Presentation Clonmel News – November 2019

St. Declan’s Walk 2019

On the 1st of October, our Transition Year students embarked on a 75-mile hike following the St. Declan’s Way Walk. The hike was completed over 3 days, with 2 nights spend in Ballymacarbary. Once again, TY coordinator, Mr. Noel Buckley, organised a fantastic experience for these students, and was kindly assisted by many of the Presentation staff who walked with the students, supervised the overnights and provided cars in case of emergencies. TY Year Head, Mrs. Fennell said that the students should be proud of themselves for completing the hike.

Dave’s Jungle – Reptile Workshop

Huge thanks to Ms Sharon Kennedy for organising an excellent, educational biology workshop. Students from all years had the opportunity to see weird and wonderful reptiles up close!


3rd Year Art Trip – Crowded Threshold

Art teachers Mrs. Fennell and Ms. Murphy attended the “Crowded Threshold” Art Exhibition with the 3rd Year Art classes on 17th of October. This is a thought provoking, yet playful exhibition that taps into what makes us human – our needs, wants, thoughts and obsessions. The students had to opportunity to do some sketching while they were there.



Senior Biology Trip

2nd Year Volleyball

Senior Biology teacher, Ms. Sharon Kennedy, organised a wonderful Ecology trip for her 5th and 6th year students. The students and Ms. Kennedy travelled to Tramore Beach, where they studied ecological systems on the strand. The day was topped off with some surfing lessons and great fun was had by all.


Junior Camogie

Huge congratulations are in order for our Junior Camogie team who beat Cashel school in the first camogie blitz of the year. Teachers Ms. Tracey O’ Leary and Ms. Aisling Slattery said they were so proud of the girls who welcomed our new first years onto the team and noted how well the girls all played together and how well the represented the school.


Senior Football Victory

More congratulations are extended to the Senior Football team who beat St. Anne’s with a tremendous score of 5-11 to 2-5. Their teacher Ms. Paula O’ Connor said that the girls did the school proud!


Visit from the All-Ireland Trophies

On the 4th of October the students of the Presentation were treated to a visit by the All-Ireland GAA Champions!


1st Year Football Blitz

The girls had a great day at the blitz, narrowly losing to Scoil Mhuire Carrick-On-Suir and beating Templemore in the group stages. The girls put in a marvelous performance beating Killenaule in the quarter final before narrowly losing to St Ailbe’s by a single point in the semi-finals. Well done to all involved and huge thanks to Mr. Gus Flynn who accompanied the girls.


3rd Year Trip to the Burren

The Third year trip was a a great success this year. We visited St John’s Castle in Limerick and the girls really enjoyed the interactive elements of the castle. We had two hours shopping in the Crescent Shopping Centre and the bus was filled to the brim with shopping bags. When we reached the Cliffs of Moher, there was a very strong wind blowing. The girls had great fun trying to keep their feet against the wind. They were also very impressed with how the structure of the visitors centre blended in to the landscape. Our stay in the Imperial Hotel in Lisdoonvarna was extremely enjoyable. The hotel had organized a disco for the girls and they danced solidly for two and a half hours. All kinds of dancing was on display, there was no shortage of talent on display.  Three rousing cheers for the brilliant DJ were given with gusto. Thursday morning was wet and windy but every time we stepped out of the bus, the rain stopped for us. The tour of the Aillwee caves was very informative and the girls were impressed with the stalagmites and stalactites. We then saw a magnificent display of Birds of Prey in flight. There were opportunities to hold some of the birds too. Following a lovely lunch in the visitor centre, we boarded the bus and headed for home. As always our girls behaved themselves beautifully. They were complimented on their behaviour wherever they went and I was proud to say that I am their Year Head. Many thanks go to Ms Aisling Slattery and Ms Helen Hawkins for their great support on the trip. Elaine O’Carroll – 3rd Yr Year Head.


Cork Community Arts at South Tipperary Museum – TY

Tys had an amazing workshop on makeup performance and costume at the museum just before mid-term. 15 of our adventurous TY students spent from 1pm to 6 pm with a street performance to celebrate the opening of the museum…. Hugh thanks to Marie McMahon and the museum team the girls loved it.


1st Year Retreat

Many thanks to the leaders and Ms Margaret O’ Mahoney and the 6th year leaders for facilitating a retreat for our first years. Great fun was had by all!


