A group of 6th year Meitheal leaders and the programme co-ordinator, Ms Bolger, attended our sister college, St Augustine’s in Dungarvan, on Tuesday last for the opening of their memorial garden where past pupils, staff and Augustinians associated with their school are remembered. The Good Counsel delegation were there in particular to honour the memory of Fr O’Donnell who was a much loved chaplain here for many years and who passed away last December.
The Junior Certificate results issued on Wednesday last and again there were many outstanding achievements among them. The most important thing for all those students to recognise now is that these results are an appraisal of achievement in the Junior Cycle but now having moved onto Senior Cycle there are new and greater challenges ahead for which it is necessary to work from now, in 5th year or TY.
The local area will become the focus of National and indeed international attention next week as the National Ploughing Championships come to Heathpark, Old Ross. Already the site is a hive of activity and the scale of the the event is evident to anyone passing the site where huge temporary structures are being erected and miles of track being laid down. It is a very welcome boost to the local economy to have such a large scale event in the region and hopefully the weather will be kind and the traffic will flow as smoothly as is reasonably possible. The school will close as always for the Wednesday of the event (26th Sept.) and all students planning on attending the ploughing are encouraged to do so on this day. While conscious of the huge additional burden of traffic on local roads, Tuesday and Thursday are both regular school days and parents are asked, where appropriate, to consult with their local bus driver with regard to any travel issues such as delayed departures or returns.
Congratulations go out to Eoin Power, 6th year, on representing Ireland in the European Clubs Athletics finals in Portugal over the weekend where he finished 4th in the 400m hurdles. His time of 56. 89 was only .02 outside his own personal best.
And finally, well done to the Wexford ladies on their three in a row in the All Ireland camogie final on Sunday last. No past pupils on the team!