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Coding at Nenagh College

What is coding?

Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow.

Why is coding important?

  • Code powers our digital world. Every website, smartphone app, computer programme, calculator and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. This makes coders the architects and builders of the digital age.
  • Over the next 10 years, in Ireland and the United Kingdon, it is estimated that there will be 1.4 million new jobs in computer sciences.
  • Jobs not directly linked to computer sciences – such as banking, medicine and journalism – will also be affected by the need for at least an understanding of programming and coding.

Here in Nenagh College, we believe computer programming and coding is central to evolving educational curriculum and will be required for future employment.

Nenagh College teachers, Stephen O Meara and Kate O Brien (Centre Left and Right) pictured at a recent professional development day to support the introduction of Computer Science and Coding to the school's curriculum.
Nenagh College teachers, Stephen O Meara and Kate O Brien (Centre Left and Right) pictured at a recent professional development day to support the introduction of Computer Science and Coding to the school’s curriculum.

US President Barack Obama on Computer Science



BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

In 1963 two physics researchers from the University College Dublin, Rev. Dr. Tom Burke and Dr. Tony Scott, came across the concept of ‘Science Fairs’ while conducting research in New Mexico, America. The pair decided that this type of hands-on science was something that students in Ireland could benefit from. And so the Young Scientist Exhibition was born. BT has been the proud sponsor and organiser of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for 15 years.

Nenagh College second year students that attended the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Nenagh College chosen as pilot school for Coding initiative

Nenagh College has been chosen as a pilot school for the new Computer Science and Coding Programme which is being introduced as a short course in line with the up-coming  Junior Cycle Reform. The Principal of the school, Mr. Damien Kennedy, expressed his delight at the selection of Nenagh College as a pilot school for this nationwide initiative as an acknowledgement of the school in the area of curriculum innovation and development. The Principal was particularly pleased that the Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) Support Service had chosen Nenagh College, as this validation comes at a time when the school is investing heavily in its’ IT facilities with the provision of a new mobile computer classroom.

All first year students at Nenagh College are currently studying Computer Science and Coding with a vibrant Computer Club also part of the schools lunch time activities schedule.

This collaborative initiative, supported by Intel Ireland and LERO – The Irish Software Research Centre, is designed to support schools and teachers in exploring innovative options provided under the Framework for Junior Cycle 2015. The initiative involves trialling the new Junior Cycle short course in Coding. Students and teachers will engage with new resources, develop their expertise and share their experiences.



Nenagh College Open Night Wednesday 20th January

Thank you to all visitors who attended our open night. Nenagh College was delighted to showcase our school to all prospective students. Our guest speaker on the night was Limerick IT lecturer and former hurler of the year Micheal Fennelly.

Enrolment begins on Friday 22nd January 4.30 pm to 7.00 pm & Saturday 23rd January 10.30 am to 2.00 pm.

For further information, Phone: 067 31525 or Email:

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Nenagh College Open Night Wed 20th January

Nenagh College is pleased to announce our Open Night on Wednesday 20th January 2016. We would like to invite all parents and guardians of prospective students to attend. Our Principal’s address will begin at 7.30 pm. Our key note speaker is Mr. Michael Fennelly, former Hurler of the Year and Lecturer in LIT (Thurles).

Nenagh College is North Tipperary’s fastest growing school. Last year we celebrated 80 years of service to the community. Our state of the art facilities, supervised after school study and lunch time activities are some of the services we can offer to new students. We are able to cater for a wide range of subjects including Coding and Computer Science.

Please see our promotional video for a greater look at our school. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Credit Union Bursaries

Three students who completed their Leaving Certificate examinations in June 2015 and are currently studying in colleges in Limerick and Dublin, received bursaries from Nenagh Credit Union.

Photo: Aija Jekabsone (Nenagh Credit Union), Hugh Geaney (recipient), Zoey Gratton (recipient), Ann Melley (Deputy Principal), Linda Corcoran (recipient), Alice Brislane (Director, Nenagh Credit Union)


Gratitude Ceremony

Students in Nenagh College organised and took part in a Gratitude Event on Thursday 17th December – it was organised by the 5th year Leaving Certificate Applied class and Ms O Keeffe’s Transition Year Social Education class. The event marked the end of 2015 and the beginning of a new year with positive hopes and intentions.  It was a time to reflect on the ordinary greatness in our lives and to give thanks.  Students and teachers were invited to spend time reflecting on all that is we have.  It was a collaborative approach from many different departments in the school including music, art, religion and social education, well done to all who contributed to an excellent time of reflection and thanks.

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Winning Christmas Tree entry

Proud 2nd Year Nenagh College art students displayed an up-cycled Christmas tree at St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival.  Their winning entry had hundreds of old computer keys mosaiced with donated tiles.  Tinfoil from lunch wrappers was made into decorations and an old patio table top was used creatively. Well done to all for the hard work and effort involved.  Ms Beirne (Art Teacher) received the award on behalf of the students and would like to thank Mr. O’Meara, Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Johnson for all their help.

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