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.

Runway Rewind Launch

Runway Rewind Poster

Mount Mercy College held their annual Fashion Show launch on November 4th  in Hayfield Manor, Cork City’s only five star hotel. The foyer and gardens offered a magical backdrop for pre fashion show photo shoot. The stunning evening wear generously provided by Carrie’s Closet and Dressbarn&Verso gave a preview of the garments to be modelled at the Fashion Show on Sunday 15th November in the Oriel House Hotel. Proceeds of this event will go towards Pieta House and The Jack & Jill Foundation in support of the great work they do.

Preparation is well under way for this event. Students of Mount Mercy College have been busy contacting local businesses to gather support. The fashion on the night will all be kindly sponsored by both local and well known clothes shops.

An afternoon show will begin at 2:30pm with the evening show commencing at 7:30pm. An enjoyable night will be had by all with live entertainment and raffle prizes to be won. Tickets for this highly anticipated event are available at Mount Mercy College, act quick, tickets are selling out fast.

We would like to extend our appreciation to Josie and all the staff at Hayfield Manor.

Their hard work contributed greatly to make our launch day a success.
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TY Fashion Show 2015

Runway Rewind

Mount Mercy College Transition Year students are hosting their annual fashion show in the Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig on November 15th.

Proceeds of this event will go towards Pieta House and The Jack & Jill Foundation.

With live entertainment and raffle prizes to be won, you are sure to have an enjoyable night. For information on tickets contact Mount Mercy College Office, act quick, tickets sell out fast.

TY students complete ‘Fit in German’ exam

On Saturday 18th April 2015, Mount Mercy TY students of German travelled to Dublin to complete the Goethe Institut Fit in Deutsch 1 exam which took place in Coláiste Iosagáin, Booterstown.

This exam corresponds to level A1 on the six-level scale of competence laid down by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and provides an internationally recognised qualification outside of the state Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations. It includes oral, aural, writing and reading components.

The MMC group enjoyed a collaborative journey by train to and from Dublin with the Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig group who also completed Fit in Deutsch exams on the day. Both groups were accompanied by their teachers, Ms Loftus (MMC) and Ms Scoby (Coláiste Choilm). The sound of German was clearly audible throughout the train journey to Dublin as students prepared for their oral examinations.

Our MMC group enjoyed a well deserved lunch and shopping in Dublin city upon completion of their exam. Well done to our TY students for their dedication, participation and hard work!

TY students pictured at the Spire in Dublin. L-R: Julia O Mahony, Maeve O Sullivan, Emma Sheehan, Niamh Busby.

TY students pictured at the Spire in Dublin. L-R: Julia O Mahony, Maeve O Sullivan, Emma Sheehan, Niamh Busby.


Fashion Show

Transition Year Fashion Show
Our annual school fashion show organized by the Transition Years went ahead on the 10th November 2013, at the usual location of the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.
The fashion show could not have possibly been the success it was without Ms Van Wallaghem enlisting the help of Dane O’Sullivan, choreographer, and Eileen Keane, our fashion show co-ordinator. The professional guidance of these people was crucial in the formation of our show.
The models would not have looked as professional as they did without the input of Bronagh from Origin Hair, Irene from Educo Gym, and Deirdre from Beauty Spot.
We were very appreciative of the clothes given to us by a selection of shops such as Buckleys, Paper Dolls, Amity, Dunnes Stores Bishopstown, and Penneys, to name a few. We especially would like to thank the generosity of our many sponsors who donated kindly to our chosen charities, the CUH (Cork University Hospital) Children’s Charity, and Marymount Hospice.
The day from a student’s perspective:
The day of the fashion show itself was long but rewarding. We had an early start at 10:15 in the morning, with our hair and makeup for the day done before we arrived at the Oriel House Hotel. The DJ and MC arrived, and we did a run-through of the show, practicing the modelling and dances. At 2:30, the hotel’s function room began to fill up with parents and various other guests, and the excitement backstage was palpable. The first show was executed very well, and it soon came to an end. We had a break to relax and eat before the second show began at 7:30. Some of the nervous energy began to wear off and turned into excitement. The second show went off with a bang, and the function room was packed with people. It was, overall, an enjoyable day for everyone involved.