March Book Review Competition Winner! 🤓📖✨🤑

Our March Book Review Competition winner is Hannah Fowler in B1! 🙌

CONGRATULATIONS HANNAH! You have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library! 🙌💃📖❤


Here’s her winning book review:


Book: Paper Towns  Author: John Green


Paper Towns  by John Green is a fictional novel about a teenage boy named Quentin, who has a huge crush on his neightbour, Margo Roth Spiegelman, since he was very young.  Quentin and Margo had always been very different; Margo had always loved going on wild adventures and solving mysteries, while Quentin had always preferred to stay out of trouble and within his comfort zone. When Margo invites Quentin to come with her on a ‘night of revenge’, he realises for the first time in his life that you should take risks and step out of your comfort zone. The next day Margo disappears and Quentin is determined to find her. she has left clues for Quentin to follow, like a trail of breadcrumbs. Quentin discovers that Margo has run away to a paper town. Now Quentin will stop at nothing to find her, and bring her home.

I chose to read this book because the blurb gave a very clear description of the book’s content and i was very interested to read it.  Paper Towns  was also recommended by a few of my friends.

The book sends a very clear message to all readers –  that life is about taking risks and having fun, as well as finding your own path.  After reading this book I have one question to ask: Why did Margo choose to not return home with Quentin at the end of the book?  MArgo was my favourite character because she was different to everyone else.  She also pointed out that “in the time that she lived in Orlando, she had never met someone who  had cared about things that really mattered.” This quote highlights  Margo as a character and was the best quote that stuck with me after I had finished the book.

I really enjoyed this book because it tells the readers to follow their own path and to live life to the fullest.  It also included many different levels of  humanity and ways of reasoning.  The ending was unexpected and a little disappointing, but it showed Quentin’s optimism throughout the book, and the sudden realisation that he couldn’t make Margo return. I would definitely recommend this book to young teenagers especially because of it’s use of metaphors, diction and perspective. I would rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars!



Thanks Hannah, what a great review!! John Green’s books are all available in the school library. We think that he is currently working on his next book which will be a must read when it comes out!

If you would like to read previous winning reviews click here

The deadline for next months competition is Friday 28th of April so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and give it a star rating out of five. Email the review to for a chance to win €10 book token!

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World Book Day Readathon in aid of Barnardos 📖❤

7,800 pages read! 🙌📖📖📖📖

644 euros raised!! 🙌🤑🤑🤑🤑

Well done to all of the girls involved in the Readathon, so much reading was done, and so much money was raised for a truly great cause!  We were very happy to welcome Sarah Eustace from Barnardos into the school today, even DumbleBear got in on the action! 🐻 She was delighted with the work the girls did to raise so much money for a fantastic cause. Sarah was presented with the cheque for €644, and in return we got a lovely certificate and thank you letter which we will be framing! 😍




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It’s Mystery Month with our Reading Reps! 📖🤔❓🕵

You might have seen some very artistic Mystery themed posters around the school, these are down to our school Reading Reps, who are hosting Mystery Month! 🕵


The idea is to get us all reading something new and exciting, and what’s more exciting than a mystery?!  Get on board by checking out any of our mystery tagged books in the library, and start talking about and recommending books to your classmates! 📖❤

You’ll find a list of some of the ‘mystery’ tagged books that we have in the library here. Have other book recommendations? Comment below!

Come in and take a look at our Mystery display, featuring some of the posters made by the Reading Reps and a selection of mysteries.

Expect another exciting theme next month! Well done to our lovely Reading Reps!! ✌🤓


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The Baileys Women’s Prize longlist! ✌👭📖❤🤓

In keeping with the celebration of International Women’s Day, the longlist for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, which features writers from six countries, including Ireland, was announced today.

