Dáltaí Attend Claire Byrne Live in RTÉ 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐨𝐬

Twenty dáltaí attended a live recording of Claire Byrne Live in RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook in October. The dáltaí were absorbed by debates regarding homelessness and whether Ireland should boycott the Eurovision in Israel next year. Afterwards, dáltaí met the host Claire Byrne and had a tour of the studio before returning home.

CNI Dlta with Claire Byrne at RT Studios

National Success in Debating for Debating Team

It's an exciting start to the debating year for the Coláiste's debaters. With wins in the qualifying rounds of the UCD Junior Schools Competition and the Leinster Senior Schools Debating Competition hosted by Trintiy College and UCD, our juniors and seniors are off to a flying success. However, it was the qualifying round of the largest competition in the country that saw the Coláiste already bring home some silverware! At the second preliminary round of the Junior Debating National Mace competition in Loreto St. Stephen's Green it was a clean sweep for the Coláiste. From 120 speakers, the Coláiste had the top two speakers in the competition, Aoife Forkin (1st) and Laragh Phillips (2nd), the best speaker in the final (Laragh Phillips) and the best first year in the competition (Sean Corr). With only private schools otherwise ranked in the top ten, it really was an incredible achievement. There's a hectic November ahead, we can't wait for the new challenges!

Junior National Mace Debating Winner Best Speaker in Final at Junior Debating National Mace

Activities Club For First Year Girls Proving a Huge Success

A recent Ladies GAA and Lidl Ireland study found that 50% of our 14 year old girls give up sports, most during their first year at secondary school. To combat that the Coláiste has launched an activities club for first year girls after school every Friday. Attendance up as far as midterm is mandatory and so far the students have tackled games, multi sports and two weeks of dance with former dalta Amy Brennan. We hope that we can 'buck the trend' and keep our daltaí fully involved in sport as lifelong participants. Thank you to the teachers who have given up their free time to support this wonderful initiative!

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CNI Parents' Association Quiz in Reddan's on Friday Night at 8pm

The CNI Parents' Association is pleased to invite parents and friends of the Coláiste to join us in Reddan's on Friday for the annual table quiz. It is always a fun night, and it is the first fundraiser of the year. It costs €20 for a table of four, and begins at 8pm. All are welcome!

CNI Dáltaí Achieve National Success

Aaron Smith Represents Ireland at Glendalough

Idirbliain dálta Aaron Smith represented Ireland in the British and Irish Mountain Running Championship. On a challenging course in Glendalough, Aaron adapted to the conditions and finished third for the Irish runners. Congratulations to Aaron on an excellent achievement.

Aaron Smith Representing Ireland in Glendalough

Darragh Collins Secures Top Spot in Triathlon National Series

2018 has been a great year for a new rising star in Irish Triathlons. Coláiste na hInse Leaving Cert student Darragh Collins (16) has been doing triathlons for only one year and he has already secured the top spot in the National Series for Under 20’s in this challenging sport. The event itself includes a gruelling 750m open water swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, completed in just over an hour.

Darragh had a tricky start to the year, as he was nursing a fractured fibula until March. But once he was given the ‘thumbs up’ it was all systems go with training. He trains 25 hours a week, getting up at 5:45am to squeeze in a swim before school. Then each evening he also fits in a cycle and a run. Over a typical week, he swims for 11 hours, cycles for 6 ½ hours, runs for 5 ½ hours and spends 2 hours in the gym. Add showers, muscle care and eating (all that activity needs a lot of fuel!) and you’d be excused for wondering how he fits anything else into life! Now the triathlon season is finished for the year however, Darragh will be focusing on his Leaving Certificate, as he has his eye on starting a Degree in the University of Limerick next year.

For the 2019 triathlon season, Darragh will be competing at the Super Series level, among the best handful of triathletes nationwide. Beyond that, this ambitious young athlete has Olympic dreams with the tenacity and talent to achieve them.

Darragh Collins Running at Dublin Triathlon 2018