TCS - What's happening

History Walk-about

History Trip

History Trip 2016On the 12th of April (2016) all 5th year History students and some of the 3rd years headed off on a history trip for the day. The morning was spent in Glasnevin Cemetery where the students went on a guided tour, learning about some great historical figures.

During the tour they visited the graves of Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera to name but a few. They then explored the interactive museum in Glasnevin afterwards.

The afternoon was spent in Dublin City Centre, where students took part in a two hour walking tour of the city, learning about the 1916 Rising. As they walked the streets, the students heard the various stories of what had happened in those parts of the city in 1916. An enjoyable and informative day was had by all.

Astronomy Week 2016

Astronomy Week: Talk on Astrophysics.

Black HoleOn Thursday 4/04/2016 as part of astronomy week, Transition year students, 5th and 6th year physics students were given a presentation on the field of astrophysics. Laura Hayes and Aoife McCloskey are both PHd students currently in Astrophysics in Trinity College Dublin. The talk was extremely interest and provided our students with an insight into the work of a astrophysicist.

The following is three extract of thoughts of three students on the presentation.
“It was great to see all of the fields available in astrophysics such as engineering and solar physics. The talk really showed the interesting side to astrophysics “
“Aoife and Laura gave a very informative presentation about the various different fields of study in astrophysics. Many of the students learned a lot and I think they may have inspired some of us to study physics”
“I found the presentation very eye-opening into the world of astrophysics. The sheer size of some of the stars in our galaxy was truly amazing”

The science department in Tallaght Community School would like to thank Laura and Aoife from taking the time to give this presentation. The presentation was highly received by the students in TCS and we look forward to exploring some more astronomy in science and physics.

Basketball Finalists

Our First Year Boy's Basketball team have reached the Dublin Plate Final after a good win in their semi-final against St. Michael's.
The boys have put in two strong performances in the quarter and semi finals to reach the finals this Friday, April 15th in the Oblate Hall, Inchicore.  We play Adamstown in the final which is sure to be a tough match.  Well done to all and best of luck in the final.
1st Year Boy's Team:  Evan Fleming (Capt.), Sam Corbett, Davis Philips, Jordan  Maguire, Shane Birchall, John Duffy, Samuel Petrovic, Destiny Osemed, Eoin Harris, Jack O’Meara, Jason Stefanuca, Francis Price, Luke Doyle,Hamzat Salam, Zuriel Acosta, Ryan Lawlor.
Coach: Mr. Grimes    


Theatre comes to TCS

The Plough and the Stars

On Monday 11 April, Abbey Theatre Unplugged will visit TCS to perform the current hit play, The Plough and the Stars, by Sean O'Casey.  The play is, of course, part of the syllabus for the Leaving Certificate English course.  While studying the play, Mrs Gilleran's class went looking for a recorded performance of the play, but failed to locate a dvd version anywhere.  Subsequently, one the students, Danielle Oliver sent a letter to the Abbey Theatre seeking further advice, and the rest, as they say, is history.  The Abbey's Education Officer, Phil Kingston, responded with the suggestion that the theatre would perform the play in the school. This was an opportunity not to be missed, and TCS are honoured and excited about the upcoming performance.  During the course of the year, students have had the opportunity to engage in learning experiences with the Abbey Theatre, including interviews with the actors. The TCS community welcomes the Abbey and looks forward to a splendid night of drama.

Mr Gueret has posted some resources for students. Resources: The Plough and the Stars


The Abbey Theatre Unplugged

 Cast-Plough and the Stars Abbey Theatre Unplugged    Link to video

Monday, 11 April 2016, will be remembered as one of the landmark dates in the history of Tallaght Community School - the visit of the Abbey Theatre company to perform The Plough and the Stars in the school hall. The evening's show was introduced by the Director of the Abbey Theatre, Fiach Mac Conghail, who explained what the Abbey Theatre Unplugged was all about.  The performance was everything that one would expect from the national theatre company - stupendous! The night was a spectacular success and a proud moment for the school. The play is currently running in the city and is sold out for its run. It will shortly go on tour around Ireland: Cork Opera House – Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 April; The National Opera House, Wexford – Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 May; Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick – Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 May; Town Hall Theatre, Galway – Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 May. Following that it will begin a tour of North America: IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, Massachusetts; Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, University of Pennsylvania; Peak Performances at Montclair State University, New Jersey; Southern Theatre, Columbus, Ohio presented by CAPA and The Ohio State University.

Abbey Theatre Unplugged

The TCS engagement with the Abbey Theatre came about because of the initiative of students, namely Mrs Gilleran's English class who were studying the piece as part of the LC syllabus. Danielle Oliver's letter to Phil Kingston, the Abbey's Community and Education Manager, led eventually to Monday night's performance.  The willingness and openness of the Abbey Theatre to engage with the school and its students at every level was tremendous. In the build-up to the staging of the play in TCS, the students visited the theatre and interviewed the Director, Sean Holmes, along with the leading actors: Eileen Walsh (Bessie Burgess); Ciarán O’Brien (The Young Covey); James Hayes (Uncle Peter) and Costume Designer, Catherine Fay.

For the students involved this was a great opportunity and transformed "a play on the Leavin'" into a wonderfully enriching and engaging experience - exactly what a great play should be. The Abbey Theatre have produced an educational resource pack for Leaving Cert students which draws on the collaboration with TCS during this year, and is available for download here:

Following the show, the TCS responded to the 'noble call' by performing a short drama piece. Teacher Katie Moran describes how this came about:
In early January of this year the TCS Drama Society were thrilled to learn that the Abbey Theatre Unplugged would be bringing their rendition of "The Plough and the Stars"to our school on April 11th. Furthermore, the Abbey requested that the TCS Drama Society compile a response piece and perform it on the night. The inspiration for "The Children of the Revolution" is rooted in the contemporary issues faced by children today, in particular the current housing crisis. On writing this piece I discovered that the number of homeless children in Dublin had more than doubled, to 1,571 in the last year. Thus it became my intent to compile a performance which would ask the question, "In our quest for sovereignty have we overlooked the children of our nation?"

Abbey Theatre Unplugged

The strength of our piece lay in the performances of a very talented and very dedicated cast of actors. It was a challenge, especially for some of our younger actors, to transmit such a serious message. However each actor rose to the occasion, delivering a captivating performance on the night.
Finally I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all those who worked behind the scenes and without whom the performance would not have been possible. On the back of the success of "Children of the Revolution", the TCS Drama Society will continue to meet every Tuesday after school. Stay tuned!

Many thanks to:

Liam Duffin- 1Cedar; Adam McDowell- 1Oak; Trudy Nolan- 1Oak; Graham Doran- 1Cedar; Luke O'Reilly- 1Cedar; Rebecca Powell- TY4; Liam Hynes- TY4; Megan Monks- 6C

Paul Kelly; Helen McCann; Aoife Fingleton; Michelle Doyle; Caroline Gilleran; Ruth Holden; Ellen-Beth Morris; Laura Geoghegan

See pics here


Notice to parents

To facilitate preparations for the performance of The Plough and the Stars in the evening, classes will finish at 1.10 pm on Monday, 11 April.  Students who are engaged in Home Economics Practical Examinations will continue as scheduled. Thank you for your cooperation.


Girls Basketball Roundup

Both the first and second year girls basketball teams have had a fantastic season this year. Both teams began training I'm September and  made it all the way to the semi-finals, where they were defeated by just one basket. Some stand out performances by the Staunton sisters, Caithlin and Nicola who captained both sides. A big well done to all involved.