Ceiliúr Christmas Carol Singing

Ceiliúr Christmas Carol Singing

Well done to Iníon Ní Ainle and Ceiliúr for the beautiful carol singing we were treated to both outside and inside the school last Wednesday and Friday.  On Thursday at 5:30, in icy conditions, they sang on Cow's Lane in Temple Bar.  In total €360 was collected for the Capuchin Centre.  
Go raibh míle maith agaibh!

10 Year Reunion!

10 Year Reunion!

On Thursday 26th November there was great excitement in the school as forty of our Past Pupils attended their 10 Year Reunion get-together. The group was amazed at all the changes in the school building as many hadn't returned since 2005.  Many of the girls hadn't seen one another since the summer of 2005.

The girls were welcomed by 5th Years in the canteen and were provided with light refreshments as they chatted for a while. They were then brought on tours around the school by the 5th Years. They were particularly interested in seeing their old classrooms, and they loved the new seats and tables. They reminisced on times spent in the Common Room and were enthralled by the new Art's Block. Having completed their mini tour they were directed to the Assembly Hall where they enjoyed a trip down memory lane. Some of our TYs had sifted through the 6 Year Books of their time in the school and selected a multitude of photos/poems/artwork etc. attributed to the group, which they organised into a lovely slide show. The music accompanying the slide show was two of the most popular songs of 2005--'Wake me up when September ends' by Green Day and 'Speed of Sound' by Coldplay.

It was a very special evening for all involved. The group continued their celebrations in 'House' on Leeson Street.  Special thanks to Sarah Fynes and our TYs, namely Anna Meehan and Suzanne Masterson, for organising the slide show and Gemma Dolan and Aisling Coarse for the beautifully designed banner. The work they put in was exemplary as was the dedication and work put in by our 5th Years, namely Emer McEntee, Clíodhna Murtagh, Caoilann McDaid, Grace Given, Ciara O'Brien, Kate Conway and Doireann Boylan.  A huge thank you to Aideen for all her work with the slide show and music and to Rosemary for providing the refreshments for the girls. Thanks also to the teachers who were there to chat to the girls. They loved reminiscing on their time in school.


13 Loreto Students Break to Leinster Debating Final!

13 Loreto Students Break to Leinster Debating Final!

After 4 rounds of intensive debating the National Junior Mace Debating Competition has now progressed to the provincial final stage.  Over 300 students have been taking part in the various rounds of the competition with the top 80 students going forward to take part in the Leinster Final on the 27th of February.  This year we are delighted to announce that 13 students from Loreto College St Stephen’s Green have qualified.  This is a new record for the school as it beats our previous best of 8 students from two years ago.  Congratulations to Sophie Bannon. Caoilainn Carey, Isabelle Healy, Hana Gallagher, Emily Mansfield, Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, Tara O’Sullivan, Ellen McKimm, Adrianne Ward, Aoife Paul, Nora Wyer, Sarah Lawler and Claire Gregg.  Good luck to all the girls as they try and emulate current debating secretary Sarah Duffy and bring the Leinster trophy back to the Green.  

Sr. Eileen Randles IBVM, 1937 - 2015

Sr. Eileen Randles IBVM, 1937 - 2015

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Assist me now in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
May I breathe forth my soul
In peace with you.

A favourite prayer of Sr. Eileen

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the passing of Sr. Eileen on Saturday 5th December. The reflection on Wednesday was a beautiful time for us as a school community to reflect on a life dedicated to education and the Loreto ethos.

“It's easy to become so absorbed in our own school lives that we forget all those who work behind the scenes to run our school. On Saturday, we were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the Chairperson of the Board of Management of the school, Sr. Eileen Randles. Sr. Eileen was extremely efficient, yet always compassionate and did not draw attention to her role. She was immensely proud of the work being done in all Loreto Schools.

Sr. Eileen was pivotal in the history of the Green and the whole Loreto Community. She will be missed by all the lives she touched in education since she was first made a Principal at the age of 23 in Loreto Wexford. Her influence will live on in the students in our schools for years to come.

Today we pray not only for Sr. Eileen and her family, but for all the staff who work relentlessly to make our school the wonderful place that it is.”

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Loreto Community, her sisters Kay and Peggie, her nieces Sophie Nugent and Rachel Kealy and all her extended family. During her Funeral Mass there were many symbols brought to the altar which reflected Sr. Eileen's life. There was a picture (above) of her beloved Kenmare, a copy of her thesis on Irish Education reflecting her dedication to Irish education over 60 years, a music hymn sheet, displaying her love of music. Sr. Eileen was a member of the Foxrock Church choir for the last 21 years. There was also a cookery book, which symbolised Sr. Eileen's passion for cooking and hosting. There was a copy of the Loreto Order Constitution through which Sr. Eileen was guided by in all her business, in matters education and religious since she first entered the order. Finally there was a beautiful bouquet of flowers sent from Loreto Rumbek in South Sudan. Loreto Rumbek was a mission that Sr. Eileen was so proud of, as was her commitment to the continuing journey of Loreto Education.

While Sr. Eileen was on retreat in Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre in July 2015 she wrote:
The timeless NOW of Eternity.
Death is
Not an end
But a continuing
For new-venue living
A going
And a coming
With God
To God
All faith fulfilling
No longer
But secure
At peace.
Happily gone on ahead
In the timeless NOW of Eternity.

Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis


Carols By Candlelight - Fundraising for The Capuchin Day Centre

The annual Carols by Candlelight Concert featuring Ceiliúr and Cuisle will take place on Saturday 12th of December at 7.30pm. The concert will be held in Capuchin Church, Church Street, Dublin 7.

Entry is €5 at the door and all funds will go directly to the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People.

Ceiliúr Fundraising for The Capuchin Day Centre

Fundraising  for The Capuchin Day Centre will begin in advance of the concert. Ceiliúr will sing on the school steps on  Wednesday 9th December and Friday 11th December at 8am. They will also be singing for the lighting of the tree in the Old City of Temple Bar on Cows Lane on Thursday 10th December from 5pm - 6pm. Please come along to support if you are in the area. 

Oxygen for the Soul - Prayers, Reflections and Inspiration for Teenagers

Oxygen for the Soul  - Prayers, Reflections and Inspiration for Teenagers

Congratulations to Ms. Travers on the publication of her beautifully designed book of prayers and reflections, which she has so thoughtfully compiled. It's the ideal gift for teenagers and young people.

This beautiful book explores the everday concerns, as well as the deeper questions that teenagers have about life.  Containing words of wisdom from poets, philosophers, saints and students it can be used anywhere and at anytime to provide solace and encouragement for teenagers as they cope with the ups and downs of life.

Oxygen for the Soul is dedicated to the memory of Elaine Moran a student of  our school who passed away in December 2013.  Ms. Travers is donating her royalty on this book to the Blue Ribbon Fund, which was set up to provide financial support to families of those who need to travel for heart transplantation surgery.

Copies of her book can be ordered directly from the school, at the Enterprise Fair on Thursday 10th December, and from the Library at €10 a copy.  The book is also available from Veritas.ie @ €12.99 a copy.

Here is a link to the Blue Ribbon Fund.  http://heartchildren.ie/blue-ribbon-fund

Thank to Ms Travers for so generously donating the royalty and congratulations again on an amazing publication.