St. Macartan’s College Annual Awards

 

         St. Macartan’s Awards Day 2017

St. Macartan’s College Sport Hall played host to the Annual  Awards Day celebrations. Board of  Management members, parents and students joined the Sem staff to look back on what chairperson of the Awards Day committee Mr. Paul West called a memorable year at St. Macartan’s. Mr. West in his opening remarks referred to some of the year’s highlights, many of  which he said would be acknowledged during the awards ceremony.

The first awards to be presented were by the Junior School Year Heads. In First Year, Year Head, Mr. Patrick Duffy presented awards to Shane Freeman, Oisín Murray, Joe McElvaney, Mark McManus and Michal Naklicki. Mr. Séamus Meehan presented Merit Awards to Second Years James McKenny, Sean Collins,  Dean Conlon, Adam Lambe and  Matthew Duffy. Third Year Year Head, Ms. Linda Walsh-Fitzgerald presented awards to Dillon McCaffrey, Jack Murphy, Michael Carville , Paddy Kelly and Conor Mulligan. These awards are presented to students in each junior year group for students overall effort, progress and contribution to school life generally.

The Senior Maths Awards presented by the staff at St. Macartan’s in memory of their former colleague Mrs. Geraldine Garvey was presented to Padraig Meehan by Ms. Catherine Kierans. Ms. Kierans presented the Junior Maths award to Cathal Meehan, incidentally younger brother of the senior Maths Award recipient.The Senior Science Award was presented by Mr. John Conaty to the winning Irish Science Teachers Quiz team made up of Oisín Lavelle, Oran McElligott and Darragh McCague.

The Technology Awards were presented by Mr. Jonathan Groarke for excellence in Materials Technology Wood to Paul McPhillips, Junior Technical Graphics to Cathal Meehan, Senior DCG to Matthew Rice and Senior Construction Studies to Jack Gormley.

The Contribution to Music Award was presented by Ms. Mulhern to the members of the senior choir in light of their outstanding contribution to every major school event since they joined the school.

The Performing Arts Award was also presented by Ms. Mulhern. This year it was presented to First Year student Joe McElvaney for his role as young Billy in the school’s production of the musical Billy Elliott.

The award for excellence in History was presented by Mr. Dermot McAree to Eoin McAdam. Newly commissioned awards for the visual arts were presented by Ms. Fionnuala Gallagher with the Senior Visual Arts Award going to Matthew Rice and the junior award going to Jamie mcPhillips.

Bhronn an tUas. Pádraig  Ó’Dufaigh corn Macarten G. MacCormack an Duais “Spreagthóirí” do ghrúpa sa Seú Bliain, Peadar Mac Philib, Niall Mac Manais,  Pádraig Ó Míocháin, Ultan Ó Ruairc agus Orán Mac Uileagóid, don dílseacht agus grá a léirigh siad don teanga Ghaeilge.  

The Junior and Senior Debating awards were presented by Mr. Conor McGuigan to Adam Lambe and Rory O’Hare respectively. Rory O’Hare was further commended by Mr.McGuigan for his contribution to this year’s Law Team.

Ms. Siobhan Colreavy followed and presented awards for poetry, both written and performed and prizes for creative writing at junior, intermediate and senior levels. Niall Crawley as Senior Creative Writing award was presented for his work in the school’s Writer in Residence programme led by poet Mr. Séamus Cashman.

The sports awards saw presentations for soccer, by Mr. Enda McCabe to  Keelan O’Reilly as senior player of the year, by Mr. Dermot McAree to  Fearghal Clerkin U17 player of the year, by Mr. Jonathan Groarke to Karl Gallagher U 15 player of the year. Athlete of the Year and winner of the Fr. Enda MacCormack Cup was presented to triathlete Órab McGee by Mr. Karl Kildea. The basketball awards were presented by Mr. Garreth Coyle to Andrew O’Connor, U-19 , Ben Ryan, U-16, Tiarnan O’Rourke, 2nd Year, Michael Hamill, 1st Year.

The GAA Awards began with the presentation of the Hurling Award by Mr. Padraig Meehan to Leo Moloney and the Handball Award by Mr. Raymond McHugh to this year’s  All Ireland Colleges winner Eoghan McGinnity.

The Gaelic Football awards followed, Mr. Coyle presented the MacRory Cup Player of the Year Award to Kalum McKenna, Mr. Mark Duffy presented the Rannafast Cup Player of the Year to Gavin McPhillips, Mr. Mark Counihan presented the Brock Cup Player of the Year to Michael Meehan. The Corn na nÓg player of the Year was presented  to Tiarnan Ó’Rourke by Mr. Neil McAdam and the Dalton Cup Award was presented to Dara McKenna by Mr. David McCague.

