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The College Press ————-Friday, 21st December 2012 Issue 2 Volume 8—————

The Christmas Issue Friendly Facebook

Recession Friendly Christmas Top 10 Christmas Seaso nal Spec ial


College Press Editorial Team Editors: Ciara Maher Sorcha Lavelle-Walsh Student Contributors:

Chata-Mari Viglino Caroline Kane Becky Doherty Rosie Stebbing Sarah Coller Blathnaid Corless

Millie Ahearn O'Donnell Lorcan O’Sullivan Rosin Flynn Patrick Morrin Special Thanks To:

Mr. Doyle


Editorial Hi Everyone, 4 days till Christmas! Yes, we’re pretty busy with exams… Thanks to all who contributed to this issue of the College Press, don’t forget we are always looking for contributors and suggestions, you can like us on facebook, e-mail us at: or simply say hello to us in the corridor, the options are endless. Ciara and Sorcha :)


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By: Chata-Mari Viglino

We all love Christmas. The 10 best things about Christmas are : 1 Spending time with your family 2The presents 3 Playing in the snow 4 Putting your decorations up 5 Watching Christmas movies 6 Listening to Christmas songs 7 Having hot chocolate by the fire 8 Waiting for the snow 9 Looking at Christmas lights 10 Waiting for Christmas to come! 4

The Top 10 Chris

tmas movies +songs

By: Caroline Kane

A great way to get into the Christmas mood is to settle down and watch a selection of Christmas movies or listen to your favourite

Christmas songs. I surveyed first years and a few teachers, and this is what they said!



1. The Grinch

1. Jingle Bells

2. Elf

2. All I want for Christmas

3. The Muppets Christmas Carol

3. Winter Song

4. Santa Clause

4. Santa Clause is comin’

5. Fred Clause

5. The Power of Love

6. Miracle on 34th street

6. Under The Mistletoe

7. Home Alone

7. Santa Baby

8. Scrooged

8. Frosty the Snowman

9. Santa Buddies

9. Silent Night

10. Polar Express

10. Merry Christmas 5

Breaking Dawn Part 2 The epic conclusion to the Twilight series has mesmerised millions of fans, leaving them wondering what will become of the Cullen family in years to come. Bella and Edward’s love story continues in this film, as they introduce their daughter, Renesmee, to the saga. The film begins with Bella waking up from a two day ordeal , changing from human to vampire following the birth of her daughter Renesmee. Renesmee gets off to an unfortunate start in the world. The Volturi have incorrect information about her, the part human, part immortal child. They believe that she is completely immortal because Irina, from the Denali coven, saw Renesmee in the woods with Jacob and Bella catching snow flakes and thought she was a complete immortal. The Cullens gather many witnesses for the Volturi’s ‘visit’- such as the Denali coven, the Irish coven, the Egyptian coven, the Amazon coven and the Romanian coven. Vampire by vampire, Renesmee shows them all her extra special gift so they can have proof of the situation. They are shocked to see such a peculiar gift and they fall in love with her straight away. She can tell people what she wants to say by just putting her hand upon their face. There is a huge twist towards the end of the movie which will have you at the edge of your seat, but I won’t divulge anymore information, as I don’t want to ruin the film for anyone who hasn’t seen it. To know more, you’ll have to go and see it while it’s still in cinemas! By Becky Doherty 6

Recession-Friendly Christmas That time of year is here again! Tis the season for present buying, tree decorating and card sending, which no doubt are taking their toll on your pocket. Here are six simple ideas for homemade presents, decorations and cards that won’t break the bank this Christmas!


