Below, you will find a list of all the posts related to Patrick H in our school from infants to sixth class.
Below, you will find a list of all the posts related to Patrick H in our school from infants to sixth class.

Video of our 125th Anniversary

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On November - 28 - 2012

Western People

Cróna Esler

by Cróna Esler

 

 

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012.

Nestled in the heart of south Mayo, Gortskehy National School in the parish of Roundfort has been home to generations of local children since 1887. This year, the school celebrates 125 years of educational prowess and recently, Marian Harkin MEP visited the area and unveiled a plaque at the site of the old school.The anniversary celebrations coincided with the visit of representatives from across Europe as part of the 2012-2014 EU Comenius Programme. 18 teachers from France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Estonia and Turkey – whose schools will carry out joint projects with Gortskehy as part of the programme – joined in the celebrations.

Mother Nature was smiling down on the community for the occasion and blue skies provided the backdrop as the oldest past pupil present, John Hession, planted a tree with the help of the school’s youngest pupil Evan Gannon. It was a great day of historical commemoration in Gortskehy. Past pupils and teachers gathered to mark the occasion while Carmen Cullen – niece of the famous late ballad singer and past pupil Delia Murphy – travelled from her home in Wicklow to witness the unveiling.

Fr. Michael Murphy led prayers for all pupils and teachers who have passed through the school over its long history and there was a great welcome for Theresa Higgins, former principal, along with Phil Roche who retired earlier this year. Theresa and Phil served in Gortskehy for over 30 years and, undoubtedly, it wouldn’t have been the same without them there.

The event also provided an opportunity for the community to welcome Niamh Naughton who was appointed permanent teacher in the school in September. Delighted to be part of the celebrations, the visiting teachers enjoyed a display of hurling and gaelic football and were thrilled to receive gifts of scarves, generously sponsored by Foxford Woollen Mills.

Later, the celebrations continued in Delia Murphy’s Bar in Roundfort, where the pupils performed music, song and dance to the delight of all.


1939 - A Time to RememberPast pupil, Delia Murphy, recorded The Blackbird, The Spinning Wheel and Three Lovely Lassies for HMV, London, in 1939.  The Spinning Wheel featured on the album ‘1939 – A Time to Remember’ along with the timeless classic by Al Bowlly, Love is the Sweetest Thing. Both recordings feature in the above video of our 125th anniversary. We’re grateful to Justin (6th class) and past pupils James and Patrick for taking the video.

Foxford Woollen Mills

Sincere thanks to Joe Queenan, Managing Director of Foxford Woollen Mills who generously sponsored Foxford scarves as a gift for our European guests.

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Fresh Film Award for Gortskehy Pupils

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On April - 6 - 2012

Fresh Film Festival 2012In this week’s (April 3rd) Western People and Mayo News, Cróna Esler and Ciara Moynihan respectively have written two lovely articles covering our recent award at the Fresh Film Festival in Limerick. The film “Job Done” can be viewed here at the bottom of our FÍS Film Project page.

Job Done as Gortskehy filmmakers take top prize

Western People, April 3rd 2012, Cróna Esler (page 4)

“It seems there’s no end to the talents of the students at Gortskehy National School, writes Cróna Esler. This week the children have yet another reason to celebrate, having been presented with the Ireland Young Filmaker Award in the junior category (age seven to twelve years) at this year’s Fresh Film Festival.

Pupils from fifth and sixth class produced a film based on a short story about a tiger kidnapping. They were highly commended for the visual style of their film, Job Done. For the last 16 years, the Fresh Film Festival has celebrated young filmakers aged 18 and under. It has showcased their work, celebrated their achievements and chosen Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year.

The filmmakers submit movies they have made themselves and have the opportunity to see their work on the big screen at four locations in heats around Ireland. Many winners of the competition have gone on to successful careers in the film industry and each year the awards uncover a wealth of new filmmaking talent.

This year’s festival celebrated Made in Ireland films and record 400 entries were received. The festival strives to ensure it is engaging, relevant and challenging and has continued to develop links with other organisations and filmmakers from outside of Ireland. Louis Lovett [best known as Dieter in Killinaskully] was in attendance to present the awards to the winners at the ceremony in Limerick.”

