News from Eureka Secondary School, Kells

Kellie Allen, 5th year student in Eureka Secondary School, won the inaugural Youth Sportsperson of the Year Award in County Meath. Close to 200 guests attended an invitation only event which was the third annual awards ceremony in The Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim.

There were three nominations and Kellie was the only female. Each nominee received a nominee award after which they were interviewed by the Master of Ceremonies Micheál O’Muircheartaigh and then the overall winner was announced.

The multi-talented and dedicated Kellie won the award for her excellent achievements in equestrian sports but she is an all round sportsperson. She won a gold medal in the individual show jumping category at the European Pony Championships in Belgium and also enjoyed success at the RDS in the 148A Pony Championship.

Those efforts earned her the nomination, but she also lined out for Meath u-16 ladies Gaelic Football who won
the All-Ireland in 2009 and was also a member of the schools Basketball team who made it to the All-Ireland Final in 2009.

Pictured above are Ken Davis (Meath Chronicle Editor), Kellie Allen, Micheál O Muircheartaigh (Master of
Ceremonies) and Marie Cusack (Cusack Hotel Group).

Eureka launches FAIRTRADE

As part of their YSI (Young Social Innovators) project which encourages active citizenship, Transition Year Rang Oisín hosted a FAIRTRADE launch in Eureka. Special guest on the day was Deputy Damien English and the aim of this launch was to raise awareness of the benefits of the FAIRTRADE movement in developing countries.

FAIRTRADE is a people’s movement for change. It aims to give producers a better deal by ensuring better prices, improved working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade.

It is hoped that by highlighting the objectives of the FAIRTRADE movement, Transition Years can provide a social awareness education which will result in an enhancement of the personal sense of justice and responsibility innate to us all.

We hope that by supporting producers in developing countries we can indeed make a difference.

Pictured above at FAIRTRADE launch are Clodagh Kenny, Aideen Poole, Caitlín Ní Mhealoid, Damien English, Nicole Alken, Amy Brogan and Louise Rickard.