TRIBUTES WERE paid to the late Jim Mooney, the former Deputy Principal of St. Joseph's Secondary School, Drogheda when the inaugural Jim Mooney Memorial Medal for English was presented to Aaron Condra from Forest Park, Drogheda by Jim's wife Bernie and his brother, John Mooney, at the recent Student Awards night in the school.
Among the other award winners for the Creative and Performing Arts were the up and coming Carolan Brothers band, five members of whom are pupils or past pupils of St. Joseph's, who received their award from teacher Kevin Magee.
Dr. Vincent Kelly, an associate professor at TCD and past pupil of St. Joseph's, presented the Peadar Mc Cann Awards for academic excellence to Leaving Cert Students, Shane Cunningham, James Morgan and Colm Stringer. It was a very successful week for Shane who also received a JP Mc Manus Scholarship and for James who was awarded an Entrance Scholarship to TCD. At Junior Cert level the honours went to Andrew Forembski, Conor Gradwell and Ciaran Conway.
Another past pupil Ciaran Murphy presented the Br. Hunt Sports Star of the Year award to Mark Rogers for his atheltic prowess, while Ronan Levins was the proud recipient of the Paddy Hallinan Cup as the most promising young Gaelic football player in the school. Vera Hanlon from Meadowview presented the Jim Hanlon award for Civic and Community Spirit to Aaron Lynch from Tullyallen, while Rosemary and Michael Seaman accepted the PPU President's Award on behalf of Brendan Sheils, Beaulieu View, from St. Joseph's CBS Past Pupils' Union President, Seán Ó Briain.
School Principal, David Madden, paid tribute to all the students and parents present and commended the student body on their magnificent achievements in all areas of school life.
(Pictures: Paul Connor)