Job Done, Gortskehy NSJob well done for Gortskehy NS students

Mayo News, April 3rd 2012, Ciara Moynihan (page 34). Ciara has also posted the film here on the Mayo News website.

“Fifth-and sixth-class students from Gortskehy National School in Annfield, Hollymount, were among the winners at Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards at this year’s Fresh Film Festival. Actor Louis Lovett was in attendance to present the awards to the winners at a glittering ceremony in Limerick last Wednesday, March 28.

This year’s festival theme was ‘Made In Ireland’, and a record 400 entries were received. The Gortskehy NS students were Highly Commended for Visual Style in the Junior Category (7 to 12 year olds) for their film ‘Job Done’. Based on a short story by Patrick Hession and James Frizzell, the plot centres on a tiger kidnapping.

Patrick Hession and Diane Tierney turned in great performances as the balaclava-wearing raiders, while Orla Beddows, Toni Burns, Mollie Higgins and Nicola Hession were convincing as the terrorised family members, tied up in their own front room. Rachel Hession shone as a little girl hiding under the stairs. The film is a thriller laden with suspense – will the raiders discover the girl, and what would they do with her if they do? The eerie music and cinematography add to the mood.

Behind-the-scenes expertise was provided by camera operators James Frizzell and Justin Commins, and costume and props people Amy Frizzell, Rebecca Flanagan, Marie Mulhern, Thomas Higgins, Conal Beddows and Enda Hession. ‘Job Done’ was skillfully directed by James Frizzell – could he be another James Cameron in the making?

For the last 16 years, Fresh Film Festival has celebrated young filmmakers aged 18 and under. The festival has showcased their work and celebrated their achievements. The filmmakers submit movies they have made themselves and have the opportunity to see their work on the big screen as the movies are screened at four locations in heats around Ireland. Many winners of the competition have gone on to successful careers in the film industry, and each year the awards uncover a wealth of new filmmaking talent.

For more information on the Fresh Film Festival, visit www.freshfilmfestival.net. This is not the first award that ‘Job Done’ has received – last year it was named Best Horror Film at the Fís Film Festival awards, attended by President Michael D Higgins.”

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Video of FÍS Film Festival 2011

Posted by Diane On November - 24 - 2011

A few weeks ago we found out that we were nominated for an award at the Fís film festival 2011. We made a film about a tiger bank robbery.  Our film was called Job Done.

We received a message saying that the awards were being held in The Helix Dublin on the 16th of November and we had to be there at 12 o’clock.   Everyone was excited.  Patrick, Nicola, Toni, Orla, Rachel, Mollie and I were the actors in the film.  Marie, Rebecca, Amy, Enda, Justin, Conal and Thomas helped with the costumes and props.  James was the camera man.

The day finally came to go to the Helix.  We left the school at 8 o’clock.  It was a long journey but it was fun. We arrived at 12 o’clock and we were greeted by a lady who was going to interview us.  Then a camera man from elev8, a TV programme for kids, came and he wanted to interview us too!  He told us that we could be on TV.  After we were interviewed we got our picture taken and headed into the auditorium where all the awards were to be given out.  We sat down and watched a magician doing tricks.

We weren’t long sitting down when the awards ceremony began.  Colm Flynn was presenter and Anne White gave out the awards.  We waited and waited until our school was finally called out.  We won the award for the best Horror Film.  A small clip of  our film was shown and then Colm asked us questions about our movie before we received our award.

At the end of the ceremony Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, came and gave a speech.  After Michael D. Higgins’ speech we all left the Helix and got the bus back to our school.  Fís was a great experience and I’d love to do it again.  Here is a video of our trip.

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Our award-winning entry for the FÍS Film Festival 2011

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On August - 8 - 2011

‘Job Done’, based on a short story earlier in the year by James and Patrick in sixth class, is our five-minute film for FÍS 2011.  We are very grateful to James and Sandra Hession for the use of their home and all the cups of tea!  Best of luck to Patrick, James, Mollie and Toni who start secondary school in September.

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Our Third Green Flag

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On August - 5 - 2011

In June we received our Third Green Flag for the Water Theme.  The flag-raising was performed by Councillor Michael Burke, Cathaoirleach, Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo.  Also pictured: James Hession (Chairperson, Board of Management), Phil Roche (múinteoir), Sharon Cameron (Environmental Awareness Officer, Mayo County Council), Justin, James, Thomas, Rebecca and Orla (Green Schools Committee).  We are very lucky to have Tom Murphy and Rose McHale who take excellent care of our school and grounds. Click on the photos to enlarge.

