Lift the ‘cap’ and recognise the Dean

For years now, our very popular school has been capped with an ‘Admissions Number’ of 80 and ‘Enrolment Number’ of 440. We have sought to get an increase in these respective numbers on various occasions but have met with resistance from our employing authority, CCMS who have yet to acknowledge us as a growing post primary school at the heart of its community. We continue to be oversubscribed by nearly 50% annually for Year 8 places, and this coming September will see a pupil population of 670 (approx.).            The Department of Education did identify us a school which has to continually seek temporary variations to enable us to meet the demand for places in the college and its recent pilot exercise gave us some hope of getting the capped numbers increased to 100 and 600, which would be more indicative of present numbers. Unfortunately, CCMS did not again support such an increase, stating that one of the reasons being, the availability of places in another school, eleven miles away. Knowing you as stakeholders, I doubt you would entertain such a notion. As a thriving post-primary school, the time has come for us now to embark on a campaign to seek an ‘Admissions Number’ and ‘Enrolment Number’ that truly reflects our current pupil numbers.

Thanking you as always for your on-going support and for the overwhelming confidence you have in  us a s a rural post-primary community school.


Yours sincerely,

James Warnock

Best wishes to Fr O’Neill

On our first Senior Assembly of the new school year we sadly said goodbye to our chaplain, Board of Governor but most importantly our friend, Fr O’Neill. After 16 years in the parish he is being moved to Keady. Our loss is definetly their gain. A token of our appreciation was presented by Anna Hempenstall, top student at AS Level .

We wish Fr O’Neill health and happiness in his new role, he will be sadly missed.

Exam Revision Timetable



Revision classes (during school day)

Summer 2023



Monday 15th May 2023



Drama (am)

Irish (am)


Tuesday 16th May 2023


P.E. (am)
Wednesday 17th May 2023 HE (am)

Irish (am)

Digital Technology (pm)

English Literature (pm)



Tuesday 23rd May 2023


English Literature (pm)


Wednesday 24th May 2023 Geography (am)

Science (am)

Tuesday 6th June 2023 Maths (am)
Thursday 8th June 2023 Geography (am)


Friday 9th June 2023 Science (am)


Monday 12th June 2023 Chemistry (am)

Chemistry (pm)

Tuesday 13th June 2023 Physics (am)


Thursday 15th June 2023 Geography (am)





Timetable of revision classes (during school day)

Summer 2023



Tuesday 16th May 2023


Maths (pm)
Friday 19th May 2023


Maths (am)
Monday 22nd May 2023


Maths (am)
Tuesday 23rd May 2023


Maths (pm)
Wednesday 24th May 2023


Maths (pm)
Friday 26th May 2023


Maths (am)
Tuesday 30th May 2023


Environmental Technology (am)
Wednesday 31st May 2023


Environmental Technology (am)
Monday 5th June 2023


Maths (am)
Thursday 8th June 2023


Religion (pm)
Friday 16th June 2023


Religion (am)


Timetable of revision classes (during school day)

Summer 2023

Date AS


Monday 15th May 2023



Digital Technology (am)

English (am)

Maths (pm)


Tuesday 16th May 2023


Health & Social Care (pm)
Friday 19th May 2023 Digital Technology (pm)


Tuesday 23rd May 2023 Religion (am)





Timetable of revision classes (during school day)

Summer 2023

Date Essential Skills


Thursday 1st June 2023


Application of Number (pm)
Friday 2nd June 2023


Application of Number (pm)
Thursday 8th June 2023 Application of Number (pm)
Friday 9th June 2023 Application of Number (pm)


Feis, 2023

Dean Maguirc College saw much success in this years, West Tyrone Feis.

The Year 12 GCSE Music class took first place in the Vocal Ensemble competition.

Cara Fox, Rebecca Rafferty, Clara Conlon, Sorcha Hughes, Georgia McCrory, Carleen McCrory and Cliodhna Toner.

Danielle McCaughey and Alisha McCorkell came second in the same competition.

Grainne Donnelly took place in her piano competition. Carleen McCrory came second and Georgia McCrory came third in their age piano competition.

The Dean Maguirc College Ballad group came first in their competition.



(L-R), Cliodhna Toner, Carleen McCrory, Georgia McCrory, Cara Fox and Rebecca Rafferty.

Our school Traditional Group came second in their competition.

(L-R), Aoibhin Kelly, Maria Ward, Grace Brogan, Darragh Woods, Ella Mae Woods, Caitlin McCullagh, Dearbhla Toner, Hannah Colgan, Erin Gormley, Aoife Kelly, Aine Mullin, Darragh Brennan, Carleen McCrory and Cliodhna Toner.

Cliodhna Toner came first in the senior accordion competition.


Dearbhla Toner came second in the miscellaneous section playing the flute.

Maria Ward came second in the button accordion section.


Aoife Kelly came first in the tin whistle competition.


Darragh Woods, Ella Mae Woods and Caitlinn McCullagh all successfully competed in the banjo competition.

