Week 14 Remembering The True Meaning Of Christmas By Danny

  1. Bauble:  Hanging up the Christmas decorations with your family until you forget whose turn it is to put the star on top of the tree and then the trouble starts. But you make friends and put the star on the top of the tree together.
  2. Mistletoe:  Under which you meet the person you will live with and find true love.
  3. An Eye:  To be always watching you wherever you are, with your family or not.
  4. Presents:  When it’s Christmas day and children up at seven and hyper to see if Santa has come. And then it’s unwrapping time -the children’s favourite time but the parents had been wishing it wouldn’t happen until  later.

Week 12 Cork Schools Hurling Final Day By Danny

It was the day that my school, St. Colman’s Boy’s National School were in Pairc Úí Chaoimh for the Cork School’s Hurling Final Day. We had won every game so far in the competition. When we got onto the pitch there was a thick mist descending. A few minutes later the school we were playing, Scoil Mhuire Milford from Milford swaggered onto the pitch. One hour later the match had started and it was time to get my game face on.

With one minute to go to the Final whistle we were down 2 points but just then I had a shot which rattled the back of the net. Just after that, the referee blew his whistle and we won.

That evening we seemed to be on the television.

Week 11 The Twin Brother’s Race By Danny

Tom and John are twin brother’s and like anyone else they were very competitive. Tom always won but John was never far behind. One day John asked his older twin brother Tom to have a race in the forest. Tom said yes of course of course and being cocky like he usually is he said it would be a piece of cake and that John would be wasting his time.

Later on that day Tom swaggered to the forest to start the race. Tom raced ahead but just then out of nowhere John picked up speed and passed Tom out. When he was past him he looked back to see that Tom was in shock and dismay. Then John zigzagged through the course and won the race.

Kanturk Arts The Cliff Of Moher By Danny

On Sunday morning, the 20th of March 2012 my family and I were coming home from France from our holidays when suddenly we heard a BANG, CRASH, BOOM. Our plane had just landed in the water near a very big cliff so my mom, my dad, my brother and I swam to a colossal cliff for safety. When we got there we realised it was the Cliff Of Moher. We had to climb to the very top so it took about a half an hour. When we got up it was dark, everyone in my family was weak and docile and my brother and I were groaning wearily so we went to sleep.

The next morning me, my dad and my brother went to go look around the place.  About half an hour later we found an abandoned house – well that’s what we thought it was. We also saw smoke billowing from the chimney so from my point of view I thought someone lived there. When we went in, the fire was on and there were paintings all around the house of different species of bears from all around the world. But no one was in there. There was also a very nice comfy chair in the little cottage and it was obvious from the imprint that someone was sitting on it earlier on.

Later on that day we went back to get our mother and when we got her we went to show her the little cottage that we had found but this time we were not alone. When we were walking towards the cottage we noticed that there wasn’t smoke billowing from the chimney but then in the blink of an eye there was smoke. When we arrived at the cottage there still wasn’t anyone there but just then we heard the wind outside. We ran to see what was making the noise. It was the Wallaby 2 Mountain Rescue Helicopters coming to save us.

“Yippee,” I said




Week 10 Dear Diary By Danny

Dear diary,

Today the school bully strutted over to us – one by one asking for our lunch money. He took my money but a few minutes later he wasn’t looking so I grabbed my lunch money back out of his back pocket and started running pretty fast. Soon after he was on my tail and I was starting to get weak and docile.

But then I remembered that this is the way that I go and come home from schools so I knew it very well. I also remembered that there was a wall with yellow bricks  and on the wall, there was a spray-painted gorilla so I jumped behind it and I was safe.

Week 9 New in the Neighbourhood By Danny

On the 12th of May 2015 my family and I moved into a new neighbourhood.  I was always on my phone so my parents told me to go out, get a bit of fresh air and make new friends.

Outside there were lots of children playing but I was too demure so I kept to myself. Just then I saw a really big old abandoned house but I remembered what our new neighbours said “Don’t go into the big old abandoned house.”

But I was so tempted to go in there.  I wondered what was behind the door but I was too scared so I just went home.

Week 8 The Big Hide and Seek Game By Danny

It was the day that we were playing the big hide and seek game. Every year my neighbours and my family used to gather in one of the neighbours’ houses and talk for hours and hours but the children would get bored so we would go out and play a big game of hide and seek.

This year the gathering was on in my house so I got to choose who was on. I chose Billy even though he was on the year before.

He said “Why am I on?”

So I said ” because I said so.”

After that we carried on and had a great time.


Week 7 Dinjo The Lego Man By Danny

One day my friend and I were playing with my Lego set in my basement. We were having so much fun having a little war between ourselves – I was the good guy and John was being the bad guy. Suddenly we heard …

Boom, Crash, Bang! …

My favourite Lego figure was standing right beside me and believe it or not he was my size. I was so happy to see him. His name was Dingo. He was my favourite figure because he was so enthusiastic. He was happy as well because he could move his friends around.

