All students take part in a very intensive Physical Education programme, including activities such as Gymnastics, Dance, Swimming, Athletics, Orienteering, Aerobics, Circuit Training. A variety of games are offered, e.g. Basketball, Gaelic Football, Volleyball, Hockey, Soccer, Unihoc, Tennis, Badminton, Rounders, Tag Rugby etc. Students participate in these activities regularly at many levels.
Senior students get the opportunity to take part in alternative classes such as Yoga and Pilates. They also attend classes in Aura Leisure Centre, such as Swimming, Aquaerobics, Aerobics, Step and Rebounding.
Presentation Currylea prides itself in the variety of sports clubs available to students,
and the demand for new activities continues to grow annually.
First Year Blitz
First years took part in a blitz last Thursday 29th of April. Fifteen first years, four TY’s and Ms.O’Connor travelled to the Centre of Excellence Ballyhaunis. It was a miserable day weather wise but the girls played extremely well, enjoyed the day and represented the school in fantastic fashion.
Although it is a relatively new sport in Presentation College, Tuam, we have built up a considerable reputation in both Connaught and Ireland, for our prowess on the Ladies Football field. We first fielded a team in 1999 and since then have gone on to contest almost 20 finals at County, Connaught and All-Ireland levels, in grades ranging from 1st Year, Junior (u-16), and Senior. The pinnacle of the school’s achievements came in 2003 when we won the Senior A All-Ireland Title. We have very active and enthusiastic football teams from every year and our girls have been very successful on the playing field. The school’s Senior A panel are due to play their respective Connaught Finals in the coming days.
Today, many of our students form the backbone of Galway teams from underage up to Senior Level. Almost 1/3 of the Galway Panel who won the counties first All Ireland Senior Championship are past pupils.
Training usually takes place after school and everyone is always welcome. It offers a wonderful chance to meet new friends and get involved. In fact, in more recent years, we have developed an international dimension with students from all over the world joining our panels.
Match Report: All Ireland Semi Final
Presentation College Tuam V Loreto College, Wexford
The All-Ireland Junior B Schools football semi-final took place in Mountmellick, Co Laois on Saturday the 27th of February. Presentation College, Tuam came out on top to beat a strong side from Loreto College, Wexford. The Wexford girls started strong and scored the game’s first goal, which the Pres girls responded to quickly with a goal from Caoimhe Moran. Both sides traded points in an extremely fast and physical first half. However, the Wexford side notched up another goal, leaving the score at 2-2 to 1-3 at half time.
The Leinster champions struck 1-3 in quick succession without reply, leaving them 8 points ahead with 12 minutes to go. The game seemed to be slipping away at this point and the Pres girls were under tremendous pressure. However, Pres Tuam, showing great strength of character and determination, fought their way back. The turning point of the game was a goal by Louise Reilly, after a great display of teamwork and determination. This sparked the revival. Presentation College Tuam hit two further goals, a penalty kick from Amy O’Donovan and a goal from Niamh Daly to seal the victory.
The final score was 4.09 to 3.07 meaning Presentation College Tuam qualify for the All Ireland Junior B final against Intermediate School Killorglin, which will take place on Saturday March 12th.
Update from the Under 14 team
Our u14 team have had a very successful year thus far and have been ably captained by Niamh Daly (Kilconly). This year we have been placed in a group with the following schools: HRC Moutbellew, Sacred Heart Westport, Presentation College Athenry, Glenamaddy and Mercy Tuam.
For our first game of the campaign we made the long journey to Westport. Played on the 14th October on a miserable day we got off to a flying start winning 4.14 to 3.3. Our second game was away to Presentation Athenry and was played on 17th of October – again we ran out convincing winners 6.13 to 2.1. Our third game was a far closer affair, played at home against HRC. We won by 8 points in the finish, but it was a tight gripping game throughout. Similarly our next game against Glenamaddy was a close encounter. Played on November 22nd we eventually won on a score line of 2.10 to 2.4.
We have one outstanding game to play against our local rivals Mercy Tuam. Thus far we are in a healthy position having won all games. Having won an u14 Connacht title last year we are hoping to capture another one this year and put back to back titles together.
The Junior Football Report
Our Junior team has had an exceptional year so far. Captained by Leanne Coen (Corofin) and ably assisted by seniors such as Jemma Burke, Amie Morris and Dervla Gower.
