Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí Awards 21-04-13
An abundance of accomplishments and achievements in academic, cultural, entrepreneurial, sporting and social disciplines were celebrated in a second annual awards night by the students, parents and staff of Coláiste Pobail Bheanntaí who were joined by guest of honour Dr Michael Murphy, president of University College Cork.
The awards night, one of the events in the school year most eagerly anticipated by the school community, culminated with the presentation of the Malli Scholarship for best Leaving Certificate results to Gerald O’Sullivan who attained the maximum six hundred and twenty five CAO points from his examinations in 2012. Noel O’Flynn was a worthy recipient of the Matt Kingston Memorial Award presented by Rowa Pharmaceuticals while Emilie Murphy’s outstanding Junior Certificate results saw her awarded the Malli Scholarship in that category.
The evening was overseen by master of ceremonies Mr Dennis O’Sullivan; deputy principal of Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí and began in rousing style with music from The Cajun Kings, a band formed of a variety of talented student musicians and singers. Principal, Dr Kevin Healy, welcomed the students and guests for the evening and spoke in recognition of the dedication and commitment required to accomplish in academic and in extra-curricular endeavours but also urged young people to be mindful and appreciative of the support shown by their parents and families in facilitating these achievements. Dr Healy wished continued success to UCC and explained how he looked forward to not only to extend present links with the university but to, where possible, forge new ties that would be mutually beneficial
Reverend Dr Tom Denihan, chairman of the Board of Management, encouraged the audience to reflect upon the way in which success can, at times, be interpreted in a relative and subjective way and praised the manner in which the successes of the students’ could only be seen as objective. He spoke warmly in commendation of the special guest and welcomed Dr Murphy on behalf of the co-trustees of the college.
Dr Michael Murphy’s speech was aimed firmly at the young people in the audience and showed wit, warmth and insight. He began by stating how glad he was to be ‘home’ in West Cork and explained how his native Kilmicheal had, in his youth, been referred to as part of Mid-Cork but had now been subsumed into the geographical area perceived by some to be more fashionable. His words focused on the idea that: ‘success can happen anywhere, at any time’. He encouraged his audience not to allow their ambitions be restrained by cultural, geographical or social forces. He chose a highlight the wide variety of people from Cork currently thriving at the highest levels of attainment in a myriad of fields such as politics, sciences and culture to illustrate his view that the ambitions and aspirations of young people should be encumbered in any way.
The first award category presented by Dr Murphy was the class awards where staff members nominate a boy and girl from each Junior Cycle class and a boy and girl from each Senior Cycle year group. These awards reflect the students’ application to homework and classwork, their attendance and punctuality and their positive interactions with others. This was followed by beautiful rendition of Skinny Love, performed by Emily Reynolds.
The special recognition awards for outstanding accomplishments in extra-curricular areas were presented next. These awards recognise contributions made by groups and individuals to activities within the school and while representing the school in external competitions. As well as the awards presented by Dr Murphy, Ms Margaret Horan presented the annual Bank of Ireland awards to senior and junior recipients. This section of the evening ended with a special presentation to Dr Murphy by Student Council representatives Elish Cunney and Ciarán O’ Sullivan. This was of a replica of the Kilnaruane Pillar Stone, carved from wood, made in collaboration by the students and staff of the school’s woodwork department. The presentation of the individual memorial awards and scholarships was preceded by a wonderful performance of a two hand reel by Eimear Downey and Kim Harrington and accompanied by the school’s traditional musicians.
As the evening drew to a close, Dr Kevin Healy gave the closing speech in which he thanked Dr Murphy for his contribution to what had been a hugely enjoyable evening. The many members of teaching and administrative who gave their time and effort to ensure the successful outcome of the ceremony were also acknowledged with gratitude. The event finished with words of recognition for the students of the college: ‘I am very proud of the fact that all our students have been given every possible opportunity to be challenged to explore, to participate and to achieve success. Participation builds confidence and allows you, as students, to fully express yourselves and develop as individuals and as team members ’ before Lauren Arundel, accompanied by Niamh Cotter on piano, sung High Hopes in a most apt conclusion to the evening.
