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ST. DAVID'S Secondary School in Greystones is a relatively small school located on the seafront. Its name is derived from the house which was converted into the school, St. David's House.

The school offers a wide variety of extra curricular activities with all the main sports available to the students. There is also debating, an annual school show and a gym.

Perhaps this may explain why in recent years, several St. David's students have gone on to make great achievements.

Paul McShane is a defender for both Hull City and the Irish International squad. While a student in St. David's, he signed a contract with Manchester United.

He was subsequently loaned to several clubs until he transferred to West Brom in 2006 and after that to Sunderland under the management of fellow Irish man, Roy Keane. He currently plays for Hull City in the Championship.

However it is perhaps his international career which has really done St. David's proud. His first cap for the Irish U/21 squad hangs in the hallway of the school. He won his first senior cap for Ireland on October 11th 2006 in a game which also saw him named man of the match. He is still called upon to play almost every game for his country and has amassed 23 caps.

Orla Woods was the 2010 Wicklow Rose in the Rose of Tralee. She is a graduate of St. David's Secondary School where she developed a love of the stage participating in the annual school musical on several occasions.

Orla is currently in the final year of a phD in Pharmaceutical Science in TCD. She hopes in the future to be involved in developing cures for incurable diseases.

Unfortunately Orla did not qualify for the televised finals of the Rose of Tralee but still did St. David's proud with the amazing achievement of becoming the Wicklow Rose.

Simon Harris is a former member of Greystones Town Council and Wicklow County Council and has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wicklow constituency since February 2011.

He served as Head Boy of St. David's in 2004 and in that year also captained the debating team which won the debating finals in Wicklow County Council. He was elected to both the town and county councils in 2009 at the age of 22 – he won the highest percent vote of any county councillor in the country

He was a candidate of Fine Gael in the 2011 general election and became the first past pupil of the school to be elected a TD.

Ciaran Morrison is one half of the comic duo responsible for 'Zig and Zag' and 'Podge and Rodge'. Morrison, along with his colleague Mick O'Hara, gave the world 'Zig and Zag' when, during their last year attending IADT, they were asked to design sets for Ian Dempsey's new children's show, ' The Den'.

They subsequently went to London where they worked on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast.

'Zig and Zag' proved popular throughout Ireland and starred in 'The Den' for many years, however if Morrison was happy with this success he must be swept away by the popularity of 'Podge and Rodge'. The crude pair of red-haired puppets have taken Ireland by storm with their show regularly achieving ratings of over 350,000 viewers and a range of memorabilia launched.

However Morrison and O'Hara do not do interviews out of character – they will oblige for an interview as ' Podge and Rodge' but they themselves are more comfortable ' pulling the strings' behind the scene.

John Morrison is Ciaran's brother and is also a puppeteer (it must run in the family) who is responsible for none other than ' Dustin the Turkey'. Dustin first hit Irish screens in 1989 debuting on 'The Den' originally co-starring with ' Zig and Zag'.

Never a puppet to stew his words, he regularly took part in slagging celebrities.

Over the years he accomplished feats such as running as ' Dustin Hoffman' in the 1997 presidential election and running write-on campaigns in several other elections, releasing a hit single with stars such as Bob Geldof, Chris De Burgh, Ronnie Drew and Joe Dolan. He is also a UNICEF Ambassador. Over the years he appeared in countless Late Late Toy Show's always giving the host of the day a hard time. Perhaps most controversially of all Dustin represented Ireland in the 2008 Eurovision semi-finals with his song 'Irelande Douze Pointe', however he failed to advance any further

in the competition. In 2009 Dustin celebrated 20 years of entertainment with the release of a new DVD ' 20 years a pluckin' which recounted his career with many celebrities offering their opinions.

John Morrison has achieved great success, however like his brother is not a fan of the limelight and does not give outof-character interviews.