All posts by Anthony Dowling


Girls Football Returns to Collinstown

As is the case every year the girls teams do not usually get their fixtures started until after Christmas. It has been a long couple of months of organising matches and training for Mr Cassidy and Mr McKiernan. They will play three games over the course of seven days.

The first game was yesterday Thursday at home against Kishoge Community College. There were nineteen players to choose from which is a great turnout for any team. By the end of the game every player had got to play and despite a disappointing result the players were delighted to be back playing.

Amy Byrne, Lucy Church and Haleigh Thompson were the leaders for the team and helped the first and second years throughout the match with encouragement and support. Mr Cassidy said after the game that he was “delighted that everybody got to play and I am looking forward to the next few matches”.

Girls teams can often be hard to put together as interest begins to wane in second level. It is hoped that the girls football team continues to grow from strength to strength and encourages other teams to form and participate. Well done to all who represented the school yesterday.

Collinstown Squad:

Sophie Smith, Lucy Church, Kaci Joyce, Kiah Fitzpatrick, Haleigh Thompson, Sophia Regan, Alannah Dalton, Kaci Dardis, Ellie Kavanagh, Aoife Keogh, Leah Bailey, Jade Glennon, Amie Russell, Naomi Tshilos, Nafeesat Allison, Abbie Bell and Danielle Ryan.


Inktober Winners

Congratulations to Inktober winners Chloe Kerr, Melissa Cooney, Eoin Keating and Kirsty Ryan.

Inktober is a daily drawing practice that people take part in all around the world. Each day for the month of October the students that took part received a prompt word, inspired by this prompt word participants then produced an ink drawing.

The high standard of work really stood out to all visitors to the library.

Well done to Ms Ford for organising this great initiative in our school.


Kindness Week 

The Friends Against Bullying (FAB) club organised a kindness week for our school at the end of November. The FAB club came up with the ideas of Kindness Secret Santa and pyjama day. Secret Santa was where we all picked a random name from our tutor class registration and we had to be nice to them for the whole week. However, students were reminded that there was no limit to the number of people they could be kind to!

FAB began when Ms Fox, one of the school counsellors, set it up with the school librarian, Ms Ford. Since its inception, FAB has been a nice, warm, safe environment for people to go to if they need support, if they are being bullied or if they would like to help to eliminate bullying in CPCC. FAB members are in charge of watching over students who might be having a tough time. Kindness Week was a nice way to remind ALL members of the school community to be nice to everyone. We are very proud to have students from First to Sixth Year in the school and we recently welcomed a new member: our school Chaplain, Ms Kinsella.

As a proud FAB member, I can tell you what we did in preparation for Kindness Week. We first discussed what we could do at the beginning of the week and one member came up with the Kindness Secret Santa. This is basically Secret Santa but with kindness instead of presents. Then everyone agreed we should have a pyjama day on Friday. We all made posters as well and stuck a main poster up in the hall to remind people. I got the job to go around and tell people what was happening that week. FAB asked students and staff in the school to give us a sentence about why they like CPCC. We made colourful posters displaying their answers and we have hung these around the school, hoping to brighten someone’s day and remind them to think positively. It is important to host Kindness Week because it allows people to reflect on their actions and reminds us all to treat others as we would like to be treated.

Emma Nangle – TY Press


Collinstown First Year Team On A Roll

The First Year boys played their second and final group game on Wednesday 11th December knowing that a win would mean topping the group.
The lads put in a great performance in their previous match against Marian College but knew they would face much tougher opposition in the defending champions Oatlands.

In cold windy conditions, the match started very slowly with both sides showing nerves. Alex O’Callaghan went close from a corner with his header grazing the top of the bar. It was as close as either side went during the first 15 minutes.

Then on the twenty-minute mark, Collinstown produced a moment of magic. There was excellent work down the left-hand side from Callum Kavanagh as he dribbled past a couple of players and chipped the ball into Derek Kavanagh who laid the ball off with a deft touch to midfielder Cian Burke for his first-time strike from 25 yards out into the top corner, what a beauty!

Oatlands dominated possession in the first half but failed to test goalkeeper Charles O’Reilly. They could not get past Collinstown’s captain Sean Cummins who was a rock at the back all game, confidently dispossessing the opposition and clearing any danger that came his way.

