John O’Shea Visit In (1C) – Social Enterprise

John O’Shea (formerly of GOAL) recently visited CPC and spoke to some 1st Year students (1C) on the value and merits of social entrepreneurship in the context of the alleviation of the suffering of the poorest of the poor. He informed the students about some of the work he has done in underdeveloped countries and told stories of his many visits to those very poor countries. It was fascinating to hear about the famous people he has met and worked with during his time with the charity Goal.

He impressed upon the students that this activity also offers the prospect of a solid livelihood choice, either at home or abroad. John speaks to students at schools and universities around the world in the hope of inspiring young people to embrace social enterprise. He is passionate about telling young people the truth about the ‘forgotten world’ (his name for the developing world) and is keen to encourage them to take action to address the problems that exist. He has great faith in the power and ability of young people to bring about change and improve the situation for the poorest people in the world.

It was a very worthwhile learning opportunity for the students. It was certainly thought-provoking and the students listened very carefully to what John had to say. We’d like to thank John for visiting our school and helping to educate our students. We wish him well in the future.

TY Economics – Local Politician (Paddy Kennedy) Visit In

4C welcomed Paddy Kennedy back to CPC as part of their Economics module. Paddy is a member of Kildare County Council. He has also been a Newbridge Town Councillor since 2004 and the Mayor of Newbridge. He ran in the 2011 General Election and just missed out on becoming a TD.

Paddy gave the students an insight into his decision to become a public representative. There was a discussion about local politics and Paddy informed the students about his many activities. There was also a focus on economic issues – local and national.

The students engaged in a Q & A session and it proved to be a very worthwhile learning experience. It is always a great opportunity to meet any of our public representatives and be able to put questions to them. It gives the students an ideal opportunity to learn about the work of politicians. We’d like to extend our appreciation to Paddy for visiting our school.

TY Equine Studies – Martin Murphy (HRI) Visit In

Martin Murphy recently visited 4A as part of the Equine Studies module.

Having worked for The Turf Club (now the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board – IHRB)and currently working with HRI (Horse Racing Ireland), Martin was able to give an interesting talk about the equine industry in Ireland.

It was a very informative experience and we’d like to thank Martin for visiting our school and we wish him well in the future.

TY Economics – Sean Fleming TD – Chair of the Public Accounts Committee (Visit In)

Sean Fleming (TD for Laois) recently visited CPC to meet 4C as part of the TY Economics module.

It was a very informative visit & the students learned a lot from it. There was a wide-ranging discussion about the work of a national politician with an emphasis on economic issues. The students had an opportunity to ask questions and engage with the speaker.

Thanks to Sean for taking time out of a busy schedule to visit our school. We wish him well in the future.

LCVP – Newbridge Silverware Visit Out

The 5th Year LCVP students recently visited Newbridge Silverware. It was a most enjoyable and educational experience.

The students were taken on a tour of the manufacturing facility as well as museum. The staff at Newbridge Silverware were very helpful. They explained and demonstrated what was going on going on there. In particular we’d like to thank John, Lorcan and Rose for their input. Thanks must also go to Liz who made the arrangements for the visit.

The students had the wonderful opportunity to meet the CEO of Newbridge Silverware, William Doyle who kindly engaged with them and answered questions. We’re very grateful for that.

They got to walk though the showrooms and have some refreshments before leaving. The visit provided a genuine insight into a very successful business.

Newbridge Silverware is an iconic Irish brand – established in 1934. Over 80 years in business is a testament to the quality of the brand, as well as its continued reinvention over the years.

It really was a very worthwhile visit for the students and they learned a lot from it. We wish Newbridge Silverware continued success in the future.

TY Equine Studies – Journalist (Leo Powell) Visit In

Leo Powell (editor of The Irish Field newspaper) recently visited 4B as part of the Equine Studies module.

The Irish Field is Ireland’s only newspaper dedicated to racing and equestrian sports. Established in 1870, the newspaper is approaching it’s 150th birthday. It’s sister newspaper is The Farmers Journal.

