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Last week, Lillie Foley, first year, was crowed the winner of the Community Games Under 14 solo singing competition.
Lillie, from Killarney, has been singing for the past four years. Under the guidance of Marie O’Leary, Lillie has been rehearing constantly over the past number of weeks, even on Sunday afternoons!
The Competition was held in Milltown hall on Sunday 8th February. There was a great turn out for the event with people travelling from all corners of Kerry to attend this special occasion. The competition was tough with 16 others also battling for the title.
Lillie had five minutes to win the judges over. Lillie chose to sing ‘At Last’ by Etta James. Indeed, this performance won the judges favour and Lillie took home the title of Community Games Under 14 Solo Singer of Kerry.
Lillie will travel to the All Ireland Community Games in Athlone this August to represent her county.
Best of Luck Lillie.
Congratulations to Caitriona Griffin, 6th Year, who has been offered and has accepted a golfing scholarship at the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Caitriona, a keen golfer, has won many golf competitions and has a very impressive resume, highlighted by titles at the 2013 Irish Girls Under 18 Plate Championship (Match play), 2013 Munster Girls Under 16 Championship, 2014 Connacht Girls U 18 C Ship and 2014 Munster Girls Under 18 C Ship. She was also selected for the Munster Girls Inter Provincial Team in 2013 and 2014. Head Coach with Toledo, Nicole Hollingsworth, is very excited about Caitriona as a new recruit and says Caitriona will add immensely to the college team and help continue with their success.
Caitriona has been playing golf since she was 8 years old but has really upped her performances over the last 3 years. She prefers to practice and play Golf rather than watch it on TV.
Not alone is Caitriona an accomplished Golfer but she is very successful in the classroom. She divides her time between her golf practice and her studies. Caitriona was intent on attending the University in Maynooth where she planned to train as a Primary school teacher.
Caitriona has signed a National Letter of Intent and will be joining the Rockets’ women’s golf program for the 2015-16 campaign. In Toledo she will study Speech and Language Therapy while not on the Golf course.
Below is a comprehensive listing of Caitriona Griffin’s accomplishment
* 2013 Irish Girls Under 18 Plate Champion (Matchplay)
* Member of 2014 All-Ireland Champion Senior Foursomes Team Club Killarney squad (matchplay)
* 2014 All- Ireland Under 18 Scratch Foursomes Champion with club mate Mairead Martin (76,75)
* 2013 All-Ireland Mayfitzgibbon Memorial Foursomes Under 19 champion with partner Clodagh Jones
* 2014 member of All-Ireland Senior Cup Final Team with Club Killarney (Matchplay)
* 2013 Munster Girls Under 16 Champion (72)
* 2014 Irish Girls Plate Finalist (Matchplay)
* 2014 Connacht Girls Under 18 Champion (73-75-78)
* 2014 Munster Girls Under 18 Champion (76-81-73)
* Fifth in qualifying for 2014 Irish Girls Championship (77-75)
* Second in qualifying for 2014 Ulster Girls Championship 2014 (77)
* Sixth in 2014 Carlow Scratch Cup (79-77)
* 2014 Munster Senior Cup Champion with Club Killarney (matchplay)
* 2013 Eileen Murphy Munster Foursomes Winner with clubmate Mairead Martin
* Qualified in Top 20 of 2014 Irish Women’s Close Championship (80-80)
* 2013 & 2014 Munster Girls Inter-Provincial Team Members.
Transition Year students Emily Cahill and Rí Galway were both finalists in the eighth annual Poetry Aloud Poetry Speaking Competition 2014 in the National Library in Dublin on Friday 5 December. Both students were among the 35 finalists from 118 schools who qualified out of a total of 1,700 participants nationally, a wonderful achievement.
In this competition students learn and speak a selection of poetry, both prescribed and individually chosen. Emily and Rí both performed the compulsory poem, ‘Going Home to Mayo, Winter, 1949′ by Paul Durcan. They also chose their own poems from selected anthologies. Emily chose ‘June Thunder’ by Louise MacNeice and Rí recited ‘A Walk’ by Nikolai Zabolotsky. The judges, Fiach Mac Conghail (Director of The Abbey Theatre), Maureen Kennelly (Director of Poetry Ireland) and the great bilingual Kerry poet, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill praised all the competitors for their brilliant delivery, sensitive interpretation and bravery!
The performances were recorded and will be available on the Poetry Ireland YouTube channel, as well as being filmed for RTÉ and a Swedish television company. Emily and Rí both received a certificate of achievement and a copy of the Lifelines Anthology. Well done to both students!
Congratulations to the following winners of our five Silver Circle draws. On behalf of the Parents’ Association, we would like to thank all involved for their help and support.
First 5 Draws:
This year all first year students partook in the Concern Fast on November 27th. A guest speaker from Dublin travelled to Miltown to inform students of the importance of the fast and what a difference they as young people can make in the world. To date over €1000 has been raised. Well done to all involved.
On Monday the 1st of December some lucky Fifth and Transition Years with an interest in history got the chance of a lifetime to meet world renowned, Middle East correspondent Dr Robert Fisk. Fisk holds more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent and has been voted British International Journalist of the Year award seven times.
An extremely intelligent man Robert cut his teeth as a journalist reporting on the troubles in Northern Ireland. He now resides in Beirut Lebanon and puts his life on the line to report news from various war fronts. He sees the world differently to most people; he always strives to report the truth no matter how controversial it might be. He said “Journalists should be unbiased on the side of the suffering.”
He has reported from all over the world. He gave every budding journalist in the room plenty to think about. One piece of advice he gave was to make sure you have an editor that backs you. After the talk three of our Transition Years John Beecher, Shane O’Sullivan and Alison Keogh got the chance to speak to Fisk one-on-one for a short amount of time. It was an experience to last a lifetime and made everybody think about the world’s future.
Gearóid Murphy and Alison Keogh