Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition National Champions 2020
March 5th was a special day in our school as 5 Leaving Certificate Pupils were crowned champion of the 2020 Certified Irish Angus Schools competition. The Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools competition challenges students to rear five Irish Angus calves for beef production. It aims to promote the Certified Irish Angus Beef brand while communicating the care and attention required to produce quality beef for consumers.

Winners Rachel Alexander, Barry Stratford, Sophie Reilly, Lloyd Hastings and Kelvin McNally are the first group from Cavan to participate in the calf-rearing competition, which is now in its sixth year. This was the culmination of a two-year project starting in TY and which involved a great deal of hard work and dedication.  During the competition, the winning group raised awareness for mental health among their local farming community, holding a ‘Walk in my Wellies’ fundraising event in their school for Pieta House.

Announcing the winners, Charles Smith, General Manager, Irish Angus Producer Group said, “The students at Royal School Cavan displayed excellent teamwork and enthusiasm throughout the competition, and faced up to challenges with confidence and maturity beyond their years. The group were driven and knowledgeable and this, coupled with an excellent mental health promotion focussed on the farming community made them the worthy winners of this competition”. They were presented with the prize & a cheque for €2,000 by Irish Olympic hockey star Katie Mullan at an awards ceremony in Croke Park. They are pictured here with acting principal Mr. Corley.

Football League winners

The U15 boys’ team won their Cavan Monaghan League final against Colaiste Oiriall, Monaghan with a score line of 4-1. This was a fitting culmination of the season where they displayed great talent and application. The final squad is pictured here with their medals and the league trophy.

Mini Companies
We had 10 mini companies this year competing in the Cavan Student Enterprise Awards in the Slieve Russell hotel in March. All groups did very well, but special mention must be reserved for our 1st year groups ‘Green Sweet Treats’ and ‘Royal Oil’ (pictured) who were awarded 2nd and 3rd place in the county respectively.

Girls’ Rugby

Well done to the Junior Girls’ rugby team (pictured) who came out on top in a 4-match visit to Kingscourt school. They secured two wins and two draws on the day.

TY Community Care Module

As part of our continuing focus on community involvement for TY pupils, the students have recently visited the residents of Esker Lodge nursing home & have helped at the Cavan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (pictured) These have been valuable life experiences.

Tooth Led Teens

Tooth Led Teens is a peer education programme for Oral Health and Hygiene. A group of TY students did their training today with the HSE. The programme will be delivered to our First-Year students over the coming weeks.

Young Social Innovators (YSI)

This is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15 to 18 year old teens. Its main goal is to get young people (15-18yrs) involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community. Our TY group have submitted their entry and are eagerly awaiting further news.


The TY Pupils enjoyed the introduction to Yoga that they experienced in March. Thanks to Ms. McElwaine for organising this activity and to Ruth O’Dowd for instructing.

Cavan Hockey Shield

On Saturday 7th of March the Royal School welcomed Cavan Hockey club to the school to contest the annual Cavan Hockey Shield match. After a close game with a lot of great hockey played the Hockey Club prevailed and retained the shield. Thanks to CHC for a great game and their continued support of the school.