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Irish writer Eimear McBride, who won in 2014, is represented again by her second novel The Lesser Bohemians.  Very exciting! Each year the Baileys Women’s Prize produces at least one future favourite book! Last years longlist contained library favourites such as The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Ruby, A Little Life, and two Irish authored favourites, The Glorious Heresies and The Green Road. Pretty Impressive. The previous year contained the fantastic Station Eleven, and  The Bees. Regarding this years longlist, I am already in the middle of Margaret Atwood’s Hagseed, and I think The Power by Naomi Alderman, Barkskins by Annie Proulx, and Stay with Me by Ayóbámi Adébáyó will have to be read immediately after!

Here is the longlist ….

A woman sets off for her father-in-law’s funeral 15 years after she last saw her husband. ‘Nobody here knows I’m still married to you. I only tell a slice of the story; I was barren and my husband took another wife.’ The even-tempered prose of this cleverly plotted Nigerian debut reveals a life story worthy of Greek tragedy, involving disease, adultery, manslaughter and the loss of children in a country where the dynastic imperative can destroy the most decent of people.









One of the titles in Hogarth’s Shakespeare project, Hag-Seed is Atwood’s retelling of The Tempest. A theatre director seeks professional revenge on a colleague by staging a production of – you guessed it – The Tempest. Viv Groskop called it ‘a magical eulogy to Shakespeare, leading the reader through a fantastical reworking of the original but infusing it with ironic nods to contemporary culture, thrilling to anyone who knows The Tempest intimately, but equally compelling to anyone not overly familiar with the work.’





The 1965 murder of two children in New York is the subject of Flint’s debut thriller, which uses this historic incident as the peg for an investigation into the vilification of women in mid-20th century America and beyond. In a narrative that alternates between their mother, Ruth – a glamorous figure who numbs her grief with drink and sex – and an ambitious young tabloid journalist, Flint creates a surround-sound chorus of public disapproval, blending true crime and literary fiction.




Having overcome the demons of family dysfunction and addiction, 47-year-old Ginger faces a childless middle age in upstate New York, with the husband she met at AA. He won’t adopt, so they sign up to a scheme to provide holidays for inner-city children. Along comes 11-year-old Velvet, a Dominican from Brooklyn, who brings her own baggage of disadvantage – and becomes obsessed with the horse next door. In alternating voices, Gaitskill’s third novel explores the limits of good intentions in the face of social and racial inequality.




Grant, who won the Orange prize in 2000 with When I Lived in Modern Times, heads back to the 1950s in The Dark Circle. When Lenny and his sister Miriam are diagnosed with tuberculosis, the newly created NHS ships them off to a sanatorium in Kent called the Gwendo. There they find a cross-section of British life and rumours of a miracle cure.Christobel Kent hailed Grant’s pervasive intelligence and the ‘supple instinctiveness’ of her descriptions.




McBride’s second novel – her first, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, won the 2014 Baileys – documents the frighteningly intense relationship between an 18-year-old woman and a man 20 years older. In her review, Lara Fiegel said: ‘McBride evokes brilliantly the distinctive pleasure of days spent in bed, moving imperceptibly between humour and passion, and between violent and tender desire.’




Melrose’s debut finds a father and son confronting a hard Suffolk winter and reflecting on a hugely traumatic death while the family was farming in Zambia. Alternate chapters from Vale and Landyn chart the guilt and grief that have driven them apart. Melissa Harrison praised Melrose’s ‘boots-on-the-ground research’ and her handling of the two narrators: ‘Neither of them sounds like a well-educated female novelist “doing” farmers, and getting as entirely out of one’s own skin like that, as a writer, is no mean feat.’




CE Morgan tackles race and horseracing in an ambitious second novel spanning the 250 years since US independence. Chronicling the history of a grand old Kentucky family, as well as that of their slaves and black workers, Morgan unveils a dazzling display of narrative techniques. Writing in the New York Times, Dwight Garner suggested her literary sins ‘derive from her muse, which appears to be almost too big to carry … She has constructed an enormous bonfire that never fully lights. What’s interesting about it is her almost blinding promise.’

When two 80-year-old widows – one white, one black – are thrown together after 20 years of sniping over the garden hedge, their hostility starts to thaw as they share memories of Cape Town’s awkward past. According to Publishers Weekly, Omotoso ‘captures the changing racial relations since the 1950s, as well as the immigrant experience through personal detail and small psychological insights into mixed emotions, the artist’s eye, and widow’s remorse’.




