Historic Marist Prize-giving

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Student of the Year

On Wednesday St. Mary’s College hosted their annual prize-giving ceremony, a night when the students are rewarded for their excellent achievements in various areas of school life. It was a night different to other years – in his welcome, Principal Mr Con McGinley, reminded all present of the historic occasion they were a part of, as they are the last group to receive their awards based on life in the old school building that is the Marist today. Next year a new school marks a new era for the Marist in Dundalk. Kevin Jennings, director of the Marist Education Authority looked forward with enthusiasm to this great new venture which is not only significant for the students of Dundalk and surrounding areas but also to the Marist Community in Ireland and Europe. Mr PJ Ó Náraigh, 6th Year Head wisely reminded all on the night that the people and the memories are the foundations of the stone the new school will be built on.

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MEA Award

On this special night, the opening address was by special guest speaker Mr Eddie Downey, a former Marist student, current President of the Irish Farmers Association, director of Teagasc and owner of EMD poultry. Mr Downey spoke of the importance of education, ongoing throughout life and to always remember the people that give it to you. He spoke of the uniform, representing a lot more than a straight tie and neat appearance, it was about being part of a team working together. He encouraged students to consider careers in the agriculture and food sectors that are currently generating thousands of jobs. He also urged them to look after each other and to support local jobs and local business.

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Aherne Cup

There were two new trophies this year. The Fr Ambrose Fay Cup in honour of past pupil Jim Fay from Dundalk. During his time in the college in the 1930s he set records at All-Ireland and Leinster level in the 100 yard sprint. Proud of the Cup throughout his life he expressed the wish that it be returned to the College after he passed away just last year. Fittingly the cup was presented to the most promising Newcomer to Athletics, Evelyn Igharo. Luke Coburn Moran is the worthy first recipient of the Award for the Best 2nd Year student. The Marist Parents’ Council also sponsored a number of new awards in recognition of newly introduced subjects that now in their 2nd year: the Junior Music Award was presented to Robert Mee-Lucey and the Junior Technical Graphics Award was presented to Glen Connolly.

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Seán Mac Suibhne Award – Senior Gaeilge

Many students were rewarded for their work ethic and their resultant success, a number of whom received more than one award. Sixth Year student Bill Wells Kamtchou, Ryan Brodigan and Chanelle McCartney received two awards each. Bill received the Hanaway Cup for Best Leaving Certificate Mathematics & the Lyons Perpetual Cup for Leaving Certificate Chemistry, which was sponsored and presented by recently retired Chemistry teacher, Mr Ger Lyons. Chanelle won the Seán MacSuibhne Award for Best Senior Irish student and shared the Senior Art Award with Conor Richardson. Ryan shared the Flanagan Cup for Senior English with Anastasia Metluka and the Senior Science Award with Wiktoria Stazak. Other winners in 6th Year were Beatrice Monciunskaite, Robert Galligan, Adam Martin, Kurt Farrell McKinley, Fergal Sheekey and Aaron Culligan. 5th Year students Jamie Kennedy and Kemi Arahi received two awards as did 3rd Year students Eoghan McGee, Alexis Nwachkwu and Bartek Baran.

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Flanagan Cup – Senior English

A number of students excelled in particular competitions this Year. Eoin Corr, won the Home Cook Hero Award. Jake McArdle was the All Ireland winner of the Irish Youth Music Awards. Jade Reddy, Lynn Craven and Sophie Watters were chosen to play on the Irish Soccer team. Transition Year student Shane Durnin won the Gael Linn Abair competition. Rebecca Gorman is a  Black Belt Kickboxer Champion, also a Boxer, she has represented Ireland 5 times in International Championships, one of the matches at a Katie Taylor fight night. Sixth Year student Christopher Lennon won a Bronze Medal in the 2014 World Kick-boxing Competition.

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Senior Business

The Oisín Ó Dálaigh Perpetual Trophy, for Senior Sportsperson of the Year, was awarded to Sixth Year student, Fergal Sheekey in recognition of his Gaelic and Soccer ability. The highlight of the night was the Student of the Year Award. The Fr. McGeough Perpetual Cup was awarded to Wiktoria Stazak for her outstanding contribution to the academic, social and sporting life of the school.

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Student Council

Congratulations to all who received awards on the night – their dedication, enthusiasm and talents are an inspiration to all.

View more photos from the night in our photo gallery.

Marist success at the Leinster Track and Field Championships

garry campbellAthletes from St. Mary’s College competed in the Leinster Track and Field Championships in Santry recently. They performed superbly on the day, including fifth year student Garreth Campbell who won gold in the Senior 800m, sixth year student Conor Durnin who won silver in the Senior Triple Jump, sixth year student Shadam Azeez who came third in the Inter Long Jump and second year student Conor McCarron who came third in the Junior Boys’ Discus. They are now through to the National Finals. Comhghairdeas mór leo!


Garry gold  conor silver  shadam  mccarron

Marist Car Boot Sale – Sun May 17


The annual car boot sale organised by the Parents’ Council of St. Mary’s College is the biggest car boot sale of the year in Dundalk.

This year’s event takes place on Sunday May 17, 11am – 4pm, and as usual, will be a mecca for bargain hunters and a Godsend for those clearing their attic or garage. There will be lots of stalls selling books, bric a brac, plants, etc as well as teas and coffees and a raffle. Admission for cars €15, vans and jeeps €20, adults €2 , children free.

Turas go Lios Dúin Bhearna agus Inis Mór

SDC13852Chuaigh daltaí ón Chúigiú Bliain ar thuras go Lios Dúin Bhearna agus Inis Mór le déanaí le Roinn na Gaeilge i gColáiste Mhuire.  Bhí cúpla lá lán d’imeachtaí spleodracha eagraithe dóibh – ina measc thug siad cuairt ar Phluaiseanna na hAille Buí agus Aillte an Mhothair, agus chuaigh siad ar an mbád go dtí an t-oileán Gaeltachta Inis Mór, áit a ndeachaigh siad ag rothaíocht timpeall an oileáin agus dhreap siad go barr Dhún Aonghasa leis na radharcanna maorga a fheiceáil. Bhí siad gnóthach san oíche fosta le ceol, damhsa agus dioscónna eagraithe dóibh. Bhí am den chéad scoth ann!

Fifth year pupils from St. Mary’s College went on a trip to Lisdoonvarna agus Inis Mór recently with the Irish Department. They participated in a jam-packed few days of activities – this included visiting the Aillwee Caves and the Cliffs of Moher, and they went by boat to the Gaeltacht island Inis Mór, where they went cycling around the island and climbed to the top of Dún Aonghasa to see the majestic views. They were kept busy at night also with karaoke, music and discos all organised. Bhí am den chéad scoth ann!

Féach ar na pictiúir ón turas ag an nasc seo / View the pictures from the trip at this link