International rugby referee and past pupil John Lacey, presented pupils at The Abbey with their annual merit awards 2016 recently.
In a wonderfully choreographed ceremony interspersed by music, poetry and speakers John Lacey gave the keynote address.He challenged the boys to be the best that they can be in life and to take the award they were receiving and look to the future with confidence and vigour to be even better.
John, who works with Munster IRFU , asked them to be humble and hardworking and to be the spirit of the Abbey.
Mrs. Marie Collison spoke on behalf of the Parent Council who sponsored the awards in conjunction with Tipperary Credit Union. She compared the student’s impact on the school community to that of the great Canon Hayes who was instrumental in the founding of the Canon Hayes Sports and Recreation Centre in the town as well as the founding of Muintir na Tíre which is still thriving today.
Mr. Kiely,Abbey Principal congratulated the student’s and their parents on their wonderful achievements and he expressed his thanks to everyone who had helped make the afternoon so special for all concerned in particular Mr. John Lacey who presented the awards.
Merit Award Recipients 2016
Academic Excellence in Junior Certificate Class of 2015
Academic Excellence in Leaving Certificate Class of 2015
Shane McGrath – Shane was one of only 24 students in the country who got 625 Points in the Leaving Certificate last year and Shane will study in NUI Galway next year.
2016 Academic Excellence Awards
First Year; Michael O’Dwyer
Second Year; Daniels Nikolajevs
Third Year ; Jack Quirke
Transition Year; Evan Hadnett
Fifth Year; Michael Jenkins
Sixth Year; Fedor Klimonov
Leaving Certificate Applied ; Christy Hanley
Edmund Rice Awards
First Year; Jack Flannery
Second Year; Andrew Richardson 2A2
Third Year; Brian O’Donovan
Transition Year; Jack O’Dwyer
Fifth Year; Liam Hennessy
Sixth Year; Luke Daly
Leaving Certificate Applied; Andrew McGrath
Arts, Musical and Cultural Endeavours;
Ciaran Crowe in 2nd Year
Extra Curricular Achievements;
Eoin Marnane in First Year
Courage and Resilience in Adversity;
Shane Power 6th Year
Enterprise and Initiative;
Sean Croker Transition Year.