Students and retiring staff members of Coláiste Dún Iascaigh were honoured by South Tipperary VEC at its annual awards.
The award for Best Leaving Cert went to Maurice Casey. From the moment he entered Coláiste Dún Iascaigh Maurice displayed a keen intelligence and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. He was heavily involved in extra-curricular activities, including the Debating Club and the annual musical. His Leaving Cert results included many A grades, and he is now studying English and Spanish in Trinity College Dublin.
The award for Student of the Year was presented to Lynn Burke. Lynn was an exemplary student in her years in the Coláiste, always kind and respectful to all she dealt with. Her dedication to her work and her determination to do her best at all times were outstanding. Lynn left no stone unturned in her work, but this was always done in a gentle, quiet and unassuming manner. She is now studying Primary Teaching in Marino College Dublin.
Sports star Niamh Myles followed in her sister Eimear’s footsteps with Sportsperson of the Year award. Niamh represented the Coláiste at all levels in basketball, ladies football and camogie. In ladies football she won a Munster Senior B title and an all-Ireland runners-up medal in 2009, and was also part of the back-room team for the Junior All-Ireland winning team of 2011. Her awards in camogie include Munster Sevens and Junior County titles. In 2008 while still in second year she was a member of the first ever Coláiste team to capture a Munster title. She has also played on various Tipp teams. She is now studying Arts in UCC.
VEC chairperson Fionnuala McGeever presented commemorative awards to Michaela Peters, Ashlee Hally and Kieran King who participated in the Kilimanjaro climb.
The contributions of retiring staff members was also acknowledged. Bill Noonan became caretaker in Scoil Chriost Ri in 1987 and the Coláiste on its amalgamation in 1997. Always competent and professional, Bill gave selflessly to the care of students, staff, parents, the general public and to the premises. Maria Farrell began her teaching career in Presentation Clonmel, before moving to Cahir following a period abroad. She became a permanent member of the staff of Scoil Chriost Ri in 1978. While Maria taught Irish, Maths and even Religion during her career, her pet subject was Geography. She combined expertise, enthusiasm and discipline to ensure that her students were always thoroughly prepared for exams. Fr. Matthew Knight came to Cahir in 1969 on a three month contract. That was extended to six months, and only ended after 39 years of dedicated service. Fr. Knight was present at all events in the life of the schools he worked in, and has left an everlasting portfolio of 40 years of photographs.
Michael Berry spent his entire teaching career in Cahir. He began teaching Maths and Geography in the Vocational School, and ended as Deputy Principal at Coláiste Dún Iascaigh. Michael was always positive, fair, kind and just in his work. He is also well remembered for his work outside of class, including organising adventure centre and soccer trips, training gaelic football and soccer teams and coaching debating. Michael is currently a member of South Tipperary VEC and the NCCA Junior Cert Maths Syllabus Committee, and has served on the Vocational School Board of Management and as a TUI branch officer in the past.