Saturday 20 January 2018

Visit of Holocaust survivor

On Thursday November 22nd, St Kilian's was honoured to receive Mr Tomi Reichental, a survivor from the Nazi Holocaust.

On Thursday November 22nd, St Kilian's was honoured to receive Mr Tomi Reichental, a survivor from the Nazi Holocaust.

Mr Reichental, originally from Slovakia, was imprisoned in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany as a child. After suffering appalling deprivation, he was freed from the camp at the end of World War II and has lived in Ireland since the late 1950s. Mr Reichental spoke for almost two hours to senior students about his childhood before the outbreak of the war and his experiences in the camp. Students had an opportunity to ask questions and have a photo taken with Mr Reichental before a presentation was made to him by the school.

Students and staff alike were entirely absorbed by this rare opportunity to meet and engage with a Holocaust survivor. Many thanks to Ms. Kavanagh for organising this visit.


On Wednesday November 21st, Mr. Connolly's TY Construction Studies class paid a visit to a historical cottage, which is currently being revamped and modernised by Friel Contractors. The house is located on the Kilcroney Road and the class availed of the bright, crisp weather conditions prevailing to walk from the school to the site last week.

Friel Contractors are constructing a high quality contemporary two-storey extension to an existing cut-stone cottage. Restoration work has just begun on the cottage and is progressing well. The TY class are studying the build, with the aid of detailed architectural drawings and regular visits to the site. Everyone enjoyed the first trip and are looking forward to returning in the new year to see how the work is progressing. Thanks to Mr. Connolly for organising the outing.


St. Kilian's were defeated by Coláiste Ráithín in a very exciting game of Gaelic Football played in Bray Emmets on Wednesday 21st November. The final score of a very exciting game was 8-13 (37) to 10-01 (31). It was a fantastic team effort from St. Kilian's and excellent performers on the day included Jamie Fitzgerald, Jack Ronan and Karl Mulligan. SOCCER ACTION

St. Kilian's lost their opening game in the First Year Wicklow-Wexford League on Friday 9th November away to an excellent Dublin Oak Academy. Kilian's struggled with the size of the opposition in the first half and conceded numerous headed goals. Kilian's trailed 8-0 at half time, but an excellent second half performance left the final score 8-4.

There was a fantastic team spirit evident and the team never stopped encouraging each other and worked very hard. Jordan De Sousa kept St. Kilian's in the game on numerous occasions with some fantastic saves.

Jack Ronan led the defence and was ably assisted by Graham Kane, John Paul Verdon, Cian Mangan and Mark Curran. Michael Vickers was superb in midfield with the help of Andrew Knight, Jordan Dunne and Ross Moloney. Karl Mulligan was a constant threat up front and deserved his goal. Jordan Dunne scored twice and Andrew Knight got his first of the season.

On Friday 23rd November, St. Kilian's travelled to St. Brendan's for their final group match and were beaten 7-2 by a much physically bigger Brendan's side who played very well on the day. The Kilian's side showed great heart and determination as they have done in all their games this season. They battled right to the end and were unlucky with some very close efforts, including a magnificent lob from William Coogan which cannoned off the crossbar. Andrew Knight got another goal for the season and Mark Curran got a deserved goal after excellent attacking in the second half.

U-17 BOYS' SOCCER: St. Kilian's 3 East Glendalough 2 St. Kilian's U-17 boys' soccer squad have progressed to the quarter-final stage of the WicklowWexford League. The team scored a great victory over East Glendalough on Wednesday 21st November. St. Kilian's came from behind twice in the match, and this shows the mental strength of a very mature and determined team.

In a frenetic opening to the match, St. Kilian's found themselves 1- 0 down within ten minutes. This did not unsettle the St. Kilian's boys. They regrouped and carved out a number of great opportunities before the first half ended. The best of these was a shot from Ross Doyle which was cleared off the line. However, St. Kilian's failed to find an equaliser before half time.

The second period continued in much the same way as the first, with St. Kilian's dominating possession. Eventually, this pressure paid off when Ross Doyle levelled things courtesy of a fine shot from outside the box. But the score did not stay like this for long, as East Glendalough took advantage of a defensive lapse in concentration to go 2 – 1 up.

This setback seemed to bring the best out in St. Kilian's. They raised the tempo and Ian O' Mahoney finished off a great one-two with Sam Mulligan. This score drew the sides level. However, St. Kilian's continued to push on. Their persistence paid off when Ross Doyle scored his second goal, when a quick throw put him through and he converted the opportunity calmly. This goal ended the scoring, leaving the result 3-2 to St. Kilian's.

There were a number of performances that stood out for St. Kilian's. In defence, Adam Mc Grath and Jamie McGrane both excelled. Ross Doyle and Michael O' Brien had tremendous games in midfield, and up front the pair of Sam Mulligan and Ian O' Mahoney worked extremely hard throughout the game.St. Kilian's finish top of their group with two wins out of two and are looking forward to the upcoming quarter-final. Well done to the team and to Mr. Donohue, their coach.


Best wishes to our fifth and sixth year LCA students who are currently on their two week work experience module. This is an integral part of the LCA course, as it helps students to make informed career choices by sampling different jobs and trades. There are four work experience modules over the two years of the LCA course. Students are taught the practicalities of the world of work as they "learn by doing" on the job. We wish all our students well and hope that they gain valuable insight and knowledge from their work experience.

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