Our first outing of the year was against Colaiste Iognaid on the 14th of October where we won well on a score line of 7.18 to 4.4.
For our second game we travelled away, this time to Oughtarard on October 23rd. We played extremely well and ran out easy winners. Unfortunately the day was marred by an injury to one of our up and coming first years – Louise Reilly. We have been without her services since. Hopefully she will be back quite soon.
Our stiffest challenge came on the 13th of November when we played away to Mount St. Michael Claremorris. On the day everyone worked really hard and we pulled away to win on a score of 4.9 to 1.6.
These results left us awaiting a Connacht Semi Final against Swinford. This took place in Tuam Stars on 23rd of January. We played a tough Swinford opposition but won 5.15 to 3.1. Everyone played exceptionally well on the day.
We are poised for a Junior Connacht final on Friday 7th of February against our old friends Mount St. Michael, Claremorris.
The Senior Football Team update
Similarly our senior team has had a fantastic year so far. We have an exceptionally young team but they have no fear. The team is captained by Chloe Crowe (Annaghdown) who was also our representative on the Connacht interprovincial schools team which captured the all Ireland last weekend.
In our group this year was HRC Mountbellew, Presentation Athenry and Mount St. Michael Claremorris. We got our year off to a flying start with a home game against HRC. Emerging victorious it gave us great confidence for our next game against Presentation Athenry. This game was played in Athenry and we came up a point short. All of the team was extremely disappointed and used this game to propel themselves on for the final group game. We played Mount St. Michael in Tuam Stars and the game ended with high drama – a draw the outcome. Pending other results we were through to a Connacht Semi Final.
Congratulations to the First Year 7 A-side Football teams
Currylea’s School Swimming Team’s Success
Some of the Currylea school swimming team who recently took part in the Connaught schools championships. Amy McDonagh, Kate Geraghty, Lara Finnegan, Michelle Gavin and Sarah Jane Fox. Sarah Jane received a gold in butterfly event and silver in back stroke, she will represent the school at the inter-provincial schools competition on May 5th in Dublin.
Currylea has a great reputation on the basketball court. The school boasts four teams; 1st Year Minor, 2nd Year Junior, Cadet and Senior. Training is held three times per week including one lunchtime session for minor and junior teams. Senior teams train twice weekly to facilitate the Leaving Cert study timetable. We have one indoor and three outdoor courts to ensure maximum participation for all students wishing to play the game.
While Basketball is an excellent way to keep fit and healthy, it is important for First Year to join some form of club when beginning Secondary School as it helps to make new friends and to relax in a new environment.
All students are encouraged to participate in a 3V3 Tournament, which runs through April and May each year.
In recent years the school teams have been very successful in league competitions, and have been involved in many All-Ireland finals.
2013 Presentation Cadet Basket Basketball Team reach new heights
The Presentation College Currylea basketball team reached the Galway region semi-final this season. This was the first time in ten years the college have progressed to this level and hopefully this is a sign of great things to come!
A very popular sport with many students taking part. Often students have ponies or horses of their own at home and compete in Show-Jumping Competitions around the country at week-ends. In recent years, Interschools Competitions have been set up. This gives students the chance to represent their school in Show-Jumping against other schools in Ireland. In Currylea, we have two excellent teams. Some members have competed nationally in the RDS, Dublin. It is a very popular hobby among our students.
Badminton is a very popular sport among students in Currylea. Training takes place twice each week, once at Lunchtime and another after school. Students compete at County Level where matches are played at Galway Lawn Tennis Club. We also compete in Inter-School Competitions against local school clubs.
The Athletics Club train every week in the school grounds and sometimes in the Park beside the school. Training involves jogging, sprinting and relay work. The athletes compete in cross-country competitions and track & field events in Galway.
One of our Senior students competed in March 2007 in the All-Ireland Cross-Country Finals in Dublin
First Year students spend a day in an Outdoor Education Centre (Killary or Petersburg) in May each year. They take part in up to three activities including Rock Climbing, Archery, Gorge Walking, Kayaking, Wind Surfing, Orienteering or Hill walking. Each September, Transition Year students spend three days in Killary. During this period the students concentrate on one activity: for the past three years this activity has been kayaking. Many of the students have reached a standard sufficient for one part of their Gaisce President’s Award.