Ad Astra: The Martian, but terrible.

I recently watched the movie Ad Astra, directed by James Gray, with the rest my transition year class, and one thought that I couldn’t get out of my head is that it seemed to be trying too hard to get a reaction out of the viewer. This reminded me of the movie The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott, as The Martian seemed to engage the viewer without trying too hard to grip them while having similar themes.

In Ad Astra, the movie tries to get you attached to the main character, Roy McBride (played by Brad Pitt), by showing how bad life has been for him and how he just survives through it, not showing much emotion. The Martian instead does this by just showing the main character, Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon), pushing through his challenges with a smile on his face, facing all adversity with his brilliant mind, making Mark seem more human as a character than Roy.

There is also barely any dialogue in Ad Astra, there are instead many sweeping cinematic shots with no real meaning except to make the movie seem more philosophical than it is in reality. The Martian, on the contrary, doesn’t rely on sweeping cinematic shots to keep the viewer interested, as it uses dialogue to introduce comedy and happiness to a dire situation.

It also doesn’t help that Brad Pitt doesn’t seem to have any emotion in Ad Astra. Matt Damon just seems to fit the role of Mark Watney perfectly as he shows so much emotion that you can make a connection with the character, unlike Ad Astra.

It honestly appears that Ad Astra was aware of how bad it is compared to The Martian. Some of the promotional posters for Ad Astra are scarily similar to the posters for The Martian.

In my opinion, The Martian is far better than Ad Astra story-wise, but if you want to see some pretty shots of outer space, watch Ad Astra, since it is the only thing Ad Astra does well.

Maybe The Martian is good because it is adapted from the book The Martian by Andy Weir but it still doesn’t excuse how bad Ad Astra is at telling a story.


Karolis Pocius – TY Press


TY Trip to Garda Operations in Westmanstown

On the 10th October, 15 TYs were chosen to go to the Garda Open Day in Westmanstown. We left at 10:05 am and arrived there at about 10:40 am meaning the journey wasn’t long. When we arrived the Gardaí started their talk which continued for an hour and a half. One of the curious things about the talk was when they showed us a clip of guard dogs attacking people. When the talk was over, we got to look outside where there were horses and Garda vehicles. Rhianna, Pamela and I got to pet the horses. We went at about 1:00 pm but then Ms Kirwan surprised us and took us all to … McDonalds. She bought us all a meal – how nice is she? That made my day better! We arrived home at 2:30 pm. The day was a success.

Sandra Ijezie – TY Press




U 17 Team Cruelly Denied By Drimnagh

The U17 Boys football team made the short journey to Drimnagh Castle on Friday afternoon for their first game of the year. The cup match pitted them against a team a division higher, but the difference on the pitch was hard to notice.

The game wasn’t helped with a poor playing surface as a colossal amount of loose grass meant getting a passing game going was always going to be difficult.

Collinstown started brightly with Kyle Grant testing the Drimnagh goalkeeper in the first minute. They built on this momentum and kept possession well to take the lead in the tenth minute when a shot from Tadgh Curran was palmed into the net by the Drimnagh goalkeeper.
Almost immediately from the kick-off, Drimnagh upped their work rate and possession. Alex Dunne had to be alert to stop a shot from the dangerous Drimnagh number nine. Soon after, however, Drimnagh equalised after a fantastically worked goal gave the defence no chance. Drimnagh were soon into a lead when a great goal from distance nestled in the top corner.
With two minutes to go before the half, Collinstown broke out after being under intense pressure and Onesime Tembe saw his shot blocked but loop over the Drimnagh goalkeeper. The game was 2-2 at half time and everything was left to play for.
The second half saw few chances for Collinstown but a lot of defending. Drimnagh had all the possession and laid siege to Alex Dunne’s goal. Davin Fagan and particularly Martin Ikharo had a big say in preventing any goals and both were immense throughout. Unfortunately with five minutes to go Ikharo had to leave the field with cramp.
With time nearly up and extra time on the cards the dam finally burst. Drimnagh created another chance which was saved by Dunne, who then spilt the ball in a challenge on him on the ground and Drimnagh scored. Collinstown could feel very hard done by with the referee’s decision not to award a free out, but on the balance of play Drimnagh Castle deserved the overall result.
The U17 team look forward to the league campaign over the coming months.
Collinstown v Drimnagh Castle

Alex Dunne, Darragh Dunne, Martin Ikharo, Jamie Moss, Davin Fagan, Onesime Tembe, Kyle Grant (C), Jake O’Rourke, Ryan Lawlor, Conor O’Flaherty, Tadgh Curran.
Subs: Billy Walsh, Cian Somers, Cian Knowles, Kyria Tembe.