#1 Snow globe You will need: A glass jar, an old ornament (you can get these cheap in charity shops, or maybe you have some lying around the house), water, glycerin, glitter. To make the snow globe: Glue the ornament to the inside of the lid of the jar. Fill the jar almost to the top with water, and add glycerin. This will stop the glitter from floating to the bottom too quickly. Add the glitter, and then, when the glue is dry, carefully screw the lid onto the jar. Turn the jar over, and let it snow! #2 Christmas hamper Turn to our Christmas recipe page for ideas for your hamper! You can fill a basket with lots of sweet treats, which is the perfect cheap but impressive gift. You will need: Delicious christmas food, wicker basket 7

Decorations: #3 Paper bird tree decorations You will need: White card, patterned paper, glue, twine, hole puncher. To make the paper birds: Cut two bird shapes from the white card. Cut two bird shapes from white card. Draw a wing onto one bird and cut along the lower and side edges with a craft knife. Fold wing upwards. Glue a piece of patterned paper or fabric to the reverse side to show through underneath the wing. Fold a length of twine to form a long loop. Stick loop in place to the reverse of one bird with the loop at the top and the ends at the bottom forming the bird’s legs. Glue both bird shapes together, punch a hole for its eye and hang up. #4 Give old Christmas baubles a new look You will need: Old baubles, fabric of your choice, hemp cord/ wool/string, buttons, string To give the baubles a new look: Cut out a piece of fabric large enough to cover the bauble. Bring the edges of the material up to the top of the bauble, then tie with the cord. Thread a button onto the string and then tie with a bow. Trim the material with the scissors, then hang on the tree.


Cards: 5. Wreath card You will need: White card, three different colours of card, red ribbon To make the wreath card: Punch or cut out lots of circles in different colours and sizes. Stick in a wreath shape on the folded over white card. Then tie the ribbon in a bow, and stick at the top of the wreath. 6. Thumbprint robin card You will need: White card, brown paint, red paint, googly eyes, glue, black pen. To make the thumbprint robin card: Press your thumb into the brown paint and then print three times onto the card. Leave to dry, then repeat on top of the brown using red for the robins’ tummies. Leave to dry, then glue on the googly eyes. Using the black pen, draw on beaks, wings and feet. By: Rosie Stebbing


Friendly Facebook? Tremendous Twitter? The Positives of Social Networking *SPOILER ALERT – don’t worry, this isn’t another lecture on cyber bullying, as serious an issue as it is. I’m here today to try and spread the word about all the positive aspects of social networking that you’ve probably forgotten about recently, amidst the terrible news that many people – particularly teens – are having extreme mental health issues, even devastatingly going as far as turning to suicide. Let’s make a change.

Social networking – what does it actually mean? (Hang on, just let me Google it – yes, even I don’t know...) Ok, here goes: “The use of a dedicated Web site to communicate informally with other members of the site, by posting messages, photographs, etc.”… blah, blah, blah… basically it means we all stay in contact over the internet by sharing our photos and messaging each other, whether public or private. But the real aim of these websites, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, are to get us all 10

connected, talking and sharing our ideas. That doesn’t just mean having the chats with your friend about today’s news. It’s much broader than that.If you own a pet, you will know the feeling of empathy when you see a dodgy, weatherbeaten sign with a picture of a cat captioned ‘Help find Snowy please!” in marker. The chances of the sign being seen are quite small. But let’s say someone was to tweet a picture of their missing dog – it can be endlessly re-tweeted. Same as with Facebook, whereby you can share any photo and like it to push it up in importance on people’s newsfeed. I do wonder if Mark Zuckerberg (creator of Facebook, for those of you who live under a rock) knew what a key community aid he had created when he invented the infamous site. And of course, it goes without saying that when a loved one in your community goes missing, you are more likely to see their picture and details about them M.I.A. firstly on these sites than on the TV or radio news. Social networking’s ability to be instant and easy to access means it is fast overtaking the likes of the newspaper, TV and radio for the place people visit first to find current affairs information. I’ve never bought a newspaper in my life and seldom pick one up to read, but by liking The Irish Times Facebook page or following them on

