Mr Ernan Britton, principal Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard presenting student Niall Hayes, Brodeen, Fethard, with the ‘Padraig Pearse Perpetual Memorial Cup’ for his academic excellence in Irish and History in the Junior Cert examination. The perpetual trophy was donated to the School in November 1991 by Mr. Breffny O’Rourke, a native of Ballingarry who spent most of his life in California and wished to make the presentation to mark the 75th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.
At 11am on Friday, October 22nd, the Patrician Presentation Students Awards ceremony commenced with the opening Mass, celebrated by Fr Tom Breen P.P., assisted by Fr Gerry Horan OSA and Canon Jim Power. The choir, accompanied by Kevin Hickey, sang specially prepared pieces like “No Greater Love” and songs from other well-known composers like Liam Lawton, which complimented the readings and Gospel of the day. In his homily Fr Breen spoke of, “being one’s own person” and standing as an individual, a commitment to oneself which begins at school and is carried throughout one’s life.
At the conclusion to the Mass the principal, Mr Ernan Britton addressed the assembled students, teachers, parents, Parents’ Association, Board of Management, ancillary and secretarial staff, guests and special guest for the awards day, Denise Maher-Sheehan, lecturer in Archaeology, University College Cork, and a past pupil of the school.
Schoool principal, Mr Ernan Britton, making a presentation to past pupil and guest speaker, Ms Denise Maher Sheehan, Department of Archaelogy at University College Cork.
Denise addressed the assembly and spoke of her school days in Fethard and her pleasure at returning to her ‘Alma Mater’. Denise, formerly from Abbey Road, Fethard, is a daughter of Paddy and Anne Maher, who were both deputy principals of the school and had spent many years on the teaching staff.
Denise spoke of the sense of energy and vibrancy she felt upon entering the school gates and urged the students to enjoy their school days and fulfil their potential in life, not just as “point seekers”, but fully rounded both socially and intellectually. She said that when she left school in the late 1980’s there were pressures such as unemployment and a depressed economy, but nothing like the pressures that the “Celtic Tiger” brought with it. She urged them to develop their self-confidence and stability as well as developing themselves intellectually, and wished a happy and good future to all. Denise was very well acclaimed by the student body and all assembled who could identify with her and the world she lived in.
Photographed at the presentation of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Annual Student Awards for 2003-2004 are Back L to R: Helen Frewen, Claire Tierney, Cormac Grogan, Sarah Mae Ahearn, Liam Ryan, David Sullivan, Mary Gorey, Mike Kelly, Shane Walsh, Sarah Kennedy, Peter Garreth, Siobhán Prout, David Ryan, Dave Gorey, Darragh Dwyer, Eoin Prout, Alan O'Connor, Alex Channon, Colm Horan. Front L to R: Suzanne Gorey, Sharon Duggan, Michael Griffen, Niall Hayes, Marion Gilpin (vice principal), Earnan Britton (principal), Denise Maher Sheehan (guest speaker), Ronan Shee and Emma Walsh.
Denise and Mr Ernan Britton then presented the following awards: Student of the Year in second year went to Darragh Dwyer and to Peter Garrett in third year and Sarah Kennedy in Fifth Year. The Padraig Pearse Trophy was presented to Niall Hayes for his Junior Cert results and the Paddy Broderick Perpetual Trophy for Geography at Junior level went to Ronan Shee.
Miriam Carroll (left) who received award for best Leaving Cert results in the school.
For the best Leaving Cert results the prize went to Miriam Carroll, who gained a scholarship to study Psychology at NUI Maynooth; and to the sound of sustained and resounding applause, Jack Kenny also received an award for his Leaving Cert results.
On the sporting field special awards went to Mary Gorey and Michael Griffin. Deputy Principal Marian Gilpin then called upon the recipients of Attendance and Punctuality Awards; David Gorey 2nd Year, Alan O’Connor 3rd Year, Cormac Grogan 5th Year and Helen Frewen and Mary Gorey, 6th Year.
Photographed at the presentation of sports awards are L to R: Denis Burke (teacher), Mary Gorey, Michael Griffen and Bernie O'Connor (teacher).
For outstanding achievements in the field of Judo, Cathal Gorey and Stephanie Lawrence received awards for winning gold medals at the National Community Games finals in Mosney.
Jonathan Gilpin, representing Fethard Credit Union, making a presentation of the Business and Enterprise Award to Emma Walsh at the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Awards Ceremony.
The Young Business and Enterprise Perpetual Trophy, sponsored by Fethard and District Credit Union was presented to Emma Walsh, 5th Year, by Jonathan Gilpin PRO for the Chapter Ten Region and Director of Fethard and District Credit Union.
Marian Gilpin and Majella Whelan of the English Department then presented the new but extremely popular Fethard Writers Quill Awards to Siobhan Prout, Senior Poetry; Colm Horan, Junior Prose; and Michael Costello, Junior Poetry. The newly appointed Head Girl, Mary Gorey and Head Boy, Shane Walsh were called upon to address the assembly and were joined by the prefects Claire Tierney, Sarah Kennedy, Mike Kelly and David Sullivan.
Prefect badges for the academic year 2003-2004 at Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School were awarded to L to R: Mike Kelly (3rd Year), Claire Tierney (2nd Year), Shane Walsh (Head Boy), Sarah Kennedy (5th Year), Mary Gorey (Head Girl), David Sullivan (4th Year) and Sharron Duggan (1st Year).
Finally the Students’ Council were called upon to receive their certificates: 1st Year representative Owen Prout; 2nd Year - Alex Channon; 3rd Year David Ryan; 4th Year Bobby Ryan; 5th Year Emma Walsh and Liam Ryan; 6th Year Helen Frewen and Tracey Coady.
The ceremony concluded on a positive note with the principal complimenting all who had put such effort into the event. He also complimented the attitude and behaviour of the students, the organizing committee Dennis Burke, Dick Prendergast and Michael O’Gorman and Denise Maher-Sheehan for taking time out of a busy work and family schedule to return to us once more and deliver her very valuable words to our students. May the friendship and memories of this day remain with us. October 22nd 2004