Sunday 20 October 2019

History of excellence continues

Back: Paul O’Sullivan, Graham Staples, Geoff Shortle, Andrew Butler and David Cogley; Front: Principal Robert O’Callaghan, student of the year Edward O’Byrne, Bishop Dennis Brennan, Secretary Past Pupils Union Ger Shortle
Back: Paul O’Sullivan, Graham Staples, Geoff Shortle, Andrew Butler and David Cogley; Front: Principal Robert O’Callaghan, student of the year Edward O’Byrne, Bishop Dennis Brennan, Secretary Past Pupils Union Ger Shortle

David Tucker

ST. PETER'S College held its end of year Mass and prize giving at the Church of the Assumption in Bride Street, with large numbers of students receiving awards for outstanding achievements in a variety of disciplines.

The winner of the Student of the Year award was Edward O'Byrne, who received his award from Past Pupils' Union Secretary Ger Shortle.

Edward's citation mentioned that he is academically strong and athletically talented. As Senior of the House, he has been involved in every aspect of life in St Peters.

He is a Meitheal Leader, Junior Cert Gold Medalist and member of the School Council.

Others who were nominated for the award were Andrew Butler, David Cogley, Edward O'Byrne, Paul O'Sullivan, Geoff Shortle and Graham Staples.

Other achievements from the year, and presentations made, included:

Handball: Galen Riordan won the Leinster u 19 40 x 20 singles and was All-Ireland runner-up.

Athletics: Mickey Cullen received the Mangan Cup for the third year running as the best athlete at the Junior Cert sports day.

Gaelic Games: The senior footballers enjoyed some success capturing the south Leinster league for the first time since the 1990s and they also won the Keevans Cup for the third year in a row. Presentations were made to Senior Football Captain Eoghan Nolan and Senior Hurling Captain Padraig Foley. The senior sportsman of the year award, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, was presented by Ms. Patrice Byrne to Padraig Foley.

Basketball: The senior A squad won the south east regional championship and was only narrowly beaten in the All Ireland play off by the eventual winners.

Equestrian: Ruairi Craven achieved his goal and brought the All Ireland Show Jumping title to St. Peters for the first time.

Art: In the senior section of the Credit Union Art Competition, Anas Ibrahim came first at local level for the second year running and also went on to win first prize at Leinster level also for the second time. Evan Deveraux was second and Eoghan Nolan was third.

All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad: This competition is new to the schools' extra-curricular activities this year. Twenty students competed at school level and four of those qualified for the All-Ireland where Michael McNamara achieved bronze medal standard.

German Debates: The school entered the All Ireland Seimans German Debating competition this year, where their progress was eventually halted by the eventual winners. The team consisted of Diarmuid North; Fintan O'Connor; Michael McNamara; Luke Rafter, and Niall O'Donnegain

Meitheal Certificates: The Meitheal programme has been running in the college now for many years and it is an integral part of the pastoral care system. Certificates were awarded to Patrick O'Connor, Cian Lambert, Eoin Wright, Tony Hennessy, Conar Foran, Richard Blake, Andrew Butler, Paul O'Sullivan, Ronan Finn, Jack Whelan, Kieran Walsh, Conor Martin, James O'Connor, John Mullins, Graham Staples and Edward O'Byrne.

Transition Year: The college had a total of 111 students in Transition Year this year and having completed a very successful year, two representatives from each of the four TY Classes were presented with portfolios of achievement. There was a new addition to the TY achievements this year. Four of the students achieved a 'Master Grade' for Microsoft Office Specialist 2010.

They were Barry Oliver, Michael McNamara, Fintan O'Connor and Thomas Frije.

County Enterprise Awards: School winners were James Lynch, Cian Brennan, Michael Feeney, James Crosbie and Carl Murphy

The LC2 students who served on the Student Council Edward O'Byrne, Geoff Shortle, Andrew Butler, and Mikey McDonald were presented with certificates to mark their work during the year. Certificates were presented to Edward O'Byrne and Geoff Shortle in appreciation of their work as Senior and Sub-senior of the house.

The Colm McLoughlin Memorial Award – inaugurated to commemorate Colm, a young man of outstanding personal qualities who died suddenly in 1996 while a student in the school – was presented Fintan O'Connor

Gold Medals for outstanding results in Junior Cert were awarded to Fintan O'Connor, Thomas O'Shea, James Allen, Christopher Doyle, Michael McNamara, Barry Oliver, Jack Morris and Niall O'Donnagain.

Ten pupiles were presented with Past Pupils' Union Achievement Awards. They were Liam Rath who won national titles in kickboxing and taekwondo; Kieran Walsh, Cameron Steele and Sean Maher who were recently selected for the Irish squad for the European Lifesaving Championships to be held later this summer and Stephen McGuire, Dylan Owens, Colin Cleary, Donal Shanley, Killian Dove and Graham Staples are all on the Wexford League Panel who won the FAI Umbro Youth Inter-league cup.

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