Raffle for two All-Ireland tickets

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On September - 15 - 2017

The winner of our draw is Cormac Keane from Kinvara, Galway on behalf of a friend of his Gerry Browne from Balla. A few weeks ago his friend Gerry managed to get him tickets for the hurling All-Ireland Fnal which was such a memorable day for any Galway man that Cormac has been trying to re-pay the compliment since. He is absolutely delighted to win the tickets for his friend from Balla. He sent me the following text:

“I’m overwhelmed with joy as I firmly believe Mayo are going to do it this time and to be there… well, go raibh míle, míle, míle maith agat.”

We streamed the draw live here on our Facebook page. We matched the entries with raffle tickets and published the list here on our website.  Then we laid out the tickets on tables and filmed them as part of the live stream before putting them in the drum so everyone could be assured that the draw was fair. For anyone who missed it, you can view the draw again on facebook.com/gortskehy The stream dropped a bit at the start but we got it going again straight away. You can view a recording of both streams on our page.

The proceeds of the draw go to paying for our recently completed school upgrade and extension. We’ve had entries from far and wide including three from the UK and one from Switzerland. As a four-teacher, rural school we really appreciate the huge support that this draw attracted.

Thank you so much,

Pádraig Ó Beirn

Principal

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Video: Space balloon flight

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On July - 12 - 2017

Here is a video of our space balloon flight which was launched on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 from Frank and Mary Clarke’s farm. It reached an altitude of 28km. There are five layers to our atmosphere – Troposphere (up to 20km high), Stratosphere (20-50km), Mesosphere (50-85km), Thermosphere (85-600km), Exosphere (600-10,000km). Our balloon reached the Stratosphere.

Around 20km high ice-crystals are visible and the temperature drops to -51°C. In the Stratosphere the temperature actually increased with altitude to -40°C  as ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is absorbed by the ozone layer. Had our balloon reached the top of the stratosphere the temperature would have risen to about -15°C  before falling sharply again in the Mesosphere. It landed 125km away between Castlepollard and Athboy on the farm of Eamon and Margureite Kelly.

Thanks to Frank and Mary Clarke, our sponsors CMS Distribution and DeCare Dental and chase car drivers Mary Lydon, Jan Wilkins and Angela Walshe.

The video of the flight is 360° so view it fullscreen to pan around. Control the 360 degree fullscreen video on your phone or tablet by moving your device.  To view it on a VR headset visit https://youtu.be/XPfoCtv5NSA or search for “Gortskehy in Space” using your VR YouTube app.

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3D Flight Path

3D prediction of the flight path.

Some of the towns the balloon flew over.

Some of the towns the balloon flew over.

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McCartan Cup 2017

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On June - 28 - 2017

Congratulations to the combined team of Cloghans Hill, Gortskehy, Lehinch and Robeen on winning the McCartan Cup this month. It was great to welcome the cup back to Gortskehy after so many years. Special thanks to Pat Hession and Brendan Murphy for their role in preparing the team.

McCartan Cup 2017

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Live U2 ticket draw

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On June - 13 - 2017

Congratulations Maura Gilmore on winning our two U2 tickets today! Thanks to everyone who entered. This was our first live broadcast event and we’re really proud of Amy, Lexie and Evan in sixth class who presented so well.  Thanks also to James Heaney and Garrymore GAA for the use of their drum. A recording of the draw which took place live here at 2pm can be viewed below.

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Entrants: Catríona Uí Bheirn (x 2), Maura Gilmore (x 2), Cathy Fitzpatrick, Patrick Langan, Margarita Corscadden, Lynda Hession (x 2), Darragh Beagan, Michelle Gannon, Patrick Burke (x 2), Micheál O’Hehir (x 2), Paul McGurnaghan, Suzanne McDonald, Caroline Connolly (x 2), Bridget Curran, Lorraine Corcoran (x 2), Declan Smith, Marie Hession, Mairéad Delaney (x 2), Niamh Murray, Carol Doherty (x 2), Martin Morris, Margaret O’Connell, Laura Reynolds, Edmund Kavanagh, Dave Loftus, Fergal Kent, Jennifer Jordan (x 2), Michelle Harley (x 2), Patrick Hagan, Colette Flaherty, Patricia Jennings, Monica Dix, Robert Fergus Madden (x 2), Yvonne Francis, Gareth Murphy, Siobhán Mangan Heaney, Margaret Nimmo, Michelle Flynn, Sarah Ryan, Michael Dolan, Dominic Ó Braonáin, Laura Commins, Sandie Hession, Mary Lydon (x 2), James Minogue, Fintan Jennings, Pauline Jennings, Olivia Tierney (x 2), John McDonald.

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  1. WOW. I am thrilled. Thanks so much Gortskehy NS. 🙂

On our way home

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On April - 1 - 2017

We had a lovely week and would like to thank our Portuguese families and teachers.

On our way home.

On our way home.On our way home.

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