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Twitter I can be informed the easy way – why not give it a go? Another great aspect of social networking? It’s FREE. This means that charities who don’t receive any government funding, such as the Make a Wish Foundation, are able to raise awareness and in turn collect more donations through the likes of Facebook and Twitter without it costing them a vital penny. It’s essential to keep helpful charities and organisations like this in the know and easily accessible. For example, Headstrong The National Centre for Youth Mental Health has a 3,000 strong following on Facebook, putting it out there for people who may be looking for support. How many times lately have you opted to see if there is a Facebook page for an organization instead of trying to find their website online? Bringing together your social circles with wider community organisations is another reason why social networking is the way to a brighter future. Of course, social networking is not without its disadvantages. Most of us are 12

aware of the disgusting and demoralizing behavior of some people on these sites. Cyber bullying is becoming a real issue in today’s society. But it’s just a platform to launch insults from, not the source of these insults. We also should keep in mind that the campaigns launched to support these people can be established and promoted on Facebook and Twitter. The amount of antibullying pages set up in comparison to the number of abusive pages is an encouraging sight. Remember guys, Facebook and Twitter will continue to cause bullying if we don’t focus on the positive. Why not start a hashtag for anti-bullying specifically in your school or local area trending on Twitter? Or like and share the latest anti-bullying page on Facebook? If we can’t make these websites go away (and be honest, you kinda love them), why not use them as a tool for doing good? #overandout.

By Sarah Coller.

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Iced Christmas Trees INGREDIENTS by Blathnaid Corless For the biscuits: 100g butter , chopped 175g dark muscovado sugar 85g golden syrup 350g plain flour , plus extra for dusting 1 tbsp ground ginger Âź tsp ground cloves 1 tsp ground cinnamon

To decorate:

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 300g sifted icing sugar 1 egg , beaten 16 lolly sticks or coffee stirrers

sugar , for sprinkling

a few sweets sugar, for sprinkling red and white tubes of writing icing


METHOD 1: Gently melt the butter, muscovado sugar and syrup in a large pan until the sugar dissolves. Mix the flour, spices and ½ tsp salt. Cool the buttermixture a little, then stir in the bicarbonate. Immediately add half the spiced flour and beat well. Add the egg and the rest of the spiced flour, then beat well again until the mixture comes together as a soft dough. Tip onto a sheet of foil, flatten to a large disc, then cool and chill until firm. Will freeze for up to 6 weeks.

2: Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Halve the dough

and roll out on a floured surface. Stamp out trees using a cutter about 10cm long and arrange, well spaced apart, on baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 mins until golden. Leave to harden, then lift onto a rack. Repeat with the remaining dough. Use the trimmings to stamp out 3-4cm stars, then bake for 9-10 mins.


To decorate, mix about 3 tbsp water into the icing sugar to make a thick icing. Use to sandwich two trees together with a lolly stick between them. Use the rest of the icing to ice the trees and stars, adding sweets or sprinkling with the sugar. For a neater result, use the writing icing to make an outline of the tree before filling in with the icing. Leave to set. Will keep in a tin for 3-4 days.


I really love Christmas, all my family are together and we tell each other funny stories from Christmas time when we were younger. My Mum and Uncle Jim always tell the best ones.............This is my favourite! My Mum and her brother Jim were really bold kids....I'm probably not supposed to tell you this story but whatever.. Every Christmas for years my Nan used to buy boxes of biscuits as presents for Christmas, and every year my Mum and her brother used to open the tins.....take out the top layer of biscuits and eat the bottom layer from each tin!...and then the little genius's used to put back in the top layer and tape the tin back up again......seriously! My poor Nan was giving presents for years and never knew. I have a few tricks up my sleeve too......I apologise in advance if you only get half your present :P haha By Millie Ahearn O'Donnell

Miscellany MICROSOFT NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Anon) 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, except Papa's mouse. The computer was humming, the icons were hopping, As Papa did last-minute Internet shopping. The stockings were hung by the modem with care In hope that St. Nicholas would bring new software. 16