The final sports award was presented by Mr. Garreth Coyle to Robbie McAlister as this year’s Sportsman of the Year.

A special Transition Year Award called Spiorad na hIdirbhliana was presented by T.Y. co-ordinator Mr. Enda McCabe to Modestas Banys for his outstanding contribution to a wide range of T.Y. events and initiatives and his efforts generally during the year.

For consistency in grades and effort in class over the last three years, the Junior Academic Awards were presented by the Deputy Principal, Ms. Marion McDonald to Third Year students Aodhán Brennan, Brian McAteer, Conall McHugh, Cathal Meehan  and Michael Meehan.

After welcoming those present to the event, St. Macartan’s College principal, Raymond McHugh thanked Mr. Paul West and the Awards Day organising committee for their efforts in planning what the principal called one of the most important events in the school year. Continuing, he commended the current Senior Grade class on their work and excellent contribution to the Sem over the last six years. Mr. McHugh then commended and thanked the outgoing student leaders in the school who served as prefects and as members of the Student Council. He then announced winners of this year’s Senior Academic Awards. They were,  Darragh McCague, Pádraig Meehan, Oisín Lavelle, Peter McPhillips and Oran McElligott.

After drawing the winners of the P.A. draw, chairperson Mary Mullen thanked all the draw sponsors and parents for their generosity in helping make the draw the success it was. Referring to the fact that this year will see her time as a parent at St. Macartan’s come to an end, she thanked the principal and staff at St. Macartan’s for their hard work and dedication to the students and the school.

The principal Mr. McHugh then presented the best Junior Cert Award for 2016 to Lorcan O’Rourke. This was followed by the presentation of the best Leaving Cert for 2016 to Leonard McDermott. On receiving his award and in reply, Leonard thanked his former teachers for the support, help and guidance he received during his time at St. Macartan’s.

In his concluding remarks, the principal mentioned some of the highlights of the school year and in reflecting on these he called on the student body to appreciate the work done by the teachers at the school. He asked students never to take teachers professionalism and dedication for granted and to be mindful of the many extra opportunities afforded to the students at St. Macartan’s College by the staff there.

The principal then outlined the many changes that will take place at the school in the new academic year. Mentioning in particular the new one hour class duration timetable, the short day on Wednesday, the building of the new music and technology rooms, the new Autism facility and the major renovation project that will begin during the summer, the principal looked forward to an exciting  and productive time for the school ahead. Speaking to the parents, Mr. McHugh thanked thanked them for their loyalty and contribution both financial and within the community to the school.  Mentioning in particular the members of the Parents Association under chairperson Mary Mullen, he thanked the P.A. for their support throughout the year. Speaking to the students the principal thanked them for what they bring to the school every day. He commended their hard work, good humour and pride in their school. This he said is something that will be reflected upon in the coming year when the school will look again at what it means  to be a Sem boy as part of the wider St. Macartan’s College community. Mr. McHugh concluded by thanking Canon McCaughey chairperson and the members of the Board of Management  for their work on behalf of the school. He singled out the Deputy Principal Ms. Marion McDonald for particular praise in his remarks by saying that her work helps ensure that the school functions as effectively as it does on a day to day basis. The principal in conclusion thanked the school musicians and choir under the direction of Ms. Catherine Mulhern, he wished all students sitting State exams every success in the coming weeks and declared the ceremony closed after the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann

Sean Collins Wins St. Macartan’s College Bishop MacDaid Spiorad na Scoile Award

At the school’s annual Awards Day ceremony, President of the College Canon Shane McCaughey introduced the Bishop MacDaid Spiorad na Scoile Award. Outlining the background to the award he referred to the school’s recent marking of the retirement of former St. Macartan’s College president Bishop Liam MacDaid from his ministry as Trustee of this school and as Bishop of Clogher. That evening the College marked Bishop MacDaid’s over 60 years of outstanding contribution to the school, as pupil, prefect, dean, teacher, guidance counsellor, president, Board of Management member and Trustee. The  special presentation commissioned for the Bishop depicts in glass the school crest in the school colours of black and amber and was executed by Grace Brennan of King’s Forge, Mullyash. This presentation was replicated to be presented on an annual basis and to be known as the Bishop MacDaid Spiorad na Scoile Award.

Canon McCaughey continued saying the  Spiorad na Scoile Award is presented to students who best exemplify what St. Macartan’s College stands for. Describing it as is a very special award and one the school does not present without considerable deliberation, it is presented to a student or students who have added in a significant way to the life of the school and beyond and as a result deserve special recognition.

