St Mac Dara's Community College
|St MacDara's Community College
Coláiste Pobail MhicDara Naofa
St Mac Dara Communitatis Collegii
|Templeogue, Dublin 6W
|Religious affiliation(s)||Multidenominational school|
|Principal||Paul Kingston, formerly Sean Ryan|
|Age||12 to 18|
|Number of students||900|
|Colour(s)||Grey and blue|
St. MacDara's Community College (Irish: Coláiste Pobail MhicDara Naofa) is a secondary school situated on Wellington Lane, Templeogue in South Dublin. It accommodates both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students. It is run by the County Dublin Vocational Education Committee (C.D.V.E.C) and is a non-fee paying school. It has a Transition Year program which is usually restricted to one class, with a maximum of thirty students per year. The school also has a selection of sports and extra curricular activities for its students to choose from including Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer, Rugby, Basketball, Golf and Canoeing. History was made for the school 2012 when St Mac Dara's won both the Dublin and Leinster senior football championships before losing the All- Ireland semi final narrowly. There is nearly a thousand students in the school. The classes are named after different places in Ireland such as Ardagh, Dublin & Cashel.
The school regularly hosts trips and foreign exchange programs to different countries.
Past trips have included France, Scotland, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and ski trips to Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, and New Hampshire, USA. Students have went to New York such as in 2010.
The school has an annual Celtic trip, which is organised by Irish teacher Mr. Alan Curran. Students and teachers travel to Scotland to see Celtic F.C. play and meet the team.
The school was involved in a charity project, where a small group of students traveled to Honduras/Nicaragua in 2010. St Mac Dara's Community College is Ireland's number one charitable school for a sixth time in a row raising around €60,000 per year for the Irish charity Trócaire.
In order to raise money each year group is given a certain task to do. First years do a sponsored 24 hour fast, second years do a table quiz, and third years sponsor Mr. Culleton, who is a teacher in the school, to do an embarrassing undertaking, which has previously included dyeing his hair pink, while Transitions and fifth years do a soccer marathon in which the students, some staff and celebrities play football all day. The sixth years organized a "Bomb Mr. Curran" fundraiser where students paid to throw balloons at said teacher.
In 2010, the school raised more money than any other school in Ireland for Trócaire for the 10th year in a row.
St Mac Dara's enjoys numerous facilities such as four science laboratories (one which has been newly refurbished), three home-economics rooms with essential appliances, 2 art rooms, two woodwork and two engineering rooms, both of which have newly installed equipment e.g. lathes, pillar drills etc., two computer rooms with over 30 broadband-enabled computers, two technical graphics rooms and over 40 classrooms. St Mac Dara's recently constructed a separate P.E. hall and gymnasium on the school grounds, which is equipped with shower rooms and a full gym.
In 2010, St. Mac Dara's was chosen with 100 other schools to be part of the Government's 100mbits Broadband Iniatitive. This will incorporate every room having a smartboard, a laptop being broadband enabled at 100Mbit/s, and projectors being installed in every room too. The work will take place over summer of 2010.
Organisations within the college
The College has many organizations and societies including a Student Council, History Society, choir, orchestra and a Gaeilge society. The college's Amnesty International Group is run by Mr. Shane Culleton, and encourages the campaigns of Amnesty International. The group organise an annual Fair Trade Fair where fair trade products are sold, and various other fundraisers throughout the year. Some of the most recent include the Rag Day 2013, where everybody was encouraged to wear green, and to commemorate the winning of Dublin in the All-Ireland, everybody paid 2 euro to wear blue. Raffles are held, competitions are held, and on December 20th 2013 everyone shall wear red. Every year, the school runs musicals. 2012's was Aida and 2013's was The Wizard of Oz On 10 March 2009, the St. Mac Dara's choir participated in the V.E.C festival of music. The choir sang Abba's Thank You For The Music, and two soloists from the choir performed The Chiffons' version of One Fine Day. In 2010 four soloists performed "I Got Rhythm" by George Gershwin. The following year, the school choir sang Rihanna's "Umbrella".
Involvement in Film
In October 2006, St. Mac Dara's was chosen over many schools in the area to be used to shoot an important scene in the forthcoming film Assault of Darkness, starring Vinnie Jones. Some of the 4th and 5th year students were used as extras in the scene which was filmed in one of the science rooms.
25th Year Anniversary celebrations
2007/2008 was the 25th year of the college's existence. Celebration events included a school magazine and the musical production 'Carmen'.
The Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin visited the school on 5 March 2008 as the guest of honour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school. The occasion was celebrated by invited teachers, staff, parents and students.
St. Mac Dara's Political Awareness Week
From 9 to 13 March 2009, St. Mac Dara's Community College held its first annual Political Awareness Week, incorporating activities such as a trip to Dáil Éireann and debates chaired by RTÉ Six One News Anchor Bryan Dobson and Newstalk 106 and RTÉ Rugby Pundit George Hook and attended by a number of Irish senior politicians and party leaders.
The full list of politicians in attendance:
Thursday 12 March
- Mayor Marie Corr - Labour
- John Phelan - Fianna Fáil Local Election Candidate
- Councillor Colm Brophy - Fine Gael
- Councillor Tony McDermott - Green Party
- Councillor Seán Crowe - Sinn Féin
- Councillor Mick Murphy - Socialist Party
Friday 13 March
- Eoin Ryan MEP - Fianna Fáil
- Gay Mitchell MEP - Fine Gael
- Proinsias De Rossa MEP - Labour
- Mary Lou McDonald MEP - Sinn Féin
- Minister for Integration Conor Lenihan TD - Fianna Fáil
- Charlie O'Connor TD - Fianna Fáil
- Brian Hayes TD - Fine Gael
- Pat Rabbitte TD - Labour
- Senator Deirdre de Burca - Green Party
From 5 to 9 October 2009, St. Mac Dara's Community College held its second Political Awareness Week.
The event incorporated many different activities such as a trip to RTÉ to attend current affairs programme, The Frontline hosted by Pat Kenny; a "Rag Day" (with a total of €1,200 being donated to the Dublin Simon Community); a trip to Dáil Éireann, and the main event of the week, "The Leaders Debate", attended by many of Ireland's senior politicians and party leaders.
The event was organised by Chairperson and Head Boy Dale McDermott and a committee of 6th year students with the guidance of school teacher Mr Shane Culleton.
The full list of politicians in attendance:
- Minister for Foreign Affairs - Micheál Martin TD - Fianna Fáil
- Leader of Fine Gael - Enda Kenny TD - Fine Gael
- Fine Gael Education Spokesperson - Brian Hayes TD - Fine Gael
- Leader of the Labour Party - Eamon Gilmore TD - Labour Party
- Minister for the Environment - John Gormley TD - Leader of the Green Party
- Leader of Sinn Féin in the Dáil - Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD - Sinn Féin
- Leader of the Socialist Party - Joe Higgins MEP - Socialist Party
Staff include Principal Mr. Kingston, Vice Principal Mr. Donnelly, priest Father Michael Foley, and year heads Mr Garry, Mr Cassidy, Mr Moriarty, Mr Cosgrave and Mr Finucane. Some teachers were students in the school itself. Teachers such as Irish teacher Mr Curran and music teacher Ms Butler have appeared on national television. Some teachers such as religion teacher Ms Corr and P.E. teacher Mr Carey have written their student's textbooks.
List of notable alumni
- Bog Bodies Film Production