Collinstown had a great chance to double their lead just before the break when Derek Kavanagh found himself with space in the box but the Oatlands keeper produced a magnificent save to keep it 1-0 going into the break.

Collinstown were playing into the wind in the second half, but they relished the challenge and seemed to grow in confidence. They were creating a lot more chances and still defending with a lot of confidence. Then midway through the second half, midfielder Gareth Glennon slipped Kavanagh in behind who was taken down by the keeper for a penalty. He stepped up confidently and buried it past the keeper into the roof of the net.

O’Reilly produced a world-class save late on when he tipped the ball past the post for what looked like a certain goal and preserve his clean sheet.

Collinstown closed the game out to make it two wins from two with 11 goals scored and none conceded to top the group. They will have a home semi-final draw after Christmas.

Best of luck to the boys!

1st-year team v Oatlands
Charles O’Reilly, Gareth Glennon, Dale O’Farrell, (Capt) Sean Cummins, Coady Collins, Alex O’Callaghan, Cian Burke⚽, Conor Byrne, Callum Kavanagh, Callum Griffin, Derek Kavanagh⚽. Subs: Pierce Rooney, Callum Chruch, Ryan Collins, Joel Thorpe, Jason Lynch.

Man of the Match
Sean Cummins


Thanks to Mr Lanigan for the wonderful match report.



Microsoft Challenge Celebrations

On Monday 9th of December, 196 winners were awarded for their efforts in the Microsoft Award three-week challenge. Students from First to Sixth Year attended a ceremony to receive their certificate and Liffey Valley voucher. Award winners were treated to a performance by Sixth Year student Zoe Clarke. Zoe performed her debut single ‘No Matter Where You Are’ to the delight of her peers and teachers.

After the ceremony, students prepared for their afternoon of fun at Jump Zone & GoQuest Carrickmines. The trip was a perfect way to celebrate their success in the Microsoft challenge before they sit their Christmas exams. A great time was had by all.

Ms Jones



Mixed Fortunes for U17s Team

There were mixed fortunes for the CPCC U17 team as they played two games in a week in the business end of the league.
Despite controlling possession for the full game against St Killian’s, two goals against the run of play meant a 2-0 defeat at home on Monday. To be fair the Killian’s team were very well-drilled and were very tough to break down. Level at the break and in control, CPCC became frustrated and attacked at will to start the second half. This was to be their downfall as they were caught out against the run of play. However, the lesson learned proved useful in the next game on Friday.


Firhouse CC were the visitors on Friday and the lads knew that there was no other option but a win to keep their chances of making the quarter-final alive. Once again they controlled possession throughout the game but this time the result was more positive. Level one apiece at the break the lads slowly and methodically broke the will of Firhouse in the second half and accumulated four goals in quick succession. Darragh Dunne, Kyle Grant, Tadgh Curran and Cian Somers (from the bench) impressed once again.


Next up is the final group game on Tuesday against Marian College. A win will guarantee a place in the quarter-final to this talented team, but first they must get over this tough obstacle.






Winter Wonderland Steals The Show Once Again

As has been a tradition for the last nine years, Collinstown Park hosted its annual Winter Wonderland in the sports hall. This year was somewhat of a landmark as for the first time all the students that were assisting as elves had actually attended the wonderland nine years prior!


TY students in music class volunteered to help create a special environment for the young students from local primary schools that attended the event. In total there were more than fifteen students working as elves. With over three hundred children meeting Santa Claus their help was much needed. 


Senior infant pupils from St Mary’s and St Peter’s enjoyed their experience with the elves and Santa. They first got their face painted and then they got to go on the bouncy castle. After that, they went to meet Santa! You could see the excitement and joy on their faces. They got to talk to Santa and then they got to ride in his sleigh. The sleigh ride was very cool, it was like Rudolph was actually there pulling the sleigh!


A huge congratulations and thanks to Ms McHugh, John Whelan, the lads in the sports hall and all the Transition Year students and teachers who made the event the huge success that it was. Anticipation is growing already for next year’s event!


