On Friday night of last week, May 25, close on 100 students and their parents attended the annual school awards ceremony at Cashel Community School.
Each student present was there to receive one or more awards for excellence exhibited during 2011/12 and across a wide range of categories.
Pride of place went to the final announcement of the night, namely; the student of the year award which went to Sixth Year student Patrick Morrissey.
Patrick (Paddy) is son of Donal and Anne Morrissey, Mayfield, Cashel. For him, this year’s accolade crowns a string of awards received ever since he entered the Community School in 2006. These included creative writing awards and class awards. He has given sterling service on the school’s hurling and football teams. His proudest achievement is that he was selected as a member of the school’s Niall Mellon Trust house-building team in 2011 and, of course, the houses he helped to build will be his enduring legacy in South Africa.
Last Friday night Patrick received a second award – this one was for full attendance during the past year. He is wished well as he prepares for the Leaving Cert exams in June when he will take higher level papers in seven subjects.
Guest of Honour
In keeping with CCS’s tradition, the guest of honour at the awards ceremony was a past student who has excelled in some domain of life since leaving the school. This year’s guest was Dr. Liam Ryan, a native of Marshallstown, Dualla. After completing his Leaving Certificate, Liam studied Food Science at U.C.C., ultimately being awarded a doctorate in this discipline in 2008. Presently, he lectures part-time at U.C.C. and is a successful businessman in food production and food management. On the night, Dr. Ryan delivered a well-received address to students and parents before presenting the student awards.
Sixth Year Graduation
The Sixth Year Graduation Mass and ceremony took place on Thursday, May 24. It was a most uplifting occasion. Celebrant of the Mass was school chaplain, Fr. Bernie Moloney, with participation from a great number of students under the tutelage of the R.E. teachers, Ms. O’Connor, Ms. Ryan, Ms. Gibson, Ms. Carey and Ms. White. As is customary, the musical component of the Mass was beautiful, under the direction of Mr. Murray. After the Mass, the Principal, Mr. Eddie Morrissey, addressed the graduating students and paid tribute to their qualities as a year group, acknowledged their flawless conduct during the final weeks of the year and wished them well for the future. Deputy Principal, Mrs. Margaret Skehan and Year Head, Mr. Tom O’Meara presented each student with a commemorative school pin.
The graduates had the final say of the night. Their spokespersons, Michelle Maher and Tom Mulcahy, gave an eloquent and witty overview of the group’s years at CCS.
Lastly, the class tutors, Ms. Kirwan, Ms. Neavyn, Ms. Glasheen, Mrs. Maher, Ms. Dillane, Mrs. Harris and Ms. White presented the departing students with a copy each of the Yearbook 2012.
In a final gesture of appreciation, the school authorities treated the Sixth Years to a day out at Tramore on Monday, May 28. The weather might not have been at its brilliant best but that did not cloud the enjoyment of the day for these young adults, of whom Cashel Community School is rightly proud. Class 2012 are wished every success in the upcoming state examinations.