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TCS go to BT Young Scientist Show

TCS Fifth Year Students make it to Final Round of BT Young Scientist Competition!!!!

Congratulations to Daniel Fox, Kim Smith and Jenny Harman, all of whom have qualified for the final stage of the 2011 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The event attracts over 34,000 people every year making it one of the largest events of its kind in Europe.  Nearly 2,000 projects from around Ireland were submitted to this year's competition, however only 520 projects were selected for the final stage in the RDS.

Daniel Fox was successful in reaching the final stage with his project entitled “Doctor Leaf”  - Can He Cure Your Nettle Sting?!!! Daniel is in the process of investigating if a dock leaf really can neutralise a nettle sting.

Kim Smith and Jenny Harman will also be representing Tallaght Community School with their project entitled ‘Investigating the Attitudes and Habbits of Teenagers on Our Roads’. Kim and Jenny will be surveying the students in our school in order to gain a better understanding of the attitudes and habits of teenagers on Irish roads.

The Young Scientist Competition will be running in the RDS from 12th -15th January . . . Good Luck to our contestants!!!


TY 2010 Day


TY Bonding dayThe Transition Year students of 2010/2011 were due to go on a bonding trip to Glendalough in early September. However due to inclement weather and a landslide in that area the students were brought to The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght and Tymon Park for a funfilled day of activities on 13 September.

All the students took part with a full attendance on the day.

There was a range of activities including treasure hunts, indoor games, a walk around the Park, as well as some bonding and team-building activities which involved eating crackers as a relay race and a 'Dress Up Relay'' which the students found to be very enjoyable.

The day passed off well and thanks to all the teachers who helped make the day a success.


U14 Soccer Cup

U14 Soccer Cup Match

Tallaght CS 2 vs Oatlands College 3

The under 14 soccer squad suffered their first defeat in perhaps the most important game, on Thursday 4th November in Stillorgan.

Having started poorly for the first 10 minutes, Tallaght then took over and played some excellent football which culminated in Killian Kinsella forcing an own goal from the opposition with 20 minutes gone in the opening half. Minutes later the lead was doubled by Kinsella when he coolly slotted a rebound shot under the advancing keeper for 2-0, following some excellent work in the middle of the field by a combination of Aaron Robinson and Adam ‘Bucko’ Buckley.

Ex-TCS Student's book nominated


Neil RichardsonNeil Richardson, a past pupil of TCS (1998-2004) has recently written a book about Irishmen in World War I and it has been nominated for a major Irish book award. The book, entitled 'A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall' recounts the true stories of forgotten Irish soldiers who fought in The Great War 1914-18. Neil passionately wants their memory to be honoured and commemorated.

It is one of six books nominated for the Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and the other five authors are all major personalities in Irish media, broadcasting, or politics.  The winner is partly decided by public vote so we would encourage you to go to the website below and cast your vote.

book jacketTo vote, simply go to and click beside the book 'A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall' – the Non-Fiction category is second from the top of the page. Then just scroll down to the end of the page, enter your email address, and then click Vote. You’ll be sent an email with a link in it. You will need to click on this link to confirm your vote, and that’s it.

If you can't access a computer/the internet, you can still vote.  In your local bookshop/library (southern Ireland only), there’s a small white and blue magazine  - the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Review Magazine - that has a voting slip in the back page. Simply cut this out, fill it in, and post it to the address provided.




One to watch . . .


Gary McCabe

FAI Cup Medal for Gary

Congratulations to Gary McCabe, a past pupil of TCS, who was part of the victorious Sligo Rovers team who lifted the 2010 FAI Ford Cup in the Aviva stadium on Sunday, 15 Nov.


  Only two goals were scored on the day, and these in the penalty shootout.  Nobody was surprised that McCabe was one of the scorers. Well done Gary, and well done Sligo Rovers. 

Gary was a key player of the 2005 Leinster Cup winning squad for the school.





U14 Soccer Update

soccerTallaght Community School Soccer 2011

The under 14 soccer squad, made up of 1 third year student, 2 first year students and mostly second year students, have made a very good start to their season in 2010/2011.

The team started with a comprehensive friendly victory over our neighbours Firhouse in a game where the conditions were good and the football was excellent.

In the league, this team were drawn in a group with MacDara’s Community School, Old Bawn Community School and Drimnagh Castle. In the first game against Old Bawn, the score finished level 2-2, with the TCS goals coming from Aaron Robinson and Conor Murray . TCS fluffed a number of chances of getting a winner in the game.

This was followed up with a good win over MacDara’s CS on a score of 3-1. The goals coming from the both of Conor Murray (2) and Adam O Dwyer.


Farewell Fr Paul

Fr Paul with 5th years

Fr Paul Hampson is departing the school to take up duties as parish priest in Lusk, Co Dublin.  The school chaplain, who took up his post in TCS in 2004 made an indelible impression on the school, and all those who encountered him held him in high regard.  He quickly established an easy rapport with the student body and was very involved in activities across the school, including sport, musicals and trips.  The 5th year group ambushed him on his final day as he prepared to take their roll call for the last time by presenting him with a small token of appreciation for his involvement with them.  Over a cup of tea and bikkies the fifth years had a final 'chat with the chaplain' before he takes up his new calling.  From everyone in TCS - Thank you Fr Paul.  Go n-eirí the bóthar leat.  Pics here



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