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AWARD: Sean Coffey presenting the Dr Tadgh MacCutain Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in Maths and Physics to Darren Crowley with Margaret Crowley at the St Brendan's College Awards evening.

By Sean Moriarty

It has been a very busy few weeks St Brendan’s College as students celebrated another year of success in and out of the class rooms.

On Tuesday night last, 75 Transition Year students enjoyed their review of the year in the school chapel where both Micheal O’Meara and Robert O’Shea were named as students of the year.

“Highlights of the night included the drama performance,” Sean Coffey, Principal, said. “It was the culmination of a hectic year for the lads.”

Late last week the First, Second, and Third Year students completed their academic season with a night celebration at the school.

“We celebrated under three categories, School and Community, Diligence and Effort and Academic Awards.”

Prior to these two award nights, the schools Sixth Year students brought their final year of secondary education to a close with their annual end of year celebration.

As well as presenting awards to the outgoing students, the night recognised 2018 Leaving Certificate student Corey Kissane. He was the school’s most-successful student in last year’s Leaving Certificate and was awarded theColáiste Bhréanainn Gold Medal.

A second gold medal was awarded to past student and guest speaker Dr Aidan Forde of Saorgus Energy Ltd., the firm behind the wind farms in the Stacks Mountains outside Tralee.

“Aidan reinforced to the students the importance of remaining positive and optimistic,” Mr Coffey explained.

School chaplain Fr Jim Lenihan celebrated Mass for the 500 students, who were joined by their family and friends in the school chapel for the occasion.

“The Parents Council pulled out all the stops on the night. They ran the barbecue that fed the 500 people present and it was a real family occasion.”

Looking ahead, 270 students from the school will sit state exams, beginning next Wednesday.

“There is a lot of stress in a lot of houses this week, but it is important to reinforce the positives of so many curricular and extra-curricular achievements that add so much to the school.”

 

 

[caption id="attachment_26510" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] CHEQUE THIS OUT: Sixth Year students from St Brendan's College presented a cheque for €1,805 to Tim Moriarty and Kathrina Breen from the Killarney/South Kerry branch of Irish Cancer Society. Photo: Michelle Crean[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26511" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] CHEQUE THIS OUT: Sixth Year students from St Brendan's College presented a cheque to Pat O'Neill (Chairman) and Rosemary Nolan from the MS South Kerry branch. Photo: Michelle Crean[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26512" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Sean Coffey presenting the St Brendan's Arts Award to Jonathon Men with Aidan Forde guest speaker at the St Brendan's College Awards evening in The Chapel St Brendan's College, Killarney on Friday.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26513" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Sean Coffey presenting the LCA Award to Jordan Lee with his mother Mary Buckley at the St Brendan's College Awards evening.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26514" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Stephen McKenna and James Lynch who received Business Awards from (left) Aidan Forde, guest speaker and Sean Coffey Principal[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26515" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Robert O'Brien, Fiachra O'Connell, Cian Tangney (back) Partrick O'Leary, Cian Gammell, Sean O'Neill who received Board of Management Award for Academic Achievement from board members Lorna Larkin and Elizabeth Lyne.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26516" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Darren Crowley, Niall Daly and Corey Kissane who received the Dr.Tadgh MacCutain Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in Maths and Physics with Aidan Forde, guest speaker, teachers Marie Vaughan and Bridget Lucey Deputy Principal.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26517" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Corey Kissane who received the St Brendan's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence and the Dr Tadgh MacCutain Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in Maths and Physics with his parents John and Denise, Aiden Forde guest speaker and teacher Marie Vaughan at the St Brendan's College Awards evening.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26518" align="aligncenter" width="1177"] Sean Coffey presenting the Dr Tadgh MacCutain Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in Maths and Physics to Darren Crowley with Margaret Crowley at the St Brendan's College Awards evening[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26519" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Darren Crowley, Niall Daly and Corey Kissane who received the Dr Tadgh MacCutain Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in Maths and Physics with teachers Marie Vaughan and Bridget Lucey Deputy Principal at the St Brendan's College Awards evening in The Chapel St Brendan's College, Killarney on Friday.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26520" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Ian Prendergast, Darragh O'Donoghue and Keith O'Leary at the Leaving Certificate graduation Mass and barbecue at St Brendan's College Killarney.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26521" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Daniel Lucey, Shane Trant, Victor Bojlecki, Harry Knoblauch, Dylan O'Rourke, Darragh Lawlor and Cathal Swords at the Leaving Certificate graduation Mass and barbecue at St Brendan's College Killarney.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26522" align="aligncenter" width="1261"] Shane Davies with his mother Joanne at the Leaving Certificate graduation Mass and barbecue at St Brendan's College Killarney.[/caption]

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Lissi’s love of nature nets prize

After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition. Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature. Each Biosphere participating awarded […]

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After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition.

Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature.

Each Biosphere participating awarded local prizes with the top entry from each being submitted to the international competition between the three.

This week the two judges for the international element Author Dara McAnulty and Professor Martin Price, Chair of the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee, have unanimously chosen ‘The Otter’ by Lissi Nickelsen (Kerry) as winner of the inter-Biosphere Young Nature Blogger 2021.

“I absolutely love the observational detail in this piece,” Dara McAnulty, author of ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’ and the youngest ever winner of The Wainright Prize for nature writing said:

“You can really feel that breathless excitement and tension of seeing an otter. The drawing shows how multimedia can be used to great effect in a blog.”

Professor Martin Price added that it “is a beautifully written blog about a very special encounter”.

“I really get the feeling of what Lissi observed so carefully, and her joy about spending time with an otter! And the drawing is wonderful too!”

Lissi will receive a young naturalist writing set from Dara McNulty, a framed otter picture from Wildlife photographer Vincent Hyland, Wild Derrynane, and a family kayak trip in the Kerry Biosphere.

The winning entry can be read on the Kerry Biosphere website www.kerrybiosphere.ie/news.

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The only certainty is uncertainty

By Michael O’Connor    “History is just one damn thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee Late last week, the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa sent shockwaves worldwide, upending what had been a reasonably quiet week for the stock market. On Friday last, a steep sell-off left the S&P 500 and the […]

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By Michael O’Connor   

“History is just one damn thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee

Late last week, the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa sent shockwaves worldwide, upending what had been a reasonably quiet week for the stock market. On Friday last, a steep sell-off left the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq down 2.2% and 3.5%, respectively.

This 147th twist in the pandemic tale got me thinking about how much we think we know when really, we know nothing at all.

At the start of the year nobody would have predicted that 2020 would have played out the way it did. Very few would have predicted that 2021, with promising vaccines and a return to normality would have represented so little change, but here we are.

Everyone loves to pretend like they fully understand what this all means and what will happen next. I get it; who doesn’t love the warm cozy allure of certainty. We all want to exist in a world where we know what lies around the corner.

History is a perpetual stream of mistaken opinions and unpredictable outcomes, but the predictions won’t stop. People will cast their views with deluded certainty about what to expect next by extrapolating the current conditions out into the future, but the current conditions aren’t a constant, and the game is always changing.

Unfortunately, the reality is, nobody knows what’s next, and the sooner you can discard any naive sense of conviction, the easier it will be in both life and investing. While this statement may seem morbid on the surface, loosening our grip on our need for certainty can be liberating.

Remember, while it is important to have expectations and predictions, predictions are not fact, and you will be wrong. Not always, but you will be wrong, so try not to be overly tethered to your current version of the truth.

Lean into the uncertainty

Accepting that nothing is certain can often be cast as an impotent statement in a world obsessed with knowing all the answers.

In an industry where uncertainty is the ultimate enemy, telling investors to submit to it is often met with disdain, but accepting the inevitability of uncertainty is so important if you want to avoid going stir crazy as you try and hold for the long term.

Of course, discarding uncertainty is easier said than done. Worrying about factors beyond our control is an inherent part of the human condition. However, simply being aware that the game is not predictable and nobody truly knows the final outcome may help you reduce your craving for certainty.

My advice

Stop reaching for perfection in a world of constant uncertainty. Stop obsessing about making the right decision one hundred percent of the time. Even the best investors in history have had their fair share of howlers. Ultimately you just need to be right more often than you are wrong.

The solution

Create an investment portfolio centred around what you believe to be the most probable outcome based on available information and incorporate enough diversification to function as a buffer.

In a world where anything is possible, all you can do is focus on what is most probable, allow for a margin of error to support you when your assumed outcomes don’t play out and simply let go of the rest.

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