Corn Colmcille Ulster Final

Dean Maguirc College booked its place in the final of The Corn Colmcille competition (U13.5) by beating Abbey Vocational School on Friday past at Irvinestown’s Bawnacre centre. Having topped the qualifying group with victories over St. Louis’ Ballymena, St. Ciaran’s Ballygawley and St Joseph’s Donaghmore, The Dean entered the semi final on Friday as slight favourites over its Donegal counterparts.

Weather conditions were not ideal as the players took to the pitch but both teams adapted well to the wet ball and produced high quality football from the outset. It was Abbey who impressed most in the early exchanges and got the first two scores on the board. The Dean duly upped the tenacity in their tackling and this paid great dividends with them scoring a goal on the counter attack through ace marksman Brayden McNally. This team prides itself on gaining turnovers and they did this regularly during an excellent first half. Great pressure was applied to the Abbey kickout and The Dean were rewarded with scores from Marcus Conway and Mark Harte. From then on goals were on the mind of the attackers and they went on to score three from Pauric Broderick, Finbar Donaghy and Brayden McNally again. Abbey kept themselves in the game by scoring a goal after some great work from their half back line. At the half time break Dean Maguirc College were seven points in the ascendancy with a score line of 4.3 to 1.5.


The second half was a more cautious affair with The Dean seemingly more determined to hold on to the lead rather than extend it. They suffered for this in conceding two goals to Abbey, one of which was a penalty. Some substitutions brought fresh impetus to The Dean’s attack and one in particular, Matthew Meenagh, can count himself very unlucky to have had his goal disallowed. A goal each for Marcus Conway and Brayden McNally, alongside to a point from midfielder Lochlann Gillen paved the way for a nine point victory for Dean Maguirc winning by 6.6 to 3.6. They go on to play another Donegal school, St. Eunan’s Letterkenny, in the final which is due to take place on April the 20th, after the Easter holidays.

Loch an Iuir Cup Winners 2023


Dean Maguirc College claimed the Loch an Iuir Cup on Friday afternoon at Garvaghy following a 1-15 to 3-6 win over a hotly fancied Abbey Vocational School side from Donegal. The beaten finalists scored two goals from the penalty spot deep in injury time which gave the scoreline the appearance of a close game.

The Dean began well working hard as a unit to deny their opponents time and space on the ball with Ciaran Mc Crystal and Sean Og Harte outstanding. They were a yard quicker to the ball particularly in defence while up front the forwards were a threat every time the ball was played inside.

Points from Sean Donnelly (2) and Vincent Gormley (2) put the Dean four points clear inside eight minutes. Abbey then hit the net with a fine goal from Daire Slevin before a point on thirteen minutes from Tomas Carr tied the game. Gormley, Michael Mc Callan and Daniel Heagney added points for the Dean to put the Tyrone school three clear with seventeen minutes of the first half gone.

Abbey responded with a point from Thomas Lenehan but a minute later Vincent Gormley sent over his fourth point of the first half as the Dean kept their opponents at arm’s length with half time only minutes away. Lenehan replied for Abbey before Marcus Conway scored a fantastic individual goal that was worthy of winning any final. That goal put Dean five clear and in pole position but Abbey showed they were far from out of the contest with the final two scores of the first half from Thomas Mc Hugh and Gethin Mosby to go in at the break behind by three

Half time score : Dean Maguirc 1-8, Abbey Vocational School 1-5.

The first ten minutes of the second half saw defences on top. Abbey upped the ante as they sought to close the gap but they found a resolute Dean defence in no mood to yield.

Dean Maguirc weathered the storm and then hit six points in a row between the forty first and fifty fifth minutes displaying some exceptional teamwork built on hard work and commitment. A converted free from Lenehan with three minutes remaining gave the Donegal side their first score of the half but Vincent Gormley responded for the Dean to hit his sixth point of the contest and virtually seal the title.

Two converted penalties from the boot of Tomas Carr deep in injury time put something of a gloss on the final score but there was no doubt the Dean were deserving winners. Final score  Dean Maguirc College 1-15, Abbey Vocational School 3-6

Sean Donnelly 0-3, Vincent Gormley 0-6, Brayden Mc Nally 0-1, Micheal Mc Callan 0-1, Daniel Heagney 0-1,  Marcus Conway 1-0, Phelim Mc Crory 0-1, Lorcan Meenagh 0-2,

Markey Cup Winners

Dean Maguirc Carrickmore 3-8 Coláiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon 1-10

History was made at Roslea on Wednesday evening when Dean Maguirc Carrickmore won the Ulster Schools Markey Cup for the first time in their history with a deserved four point win over Coláiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon.


It was a superb game of football played on a perfect surface between two well drilled sides. The winners grabbed goals either side of halftime and while their opponents battled back the Dean were able to keep their noses in front. Dean keeper Kilian Kerr was called into action in the opening seconds to save well from Anton Govorov while he also blocked two follow ups as well. Kevin Cuddy opened the scoring before Sean Og Teague doubled Dean’s advantage but by the 11th minute the sides were level thanks to efforts from Aongas Sweeney and Ryan Barrett.


