Pres Awards Night – A Celebration of Achievement and Talent

Sixth Year student, Fiona Nelligan-McGuire receiving the Sports Award from past pupil and Ireland Ladies Rugby Captain Ciara Griffin (left) and teacher Karen O’Connor at the Presentation Castleisland annual awards night. Photograph: Katie O’Reilly

On May 10th last Presentation Secondary School Castleisland held its yearly awards night.

By: Katie O’Reilly

With a fantastic variety of guest speakers lined up and many awards to to hand out, and a few songs from the school choir it promised to be an eventful, fun-filled entertaining night and it sure was!

The school’s year-book was launched on the occasion by Dónal Barry, Outlook Magazines editor.

Ciara’s Fantastic Speech

Starting off with the sports awards presented by Ciara Griffin a past student of Presentation Secondary and current Ireland Ladies Rugby Captain.

Grainne Walsh third year won the junior sports person of the year award.

Fiona Nelligan-McGuire, sixth year won the senior sports person of the year award.

Afterwards Ciara gave a fantastic speech about how hard work and dedication does pay off whether it is in sports or education!

More awards followed including Oonagh O’Keeffe from fifth year winning the CEIST award and Clodagh Enright third year winning the Sr. Clement award.

Tony Griffin – Motivational

We also had a fantastic motivational speech by special guest, Tony Griffin, a former Clare Senior Hurler/ All star.

In 2007 he took a year away from hurling to do a cycle across Canada in memory of his father Jerome who died from cancer. In June 2010 he released his autobiography titled Screaming At The Sky.

He spoke about reaching potential and embracing what life throws at us and using it to better ourselves.

Student of the Year

There were many more awards including the student of the year for first up to sixth year in art, Irish, science, IT and many, many more

The school choir closed the ceremony with a powerful rendition of This is Me  from the movie The Greatest Showman and an equally powerful address from our keynote speaker, Liz Shanahan another past student.

Kerry Person of the Year

Liz is Kerry person of the year this year, and was the first female and Kerry Global Chair of the renowned Irish International Business Network. She is also a highly successful business woman.

The awards night was a highly successful night celebrating the many achievements and talents of our students.


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