We bring a candle
This time of year
To shine a light
For those we hold dear
For the sick, the elderly, and those in fear
A ray of hope for the coming year.
For a world that at times
Has lost its way
For future generations
Who will save the day
For those we entrust our hopes and dreams
The candle holds many themes.
For all who wish to belong
For many in hearts of anyone
In times of trouble
This light remains
Your guiding strength
Your eternal flame
We bring a candle
This time of year.
by Eileen White
Our 4th classes are currently enjoying a series of eight lessons given by The Cycling Safety and Skills School. Some boys are learning to cycle for the first time. Every boy will learn to cycle safely on public roads. Most of the lessons will take place in the school playground but some will be done in a housing estate close to the school. As the photos below show, the boys are really enjoying their cycling with their coaches Richie and Lance.
In a fantastic display of power and pace, St. Joseph’s footballers qualified for the Cumann na mBunscol semi-finals following a convincing display against Scoil Mobhí, Glasnevin. Played on Round Towers’ all-weather pitch on Monastery Road, this game was very much dominated by the well-coached home team who put up a remarkable score of ten goals and eight points. Every attack by the winners caused panic in the visitors’ defence. Following an early Ben Casey point, Lee Ledwidge followed up quickly with a cracking goal and point. Clayton Monks and Alex Morrison added goals, (Alex soloed from midfield before unleashing a bullet). Points followed from Ben and Lee before Calum Whelan got his first of four goals. Goalkeeper Evan Greaney saw very little action, such was the strength and tenacity of our defence, most notably Tofunmi Afolabi who was solid as a rock from start to finish. The half time score was 4-4 to 0-2.
The highlight of the second half was Calum’s dominance in front of goal as he sent three more rockets to the net. Further scores were added by Lee, Ben, Callum McDermott, Alex and Callum Kinsella. All of our subs got a run and showed that they’re all capable of taking a starting spot the next day out. The never-say-die attitude of the boys from Scoil Mobhí must be commended as they gave their all to the end. Well done to our coaches Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Doherty. We look forward to Joey’s first Dublin semi-final appearance in many years. Final score: 10-8 to 0-5
On the 9th of September 40 boys from 5th and 6th were picked to play in a blitz organised by Round Tower’s GAA club against different schools in the area. Mr. Doherty and Mr. Fitzgerald took 20 boys each. Group 1 was managed by MR. Fitzgerald and group 2 was managed by Mr. Doherty.
Group 1’s first match was against G.S. Cluain Dolcain. It was a close match but St. Joseph’s kept going and finished strong. Group 2’s first match was against Sruleen. It was a very good match but Joeys came out on top.
Group 1’s second match against G.S. na Camoige. It was a great match but St. Joseph’s came out on top once again. Group 2’s second match was against Neilstown. It was so close that it ended in a draw.
Group 1 played their final match against Clonburris. It was by far their toughest game. With two minutes to go Joeys were two points down. We had the ball in the middle of the field doing some good passing then the break was on. St. Joseph’s were running at the Clonburris defence and boom! The ball was in the back of the net. St. Joseph’s had won. Unfortunately group 2 were not as successful as they lost their last game.
Thanks to Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Doherty for bringing us to the Community centre to play.
Match report by Ben Casey.
We would like to welcome all the new pupils and their families to St. Joseph’s. We hope you have a memorable, enjoyable and enriching few years with us.