Scoil Mhuire Kanturk recently paid tribute to student achievements in a variety of areas at the Annual Awards Ceremony. The entire school body along with relations and guests enjoyed an afternoon at the school to honour successes of the past school year. Guests of honour were Irish Olympian Rob Heffernan and Irish rugby legend Mick Galwey.
Students were enthralled when Rob spoke to them of his experiences at the European Championships and at five Olympics, citing the highs and lows of his career. He spoke of the importance of tenacity and always looking for the positives in sport despite pitfalls along the way. Mick spoke of his short-lived GAA career in Kerry colours before turning to rugby and his performances with The Lions, Ireland and Munster.
He relayed a number of stories to students and advised that they always look at the glass as half full rather than half empty. Musical interludes were provided by the school choir, first-year group, individual students and the trad group.
Ms Miriam Downey, Principal commended all award recipients. ‘In Scoil Mhuire, we encourage each and every student to achieve his or her potential and the award winners this afternoon have achieved the status of role models in their individual areas of success. For those students in the audience marking the success of others, you too have talents and I would encourage you to be award winners next year’ said Ms Downey. Students were reminded that success follows hard work, determination and self-belief.
Ms Downey thanked all involved in the organisation of the ceremony, the generosity of sponsors and special guests Rob Heffernan and Mick Galwey for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the awards.