An Rí ar Shlí na Fírinne

Tá Rí Thoraí, Patsaí Dan Mag Ruaidhrí, tar éis báis. D’éag sé oíche Aoine, 19 Deireadh Fómhair tar éis tréimhse fada tinnis.Patsaí A

Is minic a deirtear faoi dhuine a bhásaigh nach mbeidh a leitheid arís ann ach, i gcás Phatsaí, tá sé go hiomlán fíor. Tá sé beagnach do-dhéanta Toraigh gan Phatsaí a shamhlú. Ba chroí an oileáin é. Ceoltóir, ealaíontóir, damhsóir, seanchaí agus trodaí ar son a phobail. Le linn a shaoil, b’iomaí bagairt agus dúshlán a bhí  ag Toraigh; achan uair, sheas Patsaí an fód; throid sé ar son a oileáin, ar son a phobail agus ar son a chultúir; níor ghéill sé ariamh.

Fear lách, cineálta, gnaíúil a bhí ann; dílis dá chlann, dá phobal, d’oidhreacht. Pearsantacht mhór agus croí mór.

Tá Toraigh uilig faoi bhrón. Ba mhaith le pobal na scoile chomhbhrón ó chroí a dhéanamh le bean Phatsaí, Kathleen, lena iníonacha, Breda, Majella, Christina, lena mhac, Seán Dónail agus leis an teaghlach uilig.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Dúirt Patsaí am amháin gurb é an scoil mhór an dul chun cinn ba mhó a rinneadh ar an oileán le caoga bliain anuas. Thug sé tacaíocht iomlán dúinn ón chéad lá agus bhí sé i gcónaí fial flaithiúil lena chuid buanna agus ama. Is deacair Toraigh gan é a shamhlú ach ba é a mhian go mairfeadh Pobal Thoraí, go rachadh sé i neart agus go mbeadh na daoine dílis dá n-oidhreacht agus dá dteanga.

Las tú lasrach an dóchais ionainn a chara – coinneoidh muidne lasta duit é agus beidh tú linn i gcónaí.

Suaimhneas síoraí do d’anam uasal, Gaelach.

                                                                                         Máire Clár Nic Mhathúna (Príomhoide)

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Coastal Watch

[lang_ieChuaigh na scoláirí síos chun na farraige Dé Luain, 15 Deireadh Fómhair, chun suirbhé a dhéanamh mar chuid de ‘Coastal Watch’. Phioc siad 100 meadar den chladach faoin bhalla cosanta lena suirbhé. Rinne siad taifead ar na plandaí eágsúla, éisc éagsúla agus truailliú éagúla a tháinig siad orthu. Cuirfear an t-eolas seo ar shiúl ag Coastal Watch a chuirfidh eolas ó neart suirbhéanna timpeall na tíre i dtoll a cheile chun pictiúr iomlán de stad ár gcósta a fháil.[/lang_ie]

The students went down to the sea on Monday, 15 October, to conduct a survey as part of ‘Coastal Watch’. They selected a one-hundred metre stretch of strand below the sea wall for their survey.

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Corncrake Conservation Project (Part 2)

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Marie Duffy of the National Parks and Wildlife Service came to Tory in the beginning of May to work with our students as part of the Corncrake Conservation Project. Marie and the students planted potatoes to develop and maintain a suitable … Continue reading

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A Seismometer called ‘Allód’

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The College’s students  participated in a video conference with a research team from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies on board the marine research vessel, Celtic Explorer, which was south of Iceland at the time; The online meeting took place on Tuesday, 25th Sepember. The scientists are deploying seismometers around the Irish coast to monitor volcanic activity. The students had the opportunity to speak to the research team because one of them, Thomas Vance, won a competition to name one of the seismometers being deployed. ‘Allód’ (ancient Irish sea God) was the name Thomas gave to the seismometer that now lies on the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Cork. The students were able to ask members of the Sea-Seis team questions, all of which were willingly answered.

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Digital Mapping

Students and teacher from Portmarnock Community Scool in Dublin  came into Toraigh on Friday, 14th September to work with our own students on the the development of a digital map of Toraigh. The Portmarnock students have done a lot of work on digital mapping over the last number of years, including the mapping of Lesotho in Africa; one can safely state that they are experts.  Our own students have been working on the mapping of Toraigh for the last number of years and they met with the IMG_1039 IMG_1047Portmarnock students when both attended the School Digital Champions exhibition in Dublin. Because the Portmarnock students had so much experience in the business of mapping they offered to come to Toraigh to advise the Toraigh students. While they did not have the nicest of trips into Toraigh, they did not complain; they were very friendly and helpful and assisted our students in learning about the apps and software necessary for digital mapping. Our own students are now ready to push ahead with their mapping project; their objective is simple – to make Toraigh the most mapped island in Ireland and that to be done in Irish. We are very grateful to the students and teachers of Portmarnock Community School and we look forward to welcoming them to Toraigh again.

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