Monday, November 6, 2017
‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ at the Abymill
Immense efforts of students lauded at Patrician Presentation awards ceremony
Opening the ceremony, Jack Spillane, 6th Year, Chairperson of the Students’ Council welcomed everyone and to the Opening Mass. The chief celebrant was Fr. Liam Everard P.P, assisted by our school’s great friend and supporter, Fr. Tom Breen. Fr. Everard thanked everyone and highlighted the importance of such a ceremony in the lives of the pupils.
Taking inspiration from the effects of Hurricane Ophelia, Fr. Liam spoke about the importance of being connected in life and of the electronic disconnection, which most of us felt during the power cuts last week. He went on to emphasise the need for all of us to connect with each another in every aspect of our life and mentioned a number of connections which he himself has with the school.
The school choir, under the direction of Ms Megan Raggett, sang beautifully and enhanced the celebration of the Mass.
Our newly appointed Principal, Mr Pat Coffey was the master of ceremonies for the day. On a personal level, he thanked the staff, pupils and parents for the warmth of their welcome to him and said that he enjoyed getting to know the staff and the Fethard community. Mr Coffey then outlined the extent of the awards being presented on the day and thanked sincerely the sponsors of the various awards.
He said the school is proud of all the pupils and not just those who received prizes on the day. He congratulated them on their work and efforts and exhorted them to continue to work hard to realise their expectations and goals. He also thanked deputy principal, Ms M.A. Fogarty, the teaching and ancillary staff, Ms. Raggett and the school choir, and in particular the organising committee of Ms McKeogh, Ms Maher and Mr Cummins for all their hard work in bringing the ceremony to fruition. Congratulating teacher Mr McGree, who was recently appointed vice-president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, Mr Coffey said, it was an honour for the school to have a staff member on a national association.
Finally, Mr Coffey welcomed guest speaker, Ms Suzanne Gorey, Main Street, Fethard, and said she epitomises all that is good in our school. Past-pupil Suzanne was accompanied by her mother Maura. Suzanne’s other two siblings, Dr. David Gorey (Mater Hospital), and Mary (science teacher in Borrisoleigh), are also past-pupils of the school. Suzanne now works as a barrister, dealing mainly in criminal law on the South-Eastern Circuit.
Suzanne embraced wholeheartedly the opportunities offered in our school and recalled anecdotally how she herself had never received a ‘Pupil of the Year’ award during her time in the school, but this fact never prevented her from achieving in life. She spoke fondly of her time in school and credited Transition Year for pointing her in the legal direction.
In Transition Year, on the advice of Ms Deirdre Mulhall, Suzanne completed her work experience with Barrister, Mr Johnny Walsh, and from then, she was determined to pursue a career in law. Indeed, Mr Walsh continues to be a great inspiration and mentor to her.
The ceremony continued with the presentation of the following awards: Students of the Year Awards: Sadhbh Morrissey (1st-2nd Year), Michelle Cronin (2nd-3rd Year), Dylan Lyons (5th-6th Year). Bishop Delany Award to Ciara Hayes for best Leaving Cert results 2017).
Attendance and Punctuality Certificates: Ella-Mai Hackett (1st Year), Patrick Shine (2nd Year), Carrie Davey (3rd Year), Lucy Whyte and Shannon Thompson (4th Year), and Emma Cronin (5th Year). 5th Year Mentors: Amy Byrne, Amy Kenny, Lucy Whyte, Aran Larkin, Noelle O’Meara, Dillon Costin, Shannon Thompson and Katerina Vicenova. Padráig Pearse Award was presented to Laura Kiely for best Junior Cert results in Irish and History).
The Timmy O’Connor ‘Spirit of the School’ Award was presented by Ms Rita (O’Connor) Kenny to Dylan Lyons. The Adam O’Donnell Enterprise Award for TY students, presented by Mrs Sue Anne O’Donnell, to the ‘Aslan Keyrings’ project members: Amy Byrne, Lucy Whyte, Shannon Thompson and Noelle O’Meara.
The Paddy Broderick Award for best results in Junior Cert Geography was presented to Keith Morrissey. The Marian Gilpin LAM Award for literature, arts and music was presented by Ms Marian Gilpin to Corey Carroll.
Fethard Quill Writer’s Awards were presented by Ms Majella Whelan to Michelle Cronin (Junior Cycle) and Mark Hayde (Senior Cycle). The Sports’ Awards, sponsored by AIB Fethard, were presented by Mr John Palmer (Area Manager) to Lucy Spillane and Darragh Hurley.
Student Council Certificates, were presented by Ms Marie Maher to: Ella-Mai Hackett and Keenan Aherne (2nd Year); Rachel O’Loughnan and Nevan Healy (3rd Year); Caoimhe O’Meara and Darragh Hurley (4th Year); Shannon Thompson and Damien Cahill (5th Year); Jack Spillane and Laura Butler (6th Year).
Achievements in Art Awards were presented by Ms Pat Looby to: Hollie Broomfield, Leah Coen, Carrie Davey, Liam Hickey, Eve Judge, Laura O’Donnell, Ashley Bradshaw, Daragh Fenlon, Maggie Fitzgerald and Emma Geoghegan.
The ‘Great Fethard Bake-Off’ prize was presented by Ms Maher to Emma Lyons.
Mr Billy Walsh presented the All-Ireland Maths Eye Competition Winners to Jack Doolan who accepted the award on behalf of the winners. The Materials Technology Award was presented by Mr John Cummins to Hollie Broomfield.
The ceremony concluded with a presentation to special guest Ms Gorey by principal Mr Coffey, who thanked Suzanne for giving so generously of her time and wished her all the best in the future. Refreshments were then served to all visitors and guests.
Cemetery Rosaries for November
All are invited to come along and remember our loved ones who have passed on to their eternal reward.
Fethard Sports Achievement Award nominations for October
The October awards will be announced at a special function in Butler's Bar on this coming Friday night, November 3. All are welcome.
Sheela na Gig – Venetian Glass Sculptures exhibition opens Thursday
Killusty Soccer Club’s tribute to the late Louis Coen
No more will we get a wave from ‘the man with the van’ as he travelled to or from his latest job. In fairness to Louis, it was usually from, as Louis would be at work before must of us got out of bed.
Louis was a founder member of Killusty soccer club and as a player he played in nearly all of the success the club would have enjoyed down through the years. In the 1989-90 season, Louis won the united sports panel’s ‘Cidona Player of the Year Award’. That season he also played alongside three of his sons, Chris, Shay and Martin, a rare family achievement! Louis was the ultimate club man, as dedicated to the club as a non-player as he was when he pulled on the jersey.
The sense of loss that we in Killusty Soccer Club feel will pale in comparison to the loss that will be felt by his wife Mary, her family and extended family. To all we offer our most sincere and deepest condolences.
It's fitting that Louis is laid to rest in Killusty graveyard next to the sports field where he gave many on opponent a rough day at the office. He was one of a kind. Louis, rest easy in God’s peace. –(KTR)
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard & District Daycare Centre
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following four ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €25 each: Michael Phelan, Coolmore, Fethard; Bernard Tobin, Fethard; Bridget Ryan, Killusty; and Yvonne Heffernan, Clonmel.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, November 1. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
Two Lucky Dip winners won €25 each: John Burke, Red City, Fethard; and Patrick Byrne, The Green, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, November 3, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €1,000. The committee of Fethard GAA/Sports Centre Development Lotto would like to thank all our supporters near and far who participate in our weekly lotto draw. The funds raised are used to promote sport in the local community.
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