Many students took the opportunity to attend the National Ploughing Championships in Athy on Wednesday while staff had a planning day at the school. The ploughing event, which comes to the New Ross area in 2012, always generates great interest among the students who clearly appreciate agricultural pursuits.
One young man who certainly knows his canines from his ovines is first year student Caleb O’Keeffe from Mullinavat who will represent Ireland in the International sheep dog trials later in the year. Caleb will be the youngest competitor at the National championships which take place in advance of the international event. Those of us who remember the popular T.V,. show ‘One Man and his Dog’ will appreciate the highly skilled ‘art’ of dog handling. Best of luck to Caleb. We might have to get him out to do something about the stray dogs who regularly wander about the campus.
6th year Geography students travelled to Tramore to complete their Leaving Cert. field work assignments. This is a mandatory component of the Geography programme and thanks to the teachers who organised the outings.
There were a number of sporting activities durng the week with the Junior hurlers putting up a very commendable display in a 4 point defeat away to St. Kierans. The Senior footballers had their first get together with a South Leinster league game against St. Peters in Wexford. A satisfactory performance resulted with a one point defeat; there was plenty of promise and as ever the focus will be firmly on championship later in the year.
Congratulations to John Walsh who qualified for the Leinster Junior 30 x 60 handball final when defeating his St. Peter’s opponent on Thursday. and also to Kevin Burke and Kieran Butler who helped Leinster to a 13 points to 12 victory over Munster in last weekend’s youths provincial rugby game held in Waterpark. Kevin scored a vital try for Leinster after a great break by Kieran in the centre. They face Ulster this weekend in the second game in the interprovincial series. Best of luck to them again.