On the 10th of October, Kiera Quinn came in from the Good Shepherd's Centre to talk to our transition year students about homelessness in Kilkenny. Some of the topics she brought up included : the causes of homelessness, the types of homelessness and how social media affects the opinions of homeless people. Kiera’s talk enlightened us on the problem of homelessness in Kilkenny and we all took away valuable information on this topic, We would also like the school for helping to raise over a thousand euro for the Good Shepherd’s Centre.
A huge congratulations to our very own Seanie Maguire who made his debut for Ireland on the 6th of October when they had a very good win over Moldova 2-0.
Well done Seanie, you’ve made everyone proud here back in CBS Kilkenny (especially Mr. O’Brien who taught you the ins and outs of the game).
The U17 CBS Soccer team take part in a tournament today, best of luck to the lads. If you're lucky enough, you could be in the same position as Seanie was the other night.
16th October 2017: Ger Carey Live
All the TY’s will be heading to the Watergate once again to see Ger Carey, who is a stand up comedian. Hopefully the lads get a right laugh out of him.
17th October 2017: 3rd Year Parent Teacher Meeting
The third years will have to be on their best behaviour for the next while as D-Day approaches.
18th October 2017: CBS Junior Hurling Championship
After unfortunately losing out to Kieran’s, the next match against Good Counsel, from New Ross, will be very important as we want to stay in second place in the group to hopefully earn us a spot in the Leinster Final. Best of luck to the lads involved.
4th October 2017: Pop-up Cafe
This is a fundraiser for people with depression. Our TY students will be involved in the running of a small cafe with tea, coffee and biscuits.
4th October 2017: Junior Hurling
The Junior hurlers face the Wexford side, St. Peters, today in Palmerstown. This will be a tough challenge for the lads.
5th October: TY4 Kayaking
All the students of TY4 will be off to Graignamanagh tomorrow for a day kayaking. Fingers crossed the weather will be good.
6th October 2017: Poetry Workshop
As part of Literacy Week, our TY’s will be attending a poetry workshop.
10th October 2017: No Uniform Day
Next Tuesday will be a ‘No Uniform Day’ in the school. This is to raise money for all the homeless people in Kilkenny.
On the 19th of October all of our TY students attended the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore. Luckily enough, the weather was superb, there couldn’t have been a better day to visit. We left at 8am and arrived back at 4.30. It was a great day out and well worth it.
There was many different and interesting stalls up at the ploughing. These included O’ Neills, The GAA Store, AIB and Lidl. There was also many familiar famous faces rocking around the place which included Joe Canning (which was packed all day), Marty Morrissey, Jackie Tyrrell,Gerry Adams and Louis Walsh.
It was a great day had by all and we can’t wait for next year!!
Our whole year recently attended a talk in the Watergate Theatre about keeping safe and making the right decisions. Fourth years from all over Kilkenny including St.Kieran's College, Presentation, Loreto and Kilkenny College. I feel its very important to be talked to upon this subject at this age as we are all starting to mature into adults.
The two guards who talked to us throughout the show were very good and represented themselves well. They talked to us along the topic of drugs and alcohol and the effects they might have on us. They told us some very interesting facts about how one can/bottle of alcohol can take 2 hours to completely leave your system, a naggin of vodka can take up 6 hours to leave your system and a bottle of wine can take up to 9 hours to leave your body. I was shocked at this as I thought wine would be the least effective towards someone.
They spoke to us about one punch assaults and incidents that happen on nights out. The Gardai have more people working at night on Fridays and Saturdays than they do on a regular Monday or Tuesday because of the amount of incidents they get called to involving violence and drunkenness late at night. I found it very interesting about how much damage a punch can do to someone.
They showed us a few videos of people making right and wrong decisions after having too many drinks of alcohol at a party. There was scenarios where a boy was bringing a girl by the hand into bedroom. Hours later, close to the morning, you could see the disappointment and regret on her face, realising what she had just done cannot be undone. This gave us the knowledge and showed us to be respectful towards girls on a night out as both, more than likely, have consumed alcohol. If this incident was reported to the guards, the person that would be in trouble would the the male and he would have been convicted of raping the female. Even though this may sound unfair and sexist, it's the truth.
Overall, I thought this talk was very worthwhile and informative. I feel that everyone that attended this talk will take something from it and they will feel much safer when they are going on a night out. The things we were informed about that day will stay with us forever, especially the serious things such as the one punch assaults and making the right and important decisions when you really need to. One word of advice I’d take from this is to always stick with your friends when going out.
I’d like to thank the two Gardai who came in, Aidan Fitzpatrick and Andy O’Neill for coming in to talk to us and teaching us new things. I thought the experience was very enjoyable and i took it very personally. Also, I’d like to thank the Watergate Theatre for having us in.
A big thanks to the bloggers from last year who have set a high standard that we hope and will obviously exceed. As you're aware from last year, this TY Blog is about keeping you updated on all things TY related. We will be updating you on the ongoings of the TY class of 2017/2018.
Now, it's time to meet the crew....
Ben Tyrrell (IT guy) -
Is 16 years old and is delighted to be part of this team. Ben is bringing Australian culture to the team after spending 4 years down under.
Liam Coughlan (Interviewer) -
The first of our hard hitting interviewers who hopes to bring some taste to the website by brinigng you interesting facts about the activities being done in this year.
Conor McCarthy (Interviewer) -
Conor is the second interviewer on the team, who is not to be messed with. He'll get the information out of you one way or another.
Cian Rowe (Photographer) -
The first of our team photographers who hopes to deliver some fantastic pictures giving an insight into the goings of TY life.
David Power (Photographer) -
David joins Cian in taking all the action shots throughout the year. David has a keen eye for capturing those exciting and funny moments that will surely be had throughout the year.
Michael Rafter (Editor in Chief) -
Michael will be responsible for keeping the team in check, setting deadlines and getting the articles published for your enjoyment. He will make sure all our material is crisp and fresh like a Keogh's roll.
We hope you enjoy this blog and give us feedback along :)
As today marks the final day of blogging for the bloggers I would just like to say a huge thank you to all our loyal readers for reading and commenting on our posts which have been updated constantly throughout the year. Don’t despair, next year there will be another batch of TY’s trying to fill our enormous boots and although they might not have the same touch of class as ours I’m sure they’ll keep you updated on everything that’s happening in Transition Year 2017/18.
Until our paths cross again take care and slán go fóill. (Liam Kelly O'Rourke)
I really enjoyed my experiences working on the ty blog. I found the classes very helpful, it helped me with my typing and my ability to write essays.
I gained a lot of new skills and a greater appreciation for article work
This year in TY Blog class has been great as I have expanded my English language, punctuation, typing skills and much more. I really hope that this class will continue into next year as it gave everyone in the school community an idea into what TY’s get up to throughout the year. This class wouldn’t have been done without the help of Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Staunton. They gave us the motivation and ideas into what to write, how to write and why to write. Hopefully the blog will keep the high standards that we have shown. Thanks for reading, good luck. Bloggers 2016. (Sean Dowling)