Poetry Award!


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Coláiste de Lacy are extremely proud and delighted to announce the title of ‘Overall Best School’ in the recent Francis Ledwidge Poetry Competition ran by the LMETB.

This is also very exciting as it means we will be getting our very own  ‘Poetry Aloud’ session at the beginning of the next school year.

The competition was inspired by Franics Ledwidge, who was born in Slane in 1887 and is one of Ireland’s most celebrated poets. He is also considered one of the ‘War Poets’. He died during World War 1 in 1917 at the battle of Passchendaele

Earlier this year, all 39 of our students wrote and produced some amazing poems for entry to the competition.

Their entries were among hundreds submitted by students from across the 18 schools within the LMETB so to gain the title of ‘Overall Best School’ was quite an achievement. Not only this but their poems were among those crafted by senior students.

On Wednesday the 29th of March three of Coláiste de Lacy’s students, Jiawen, Karl and Gillian, who had placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd within the individual school awards travelled to Slane Castle for the Award Ceremony.


English Teacher Iníon Sorohan pictured with students Gillian, Karl and Jiawen at the Francis Ledwidge Poetry Awards in Slane Castle


We have attached their poems along with a few more from our selection to showcase the outstanding talent of our students. The standard really was incredible.


By Jiawen- 1st Year Student

 The webbed grass of dew

The sun rise on the blue

The yellowness of the daffodils

The short yet eternal youth

The sight of swallows flying up high

The fresh scent of the springy breeze

The thought of a complete new mind

The touch of fragile newborn leaves

This season of happiness and joy

Boosts this whole new year

And may this be a time of our lives

Where we can start again and forget

This One Word

 By Gillian- 1st Year Student

 It was the first time she discovered

 Her vocal skills.

This word was quiet,

But loud.

We were one step closer

To understanding her problems.

Everything was joyful

From this one word.

Three letters told us a whole story.

It was as moving as a rough sea.

It made the grey sky blue.

And the rain turn to snow.

Growing Up

By Karl- 1st Year Student

I am a man to be, there will be changes to me

I am a man to be and everyone will see

I am stronger and I’m older, I’m braver and bolder

I am a man to be and everyone will see

I have good days and bad days, I have happy days and sad days

I am a man to be and everyone will see

I will love, I will hate, I will never mess with fate

I am a man to be and everyone will see

I am a man now, so I will take a bow

For I am a man to be and everyone will see.


By Jiawen- 1st Year Student


Those days when I was a dreamer,

were the best days of my life.

I used to build forts with pillows,

and thought the frost would actually bite!

My paintings were of princesses,

dolphins, all bold, blue and bright,

I held my doll, Kalia,

and cuddled up to her every night.

Of course I had no responsibilities then,

all innocent, with my dark brown eyes.

When I had broken something really fragile,

I looked over, blamed my older brother and smiled.

But now I have grown up,

made decisions and drew inside lines,

Told to always look to the future,

Listen to lies, cries and goodbyes.

They told me I’ll be happy,

In the future, if I study hard.

But the most important thing is

Being happy right now , it doesn’t damage the heart.

Ashes to Ashes

By Adam- 1st Year Student

Removing ashes

from the now

cold fire,

the coal, wood

and paper-


burned and yet born

 into something new-

But it is the hardest job to do.

My Clock

By Aoife- 1st Year Student

My clock is ticking,

Tick tock, tick tock,

It’s never ending, it’s non- stop.

Ever present in my ears,

It has become one of my greatest fears,

Tick tock, tick tock.

I block my ears, turn my back,

But I can still hear the whack,

Tick tock, tick tock.

It’s little round face,

Sending noise all around the place.

The time is still flying,

I’m not having fun, I feel like crying.

Stop ticking little clock!

Tick tock, tick tock…

Sonia O’Sullivan visits Coláiste de Lacy!




Coláiste De Lacy had the pleasure to welcome one of Ireland’s greatest sports stars of all time on Wednesday, April 22nd. After a busy day of competing with the best athletes in the North Leinster Track & Field Championships at Morton Stadium in Santry, Coláiste De Lacy prepared for Sonia’s arrival.
First year students welcomed Sonia on her arrival and then followed up with an interview. The depth and knowledge of their questions belied their age and Sonia answered with equal gusto. A video collage of her remarkable career, which was produced by three students, was presented to all gathered.



A brief question and answer session was held afterwards, with the audience consisting of students, staff and parents. A presentation was made to Sonia of a painting which had been done by two extremely talented first year artists. The students painted the famous scene where a victorious Sonia cross the finish line at the National Cross Country Championships at the age of just seventeen.

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An unexpected surprise was held at the end when Sonia unveiled her Olympic silver form Sydney and World 5,000m gold from Goteburg. At first the students and parents were star struck but it did not take long to take advantage of this situation to get a photo/selfie with the remarkably humble star.

The old adage says “never meet your heroes, you will only be disappointed”. Staff, students and parents can attest that Sonia O’Sullivan proved an exception to this saying. She was truly exceptional and humble in every way in her visit to Coláiste De Lacy.

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Active Week!

Just a few pictures from Coláiste de Lacy’s ‘Active Week’ which ran from April 27th – May 1st.

The aim of the week was to get students active both inside and outside of the classroom and to make all lessons as active as possible.

Some of the ways we made the lessons active were through treasure hunts, orienteering, basketball shots for vocabulary, key words, definitions etc.

We also managed to get some hula hooping and karate in there!

A ‘Healthy Breakfast’ morning was also held where we showed students quick, healthy and easy ways to have a good breakfast.

