WHEN the famous novelist Canon Sheehan of Doneraile attended St. Colman's College in Fermoy, he was an outstanding student and also held the position of College Prefect.
Over 100 years later, the tradition of prefect is alive and well in the Fermoy school, with the current holders of the post being appointed following interviews by a selection committee of senior teachers and an outside expert.
Prefects, the name derived from the Latin 'Preafictus' meaning 'put in charge', are chosen for their integrity, sense of justice, diligence, strong communication skills and their positive leadership ability. They act as role models for their fellow students and help guide the student body in actively living the values and ideals of the college.
Head Prefect for 2013/14 is Eoin Donnellan, the son of Mary and Paul Donnellan from Castlelyons.
Eoin emulates all the qualities that this position demands, applies himself to work in the classroom and appreciates the value of giving time to consolidate this effort outside school.
He also trains with Fermoy Rowing Club and is a founding and playing member of the band 'Exit Fire'.
"Eoin is a fine example of a well balanced young man who will set an impressive example for others," said Michael Bourke.
The prefects for the year are: Andrew Beirne, Cian O'Connor, Colm O'Neill, David Beausang, Eoin Donnellan, Frank Bailey, Kanosak Santiwichaikul, Senan McGrath, Thomas O'Connor, PJ Dennehy and Brendan McAuliffe.