School life three years ago were very different to what they are now. Three years ago I was a young and very innocent first year. I had come to the CBS in search of new friends as my primary school was not that awful big. To me secondary school was an adventure and that it was. Three years ago I had no clue what secondary school was going to be like. The earliest memory I had of secondary was going to the national ploughing championships. The craic on the bus up was mighty craic. I also remember looking forward to all the sports I had heard so much about. Rugby was new to our school but many of my class mates had played as did I. but our first outing was one I couldn’t remember as I had been knocked out in our first game. Other than sport in the school I had also been looking forward to all the new subjects that were on offer to us first years. One thing that I was never told about was the craic and friendship that would be made. The amount of fun that I have had in the school since I have arrived there has been immense and it is something I shall hope never ends and I shall never forget the craic or the friends I have made in the CBS school.
A cool glass of water.
If a someone told you to pour a bucket of ice water over your head would you? What if they said it was for charity? Well you might think that it sounds crazy but what if I told you over 40 million dollars (U.S.D.) was raised for Lou Gehrig's disease via the als ice bucket challenge. You may be asking yourself what is this "ice bucket challenge" in which I would reply "what are you talking about, how have you not heard about the challenge in which a participant pours a bucket of ice water over their head and then donates money to the A.L.S. foundation to both raise money and awareness for the disease", then i would promptly slap you over the back of the head and tell you to keep up with current events, it's all over the internet for god's sake, you can't go five minutes without seeing a person make themselves cold and miserable,and because of this the ALS ice bucket challenge has gained massive popularity since everyone and their grandmother including most celebrities have done it. At the end of the day this may look like something crazy that is done without any sense but it has generated a huge sum and awareness for charity , although now some of the money may need to be donated to look for a cure for hypothermia.
Gaisce – The President's Award which is often simply called "Gaisce" is an Irish award earned by young people between the ages of 15 and 25 for participating inseveral activities for a certain period. There are three awards; bronze, silver and gold.
The term "gaisce" is from the Irish language and can be translated as "achievement". The award was established by a trust deed under the patronage of the President of Ireland on 28 March 1985. In 1988 the award became part of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Association. The profile of the award was raised substantially during the term of Mary Robinson.
Every participant has the support of a "PAL" (President's Award Leader). It is not a competition, the only person you compete with is yourself. The PAL guides you through the challenges and sets appropriate activities.
Gaisce's mission is to contribute to the development of all young people through the achievement of personal challenges. Awards can be entered directly (without a previous award) or indirectly (from a previous award). There are four challenges in each award, which all must be outside school (except ECDL):
Community Involvement – Charity work, Help with a youth club, Green Schools, Tidy Towns, Helping with childrenPersonal Skill – ECDL, Musical instrument, Dance, Singing lessons, Web design, Learn a foreign language (No sport allowed)Physical Recreation – Walking, Cycling, Tennis, Badminton, Golf, Soccer, Gaelic, Rugby, Swimming, A marathonAdventure Journey/Research – Adventure center, European walk/cycle, Mountain hike, Canoeing, (Those who would be unable to accomplish this due to a physical disability perform a suitable replacement activity such as research)or
Residential Project (Gold only) – Volunteering in a foreign/3rd world country, Attend a sports coaching, Irish language course
BronzeParticipants must be at least age 15 to enter. A minimum of one hour a week is required. There are five sections to complete;
Community Involvement – 13 weeksPersonal Skill – 13 weeksPhysical Recreation – 13 weeksAdditional activity in any section of your choice from the three above – 13 weeksAdventure Journey/Research – Plan prepare and undertake a 2 day, 1 night adventure journey in a group covering a minimum total distance of: Walking 25–35 km or Cycling 100–130 km over two consecutive days.SilverParticipants must be at least age 16 to enter. A minimum of one hour a week is required. There are five sections to complete if entering directly to the silver award with no previous Bronze Gaisce award, four if entered from with a Bronze award already received;
Community Involvement – 26 weeksPersonal Skill – 26 weeksPhysical Recreation – 26 weeksAdditional activity in any section of your choice from the three above – 26 weeks (not required if the participant has received the Bronze award)Adventure Journey/Research – Plan prepare and undertake a 3 day, 2 night adventure journey in a group covering a minimum total distance of: Walking 50–79 km or Cycling 190–220 km over 3 consecutive days.GoldParticipants must be at least age 17 to enter. A minimum of one hour a week is required. There are five sections to complete if entering directly to the gold award with no previous Silver Gaisce award, four if entered from with a silver award already received;
Community Involvement – 52 weeksPersonal Skill – 52 weeksPhysical Recreation – 52 weeksAdditional activity in any section of your choice from the three above - 26 weeks (not required if the participant has received the Silver award)Adventure Journey/Research – Plan prepare and undertake a 4 day, 3 night adventure journey in a group covering a minimum total distance of: Walking 80–110 km or Cycling 300–350 km over 4 consecutive days.or
Residential Project – A shared activity with a group in a residential setting for 5 days and 4 nights.The award is presented at a regional ceremony by either a famous person (bronze/silver) or the President of Ireland (gold).
