As another academic year ends, this Summer Newsletter records and celebrates much of the recent life of Ardscoil na mBraithre, Cluain Meala. In the following pages there unfolds glimpses and insights into the ebb and flow of recent times of school life.
There were many achievements in all areas of school life. The vibrant sporting, cultural, business, charitable and social aspects of school life have been highlighted and rewarded by many outstanding achievements.
We had an exceptional year on the sporting front with our senior footballers winning the Munster Championship for the first time in 17 years. Our senior hurlers and under 15 soccer teams put up brave performances in their Munster finals.
Great credit is due to these teams and their selectors and our other sporting teams for their commitment, determination and skill displayed throughout what has been an exciting year of sporting activity. There was plenty of off the sporting field extra-curricular activity including national awards won by Conor Morrissey and members of Transition Year in the Young Achiever Awards and also Eric Fitzgerald in winning an essay competition sponsored by the Austrian Embassy.
Our congratulations and appreciation is offered to all the pupils and teachers who organised and participated in so many extra curricular activities. It has certainly been a case of a rising tide carries all boats, the whole school community has been buzzing with all the activity that has been going on. It is great to see the evident pride in the red and black colours of the school.
The time and effort given both by staff and pupils to extra curricular activity enriches the whole community.
Micháel Forrestal and Renee Barry retire at end of this school year after many years distinguished service to the school. We wish Micháel and Renee a long and fulfilling retirement.
Congratulation to those who represented Ireland in recent months; Ian Barnes (Soccer), Christy Aylward, (Soccer), Kevin Fennessy (Boxing), Kevin Tobin (Showjumping) and Jean Lonergan (teacher) (Ladies Rugby).
I would like to thank all the school community, B.O.M., teachers, ancillary staff, parents and pupils for their support, encouragement and goodwill during my time as Acting Principal. I would like to pay tribute to Ms. Annette Hickey and Mr. Jerry Shanahan who while holding the position of Deputy Principal made significant contribution to the effective management of the school. We wish Mr. Shay Bannon well on his return in September.
Ba maith liom mo bhuiochas agus mo chairgairdeas a chur in uil do phobail na scoile gcoitinne ach go mór mór do na múinteoirí a soibrígh chomh díograiseach sin.
Go néirí go geal le daltaí, muinteoirí agus túismitheoirí Ardscoil amach anseo.