School Newsletter: May 13, 2011

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On Thursday morning a mass in memory of the late John Joe Galvin was held in the college church. The mass was attended by all 6th year students, friends of John Joe from other classes and many of the school’s staff. John Joe was remembered through music, readings, photographs and a moving powerpoint presentation recalling the fun loving, good natured young man who was a devoted son and brother, who had a large coterie of friends and who had a great zest for life. May he rest in peace.

Those 6th years studying Art were busy on Thursday and Friday as the practical section of the examination took place. A variety of techniques and materials were put to use as some welded, others sketched and more worked with clay and made lino cuts. Good luck too all of them.
On the subject of art, well done to Mark Mansfield who received a Certificate of Commendation for his entry to the prestigious Texaco Art competition.

A group of students with a particular interest in equestrian sports were priveleged to visit the hallowed Ballydoyle on Tuesday afternoon where they were treated to a tour of the facilities of what is perhaps the premier horse training facility in the world. Currently housing such stars So You Think, Fame And Glory and leading Derby contender, Recital, the place is seeped in tradition and is spectacular in its lay out and scope. Many thanks to the staff there for accommodating our visiting party.

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1st years Kenneth O’Connor and Donagh O’Connor in Ballydoyle.
The U-14 hurlers put up a brave display in the Leinster semi final on Wednesday before succumbing by 1 goal to a strong Kilkenny CBS side. A huge effort has been put in by players and mentors, Mr Purcell and Mr Wall, and no doubt the fruit of their labours will be seen in the years to come.
Another group of young hurlers took part in a St Kierans College blitz on Tuesday with one team emerging top of their group and the other second. Well done and thanks to all the Juvenile hurlers and coaches.

And finally a mention of a past pupil making waves in the world of music, namely Michael Stafford aka Maverick Sabre who recently appeared on ‘Later with Jools’ and who next week plays support to Snoop Dogg on his British tour. His recent album release is available to buy on itunes while his ‘Jools’ appearance can be viewed on youtube. Best of luck to him.

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