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Saturday 17 November 2018

Mannix pupils reap awards

During the event, achievers in the realms of academia and sport were presented with their awards by Mr Kenny and a number of prominent local business people, members of the teaching staff and Cllr Marie The Shamrock Murphy.Mannix College principal Mr Kevin Whyte welcomed the attendance of students and parents and thanked the students and teaching staff for their

Cork All-Ireland hurling star Tom Kenny was the guest speaker at the annual prize-giving day at Charleville’s Mannix College recently.

During the event, achievers in the realms of academia and sport were presented with their awards by Mr Kenny and a number of prominent local business people, members of the teaching staff and Cllr Marie ‘The Shamrock’ Murphy.

Mannix College principal Mr Kevin Whyte welcomed the attendance of students and parents and thanked the students and teaching staff for their hard work and dedication.

He said that over the past five years the college had been upgraded and facilities were now in place to meet the needs of the community and employers.

Mr Whyte thanked all the sponsors and local industry and businesses for their sponsorship, which is awarded to students as bursaries towards further education.

The academic awards were then presented to the following students:

First year: There were two awards in this year, the first being Anthony Coleman from Churchtown, Mallow, while in second place was John Fitzgerald of Rockhill Bruree, Co Limerick. Both received their awards from Michael O’Connor, principal, Ballyagran NS.

Second-year class 2A: In first place was Patrick Crean, Effin, Kilmallock; second was Jennifer Twomey, Brindle Hill, Charleville.

Second-year class 2B: First was Cathal Quain, Ballyhea, Charleville and in second place was Hugh O’Neill, Effin, Kilmallock. The awards were presented to the successful students by John Noonan of Noonan Sports Shop, Charleville.

Mr Kevin O’Shea, manager of Charleville Credit Union, presented the overall year awards to students from the fifth-year class: (1st) Niall O’Flynn, Ballyhea, Charleville, (2nd) Damien Crean, Ballyfookeen, Bruree and (3rd) Gillian Fitzgerald of Banogue, Co Limerick.

Four students, Charles Breen, Milford, Brian Fitzgerald, Charleville, Michael Rea, Effin and Kevin Shanahan of Garriencoona, Effin, of the Junior Certificate class received awards for outstanding academic achievement from Cllr Murphy, who was representing Cork Co VEC and the board of management.

The construction studies awards were presented by Eddie O’Shea of Paul O’Shea Hardware, Charleville, to Pierce O’Kelly of Effin, now studying architectural technology at Cork Institute of Technology and Mark Tierney of Granagh, Co Limerick, at the University of Limerick, pursuing a course in construction studies.

Cllr Marie Murphy was again called to present Barry Coughlan from Colmanswell, Charleville, who received the award for technical graphics. Barry is currently a trainee engineering draughtsman at the Skidtek Engineering facility in Charleville.

Padraic Morrissey of Granagh, Co Limerick, received the award for English and French and Christina Gammell of Bruree also received an award for English and Irish, while Shaun O’Keeffe of Effin also took an award for Irish. Timmy Brennan of Newtownshandrum won the award for history.

Ms Tara Brennan of Bruree and Christian Gammell, also from the same Co Limerick village, received awards for home economics. Tara is pursuing a BA course in early childhood studies while Christian is attending UCC where she is taking a degree in general nursing.

Special commendation awards for commitment and cooperation over the past five years were presented to Niall Broderick, Bruree; David Duane, Lisballyhea, Charleville; Damien McCarthy, Castletown, Kilmallock; Billy Cronin, Liscarroll; Mar Higgins, Charleville and Eamon Power Ballyagran, Charleville.

The UCC Access Cup Award, which is for a programme run by UCC to promote greater participation in third-level education, was awarded jointly to Tara Lyons of Bruree and Shaun O’Keeffe from Effin.

The student of the year award went to Padraic Morrissey from Granagh, Co. Limerick, who is studying physics and astro physics at UCC. Padraig achieved A grades in maths, biology, physics and engineering in his Leaving Certificate. Padraic received the award for outstanding academic achievement, participation and attendance and attitude/behaviour, voted on by the entire staff of the school.

Sports awards were presented to James O’Leary (u14 football); Michael O’Gorman (u14 hurling); Michael Rea (u16 football); Nicky Quaid (u16 hurling); Pierse Kelly (senior football); Mark Tierney (senior hurling); Nigel Thompson (senior boys’ basketball); Judy Dunne (senior girls’ basketball); Nigel Dunne (u16 boys’ basketball); Christopher O’Brien (u14 boys’ basketball); Kevin O’Connor (first-year basketball); Beth O’Sullivan (camogie).



The sports person of the year award went to Mark Tierney of Granagh, Co Limerick. Mark plays with his home GAA Club, Granagh/Ballingarry and lined out with the team in the Limerick County intermediate final against Glenroe at Kilmallock last Sunday.





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