School Closure

Skibbereen Community School will be closed for students this Friday, September 20th to facilitate Department of Education Junior Cycle Training.

Ladies Soccer in SCS

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The School would like to thank BAM FM and our Building Manager, Mr. Tom Vaughan for sponsoring a set of jerseys for the ladies soccer team. We have been entered at every level of school competition and we are encouraging more girls to come and join us every Tuesday evening after school. Many thanks to our coaches, Ms.Orla Higgins, Mr.Ger Carey, Ms. Anne Murphy and Ms. Carla Nugent.

"Live Well Conference" as part of the A Taste of West Cork Food Festival, Sept 13th

The School hosted a “Live Life Well” food and lifestyle conference for students yesterday which was part of this year’s ‘A Taste of West Cork Food Festival”. We were delighted to welcome our visiting students and teachers from Mount St.Michael Rosscarbery, Schull Community College, Maria Immaculata Dunmanway and Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai. Festival Chairperson, Helen Collins and our Principal, Mr. Anton O Mahony opened proceedings. Mr. Micheal O Sullivan chaired the event. Speakers included, Ms. Avril Allshire from Rosscarbery Caherbeg Pork, Ms. Caroline Murphy from West Cork Eggs, Mr. Alistair Harte, Fitness Coach, Ms. Monica Buckley, CEO of Fresh Fish Deli, Mr. Kevin Buckley, CEO of Spearline and Mr. Noel Murray from the Tourism Dept. in C.I.T. The School Community would like to thank all these speakers and the sponsors which included the Credit Union and Spearline. We also wish to thank Mr. Billy Flaherty on sound, the school BAM staff and especially Ms. Sarah McCarthy, Ms.Majella Ni Charthaigh, Ms.Norma Roberts and Ms. Hanora Hannigan in the Home Economics Department for their trojan work in organizing the event.

The Luncheon Club at Cara House

Our TY students join Ms.Aine Minihane and her team of volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday in Cara House to work with our community’s senior citizens. The students help out with preparing lunch, chatting and playing music and also do errands up town. Well done to everyone involved.

Happy Retirement

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The School Community would like to congratulate our teacher Ms. Ita McCarthy on her retirement today after 37 years of service in Skibbereen. Ms. McCarthy worked in St Fachtna’s De La Salle where she was instrumental in introducing the Learning Support Department.

She continued that great work in Skibbereen community School and we would all like to all wish her and her family nevery happiness in her retirement.

Football and Hurling training on Thursday from 4 to 5pm.


First and Second Year Boys and Girls school football training will start tomorrow evening (Thurs) between 4 and 5pm in conjunction with our school coaches and Rebel Óg. All abilities welcome. All hurlers from all years will have training also. Bring boots, runners and water!

Extra-Curricular Sports and Clubs starting this week, Sept 9th -13th

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MONDAY- 7.30AM Basketball Training for First and Second Year Boys and Girls in the hall.

4pm-5pm U15 Boys Football Training on the pitch.

TUESDAY - 1.20 PM Sailing Club Meeting in F45. New members welcome.

4-5 PM Soccer Training for Girls on the pitch. All ages and abilities welcome.

THURSDAY - 1.20 PM Chess and Board Game Club in F01. New members welcome.

1.20 PM Book Club in F63. New members welcome.

1.20 PM U16 and U19 Boys Basketball Training

FRIDAY - 1.20PM Homework Club for First Years in G29.

1.20PM Drama Club in the LRC Social Area. New members welcome.

1.20 PM First and Second Year Girls Basketball Training.

All Ireland U16 Road Bowling Champion

Congratulations and well done to our 3rd year student Darragh Dempsey who won the under 16 All-Ireland Road Bowling Championship recently.

New catering company called KC Catering!

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KC Catering and the “Wrap it Up” Deli System are delighted to be appointed the new catering company in Skibbereen Community School. With 12 years experience serving multiple Cork Based Schools, this West Cork Company are firmly committed to quality and sustainability. We excel at creating quality, nutritional school breakfasts and lunches at affordable prices. We offer a wide and varying menu to suit all.

U14 Football

Congratulations to SCS students James Buckley, Dylan Hourihane, Mark Keating & Shane O’Connell who were winners of the U14 Football A Inter Regional Cork Final in Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday. They are pictured with their selector Geno O’Donovan Skibbereen.

Mr. Keith Ricken speaks to all 6th Years, August 28th

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The School Community were delighted to welcome Mr. Keith Ricken, Cork’s U20 All-Ireland winning football manager to the school today. He gave an inspirational speech to all 6th Year students who started back today. He spoke of the need to live every hour and to learn something new in that hour. He spoke of the need for all of us to become our own managers and to share the talents we have. Above all, he asked every leaving cert to follow their hearts and not to be guided by the expectations of others but to strife for the best in themselves. Mr. O Mahony, Principal thanked Mr. Ricken for his thought provoking words and congratulated him, Mr. Maurice Moore and Peter O Driscoll on their incredible success this year.

First Years on their First Day in SCS

Congratulations to our Leaving Certs on Results Day

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The School Community would like to congratulate each and everyone of our Leaving Cert students on their fantastic results. They have done themselves, their families and their school proud. Well done to the 25 students who received over 500 points including Patrick O Brien who received an incredible seven H1’s. Thankyou to all staff for their guidance and encouragement from 1st to 6th Year and to all parents and guardians for their support. Best of luck to everyone on the next stage of the journey!

Back to School!

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Monday August 26th, 2019: First Years Only      9am to 11.30am. 

Tuesday August 27th, 2019: 4th Years Only      9am to 3.30pm. 

Wednesday August 28th, 2019: 5th and 6th Years Only     9am to 11.30am. 

Thursday August 29th, 2019:  2nd and 3rd Years Only   9am to 11.30am. 

Friday August 30th, 2019: First Years Only       9am to 3.30pm. 

Monday Sept 2nd 2019: School for all students. Classes as normal. 

S.C.S twins with Lester J. Gates Middle School Scituate, USA.

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Pictured above at the official signing ceremony is Ruth O' Brien, Senior Executive Engineer, Cork Co Council, Ron Griffin, Superintendent at Scituate Public Schools, Anton O Mahony, Principal Skibbereen Community School, Rita O Connell Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce and Tony Vegnani, Chairman of Board of Selectman, Scituate.

The school community were delighted to welcome the visiting delegation from Scituate, Massachusetts recently. Many municipal and charitable organisations from their town were represented in the group who were so friendly and positive. The group were given a tour of the school before the official signing between Skibbereen Community School and Lester J. Gates Middle School. The twinning will involve the development of cultural links between the two towns which will culminate with student exchanges. Many thanks to our students who provided music for the special occasion, thanks to the canteen staff for the refreshments and to the BAM staff for the room layout.

Launch of SCS Swimming and Lifesaving Club


Many thanks to all our students, parents and staff who took part in the recent launch of our Swimming and Lifesaving Club in Lough Hyne in conjunction with Irish Water Safety and Cork County Council. The Launch involved a 1.2 km swim across Lough Hyne with Kayak support from a number of staff and parents. Ms. Caroline Casey, Water Development Officer with Cork County Council and Mr. Graham Kerr, Chairperson of Cork Water Safety will be developing a Lifesaving and Beachguard Academy for our students. Many thanks to Mr. Gary Minihane, Mr. Mick Lynch, Mr. Eoin Quinn and Mr. Niall Twomey from Skibbereen Civil Defence for providing Boat Rescue support for the event. Further sea swims are planned for September with pool training for the winter.

Leaving Cert Graduation Photos