5 June 2019|Academic, General News, Music, Parents', Sport, Students, Transition Year

On Monday May 20th, all from the school community gathered in the Watergate Theatre for the 25th annual St Kieran’s College Student of the Year Award Ceremony. This night is one of the highlights of our school calendar. It is a night of celebration when we acknowledge the excellence of all our students and this year was no exception as we rewarded them for their outstanding academic, sporting and extra-curricular achievements over the past year.

The evening was a feast of colour and entertainment with the many and varied talents of so many students on display, testament to all of the hard work put in throughout the year by students, staff and by parents.

We congratulate all the award winners on the evening and among them, in pride of place, we wish to extend our congratulations to Killian Egan in 6th year who was chosen as the Student of the Year. This is the the highest accolade of the evening and Killian was truly a worthy winner.

In other academic awards, the Frank Muldowney Award for the best results in the Junior Certificate Examination of 2018 was this year presented to Senan Forristal. We congratulate Senan on this great achievement and we congratulate all of our academic award winners. A full list of subject award winners and Academics of the Year are available here. 

Pictured below are the recipients of the Student of the Year, Academic of the Year Awards and Sports Stars of the Year receiving their awards on the evening in the Watergate.


Student of the Year Awards 2019

recognising the outstanding contribution of these students to St Kieran’s College

Back Row: L-r Mr Niall Connolly, Mr Jackie Tyrrell (Guest of Honour), Ms Pamela McCluskey (Chairperson of the Parents’ Association, Rev. Dr Dermot Ryan (President), Mr Liam Smith (Deputy Principal), Ms Jean Fitzpatrick, Mr Adrian Finan (Principal), Mr Ken Maher (Deputy Principal). Front Row: L-r Dylan Duggan (Third Year), Adam Walsh (Second Year), Theo Yordanov (Fifth Year), Killian Egan (Sixth Year), Seán Young (First Year), Andrew Brennan-Smyth (Transition Year).

Academics of the Year 2019 

recognising the outstanding academic excellence of these students


Back Row: L-r Mr Ken Maher (Deputy Principal), Mr Adrian Finan (Principal), Ms Pamela McCluskey (Chairperson of the Parents’ Association), Rev. Dr Dermot Ryan (President), Mr Liam Smith (Deputy Principal), Ms Jean Fitzpatrick, Mr Jackie Tyrrell (Guest of Honour), Mr Niall Connolly. Front Row: L-r Dylan Duggan (Third Year), David Williams (Second Year), Darragh Lawlor (First Year), Fionn Whelan (Sixth Year), Anish Lal (Fifth Year), Senan Forristal (Transition Year).


Sports Stars Of the Year 2019

recognising the outstanding sporting achievements of these students

Back Row: L-r Mr Niall Connolly, Mr Jackie Tyrrell (Guest of Honour), Ms Jean Fitzpatrick, Mr Liam Smith (Deputy Principal), Rev. Dr Dermot Ryan (President), Ms Pamela McCluskey (Chairperson of the Parents’ Association, Mr Adrian Finan (Principal), Mr Ken Maher (Deputy Principal). Front Row: L-r Harry Shine, Eoin Cody, Shay McEvoy, Peter McDonald, Padraic O’Neill.


The President’s Award 2019

In recent years the presentation of the President’s Award has become one of the highlights of the night. This year the award went to Transition Year student, Robbie English. Presenting the award Fr Dermot, the College President, acknowledged the wonderful contribution that Robbie has made to life in St Kieran’s during his time in the school to date, not just in the classroom but also in the numerous activities available in St Kieran’s. Fr Dermot recognised the fantastic attitude, commitment and dedication that Robbie has always shown to St Kieran’s College as well as his own great personal achievements representing his country in the swimming pool. In 2018, Robbie also became the first student in Kilkenny with Down Syndrome to complete the Junior Certificate and receive his JCPA (Junior Cert Profile of Achievement). Robbie epitomises the spirit of service, commitment and participation so central to ethos of St Kieran’s College and hence he is a worthy recipient of The President’s Award.

L-r: Robbie English receives the President’s Award from Rev. Dr Dermot Ryan (President, St Kieran’s College)


Awards of Merit 2019

recognising the outstanding contribution of these students to St Kieran’s College


Congratulations to all students who received Awards of Merit this year.


Applied Maths Awards

The St Kieran’s College Applied Maths teams had a very successful year with the Senior team regaining the prestigious All-Ireland trophy, winning the All-Ireland final by one point. Our junior team won the regional final and went on to represent the school in the All-Ireland final. Well done to all of our Mathematicians on another brilliant year.

L-R: Eoin Morgan, Liam Fennelly and Fionn Whelan – All-Ireland Applied Maths Champions 2019


L-R: Robert Kelly, Liam Moloney, Jamie McGrath and Daire Mahon – Regional Applied Maths Winners


Sports Awards 

The academic year 2018-2019 was yet another very successful one in terms of sporting success and these were acknowledged and recognise at the End of Year Awards. Highlights from the Sports Awards were as follows:


Sports Star of The Year 

The recipient of this award, Shay McEvoy has had an incredible year at schools, county, national and international level. This Fifth year student is an exceptionally talented young runner who has podiumed in many high profile events during the course of this year, among them:

-All-Ireland Schools Silver 1500m

-Leinster Schools Gold 1500m with a personal best time of 3:54

-Captain of the St Kieran’s College Senior Cross Country Team winning the South Leinster and Leinster titles and runners up in the All-Ireland. Shay won the individual senior races at the South Leinsters and the Leinster competitions.

Shay has also competed for Ireland in the Celtic games and continues to train with Kilkenny City Harriers. We wish him continued success in his running career.


Hurling Awards

The Senior Hurlers were presented with their All-Ireland Colleges 2019 Hurling medals.

For match reports, photos and commentary on the All-Ireland Colleges final v Presentation Athenry in O’Connor Park, Tullamore please click on the link below:

All-Ireland Colleges Hurling Champions 2019

The Junior Hurlers also received their medals for winning both the Leinster Colleges Hurling title for the 2018-2109 academic year.


The Juvenile Hurlers received their medals for winning the Leinster League and the following week were crowned Leinster Colleges Champions having defeated Good Counsel College, New Ross.

Leinster Colleges Juvenile Hurling Champions 2019


Hurlers of the Year

Juvenile Hurler of the Year: Harry Shine

Junior Hurler of the Year: Peter McDonald

Senior Hurler of the Year: Eoin Cody


Soccer Awards

The First Year Soccer team had a very successful year winning the local Schools Kilkenny/Carlow League and progressing to the Leinster Semi-Final.


Players of the Year 

U13 Soccer Player of the Year: Tom McPhilips

U15 Soccer Player of the Year: Cillian Kelly

U17 Soccer Player of the Year: Oisín Carroll

U19 Soccer Player of the Year: Tom Bolger


Cross Country Running

It was also another very successful year for our Cross Country Teams and all of their achievements were recognised on the night. All cross country teams qualified for the All-Ireland competition, the first time that St Kieran’s College has achieved this particular accolade. Also, the lads were awarded the Best Overall School in Leinster this year. Both Tom Lodge and Shay McEvoy warrant a special word of praise for their fantastic individual performances in all races for the school this year both on track and on the cross country field. Both students have represented Ireland and deserve a special mention here. Terrific achievements all round. Well done to all involved.





Other sports that students excelled in this year included Canoeing, Swimming, Basketball, Badminton, Orienteering, Show-Jumping and Gaelic Football. Well done to all students who received a Sports Award this year.


Tom White Award 

This year also saw the introduction of a new award donated to the school by the family of Archbishop Thomas White. This award acknowledges excellence by a student in both academic and extra curricular activities, a student who therefore has proven his abilities as a true all-round performer at the highest levels. The Tom White award was presented to Sixth Year student Padraic O’Neill.



The awards also allow the Music Department to showcase its finery and this year was no exception. The Jazz Band, The Trad Group and the Drama Group with it’s production of The Greatest Variety Show is going form strength to strength. We also witnessed some fine individual performances with students who picked up awards at the Kilkenny Music Festival. Both the Junior and Senior Choirs performed on the night delighting the crowd. The Chamber Choir gave a fine rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Well done to all students and staff involved in the numerous music and drama groups throughout the school.





DJ Delaney won the National Feis Ceoil Title for the Senior Clarinet competition and locally at the Kilkenny Music Festival 2019



The Senior Choir – performed Viva la Vida by Coldplay on the Awards Night


There were also many Special Achievement Awards for Gaisce, The Hiems Transiit Award, BSTAI (Junior Cert Business Awards), Green Schools and so much more.


Guest of Honour – Jackie Tyrrell

Each year we invite back a past pupil who has gone on to bring the spirit of hard work and perseverance learned in St Kieran’s College and applied that to his life and his chosen field. This person is invited to be the Guest of Honour on the night to receive the Past Pupil Award. Jackie Tyrrell left St Kieran’s in 2001 and has continued his commitment to the sport of hurling since leaving. He has achieved greatness on the hurling field with no less than 9 All-Ireland titles with Kilkenny, 11 Leinster Titles, 6 National League titles and 4 All-Stars. He has won 1 Club All-Ireland, 2 Leinster medals and 3 County finals. He won 2 Fitzgibbon Titles with Limerick IT and 1 Colleges All-Ireland Title with St Kieran’s College back in 2000. We were proud to invite him back as guest of honour and to hear him address the audience. We congratulate him on the arrival of his new baby, wish him well in his future career pursuits and of course with his club hurling this summer. Many thanks to Jackie for joining us on the night.

L-r: Rev. Dr Dermot Ryan (President), Mr Jackie Tyrrell (Guest of Honour and Past Pupil Award Recipient), Mr Adrian Finan (Principal).