bank was launched yesterday and was a huge success.  Well done to all on a great terms work.

Please note the following for the new year:

  • ​Students will have a new timetable from the 8th January.  This timetable will be given to students on the first morning back.  All students should assemble in the dining area at 9a.m.
  • TY 2 and 4 students MUST return their risk assessment forms to me prior to beginning their Friday placement on January 12th.  All forms, dates and information are on the transition year section of the school website. Please note these forms will not look right on a phone.  You should use a computer to view/print.  All TYs who have completed their placements should send a thank you card or email to their employers as a matter of courtesy.
  • All TY students must be in school every day and in full school uniform including the school jacket.  Notes for any absences should be submitted to the office.
  • Our second school bank is currently recruiting.  Students can fill the attached application form and leave in my post box at reception.  I recommend those students who have not tried anything new this year to at least complete a form and have the experience of an interview.
  • In the New Year students will avail of a Car safety demonstration, a second Enterprise workshop , I wish girls STEM event, Rowing coaching course, horseriding, YSI Showcase and much more.
  • I am still awaiting further parental input on TY graduation so please if you have a strong opinion now is the time to express it on the link below

To do

  • Complete Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPLWV68
  • Pay remainder of fees and voluntary contribution if there is any outstanding.
  • Seek work placements for block weeks
  • Complete paperwork for weekly work placements if in TY2/4
  • Prepare/Send thank you letters (if in TY 1/3)​
  • And finally put the date below in your diary……

Happy and healthy Christmas to you all,

Kind regards,