STUDENT OF THE YEAR: Pictured at Killarney Community College on graduation evening receiving the Student of the Year Awards were Alex Quinn (left) and Aoife O'Brien (right) with their Principal Stella Loughnane. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan
It was a star-studded occasion in Killarney Community College last week as teachers, students and parents assembled for the annual awards ceremony via an online link to honour and recognise Sixth Year students in the college.
The awards night at Killarney Community College was always an annual tradition in the college which gives the whole school community an opportunity to reflect on some of the achievements of the Sixth Year students.
“Due to COVID-19, this year’s celebrations were a little different but nonetheless it did not overshadow or deter us from celebrating the achievements of some of our remarkable and worthy students,” awards coordinator Tara O’Shea said.
"Awards were presented across a range of categories: academia, leadership, ethos, amongst others. It is always a great evening and an opportunity to honour those who have excelled."
Principal Stella Loughnane commended all award recipients and the wonderful teamwork of the teachers and staff for the awards night.
Alex Quinn and Aoife O’Brien were voted by the teachers as the Students of the Year. Alex was described by teachers as a gentleman, who is warm, kind and helpful to all. He was given the award as he sees ways of overcoming obstacles and is excellent in adapting to change. He is seen to be supportive and empathetic towards his peers and is often seen to be helpful to others in a quiet, subtle and unassuming way.
Aoife won the award as she fully embraced her time in Killarney Community College. She volunteered herself wholeheartedly for all school events. She shone a light with sheer enthusiasm and interest in the school and committed herself one hundred percent in every activity, subject and module that she participated in.
The prestigious Principal’s Award went to Stefan Latjar. Stefan has lead the way by showing his commitment to his studies, demonstrating that dedication, hard work and a sense of purpose is a lifelong skill that can achieve so much.
“Since starting in Killarney Community College this student has gone about their work and studies in a quiet unassuming mature way. Always interested in the task at hand, this student has lead the way academically demonstrating that dedication, hard work and a sense of purpose is a lifelong skill that can achieve so much,” Ms Loughnane said in her speech.
Contribution to the Life of the School award was presented to Sinead Gleeson. She has excelled in many aspects of school life, especially music. She has been a wonderful musical addition to the college, and has been both generous with her talent and her time. She was chosen for this award for her total commitment to the life of the school.
Caoimhe Fleming and Ben Herlihy were presented with the award for Living the Ethos. Both students have been constantly involved in promoting the school ethos of “Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion” throughout their years studying in the college. Over their time in Killarney Community College they have both been involved in many projects. Their passion, innovation, dedication and care is an inspiration to all students in this school.
Fossa’s marathon man competes in Vienna
By Sean Moriarty They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria. Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world. On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon […]
By Sean Moriarty
They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria.
Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world.
On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon with Tony recording a personal-best time of 2hrs and 45mins. He finished second in the Over 45 category and 27th overall, while Tony completed the course in 3hrs and 3mins.
“You won’t see one of us without the other,” said Tony.
Niall Thompson of Killorglin was also competing in the event.
Tony is a member of the well-known Harty family of Waterford. His two brothers Phillip and William and sister Rebecca all raced for Ireland.
Tony took up running later than his siblings and contested his first marathon in 2015 when was 39-years-old.
Now 45 he cannot stop running and takes in at least two overseas marathons every year as well as Irish and local events.
“It is all part of the experience,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. Both he and Seamus have previously contested marathons in Barcelona, Valencia and Rotterdam and he intends to return to Spain in early December for another crack at the Valencia event.
He prepared for Sunday’s race by winning overall at the Churchtown 5-mile race in Cork last month and the Antrim Half-Marathon a few weeks ago.
“Vienna was very hot, up to 26 degrees, and lots of people were suffering,” he added. “Vienna was supposed to run in April but it got deferred. We prefer running in cooler conditions. Valencia will be around 10 degrees in December which is ideal.”
Jordan’s new role with St Paul’s
By Sean Moriarty Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club. Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level. The High Jumper then switched […]
By Sean Moriarty
Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club.
Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level.
The High Jumper then switched to track and field and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics where he made history by becoming the first Kerry athlete to act as a flag bearer for an opening ceremony and lead an Irish team into an Olympic Stadium.
Now back home and preparing for the next Olympics in Paris, he has returned to his first love and will join the backroom staff at the local Division One basketball club ahead of their National League campaign which begins next month.
His father Jarlath Lee is head coach with St Paul’s.
“Jordan is joining us as our strength and conditioning coach,” Jarlath told the Killarney Advertiser.
Meanwhile, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club National League team will have a distinctive feel to it this year after securing the services of three overseas players it for the season ahead.
The club’s biggest signing is Canadian professional Ben Miller. It was originally hoped that the former two-time Manitoba Player of the Year would play for the local side last season but the pandemic got in the way and the National League was never played. However, he did play two training games this time last year before returning to Canada until travel restrictions lifted.
“He is a good guy, very approachable and very good with the young members,” Jarlath said.
The club has also signed Bulgarian International Emilian Grudov.
The 20-year-old has already represented his home country at U16, 18 and 20 level.
“He is young, athletic and very good offensively,” added Lee.
The returning Lithuanian Dianius Varanaukus completes the club international line up for the 2020/21 season.
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