Coláiste Naomh Cormac has a long tradition of providing a wide range of cultural, sporting and leisure activities. Coláiste Naomh Cormac encourages a spirit of involvement and participation as a positive experience in personal development. This variety of extracurricular activities affords the student the opportunity to represent the school at different levels in the activities of their choice, thereby facilitating confidence building and serving to provide a sense of achievement by excelling in a particular field.

As well as helping young people realise meaningful and worthwhile leisure pursuits, these activities help students to discover the value of teamwork, co-operation and participation. They also provide a vehicle through which initiative and leadership skills can be cultivated. Consequently all students are actively encouraged to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities.


The following school sports or activities are available to students of Coláiste Naomh Cormac: Athletics - Track and Field, Basketball, Camogie, Chess, Cross-Country, Gaelic Football, Hurling, Ladies Football, Soccer, Swimming and Volleyball. Coláiste Naomh Cormac has had very considerable success in many sporting events. 


For several decades Coláiste Naomh Cormac has been a centre of excellence for hurling. Our pupils and past pupils have proved a dominant force at school, club and county level. 

Because Coláiste Naomh Cormac is a small school students get a better opportunity to hurl here. Strong under 14s get to play on the under 16 team in addition to competing in their own age group. Similarly, several under 16 players get a chance to represent the school at senior level annually. 

We practice every day at lunchtime with the emphasis on developing skilful scoring forwards.

We applaud all the hurlers, past and present, who compete voluntarily and experience the joy of the game and display their pride in and loyalty to their school and parish.


There has been a long tradition of camogie in Coláiste Naomh Cormac since the school was founded. Camogie is a very skilful game and needs regular practice to improve and develop skills. Camogie training takes place at lunchtime for all players. We feel that this is important  as students will benefit from exercise and fresh air. In turn this should lead to better concentration in class. 

The school has had many successes over the years winning a total of nine Leinster finals and reaching three All Ireland finals. A past student, Elaine Dermody, was awarded a Senior Camogie All Star in 2013. Other past players include Fiona Stephens, Karen Nugent and Debbie Flynn; all are members of the Offaly camogie team which won junior and intermediate All Ireland titles.


Colaiste Naomh Cormac Badminton Club caters to experienced club players and to beginners alike. The club meets and trains at lunch break on Mondays and Thursdays.Teams from Coláiste Naomh Cormac compete in the Offaly Post-Primary Schools Blitz at U19, U16 and U14 levels in both boys and girls as players are available. To date, teams from CNC have won U19 Offaly Girls twice and U14 Offaly Boys. U14 Girls were Offaly Runners-up. All four teams have gone forward to represent Offaly in the Leinster Badminton Blitz. The U14 Boys came home with Silver Medals. New members are welcome to try badminton and train for school teams. The school is very appreciative of the work done by Ms. Judy Bryant an her coaching of students in the sport.

Public Speaking/Debating

Public speaking and debating are actively promoted as a means of students developing the ability to express themselves and to articulate their views. Over the past few years Coláiste Naomh Cormac has enjoyed significant successes in competitions such as the annual public speaking competition organised by the Federation of Business and Professional Women, the Soroptimist International Public Speaking Competition and the public speaking competitions related to EU matters organised by the Europe Direct offices in Ireland.

 Music and the Arts

The Music Room is equipped with the most modern and up-to-date instruments where students are prepared for the state examinations. Students compete in music competitions and have achieved All-Ireland success in the Scór Ballad Group, Instrumental Music and Solo Singing Awards. Many students have pursued music studies at third level institutions and have performed at national and international concerts and events. The school choir performs at liturgical functions both in the school and in the parish.





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