On Friday the 7th of December 2007 the transition year pupils in Coláiste Mhuire Ballygar had a visit from Mr Peter Daly, who went to Capetown in South Africa with the Niall Melon fund to build houses for the unfortunate people who live in Shacks in Capetown. This year over 1,300 people went out with the Niall Melon Fund and altogether they built 205 houses for the people of Capetown. Mr Daly explained why he chose to go out there, what he did while he was out there, and the personal rewards he has got from going out. The transition year pupils would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Daly for his informative talk, we found it very interesting and will certainly consider taking part in the Niall Melon Fund in the future. ‘ Supporting your Schools 2008 ‘ Calendar Launch On Thursday, 29th November, students from Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar went to Strokestown to the launch of the ‘ Supporting your Schools ‘ calendar, in association with the Roscommon Herald. The launch was hosted in the ‘ Percy French ‘ Hotel and began at 1pm and ended at 2.15pm. Several schools entered pieces of art in the competition, but only 12 pieces could be chosen, one for every month. The standard of artwork was very high in the students that entered the competition, so with great difficulty, 12 pictures were chosen. A student from Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar, Stephanie Moran had her artwork featured for the month of September. Her picture is of a hedgehog hibernating, signifying the beginning of Autumn. Stephanie, along with the other young artists who ‘ s artwork was chosen for the calendar, was presented with her artwork, framed, by the CEO of the Roscommon Herald, Brian Nevin. The 2008 calendars are available to purchase from Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar, at € 5 per calendar.