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CEIST AWARD: Aoife Fleming from Presentation Castleisland received the CEIST Award.

It was a virtual event for students from Presentation Castleisland as they hosted their annual end of year celebration and awards night last week.

It marked an important occasion to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and successes of students throughout the school year.

Principal, Ms. Broderick, opened the night with a reminder of the vision of Nano Nagle, founder of the Presentation Sisters, and her faith and belief in education. Ms. Broderick spoke of the importance of nurturing the emotional and spiritual development of students, as well as developing their academic achievement. This year brought many success stories for Presentation Castleisland, including a Late Late Show appearance for a student in Business Enterprise, national appearances for students in a Media Literacy forum, the rollout of Computer Science as a new Leaving Certificate subject as well as an exceptionally positive report from the Department of Education and Skills on the school’s provision of remote teaching and learning.

AWARDS

Student achievement was recognised through a host of awards. In memory of the late Seamus Falvey, School Principal from 2000 to 2012, the Seamus Falvey Award was presented to Lauren Butler for her commitment to school life and the unwavering positivity she brings to the classroom. The Sister Clement Award is presented each year to the student who works consistently and diligently in her studies, and this year, it was awarded to Cerys Ryder. The CEIST Award was presented to Aoife Fleming, a student who models the school’s ethos every day and who actively promotes the school’s core values of respect and inclusivity. The Sister Rita Art Award is presented to a Senior Cycle student who consistently proves themselves in art. The winner of this award was Ciara Sheehan. Awards were also presented to students in the areas of sport, music, business enterprise and science. Winners of the Student of the Year were also announced – Áine Walsh (First Year), Aoife Roche (Second Year), Sarah Glennon Barreto (Third Year), Hanna Herlihy (Fourth Year), Laura Walsh (Fifth Year), and Grace Daly (Sixth Year). Fiona Brosnan, Laura Walsh and Cara Fleming were presented with silver medals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their Junior Certificate, while a gold medal was presented to Eibhlís Brosnan, who scored maximum points in her Leaving Certificate in 2020. As part of the award ceremony, the school choir sang a heart-warming rendition of 'One Step Beyond', a song in the memory of Nano Nagle.

COMMITMENT: Lauren Butler was presented with the Seamus Falvey Award.

STUDENT COUNCIL

Kate O’Keefe and Lisa Flynn spoke on behalf of the Student Council. They acknowledged the important role played by the Council this year in expressing the student voice and ensuring students contributed to the major decisions made in the school. Reflecting on the successful year, Ms. Broderick paid tribute to the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by the whole staff team in the school, the dedication of the Board of Management, the support of parents and guardians throughout the year and the positivity and creativity displayed by students.

"The school looks forward to celebrating awards night together with everyone in the school in 2022," she said.

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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 […]

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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.”

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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 […]

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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.

INTERNATIONALS

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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