Coláiste Éile, Thurles College of Further Education had their annual Awards Ceremony last Friday
Over 200 students received awards for completing both full time and part time Fetac and BTEI courses.
After an opening address by Christina Walsh the Student Council Chairperson, the college Coordinator Dr. Laurenz Egan spoke about the fantastic year enjoyed by the college, and emphasized the value of education.
The Student of The Year Awards were then presented, first up being the Peg Hanafin trophy and bursary of 1000 Euro provided by the Tipperary Eductaion Training Board. The college was delighted to have Peg herself, who recently launched her first book in the college, on hand to present this award. The trophy and 1000 Euro went to John Buckley.
Eileen Condon of Tipperary ETB then presented the VTOS student of the year awards. Nigel Butler was the winner from the ICT group, Mary Boyle picked up the General Learning first year award and the second year winner was Conor Dwyer.
Antoinette Coffey presented the award for the BTEI student of the year award. Sarah Ryan was the winner.
Sarah made history this year as she the first student at Coláiste Éile to achieve a BTEI FETAC Major Award, completing her horticulture programme part time over a two year period. In previous years Major Award had been mainly associated with the full time VTOS programme, but Sarah set a new precedent with her achievement this year.
Tokens of appreciation were made to members of the outgoing student council; Christina Walsh, Mary Boyle and Nigel Butler.
Antoinette Coffey returned to present a token of appreciation to Bernie Gleeson, the administrator of the college.
Peg Hanafin sas then presented with a token of appreciation by Christina Walsh for everything she has done for Coláiste Éile.
In his opening address Dr. Laurenz Egan included some well-known quotes about education. Included was one from Benjamin Franklin; “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. This certainly rings true, given the fantastic success Coláiste Éile continues to enjoy.