“We Will Rock You”

We Will Rock You” was the 43rd Annual School Musical between the Presentation and the CBS High School. The students performed 7 live shows under the direction of Jennifer Williams and musical direction of Siobhan Alley & Olga Gannon. The show was a huge hit with audiences, and students from both schools really did themselves proud!


Credit Union Art Competition 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the Credit Union Art Competition: Aimee Shine, Beibhinn Nolan, Maeve Crotty, Mya Cashman, Abi King and Justina Afloari.


TY Trip to Limerick IT


Trip to Castlecomer

Below are some photos taken from the TY trip to Castlecomer. A great time was had by all.


Leaving Cert Graduation Mass 2019

St.Marys Church Irishtown was packed to capacity for our Leaving Cert Graduation Mass in May. Fr.Billy Meehan was the celebrant of the mass with considerable input form the R.E.Department- Mr Buckley,Ms Margaret O’Mahoney, Ms.Bolger and Ms.O’Leary. The beautiful music from the Sixth Year Choir was under the direction of Ms.Alley & Ms.Williams. Olivia O’Brien was the winner of the Leaving Cert Student of the Year Award and Jessica Cahill won the Student Peer Award.


Presentation Secondary School: Academic Awards for Excellence 2018-2019

Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel celebrated the 23rd Annual Presentation Awards for Excellence in St. Mary’s Church Irishtown on the 8th of October. The awards acknowledge the tremendous achievements of the students across the whole spectrum in education in the school. The awards recognize that the pursuit of excellence is not confined to academic achievement but encompasses the whole range of activities that makes for a rounded and balanced education. The evening was a celebration of the achievements of the students over the past school year. The evening began a beautiful rendition of “One Step Beyond” by the school Choir under the guidance of music teachers, Ms. Siobhan Alley and Ms. Jennifer Williams. Huge thanks to Mrs. Máiread Fennell, Awards Coordinator, who organised such a fantastic ceremony and to Fr. Billy Meehan who opened the ceremony.

We were delighted to have the Mayor of Clonmel, Mr. Garrett Ahearn, as our guest speaker. Mr. Ahearn gave the students a fantastic speech about following their dreams and pursuing careers that they love.

Mrs. Michael O’ Loughlin (Principal) welcomed the large audience which included special guests, Presentation Sisters from the local community and the trustee’s representatives, members of the Board of Management, teachers, parents, sponsors and most importantly, the students themselves.


Certificates of Recognition of Outside Achievement in Extra Curricular Activity

The evening started with a presentation by Mr. Martin O’Loughlin to over 90 students for their involvement in extra-curricular activity. In presenting these certificates, the school recognised the outstanding achievements of the students in their chosen field of activity and is acknowledging the ambassadorial of the students on behalf of the school.


Student of the Year Awards

The Student of the Year Award from the 1st to 6th year groups were presented by the respective Year Head in association with the sponsor of each year group. Nominations from each year were invited on stage and with mounting tension, the Year Head read out the winner. These awards were followed by the Academic Awards.

Student of the Year Winners

Back L/R:  Fr Billy Meehan, Garret Ahearn (Mayor of Clonmel),  Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).Mairead Fennell (Awards Co-ordinator)
Front L/R:Wiktoria Maryniak (5th year),Ciara Hadley (1st year),Caoimhe Nolan (3rd year) Emily Meskell (2nd year).


Academic Awards

Junior Cert Academic Award

Mrs. Roisín Hennessy (Deputy Principal) presented the Junior Cert Academic Award to Aurora Moore.

Leaving Cert Academic Awards

Mr. O’ Loughlin (Principal) presented Leaving Cert Academic Award to Catherine and John Corcoran, representing Ali Corcoran.

Junior Cert Academic Award Winner

Front L/R:  Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Garret Ahearn (Mayor of Clonmel), Aurora Moore, (Junior Cert Academic Award Winner), Mairead Fennell (Awards Co-ordinator)
Back Row:  Fr Billy Meehan, Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).

Leaving Cert Academic Award Winner

L/R Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal),Catherine & John Corcoran representing Ali Corcoran (Winner),Ger Whittle (representing Boston Scientific) Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).