Man of the match – Martin Ikharo





‘IT’ – Movie Review

The book ‘It’ was written in 1986 by Stephen King, this novel was his 22nd book and the 17th released under his name. The book and film follow the experiences of seven children as they are terrorised by an evil entity that exploits the fears and phobias of its victims to disguise itself while hunting its prey. The story is set in Derry, Maine (1989).

The entity appears in the form of ‘Pennywise’ The Dancing Clown to attract its preferred prey of young children. Pennywise feeds off  fear and says “they taste better” when they’re terrified. He believes children are easier to scare and that’s why he mainly seeks them.

‘It’ by Stephen King has always been popular with movie critics and lovers of horror flicks but the recent addition to the saga, “IT Chapter Two”, has left viewers unsatisfied. Compared to the previous movies, it isn’t scary at all. Throughout the movie, there are one or two moments that I had jumped at and I was scared but I didn’t keep that feeling throughout the entire movie. Richie Tozier, member of the Losers Club had become a comic in later life and constantly lightened the mood with a joke, not that I was complaining. But even moments that were supposed to be scary, just weren’t.

Don’t get me wrong, ‘It Chapter Two’ is a good film but is it a good horror? The story is engaging and leaves viewers wanting more with each passing minute, wanting so desperately for the characters they’ve grown attached to, to survive but it doesn’t leave them terrified beyond belief like its predecessors.

I believe the book covers important issues such as abuse, depression, disorders, homophobia, suicide, body image and traumatic experiences. King states that the book tackles themes such as “the power of memory, childhood trauma and its recurrent echoes into adulthood and overcoming evil through mutual trust and sacrifice”.

For a horror movie, it exposes important issues and topics that the majority of people go through. Each character has an issue or problem that some viewers may find relatable and furthers their liking of the movie. Beverly had an abusive father, Richie suffered from homophobia, Eddie had an overbearing mother, Stanley had OCD, Bill felt guilty for the death of Georgie, Ben was overweight and Mike watched his parents burn alive. I believe exposing these issues/problems is what makes it a good film. 

The movie concludes with Bill opening a letter from Stanley explaining what he did and why he did it along with the remaining five of the Losers Club going their separate ways yet again but promising to always come back to each other. Ben and Beverly finally get together, Bill returns to writing the ending of his book, Mike stays in Derry and Richie continues his comic career. All trying to forget the horror of Pennywise, The Dancing Clown. 


Katelyn Hillary – TY Press

Katelyn Hillary - TY Press
Katelyn Hillary – TY Press



An Introduction to Esports

A Rough Introduction to ESports

With Esports filling out more and more stadiums around the world in recent years, it has become more important to have some understanding of it. Esports is a very broad term, as it encompasses many different games and prize pools.

Where can you watch Esports?

The most common place to watch Esports is Some games like CS:GO and Overwatch allow you to stream that game’s Esports league from the game though these will still be on Twitch.

The Games

I suppose the only place to start is the most-watched genre of Esports, the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), with the most popular games in the genre being League of Legends and Dota 2. In a MOBA, two teams of five go up against each other and try to destroy the other team’s Nexus/Tower (big and strong building in each base).

This gives the genre a highly social and competitive nature due to teamwork being necessary to win in most cases. Both League of Legends and Dota:2 are very similar with players usually playing due to personal preference in terms of the user interface or the character roster.

The next most popular genre is the first person shooter (FPS), with the most popular games in the genre being Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and Overwatch. There is a lot of variation between FPS games when it comes to the objective of the game.

In CS:GO two teams of five play against each other where one team are the terrorists and the other team are counter-terrorists (T and CT for short). The terrorists’ goal is to take the bomb to one of two bomb sites on the map and plant it, while the counter-terrorists try to stop them.

In Overwatch two teams of five play against each other to complete a certain objective, like holding down a part of the map or pushing a payload to the other side of the map/stopping it.

The main difference between Overwatch and CS:GO is that in Overwatch the players have to pick from a cast of heroes while in CS:GO the players have a buy phase at the start of each round, where they pick their weapons until they have to buy them again after they die.

Many other games have an Esports scene but I will only mention one other genre: Battle Royale. I am mentioning Battle Royale because of its rising popularity in the Esports scene over the last two years. The biggest game in this genre is the gaming phenomenon, Fortnite. In a Battle Royale game, around 100 players are dropped into the map, where they have to collect equipment and take each other out while the map gets smaller and smaller until one player is standing.