What inspired you to go to Lourdes?
Recommendations from other people
What were your intentions when in Lourdes?
To meet new people and take part in other activities associated with the community
What did you do in Lourdes?
Helped the disabled and went to mass very often
What was the most memorable moment while in Lourdes?
The baths were very unusual
Are you glad you went to Lourdes?
Yes,it was was different experience
Would you recommend it to other people?
What did you enjoy most about it?
The craic that we had
Was your trip helpful to you and others?
Yes we helped old and disabled people get to different masses and ceremonies.
There are many reasons why people in Ireland decide to leave home and emigrate to Australia. Some go for a better way of life, some go to get away from home and some are forced to go because of financial difficulties. Since the recession hit in 2007 about 300,000
Irish people have migrated to Australia. Most of these people being young adults looking for employment and a better way of life which cannot be found at home in Ireland. Australia also has a world class education system with opportunities for all age groups and levels of ability.
The quality of life in Australia is high also, Australians enjoy a high standard of living, from housing to public transport, Medicare system, education and lots more!Many people also move to Australia to be with friends and family who were forced to move due to financial difficulties. Many more people would like to emigrate to Australia but due to strict emigration laws it is made difficult to do so. You need visas to stay and work in the country along with an employer to sponsor you while you are out working in Australia.
Croagh Patrick is one of Ireland biggest mountains at 764 metres high. Situated in Westport Co. Mayo over looking Clew Bay, on a certain Sunday every year know as Reek Sunday thousands of people flock to the foot of the mountain to reach the summit. People who climb Croagh Patrick are known as Pilgrims
In 2014 over 30,000 people climbed the famous mountain known as the 'reek' starting as early as 12 midnight to any time in the middle of the day. When I climbed the reek this year we started at 4am it took approximately one hour and a half to climb from bottom to top and one hour and ten minutes approximately from top to bottom. When climbing you will even see people climbing in their bare feet.
Through the years the CBS Religion teacher Mr. Moran has brought his third year Religion classes on the Pilgrimage that is Croagh Patrick he said it is a great way for the lads to end their junior cert Religion studies by taking part in a fun filled event while also sticking to the religious meaning. Also if you ask many of the past third years they enjoyed the trip a lot.
So those of you who don't know about Croagh Patrick look it up and arrange to climb it in your free time it is open all year round and is free.
In December 2013 it was revealed by his son that Reynolds was in the last stages of Alzheimer's disease. Reynolds died on 21st August 2014. The current Taoiseach Enda Kenny said at the time: "As Taoiseach he played an important part in bringing together differing strands of political opinion in Northern Ireland and as a consequence made an important contribution to the development of the peace process which eventually lead to the Good Friday Agreement." The funeral for Reynolds on 25th August 2014 was attended by President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former British prime minister Sir John Major, former SDLP leader and Nobel prize winner John Hume, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, former president of Ireland Mary McAleese, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, and the Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke. Reynolds was buried at Shanganagh Cemetery with full military honours.
The C.B.S Roscommon has acquired an Autism Unit. This is a big step in the improvement of education in Roscommon and surrounding areas. It improves the lives of many young people who suffer from autism .
Autistic people suffer from a disorder of neural development. There is no cure and scientists don’t know how it occurs. Many people believe it is genetic but that is not yet proven.
Classes in the ASD unit are on an individual or small group basis and will target the specific needs of the pupils where individualised plans will be drawn up by professional and experienced members of staff. Each student is looked after in the C.B.S and students from the main school will be helping out in the Autism Unit. Students from both sides will communicate with each other and be able to learn from each other.
The following is a quote from the principal "As Principal of an Edmund Rice school, this is a fantastic and exciting time for CBS Roscommon, in keeping with the tradition and heritage of the Brothers, which is at the heart of Edmund Rice education." She mentions the Edmund Rice tradition , this shows the school has not lost touch of its care for education towards those who are willing to work hard.
For further information about autism see www.autismireland.ie
Autism is a lifelong neuro-developmental disability that affects the development of the brain in areas of social interaction and communication. It is also referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. In simpler words, Autism is a disability that hinders the way the brain develops in relation to social situations. People with autism have difficulties in communicating and forming relationships, in developing languages, and in understanding abstract concepts. They also find it hard to understand the world around them.
Autism is a 'spectrum' disorder, which means the symptoms vary widely, and can vary from mild to severe. Two people with autism can act very differently and have widely varying skills. Sometimes, Autism is known as the 'hidden' disability, as people who have autism often appear the same as their peers, ie. There is no physical differences. It is their behavioural differences that mark them out as different. The three main areas of difficulties encountered by a person with autism are known as the 'triad of impairments'. These include:
Social Communication and
Scientists are not fully certain what causes Autism. Recent research suggests that it is likely pre-determined in our genetics. Research is still on-going, to determine which genes may be relevant. It is possible that there is not one cause for autism, but several factors involved that may cause Autism.
Autism is a developmental condition that can greatly affect the neural development of a person. It can impair social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication and occassionally repetitive behavior. It is important that people affected with autism are helped and supported so that they can have a better quality of life.
