This year writers, poets, songwriters, playwrights and members of the public of all ages will gather at Listowel to celebrate and participate in the 42nd annual Listowel Writers’ Week. Young talent is celebrated in a many ways throughout this famous literary festival. A week dedicated to literature and love of the written word, it is indeed a very famous event attracting highly acclaimed writers who give workshops, advice and their valuable time to the members of the public.
‘A man who will misuse an apostrophe is capable of anything.’… so said Con Houlihan, whether in jest or otherwise, we can`t claim to know. Either way, entrants to the inaugural Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award were careful to mind their grammar. The renowned Castleisland journalist, wrote with an unrivalled wit and a warmth celebrated by the Irish people. So it seemed fitting that Listowel Writers’ Week chose to honour his memory by encouraging young writers to capture sporting moments or personalities in words.
In conjunction with Kerry County Council, a number of competitions for all ages are offered to encourage and reward those with a literary turn of mind. In a happy coincidence this year, the joint writers of this article both won accolades within our categories and in another serendipitous twist of fate, we happen to be sisters. ‘Sun’ (Amy; TY) won the under 16 Creative Writing Competition. The story is centred around an elderly woman who throughout the course of this story reflects on her life, with each milestone in her life being represented by a season. While ‘Mná na hEireann’ (Emily; 2yr) was the winning entry in the Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award. It is a huge honour and we will both be attending the festival’s opening ceremony to receive our prizes on May 29th. We are both very excited not only to attend this festival, but also to be given the opportunity to read aloud our winning entries at the event. We would like to thank our teachers, Ms. Costello and Mrs. Kirby for their encouragement.
Amy and Emily Cahill
The John West Fantasy Writing competition has been taking place for many years. It encourages students to tap into their creative talents and compose their very own original fantasy short story. This competition offers so much fun and excitement in promoting each child’s imagination and their individual journey of success.
The theme for this year’s national competition was ‘Under the Sea’, and Mick Clifford 1K was selected as one of only seven finalists in the Junior category of the competition. Mick’s wonderful tale entitled “The Trial of the Sea Angler” wowed judges and his story was selected from thousands of entries submitted from all over Ireland. The story is about a fisherman who drowns and is transported to a fantasy world where he is put on trial for the mass murder of innocent salmon.
Mick was invited to the Mansion House in Dublin with his family on the 29th April to attend the prize giving and receive a kindle for his work. Many congratulations to Mick and his teacher Ms. I. Costello on his achievement and his continued success in the future.
Presentation Secondary School Miltown, as part of the “Keeping the Business Local” initiative, wish to announce that in relation to the building of the new Secondary School, Enterprise Ireland and the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) will host a free information session on the Devolved Schools Programme on Thurs 15th August next in the Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, Co. Cork. This event will provide a platform for local construction suppliers and enterprises to learn more about the schools building programme in the Munster region and to meet with the five contractors who have been appointed to the NDFA Design & Build framework panel on the Devolved Schools Programme. This event specifically targets local suppliers and interested parties who will need to register for this event. Attendees will learn more about the programme and have an opportunity to network with the contractors appointed to the Design & Build framework for the Devolved Schools Programme. Registration is open to construction sector trades in the following categories:
Passenger Lift Contractors
ICT Contractors (cabling only) *
Furniture & equipment suppliers *
Suspended ceiling subcontractors
Waste management subcontractors
Cleaning supplies companies
Pest control companies
Window cleaning companies
Fire prevention maintenance companies
* ICT Equipment and Loose furniture does not form part of this programme
Please register for this event online at NDFA Devolved Schools Build Programme Meet the Contractor Munster event Or Contact Rowena Reid / Claire ShielsTel: 01 296 8688 email:firstname.lastname@example.org For further details on how Enterprise Ireland can assist companies targeting opportunities in the Public sector visit: http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/Management/Develop-export-selling-capability/Selling-to-the-Public-Sector-in-Ireland-and-Internationally.shortcut.html
The 2nd Year Girls Basketball Team on Thursday May 9th were announced as the new All-Ireland ‘C’ Level Basketball Champions after a tough but impressive season they proved that they had the potential to win!