There are other games with a large Esports scene but they are not as popular as most other Esports titles. These include games such as Rocket League and Hearthstone, which have a healthy Esports scene but don’t reach the most-watched games of the year.

That should be all you need to know to start watching Esports.

Karolis Pocius – TY Press



Junior Cert Results Day In Collinstown Park

Today was Junior Cert results day in Collinstown Park.

After a long delay by the SEC this year the students were anxious to see how they got on after three years of hard work.

Once again our students were very pleased with the fantastic grades and there was lots of excitement in the Assembly Hall at 12.15 when Year Head Ms Connolly and Deputy Principal Ms Friel handed out the results.

We would to like to congratulate all our students, staff and parents on the tremendous Junior Cert results this year.



Is ‘Gone With the Wind’ the best film made in Hollywood?

‘Gone With the Wind’ is the most successful film in history and one of the highest-grossing films in history, adjusting for inflation experts estimate that the global gross of the film was $3.4 billion. It is considered highly successful because it was one of the first technicolour films ever created by Hollywood. The movie also portrayed issues in the Civil War such as slavery, adultery and theft. ‘Gone With the Wind’ was originally a novel written by Margaret Mitchell and was published in 1936. The book became widespread and soon became a bestseller. When the film was released, there was much anticipation from the readers, a buzz similar to how Harry Potter fans felt when the Philosopher’s Stone was first released.

The film begins at the O’Hara family’s plantation in Tara, Georgia. As the Civil War begins, Scarlett O’Hara’s husband dies while serving in the army, leaving her a widow.

Melanie (Scarlett’s sister-in-law) and Ashley Wilkes (the neighbour Scarlett loves), persuades Scarlett to grieve her late husband. The arrival of forces traps Scarlett in Atlanta, where she meets Rhett Butler. As Atlanta gets burned by Sherman’s army, Scarlett convinces Rhett to save them by stealing a horse that will take them back to Tara.

Although many plantations have been destroyed, Tara is still punished, leaving Scarlett unable to pay the taxes imposed by the forces.

Returning to Atlanta to earn the money she needs, Scarlett meets Rhett again. Unfortunately, he cannot help her financially. Desperate for money, Scarlett deceives her sister’s fiance, Frank Kennedy, a businessman, into marrying her.

She insists on her business deals instead of taking care of her children. However, she finds herself in a dangerous area in Atlanta. Frank and Ashley seek revenge, but Frank dies in the process so Rhett intervenes to save the day.

Widowed again, Scarlett marries Rhett and has a daughter, but after their daughter’s death, she realises that she doesn’t love Ashley anymore but Rhett.

By then, it’s too late. Rhett no longer loves her, it’s a tragic ending. ‘Gone With the Wind’ will forever have a lasting impact on Hollywood, romantic films and the portrayal of the Civil War. 


Sandra Ijezie – TY Press



3M Bounce their way around Jumpzone

Last Friday 27th September the 3M class as part of their JCSP Program went to Jumpzone in Liffey Valley with their PE teacher Mr Higgins and their long-suffering tutor Mr Doolin.

The students had a great time and were exhausted by the end of the session.  They really enjoyed the experience and look forward to more events like this.  They would like to thank Mr Higgins for organising the trip.



Transition Year Press 2019-2020

This year in Collinstown, the Transition Year press class will keep readers of our school website and newsletters up to date with the latest and greatest from our school. The class will be covering news stories from a wide range of  sports, culture, movies, politics, debating, current affairs and what school life is like in Collinstown. Transition Year’s press class is driven, confident and ready to tackle big stories coming our way. Our press class is led by Mr Dowling.

Our goals this year are:

  • To have our voice and our community voices heard.
  • To hear peoples opinions on events and subjects.
  • To learn about journalism and how it works.
  • To improve our writing and social skills.
  • To represent our school.
  • To provide you with the latest news and school news.

We hope you enjoy our stories over the next year.

Emma Nangle, Callum Murphy, Sandra Ijezie, Karolis Pocius , Ryan Adair, Aaron Haverty, Craig Murry and Katelyn Hillary – TY Press




Junior Cert Result Date Announced

After hard work back in June, the students who sat their Junior Cert have finally found out when they will be getting their long-awaited results. Expected to come out mid-September we have now learned we’ll be getting them October 4th due to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) prioritising the Leaving Cert results. The SEC has previously said that they had hoped to publish results at the end of September. This is a shame to the now TY students, having to wait three weeks later than usual. Last year, the Junior Cert results were released September 12th. On results day students will be able to obtain their results at their school or online at from 4 pm.

Callum Murphy – TY Press

Callum Murphy - TY Press
Callum Murphy – TY Press