Sun shines on Gaelscoil grads
The sixth-class graduation ceremony at Gaelscoil Aogain was held on Tuesday, June 18.
The activity took place on the greatly expanded and refurbished grounds and under a blazing sun. The ceremony began with a mass by Fr. Crean Lynch. This was followed by a cupla focal by an priomhoide, Tomás O Conchuir.
Guest of honour, Weeshie Fogarty then addressed the attendance of pupils, parents, grandparents, relations and friends.
Weeshie took them on a tour of his own struggles within the totally different educational landscape of his generation. He advised the pupils to look out for each other in times of trouble and to develop bonds that will stand the tests of time.
He also advised them to persevere with their education and he told them that the years ahead would find them scattered throughout the world and that their school days are preparing them for whatever life brings to them.
The graduates received a personalised candle which chronicled their term at the school - in this case the souvenirs carry the years: 2005 to 2013; the school crest and all their classmates names. The special occasion candles were crafted locally by Ruth Nolan of Candle with Care.
The various achievements of pupils over the year were acknowledged like: those who never missed a day at school; Best overall Irish Speakers; Pupils of the Year; Creative English Writers and Best Overall Workers.
The following is a list of the awards:
Lán Tínrimh - Full attendance
N1 Pádraig Ó Brosnacáin and Rachel de Barra
N2 Daniel Ó Murchú
R1 Seán Ó Braoin and David Peskett and Jer O Brosnacáin
R2 Katie Nic Chóitir and Hannah Ní hIarlaithe
R4 Faith Peskett and Seán MacGearailt
R5 Seosamh Mac a' tSíthigh and Cáit Ní Chárthaigh
R6 Niall Ó Seanacháin
Béarle Cruthaitheac - Creative English Writing
R3 Caoimhín de Barra
R4 Iarla Roche Ó hEidhin
R5 Aindeiú Ó Múineacháin- Norette Uí Choitir Trophy.
R6 Stiofán O Murchú
Labhairt na Gaeilge - Irish Speaker
R1 Josh Elvins
R2 Ruby de Róiste-Ní hEidhin
R3 Jordan O Conchúir
R4 Bronagh Ní Néill
R5 Moira Ní Laoire
R6 Rian Mag Uidhir - Seán Ó Ciardubháin Trophy
Gaisc Mór na mbliana Best overall effort during the year
R1 Katelynn Laide
R2 Hanna Ní hIarlaithe
R3 Jake MacSheoin
R4 Seamus Ó Brolacháin
R5 Seosamh Mac a' tSithigh- Jessica de Priondaibhéil Trophy.
R6 Leáine Ní Shiochrú.
Dalta na Bliana - Pupil of the year
R1 Bríd Nic Gearilt
R2 Joanna Ní Mhuineachin
R3 Eddie Ó SúilleabhAin
R4 Séan MacGearailt
R5 Tara Ní Mhurchú
R6 Seán Breathnach - Cáit Ní Chonaill Trophy
Parents of fifth class pupils provided the ingredients for light refreshments after the ceremony and a wonderful day was had by all.