Outstanding students honoured at Coachford College awards night
Head Girl Kathy Sheehan and Head Boy Conor O' Sullivan opened proceedings by welcoming Susan Hayes, Managing Director of Hayes Culleton Ltd, an international financial company based in Dublin and past pupil of Coachford College to the Coachford College annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 14.
On the day, the class of 2014 were recognised for their outstanding achievements in their Leaving Certificate Examination.
Mr Dermot O'Donovan presented Una Browne with the Trustees Award for achieving 605 points in the Leaving Cert. Una is now studying medicine in N.U.I.G.
Principal Mr Patrick O' Connor congratulated Joanne Crowley, who received an Entrance Scholarship to UCC for her outstanding results.
He also paid tribute to Junior Certificate students Stephanie Cotter on achieving 9 As in her Junior Certificate and John Cooper who was awarded first place in Cork city and county and received a Gold Medal for the quality of his Junior Certificate Metalwork Project.
Transition year student of the year 2014 was presented to Ciara Corkery for exhibiting qualities which Transition Year aim to foster such as initiative, maturity, self-confidence, application to work, showing consideration towards others and teamwork.
The sporting success of the students was evident by the large number of students who received recognition on the night.
Team captain Una Browne led the camogie team to the stage to receive their Cork Colleges Senior A medals. The senior player of the year was awarded to Maeve Corkery, while the Junior player of the year was awarded to Megan McCarthy and Karen Dennehy was awarded first year player of the year for being the most improved player of the year.
Conor Smith, Liam Twohig and Cathal Crowley were recognised for their success on the football field.
Athletics is a passion for a number of Coachford College students who train relentlessly with their coaches in the Clubs of West Muskerry, Donoughmore and Bandon. In more recent years these students are regularly striding their way to success in The School's Competition. Sarah Kelleher, Jennifer Cotter, Stephanie Cotter, Sharon O' Sullivan, Stephanie O' Sullivan, Abby Browne and Adam Buckley were honoured for their successes in Track and Field.
Special mention was also given to the students who have been successful at All-Ireland and World level. These included James Beckom, All-Ireland basketball champion; Luke Casey, U14 All-Ireland soccer champion; Jenny Brew-Dinan and Ciara McCarthy, U16 Cork ladies football All-Ireland champions; Niamh and Dean Looney for Irish and European success in Judo and sambo, Shannon Murphy and Emma Flanagan European and World TaeKwonDo success.
Ciara Corkery, Paul Dineen, Thomas Kelleher, Tadhg Bradley, Ingrid O'Reilly, Leah Buckley, Marie Wallace, Tina Walsh, Becky Dineen and Amy Heelan were recognised for their fundraising initiatives, raising money for such worthy causes as Trocaire, Diabetes Ireland, Cancer Awareness Campaign and Irish Oesphogus Cancer and Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation.
The music department, under the direction of Ms. Colette Kidney, enthralled the audience throughout the evening.
The most anticipated award of the night, Student of the year, was awarded to Una Browne, who was a well-deserved winner and a popular choice.
Individual awards presented on the night:
Mathematics Award - Aine Murphy
Gradam Sna Teangacha, Languages Award - Una Browne
L.C.V.P. Award - David O'Keeffe/Julie Dineen/Laura Byron
Engineering Project Award - David O'Callaghan
Geography Award - Niamh Lynch/Sean Dineen
Gradam na Gaeilge - Una Browne
Junior Cert Excellence - Stephanie Cotter
Music Award - Roseanne Murphy
Construction Studies Project Award - Joanne Crowley
Transition Year Student of the year - Ciara Crowley
Practical Subjects Award - David O'Callaghan/Stephen Horgan
Science Award - Una Browne
Art Award - Emily O'Leary/Cliona Ring
Business Studies Award - Ciara O'Leary
Endeavour Awards - Emily O'Leary/Gillian Riordan/Lorna Manley
Home Economics Award - Sarah O'Connell
History Award - Tadh O''Riordan
Student of the year - Una Browne