School Trips



It almost goes without saying that I love the football trip, I have gone every single year that I have been in the school. I’m now in sixth year and I’m very sad that this was my last. This year we left the school at midnight on Friday night and got an overnight ferry. Most of us just slept or tried to! On Saturday morning we went straight from the ferry to Alton Towers. For anyone who hasn’t been to Alton Towers, it is a huge theme park with loads of rollercoasters. Some of them are very scary but they’re very exciting. We got very lucky with the weather, in fact it was very sunny. Ms. Kelly kept telling us to wear sunscreen. After Alton Towers we went to the outlet centre Cheshire Oakes where we picked up great deals in top designer brands. After shopping we went back to the hotel for a dinner and dessert. Yum! Saturday night there was a great buzz about the hotel and we all had such a good laugh. On Sunday morning we had to get up early to go to the match which was Manchester City Vs West Ham in the Ethiad Stadium. We had good fun in the stadium, with the West Ham supporters providing huge entertainment. Their chants were gas. We got back to the school Sunday night after a great laugh on the boat with the teachers. I would recommend the football trip to all students and I am genuinely sorry that this is my last. I want to thank the different teachers throughout the years for organising it and for coming with us.


Aaron Smith

6th Year




The Donahies went on a school trip to Italy from February 7th to 10th this year. A group of 16 students and 2 teachers including Ms. McGuinness and Mr. Tuite travelled to Sorrento for two nights, and spent one night in Rome. The travelling party got to experience many of the rich cultural and historical delights that Italy has to offer. The highlights of the trip included a visit to the Ancient ruins of Pompeii and exploring the Vatican museum including the Sistine chapel. The group also got to enjoy the splendour of the Amalfi Coast and visit the Colosseum , Pantheon and Trevi Fountain to name but a few. The group had a great time with many memorable moments along the way and many memories to bring home. Please view a selection of our photos here.




One of the highlights of the school year is the annual trip to a soccer match in the English Premiership or to Celtic Park to see the Hoops in action. This trip has been happening since 1997 when we witnessed an absolute thriller between Aston Villa and Arsenal in Villa Park. A 3-2 Villa victory was marred somewhat by a tragic accident at half time when a paragliding exhibition went horribly wrong. In quick recollection this trip was followed by a scoreless Villa Chelsea game.

Then our first trip to "Paradise" to a 6 - 1 Celtic win v St. Johnstone.

We witnessed an Alan Shearer hat trick for Newcastle in their 5-3 loss to Blackburn Rovers;

Leeds V Tottenham Hotspurs; Bolton V Man Utd; Blackburn V Liverpool; Celtic V Hearts.

In the last three years Man Utd V Everton; Man Utd V Man City (yes we were there for Wayne Rooney's wonder goal with an overhead bicycle kick)

Most recently Man Utd v Aston Villa in April 2012.

Two games remain vivid in the memory. Being at Bolton's Reebok Stadium when Cheelsea won their first premiership title in 2005. To join in the celebrations with the Chelsea players outside the stadium will live long with all those present. Our own Damien Duff signing the tricolours of the students and the sight of Drogba, Terry and others climbing onto the roof of their bus all contributed to a great day.

The second game was our first Old firm between Celtic and Rangers. In glorious sunshine in an unbelievable atmosphere Celtic emerged 3-2 victors. What a memory.

All these trips included a nights bowling/Karting/Pool, Alton Towers where proximity allowed and great memories.

As organisers of these trips we're sure that for many students they still look back at these experiences as possibly the highlights of their school lives.

Glad to report that a new crew of younger teachers are happy to continue to help the older crew in the organisation of these memorable experiences for our students.



The French department organises regular school tours to France to give students of the language the chance to live the language and culture they are studying.

On our most recent trip, in March 2011, we stayed in a hotel right in the middle of the city’s famous Latin Quarter, home of the centuriesto students, writers and thinkers.

Every day we passed some of Paris’ most iconic buildings including the Pantheon and Notre Dame cathedral.

We had the opportunity to visit many of the city’s most famous attractions including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, the Champs-Elysées and the Stade de France. We also spent a whole day at Disneyland Paris enjoying ourselves in the most famous theme park in Europe.

There was also lots of time for shopping, buying souvenirs and of course for taking photos to share when we got home. You can see some of the pictures we took below

Butler's Chocolate Factory 2013

On Wednesday 15th May 3A, Corrib and Toe by Toe students attended Butler's Chocolate Factory in Coolock. The trip was a cross-curricular JCSP celebration for Home- Economics, Geography and Business Studies. Students were given a guided tour where they learned about the History of the compan, where chocolate comes from and how the factory works as a system identifying the inputs, processes and outputs. The students thoroughly enjoyed their day out and even got to design their very own chocolate bear at the end of the tour. See some photos click here.


Berlin Trip Feb 2010

The Donahies took to a snowy Berlin in Feb and had a brilliant time!  Highlights included walking tour of Berlin, guided tour of Olympic Stadium, ascent of Berlin TV tower, visit to Checkpoint Charlie Museum, visit to Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam and a guided tour of Sachsenhausen concentration camp.  The rivalry fuelled
Go-carting evening was also great fun. 

Needless to say, our students had a fantastic time and hopefully will return to Berlin one day. 

In the meantime, viel Spaß und viel Glück!