News from St Brigid's Secondary School Killarney

April 20917

St Brigid's Secondary School Killarney School Regatta Winners!

The students of St.Brigid's Secondary School, Killarney, took to the water and had two successful crews in The Schools' Regatta.
The Junior 14 coxed crew and the u-23 coxed quad won The Schools' Regatta in O’Brien’s Bridge on Sunday 23rd April.
The Junior 14 crew comprises of Kate Rudden, Sarah O’Leary, Ellen Farndon and Laura Looney. The crew was coxed by Leona Browne.
The U-23 crew was made up of Siobhan Burns, Ciara Moynihan, Annie O’Donoghue and Ciara Browne.
Almost 500 crews from over 70 schools across the country competed in 12th Irish Schools Regatta on Sunday 23rd April.
The event took place at O’Briens Bridge on the border of Limerick and Clare.
The Schools Regatta is run over a four-lane, 1,500 metre buoyed course with races for Junior 14s up to Under 23s.
The 2017 entry was at an all time high – a new record of 494 crews competed from all four provinces.
Perhaps the surge in interest in rowing can be attributed to the O’Donovan brothers’ Olympic Silver Medal in 2016.
Well done to the girls on their wonderful achievement.

Pictured above are Siobhan Burns, Ciara Moynihan, Annie O Donoghue and Ciara Browne.

Kate Rudden, Sarah Rudden, Ellen Farndon and Laura Looney.

May 2017

St. Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School Killarney are All-Ireland Junior A Basketball Champions!

St. Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School Killarney Junior Basketball team were crowned All-Ireland Junior A Basketball Champions recently in the National Arena in Tallaght, Dublin.
The panel of 18 girls (comprising sixteen 2nd Year students and two 1st Year students) coached by local woman Kate Donnellan and teacher Emma Bunworth played their hearts out to take the All Ireland Junior A Basketball Title.
Path to the All-Ireland
The girls encountered tough opposition in the All Ireland Playoff Tournament which was held in Clonaslee Community Centre, Co. Laois on Monday 3rd April last. Having been assigned Pool A, their first opposition was a strongly favoured Cork side from Regina Mundi. The local Pres girls gave them little advantage scoring a whopping 49 to Cork’s 19.Their second game was against local Clonaslee and they won on a score line of 30 to 25. St. Brigid’s encountered Coláiste Enda, Galway in their final match and won convincingly by 32 to 24.
Having qualified for the All Ireland Semi-finals in the National Arena yesterday, the Pres girls were determined to make up for last year as they lost out narrowly to Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise in the First Year Final. They have to face their biggest fear when they were drawn to play old rivals Portlaoise in the Semi-final.
It was a huge task but the girls left no stone unturned as they showed unbelievable skills and sheer determination to ensure that Scoil Chríost Rí were never going to get the upperhand. Tara Murphy opened the score with a well taken shot and Julie Delaney and Lyselle O’Shea added baskets within a minute. Despite Portlaoise calling the first timeout, the Pres girls continued to score and were 10-7 ahead at the end of the first quarter. The expert advice from team coach Kate Donellan worked wonders as the Pres girls pulled away from Portlaoise in the second quarter leaving a gap 22-9!
Ava Sheehan opened the scoreboard in the third quarter followed by a well taken shot from Ava Doherty. Julie Delaney and Lyselle O’Shea (pictured on right with the cup) added more baskets with little reply from the Portlaoise side. The score at the end of the 3rd quarter was Pres 36 to Portlaoise’s 19. The final quarter was very intense as was expected because the Portlaoise girls wanted to make history winning back to back titles yet the Pres girls had another agenda.
It was a very tough quarter with some excellent shots from both sides. Portlaoise continued to reduce the margin and with a minute to go, Portlaoise got two free shots leaving only one basket between the teams 40-38. Pres girl Ava Sheehan was then awarded two shots. Before she took them, team coach Kate Donnellan called timeout. This proved vital! Ava Sheehan stood calmly and with precision scored both. The bell rang and Pres Killarney had beaten old rivals Portlaoise 42-38.
The final followed within the hour and Pres Killarney played Malahide who had earlier seen off Carrigaline Community School, Cork. Deirdre Lyne opened the score for the Killarney girls and it quickly settled the team. Tara Murphy, Julie Delaney, Evie Culloty & Lyselle O’Shea added to the tally and the Pres girls were well ahead at the end of the first quarter leading 16-3.
Ava Doherty scored numerous times in the second quarter to further advance the lead 23-11 going into the third quarter. After half time, Malahide appeared to find their composure and netted a few fine shots to narrow the gap to 27-22 going into the final quarter. Ava Sheehan displayed most accurate skill with two fine baskets to push the Pres girls 31-22 ahead.
Julie Delaney added to the tally before Malahide had any response. They battled hard and tried their best but the Pres girls were superior and well taken shots from Ava Doherty, Ava Sheehan & Jade Potts ensured that the 2017 All-Ireland Junior A Basketball title was coming to the Kingdom. The final score was 37-27.
A great result for a great team of girls. As the team coach Kate noted, ‘this team is two years in the making’. They were very unlucky last year but their sheer dedication – hard work and training has made it all possible today.

