Rockwell students honoured at awards day

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Rockwell students honoured at awards day

Michael Ryan presents Sportsman of the Year to Ryan Lambe

Rockwell College recognised the achievements of its pupils at the annual Prize Day ceremony, held on Friday, May 19th. The event celebrates academic and sporting success and was attended by staff, recipients and their families.

Guest of Honour was Brian Kavanagh, President of the Rockwell College Union and also Michael Ryan, manager of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team.

Addressing the attendees, Principal Audrey O’Byrne noted the attention and care given to pupils in the College inside and outside the classroom. She thanked all the staff for their work over the year and congratulated the winners and nominees. Referring to the on-going developments in the Junior Cycle, the Principal commented that change was an inevitable part of any education system, but that she hoped no reform would ever “place paperwork ahead of pupils”.

Brian Kavanagh paid tribute to the efforts of pupils in upholding the values of the school, through extensive charity fundraising and a fostering of a community of support within the pupil body.

Photo: Tipperary Hurling Manager Michael Ryan presents Sportsperson of the Year to Aoife O'Shaughnessy

Michael Ryan reminded those present of the need to always aim high, to endeavour to do better and to acknowledge and value the education they are receiving. He noted the talent and confidence of young people in the schools he had visited across the county and the optimism we can have for the future.

Prize winners included Cahir’s Roisín McCarthy (Irish Award), Clonmel’s Caren Binchy (Wall Medal for History & Thomas McDonagh Award),   Aoife O'Shaughnessy (Sportsperson of the Year),  Sportsman of the Year (Ryan Lambe) and John Purcell from Cashel who was the winner of the Student of the Year Award.

Photo: Rockwell Student of the Year winner John Purcell with his parents, John and Joan, and Deputy-Principal Michael Doyle