TY Economics – Fiona O’Loughlin (National Politician) Visit In

4A recently met Fiona O’Loughlin as part of the Economics module.

Fiona told the students about the work of a national politician. She explained how she became involved in public life and told the students about her career in politics to date.

Elected in the general election in February 2016 as a Fianna Fail TD for Kildare South, Fiona spoke to the students about her work in the national parliament. She is the chairperson of the Education Committee and also a member of the Mental Health Committee. Fiona is the FF spokesperson for Equality and spoke about this. She outlined what she hopes to achieve in national politics. It was interesting to hear about the issues that Fiona is focusing on.

Fiona also discussed her work outside of politics. She was a primary school teacher in Newbridge before becoming a poltician. Having been heavily involved in organising the Special Olympics when it was held in Ireland in 2003, she spoke with pride and passion about that venture and still contributes wherever she can in this area.

There was discussion around the local and national situation – touching on economic issues. The students had the opportunity to engage with Fiona around these and it was a worthwhile learning experience.

We would like to thank Fiona for taking time out of a busy schedule to visit our school and educate our TY students and we wish her well in the future.

TY Economics – Ivan Keatley (Local Politician) Visit In

4A recently welcomed Ivan Keatley to CPC as part of the Economics module. Ivan is a past pupil of our school and is a member of Kildare County Council since Martin Heydon’s (another past pupil) election to Dail Eireann in 2011. Ivan replaced Martin as a FG county councillor and he outlined the work involved in being a local public representative. Re-elected in the Local Elections in 2014, he was the mayor of the county for a year until June 2017 and is currently chairperson of the Athy Municipal District.

The students had the opportunity to ask questions and engage with Ivan on economic issues. There was discussion of the economic situation. Ivan explained the role of the county council – most importantly in passing an annual budget. It was an interesting learning experience for the students and a great opportunity to gain an insight into the workings of local government.

We wish to thank Ivan for taking the time to visit the school and meet our students.

LCVP – Padraic Deasy (Portrait Photographer) Visit In

Local photographer and past pupil Padraic Deasy returned to CPC to meet the 5th Year LCVP class. It was a privilege to welcome Padraic back to the school.

This was a wonderful learning opportunity for the students. Padraic spoke about his career and provided a fascinating insight into the work of a successful entrepreneur. He encouraged the students to follow their interests when trying to establish a career. He told them that they must be prepared to continue learning throughout their working lives.

Padraic has won a lot of awards both at home and abroad and he addressed many interesting issues. He explained how he has diversified his business and branched out beyond portrait photography. He outlined the various products that his studio deals in and he also told the class about how he has travelled around the world teaching photography with his wife.

Padraic is still involved in a number of businesses despite the recent closure of his portrait studio (Deasy Photographic). There is an online store for photography products (Seamless) which was launched in 2011 and a range of beauty / skincare products (Pestle and Mortar) which came on stream in 2014. He is very busy and works long hours. The students discovered that motivation and dedication are required to be successful in business.

A big thanks to Padraic for helping the LCVP students.

TY Equine Studies – Kildangan Stud Visit Out

4C recently visited Kildangan Stud as part of the Equine Studies module. It was interesting to get a guided tour of the farm – to find out what takes place there and see some of the stallions.

It was also useful to hear about the Godolphin Flying Start programme.

A big thanks to Eoin & Martin for their input. The students really enjoyed the visit and learned a lot.


LCVP – Community Enterprise (Noel Clare) Visit In

Our retired deputy principal, Noel Clare, recently visited CPC to meet the 5A (LCVP) class. Noel spoke to the students about the importance of enterprise in a community. Having worked for many years on local community initiatives, Noel was ideally placed to inform the students about what is involved.

There was a wide-ranging discussion about the benefits that local enterprising people can bring to a community. Noel outlined some of the projects that Kilcullen Community Action have worked on over the years.

It was a really worthwhile visit and the students learned a lot from it. We’d like to thank Noel for taking the time to visit us and we wish him well in the future.

Applications for a place in 1st Year in CPC in September 2018

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday next 20th, October 2017 at 4pm.

Please ensure that your application is in before this deadline.

If you have any questions please contact the school office at (045)481524 or

The Admissions Policy and Application Form are available in the following sections of the school website – DOWNLOADS and PARENTS (RESOURCES).


TY Equine Studies – Jockey (Shane Foley) Visit In

Shane Foley, a leading flat jockey, recently visited CPC to meet 4D as part of the TY Equine Studies module. Shane gave an interesting talk – which the students learned a lot from. There was a wide-ranging discussion about many issues and the students got to put questions to Shane.

Shane explained about his life as a jockey and his routine throughout the year. He told us about how he got into the racing industry and became a jockey … and how he landed his first classic at the Curragh last year. He explained how he travels around the world to ride in races. He also outlined how he maintains his weight and fitness.

It was a great learning opportunity and an enjoyable experience. A big thanks to Shane for taking the time to visit our school and we wish him well for the future.

TY Economics – Local Politician (Suzanne Doyle) Visit In

4B recently welcomed Suzanne Doyle as part of the Economics module. Suzanne is a past pupil of CPC and is a member of Kildare County Council.

There was a discussion about a number of issues (with a focus on economic matters) and Suzanne made an effort to engage with the students. The students had an opportunity to ask questions. It was useful to hear Suzanne’s views given her experience in local politics. It was also interesting to hear a little about Budget 2018 (which is being announced tomorrow).

It was a really useful learning opportunity and a worthwhile experience. We’d like to say thanks to Suzanne for taking time to visit our school and educate our TY students. We wish her well for the future.

LCVP – Mairead Fleming (CV & Interview) Visit In

Mairead Fleming, Managing Director of Ascension Executive Recruitment, recently visited CPC to meet the 5th Year LCVP class. It was a fascinating talk and it provided the students with a fantastic learning opportunity. Mairead discussed her own background and explained how she became involved in the world of recruitment.

The students were provided with expert advice about how to put together a good CV and Cover Letter. They also learned about how to prepare for an interview … by discussing the typical questions to expect at an interview and how to be ready for them. The students had the opportunity to ask questions and some did engage with Mairead about various issues. Arising out of this visit, the students will prepare their own CV and Cover Letter. They will be interviewed too which will also be a really worthwhile experience.

The students are very fortunate to have received Mairead’s advice – it enhanced their learning in LCVP. They picked up a lot to assist them in preparation for the world of work and it will undoubtedly stand to them as they prepare to leave school and begin planning a career. This was a memorable learning experience and we are very grateful to Mairead for visiting our school and sharing her expertise with us. We look forward to welcoming her back to CPC for the interviews in the weeks ahead.

TY Equine Studies – Journalist (Niall Cronin) Visit In

Niall Cronin, a sports journalist with The Herald, recently visited CPC to meet 4D as part of the Equine Studies module. He also does some work for Boylesports and the local press (the Nationalist).

Niall spoke to the students at length about the work of a journalist – he outlined the rewards and challenges of the profession. It was fascinating to listen to him talk about some of the stories he has covered. There was an interesting discussion about journalism in general and the students had the opportunity to ask questions.

It was a great learning experience for the TY students – they got a genuine insight into the world of journalism. Niall advised the students in relation to pursuing a career in this area – he explained the pros and cons of it – but overall he made it sound like an exciting job.

We’d like to thank Niall for visiting our school and helping to educate our students.