North Mon gaelscoil pays tribute to students — past and present

North Mon gaelscoil pays tribute to students — past and present

Students of the Year, with vice-principal, Marc Mac Gabhann, at the Gaelcholàiste Mhuire AG Gradam Awards, at Gaelcholàiste Mhuire AG, North Mon last night. Picture: Jim Coughlan

GAELCHOLÁISTE Mhuire AG has recognised excellence in academic achievement, sporting prowess as well as artistic and cultural achievements.

The North Mon gaelscoil paid tribute to its past and present students at a special awards night. One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of the “Spiorad na Scoile” award, recognising a student who epitomises the founding values of Edmund Rice.

Joshua Ó Néill, Spiorad na Scoile award recipient, with vice-principal Marc Mac Gabhann and principal Dónal Ó Buachalla at the Gaelcholàiste Mhuire AG Gradam Awards. 	Picture: Jim Coughlan
Joshua Ó Néill, Spiorad na Scoile award recipient, with vice-principal Marc Mac Gabhann and principal Dónal Ó Buachalla at the Gaelcholàiste Mhuire AG Gradam Awards. Picture: Jim Coughlan

This year, there were joint award winners; Joshua Ó Néill and Kayleigh Ní Thuama, both now studying at UCC. The pair were described as wonderful examples of a “can-do” attitude.

Their presence throughout their six years was “uplifting and inspirational”, organisers said, and they were recognised with a standing ovation from the 500 people in attendance.

Stiofán Ó hUiginn awarding Casey Ó Colmáin with Laoch Spóirt na Bliana. 2018 Gaelcholàiste Mhuire AG Gradam Awards, at Gaelcholàiste Mhuire AG, North Mon Campus, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan
Stiofán Ó hUiginn awarding Casey Ó Colmáin with Laoch Spóirt na Bliana. 2018 Gaelcholàiste Mhuire AG Gradam Awards, at Gaelcholàiste Mhuire AG, North Mon Campus, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Past-pupil Michael Moynihan was also honoured for his achievements.

The sports writer with the Irish Examiner, and author of the recently launched book “Crisis and Comeback; Cork in the Eighties,” gave a passionate speech touching on his own experience of school life.

Former student Conchúr Ó Murchú was also honoured for achieving 625 points in his Leaving Certificate while also being the recipient of a JP McManus All-Ireland scholarship, worth €6,750 per year.

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