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News April 2016

Remembering 1916
On Friday 22nd April, Mountshannon school held its 1916 Rememberence day. The event began with an interdenomitional service in the catholic church. In attendance were Fr John Jones PP and Rev Gary Paulsen from the Church of Ireland. Prayers were said for the welfare of our nation for the victims of 1916.Also a number of poems by the leaders of 1916 were read. These included 'The Mother' by Padraig Pearse and 'I see his blood upon the Rose' by Joseph Mary Plunkett After the service a large group of pupils, parents and grandparents assembled in the front lawn of the school for the Flag Raising cermony. Caoibhe Whelan gave a beautiful rendition of 'Grace'. Patsy Donnellan and Tony Muggivan read the 1916 Proclamation following which Ronan Dooley, Ronan Bugler and Eoin Dooley read the 2016 Proclamation composed by the children at school.
Then Pakie Dooley, assisted by his three grandchildren, Harry, Jack and Ryan raised the tricolour in front of the school. Following the cermony a most pleasant garden party was held at the school.

First Communion
The children of second class will celebrate the sacrament of First Communion on Saturday May 28th. There are seven boys in the class and they are looking forward very much to the day. First Confessions took place on Thursday April 28th in St Caimins church, Mountshannon.

Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town
This event took place recently over two days at Scariff Community College hall on Friday, Saturday 22nd and 23rd April. On the second day, Mountshannon school was invited to display some large pieces of art work made by the children and parents.The works show the beauty and attractions of Mountshannon as well as depiciting the Mountshannon Oak tree, the Whitetailed Sea Eagles and the legacy from the 1916 Rising as noted by the children. The art work was greatly admired by the large attendance in Scariff and added greatly to the spectacle which the Enterprize Town event was.

Active Pupils
The children from third to sixth classes have been taking swimming lessons in Shannon pool since the Easter break. These have been greatly enjoyed by the pupils and have enabled the children to learn to swim or improve their existing standard. The younger children have not been left out either as all the other classes have had special activities delivered by RK Sports in the school

Iniscealtra and Lakyle are this year amalgamated in the schools hurling and camogie Championship. On Thursday May 5th, the schools played in their first match as a joint team when they took on and defeated Ogonnelloe in Dr Stuart Park. Both schools look forward to good competitions ahead

The school took part in the 5-a-side soccer tournament in Lee's Rd Ennis in April entering a boys team. Drawn in a group of four teams in the preliminary round, the boys were excellent and secured three wins out of three to finish at the top of the table. In the second round they were drawn against one of the other group winners. This game resulted in another convincing win for Mountshannon. They were now in the Quarter final and were drawn against East Clare neighbours, Flagmount. It was a closly fought contest and level at three goals each approaching the end of the game . A free taken by Flagmountwas deflected into the Mountshannon goal to put them ahead and there was not time to recover as the referee straight away blew the final whistle. Flagmount, to their credit, went on to win the entire tournament. Congratulations to our boys on a brilliant preformance. /font

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