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Thank you to Angelo Eluvathingal for designing a beautiful Christmas Card for our school this Christmas.
Our Staff, Students, Board of Management and Parents Association wish everyone a very special Christmas and a prosperous 2015.
Pictured below is Eoghan Mc Cormick (senior winner), Ms Fiona Brady (Student Council Co-Ordinator) and Angelo Eluvathingal (junior winner) of 2014 Christmas card competition.
St Patrick’s College Parents’ Association Christmas Draw Results
1st Prize – Pauline Maguire, Belturbet €500
2nd Prize – Kathleen Lynch, Cavan, Dunnes Stores Hamper.
3rd Prize – Jo Murray, Bailieborough. – Breffni School of Motoring Vouchers
4th Prize – Mark Smith, – Cara Pharmacy Hamper.
5th Prize – Paul Hayden, Cavan. – Sam McCauley Pharmacy Hamper.
6th Prize – Paul Denneny, Kilnaleck. – Veals Pharmacy Hamper.
7th Prize – Rachelle McG ughren, Cavan. – Burkes Chemist Hamper.
8th Prize – Dympna Finnegan, Cavan. – Farnham Hotel Meal Voucher.
9th Prize – Kieran Smyth, St Pat’s. – Hotel Kilmore Meal Voucher.
10th Prize – Declan Maguire, Ballyconnell. – Supervalu Voucher.
11th Prize – Jona Mc Goldrick, Swanlinbar. – Tractamotors Gift Voucher.
St Patrick’s College Parents Association and College staff would like to thank all students, parents and friends who made this Christmas raffle a great success.
Draw took place in College canteen on Wednesday 17th Dec.
All Star Footballers
Congratulations to Thomas Galligan and Cian Mc Manus on their selection for the Ulster Colleges All Star Football Team 2014-2015.
Leitrim Guardian Young Writers Award.
Pictured is David English with his English teacher Ms. Mulvanny from St. Patrick’s College Cavan. David was Highly Recommended by the Leitrim Guardian Young Writers Award for his poem entitled ‘Our Miracle Planet.’
Our Miracle Planet
The intoxicated gas that poisons all beauty,
The disease that devours on innocent death.
The acid that leaks on Mother Nature’s purity,
We are the killers causing all of these threats.
Slaughtered souls slayed into extinction,
Vastly vacating earth’s cold corrupt surface.
The demise of all creatures is a cruel prediction,
Soon left lying, in history….to fade.
The ozone obliterated and annihilating atomics,
Eradicating enormous amounts of our planet.
Those monstrous madmen, using cruelty and chaotics,
Have the evil to end this miracle planet.
By David English
Pictured above are students from St. Patrick’s College Cavan with their English teacher Ms. Mulvanny. They raised a worthy 206 euro for MS Readathon. Well done!
Waiting for Christmas,
a TY annual Christmas CD
will be available for sale from
Friday 12th December, priced 5 euro.
Congratulations and thank you to Mr Tackney (Music Dept, St Patrick’s College) his choir and Ensemble, Loreto College, Cavan Choir, Rugby Club Choir, Cavan Sinfonia, Cavan Cathedral Choir, Martha Lee-Boyle and Brian Mc Keever, Singing Priests Cavan. Cavan Singers, for a really special night in the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Felim, Cavan.
Cor na nOg Success.
Congratulations to our Cor na Nóg squad who beat St Pat’s Dungannon today in what only can be described as a thrilling game with superb football played by both teams. St Pat’s, Dungannon were worthy opponents so well done St Pat’s, Cavan on a very impressive win.
St Pat’s Cavan 1. 9, Dungannon 1.6.
Congratulations to our 1st Year Futsal team and their coach Mr Reilly.
St. Patrick’s College 1st Year Futsal team are the Ulster Champions for 2014 after topping their group in the play-offs in Letterkenny, on 25th November.
The first of three matchs ended with an easy 6-2 win over Patrician High School, Carrickmacross. This was followed by two hard-fought matches beating Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair 3-2 and Moville Community School 3-1.
The team will now compete in the All-Ireland play-offs in Tallaght on a date yet to be decided.
Congratulations to St Patrick’s College First Year Futsal team who have qualified to play in the Ulster finals in Letterkenny on Tuesday 25th November. The team had wins over Breifne College, St Aiden’s Comprehensive School and Royal School, Cavan in the county play-offs.
Pictured above are Back row: Culann Mac Seáin, Sean Donohue, Patrick McPhillips, Jack Traynor and Coach Mr Sean Reilly.