Craig Murray and Sandra Ijezie – TY Press


Collinstown U15s Crash Out of Cup

Collinstown U15s crashed out of the cup after a battling performance against Setanta. Collinstown started brightly and dominated the opening exchanges, creating some good goal-scoring opportunities.  However, on the twenty-minute mark Setanta struck with a stunning opening goal from thirty yards. Collinstown responded well and a goalmouth scramble almost led to Kane Casey equalising. It was shortly after this that Collinstown would level the game up with a great individual goal by Logan O’ Brien. Logan used his pace to burst past the opposition’s left back and strike a shot from the edge of the box, lobbing the ball into the far corner of the net. This made it 1-1 at half time.


Setanta started the second half much stronger and were rewarded with two goals in quick succession, making it 3-1 to Setanta. This deflated Collinstown but the lads managed to regroup and started creating chances again. Dylan Melia came on and made a difference as he was taken down in the box. The captain, Cian Somers, stepped up and finished the penalty kick with confidence. With five minutes to go it was 3-2 to Setanta so Collinstown pushed on, desperately seeking another equaliser. This is when Setanta finished the game off with a swift counter attack. The game finished 4-2 to Setanta.

Thanks to Mr Behan for the match report.


Historic Success For Collinstown Basketball

Collinstown’s U19 basketball team brought basketball silverware back to the school for the first time in its history. In the end the  final was a very one-sided game but the journey to get there was hard fought.

The opposition, Colaiste Raithin from Bray, will go home disappointed. However, the result was more down to the winner’s determination and accuracy rather than the opposition not performing. Harvey Kileen top-scored with 36 points and it truly was a captain’s performance from the Sixth Year student. On defence, Kyria Tembe was outstanding, he was impossible to go by.

To name two players who performed well would be a disservice to all twelve who took to the court. It was a cohesive, determined and ruthless performance by our lads. They were ably supported by a jubilant Collinstown crowd who were raucous throughout.


Congratulations to Mr Higgins, Ms Kirwan  and Ms Clarke, who have guided this team to success. Next up is the All-Ireland series that will begin in the new year. Congratulations to all.

Harvey Killeen Captain

Jamie Smith Oliver,

Anthony Emmett,

Eoighan Mountain Barry,

Kyria Tembe,

Conor Nolan,

Dylan Downey,

Darragh Dunne,

Onesime Tembe,

Nathan Brogan,

Emmauel Bankole,

Luke Geraghty.




Collinstown First Year Team Win Convincingly

The Collinstown First Year Boys Football Team kicked off their league campaign with an emphatic 9-0 victory overt Marian College on Wednesday afternoon.


Collinstown were quick out of the traps and were two up inside five minutes. Great work from Collinstown’s number nine Derek Kavanagh was they key to the first goal. He battled, won the ball from the centre-half and slotted a neat finish into the bottom corner. Kavanagh was a thorn in the side of Marian’s defence all day. Soon after Conor Byrne let fly from outside the box and the ball beat the goalkeeper and nestled into the corner.


Collinstown who would not let Marian out of their own territory for much of the opening half added another two goals soon after. Kavangah was slipped in by Gareth Glennon who produced a lovely finish to grab his second of the game. Cian Burke then got what was possibly the goal of the game, space opened up twenty-five yards from goal and the ball flew past the keeper into the top corner. Kavanagh completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot to round off a comfortable first half for the CPCC lads.



The second half started much the same as the first with Collinstown dominating much of the possession. Goalkeeper Charles O’Reilly was given the chance to show his outfield talents in the second half after a quiet time between the sticks in the first. He rewarded manager Mr Lanigan’s faith in him and bagged a goal driving home from the edge of the box.



Callum Church, a second-half substitute, scored from close range soon after. The scoring was finished off by Cian Burke and Conor Byrne who both bagged their braces late on.


Next up for the lads is another home game against defending league champions Oatlands next Wednesday 11th of December.

Keep up the good work lads!!!



1st year boys squad v Marian College

Charles O’Reilly (⚽), Dale O’Farrell, Seán Cummins(Capt), Alex O’Callaghan, Coady Collins, Gareth Glennon, Cian Burke(⚽⚽), Conor Byrne (⚽⚽), Callum Kavanagh, Callum Griffin, Derek Kavanagh (⚽⚽⚽).

Subs: Joel Thorpe, Ryan Collins, Callum Church (⚽), Pierce Rooney.


Man of the Match:

Derek Kavanagh



Thanks to Mr Lanigan for the match report.