Gortnor Abbey entered  six teams in  Belleek Cross Country challenge on the 19th of October . First year girls were running first with Catherine O Reilly coming 3rd followed by the boys with James Williams coming 2nd .


The second year girls were next with Caoimhe Walsh coming 2nd ,Aishling Gaughan 3rd and Emily Murray 4th. The second and third year boys were really strong but narrowly missed out on the podium. Senior girls gave a fine performance with Ava O Hora coming third overall on this her debut cross country. Finally the senior boys got to run with a strong team giving it their all on the field.

Then all the team results were added and although we had our sums completed we had to wait before being awarded best overall girls teams. First year girls came 2nd ,second year girls came 1st and senior girls came 1st.  Two prizes to the value of €100 euro each were given to the two winning teams sponsored by Top Oil Ballina and Clarke's Garage  Ballina. Then all the girls were presented with the Evelyn Collins shield .

The boys teams came second overall in each race category and the overall boys winning team was St Joseph's .


Thanks to all who organised the day and the sponsors of the prizes, trophies. 

Below is a 360 Deg Image Taken Last year. You can click on the image and move, left & right and up & down 

BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition  is an Irish annual school students' science competition. Students apply to participate in the competition. Their science project entries are evaluated by judges and about one third of applicants are accepted to participate in the public exhibition.

Over the last 2 years a number of our students have competed at this exhibition in the RDS. 2015 was a very successful year for students Katie Garrett and Jacinta Kelly with their project “Farm safe code” . The girls designed and implemented a module for a number of nationwide national schools to raise awareness of safety on the farm for children.

The girls are pictured here receiving the ‘abp Foodgroup’ sponsors prize.

At the 2016 Exhibition Transition year students Emma Loftus, Aisling Deegan Degui and Niamh Gill represented the school  with their project “ The psychophysical impact of different genres of music on  an exercise programme”. For their project the girls investigated a group of students every week carrying out the same exercise, at the same time in the same area to different genres of music each time. The effects of different genres of music on exercise were investigated by timing them and measuring any improvement or decrease in their performance while listening to different styles of music. Surveys were also distributed throughout the country to different gyms and fitness instructors to ask them about music choice in their exercise classes. It was concluded from the experiments that exercise is made easier while running along to a steady tempo, therefore genres such as pop, hip-hop, rap and rock are good for exercising and genres such as classical and country are not as effective in improving performance.


Over the three days judging took place and on the second day of the event the girls were delighted to have a group of their classmates along with Mrs Melvin come along to support them. Local politician Dara Calleary and American Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O Malley also came to visit the girls to show their support.

Gortnorabbey Art Department

The aim of art in Gortnor Abbey is to develop creativity, imagination, and independence in students and radiate these core values to the wider school community. A thorough investigation of art, craft and design work forms the basis of the Art curriculum.  Annual art tours to galleries and museums are an important information-gathering resource and foster a lifelong appreciation of art and visual culture. The department offers both Junior cert art and Leaving cert art courses. Extra curricular art work includes set design, making and painting for school musicals and annual school events.

Career Opportunities


Fashion Design

Print making


Fine Art


Game Design and Development

Product Design

Graphic Design

Special Effects for Film

Art History




Web Design




More Information to follow!


Basketball in Gortnor Abbey has been an extremely popular sport for many years. Each year

students compete in the Basketball Ireland Schools’ League and Cup competitions at Senior (U-19),

Cadette (U-16) and Junior (1st & 2nd year) levels. The U-19 and U-16 league competitions run from

September to December while the 1st and 2nd year’s leagues run from January to May.

Basketball in our school has been very successful in recent years; our u19 team won the All-Ireland

at ‘C’ level in 2006 and since then consecutive teams have been knocking on the door of All-Ireland

success with our boys u16 team losing the League final in 2011 and our u19 girls narrowly losing out

on All –Ireland success in 2015. The Sports Department is committed to improving and progressing

the sport at all ages throughout the school.

The Basketball training season commences in September for all teams. There are weekly training

sessions after school in the school gym. These sessions cater for all levels of ability from beginners to

the more experienced player. Playing school basketball is a great way to build friendships, maintain

a good level of fitness and take a well- deserved break from academic study.

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