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of computer games danced in their heads. PageMaker for Billy, and Quicken for Dan, And Carmen Sandiego for Pamela Ann. The letters to Santa had been sent out by Mom, To Which has now been re-routed to Washington State Because Santa's workshop has been bought by Bill Gates. All the elves and reindeer have had to skedaddle To flashy new quarters in suburban Seattle. After centuries of a life that was simple and spare, St. Nicholas is suddenly a new billionaire, With a shiny red Porsche in the place of his sleigh, And a house on Lake Washington that's just down the way From where Bill has his mansion. The old fellow preens In black Gucci boots and red Calvin Klein jeans. The elves have stock options and desks with a view, Where they write computer code for Johnny and Sue. No more dolls or tin soldiers or little toy drums Will be under the tree, only compact disk ROMS With the Microsoft label. So spin up your drive, From now on Christmas runs only on Win95. More rapid than eagles the competitors came, And Bill whistled, and shouted, and called them by name. "Now, ADOBE! now, CLARIS! now, INTUIT! too, Now, APPLE! and NETSCAPE! you are all of you through, It is Microsoft's SANTA that the kids can't resist, It's the ultimate software with a traditional twist Recommended by no less than the jolly old elf, And on the package, a picture of Santa himself. Get 'em young, keep 'em long, is Microsoft's scheme, And a merger with Santa is a marketer's dream. To the top of the NASDAQ! to the top of the Dow! Now dash away! dash away! dash away - wow!" And Mama in her 'kerchief and I in my cap, 17

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, The whir and the hum of our satellite platter. As it turned toward that new Christmas star in the sky, The SANTALITE owned by the Microsoft guy. As I sprang from my bed and was turning around, My computer turned on with a Jingle-Bells sound. And there on the screen was a smiling Bill Gates Next to jolly old Santa, two arm-in-arm mates. And I heard them exclaim in voice so bright, Have a MICROSOFT CHRISTMAS, and TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.

‘Hair Poem’ by Lorcan O’Sullivan 1T Baldness comes to men like me And I am only twenty three Few strands of hair on my head They know all the rest is dead Baldness has its own bonus too And I will name just a few No grey hair for you to see No cutting, trimming, styling free

No shampoo to make it shine Step out of the shower it dries just fine To all the vain men out there Don not worry if you have lost your hair!


Unsung Heros—by Roisin Flynn Ever wondered about those sickeningly successful people that clog up our morning notices with their numerous sporting achievements? Ever said to yourself, “I wish I had their six pack and defined arms…but meh, effort”? Well it’s when you hear that someone like Jack Hickey (Irish dancer; 2nd in Leinster, 5th in the world) has “broken both ankles and torn ligaments 6 times”, that Dearbhla Flanagan (Leinster Rugby U18, U19) spent the night in A&E after being headbutted or that Niamh Jordan (All-Ireland and World Irish Dancing Medallist) tore 2 tendons in her foot 2 weeks before a major dancing championship, that it’s not hard to see why the some of us prefer the safety of the sideline to the battlefield of sport. But as Lauren Heffernan (member of a schools team representing Ireland at Hickstead) so rightly puts it, “it’s hard work and you have to be quite dedicated and hardy, no point crying every time you fall off [your horse+”. When asked why she thought she was so suited to triathlons, earning her representation for Ireland, Aisling Wyer merely commented “I work hard and put the time into training, luckily it has paid off”. But as all of us couch-surfers know, it’s often the choice between settling down to the midweek movie with munchies in hand versus a dark, cold run in the rain (pffft not a chance, pass those Pringles!!). But these are the types of choices that must be made if you share hopes similar to those of Michael Healion (Athletics- Ireland)- “to remain injury free and become a regular on the Irish squad.” The world of sport is not always easy. While Lisa Dolly (competed for Ireland in showjumping) confesses to finding competing as an individual 19