Even though he broke a few pieces he was making a mammoth effort.

Why I love wearing the School Jersey By Danny

Dia Duit, Is Mise Dónal agus tá mé i Scoil Naomh Cholmáin.

In our school we wear G.A.A. jerseys, basketball jerseys,  soccer jerseys and every boy who wears them- let it be for any sport – wears them with pride and responsibility. They don’t want to let the team down and all the boys here respect the school jersey.

In our school we are a part of a team, a group, a school and a community. I think everybody will agree with me that it is important to belong and in St Colman’s we all belong.

When I wear my school jersey I always respect my teammates and those we play against.

Slán leat agus go raibh maith agat.



Week 6 B.A.T.H. By Danny

It was the 12th of May 2018 and I was getting ready for my first league match this season. I played for Boys Academy in Tottenham Hotspur but we called it B.A.T.H. for short. Everyone use to say that I was a fighter because I didn’t start a match. But I stayed with the academy because I loved it.

A week before the game I had been working non-stop to make the team and it worked because I was named up front. The game had started and midway through the game I fell over my orange laces clumsily but I got up and scored the only goal of the game and then I danced off in celebration.

Week 5 Three Years Ago Today By Danny

3 years ago to the day my closest grandmother had died. My family always had a feast on that day but ever since she died we hadn’t done it anymore.

I used to always love it and sometimes after the feast I would say to my mom I can’t wait until next year.

So today I went to the church because it reminded me of when my grandmother and I went there and we used to go to the shop after church to buy me a bar of chocolate and a drink.

Week 4 Don’t Get Sucked In By Danny

It was Saturday evening and I was playing my video game “Don’t Get Sucked In” when suddenly my mom roared out to me “Go to bed now young man.” So  I did as I was told BUT the thing I didn’t know was that I left my video game on.

The next morning I was in my video game. I was a bit anxious but I really wanted to start. The aim of the game was not to get sucked in and believe it or not, I didn’t get sucked in. So then I could go home and eat my breakfast.     YUM

Week 3 The New Roller coaster By Danny

It was the day that we were going to the new Theme Park called Fun Land. I was very excited as a new Rollercoaster was opening and I wanted to be the first on it.

Standing in the line my teeth were clattering together uncontrollably when suddenly a thick mist descended. I was a small bit nervous but the boy behind me was irate.

I was the first person in the line and when the Mayor cut the ribbon I was the first person on it.

When it started it was so much fun… but it seemed to be going backwards…

Week 2 The New Teacher By Danny

It was the start of a new school year and this year my class were getting a new teacher. We had never met her before and everyone was excited to see what she looked like.

When she came in she looked like a kind teacher but when I looked at her shoes they were made from alligator skin. They were Mauve. She was very demure at first but after a few days, she started to relax.

On her first day, she gave us very little homework but it was tricky. She is also very strict because when Tom climbed on the wall she roared at him.

But now she is a lovely teacher.

Week 1 The Prison Escape by Danny

One dull rainy day my friend and I decided to break out of prison as we had been there for many years… actually too many to count. We were being abominable – well that’s what the guard said.

We had been planning it for the several weeks and today was the day to do it. I called over the guard to have a chat with him while Johnny took the key out of the guards pocket. I punched him and Johnny opened the prison cell which we were in and then we ran like a bullet from a gun…

Week 37 Stop Crying By Danny

It had been raining all morning and everyone was getting tired and frustrated. My baby sister was crying so much because she was teething and every one was getting very cranky … including me.

There was so much noise I couldn’t think. All I wanted to do was go out and play with my friends.  Suddenly the sun came out and everyone went outside.

I asked my Mom could we get a paddling pool and she said yes. So we went downtown and got a pool. Everyone was happy and we all cooled down in it.



Week 36 Dear President Tommy Bowe By Danny

Dear President Tommy Bowe,

The past few days there has been shooting in our school. Almost forty people have died in our school in America. People of fifteen to eighteen years old just came into our school and start shooting. They are shooting teachers, young people. They are bullies.

It is just outrageous that people are coming into our school and shooting. Some people are scared to come into school because of what’s happening.

So could you please close all gun shops.

Signed : John Long from Kanturk Co. Cork.

Week 35 The door was open By Danny

One day I was in the park playing hide and seek with my two friends Tara and John. Tara was on and she was looking for me and John but she couldn’t find us. So she went to the house next to the park.

She looked all around the house but she couldn’t find us. Suddenly she heard the door of the house open but no one went in or out. She looked in  the open door but she couldn’t see anyone, all she could see was the wallet of the man who lived there and she got it and ran away-  however, she couldn’t believe what she had done.

