Major Sporting Events This Term

The Day Sam Maguire Came to Our School !
After Galway's magnificent seventeen points to eight victory over Meath in the All-Ireland Senior Football Final in Croke Park, Derek Savage and Pete Warren brought the Sam Maguire Cup to our school. We gathered in the hall for an assembly where Derek and Pete said a few words. They explained how important it was for the county to win this All-Ireland and also that we should all enjoy playing football as we were the future of Galway teams. Afterwards we lined up class by class to have a photograph taken with the Sam Maguire outside the school. We would like to thank Derek and Pete for bringing the cup into the school and giving us our homework off that night. Hopefully we'll get to see the Sam Maguire again next year. They also gave us a football signed by all the Galway team which was used as a prize for our Christmas raffle. Thanks Pete!
Patrick Lawless (6th Class, Room 2)

St. Pat's are Swimming Sensations!
St. Patrick's has always been one of the top schools in swimming over the past  few years, and this year was no different. In the Connacht swimming Championships held last month in Tuam. The school collected many individual and team awards. James Lally won a silver medal in the freestyle individual awards and won third in the backcrawl. The relay team did very well by getting 2nd in the individual medley and also came second in the freestyle relay. The teams for the I.M. relay were James Lally, Alan Burke, Robert Cahill and Brian
O'Donnell. The freestyle relay team was James Lally, Alan Burke, Robert Cahill and Edward Canavan. Then these boys went on to the All-Ireland Schools in Dublin, where they represented the school with great distinction. James Lally came 4th in the All-Ireland freestyle, and first reserve for the backcrawl final. The relay team were excellent and were first reserve for the final. Alan Burke did very well in the heat after coming  3rd in Connacht in the under-11 freestyle. These boys deserve to be congratulated on their excellent achievements and have brought great pride to their school. So don't forget your swimming gear, keep on swimming and one day YOU might be on the team.

On Friday the 19th October  the I.N.T.O. mini seven-a-side competition took place in Dunmore. The captain was Ronan Boyce. In the first group we defeated Glynsk 1-3 to 1-1, the goal was scored by Conor Doherty. In the second match we levelled the match with a vital point scored by Damien Brady. In group two we were narrowly  defeated by Gortaleam and Williamstown. We were trained by Mr. Birmingham and 
Mr. Greaney. The team was:
Ronan Boyce (Capt.), Tomás Walsh, Aonghus Tierney, Conor Doherty, Damien Brady, Leigh Ralph, John Ross Bodkin, Alan Burke, Yoseph Sheridan, Thomas Madden.
John Ross Bodkin,, 5th Class, Room 7)

The Very Last  of the COOLE STUFF!
On Friday, 4th class went to Coole Park in Gort. We set off at 10.45. We arrived at Coole Park at about 11.55. First we went off the bus and met our guide. Then we went up to a glassy area. She made us find the biggest and smallest leaf we could find. We had to pick a tree, find it's seed, draw it's leaf and draw the tree. Then we went to see the deer. There was two doe and one stag. I knew the stag because of his huge antlers. Then we went through a piece of woodland. We went to the toilets. Little did we know this was the home of another animal. The bat.She told us a little bit about bats. We went into another bit of woodland before we went to see the swans. I counted 38 swans. Swans are herbivores. The swans were swimming in Coole Lake. last but not least we went on a hunt. Philip, Oisín and I found a frog. We went to see the autograph tree, W.B. Yeats signed the tree. We went home then. I recommend Coole Park.
Stephen Smith (4th Class, Room 5)