Day Care Centre Visit

Hazelwood College Leaving Certificate Applied students Darren Wright (second from left) and Rebecca Carroll (far right) are pictured here on a school visit to Dromcollogher Day Care Centre, which they visited as part of their Social Education course. The students visited in order to meet with and talk to senior citizens and bridge the generation gap.

Hazelwood College’s Declan Leahy (left) is pictured with one of the people who avail of the services of Dromcollogher Day Centre, which Declan and the other Hazelwood College Leaving Certificate Applied students visited as part of their studies.

Dave Rudden Visit

Hazelwood students were very fortunate to receive a visit from author Dave Rudden recently.

Dave’s debut novel, already a huge best seller, is about Denizen Hardwick, a boy who doesn’t believe in magic – until he’s ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight.

The Knights of the Borrowed Dark has been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Prize and the Bath Short Story Prize.


Limerick City Gallery of Art Visit

Hazelwood College fifth and sixth year Art students are pictured here as they visited Limerick City Gallery of Art. Pictured were (back row by wall, left to right) Ms Maria Curtin (Hazelwood College Sixth Year Art teacher) Letitia Cotter, Áine Bennis, Brendan O’Flynn, Eoin Donegan, Andy Quaid, Cormac Downes, Leon Crowley, Enya O’Donnell, Emma Stone and Ms Julie Corkery (Hazelwood College Fifth Year Art teacher). Middle row (left to right): Shania Hanlon, Aislinn O’Donnell, Jessica Roche, Chloe Reidy, Helena O’Sullivan, Tara Hartigan and Grainne Buckley. Front row (left to right): Oliver Richardson, Ethan Knipe and Darragh McNamara


Temple Dairy Visit

Hazelwood College students (from left to right) Damien Burke, Kevin O’Leary and Chloe O’Brien are pictured with Marie Curtin from Temple Dairy, who spoke to students as part of their Business Studies Leaving Certificate course and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Enterprise studies. Temple Dairy is a family run company, from Rosstemple, Athlacca, Co. Limerick. The company produces farm fresh food products which are healthy, natural and wholesome. The company promotes active lifestyles and mindfulness.

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Picture b Marie Curtin, of Temple Dairy, pictured with Hazelwood College fifth year Business Studies students. Marie spoke about the running of a family business and producing healthy and wholesome food.

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Alan Quinlan Visit

Parents Association Hazelwood College Invites Mr Alan Quinlan to address Staff & Students on Mental Health.
November 30th 2015

By: Joan Twohill, Secretary.

The Monday morning blues were short lived in Hazelwood College last week, where students and staff were treated to a visit from Retired Irish Rugby Union Player and Positive Mental Health Ambassador Mr Alan Quinlan. Alan is a 2 time Heineken Cup winner and was in fact voted ‘’ Man of the Match’’ as Munster beat Toulouse in 2008 when Munster won the Heineken Cup for the second time. Alan Quinlan was part of the selection panel to play in the 2003 & 2007 Word Cups, retiring from Rugby in 2011.

Alan has spoken many times and has written about his own experiences of Mental Health, depression, anxiety and how he realised the importance of seeking help in his recovery played.

In Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher on Monday 30th November last, Alan Quinlan delivered an inspiring speech to over 600 Students and their teachers, reinforcing the importance of looking after our Mental Health. One could hear a pen drop in the room as Alan spoke of his own personal struggle with Mental Health. He gave some great advice to all of us, for example the importance of shearing our worries and fears with those around us, that we might look great on the outside but we never know how one is feeling on the inside. Exercise, Diet , hobbies, staying away from drugs & smoking all play a huge role in Positive Mental Health Wellbeing.

It is important to take time out to ask the person beside us ‘’ how are you ?’’ Simple but shows we care.
Alan Quinlan’s message with regard to Mental Health Awareness complimented the great work in this area already being carried out by the Students in Hazelwood College and their teachers. The School has entered in the Mental Health Association’s Public Speaking Competitions for a number of years, having won the Limerick County Final three times and making it to the All Ireland Semi Final stages.

This helped enormously to remove the stigma attached to speaking out about mental health, making Hazelwood College a better and safer place to be in for both students and Teachers.

‘’ In life we cannot stop the waves of challenge that we are continually faced with , At times we need help in figuring out how to conquer problems and really the solution is to talk and keep talking and sharing our worries and woes’’ This is a Quote from a Leaving Cert Student, Mary Cussen, who was preparing her speech for the Schools next Debate.

The Parents Association of Hazelwood College would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Alan Quinlan for his Inspiring visit to our School, to the Principal Mr Brendan Burke and his Staff, for facilitating this visit and we hope that this day will have a long-lasting special effect on us all.

I leave you with a lovely Quote which I came across recently.
‘’Never give up on someone with a Mental Illness. When ‘’ I ‘’ is replaced by ‘’ We ‘’ illness becomes Wellness. – Shannon L. Alder