Well done to all of the girls and their coaches and mentors Kate Donnellan & Emma Bunworth.
Treasa O’Sullivan, Tara Murphy, Lyselle O’Shea, Julie Delaney (captain), Ava Doherty, Ava Sheehan, Jade Potts, Aisling Stack, Evie Culloty, Holly Power, Mairead O’Mahony, Deirdre Lyne, Isabelle Murphy, Brid Flynn, Chloe O’ Connor, Sarah Fleming, Olivia Goulding, Lauren Horgan.
Pictured above are the winning team and supporters.

Special Olympics Fundraiser

Claire O 'Leary and Aine Brosnan pictured above participating in a stationery cycle to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics.
Well done to both on their great work.

Surprise visitor for Kerry Student who scooped national essay writing award!

Mick O'Connell presents first place in the 2017 National Life Advocate Awards to Emma Dinneen of St Brigid's Presentation Secondary School.
A KILLARNEY student who won a national essay-writing competition was in for a surprise when legendary Kerry footballer Mick O’Connell turned up to present the award at St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School.
Emma Dineen, a 6th year pupil at the school, took first place in the 2017 Life Advocate Awards.
The annual essay-writing competition aims to encourage research and critical-thinking on human rights and right to life issues.
This year students were asked to discuss the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr who said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”.
Emma’s essay drew from science, history and politics to make a case for speaking up for the right to life of the unborn. It was these qualities that made her the 2017 winner.
During the school’s annual awards ceremony Mick O’Connell surprised staff and students at St Brigid’s when he arrived to present Emma, an avid footballer who plays for Kerry, with her Life Advocate Award.
In his address to over 500 students and staff Mick said Emma had written about a subject in her essay that is very close to his heart.
He said: “I myself have a boy with Down Syndrome. In various countries at the present time in England and Wales, for example, over 90% of children who could be born with the prospect of Down Syndrome are aborted prior to going to full-term. In Denmark they are aiming that no Down Syndrome child will ever be born in that country again. Currently in Iceland a child with Down Syndrome is not to be seen.
“My Down Syndrome boy Diarmuid was born in the 1970s and has been the greatest gift that has ever happened to me. He has brought wonderful delight to my life, even the very thought of him brings happiness to me.”
A personal video message of congratulations from Dr Martin Luther King Jnr’s niece, Dr Alveda King, was also played for Emma during the presentation.
Dr King said Emma was a worthy winner and a clear advocate for life.
She said: “Her essay was inspiring. I hope she will continue demonstrating her passion and understanding of the importance of the right to life. I wish to congratulate Emma and the staff at St Brigid’s Secondary School for their courage and commitment to the cause of human rights”.

Life Advocate Award - L-R Kate Gallagher (award organiser), Mick O’Connell,
Emma Dineen (winner), Emma Sisk (award organiser) and Máiread McElligott (Head of RE)

Life Advocate Award - Mick O’Connell and Life Advocate Award winner Emma Dineen
are pictured with award organisers Kate Gallagher (left) and Emma Sisk (right)