Published every Saturday, the Irish Field averages 120 pages and includes:

  • Latest industry news
  • Detailed Irish racing reports and results from the previous week
  • Comprehensive coverage of international racing
  • Extensive reports and results from the point-to-point scene
  • Pedigree analysis of major winners in Ireland and Britain
  • Latest European stallion statistics
  • Sales results, reports and previews
  • Weekly columns on speed figures, handicap ratings, racing world gossip and much more
  • Colour race cards for every Irish and British weekend race meeting
  • Top tips from all the country’s leading racing journalists
  • Show jumping, eventing, dressage, hunting and all things equestrian in The Irish Horse World section
  • Classified advertising, featuring appointments, property, horses, tack, vehicles and more

Available in almost 3,000 outlets throughout Ireland, the newspaper is also available online.

It was a wonderful learning experience for the students to engage with Leo – his presentation provided them with a fascinating insight into the world of journalism. Today’s visit gave the students a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and learn about work in the media from a successful and respected journalist. Leo also spoke to the students about the future – he provided them with very useful advice for their life and career.

Leo has been coming into CPC for quite a few years now and we’d like to thank him once again for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit our school and educate our students. We wish him well for the future.

TY Economics – National Politician (Martin Heydon) Visit In

4D welcomed past pupil Martin Heydon TD to CPC as part of their Economics module. A FG TD for Kildare South, he was first elected to the Dail in 2011 and was re-elected in the 2016 General Election. He is the chairman of the FG parliamentary party.

Martin is involved in a lot of activities at both a national and local level and he outlined these to the students. He has a long-standing connection with St Laurence’s GAA club. Prior to his election to the national parliament, Martin was a farmer and a local politician – he served as a member of Kildare County Council.

The students had the opportunity to engage with Martin and ask him questions. After an introduction, Martin moved on to deal with mainly economic issues which affect Ireland.

It was a great learning experience for the students and they gained a lot from it.

Thanks to Martin for visiting our school to meet our students.

TY Equine Studies – Eimear Chance & Amy Meagher (Marketing – ITM) Visit In

Eimear Chance and Amy Meagher of ITM (Irish Thoroughbred Marketing), recently visited 4B as part of the Equine Studies module.

Amy only recently joined ITM while Eimear joined the ITM team in February 2015 from Great British Racing International (GBRI) where she was marketing and operations executive. With a family background in the horse racing industry in Ireland and the UK, Eimear graduated from university in 2008 and began working in Windsor Racecourse.

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing promotes Ireland as the leading source for the production and sale of quality thoroughbreds worldwide, and as a premier country in which to own, breed and buy thoroughbreds.


Established in 1991, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) is a not-for-profit, non-trading, limited company, with the strength and integrity of Irish Government support, and the backing of the Irish Bloodstock industry, assuring absolute integrity and impartiality.

ITM is a subsidiary of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), the semi-state organisation responsible for the administration of horse racing in Ireland.

ITM should be the first point of contact for any overseas person seeking information on any aspect of the Irish bloodstock industry, including

It was an interesting learning experience for the students. It provided an insight into the role of ITM but also a general overview of marketing in action. There was a discussion about a number of issues, including Brexit. A big thank you to Eimear for visiting our school and informing our students.

TY Economics – Local Politician (Mark Wall) Visit In

4D recently welcomed Mark Wall to CPC as part of the Economics module. Mark is a Labour Party member of Kildare County Council and he outlined the work involved in being a local public representative.

The students had the opportunity to ask questions and engage with Mark on economic issues such as housing, roads, etc. There was also a discussion of the national economic situation. Mark explained the role of the county council – highlighting the breakdown of the 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 Mark for taking the time to visit the school and meet our students.

LCVP – Interviews (M Fleming)

The students of 5A were interviewed this week as part of the LCVP programme. It was a wonderful opportunity for them – one that will certainly stand to them in the future. Mairead Fleming (with assistance from Ms McDonnell & Mr Dowling) carried out the interviews.

The students must study “the world of work” as part of this subject. Mairead has already been in with this class (before midterm) to speak about CV preparation and interview technique which should have had them well-prepared for this experience.

Thanks to Mairead for returning to CPC to conduct the interviews and for providing the students with valuable feedback afterwards.