The 2017 winner of the Bishop MacDaid Spiorad na Scoile award was Seán Collins. Canon McCaughey described this year’s recipient as an example to all students. Loyal, generous, polite, good humoured and hard working at school, he is also a Special Olympics volunteer and a great help at home. So much so that Seán was recognised earlier this year  on RTE’s Late Late Show as Ulster’s Young Carer of the Year.

 

St. Macartan’s Awards Day 2016 

St. Macartan’s College Sport Hall was packed to capacity on Wednesday last for their Annual  Awards Day celebrations. Board of  Management members, parents and students joined the Sem staff to look back on what chairperson of the Awards Day committee Mr. Paul West called a memorable year at St. Macartan’s. Mr. West in his opening remarks referred to some of the year’s highlights, many of  which he said would be acknowledged during the awards ceremony.

The first awards to be presented were by the Junior School Year Heads. In First Year, Year Head, Mr. Patrick Duffy presented awards to Shane Freeman, Oisín Murray, Joe McElvaney, Mark McManus and Michal Naklicki. Mr. Séamus Meehan presented Merit Awards to Second Years James McKenny, Sean Collins,  Dean Conlon, Adam Lambe and  Matthew Duffy. Third Year Year Head, Ms. Linda Walsh-Fitzgerald presented awards to Dillon McCaffrey, Jack Murphy, Michael Carville , Paddy Kelly and Conor Mulligan. These awards are presented to students in each junior year group for students overall effort, progress and contribution to school life generally.

The Senior Maths Awards presented by the staff at St. Macartan’s in memory of their former colleague Mrs. Geraldine Garvey was presented to Padraig Meehan by Ms. Catherine Kierans. Ms. Kierans presented the Junior Maths award to Cathal Meehan, incidentally younger brother of the senior Maths Award recipient.The Senior Science Award was presented by Mr. John Conaty to the winning Irish Science Teachers Quiz team made up of Oisín Lavelle, Oran McElligott and Darragh McCague.

The Technology Awards were presented by Mr. Jonathan Groarke for excellence in Materials Technology Wood to Paul McPhillips, Junior Technical Graphics to Cathal Meehan, Senior DCG to Matthew Rice and Senior Construction Studies to Jack Gormley.

The Contribution to Music Award was presented by Ms. Mulhern to the members of the senior choir in light of their outstanding contribution to every major school event since they joined the school.

The Performing Arts Award was also presented by Ms. Mulhern. This year it was presented to First Year student Joe McElvaney for his role as young Billy in the school’s production of the musical Billy Elliott.

The award for excellence in History was presented by Mr. Dermot McAree to Eoin McAdam. Newly commissioned awards for the visual arts were presented by Ms. Fionnuala Gallagher with the Senior Visual Arts Award going to Matthew Rice and the junior award going to Jamie mcPhillips.

Bhronn an tUas. Pádraig  Ó’Dufaigh corn Macarten G. MacCormack an Duais “Spreagthóirí” do ghrúpa sa Seú Bliain, Peadar Mac Philib, Niall Mac Manais,  Pádraig Ó Míocháin, Ultan Ó Ruairc agus Orán Mac Uileagóid, don dílseacht agus grá a léirigh siad don teanga Ghaeilge.  

The Junior and Senior Debating awards were presented by Mr. Conor McGuigan to Adam Lambe and Rory O’Hare respectively. Rory O’Hare was further commended by Mr.McGuigan for his contribution to this year’s Law Team.

Ms. Siobhan Colreavy followed and presented awards for poetry, both written and performed and prizes for creative writing at junior, intermediate and senior levels. Niall Crawley as Senior Creative Writing award was presented for his work in the school’s Writer in Residence programme led by poet Mr. Séamus Cashman.

The sports awards saw presentations for soccer, by Mr. Enda McCabe to  Keelan O’Reilly as senior player of the year, by Mr. Dermot McAree to  Fearghal Clerkin U17 player of the year, by Mr. Jonathan Groarke to Karl Gallagher U 15 player of the year. Athlete of the Year and winner of the Fr. Enda MacCormack Cup was presented to triathlete Órab McGee by Mr. Karl Kildea. The basketball awards were presented by Mr. Garreth Coyle to Andrew O’Connor, U-19 , Ben Ryan, U-16, Tiarnan O’Rourke, 2nd Year, Michael Hamill, 1st Year.

The GAA Awards began with the presentation of the Hurling Award by Mr. Padraig Meehan to Leo Moloney and the Handball Award by Mr. Raymond McHugh to this year’s  All Ireland Colleges winner Eoghan McGinnity.

