Praise for students at awards ceremony

Special guest Rachel Hanley with Laura Ryan at Colaiste Dun Iascaigh's academic awards.
Colaiste Dun Iascaigh’s Academic awards were held in the school recently.

Colaiste Dun Iascaigh’s Academic awards were held in the school recently.

Mrs Finnegan-Burke, paying tribute to the award winners, also paid tribute to all the students. She said that people often come first because those around them encourage them to work harder.

Mrs Finnegan-Burke alo welcomed back recent graduates who received awards for excellence in the Leaving Certificate. Award winners were - Best Traditional Leaving Certificate Laura Ryan; Best Vocational Leaving Certificate Gavin McCarthy; Gerry Grufferty Perpetual Shield – Maths/App maths/Physics Henry Ballinger- McFarland; The Sr. Cecilia Perpetual Shield for achievement in Leaving Certificate music Kevin Farrell, Niamh Keating and Michaela Maher; the Riona Greene Perpetual Shield for excellence in the Leaving Certificate Business Brian Littleton;The Mary O’Donnell Perpetual Shield for Geography Conor Casey. The Dan Greene Perpetual Shield for excellence in History jointly to Michaela Keating and Sam Prole. The Patsy McGuirk shield for Excellence in Irish Higher Level Niamh Keating and at Ordinary Level Gavin McCarthy. The Michael Berry Perpetual Shield for Maths Laura Ryan. The Award for Excellence in a Foreign Language Niamh Keating (French), Kevin Farrell and Jacqui Ni Fhogartaigh (Spanish). Excellence in Design and Communication Graphics Stephen Lambert. Excellence in Construction Studies Gerry Cronin and Henry Ballinger-McFarland. Excellence in English Kate Scanlon, Jacqui Ni Fhogartaigh and Conor Casey. Excellence in Agricultural Science Conor Casey. Excellence in Biology Kevin Farrell. Excellence in Chemistry Laura Ryan. Excellence in Social and Scientific Niamh Keating. Excellence in Technology Adam Littleton. Excellence in Art Emma Buckley. Distinction in LINKS Gemma English, Orla Healy and Gavin McCarthy.

Special guest was former student Rachel Hanley, who is currently studying for a PHD in Law in UCC while also working as a special assistant to a High Court Judge. Rachel spoke about her happy memories of the Colaiste and said that she would not have completed her many accomplishments without the support and tuition she received there.