At the start of the Great Depression, two foundlings growing up in a Montreal orphanage discover they are kindred spirits. The boy, Pierrot, can play the piano, and the girl, Rose, can dance. Saved by love and talent from an abusive regime, they become itinerant players before separation drives them to lives of crime. Only as the second world war breaks out are they reunited in a magical vaudeville, in which the hardships of life are swept away by a fantasia of clowning, acrobatics and austerity-defying song and dance.




Cora Seagrave is a widow who leaves London for the village of Aldwinter in Essex, where she hears of the Essex Serpent, a folk tale apparently come to life and terrorising the Blackwater estuary.In his review, M John Harrison said: ‘Narrative and voice coil together until it is very difficult to stop reading, very difficult to avoid being dragged into Aldwinter’s dark and sometimes darkly comic waters.’ Perry’s novel won the Waterstones book of the year, and was also nominated for the Costa novel award and the Wellcome prize.



Proulx takes on climate change and the tragedy of the commons in a 700-page epic that explores how the unthinking exploitation of the Earth’s resources has brought us to the edge of environmental collapse. René Sel and Charles Duquet arrive in 17th-century Canada, where Duquet founds a dynasty that wreaks havoc on the natural world over the course of the next 300 years. According to Alex Clark, Proulx is ‘profoundly committed to the novel’s ecological message … But that can make for didactic reading, even when one agrees with the message.’



Riley’s cool, unnerving novels, narrated by young women who seek to remove themselves from the world while remaining passionately engaged with the absurdity of existence, have always raised questions about fiction and autobiography. Her sixth book, probing the toxic marriage between a writer in her 30s and an older man, is no exception. The narrator lays bare the shame, cruelty and claustrophobic intimacies binding two difficult and unhappy people in a novel that is both hard to bear and impossible to put down




Two moments of popular resistance stand at the heart of Thien’s ambitious novel of Chinese history. The first takes place during Mao’s Cultural Revolution, when a crackdown on western music was faced down on television by the Debussy expert He Luting. The second is the Tiananmen Square demonstrations of 1989. Around these pivotal moments, Thien constructs a multi-generational epic that investigates how culture survives when families are driven apart and musicians are stripped of their art.




Growing up as an only child in Switzerland during the second world war, Gustav has had to cultivate a stiff upper lip. His policeman father has died in disgrace after helping Jews in the supposedly neutral country. His best friend, Anton, is also Jewish: a highly-strung pianist whose artistic temperament is in marked contrast to Gustav’s frigid decency, and whose talent threatens to take him to a more glamorous life. ‘A perfect novel about life’s imperfection,’wrote Kate Kellaway.
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Health and Fitness Week 2017! 🏃🙌🙏🙂

It’s day two of Health and Fitness Week at Our Lady’s and already so much has been packed in!

The launch, which included a talk from the fabulous Paralympian Ellen Keane, and a ridiculous and very brilliant staff dance video to Can’t Stop the Feeling 😂,  was really fantastic.  We have also had mindful colouring, African drumming/dance groups, and even a morning rave! ⚡⚡

Tomorrow is digital detox day! 😱 But to distract us from the horror of not checking facebook and twitter 😂 we have a bouncing castle on the grounds all day! 🙌👑

It’s great to see everyone going about the school in their active wear and sporting their Green Ribbons for mental health awareness. The schedule for the whole week is below, and it looks like there will be lots more fun had before the week is out! 🙌❤

We have an information point in the library which focuses on the theme of this years Health and Fitness Week, mental health.  This includes some mindful activities such as colouring sheets and origami book work templates (see the post about this here) a selection of books about teenage stress and mental health, as well as information leaflets on other aspects of mental health disorders.


We also have lots of games and jigsaws in the library which anyone is welcome to use at break or lunchtime. 

