From the small seed of 114 students the great oak tree grew and today BCS has close on 900 students, due to the endeavors of great teachers under the leadership of people like Seán. Many former BCS students are today employed all over the world. One of Seán’s students was Brian O’Donovan, RTE News Washington correspondent whom we see daily on RTE Television.
In his role as Deputy Principal, Seán attended Board meetings in a “watching brief” capacity to support the school Principal. He had responsibility for discipline at BCS, which was not the easiest task. He carried out this function in a professional manner and was often complimented by the BOM. Tributes paid by former school students on the RIP condolences site bear testimony to this. He was deemed to be firm but fair and dealt with students in a caring and compassionate manner.
Over the years I attended a few ACCS Conferences in the company of Mr. Murray and Mr. Slowey. While in their company they instilled their belief that “It takes a village to rear a child”. They were extremely proud of Ballincollig Community School, its teachers and support staff and the message from them was “It’s the team effort that brings success”.
On 21st Sept 1997 members of the BOM enjoyed the celebrations that marked “Bliain is Fiche ag Fás”. One year later we witnessed the “Changing of the Guard” when Mr. Dan Murray, Principal, retired and handed the reins to a very capable Mr. Seán Slowey. Shortly afterwards he was elected to ACCS National Executive.
Seán was a Principal with many new ideas and established a “Book Rental Scheme” for BCS well before the Department of Education introduced the scheme. During his five years on the ACCS National Executive he secured one of the very first Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) schools for Ballincollig.
In December 2002 history was created at Innishmore when 600 school students moved into a modern school building. In September 2003 the BOM, Teachers, Staff & Students enjoyed a wonderful day when Micheál Martin, TD & Minister for Education, performed the official opening. One year later, with 28 years loyal and dedicated service at BCS, Seán Slowey retired. He handed the reins to the new principal Ms. Kathleen Lowney.
In his retirement years, Seán was not idle and served for close on ten years as President of the “Retired Principals & Vice Principals Association” where he looked after the concerns of its members.
Three years ago Seán’s health deteriorated and he was cared / supported by his loving wife Geraldine & family. He died peacefully at home in December, buried in the “Town he Loved so Well” Ardara, Co. Donegal.
Go Raibh Leaba Aige I measc na Naomh.
Ballincollig Community School
Enrolment Information for Academic Year 2021/2022:
Hard copies of the Application form will be distributed to the 6th Class students in surrounding Primary Schools next week and from the 1st October it will be available to download from the website.
Applications can be made from 1st October to 8th October 2020 at 12 noon.
Offers will be made the week of the 12th October 2020.
Final Date for receipt of Acceptance of Offers is Wednesday 21st October 2020.
Traditionally we hold our Open Night for prospective students on the last Thursday of September, every year. Unfortunately, this year, due to public health advice, we will not be able to welcome our future students and their families in person.
We are going to go with the next best option – a virtual Open Night. This will take place on Thursday 1st October at 7.30pm
We hope that this will give you a sense of who we are, what we have to offer and the facility we work in.
To view our virtual Open Night, please register through the form provided below.
On Thursday 1st October a link will be sent to all registered emails.
We hope that you enjoy our virtual Open Night.