(Photograph courtesy of Ken Finnegan. Photographs from the awards night can be purchased from Ken.Visit his website www.newspics.ie.
'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