Tory students win national competition having collected 400 placenames

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Information Tour around Cloughaneely

First and second year-students went to the mainland on Thursday, 17th May to participate ina guided tour of Cloughaneely with some students from Pobalscoil na Rossan. The students from Pobalscoil na Rossan wre accompanied by their teachers, Donncha Mac Niallais agus Seosamh Ó Ceallaigh. Seosamh acted as guide and there is no limit to his knowledge of the area and its history and folklore. We went to Coláiste Uladh, to the ‘Cloch’ itself for which Cloch Cheann Fhaola (Cloughaneely) is named, Doe Castle and Dún Well. Seosamh spoke at each site and the day was really interesting. It would have been impossible to pick a better day for the trip as the sun was splitting the rocks.Everyone really enjoyed the day. Thanks a million Seoamh!

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Cully & Sully Cookery Competition

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First and second-year students are taking part in a cooking competition organised by the food company, Cully & Sully. They planted rockets seeds and, when the rocket had grown (patience needed!), they made salad and soup with it. As well as that, they composed and recorded a ‘rap’ advertising their products.

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Corncrake Conservation Project

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Marie Duffy of the National Parks and Wildlife Service was on Tory in the beginning of May to work with our students as part of the Corncrake Conservation Project. The corncrake still comes on Tory but there are not very many of them and the aim of the project is to develop and maintain suitable environments for the bird, not only on Tory  but wherever he is to be found. Marie and the students, and even some of the teachers, worked hard in the fields planting potatoes to give cover to the corncrakes when they return from North Africa in the Spring. The workers went down to the seashore to gather seaweed with which to fertilize the plants they had planted earlier. It is hoped that the project will be very successful and that the call of the corncrake will long be heard on Tory.

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Tory Entrepreneurs

First- and second-year students went to the mainland on Wednesday, 14 March to participate in the Schools Enterprise Competition organised by Donegal Local Enterprise Office. Aimee, Brendan Lee, William and Mícheál have been working on their business for the last number of months and they have done great work since they started. Cóstaeirí Thoraí is the name of their business and its objective is to sell slate coasters engraved with native Toraigh riddles. The coasters are really attractive and it is clear that the young entrepreneurs who came up with the idea were not lacking in imagination or creativity. The achieved second place in the competition’s intermediate category  and we are all very proud of them.  They are now seeking finance to develop their business. If you want an investment opportunity, you don’t need to look anywhere else; you will get a good return from Cóstaeirí Thoraí.

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