easier, she does add that “It can get lonely though, and a bit isolated”. Gráinne Carr (European Champion Irish Dancer) says that she enjoys the pressure of others watching her perform as, “I’m so used to people watching me dance at feis’ that it’s just the norm for me at this stage.” But what keeps these athletes going while the rest of us are enjoying our sedentary lifestyles to the max? For Niamh Deering (represented Ireland in the Mounted Games), it’s the example of Zara Phillips, for Declan Gardiner (No.1 Irish Tennis Player U12, Leinster U14), it’s Roy Keane’s quote “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” and for Michael Jordan (4th in Ireland- Javelin) it’s the inspiration provided by self-trained javelin thrower Terry McHugh. For others it’s the little superstitions that make all the difference. Who would have known that Heather Meagher (represented Ireland in the European Basketball Championships) always wears her hair the same way for every match? Who would have thought that Ciara Conaty (Leinster Hockey U16, Kildare Camogie & GAA) used to make everyone on her team touch her lucky football boots before a game? Or that Jeanette O’Meara (Leinster Irish Dancing Champion) always dances with an angel pinned to the shawl of her dress? And those Scully sisters…..!! Having all represented Kildare for GAA (and Kate also played U19 rugby for Leinster), they admit that it is difficult to manage sport and schoolwork (“I usually end up doing my homework on Sunday night” Muireann says, while Louise does hers “en route to and from school!”), but it’s clear from their wish to “continue playing to the best of *their+ ability” that they will find a way to make it work. Perhaps their excuse, “I was at Kildare training last night”, might go down a little better with the teachers than “Ah Miss, Love/Hate was on!” 20

As much as it pains me to admit it (!), we do have a seriously talented bunch of rugby players here in the College (incl 4 representing Leinster and 1 representing Connacht). But what advice do they have for us mere mortals looking to emulate their successes? “Just practice as much as you can, be dedicated to the sport and take your chance when it arrives” is Robbie Mullen’s (Connacht Rugby U19- Interpro Champions) advice, while Hugh O’Donnell (Leinster Rugby U18- Interpro Champions), who admits to singing ‘If you wanna be my lover’ before every match, reckons you should “give it a lash, sure what do you have to lose?”. So there you have it people, set your sky boxes to series link and get out to support your brilliant (albeit, depressingly brilliant! ) classmates! ***D.C., unfortunately your all-time high score on ‘Bop- It’ does not qualify you for interview at this time

Concern Debating Round 2 – This time it’s personal. The Concern debate (15/11/2012) was not only thoroughly entertaining but also hugely thought provoking. Newbridge College Debating team answered many of today’s most burning questions such as; who did steal the last cookie from the cookie jar??? The team consisted of Grainne Carr (captain), with her ferocious debating style (I was literally terrified!), Ciara Maher, the comedic genius, Jeffrey Hovendan Keane, the dramatic and forceful rebutter who made me feel personally responsible for all the poverty in the world and Chloe O’Reilly, who began so sweetly welcoming her opponents before turning caustic and lampooning them with her words. The opposition really didn’t stand a chance. The team did the College proud exhibiting great team work and The College Press can also exclusively reveal that Ciara Maher does not, I repeat DOES NOT watch “The Valleys.” Since then then team have gone on to triumph in Blesso (excuse the colloquialism) and are going from strength to strength. Well done to Miss. C. Kelly and Miss D. Murphy on all there hard work. Mr. Doyle