The Gaelic Football awards followed, Mr. Coyle presented the MacRory Cup Player of the Year Award to Kalum McKenna, Mr. Mark Duffy presented the Rannafast Cup Player of the Year to Gavin McPhillips, Mr. Mark Counihan presented the Brock Cup Player of the Year to Michael Meehan. The Corn na nÓg player of the Year was presented  to Tiarnan Ó’Rourke by Mr. Neil McAdam and the Dalton Cup Award was presented to Dara McKenna by Mr. David McCague.

The final sports award was presented by Mr. Garreth Coyle to Robbie McAlister as this year’s Sportsman of the Year.

A special Transition Year Award called Spiorad na hIdirbhliana was presented by T.Y. co-ordinator Mr. Enda McCabe to Modestas Banys for his outstanding contribution to a wide range of T.Y. events and initiatives and his efforts generally during the year.

For consistency in grades and effort in class over the last three years, the Junior Academic Awards were presented by the Deputy Principal, Ms. Marion McDonald to Third Year students Aodhán Brennan, Brian McAteer, Conall McHugh, Cathal Meehan  and Michael Meehan.

After welcoming those present to the event, St. Macartan’s College principal, Raymond McHugh thanked Mr. Paul West and the Awards Day organising committee for their efforts in planning what the principal called one of the most important events in the school year. Continuing, he commended the current Senior Grade class on their work and excellent contribution to the Sem over the last six years. Mr. McHugh then commended and thanked the outgoing student leaders in the school who served as prefects and as members of the Student Council. He then announced winners of this year’s Senior Academic Awards. They were,  Darragh McCague, Pádraig Meehan, Oisín Lavelle, Peter McPhillips and Oran McElligott.

After drawing the winners of the P.A. draw, chairperson Mary Mullen thanked all the draw sponsors and parents for their generosity in helping make the draw the success it was. Referring to the fact that this year will see her time as a parent at St. Macartan’s come to an end, she thanked the principal and staff at St. Macartan’s for their hard work and dedication to the students and the school.

The principal Mr. McHugh then presented the best Junior Cert Award for 2016 to Lorcan O’Rourke. This was followed by the presentation of the best Leaving Cert for 2016 to Leonard McDermott. On receiving his award and in reply, Leonard thanked his former teachers for the support, help and guidance he received during his time at St. Macartan’s.

In his concluding remarks, the principal mentioned some of the highlights of the school year and in reflecting on these he called on the student body to appreciate the work done by the teachers at the school. He asked students never to take teachers professionalism and dedication for granted and to be mindful of the many extra opportunities afforded to the students at St. Macartan’s College by the staff there.

The principal then outlined the many changes that will take place at the school in the new academic year. Mentioning in particular the new one hour class duration timetable, the short day on Wednesday, the building of the new music and technology rooms, the new Autism facility and the major renovation project that will begin during the summer, the principal looked forward to an exciting  and productive time for the school ahead. Speaking to the parents, Mr. McHugh thanked thanked them for their loyalty and contribution both financial and within the community to the school.  Mentioning in particular the members of the Parents Association under chairperson Mary Mullen, he thanked the P.A. for their support throughout the year. Speaking to the students the principal thanked them for what they bring to the school every day. He commended their hard work, good humour and pride in their school. This he said is something that will be reflected upon in the coming year when the school will look again at what it means  to be a Sem boy as part of the wider St. Macartan’s College community. Mr. McHugh concluded by thanking Canon McCaughey chairperson and the members of the Board of Management  for their work on behalf of the school. He singled out the Deputy Principal Ms. Marion McDonald for particular praise in his remarks by saying that her work helps ensure that the school functions as effectively as it does on a day to day basis. The principal in conclusion thanked the school musicians and choir under the direction of Ms. Catherine Mulhern, he wished all students sitting State exams every success in the coming weeks and declared the ceremony closed after the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann

Sean Collins Wins St. Macartan’s College Bishop MacDaid Spiorad na Scoile Award

At the school’s annual Awards Day ceremony, President of the College Canon Shane McCaughey introduced the Bishop MacDaid Spiorad na Scoile Award. Outlining the background to the award he referred to the school’s recent marking of the retirement of former St. Macartan’s College president Bishop Liam MacDaid from his ministry as Trustee of this school and as Bishop of Clogher. That evening the College marked Bishop MacDaid’s over 60 years of outstanding contribution to the school, as pupil, prefect, dean, teacher, guidance counsellor, president, Board of Management member and Trustee. The  special presentation commissioned for the Bishop depicts in glass the school crest in the school colours of black and amber and was executed by Grace Brennan of King’s Forge, Mullyash. This presentation was replicated to be presented on an annual basis and to be known as the Bishop MacDaid Spiorad na Scoile Award.