Special Category Awards

Special Category Awards were presented in areas such as CEIST award, Creativity, Enterprise & Initiative, Sports Awards, Student Peer Awards, Scientific Endeavour and Master Chef. These awards recognized the tremendous work by students outside the academic area and their participation in extra-curricular areas in the school community.

After the presentation of the special category awards, the members of the Student Council were presented with the badges by the Student President – Caitlyn McVicker and Vice Presidents – Caitriona Rice and Anabel Ryan

Mr. O’ Loughlin concluded the ceremony by congratulating all the award recipients for their individual achievements and paid tribute to teachers & students for organizing the smooth running of the event.

Special Category Winners

Back L/R:  Garret Ahearn (Mayor of Clonmel), Fr Billy Meehan, Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).Mairead Fennell (Awards Co-ordinator)

Middle: Hollie Gunne & Faye Mallekoote ( Junior Master Chef) Mya Cashman (Creativity) Caitriona Rice (Senior Sports Star)

Front: Molly O’Brien,Anniemae Walshe,Ada Hennessy,Hazel Brennan (Enterprise winners) Katie Glynn (Senior Master Chef) Tyler Hadley (Junior Creativity).


Award Winners

The award winners were as follows;

  • Academic Awards: Junior Cert: Auroroa Moore
  • Leaving Certificate: Ali Corcoran
  • Student of the Year: Ciara Hadley (First Year) Emily Meskell (Second Year) Caoimhe Nolan (Third Year) Wicktoria Maryniak (Fifth year)
  • Special Category Awards: Nene Lonergan (Senior Creativity Art),Tyler Hadley (Junior Creativity Award), Molly O’ Brien, Anniemae Walsh, Ada Hennessy, Hazel Brennan (Enterprise and Initiative) Hazel Brennan (Sports Junior) Caitriona Rice (Sports Senior), Caoimhe Woods and Hannah De Longue (Scientific Endeavour) Katie Glynn (Junior Master Chef) Wicktoria Maryniak (CEIST Award)
  • Student Peer Awards: First Year: Molly O’ Brien – Second Year: Laura Cooney – Third Year: Roisin Hickey –  Fifth Year: Hazel McFadden –  Sixth Year: Rachel Cahill
Student Council

L/R  Martin O’Loughlin (Student Council Co-ordinator), Fr Billy Meehan,Garret Ahearn (Mayor of Clonmel), Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Michael O’Loughlin (Principal). Members of the Presentation Secondary School Student Council 2019/20.

Student Peer Winners

L/R  Garret Ahearn (Mayor of Clonmel), Fr Billy Meehan, Martin O’Loughlin (Student Council Co-ordinator) Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).
Mairead Fennell (Awards Co-ordinator)

Molly O’Brien (1st year) Hazel McFadden (5th year) Laura Cooney (2nd year) Roisin Hickey (3rd year)

Scientific Endeavour Award winners

Front L/R:  Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Garret Ahearn (Mayor of Clonmel), Caoimhe Woods (Winner) (representing Camida), Hannah de Longue (Winner), Mairead Fennell (Awards Co-ordinator)

Back L/R: Fr Billy Meehan, Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).

Scientific Endeavour Award winners

L/R  Caoimhe Woods (Winner) Alice O’ Regan (representing Camida), Hannah de Longue (Winner)

Master Chef Winner (Senior)

L/R  Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Katie Glynn (Master Chef winner) Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).

Master Chef Winner (Senior)

L/R Fr Billy Meehan, Garret Ahearn (Mayor of Clonmel),  Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Katie Glynn (Master Chef winner), Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).

CEIST Award Winner

Fr Billy Meehan, Garret Ahearn (Mayor of Clonmel) Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Wiktoria Maryniak (CEIST Award Winner),  Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).
Mairead Fennell (Awards Co-ordinator)

Senior Sports Star

Garret Ahearn (Mayor of Clonmel) Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Caitriona Rice (Winner),  Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).
Mairead Fennell (Awards Co-ordinator)

Student Council President & Vice Presidents 19/20

Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Anabel Ryan (Vice President), Caitlin McVicker (President), Caitriona Rice, (Vice President) , Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).

Student Council President & Vice Presidents 19/20

Martin O’Loughlin (Student Council Co-ordinator),  Roisin Hennessy (Deputy-Principal), Anabel Ryan (Vice President), Caitlin McVicker (President), Caitriona Rice (Vice President), Michael O’Loughlin (Principal).