Third Green Flag - Water Theme Flag Raising Ceremony

On arrival in the morning we are often greeted by hares or rabbits playing on the school grounds. One of them is braver than the others and is a regular visitor to this flower tub!

Coinín ar cuairt. Coinín ar cuairt.

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Video of our school tour to Killary, 2011

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On July - 24 - 2011

We had a great day at Killary Adventure Centre in Galway. Below is a short clip featuring some of the activities which doesn’t include the cliff jumping, raft building or gorge walking but nevertheless gives a flavour of the day. Background music is Thaxted by Gustav Holst, the tune for ‘World in Union’ which we performed with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland in February.

 

Our trip to Killary, June 2011.

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Our ‘Something Fishy’ video

Posted by James On May - 23 - 2011

Here is our entry for the 2011 ‘Something Fishy’ DVD competition. “Something Fishy” is an educational resource promoted by the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards in collaboration with the Blackrock Education Centre, Dublin.

We would like to thank the following for their help: Colette O’Flynn, Research Officer, National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterford;  Brian Curran, Ireland West Angling;  Aisling Wheeler, Green Schools Development Officer, An Taisce;  Herbert Dingerkus, Treasurer, East Mayo Anglers Association.

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Cross of Cong Competition Winner

Posted by Patrick On April - 8 - 2011

Patrick with his prize.Earlier this year, The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life invited students to use their creative writing skills by composing a poem or a short story inspired by the Cross of Cong.  The Cross of Cong is one of Ireland’s greatest treasures which returns to Mayo after an absence of 170 years.  It was made in 1123 to encase a fragment of the True Cross.  The overall winning story, below, was by Patrick in 6th class.

The Story of the Cross of Cong

My name is Mael Isu. I live in an Augustinian monastery in Roscommon. Life here is hard and very strict. It is very cold here. I wear a cloak but it is still cold. We fast on Wednesdays and Fridays. I have two jobs – working in the scriptorium and in the forge making chalices and other valuables. I am working on a cross for the High King of Connacht.  It is a special cross.  The king gave us gold and jewels with which to make it. His name is Tairdelbach.

Right now I am on the watch tower looking out for any Vikings. I am looking at my best friend farming. I can see the dinner getting ready in the refectory. From up high the monastery looks like a ring fort. I can see the bee-hive shaped cells where we sleep.

When the bell rings for dinner we all stop what we are doing and go to the refectory. I usually sit beside my best friend. Today, after dinner it’s someone else’s turn to go on watch. I go to the church to pray.  The next day I start working on the cross for the King of Connacht. My friend helps me. We first carve some oak into the shape of a cross. We then make a mould and begin to carve designs on it. It is very hard work.

Cross of Cong in Castlebar (photo by Keith Heneghan/phocus)Half-way through I made a mistake. The second time I was almost finished when I went off the line and had to start again. The third time I got it finished. We smelted some gold and poured it in. When it dried, I put the rectangular shaped jewels onto the cross. I carved the jewels to the right size so they would fit. It was done in about six months.

The king collected it two days later. He thanked us and left. Sometime later the king gave the cross to the Bishop of Tuam. The Bishop in turn gave the cross to the monks in Cong Abbey. The cross was hidden for many years and found some years later before being brought to the National Museum in Dublin. Last year the cross was returned to Mayo after 170 years. Many people have visited the Museum of Country Life in Castlebar just to see our cross. I feel very proud.

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Peace Proms Video: Royal Theatre, Castlebar

Posted by Toni On March - 30 - 2011

In February 2011 we performed with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar.  We were practising since the previous October and here is a video of the performance. The video is an edited version (50 mins) of the official DVD which is over 2 hours long and available from www.cboi.ie.  We hope you enjoy it.

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Confirmation 2011

Posted by Mollie On March - 28 - 2011

Here are some pictures of our retreat in Ballintubber Abbey along with our Confirmation picture below.

Ballintubber Abbey retreat..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballintubber retreat..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Confirmation..

 

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