The academic year 2019-2020 was like no other in that on Thursday March 12th, schools across the country closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and remained closed for the rest of that academic year. So much work had yet to be carried out. End of year rituals such as the Leaving Certificate graduation mass and the examinations themselves were all cancelled due to the Health and Safety directives. Many competitions such as the Juvenile Hurling League never even got going. Class and team photos, usually taken in the Spring sunshine, could not be taken. The Leaving Certificate students did not get their LC Class Group photo. So much had still to be completed.
Despite all of this, we were able to hold an End of Year Awards ceremony of sorts. A virtual awards ceremony in nothing in comparison to presenting awards to students in person, but under the circumstances, it was all that could be done to acknowledge the numerous achievements and talents of our students which had been accomplished this year. These awards were presented on the St Kieran’s College Twitter Page from Monday 18th – Friday 22nd May punctuated by musical performances from a variety of students in a variety of musical genres. The following are the highlights of the Awards presented for 2019-2020:
A Special Award for our Transition Year photographers and videographers without whom we would have so few phots or videos for our archive:
Well done to Brogan McAviney (Swimming), Senan Forristal (Canoeing), Shay McEvoy and David Williams (Running) – all who excelled in their chosen sport winning national titles
National Poetry Aloud Competition
Business Competition Award
UCD Ad Astra Award
Cross Country Running
First Year Hurling
Although the Juvenile Hurling Competition was cancelled this year due to school closures, the lads had played a couple of matches during which Second Year student Tim Kelly was outstanding. Well done to Tim, mentors Mr Lester Ryan and Mr Jonjo Farrell and to all the players involved.
Alhough there was no silverware for the Senior Hurling Team as Leinster Runners-Up this year, the panel of 36 put in the very same effort as of those who have gone before. Well done & thanks to all members of the panel, to all the Transition Year helpers and especially to mentors Mr Hogan, Mr P Walsh & Mr M Walsh for all of their hard work put in.
Sports Star of The Year
Our Sports Star of the Year Award is awarded in recognition of someone who has made an exceptional contribution to sport in the school. This year it goes to Sixth Year student Cian Kenny. Well done to Cian.
The White Medal
The White Medal recognises someone who has demonstrated academic and extra-curricular excellence. This year the award goes to 6th Year student Ciarán Brennan. Well done to Ciarán and we wish you continued success in your studies & in sport.
The President’s Award
The President’s Award recognises someone who best embodies the spirit of St Kieran’s – this year the recipient, Shay McEvoy, is chosen not for his own sporting excellence but for his contribution to always supporting and encouraging others – leading the team. Well done Shay.
Awards of Merit 2020
At our Awards Ceremony each year, we name a Student of the Year for each year group recognising all round excellence. Very close runners-up receive a Merit Award. Well done to all of our Merit award Winners in each of the Year Groups as follows:
STUDENTS OF THE YEAR 2019 – 2020
Finally, huge congratulations to our overall Students of the Year for each Year Group who are as follows:
Well done to all of the musicians who took part in our virtual Awards ceremony: (all of their performances can be viewed on our Twitter page @KieransCollege)
The Jazz Band
The Trad Band
The Junior and Senior Choir
The Chamber Choir