Enable Ireland Campaign


Mount Mercy College Cork students Sinead Richardson, Caoimhe Boland and Anastasia Hassett hand over their phones for 24 hours to Cork hurler, and secondary school teacher Alan Cadogan who visited Mount Mercy College to promote Enable Ireland’s NO PHONE SURVIVAL CHALLENGE.
Picture. John Allen
For release: October 9, 2017
Photographer: John Allen

Alan Cadogan visits Mount Mercy College Students Who Lead the Way By Answering Enable Ireland’s No Phone Survival Challenge
It’s going to be one of Ireland’s biggest social experiments as addicted screen tapping teenagers are asked to give up their phones for 24 hours
Cork hurler, and secondary school teacher Alan Cadogan visited Mount Mercy College to promote Enable Ireland’s NO PHONE SURVIVAL CHALLENGE. He met with students at Mount Mercy College who are the first in the county to sign up to the challenge to support children and adults with disabilities in their community.
Enable Ireland’s No Phone Survival Challenge, will run for 24 hours, starting from Tuesday, October 24th at 12 noon.
The students at Mount Mercy College are asking others to step away from their phone and try to go cold turkey on October 24th. No phones, no snaps, no photos, no shares, likes or stories. It’s Like, really hard to do!
The No Phone Survival Challenge could become one of Ireland’s biggest social experiments. Ireland is pretty addicted to its phones. As a snapshot, over 40% of 16-24 year olds claim to be connected during every waking hour, according to a recent Eir survey.
According to Maria Desmond, Community Fundraising Manager, Enable Ireland, it’s a challenge that can help change the lives and futures of children and young people who rely on Assistive Technology to live more independent lives.
“By giving up their love affair with their phones, young people are not just pledging to raise vital funds,” Maria Desmond said, “They are putting the spotlight on the crucial power and impact that new technology has on the lives and independence of children and adults with disabilities.”
“Enable Ireland provides Assistive Technology to many young people and adults across the country, including here in Cork. This vital technology can support people with vision impairment or literacy challenges to read and write, it can give a voice to those who are non-speaking, or enable someone to live independently at home through the remote control of doors, windows and lights. AT can make the impossible possible, enabling people to live more independent lives at home, in school and in the workplace.”
“People think that they can’t live without their phones but by giving up their snaps, messages, calls, emails, shares, likes and stories for just one full day they can help raise vital funds to help us support many more people for whom technology is not just a luxury but essential to their quality of life,” she continued.
For more information contact:
Emma Archbold, Tel: 01 4536836 / 0879971410
Note to Editors
Enable Ireland would love if your newsroom could think about taking up the No Phone Survival Challenge on October 24th or to encourage your readers to give up their aul’ phone for just one day!
Attached are photos from our launch at Mount Mercy College.

Annual 5K Fun Run

A 5 km run/walk will be held in Mount Mercy College on Thursday 11th of May at 7:00pm.

All proceeds will go to the Cork Simon Community and the School Sports Hall Fund.

Adults €10

Children €5

Prizes and refreshments are available after the event. Please Support


Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire?


Mount Mercy College is proud to present ‘Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire’

Taking place in The Oriel House Ballincollig on Thursday 27th of October this is your chance to win some fantastic prizes and help raise money for our schools Sports Hall Development Fund.

The show is fully computerised with 50/50, Ask the Audience and a brilliant video-linked Phone a Friend. The questions and four possible answers are displayed on two 8ft x 6ft screens, one at each side of the stage.

lucky contestants will be drawn from the audience and will have the unique opportunity to play for €1,000 on the night.

With ‘Thousandaire’ tickets priced at only €15 each, there are lots of reasons to phone a friend or a few, and invite them to join in the fun at Mount Mercy’s inaugural Thousandaire event.

Tickets €15 each or €50 for a book of four

First Year Geography Projects

On Friday 22nd of April, two groups of our first year students presented their long awaited Geography projects to their peers and the staff of the Geography department. The projects were created by the students as a way to creatively engage with their learning of the past year. It was a very enriching experience for all of the visitors who had the opportunity to explore the projects created by the students of Room 1 and 2. The morning itself was filled with excitement and thoroughly enjoyed by our first year student body. The level of the students’ hard work, dedication and imagination were all evident on the morning. We have uploaded a series of photographs taken on the day to our current Gallery for further viewing.

The winning teams were presented with prizes and Certificates of Recognition from Mount Mercy’s Deputy Principal Ms. Van Wallegham. Well done to all of the students who partook in this great ‘day in’. It is true to say our school’s love for Geography shone through on the morning. Congratulations to the girls and their Geography teachers Ms. O’ Mahony and Ms. A Cotter.

1st Yr Room One

1st Yr Room One

1st Yr Room Two

1st Yr Room Two