Week 34 SPLASH By Danny

One lovely Spring day  I was sitting on a bridge in the centre of the town that I lived in eating my ice-cream sprinkled with marshmallows. Suddenly I saw a man coming towards me wearing a black mask. He looked like a robber so I ran home.

When I went in I saw a bunch of daffodils on the table in the hallway. After a few hours at home, I went back to the bridge but just then it collapsed and there was a huge splash. I got a bit of a fright when it collapsed so I went home.

Week 33 The Tree Of Life By Danny

One day  I was climbing the highest mountain in Ireland Carrountohill which was 100000 metres high.

I was nearly at the top when suddenly I saw a tree but not just any tree –  a tree of life.  It had apples on it and people say that if you eat one- you would live longer and your birthday would happen every second year. So you would live twice as long.

I ate one apple and after that, I went home and since then my birthday happens every second year.

Week 32 BOOM CRASH BANG By Danny

Boom Crash Bang was all I heard sitting down in HQ  station for the FBI.
It was the day that the president of Ireland Michael D Higgins was visiting our town Chapel Hill.

I was called straight to the scene where the crash had happened.
I tried to open the door but there was a lock on the door in case anyone would get in. It was locked from the inside so only people who knew the password could get in.

The driver tried to give me instructions but I didn’t understand the instructions.
After 2 or 3 hours at it, I finally got it and Michael D Higgins was fine and with only a few cuts.

Week 31 Gerry the Glowing Giraffe By Danny

Gerry the Glowing Giraffe is a glowing, affable, friendly giraffe who loves relaxing behind trees in the Whispering woods and loves helping his friends.

He thinks the Lord of Nulth is very pompous and gets everything he wants.  Gerry’s favourite place to go is Igloo City with his friends Colin the Courageous Cobra, Harry the Hilarious Hippo and Matthew the Menacing Monkey.   They also love going to the Whispering woods together.

Their favourite game to play is Hide and hollow which is like hide and seek but just a different name. Gerry is the worst at playing this game because he is always glowing.


Week 28 I did see it by Danny

In Wicklow people say that once every year a pair of legs sitting on a huge stick appears in the local park. They call it Bodyless Ben.

It comes up on the 21st of January every year for a half a day .  Some people don’t believe in it just like some people don’t believe in Yetis and the Loch Ness monster.

On the 21st of January 1988, I was in the local park when suddenly I saw Bodyless Ben.  I ran home to tell my family that I had seen it but they didn’t believe me and they called me a liar.

Week 27 The Race By Danny

On the 21st of January 2010, my school Scoil Colm was running in the Relay Final up in Cork. I was up there to give them a boost and a little bit of energy.

At 3.20 it started and they got off to a great start and we were first but although they ran quickly, they were still not making enough progress and to make it worse tall Tim looked behind him to see where his opponents were and fell over a rock…

Even though we didn’t win the relay we won the Boys’s 50 m sprint. So it wasn’t all a bad day.

Week 26 What a comeback By Danny

It was 5.45 pm and my team Mighty Boys were playing our all-time rivals Cod Boys in the Division one final. By halftime, they were annihilating us and the score was 5-1 to the other team.

Our manager felt the situation was hopeless at halftime as we were loosing by 4 goals but suddenly he cheered us up and we ran out on to the pitch wearing our yellow shiny kit.

Our captain Tiny Thin Tom started the second half and in minutes we had pulled the score back to 5-4 and we were only losing by one goal now.

Immediately after I scored two goals and we had won the division one Final.

Week 25 : How did she get up there? By Danny

But how did she get up there? I asked myself

By the way, I am a journalist.
I usually go around my school to hear the gossip every one is talking about like when Neill locked himself into the bathroom… but Sally is the one who we are talking about now.

She tied her up herself on the top of the tree outside our school.
You’d be wondering how and why she is up there? Well I am not sure how she got up there but she is up there because she wants people to hear her.
I wonder will she ever get down?

This is Tom Sweeney reporting for Schools News.

Week 24 : I did see it! By Danny

One sunny afternoon my brother and I were playing hide and seek in our back garden and it was my turn to hide.

I went behind my shed and just then I saw a tea cup in my next door neighbour’s field. But was it wasn’t a small China cup -OH NO- it was a huge China cup.
I went in and told my mom that I had just seen a huge China cup behind the shed.

When we went behind the shed it wasn’t there and my mom got really cross because she thought that I lied to her and she sent me up to my room.

While I was there, I looked out my window and I saw the China cup again!

Week 21 Men Looking Like Trees By Danny

One fine sunny afternoon my family and I were in the park when suddenly we all saw men looking like trees in yoga poses. They were all in different poses. After looking at them for a few minutes my brother and I went on the swings, the slide, the roundabout and the climbing frame. After that, we got an ice cream, went home and watched television for a while.

Just then my mother noticed that she had forgotten her hat at the park so my father and I went to get it. When we got there I noticed the tree people doing yoga were gone. I was really scared.