Tipp hurling star Lar Corbett spoke of the importance of team spirit, personal confidence and pushing yourself in sport, work and studies in his address to Coláiste Dún Iascaigh’s sports stars awards ceremony last Friday.
Students, parents and staff gathered at the ceremony to honour the dedication and achievements of the college’s sports stars, and to thank those who give of their time in training them and helping out in various ways.
An array of trophies won in a variety of sports through the year were on display, including the All-Ireland and Munster Ladies Junior B football cups.
Coláiste Principal Mrs. Mary Finnegan-Burke complimented those who have given so generously of their time in training and helping students to participate in sport and to achieve the high standards of performance reached through the year.
Individual sports awards were presented by Lar Corbett.
Award winners included Mikey O’Connor and Kieran English (soccer), Eoghan Quinlan (golf), Shaun Fogarty (chess), Catherine Ryan (Equestrian), Rachel Doyle, Michaela Maher and Cian Conlon-Smith (basketball), Stephen Lambert and Eoin Donaghy (hurling), Emma Corcoran and Niamh Myles (camogie), James Morgan and Sean Flynn (football) and Claire Walsh and Siobhan Heffernan (Ladies football).
Tipperary GAA County Board Chairman Barry O’Brien congratulated the college on the tremendous sporting successes achieved through the years, and on behalf of all sporting organisations in the area he thanked those involved in encouraging and fostering the various sporting activities.
Lar Corbett, in his speech, emphasised the importance of team, of working together with those around you management, players and others.
He also spoke of the importance of effort from each individual and the need to push oneself, whether it be in sport, at work or in school.
He encouraged students to think of what they are good at and to focus on the positives, reminding them that others cannot be expected to have confidence in you if you do not have it in yourself.
He congratulated the students on all they had achieved and wished them well for the future. Board of Management Chairperson Liam Ahearn thanked Lar for taking the time to attend the awards ceremony, and made a special presentation to him on behalf of all at the Coláiste.
Debating finals: Twelve teams competed in the finals of the school’s debating competition last week.
The losing teams from the six earlier rounds took part in the B final, while the ‘A’ final featured the winning pairs from those earlier rounds.
Adjudicators for the day were Tom Hayes TD, Francis McCormack and last year’s Debating Club President Damien Noonan.
The motion debated in the ‘B’ final was “That Ireland’s next generation will inherit a better world”, while the second debate focused on the motion “That the international community must remove tyrannical regimes by any means necessary”.
While a number of those competing have represented the Coláiste in the Concern national debates, for others it was a first time in competition. Particular credit must go to first year students Timothy Vos and Kenneth Conlon, who showed great promise in delivering their speeches. It was to be a good day for the newer members with victory going to Glen Keane and Kieran Farrell in the ‘B’ final, while the combination of Maria Doverman and Ross Keeley won winning the ‘A’ final. It certainly bodes well for the future of the Debating Club to see new talent coming to the fore.
Gaisce trip: A group of 17 Fifth Year and Transition Year students, accompanied by teachers Mr. Alan Hally and Ms. Ger O’Connor, took part in their first Gaisce Adventure Journey last week. The trip is one of four goals the students have set as part of the Bronze Gaisce Award, and took them on a 25km walk in West Cork.
On the first day of the challenge, the group walked 15km from Tragumna beach to Baltimore, passing Lough Hyne on the way. On the second day, they walked the final 10km from Skibereen to Union Hall.
Exams: End-of-year exams time approaches for students in first, second and fifth years. Exams for Fifth years will run from Wednesday, May 25 to Friday, May 27. Exams for First and Second year students will run from Tuesday, May 31 to Friday, June 1. Timetables are available at the college and on-line at www.colaisteduniascaigh.ie.