The Dean though were enjoyed a purple patch with Michael Rafferty, Pierce Byrne, James McCallan, Ronan Fox, Teague, Davagh Loughran and Aidan Woods all to the fore and efforts from Teague and Woods (2) moved them 0-5 to 0-2 in front. They missed a number of chances though and that allowed their opponents to reduce the deficit to the minimum with points from Jack Gallagher and Barrett. In the final attack of the first half though midfielder McCallan surged through and gave keeper Aaron Cullen no chance with a thumping shot to the top left hand corner of the net to leave it 1-5 to 0-4 at the break.


Things got even better for Dean Maguirc in the first attack of the second half when Woods finished in style to the bottom right hand corner of the net to give them a firm grip on proceedings. Loughran tagged on a point and at this stage it looked as though the Dean would assume complete control. The Donegal lads though had other ideas and a brace of points from Kyle McNulty was followed by a brilliant goal from Govorov in the 38th minute to leave just a single score between the sides.


Gallagher then reduced the gap to two and the momentum appeared to have turned until the Dean reasserted themselves. Mickey Joe McGlinchey got a vital point for he winners and that was quickly followed by a quality score from distance from Cuddy. With eight minutes to go substitute Callum Stewart gave the Dean some breathing space with their third goal. That proved to be their last score but they had done enough. Gallagher kicked a brace of points before being sent off while McNulty registered again but the night belonged to Dean Maguirc as they secured a fabulous and well deserved win.


Drama pupils produce a film for Christmas

Our GCSE Drama class along with their teacher Mrs Shauna Casey have been working hard on a project highlighting homelessness. They recently filmed a performance focusing on those in need and were delighted when ‘Slate’, A Shelter NI Project based in Omagh agreed to take part in their film. Slate is an organisation who offer an alternative to homelessness for young people aged 16-25 who have support needs, who are homeless or at risk.

The pupils interviewed Mrs Shauna Ellison, Senior Support Worker at Slate and Alex, who kindly shared his experiences and how he was supported by the organisation. Both interviews will feature in the film and will be showcased just in time for Christmas.

Mrs Casey and her pupils bought a number of grocery items to donate, which was greatly appreciated.  This was a humbling experience for our pupils, and it is hoped that the finished film will help to promote the awareness and much needed help that people in our community need.

A huge thanks to Mrs Shauna Ellison, Alex, and staff at Slate for taking the time to talk to us and for agreeing to be filmed. Well, done to Mrs Casey and her GCSE pupils. We look forward to seeing the final production.

Public Speaking Finals

Public Speaking Finals 2022

On Tuesday 6th December Dean Maguirc College hosted their 30th Annual Public Speaking Event, sponsored by the Friendly Care Group of Termonmaguirc.

It was a great night as pupils from Years 10-12 entertained those in attendance with their topics:

Year 10- My Greatest Wish.

Year 11- Real learning does not take place in the classroom?

Year 12- Social Media; a 21st century disaster?

The night was thoroughly enjoyed by pupils, parents, relatives and guests.


The adjudication panel of Mr Declan Forde, Mr Michael Murphy and Mrs Lisa O’Neill had a difficult job in selecting from such a high standard and found the Year 12 pupils in particular were outstanding in their delivery and content.

Mrs Claire O’Hanlon (Head of English) spoke of how proud the English Department were of their dedicated and enthusiastic pupils and thanked the Friendly Care Group for their ongoing commitment to public speaking in Dean Maguirc College which has seen much success lately, including in the recent Omagh Soroptimist competition which Cara Sweeney in Year 12 won. Mr Warnock (Principal) commended the hard work of his staff and congratulated the pupils for their efforts.

Congratulations to all the worthy winners:

Year 10- Grainne Donnelly

Year 11- Grace Donnelly

Year 12- Cliodhna Toner

Adjudicators’ Award- Daniel Kerr

English teachers’ Award- Liam McCrystall

Overall runner up- Alanagh Loughran

Overall winner- Cliodhna Toner

Senior Prizegiving 2022

Thursday evening saw the first fully celebrated Senior Prizegiving in a few years. It was great to see so many of our Year 12 and 14 pupils returning to celebrate their achievements with their families and teachers.

We were delighted to be joined by special guest, Mrs Mairead Sweeney, recently retired Principal of St Teresa’s Primary, Loughmacrory. Mrs Sweeney who has long worked with the school spoke warmly and encouragingly to the pupils.

Congratulations to all our pupils who received their GCSE and A Level certificates and a huge well done to those who received special recognition and awards.

Top GCSE Pupil – Pierce Byrne

Top AS Pupils – Molly Clarke and Micheal Clarke

Outstanding Achievement at A2 – Conor McGarrity

Top Post 16 Pupil – Colleen Kelly

Fay Woods Cup – Aidan Woods

BOG Cup – Niamh Allison

Curran Cup – Viktor

Starbreakers Cup – Aiobhin Kelly

JB Flanagan Cup – Róise Kerr

Most Endeavour – Clodagh McMenemy

BOG Perpetual Trophy – Lorcan McGarrity

Keenan Cup – Conor McGarrity

Brenda Logue Memorial – Cora McElduff and Pierce Byrne