Front: Ife Makinde, Mark Smith, Darragh Smith Naughton, Evan McIntyre and Oisin Brady.
Missing from photo: Liam Carr, Adam Quinn and David Talbot.
Christmas Box Appeal at St Pat’s.
Pictured below are members of Ms Mulvanney’s Tutor class, St Finbar’s with their Christmas Appeal gift boxes. Gift boxes for boys and girls are being collected from all our students this week before being dispatched to less fortunate children in other parts of the world.
Congratulations to Seamus Tierney who was honoured for obtaining the highest mark in the Leaving Certificate music exam 2013 in Ireland. Seamus was presented with the O’ Cillin medal at the Post Primary Music Teacher’s Association conference on 27th September in Dublin. Seamus was also an active participant in the choir, traditional Irish group and in stage performances during his time in St. Pat’s.
Photograpgh L-R Christopher Rowley,(Principal), Gerard & Maura Tierney, Seamus Tierney, Ciaran Tackney, (Music Teacher).
St Pat’s student Stephen Smith wins Ulster Colleges Intermediate Handball.
Pictured below is Mr James Brady (PE dept and coach) with Stephen Smith who won the Ulster Colleges Intermediate Handball championship recently. Stephen played a tightly fought contest in the final against Mathew McCarten from Omagh CBS. This is Stephan’s first Ulster College singles title. We congratulate Stephen on this great achievement and wish him every success for the future.
1st and 2nd year Trocaire fast raises €1600.
Pictured below is Jennifer Brennan, Marketing Officer at Trocaire (centre) with fast organisers Ms Jane Craig-Elliot and Fr Kevin Fay and the 1st and 2nd year students who raised a very impressive €1600 for Trocaire’s many good causes.
Pat’s TechCongratulations to Pat’s Tech members Lorcan Clarke, Oisin Quinn, Conor McCabe and James Bently on their recent nomination for the Google Silver Surfer Awards for their work on their TY project, Pat’s Tech. Their project involved 100 of Cavan’s senior citizens getting hands on instruction in accessing the Web and learning general computer skills,
The new Prunty pitch at St Pat’s had its inaugural game recently. St Pat’s Cavan Rannafast took on St Michael’s, Enniskillen. St Pat’s 3.11 to St Michael’s 2.7
Junior Certificate photos 2014.
Pictured below is Jamie Reilly with Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal) after Jamie received his outstanding results. Jamie attained 10 A’s in his Junior Certificate Examinations.
Top Left: Paul Smith and Caolan Smith. Anslem Lovett and Jack O’Reilly.
Enda McGonigle, Seamus Lavin and Colm Fitzpatrick,
Jack O’Reilly and Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal),
Mark Tyler, Mr Christopher Rowley, Bill O’Hanlon, Ryan Conaty and Dermot Langtry.
Ryan Conaty, Shane Maguire, Jack O’Reilly and Gavin Kelly.
And, amazed students; jack O’Reilly, Bill O’Hanlon and Ammad Sajid!
Congratulations to all our 2014 Junior Certificate students on their very impressive results.
Pictured below with Principal Mr Christopher Rowley and Ms Marie Henry (Guidance Counsellor) are leaving cert students Ryan Brady, James Dolan, Kieran Burns, Dean Farrelly, Blaine O’Callaghan, Parviz Ghofrani, Sean Dunne, Jack Hayden and Keith Fay after receiving their excellent results.
With 40% of students at St Pat’s taking the Higher Level paper in Maths, results in this subject were very impressive. Principal Mr Rowley and all staff members would like to congratulate all 2014 Leaving Cert students on their excellent results and for the hard work carried out throughout the year.
St Patrick’s College students win Windows Poetry Competition Awards.
Windows Poetry competition is now in its 22nd year. The competition is open to all students in Ireland between 10 and 18 years of age. Poems by eight students from St Pat’s were selected from a total entry of 1300 for special commendation and two were prize winners. The competition was adjudicated by Heather Brett & Noel Monahan and prizes were presented by Jack Keyes (retired County Manager).
Pictured below are Adam Mc Enroe and Stefan Boyle whose poems were prize winning.
Pictured below are front row; Conor Smith, Oisin Quinn, Paul Donohoe, Adam Mc Enroe, Gavin Brady. Back row; Fionn Kiernan, Mary Briody (English teacher), Heather Brett, and Noel Monahan (Windows Publications), Niall O’Connor and Jack Keyes.
St Patrick’s College GAA Scholarship Awards
Pictured receiving their St Patrick’s College GAA First Year Scholarships are l-r: Luke Tierney, Kyle Tyler, Mark Sexton, Shane Cosgrove and Gavin Brady with staff members who coach teams.