The main goals when treating children with autism are to lessen associated negatives and family distress, and to increase quality of life and functional independence. It is a lifelong condition and treatment is typically tailored to the child's needs. Families and the educational system are the main resources for treatment.
Families are encouraged to spend time talking to and playing simple card games with family members affected with autism to help them to communicate better and to do simple tasks. Although many alternative therapies are available, few are supported by scientific studies. Treatment approaches do little to help support in quality-of-life contexts, and many programs focus on success measures that lack real-world relevance.
Every year TYs do work experience and this year is no different. The following is a taste of some of the places they will go.
Mantas Trapulionis-Super Valu
Aaron Hegarty-Roscommon Sports Partnership
Cian Dervan-My I.T. Department
Dan Butt-Georgie Bannons Roscommon Sports
Padraig Croghan-Area 51 Computers
Caleb Gardner-Sacred Heart Home
Shane Maher-Rosmed Pharmacy
Lee Donoghue-Ros Bowl
Ryan Murray-Abbey Hotel
David Hughes-Georgie Bannons Roscommon Sports
Jack Harkins-Council Offices I.T. Department
Eoghan Coyle-John O'Rourke Vets
Conor Grimes-Hannons Hotel
James Brandon-Tarmon Primary School
Eoghan Grady-Abbey Leisure Centre
Darragh McCarthy-Cooney's Homevalue Hardware
Conor Sarsfield-Eurona Brisknet
Rian Biesty-Roscommon Mart
Thomas Cullen-Convent Primary School
Eoin Waters-Hannons Hotel
Baryal Khan-Rosmed Pharmacy
Jamie Quigley-Super Valu
Theo McGuinness-National Roads Planning Department
Ben Cummins-Coral Leisure Centre
Conor Doorly-Courthouse Offices
Sean Doorly-J.J. Wards Hardware
Fernando Solis-Suckler Farm
James Finnerty-John Beirne Auto Repair
I have being researching with some people I know, about “Autumn in Roscommon”. Some people did not want to comment on this topic, while others took their time to speak to me. Their responses varied. A woman I asked, said she loves to see the colourful leaves falling, and I asked a GAA supporter, what he thinks of Autumn in Roscommon.
As I mentioned above the middle aged lady thinks Autumn is a fabulous time of year, because the beauty and colour really gives a positive fresh atmosphere around the town. She said, it’s nice to see people in the morning strolling through the park with smiles on their faces. Finally, she added, “you would want to be mad in the head, if you don’t like Autumn.”
Then I asked a stone mad GAA supporter his opinion on Autumn in Roscommon. He then went on to tell me he didn’t like it so much because the All-Ireland Finals are on during this time and his beloved Roscommon never feature at this stage, he is envious of the countys that reach this stage. I mentioned to him his thoughts on the Autumn colours, but he dismissed me, and continued talking about GAA.
Personally, I think Autumn is a beautiful and colourful time of the year, but as you can see from above not everyone see’s it that way.
We are all aware in CBS about the story of the three beautiful Roscommon boys who sadly are suffering from DMD, or Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Here I hope to explain what this disease is and whether or not you have donated already hopefully this will encourage people to support a worthy cause. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive neuromuscular disease that destroys muscle tissue and it is currently fatal.
• It is the most common, lethal genetic disorder diagnosed during early childhood.
• One in every 3,500 baby boys are born with DMD worldwide.
• 20,000 children are diagnosed with this horrific disease annually, in the developed world.
• There is no treatment or cure at present.
• DMD knows no cultural, ethnic, economic or social boundaries; it can happen to any family.
• It can happen randomly, in up to about 35% of cases i.e: with no previous family history.
• DMD is typically diagnosed in children between the ages of 3 and 7.
• It almost exclusively affects boys, causing them to be wheelchair bound, usually between 8 – 12 years of age and leaves them fighting for their lives by their late teens to early twenties.
• In The Republic of Ireland, at this time there are known to be approximately 110 people living with DMD; the majority of these are under 18 years of age.
• In the UK, 100 boys a year are born with DMD and 2 boys die each week of the disease, making it one of the world’s biggest genetic killers.
• It is now estimated that globally 200,000 children are diagnosed with DMD.
Most of this information and more is sourced from www.joinourboys.ie
Autumn on the farm is a big deal in the eyes of a farmer. The rush for everything to get done is huge as winter is on its way. This includes the cutting of barley for it to be stored in the sheds where it can be used to feed animals in the winter. When the barley is stripped from the stalk the stalk can be used for making straw. Getting the straw made and baled is a very stressful (speaking from experience) .The leaves have started to fall of the trees and are doing so as you read this. The temperatures tend to drop significantly witch leads to a severe drop in the growth of grass. This means animals need to get more attention and may need some extra forage out on the land. But autumn is not all stress for farmers. It is also a time filled with opportunity. The hunting season for most animals begins in the autumn time witch gives farmers the opportunity to fill their freezer virtually for free. Rhubarb is also there to be harvested by farmers. The farm is a hive of activity at this time as the rush is on to plough the fields before they become to hard to plough.
Each student in TY makes a unique and valued contribution to the TY CBS Ezine.