Majella in a class of her own
Published 21/05/2014 | 05:36
KILLORGLIN Community College 'Student of the Year' Majella Browne was the talk of the town for all the right reasons on Thursday night as the Caragh Lake teen got to meet funnyman Tommy Tiernan during his sold out CYMS show.
Majella had just picked up her award at the annual Killorglin Community College awards ceremony earlier that evening and with it she received another quite remarkable award for full attendance throughout national and secondary school.
As a special treat on the night, Majella, with parents John and Margaret, met with the comedian during his half-time break and the star student's attendance award certainly gave Mr Tiernan plenty of material to help kickstart the second half of his show - all in good faith of course.
"We decided to do something a little special for Majella and it worked a treat as she got to meet Tommy in the green room during his show, so it was a very special evening for all involved," Killorglin Community College Deputy Principal Donal O'Reilly said afterwards.
"It gave Tommy a bit of material too for his show and was great exposure for the school as well," he added.
Back in Killorglin Community College, Munster Attendance Officer of the National Education Welfare Board, Ann Fogarty had presented Majella with a custom-made medal on the night.
The youngest of seven siblings, all of whom attended Killorglin Community College, Majella's medal will sit comfortably with her 'Student of the Year' award which was based on four areas: courtesy, responsibility, loyalty and learning.
It was one of the many highlights of the annual awards ceremony as the Langford Street school celebrated excellence in all aspects of school-life. From the academic to the sporting and everything in between, students, teachers and parents gathered to acknowledge the great work in the school.
Awards were presented for academic achievement, diligence, music, entrepreneurship, creative art & film, science and languages, while the school's tag rugby, GAA and soccer teams were also honoured for the countywide successes.
Top achievers in the 2013 Leaving Certificate were welcomed back too, including Edel O'Shea who has just completed her first year in Business Information Systems in UCC and Paige Kemp who has also just completed her first year at UL.
Guest speaker on the night was Kerry Designer of the Year Tina Griffin, a past pupil who returned to share her memories of the school.
"Thursday night was a major success, a celebration of what Killorglin Community College is about and the holistic, rounded education that we deliver," Mr O'Reilly added.