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A selection of news stories from 2005-6

Fantasy Football Competition 06 - 07 Set Up and Ready to Go

Log on to, hit the 'register' button, create your team and then click the ' Leagues' button in the right hand side menu. Enter the following code 40601-12628 to join the PHS Ground Zero League. The league has been set up so you will only start scoring points from September 16th so that everybody has a chance to join up. It is a good idea to pick your team as early as possible as player values tend to go up as soon as the season begins.

In a new development this year, you can enter as many teams as you want. Each team costs 5 per student and 10 per teacher or adult (it is open to older brothers, sisters, fathers etc of PHS students. No student from another school may enter). Money will be collected before Sep 16th. All entrants must use real names or they will be removed from the league. The prize money should be even better than last year. Good luck!

Monday July 10th - World Cup Fantasy Football Winner

Well done to Ronan Hughes who won the competition with 364 points. Ronan wins NOTHING.

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Friday June 2nd - School's out for SUMMER!

Well that's it for another year in the High School. We wish all our students a happy summer holidays and we especially wish the best to all our Junior and Leaving Certs. We hope that they fulfill their potential in the State Examinations and that their hard work pays dividends.

Officers Baker and Poncherello enjoy the summer sunshine

Thurs June 1st - Chess Team presented with League Cup

Well done to the Chess team for winning the Drogheda Chess Concentrates for the first time in our history. The High School played 40 games in the competition and won 34.5 of them. True championship form. A particular thanks to the 6th Yrs who have played for 6 years in the High School ; Conor Duffy, Kris O'Scolaigh, Bryan Wakely and Paddy Winters.

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Wed May 31st - Conor Farrell Wins PSP

Conor Farrell is presented with his PSP and game by Ms Sweeney

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the jammiest get of all? Answer: 1st Yr Conor Farrell whose name was drawn yesterday by Principal Joe Duffy to win a Sony PSP. The competition was organized by Ms Sweeney as an encouragement to read more. All eligible participants had to read 10 library books.

Tuesday May 30th - 1st Yr Chess Winners

Well done to the four 1st Year Chess Winners.

Champion: Kyle Duff 75

Runner-Up: Ryan McEnaney 40

3rd: Christopher McMahon 25

4th: Conor Farrell 10

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Friday May 26th - U-14s Win Cavan/Monaghan!

Congrats to the U-14 Soccer side, and their coaches Mr Kiely and Ms Keady on beating Largy College 3-1 today to claim the League Cup. That now means that the High School has won 3 of the 4 Cavan/Monaghan sections and can surely claim to be the pre-eminent soccer side in the two counties. So pass the word on to your younger brothers, cousins and neighbours - if they want to win, the High School is the place to go.

However controversy erupted after the game when the opposing coach refused to shake hands with the High School management team, so incensed was he with the perceived physical nature of the game. While Kiely maintained a dignified silence on the matter, Ms Keady had to be restrained on the sidelines. "Our boys play fair" was her only comment when interviewed afterwards.

Meanwhile, the sensational managerial combination of Keady and Kiely that has so far seen them win Cavan/Monaghan at both U-13 and U-14 age groups, has given rise to intense speculation that Mr John Kerr will be deposed from his position of High School Director of Football and will be supplanted by one of these new hotshots. Rumours that Ms Keady has begin to refer to herself as "the special one" have been heard rumbling down the hallowed corridors of the High School. Watch this space for more and click here for full match details.

Heads Up: Cooney and Lorenz go for goal; Freeman pirouettes

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Tuesday May 23rd - 3 Lucky Students presented with Gaeltacht Scolarships

Lee Clarke (2nd Yr), Sean Finnegan (3rd Yr) and Paul McMahon (5th Yr) all received cheques from the school today to cover some of the cost of their summer stay in the Gaeltacht. The draw is run annually by the Irish Department. The students were presented with the cheques (totalling 1200) by Ms Guilfoyle.

Monday May 22nd - U-16 Soccer Team Win Cavan/Monaghan League

Congratulations to Mr Kerr, Mr McBride and the U-16 Soccer Squad who beat Cavan Vocational 2-1 today to secure the title. Goals were scored by Barry Woods and Barry Martin.

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Thurs May 18th - David Larney Memorial Concert Rocks the School!

Students and staff remembered David Larney today with a superb concert and quiz in the Holy Family Hall. This fantastic event was expertly co-ordinated and hosted by David McBride. More information will be posted tomorrow but for now click here for photos. More photos will be added in the next few days.

Fri May 11th - Hurling Blitz a Great Success as Limerick Blaze their Way to Glory

The winning Limerick side.

Today's hurling blitz involving over 85 students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years was an enormous success and was thoroughly enjoyed by players and teachers alike. A big thanks to Carrick Emmets for the use of their pitch and especially to Emmets Hurling Chairman Dave Ryan who gave so freely of his time to referee the majority of the games.

Each team played 4 games and not a dirty stroke was pulled in any of the fixtures. A glorious summer's day provided the final ingredient for some epic encounters. The two favourites for the tournament were Clare and Waterford but both teams were beaten by a stylish Limerick outfit who finished the day unbeaten.
Full match scores can be found on the GAA page.

Finally a big thanks to Mr Hayes and Mr Martin, 5th Yr student Daryl Caplice and TY students James McMahon, David Marron, Conor Phelan, Ciaran Ward, Michael Kiernan and Joseph Farrelly for running the competition today.

Mr Paddy Martin teaches a future hurler about the grace, elegance and poise required for top class hurling.

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Tues May 9th - Charity Collection

Well done to 2nd Yr class St Edwards who collected 1300 for Irish Guide Dogs to top up the 3,500,000 collected by Roy Keane this evening, and to the Student Council who collected 800 for the Irish Youth Federation by holding Denim Day in school last week. Cool jeans Mr Gillick!

Mon May 8th - Fantasy Football: Marron Delighted, McMahon Happy, McCabe Content, Caplice Gutted

Congratulations to the inaugural Patrician High School Fantasy Football Champion David Marron (TY). He overtook fellow TY student James McMahon last week and retained his lead to the end. McMahon who had led the competition since virtually the beginning had to be content with second place. Storming into third from nowhere was 2nd Yr student Darren McCabe. Darren finished only 1 point clear of 5th Year student Daryl Caplice who sources confirmed to be 'gutted' and 'inconsolable' this evening . Caplice is believed to have been comforting himself with the promise of 10 from a side bet he claimed he had made with High School teacher Damien Kiely on who would finish higher up the table. However when contacted earlier today, Mr Kiely denied all knowledge of any such bet and said he would certainly not be handing over any money to the young student. "Gambling in any form is immoral" said the young teacher.

David Marron and James McMahon get their greedy hands on the cash.

On an upbeat note, a new International Fantasy Football League, based on Premiership players playing in the World Cup, will be started next week. There is no entry fee and no prize money - this one is purely for fun. Details will be posted on these pages next week and on the Soccer Noticeboard in the Main Hall next week.

Final Standings:

1st David Marron (TYII) 1523 pts and 150

2nd James McMahon (TYII) 1484 pts and 80

3rd Darren McCabe (2nd Yr) 1442 pts and 50

4th Daryl Caplice (5th Yr) 1441 pts and 0

Selected Teachers: S Rafferty (7th), E Lennon (10th ), D Kiely (15th), J Hayes (20th ), P Gillick (36th ), J Gillander (56th), J Duffy (84th), J Kerr (85th and last)

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