On Thursday 12th of October Ms McNamee took her LCVP class to the red line depot in the Red Cow. LCVP is a Leaving Cert programme where students willingly visit organisations to learn about the working world. Two Transition Year students were allowed to go with them, Chloe Kerr and Nicole Grey, as we are a part of the TY Press class. The depot at the Luas includes a maintenance and repair workshop. The Luas tram wheels are sanded each night to prevent slippage. All 36 Trams in the red line are serviced each night. In 2016, the company Transdev won the right to run the Luas. On average the Luas caters to 9,000 passengers per day.
Our tour guide was a driver named Wayne, he has been working with Luas the past 11 years and now has the role of a mentor driver. Wayne’s role within the Luas is to train new drivers and prepare them for the tracks. Training usually takes up to 3-4 weeks. A full, clean licence is required to become a driver. The average pay per driver is 32,000 Euros per year. All drivers have to do a full medical when they first begin working at Luas. There is a lot of work that goes into driving, there are five brakes on board the tram and everything that happens on board is recorded through the control room. On board, in the driver’s cab, there is a vigilance device. If a driver was to have a heart attack or a stroke they would have time to press the button and let someone know. The tram would be shut down and the driver would await assistance.
The trams run in kilometers. Although the trams reach speeds of up to 80km, their speed limit is 70km. This is due to safety reasons, such as someone crossing over the tracks or a car stopping on the tracks. If there is an incident on board the driver is not allowed to leave the front cab for their own safety. If there has been a bad accident on the tracks or on board, Transdev offers a counselling service to help traumatised drivers get over the incident. There is a body catcher on the tram in case someone gets stuck underneath, this ensures that the victim isn’t further hurt or maimed.
In December 2017, a new line will open which connects the red and green lines. This line has been called the BXD and there are 29-30 new trams operating there. There are over 83,000 employees currently working for Transdev worldwide.
Nicole Grey and Chloe Kerr – 4A3
First Year Boys FAI Futsal Tournament
Our first year boys football team coached by Mr Dowling had their first taste of school football on Thursday the 19th of October. It was a different environment in which they took part as it was a futsal tournament hosted by the FAI for schools around South Dublin. The event took which took place in Lucan Leisure centre .
The first game was vs Lucan CC and Jamie Collins put CPPC 1-0 ahead with an early goal. Bravery from the Collinstown shot stopper Jason Pierson kept Collinstown in the lead and they held on for the win and put three points on the board.
Their second game against Kishoge Community College proved a tough test. The lads soon began to fatigue and that combined with a number of lucky breaks for KCC led to them coming out on top 3-2 winners. This result would prove costly for Collinstown.
The last game came down to a sense of fighting for pride and your school crest and in fairness to the team, they did. Ultimately they came up just short against Coláiste Cois Life and couldn’t manage a result, losing 3-2 in the end.
“The lads did very well today, we were very unlucky in the second game and this cost us.” Mr Dowling said when asked how the tournament went. “I am delighted because everybody played, enjoyed themselves and represented the school with pride.”
Josh McDonagh and Evan Whelan– 4A3
U-16 Boys Basketball Collinstown Park Community College v Celbridge CC.
The school basketball U-16 team continued to impress with their recent form. The first quarter was something of a MVP performance from Anthony Emmett with him bucketing six points. The hosts started the second quarter as leaders.
CPCC dominated the second quarter and had the majority of the ball. They punished the visitors with some clinical buckets from Conor Nolan and Kyria Tembe which brought the scoreline to 20-12 in favour of CPCC. The third quarter produced an excellent and exciting individual performance from Dylan Downey who brought his points tally to eight. CPCC led 36-21 going into the last quarter and finished victorious with a convincing 40-23 win for the home team.
MVP/Man of the Match: Dylan Downey
U16 Basketball Match
CPCC vs King’s Hospital – Thursday 19th October
The first two points of the game went to King’s Hospital but instantly CPCC hit back with a free throw through Conor Nolan. Soon after he tied it up with an outstanding score.
King’s Hospital then made a free throw making it 3-2. Captain Dylan Downey scored a point for CPCC to tie it up again, he really had an outstanding performance early on.
A tight game saw Downey break the deadlock with a free throw. Conor Nolan also scored a free throw to make it 6-4 to CPCC.
Dylan Downey earned another free throw soon after for Conor Nolan to put away, Conor also had a great game early on. King’s Hospital’s No.15 then struck with a three pointer to make it 9-7 as the first quarter ended.
With a very good start from King’s Hospital’s No.15 bringing them back into the game, Collinstown were left trailing 14-9. CPCC then began to struggle to keep up and trailed 24-11 as the second quarter ended. CPCC would need to pick up the intensity in the third quarter to stand a chance against this strong Kings Hospital side.
The third quarter started and CPCC were soon down 26-13. Dylan Downey was left isolated and began to try to do it alone as no one was showing for him. After an uneventful few minutes Dylan Downey and Conor Nolan linked up well and ended up getting a basket. Anthony Emmett had a great defensive game breaking up play for CPCC which is lead them to points. The third quarter ended with CPCC trailing 34-18.
The fourth quarter started with CPCC putting King’s Hospital on the back foot straight away. An early rally and limiting the opposition to just two points in the first three minutes left CPCC trailing 36-26 with five minutes to go. Unfortunately it wasn’t CPCC’s day as they were beaten by a good King’s Hospital side by 44-33 points.
Dylan Downey (c), Anthony Emmett, Kyria Tembe, Eoighan Mountaine Barry, Bobby Okafor, Rokas Galinauskas, Luke Geraghty, Conor Nolan, Emmanuel Bankole and Eric McMahon.
By Dean Kelly 4A5 and Jamie Whelan 4A4
School football is back! CPCC vs Old Bawn CS
Our U-19s School boys’ football team kicked of their campaign on Thursday the 5th of October with a cup game and Mr Lanigan’s first match in charge. The opponents were Old Bawn CS from Tallaght. The game kicked off at 10:30am in our home pitch inside our school grounds.
The formation set out for the home side was a 3-4-3, Antonio Conte-esque. CPCC had the upper hand in the first moments of the game. Old Bawn, against the run of play, forced CPCC shot stopper David Ward into a save early. CPCC should have taken the lead and capitalised on an Old Bawn defensive error but Matthew Reynolds failed to do so as he had his effort cleared off the line.
There was nothing to split the sides after 15 minutes. Shelbourne’s Kian Delaney began to cause our opponents hassle down the right hand side and earned a free kick, which Cian McGovern took and it agonisingly rolled passed the post.
The traveling side took a lead through our defence’s moment of hesitation when the CPCC back line stopped and anticipated an offside decision. Unfortunately for them, Old Bawn’s No 8 slotted home and split the teams. But CPCC didn’t learn from the previous goal and just before half time the No 8 scored his second of the match. This forced the gaffer into changes and a change of formation.
Half time score 0-2
The second period started and finally the hosts CPCC got out of first gear. Early on Reynolds broke and was too generous in the final third and the chance went abegging. The Collinstown front three are blessed with pace but never used it correctly and the away side abruptly broke and won a corner which was sloppily dealt with and the third goal slowly trickled in. The No 8 from Old Bawn was a force to be reckoned with and ultimately bagged his hat-trick before full time.
It was a bad day at the office for the home team. After the game there were some positive comments from manager Mr Lanigan, who said: “The boys were unlucky today, we had a couple of good chances at 0-0. If one had gone in, it would have been a whole different game”. He also mentioned how they were missing many key players to injury.
Josh McDonagh – 4A3