Canon McCaughey continued saying the  Spiorad na Scoile Award is presented to students who best exemplify what St. Macartan’s College stands for. Describing it as is a very special award and one the school does not present without considerable deliberation, it is presented to a student or students who have added in a significant way to the life of the school and beyond and as a result deserve special recognition.

The 2017 winner of the Bishop MacDaid Spiorad na Scoile award was Seán Collins. Canon McCaughey described this year’s recipient as an example to all students. Loyal, generous, polite, good humoured and hard working at school, he is also a Special Olympics volunteer and a great help at home. So much so that Seán was recognised earlier this year  on RTE’s Late Late Show as Ulster’s Young Carer of the Year.

Awards 2015

The St. Macartan’s College community, including official representatives from the Board of Management and Parents Association, joined staff and students at the annual awards day ceremony in the college sports hall on Wednesday last. The event which saw over seventy students awarded prizes in 42 categories was interspersed with musical interludes from a very talented group of school musicians and vocalists.
Co-ordinator and chairperson of St. Macartan’s College  Awards Committee  Mr. Paul West opened the event with a brief reflection on some of the most notable events of the year referencing, in particular, the school’s success on the sports field, in the area of the arts and academics.
The junior school Merit Awards were presented to First, Second and Third Year students by their respective Year Heads, Mr. Seamus Meehan, Ms. Walsh Fitzgerald and Ms. Smyth. These awards were presented to students for their overall effort, progress and contribution to school life generally.
The Maths Awards were presented by Ms. Catherine Kierans with the prestigious Geraldine Garvey Memorial Award going to sixth year student Zilvinas Ceginskas. The senior Science Award was presented by Mr. John Conaty to the school’s successful senior science team and this presentation was followed by an excellent solo musical performance by 6th year student Liam Neeson.
Mr. Patrick Duffy presented the Spreragthóirí award to Ben McDevitt for his contribution to the Irish language at St. Macartan’s.  Ms. Cathy Kirke presented the Contribution to Music in the school to a group of senior students for their efforts during the year at a number of musical fora. The Performing Arts Award was presented to Patrick McCarron by Deputy Principal Ms. Marion McDonald  for his lead role in this year’s TY musical. Art teacher Ms. Caitlin Martin presented the Visual Arts Award, followed by Ms. Walsh Fitzgerald who presented a new 1916 Commemoration Award to senior history student Samuel Doyle. Ms. Siobhan Colreavy then presented awards for creative writing and for poetry. This was followed by the debating awards presented by Ms. Fionnuala Gallagher. This saw Shane A. McMahon win the prestigious Senior Debater of the Year award.

Before the presentation of the sports awards Fintan McKenna, Cian McElroy and a group of Fifth Year students gave an excellent and memorable rendition of Purple Rain by Prince. The Sports Awards saw students recognised for excellence in soccer, basketball, handball, athletics and Gaelic football. The Brian McEniff cup for the MacRory Cup player of the year was presented to Conor Lynch from Latton GFC, while Paul Peppard from Monaghan Phoenix AC was presented with the Fr. Enda MacCormack Cup for Athlete of the Year and the PPU cup for Sportsman of the Year.
Two sixth year students Conor Griffiths and Shane A. McMahon were given special recognition for their contribution to the life of the school with Spiorad na Scoile awards, presented by Deputy Principal Ms. Marion McDonald. This was preceded by a performance by the school’s grúpa ceoil.
School principal Mr. Raymond McHugh presented the Academic Awards to students in junior and senior school as well as the Best Junior Cert 2015 award to Niall Crawley. The Best Leaving Certificate 2015 award was presented to Josh Taylor. On receiving the award Josh spoke about his appreciation of the efforts made by his teachers and the school generally during his time at St. Macartan’s. He also encouraged  the students to avail of all the opportunities afforded them at St. Macartan’s. Principal Mr. McHugh in his closing remarks thanked the school community for what he called a memorable year. Referencing the number of accolades achieved by the school at local, provincial  and national levels, he thanked the teachers for their dedication to the academic and extracurricular life of the school. Speaking to the students he thanked them for their pride in and loyalty to the school which he said was evidenced at a number of events and occasions during this academic year.
Conor Griffiths and Fintan Hackett then performed the Christy Moore song Bees Wing. The school choir under the direction of Ms. Kirke brought proceedings to an end by leading those present in the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann.