TY Awards 2014/15

St. Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin TY Celebration and Awards

May 19th 2015


A night of celebration for the Transition Year students of St. Paul’s Secondary School, was held in the school gym on Tuesday 19th May.

The evening commenced with a slide show of all of the activities and participants throughout the year. The students and large attendance of family and friends then joined in a Spiritual Ceremony organised by teachers Ms. Nollaig Eoghan and Ms. Caroline Murray and presented by School Chaplin Fr. Liam Merrigan PP.

The large attendance was then welcomed by Paul Marron, Programmes Coordinator who thanked all who supported the very successful TY Programme in St. Paul’s. Parents were thanked for their support of their sons/daughters and for the school community throughout the school year. Paul referred to the TY Programme expanding and improving every year as a result of listening to and responding to the opinions of parents, students and teachers, through regular evaluation and re-evaluation of the programme. This has led to the St. Paul’s Transition Year Programme being considered one of the best TY Programmes in the country.

Members of the teaching, administration and ancillary staff were thanked for their dedication and expertise in helping to deliver the programme.

There were special mentions for the Personal Development Programme facilitators, including Helena Doherty of Glanbia Home and Garden in Monasterevin, Declan Costello and staff at Scoil Eimhin Naofa, Cliodhna Martin and staff at St Peter’s NS, Dr Karen Willoughby and staff at St John’s NS Michael Murphy and staff in the Horticulture Department of Muiriosa Foundation, Brian Bourke and staff of Muiriosa Foundation Recreation Department, Teresa Troy, Richard O’ Rourke, Tony Kearns and all at Monasterevin Tidy Towns, Nicky O’ Neill and staff at Racefield Equitation in Clonbullogue, Marie Boland, Mary Walsh, Frances Havens  and  staff at Monasterevin Alzheimer’s Society, Fr. Liam Merrigan, Colette, and Rose Mc Cormack in Monasterevin Parish Office , Rebecca Long, Mick Lovern  and Pauline Deasy representing St. Vincent De Paul Society in Monasterevin and Private Paddy Gately and staff at the Defence Forces Equitation Centre in the Curragh.

The local media (Press and Radio), Mel Doyle Photography and the wider community of Monasterevin were also thanked for their continued support of the TY Programme, demonstrated among other things by their large attendances at and sponsorship of TY Variety and Strictly Come Dancing.

Paul also thanked the students themselves for their work throughout the school year and reminded students that they were flying out from Dublin Airport very early on the following morning for a very special trip to Alton Towers.

School Principal Brian Bergin then congratulated the students on a very successful year and made reference to idea that having completed Transition Year and moving on to complete their Leaving Certificate, that they have entered a new stage of ‘transition’ in their lives towards becoming young adults. Like everything in life you ‘get out of it what you put in to it’ and duly urged the students to take this in to consideration in their future endeavours. Mr Bergin also thanked staff, parents and the community of Monasterevin and beyond for their support of our TY Programme.

Special presentations were made on behalf of all in St. Paul’s to Sr. Angela Cushen, John F Kennedy and Dermot Perry by student Lauren Kelly for volunteering at various activities, along with driving students to various events on the school bus.

Many of the PDP facilitators, including Pauline Deasy, Frances Havens and Tony Kearns thanked the students and the school for the support of their organisation’s programmes.

Certificates for the following were then presented to all who participated: ‘Drive for Life’, Creative Writing, GAA Coaching, App Design with Computer Xplorers, Graphic Novel,’Bumbleance’, Student Enterprise, CPR/AED, KAS Certificate-Rape Crisis and Counselling Service (Knowledge Awareness and Safety Programme), European Studies-Senior Programme.

Transition Year Certificates were presented as follows:

Certificate of Attendance: Dean Maher/Kyle Percy-Redmond

-Certificate of Participation: Tommy Dempsey/Mark Sealey/Kyle Heavey

Certificate of Merit: Ryan Moran/Philip Shallow/Eimhin O’Reilly/Sean Foy/Cian Stafford/April Redmond/Denis Harrington-Donoher/Frank Gillen/Siobhan Clinton/Caeron O’Connell/Jordan Bolger/Brid Sharpe

-Certificate of Merit Honours: Katie Gahan-Lawless/Ciara Fleming/Kevan Dowling/Lyndsey Keogh/Katie Krebs/Shauna Bond/Shane Lynch/Ian Kelly/Ella Campi/Ericka Smith/Chelsea Heavey/Adam Hennessy

Certificate of Distinction: Hannah Duffy/Laura Cleary/Evan Quinn/Victoria Doyle/Gemma Dunne/Ciara Fanning-Siney/Lauren Kelly.

Other award winners on the evening were as follows:


TY Awards 2014-15

Student of the Year         

Drama/Dance:                                   Lyndsey Keogh

Work Experience Prep:                 Cian Stafford

History:                                                                Gemma Dunne

Woodwork:                                        Frank Gillen

Physical Education                           Ella Campi

Art                                                          Philip Shallow

Information Technology                               Kevan Dowling

Chinese                                                Victoria Doyle

Chinese                                                                Eimhin O Reilly

Life Skills                                              Evan Quinn

Equine Studies                                  Ian Kelly

Biology                                                 Lauren Kelly

Geography                                         Siobhan Clinton

Mathematics                                     Hannah Duffy

Mathematics                                     Evan Quinn

French                                                  April Redmond

Gaeilge                                                 Hannah Duffy

Gaeilge                                                 Laura Cleary

Communications                              Gemma Dunne

Communications                              Katie Gahan Lawless

Cookery                                               Ciara Fleming

Accounting                                         Shauna Bond

Chemistry                                           Katie Krebs

Careers                                                                Victoria Doyle

DCG                                                       Ian Kelly

Business                                              Laura Cleary

Personal Development Programme

Alzheimer’s Society                                        Ryan Moran/Sean Foy


Recreation Muiriosa Services                      Jordan Bolger


Horticulture Muiriosa Services                   Kyle Heavey


Parish Office                                                      Frank Gillen


Monasterevin Tidy Towns                            Sean Foy


Horticulture Home and Garden                                 Shauna Bond


Primary School Literacy                 (x3)                        Eimhin O’Reilly (Scoil Eimhin Naofa)

Chelsie Heavey (St John’s NS)

Philip Shallow (St Peter’s NS)


St Vincent de Paul Society                            Mark Sealey


Special Awards

TY Actor of the Year                                                                        Adam Hennessey

TY Actress of the Year                                                                    Laura Cleary

TY Stand/Interview/Powerpoint Presentation Winner    Ciara Fleming

TY Stand/ Interview/Powerpoint Presentation R-Up       Hannah Duffy

TY School Community Youth Award (x3)                                                April Redmond, Katie Krebs, Adam Hennessy

TY Community Volunteerism Award (x2)                                               Evan Quinn/Hannah Duffy

TY Best Record of Learning                                                          Evan Quinn/Victoria Doyle

TY Best Attendance (x5)                                                               Victoria Doyle, Ciara Fanning Siney, Adam Hennessy, Hannah Duffy, Laura Cleary

Strictly Ambassador                                                                        Adam Hennessey

Students Student of the Year                                                     Victoria Doyle

Student Literacy Team (x4)                                                          Hannah Duffy, Lyndsey Keogh,  Gemma Dunne,  Evan Quinn

Homework Club Volunteer                                                          Shane Lynch

European Studies/Euroscola Winners (Strasbourg):         Laura Cleary, Victoria Doyle, Hannah Duffy, Gemma Dunne, Ciara Fanning Siney, Katie Gahan Lawless, Adam Hennessy, Ericka Smith

Mini Company                   

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