Our mornings and break-times were also used for the following sessions:

  • Slow Cycle Race
  • Dance Aerobics
  • Teacher Vs Student Basketball
  • Meditation
  • Jogging
  • Skipping Rope Competition
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga
  • GAA Blitz
  • Dance-Off

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‘Like a Kid in a Candy Shop’ – English Essay Competition!

The first year English students had their descriptive writing talents put to the mettle in the form of an essay writing challenge to win a supply of Swizzles Matlow Sweet Goodies!


Students had to, through clever writing skills, say why they should win the chance to become a ‘taste tester’ for the Swizzles Matlow Company’.

The students “sweetened” up their essays with a ‘variety pack’ of alliteration, sibilance, onomatopoeia, metaphor, similes,rhyme, comedy, clever punctuation and ideas in a ‘sugar rush’ to the prize.

Here are some samples of the delicious mouth watering essays produced by the students in edited form! :

To Whom It May Concern,

I am Onóra from Ashbourne, County Meath.

The first time I had your ‘Swizzles Sweets’ was when my Granny used to bribe me with them to stop me crying. They would also be at the centre of party goodies in the middle of the table at any event or party.

I would love to be a swizzle sweet taste tester because I would love to taste the delicious Drumsticks, luscious Lollipops, I would eat the Refreshers ravenously and I love the fantastic ‘Fruit Pops’.

I have lots of new ideas including sherbet drumsticks which I think would be excellent because drumsticks are the favourite lollipops of many children. Although your sweets are excellent and absolutely and utterly gorgeous I think you need some new ideas to have even more customers than you already have.

I need a staff discount very badly as, due to your sweets being so utterly amazing, I have become severely over weight (forty two stone) and I do not have the money to pay for the best quality of sweets in which I require. Although my Doctors are telling me twenty four seven that I need to eat a lot less, I always tell them with utter certainty that I can’t and that I must eat the most magnificent sweets ever  Swizzles Matlow Sweets!

As I said I really enjoy sweets and need to fill my hunger for them daily as I eat three Kilograms daily (not including any snacks that I might have in between!)

I have many excellent ideas for new marketing campaigns that I could only go over with you if I had the job so you could not steal them off me, though I doubt anyone of your status could possibly do that.

Due to all of the sweets I eat I need to get paid as I need the money to go towards the cost of all my dental appointments and fillings due to the sweets I am eating daily. You won’t believe how many new teeth I have got. It is very lucky that I have got rich parents but they say “you are old enough to get your own job, so get out of our house and get your own money.” Although they say this I don’t believe them, but I do fear they will stop giving me money if I don’t get my own job-  so the cause and solution of the problem could be your sweet factory.

Yours (hopeful) Swizzle Sweet taste taster,

Dear Sweet Swizzles,

How are you today? I am sure you are all very fatigued (from all the letter reading these past few days!), but I promise that this will definitely be worth the read!

I am writing to you today because of one reason, to win an extraordinary chance of actually working in one of the most famous sweet factories in the world!!!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Caroline Candy- aged 20. I LOVE sweets because they are the most satisfying thing in the world to me! Sweets are the sights for my sore eyes. I used to work in a candy shop in America which I own (thanks to my father) and inherited from my parents so I come from an experienced background.

I have a sixth sweet sense. I can taste every type of sweets I buy blindly and I can guess the type. I win every time.

Another thing is that I love your factory. I mean this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone like me, it would be a dream come true. Like winning the billionaire lotto! I like the way your sweets crunche when I bite and chew the lollipops and the way the rainbow drops sometimes ‘pop’.

I love: the perfectly purple parma violets, luscious long lasting lollipops, delicious delightful drumsticks, lovely little love hearts, really refreshing refreshers and finely flavoured fruit pops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sweets in my opinion are the things that keep old and young together, the rich and poor and male and female together too.

When people quote “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, I would quote “Sweets are our best friend”, because during times when we feel sad we would always take out a sweet and bite our soul into it. Everyone has time and love for some delicious sweets, whether it’s to calm them down, hype them up, soften their hearts or cheer them up. Sweets are like a highway to heaven! It even makes blind people see!

I think my passion about this competition should really be the reason why I should win this chance of working with you as your special sweet tester, but it is also that I have experiences with sweets and hopefully if I do win this, I will even be helping out with a few suggestions….

I would really love to hear back from you so please, reply as soon as possible. Also, who wouldn’t want to leave their factory in such good hands?

Sincerely swizzles,

Caroline Candy


“I have always loved sweets. Not just any sweets- I love ‘Swizzles Maslow Sweets’. My favourites would have to be refreshers and drumsticks. I know exactly why I love them. I think it is how catastrophically chewy and AMAZINGLY juicy they are.

The only person I know that doesn’t like them is my dad. He says that if I keep eating them, my teeth are going to fall out of my mouth!

Every week I get pocket money the only thing I want o spend my money on are Swizzles Maslow Sweets.

No matter how many of them I eat, I just can’t get sick of them. At one stage I had copious amounts of them. I even have sweets underneath my bed and my sister soon found out and when I came home from school they were all devoured. My sister is such a greedy goose.

The drumsticks are really complementary to my tongue. They dissolve after a few minute with exceptional flavours coursing down my throat.

It’s as exciting as Christmas. Every time I get Swizzles Maslow sweets from my Mam, they are so full of flavour it is as if I am drinking a bottle of heaven! ”



“I love your sweets so much. Your devine drumsticks, your refreshing refreshers…them heart-breaking love-hearts. Your sweets make my mouth water so much.

Your lovely lollies are gorgeous. Your funny fun gums are one of my favourites. Your relishing rain drops are lovely….”



“I belive I should win the prize because they’re the only sweets I eat and I just love them. Refreshers make me relieved that I’m alive and refresh my mouth. The drumsticks are delightful and I start drooling when they are in my mouth”