Scholarships and Individual Awards
Gradam Chonnradh na Gaeilge – Sinsear – Fergal Crowley
Soisear – Ellen O’ Sullivan
Séan Lynch Memorial Award – Ann-Marie Coughlan
Kieran O’ Sullivan Memorial Award – Shane Mc Carthy
Séan Murphy Memorial Award – Gerald O’ Sullivan
Sister Vincent Memorial Award – Pat Daly
Matt Kingston/ Rowa Scholarship – Noel O’ Flynn
Malli Scholarship – Leaving Cert – Gerald O’ Sullivan
Junior cert – Emilie Murphy
Class Awards – Junior and Senior
I Aisling – Aoife O’ Connor, Jack Maguire
1Colm – Caroline Downey, Rory Aylmer
1Oisín – Ally Cronin, Seán Regan
1Íde – Caoimhe Harrington, Liam de la Cour
1Gael – Jacob Adams
2Eoin – Maeve FitzGerald, Tony Harrington
2Padraig – Emily Egan, Eoghan Minehane
2Brid – Kim Cameron, Gary Butler
2Ciaran – Amy Doyle, Lope Ochate
2Treasa – Leah Murphy, Daniel Murray
2Gael – Josh McGuinness
3Paul – Katie Healy, Darren Murphy
3Matthew – Sarah Cronin, Ron Guttierez
3Ciaran – Sophie O’ Donovan, Eoghan McElhinney
3Fionnbarra – Laura McCarthy, Dillon O’ Flynn
3Luke – Molly Dune, Thomas O’ Grady
3Gael – Damien Hurley
TY- Emilie Murphy, Robbie O’ Donovan
5th Year- Victoria Bazhko, Peter Swanton
6th Year- Conor Galvin, Dominka Bednarz
Special Class Saidbh ní Riada
Extra-curricular Awards Junior and Senior
Junk Kouture: Áine Sullivan (National Final)
Kate Sullivan (National Final)
Rachel Harrington (National Final)
Carolyn O’ Sullivan (Regional Final)
Emily Reynolds (Regional Final)
Dragon’s Den Regional Finalists:
Lauren O’ Brien, Aoife O’ Shea, John Enderson, Zak Mansouri, Aaron McCarthy,
Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition: Niamh Cotter (Highly Commended)
Youth Democracy Project:
Lauren Arundel, Caoimhe Barry, Aoife Cotter, Abbey Desmond, Elaine Goggin, Fiona Murphy, Melissa Murray, Robbie O’ Donovan, Dylan O’ Mahony, Mairead O’ Shea, Yvonne O’ Shea, Michael O’ Sullivan, Rebecca O’ Sullivan, Emily Reynolds
Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí Masterchef: Michael Healy (Junior winner)
Deirdre O’ Sullivan (Senior winner)
LESS Logo Design: Rosie Hollier
Carolyn O’ Sullivan
Irish Junior Science Olympiad: Caroline O’ Sullivan
West Cork Enterprise Board:
Tristan Coakley, Aiden James, Conor Lancaster, Padraig O’ Connor, Stephen O’ Sullivan,
Aaron O’ Sullivan
Niamh Cotter (Individual)
Cake Couture Sugar Craft Competition: Libby Coppinger
BT Young Scientist:
Emilie Murphy (Commended), Aoife Wiseman (Commended)
Amy Boyden, Emma Wall, Rowan Hampton
Louise Burke, Leah Murphy, Fiona Cronin
Bank of Ireland Awards:
Aaron Harrington, Stephen Keane
Niamh Harvey, John Enderson
Ann-Marie Coughlan, Maebh Daly, Kathy Harrington, Laura Harrington, Rachel Lyne, Niamh Manning, Stephen Pyburn, Siobhan O’ Leary, Michelle O’ Riordan, Alice O’ Shaughnessy, Amy O’ Shea, Abbey O’ Sullivan, Aisling O’ Sullivan, Laura O’ Sullivan, Marian O’ Sullivan.
