Awards Ceremony


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'Believe in education. Believe in yourselves'.

 The words from Dundalk Town Council Chairman, Eamonn O'Boyle's speech at the annual De La Salle Awards Ceremony encapsulated the feelings of all 650 people present at the Fairways Hotel last Thursday evening.

Cllr. O'Boyle, who spent 37 years as Guidance Councillor at the College and is the last-ever Chairperson of Dundalk Town Council, was the guest of honour at this year's awards ceremony, an annual event that celebrates the academic, sporting and pastoral achievements of current and past students of the 750 student college.

The main awards on the night were the Student Awards, with Niall O'Shea scooping the prestigious Student of the Year (Senior) Award and Sean Murray winning the Junior equivalent. Robert Curran captured the Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year (Senior) Award, with Anton Reilly, capturing the Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year (Junior).

The Lasallian Spirit Award, which recognises a student who encapsulates the Lasallian ethos – was won by Ciaran Caldwell, a Sixth Year student who has served as a prefect, Students Council representative, mentor to incoming First Years and Environment Committee member.

The outstanding Leaving and Junior Certificate Results of 2012 and 2013 were also acknowledged, with prizes for Best Leaving Certificate Results category (overall, class-by-class and subject), Best Junior Certificate Results (overall and class-by-class), the Overall Leaving Certificate Awards were accepted by Cillian Crosson, who is studying at Trinity College, Dublin and Emmett O'Driscoll, who is studying Pharmacy at University College Cork.

Special awards were also presented to scholarship winners to Trinity College and Dublin City University, (Cillian Crosson, Liam O'Leary and Ciaran Byrne), International Rules and Carlton Blues player Ciaran Byrne, the Equestrian excellence of Mark Murphy (who won Young Rider of the Year at the 2013 Dublin Horse Show), JP Mc Manus Scholarship Recipient Cillian Crosson. Sporting excellence was also recognised, with Players of the Year Awards in six sports (Gaelic Football, Soccer, Rugby, Badminton, Golf and Basketball).

The ceremony also saw the continuation of the George and Patricia Moore Awards, inaugurated in 2009 by the late past pupil George Moore and kindly continued by his family, represented on the night by Gerardine Duffy. Other honoured guests included Br. Francis Manning, Provincial of the De La Salle Order Ireland, Sean Goan of the Le Chéile Trust and Jack Branigan, representing the Mc Cooey Family.

Major Prize Recipients:

Brendan Mc Cooey Memorial Student of the Year (Senior): Niall O'Shea

Br. Brendan Collier Memorial Student of the Year (Junior): Sean Murray

Lasallian Spirit Award: Ciaran Caldwell

Sportsperson of the Year (Senior): Robert Curran

Sportsperson of the Year (Junior): Anton Reilly

Best Leaving Certificate Results 2012 (Overall): Cillian Crosson

Best Leaving Certificate Results 2013 (Overall): Emmett O'Driscoll

Best Junior Certificate Results 2012 (Overall): Philip McGuinness

Best Junior Certificate Results 2013 (Overall): Sean Murray


Science Fair


The De La Salle Young Scientist students were invited to the DkIT last Friday the 14th of March to take part in a mini science fair. For the 2nd year in a row Senator Jim Darcy asked students to present their projects to the primary school students in Dundalk. The students were presented with medals and were welcomed to the DkIT by Dr. Edel Healy as well as one of the founders of the Young Scientist itself, Dr. Tony Scott. Mairead Mc Guinness (MEP) gave an inspiring motivational speech.

As well as the Young Scientist presentation, some Transition year and 2nd year students were asked to put on a Science magic show in a lecture theatre for the primary school visitors.

The boys confidendently displayed some of the more exciting Junior certificate practicals as well as a brief lesson on acids and bases. Well done to Transition Years Jack Watters, Sean Murray, Ryan Kirk and Cian Murphy as well as 2nd years Ben Verling, Steven Jiminez and Daniel Mullen who really left the primary students stunned by their scientific prowess!!!

And many thanks to Senator Jim Darcy for giving them the wonderful opportunity

Science Fair


Green Schools Committee

It's a busy time of the year for the DLS Green Schools boys! As well as working hard on their water conservation and education programme for the school they were out in force this week sprucing up the courtyard and other green areas around the school.