The Sports Column

By Paddy Morrin

Ireland vs. Argentina As the GAA season goes into hibernation for another year Ireland can focus full attention on the Autumn International series. Ireland’s international calendar finished with a clash against the inform pumas. This was deemed as easy win for the pumas as Ireland’s resources were greatly depleted. Our fellow colleague Jamie Heaslip skippered Ireland for the second time. The pumas were favourites but Ireland’s team seemed to be reinvigorated with a star on the wing in the shape of Craig Gilroy. This was a must win game for Ireland as it was there last opportunity to get into the top eight of the world rankings and also Declan Kidney needed to rectify his position as head coach with a win. The Pumas were coming of the back of an impressive campaign in the Rugby Championship in the Southern Hemisphere and also they had an equally impressive performance against Wales in Cardiff. As the game started Ireland immediately laid down a marker with massive intensity and the Pumas eventually capsized on 11 minutes with an exquisite try from the new kid on the block Gilroy, who skipped past five players on route to cross the whitewash, Such stepping hasn’t been seen since Brian O’ Driscoll Heroics twelve years ago in Paris (also heralding him to stardom). This try seemed to release a lot of tension in the Irish ranks as Jonny Sexton nearly killed Gilroy in an over the top celebration which would be more appropriate in a Wrestling ring. Ireland were now hugely on top with the Irish backs running mesmerising lines in attack with Argentina hopelessly grasping at thin air in defence. Next to use his stepping skills was the majestic Sexton who cruised over the line for a well worked try. Another


plus for Ireland was there domination up front with the Irish front five dominating especially at the set piece with Donncha Ryan impressive at the Line out. This superiority up front showed when Strauss squeezed himself over the line in the corner for a hard yards try. The Irish momentum just kept rolling and all of a sudden they were in again with another top notch try finished off by Simon Zebo, with the accurate Sexton adding the extras. A penalty by sexton at the end of the first half showed Ireland meant business. This was a first half performance oozing with class from Ireland the half time score 24-9. Throughout the first half It seemed the Pumas wanted a break from there long regime because at times they were lethargic and they seemed to be not bothered with the matter at hand which is a surprise because the Puma’s usually bring spirit and passion but it wasn’t evident today. The second half started were it left off with Ireland intent to besiege the Puma’s line. Argentina’s defence was non- existent and Ireland continued to plunder tries with Bowe chasing a well-timed kick by Sexton which led to him scooting clear for an impressive try. Next to cross the unguarded Argentinian line was the dancing Sexton who’s try was a carbon copy of the first. The Irish onslaught continued when the poacher Bowe ran after a chip from Earls and gathered and ran under the posts for his second. This was procession, the score 46-12. The Argentinian spirit of old was none existent but they did manage to conger up some of the old Latin fighting spirit with two late tries from their old warrior Lobbe and Substitution leonardi both muscling their way through the green wall to score. Final score 46-24. Many things to be happy about, as Ireland finally show their full potential and banish bad memories of the past. Another positive for Ireland the was outstanding Craig Gilroy who reinvigorated the Irish structured and boring game plan that was evident against the Springboks. Also credit must go to the Irish forwards who dismantle the much vaunted Puma pack. All in all a truly excellent Irish performance with much to be positive about. 23

The Racing Column As the winter starts the National Hunt season begins in earnest with the Paddy Power meeting at the home of National Hunt. The big race of the meeting is the Paddy Power Gold Cup. This year’s race had a stellar line up which included Hunt Ball a Cheltenham festival winner, Grand Crus who was the favourite for this race and was highly regarded by his trainer David Pipe and second in the betting was the Paul Nicholls trained Al Ferof ridden by Kildare man Ruby Walsh. The race started at a laboured pace with the fancied Walkon taking it up. Early on Hunt Ball was pulled up because he didn’t relish the conditions. Grand Crus was also very disappointing and he was also pulled up hence leaving Ruby Walsh out in front on Al Ferof. Al Ferof put in a glorious jump at the last which sealed his classy victory. After this impressive victory Al Ferof will now be targeted at the biggest race over Christmas the King George chase at Kempton. This was Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh’s first victories in this prestigious race. Paddy Morrin Well done to all involved in the Carol service. Now ….Merry Christmas to all and to all a Goodnight !!!


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