Most importantly though, we have lots of BOOKS in the library! 📖📖📖 Reading has been proven to help you de-stress, improve focus, and help you sleep better.  It also improves your memory and your intelligence, and can keep your brain agile as you age. Very importantly it also builds empathy which can help improve your relationships. What’s not to love?! 📖❤

As well as our huge selection of young adult and junior fiction that you can borrow, or read in the library in a comfy corner on a beanbag, we also have audiobooks which are incredibly relaxing to listen to and we have a lovely little area especially for this. 🤓📖






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World Book Day Celebration! 🌟⚡🎉📖

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to and made an effort to make World Book Day at Our Lady’s a huge success!  There were some fantastic costumes on the day as you can see below!

A big congratulations to our winners of ‘Best Costume’ from each first year classes, who received a €10 book token for their effort! ❤

From C1 we have Emma Jane Weir as Alice in Wonderland 🍄

From P1 Emer Keely as The Queen of Hearts 👸❤

From B1 we have SEVEN winners as a fantastic group costume, The Seven Dwarves are Shóna Kelly, Ríonach Kelly, Sinéad McCloskey, Jessica Horan, Katheine Hesse, Lauren Dwyer and Sophie McGovern 😴🤓😳😡🤗😷🙄

And last but not least from L1, Niamh Foran as Goldilocks! 🐻🐻🐻


Here’s a selection of some of the other costumes on the day (more to be added to the gallery on the school app)

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Happy World Book Day! 📖⚡

If  you have dressed up as a book character today comment below and let everyone know who you are and what book the character is from ✌🤓

We will decide on the best dressed later on today and post pictures of everyone tomorrow!

I am Miss Peregrine from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! 


*unfortunately I couldn’t master turning into a bird… 
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February’s Book Review Competition Winner! 🤓📖✨🤑

February’s Book Review Competition winner is Aoife Doyle in P1!

CONGRATULATIONS AOIFE! You have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library!


Here’s her winning book review:

Hunger by Michael Grant


Book review by: Aoife Doyle

Title: Hunger

Author: Michael Grant

Series: This book is the second book in the ‘Gone’ series.

Setting: This book is set in a place called Perdido beach in California. Perdido beach is on the coast of California and attracted many surfers before the FAYZ began.

The main characters: the main characters are Sam the leader of the good side and has the ability to shoot burning light from his hands that could kill someone, Caine the leader of the bad side and Sam’s long lost brother and has Telekinesis powers, Astrid is Sam’s girlfriend and a bit of a genius ,Drake is a bad guy who has a whip hand that cuts through your skin leaving ripped up flesh and Diana who is Caine’s girlfriend(sort of) and has the power to power read and see what your power is.

What is the FAYZ: The FAYZ stands for ‘fallout alley youth zone’. It is a circular dome around the Perdido beach town, the centre of which is the nuclear power plant which may have potentially caused the FAYZ. Kids up to the age of 15 live in this town. The FAYZ consists of only kids as all the adults and kids over 15 ‘blinked’ out or ‘left’ when it occurred first. Sam and his brother Caine were the first people not to leave when they turned 15. Many more have stopped themselves from leaving the FAYZ by following instruction from Sam. Some characters develop powers in the FAYZ and use them to fight the good/bad guys.

Why I liked this book: I liked this book because I thought it was very descriptive and had a lot of action in it. It described everyone’s powers very well. It also described the setting very well and I could picture everything very clearly. It was full of action and was a real page turner.

Rating: I would give this book 5 stars out of 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to people who have an interest in fictional and action books presumably 12 to 15 year olds.


Thanks Aoife, what a great review!! Michael Grant’s Gone series is hugely popular in the library 📖🤓📖🤓📖🤓📖

The deadline for next months competition is M📖onday 27th March so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and give it a star rating out of five. Email the review to for a chance to win €10 book token! 🤑📖

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Winners announced!

Our Lady’s School will absolutely be getting involved in these awards next year!
There are some great book on this list, and most are available in the school library.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Great Reads Awards:

Junior Category – Moira Fowley-Doyle for The Accident Season

Senior Category – Lisa Williamson for The Art of Being Normal

Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden was the “Most Read” title.

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