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Presentation Ballingarry’s Prize Day

On Friday 13th May staff, students and guests gathered in Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry for the annual Prize Day Award Ceremony.

Principal, Mrs. Angela Cahill welcomed guest speaker, Ms Ailish Cantwell, Ms. Catherine McCormack, Ceist Representative, former staff members, including former Principal Mr. Fennessey, prize winners, their families, distinguished
guests, students and staff.

Ms. Cahill spoke of the responsibility of all our students to reach their full potential no matter what challenges face them and to use their many talents to make a difference. She went onto stress how success does not come by accident but is instead the product of a great deal of hard work, nurture, care and the dedication offered by the many partners of the school community.

Firstly, she acknowledged The Board of Management for their unstinting commitment. Next, Ms. Cahill commended
the Parent’s council for their continued hard work. Thirdly, she thanked the students for the positive contribution they make to
the school and expressed her pride in their capacity to be such hardworking, decent compassionate individuals.

Finally Ms. Cahill acknowledged the “tireless commitment” of the teaching and support staff whose genuine concern for the students was she said, “second to none.”

Mr. Joe Moran then introduced guest speaker, Ms. Ailish Cantwell. In his welcome address he described Ailish as a genuine, sincere, engaging student when she studied in Ballingarry in the 1980’s and applauded her success as founder of Inspire
PR.

Ailish shared her journey from Mullinahone to Waterford, Dublin and beyond as she found herself working alongside some of the biggest names in the business and musical world like Bill Gates, Bono and Tony O'Reilly to mention just three. In her address Ailish highlighted the importance of hard work together with the willingness to take every opportunity that
comes one’s way.

It was with great fondness that she recalled her days in Presentation Ballingarry. She studied International Languages and
Marketing in Waterford. Following her graduation Ailish was just one of 10,000 to apply for a job with Dublin Tourism and following an interview through French she was selected as one of twenty successful candidates.

Remaining true to her determination to take advantage of every opportunity she spotted an idle computer in the corner of her office and so began the creation of a central reservations system.

Ailish’s talents and professionalism soon saw her employed as “image and brand builder” of the K Club. In speaking of the importance of reputation Ailish reminded students of the importance of safeguarding their reputation and cautioned them
against over exposure on Social Media.

Ailish received a call which would see her leaving the prestigious K Club to begin working with Bono and the Edge with whom she was to remain working with for seven years, travelling the globe and making sacrifices until 2003 when she established her own company, Inspire in the front room of her home.

In concluding her delivery she advised students to be passionate about what they do, to be true to themselves and to never give up.

Following on from this address the class awards were presented by Deputy Principal Mr. Gerry Dowling

CLASS AWARDS

1st year: Ciaran Maher. 2nd year: Anna Ryan & Conor Vaughan. 3rd year: Sarah Walton. 5th year: Eimear Kenny & Jamie Broderick. 6th year: Sophie Quin. LCA: Laura Phelan.

PREFECT CERTIFICATES

1st years: Mikie McGrath & Maria Hogan. 2nd year: Jack White & Sarah Crannich. 3rd years: Claire Egan & Conor Duggan. TY: Annie Cody, Erik Hehir, Robert Grant & Caoimhe Ryan. 5th year: Caoimhe Murphy & Darragh Kelly. 6th years: Aine Mc Manus & Eamonn Lyons. LCA: Conor Lawlor & Laura Phelan.

HEAD BOY & HEAD GIRL AWARDS

Rachel fitzgerarld and Conor O’Halloran.

STUDENT COUNCIL AWARDS

Maria Hogan, Sarah Crannich, Emma Cody, Conor Duggan, Erik Hehir, Caoimhe Ryan, Darragh Kelly, Laura Phelan Eamon
Lyons.

MENTOR AWARDS

Caoimhe Murphy and Conor Lawlor received certificates on behalf of all the fifth year students who have acted as mentors to our first years.

ECDL AWARDS

Niamh Ryan, Aisling Fennelly, Padraig Maher, Caoimhe Murphy, Eimear Ryan, Jpy Das Chaudhuiry, Eimear Horan, Niamh Fennelly, Dion Cantwell, Jessica Horan, Eimear Kenny, Fiachra Scott, Colleen Windsor, Matthew Keating, Michael Cody and James Maher.

TIPPERARY SCHOOL DRAMA FESTIVAL AWARDS

Recipients were Eimear Horan, Niamh Ryan and Niall Mockler.

SPORTS AWARDS

Head of the PE Department Mr. Brian Moran introduced the sports awards. Ms Cantwell presented the following awards. Jnr Basketball - Sarah Walton. Junior hurler - Conor Duggan. Camogie -
Aoife Doheny. Basketball - Rachel O’Brien. Ladies Football - Aoibhe O’Shea. Hurler - Dylan Walsh. Footballer - Cody.

The Senior Sportsperson - Aoibhe O’Shea. Mr. Aidan O’Leary presented medals to the following U16 ½ team: Brendan Kearney, Patrick Walton (Captain), Conor Duggan, Padraig Maher, Jack Kealy, Jamie Broderick, Dara o’ Brien, Martin Keogh, Edddie Hayes, Conor Vaughan, Nathan butler, Patrick Burns, Eamon Corcoran, DJ Lyons, Aidan Mullally, Stephen Donovan, Eoghan Pollard, Anthony Ryan, Aidan Ryan, Niall fitzgerarld, Eanna ryan, Eoin Ryan, Thomas Phelan,
Matthew thompson, Cathal Brett, Sean Ryan, Jack Meagher, Conor Hayes, Kieran Lyons, Declan Hayes, David Ivors, Jack Lonergan, Micki Mc Grath =, Dara Ryan, Gerard Ryan.

In conclusion Mr. O’Leary praised the leadership and dedication of Team Coach Mr. Liam Gleeson, Mr. Joe Moran and
Mr. Alan Egan.

GRADAM DI RICCI AWARD

The best Leaving Certificate Irish Award went to Padraig Norton while the award for best Junior Cert Irish Award  went to Caoimhe Ryan.

THE JOE GOLDSBORO AWARD FOR INSPIRATION

Aine Walton 6th year

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Cliodhna Hall

NANO NAGLE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD

Caoimhe Murphy

EAMONN RYAN BUSINESS AWARD

This award was presented to Sarah Teehan. Eamonn’s wife Mary who taught Business in the school up to her retirement presented this award.

CEIST PERPETUAL TROPHY

Presented by Ceist Representative, Ms. Catherine Mc-Cormack to Niamh Ryan 5th year

BEST LEAVING CERTIFICATE RESULT 2015

Padraig Norton who unfortunately due to exam commitments could not attend the awards. Padraig is currently studying Business in UL.

BEST JUNIOR CERTIFICATE AWARD 2014

Caoimhe Ryan who is currently enjoying TY.

STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2015

Laura Lanigan (6th year)

In conclusion Mrs. Cahill expressed her gratitude to the teaching staff, the office staff, Mr. Dowling for his support and hard work in preparing for Prize Day. In particular Mrs. Cahill thanked Guest Speaker Ms. Ailish Cantwell and Ceist Representative Ms. Catherine McCormack.

She then called on Mr. Dowling to make a presentation to both guests on behalf of the school community. She congratulated
all the prize winners together with their families and invited everyone to enjoy some refreshments.

Award Photos