Awards Night: The annual Coláiste Phádraig Awards Night was held in the school on Monday 21st May. The Sports Hall was packed with over 600 in attendance as parents, family, friends, students, staff and special guests gathered together to celebrate a whole host of award winners at the biggest and most important event in the school calendar.
Our music club, run by Ms. Cooney, opened the night with their annual performance. Christopher Marnell wowed the audience with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of “Send in the Clowns” on his trumpet. This was followed by a powerful and upbeat group performance of “Eye of the Tiger” from the movie “Rocky (in tribute to guest speaker Michael Carruth). Well done to our musicians Josh and Lucca O’ Sullivan, Elee Kalee, James McClelland, Christopher Marnell, Robert Maloney and Jamie Doolan on a great show.
Olympic gold winning medallist Michael Carruth was the special guest speaker on the night and he gave a wonderfully inspiring speech about never giving up. Michael used an example from his own life when he won a gold medal in boxing at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. Michael actually defeated the Cuban Juan Hernandez in the final with two broken hands! His personal anecdote was a superb way to get his inspiring message across to the students in particular.
The most important guests on the night though were the students themselves who were all in attendance as they had been selected for an award of some sort in recognition of some commendable achievement in the school throughout the year.
Some of the awards were for academic excellence so well done to all of these winners from the various year groups.
6th yrs Dáire Byrne, Alex Pierce and Calvin Davis both won special merit awards for academic excellence in all subjects.
The majority of awards on the night were non-academic with those involved in any extra-curricular activity in the school getting some recognition for their efforts.
Student of the Year awards from each class were also given out while there were a large number of co-operation and courtesy merit awards presented to students who have impressed with their attitude throughout the year. Player of the year awards from the various sports were also presented, as well as awards to students who have represented the Dublin Minors in both football and hurling.
The final 5 awards presented on the night were the main awards.
Congratulations to 6th yr Luke Walsh who won the coveted Sports Star of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding displays for the senior football and hurling teams throughout the season.
Glen Keating won the Transition Year Student of the Year in recognition of his enormous contribution to TY.
Jack Byrne, Michael Young, Basit Ali, Andrew Ennis and Alex Tracey all won coveted From Each, His Best awards for their various year groups in recognition of giving of their best at all times in every aspect of school life. 6th yr Alex also won the overall award so a special well done to him.
Dáire Byrne and Benedickt Mbamu were the joint winners of the Padraic Naughton Award for all round contribution to school life. This award is named after the 1st lay principal of Coláiste Phádraig (1989-2002). Padraic did the vast majority of the groundwork in laying the foundations for the wonderful new school building and facilities that the students now enjoy so the award recognises someone who does a lot for the school in their time here.
The main award of the night, The Tommy Brennan Student of the Year, was won by Deividas Grudzinskas so well done to him. The award is voted for by teachers and management and it is always a tough choice. Fifteen 6th yr students were nominated for this award but eventually a winner has to be selected and Deividas was selected due to his infectious positivity and leadership skills.
An enjoyable night was had by all and thanks to Mr. Phelan and Ms. O’ Leary, who did a great job introducing and presenting the awards throughout the evening and to Ms. Casey for her fantastic work preparing and distributing the awards. Many thanks also to Vivienne Ralph from Diamond & Gem Jewellers in Tesco Shopping Centre in Lucan who provided all of the fabulous awards for the ceremony and was a constant support right up until the last few frenzied hours of preparation!
It was a very positive evening for all in attendance and the parents can be very proud of their sons for whatever award (or awards!) they were presented with during Coláiste Phadraig’s highly successful Awards Night 2018.