At the start of their season, they had easy wins against Tarbert, Killarney Community College, Kanturk and Kenmare. Against the ISK, there was a struggle but the girls managed to win by 5 points after being down by 20 in the 1st quarter. After enjoying a winning streak against schools all around Munster, they then faced Rathcoole (winning by 20 points) and Grennans College in Leixlip, a tough and riveting game that they won by a single point. In the All-Ireland semi-finals they faced Monaghan and won 33-26. Presentation Miltown became back to back 2nd year ‘C’ Girls All Ireland Schools League Champions with a dramatic win over Kinsale in UL. A back and forth contest throughout, the result was in doubt right up to the final buzzer.
A frantic start to the game saw both teams push the ball up the court at speed, the pace created a supreme atmosphere as the players flung themselves into the contest really testing their teamwork and coordination. The game remained fairly even up to the final quarter with both teams driving strong to the basket, however the Miltown girls being 1 point ahead of Kinsale at 24-25 was the deciding factor in the eventual outcome. After an amazing season of basketball I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for these guys!
Thanks to our trainers, Ms.Barton & Ms. Dillane and our supporters.
by Isabella Stein
Eager, excited but somewhat nervous, nine T.Y. students departed Milltown on Wed.8th May. Destination unknown! Eventually we learned South West Kerry was to be Base Camp and the appropriately named ‘Sleepy Camel Hostel’ our home for the next two days. A quick change into our hiking gear and we were off!
Gaisce Group 2013
Bidding farewell to Glenbeigh village, we made our way on the ‘Ring of Kerry’ route (N70) towards Curraheen. We followed, not the Yellow Brick road, but rather the narrow tarred road that climbs Seefin Mountain. An isolated farm lane overlooking beautiful Lough Carragh, took us as far Gortdirragh. Here we located a little bit of shelter under a furze bush and devoured our packed lunch. After this brief respite we climbed over the saddle through the Windy Gap. With the climbing now complete we descended through Gowlane back to Glenbeigh Village. A demanding three and a half hours later and a total of 15km on the legs.Phew!
Following hot showers it was time to hit the shops and boulevards of Glenbeigh village!! Retail therapy concluded the student catering staff cooked up a storm in the hostel kitchen.The menu included mouth-watering garlic bread and succulent chicken curry on a bed of Basmatic rice.Shoestring chips were also cooked to order. Desert included homemade brownies with a drizzle of crushed Malteesers and a scoop of ice cream. Drinking chocolate topped with marshmallows and chocolate biscuits provided the final course.Nigella eat your heart out!
An enjoyable evening of card playing, songs and games continued until the early hours of Thursday morning. Day two kicked off with a cholesterol-shocking Ulster Fry. The tour party departed the Sleepy Camel shortly before 11am and made their way along the N70 towards Cahersiveen. Crossing the Behy River we took an immediate left towards the graveyard on the route that is locally known as ‘The Block’. A dry day provided clear views of the mountain range which we had climbed the previous day. Ascending the mountain a spectacular view of Rossbeigh, Inch and Cromane awaited. Descending to the beach a welcome flat walk returned the troop to Glenbeigh. Adventure complete.
Bronze medal in the post!!
Sarah Sayers, Sarah Costello, Sarah Jennings, Siobhan Ladden, Kaylynn Lodder, Amy Cahill, Darren Nagle, Adam Bradley, Shane Hanafin, Mr.Maguire, Ms.O Sullivan.
The Munster u-16.5 Corn na Carraige cup will reside in Presentation Secondary school Milltown this summer after it was captured by the school on Wednesday last.
No words can adequately describe the quality of the match against Thurles CBS which Pres. won by 2-14 to 2-12. Co-captains Gavin Evans and Joseph Clifford accepted the cup on behalf of the school amidst jubilation and joy from the huge Milltown following. 36 schools entered this competition last January and we are the CHAMPIONS!!!
What an achievement!!What a day!! What a team!!
Well done lads…
If ever the phrase”don’t give up ’til it’s over” was true!!!! It was true last Wednesday….
PROUD OF ‘YE!!
The Champions with Mr. McKenna, Mr. Costello, and very special guest Brother John.