All posts by Anthony Dowling


Fighting Words Launch One Day Away

The launch of the highly anticipated Fighting Words book ‘What’s the Stories?’ will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 17th of May at 7 pm.

The 19 student writers are busy with the organising and promotion of the night. Authors Roddy Doyle and Marian Keyes will be in attendance and light refreshments will be available after the launch. The book will be available on the night for €10 and can also be purchased at Easons.


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Second Year Students Prepare For Oral Communication Task

It’s all systems go for second year students in Collinstown Park Community College this month. Second year students are currently preparing for the first of two classroom based assessments introduced as part of the new Junior Cycle English course. The first one taking place in May this year and the second in November of third year.
The oral communication task will take place over the course of a week in the middle of May and runs simultaneously in every secondary school in Ireland.
The skills that students will acquire and use throughout the task will be useful in many different aspects of their lives, especially in the skills of research and communication.
The culmination of three weeks of preparation and research is a presentation in front of their classmates. Important skills such as eye contact, body language and effective communication will be assessed.
Students are free to pick any subject that they may be interested in, which has led to a wide variety of fascinating topics. Among those selected are important issues such as cyber bullying, passive smoking, gay pride, autism and St. John’s Ambulance to name but a few.
Good luck to all second years over the coming weeks and remember, practice makes perfect.


Collinstown students make the Times!

Katelyn Hillary and Natasha Wall, first and fourth year students in Collinstown Park Community College have today had short stories published in The Irish Times.

Their stories are included as part of the Fighting Words supplement which highlights the creative talents of young writers around the country.  In total, twenty one stories are published and students overcame a long selection process to make the final list.

Inspired by war poetry studied in English class, Katelyn’s story focuses on two days in the life of fictional soldier Thomas Delaney during World War One. The vivid imagery and language used throughout is very advanced and creates a fascinating insight into the life of a soldier at the front.

Natasha’s story is an extract from a longer story titled ‘M’dear’. Her story is set in America’s deep south with a strong focus on issues of race, morality and family. The full story will be available as part of Transition Year’s upcoming novel ‘What’s the stories?’ which will be released next month.

Congratulations to both Katelyn and Natasha. This is a huge honour. Keep writing!

You can find the supplement in today’s Irish Times.




Student Writers Wanted! Competition Time

Immrama in association with the Lismore Festival of Travel Writing and Aer Lingus are running a writing competition and if you are between the age of 13 and 18 you are eligible to enter.

Students from across Ireland are eligible to enter and if you win you will receive a brand new iPad mini and a  €100 voucher for Amazon.  Your story will also be featured in Cara magazine which is on all Aer Lingus flights.

All you need to do is write an 800 word story about your favourite air journey and where it took you.

If you would like any more details or help with editing your story please contact Mr. Dowling.

The closing date is the 20th of May, so don’t delay and get writing today!

You can enter your story on the following link –




Transition Year – Future Learning A Great Success

Friday brought an end to the week long Future Learning module for Transition Year students in Townsend Street, Dublin.


Sixteen students from Collinstown Park spent the week in College House with twenty one students from IES Cristóbal de Monroy Secondary School in Sevilla. The week involved a cultural exchange between the Irish and Spanish students. They got to know about each other’s countries and what school is like. The Collinstown students also got a chance to develop their IT, editing and videography skills.


The week concluded with the students taking part in a vox pop with people along Grafton Street discussing Irish myths and legends. Their interviews were then edited and short professional films were produced.


Most importantly of all, the students had a fantastic time and made lots of new friends. They have kept in contact with each other via social media and there are even talks of trips to Sevilla over the Summer!


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Transition Year – Future Learning

This week a group of sixteen Transition Year students are taking part in a Future Learning   week long module, in College House Dublin.

The Future Learning module  involves a cultural exchange through the medium of digital media with twenty-one  students from Cristóbal de Monroy Secondary School in Sevilla.

Today students were paired up in groups of three or four and combined to produce a digital presentation of various well known Irish Legends such as Tír na Nóg and Molly Malone.

The group will continue this interactive and fun module until Friday. On Friday they will produce and perform using digital media a presentation of the 1916 rising.