Thrilled Tipperary teenager makes village history

Cashel Community School students receive Pope John Paul II Award medals.

Dylan White


Dylan White


Thrilled Tipperary teenager makes village history

Pope John Paul II Award gold medal recipient Fergus English from New Inn.

A dedicated Tipperary teenager is feeling proud after becoming the first person in his village to receive the Pope John Paul II Award.

New Inn’s Fergus English was presented with a gold medal at the first ever Pope John Paul II Award ceremony in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly at Anner Hotel, Thurles, recently by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly and guest of honour Eoin Kelly. 

Cashel Community School fifth year student Fergus played an active part in his local church and community over a 40 week period. “I visited St. Patrick's nursing home in Cashel, helped out with the Novena in New Inn and read at mass. I also trained Rockwell-Rosegreen’s under 14 hurling and football teams,” 17-year-old Fergus tells The Nationalist.

New Inn parish priest Fr. Michael Kennedy, Pope John Paul II Award gold medal award recipient Fergus English and parish council’s Geraldine Cooney.

Fergus’ parents Conor and Sandra English are very proud of his achievement. “It was a fantastic experience that will stand to me in the future and I’m thrilled with the award,” Fergus, who plays for Rockwell Rovers, adds.

Clerihan’s Joey Fortune was also presented with a Pope John Paul II Award bronze medal at the occasion.

Cashel Community School's Fergus English and Joey Fortune with their Pope John Paul II Award medals. 

Catch up with the latest Tipperary student news in South Tipp Today, out Thursday 14th December.