Michela Andrews, Lauren Arundel, Amy Boyden, Liam Burke, Ann Coakley, Niamh Cotter, Liam Downey, Alex Harrington, Rachel Harrington, Niamh Kearney, Andrea Milinkovic, Chloe Mulhall, Emilie Murphy, Megan Murphy, Shane McCarthy, Anna Neubeck, Carolyn O’ Sullivan, Claire O’ Sullivan, Nicholas O’ Sullivan, Emily Reynolds, Ciara Thornton, Emma Wall, Aoife Wiseman, Darragh Whooley.
Caoimhe Barry, Caoimhe Harrington, Laura Cato, Maggie Coppinger, Libby Coppinger, Eoin Cronin, Elis Cunney, Michael Daly, Anthony Hanley, Stephen Hanley, Amy Harrington, Hazel Harrington, Katie Healy, Thomas Keavney, Mark Keohane, Darren Manning, Jack McCarthy Shane McCarthy, Tadgh McCarthy, Katie Mullins, Bryan Murphy, Darren Murphy, Leah Murphy, Stephen Murphy, Kieran O’ Donovan, Anne Marie O’ Mahony, Shane O’ Mahony, Ben O’ Shea, Diarmuid O’ Shea, Ellen O’ Sullivan, Gregory O’ Sullivan, Dermot Spillane, Andrea Stock, Darragh Whooley.
Caoimhe Harrington (All Ireland winner)
Niamh Cotter (International Team member)
Basketball: Boys U16
Aaron Barry, Thomas Black, Michael Casey, Liam Cronin, Savo Dragas, Cathal Hurley, Thomas Keavney, Daniel Murray, Shane Mc Carthy, Thomas O’ Grady, Dillon O’ Sullivan, Jacob Viands.
Rugby: Boys U16
Ciaran O’ Sullivan, John Donegan, Kevin Holland, Tristan Coakley, Patrick Casey, Ian Hurley, Michael Casey, Shane Keevers, Sean McCarthy, Pat Daly, Shane Shannon, Tadgh McCarthy, Thomas O’ Donovan, Eoghan McEllhinney, Fineen Wycherly, Tony Harrington, Aidan O’ Sullivan, Adam Phillips, Paidi O’ Sullivan, Luke O’ Donovan, James Murphy, Fergal O’ Sullivan, Liam Cronin.
Ladies Football: U16
Séadna O’ Sullivan, Máiread O’ Leary, Claire O’ Sullivan, Orla Buckley, Trish O’ Shea, Deirdre O’ Sullivan, Eilish Harrington, Libby Coppinger, Ann Coakley, Alice O’ Shaughnessy, Caroline Daly, Elaine Collins, Caroline O’ Sullivan, Katie O’ Shea, Aoife Spillane, Emilie Murphy, Hazel Harrington, Michela Andrews, Aoife Wiseman, Michelle Murnane, Rachel O’ Shea, Rachel Harrington, Muireann Hickey, Caroline O’ Donovan, Vickey Eckel, Amy O’ Shea, Maria O’ Sullivan, Ciara Crowne
Ladies’ Football: Emma Spillane (All Ireland medal winner)
Basketball: Boys U19
Kevin O’Keeffe, Shane McCarthy, Evaldas Minekis, Mark Keohane, Fergal Crowley, Michael Gingell, Brian Regan, Liam Downey, Greg Clifford, Padraig O’Connor, Stephen O’Sullivan, Jakob Vinauds, Martin Vitols, Kevin Murray.
Rugby: Boys U17
Ciaran O’ Sullivan, John Donegan, Kevin Holland, Aiden James, Tim Cronin, Bryan Murphy, Michael Casey, Zak Boys, Sean McCarthy, Shane Shannon, Aaron O’ Sullivan, Jamie McSweeney, Eoghan McEllhinney, Fineen Wycherly, Declan Meaney, Stephen Holland.
Bowling: Junior Girls
Emma Hickey, Caroline O’ Donovan, Isabel Shannon.
Emma Hickey (European Championship winner)
Bowling: Senior Girls
Elaine Collins, Maighread O’ Leary, Claire O’ Sullivan.
Bowling: Senior Boys
Mark Shannon, Declan Shannon, Shane Shannon.