First Prize in Lismore Art Exhibition, Reading the Proclamation, Ard Scoil’s Got Talent!
21st March 2016
Niamh Fennell, First Year, who represented Ard Scoil na nDeise
in the All Ireland Junior Inter Schools Cross Country.
Niamh Lenane, 5th Year, wins First Prize in Lismore Art Exhibition
On Monday, March 14th the official opening of the annual Artifice Exhibition took place in the Art Gallery at Lismore Castle. This was an exhibition of the best of paintings and sculpture from Transition Year and Fifth Year students in the region.
From the hundreds of pieces of work on display Niamh Lenane’s painting, entitled “Under the Sea”, won first prize. It is a beautiful watercolour which will go on to be part of Co. Waterford’s permanent collection, a collection containing the work of many prestigious artists. Congratulations to Niamh and all the Transition Year and Fifth Year students who took part in the exhibition which is well worth a visit.
Reading of Proclamation
Ella Harrington, Robyn Daly and
Aoibhe Power, First Year, reading the Proclamation
On Tuesday, March 15th, a beautiful sunny day, we all went to the Ard Scoil na nDéise Millennium Garden for the raising of the Irish flag and the reading of the Proclamation. Amhrán na bhFiann was played on the uilleann pipes by Shannon Kearney, Sixth Year, accompanied by Alana Coyne on guitar. An ancestor of Shannon’s, Peadar Kearney, wrote the original English lyrics of the anthem, so it was very fitting that Shannon should open this historical event for us.
Rebecca Hanna, Second Year, spoke to us about the history of the Irish flag. The flag was then raised by Shania Lonergan and Laura Cosgrave, First Year, and the Proclamation was read by Ella Harrington, Robyn Daly and Aoibhe Power. Jenny Power recited a poem by Michael D. Higgins, our President, and finally we all sang Amhrán na bhFiann.
Shannon Kearney who played the National Anthem on the uilleann pipes
at the Proclamation Ceremony, accompanied by Alana Coyne on guitar
Ard Scoil’s Got Talent!
On last Wednesday we held a talent competition in aid of the Lourdes Fund, organised by Mr Collins and the Fifth Year Lourdes committee, with technical support from our caretaker Ed Moore and help from many teachers. We had an array of brilliant entries including singers, musicians, dancers and comedy acts.
The judges had a very difficult task trying to decide on winners, and eventually a prize was awarded in each year group, with one overall winner. So the First Year Pop Star Comedy Act, the Second Year Cup Song, Third Year Jeanne Harrington (singing with her own guitar accompaniment), Fifth Year Sinéad O’Donnell (singing with her own guitar accompaniment) and Sixth Year Caitríona O’Brien (pianist) were selected for prizes.
The overall winner was Jeanne Harrington, who sang and played beautifully to the large audience in the Junior Hall. There was also a special mention for Ms Flavin who not only danced a proper set with students from several year groups but also organised a very colourful and entertaining group of line dancing teachers! The talent show was a most entertaining event in aid of a worthwhile cause, and it was fantastic to see so many students having the confidence to get up on stage and perform in front of hundreds of people. Well done to all!
Laura Duggan, Leaving Cert class of 2015, photographed recently at Carlow Institute of Technolog
y on the occasion of the presentation of her Academic Award for outstanding Leaving Certificate results