St Patrick’s College offers scholarships of €200 each to first year students who excel in School GAA throughout the school year. The five scholarships are sponsored by Prunty Pitches to help students with their academic costs.
St Pat’s win An Taisce’s Neat Streets Programme.
Pictured above are members of the College Green Schoo’s committee, Colm Tracey, Christopher O’Connell and Adam Johnston with Principal Mr Christopher Rowley and Co-Ordinator Ms Aine Martin receiving their Neat Streets award from Minister Fergus O’Dowd TD and Patricia Oliver, Director of An Taisce EEU. An Taisce’s waste programme for schools has led to a 60% reduction in the number of students littering in schools.
ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards 2014
Five Transition Year Students from St. Patrick’s College, Oisin Quinn, Conor McCabe, Neil Hayden, Shane Dolan and Killian McCahill participated in this year’s ECO-Unesco’s Young Environmentalist Awards. ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment be it in their school, community or even further afield. The boys started working on their project in September. They decided to focus on the issue of Climate Change and wanted to persuade more students in St. Patrick’s College to consider walking or cycling to school instead of getting lifts in cars. The ‘Walk to School’ event was one of their actions. They held their own ‘Walk To School’ day on 14th February and they held another walk to school day on Thursday, 15th May as part of the National Walk to School Week. The boys have investigated installing a bike rack on the school grounds and this will be a major focus for next year’s TY group.
The students’ presented their project to judges at the Ulster ECO-Dens in Lough Neagh on 11th March. The judges were very impressed and the project was selected for the Finals which will be held on 20th May in the Mansion House in Dublin.
U-16 Soccer news Cavan Monaghan League Final – St. Pat’s 1-0 Virginia College
- U 16 Soccer 2014
St. Pat’s retained the U-16 Cavan-Monaghan League title with a hard-fought victory over Virginia College on Monday 12th May. St. Pat’s settled into the game better and dominated possession but were unable to create an opening despite efforts from Conor Smith and Killian Leddy. Virginia came more into the game after 20 minutes but the St. Pat’s defence remained solid in stamping out their attacking threat. With both teams scoreless at half-time, St. Pat’s continued to dominate possession in the second half. Patrick Brady and Keenan Donohue in midfield were doing their best to create opportunities while at the other end Danny Cullivan in the St. Pat’s goal had to be at his very best to turn a long range Virginia effort heading for the top corner, around the post. He also saved well from a close-range effort from the resulting corner. St. Pat’s broke the deadlock with 15 minutes to go when David O’Reilly crossed from the right wing for Luke Fortune to head the winner. St. Pat’s came close to doubling their lead through Conor Smith and Patrick Brady with good counter attack football when Virginia were pressing for the equaliser.
St. Pat’s squad: Danny Cullivan, Shane Fortune, Colin Carragher, Luke Fortune, Tiarnan Reilly, Killian Leddy, Patrick Brady, David O’Reilly, Keenan Donohue, Damien Reilly, Conor Smith, Fintan Carolan, Paul Sexton, Ryan Smith, Joshua Boyle, Ryan Conaty Other squad members not present: Darragh Duggan, Shane Smith, Dillon Kiernan, Thomas Edward Donohue, Brian Coombes, Seán Smith, Killian Crowe Brady.
A Bitter Truth – Huge Success for St Patrick’s College
- A Bitter Truth – Huge Success for St Patrick’s College
The atmosphere was electric as one walked into the St Patrick’s College last weekend for the production of ‘A Bitter Truth’. This original musical drama; written, produced and directed by Ms Gwen Brady with music arranged by Mr Ciaran Tackney was sensational with a full house each night. Each night the atmosphere grew with people lining up at the door, finding their seats with the band tuning up and everyone waiting in anticipation for 8 o clock.
The action then began with the opening number – Joyce Brother Ceili Band – an excellent display of musicianship, singing and dancing. A drama based in the countryside of Cavan a few decades ago then unfolded. Nancy Reilly (Abigael Pierce) lives with her husband Tom (James Cartwright), daughter Noreen (Annija Gold) and mother in law (Hannah Lynch Dawson). The local matchmaker Sheameen (Oisin Quinn) and his apprentice (Conor Smith) arrive with the notion of a match between the young Noreen and the local farmer Mickseen Murphy (Lorcan Clarke). After much doubt Nancy agrees to go along with arranging the match for her only daughter yet her motives are to be questioned however.
Nancy has been harbouring a secret for years which she knows would lead to a radical change in her family circumstances if it was to be revealed. The matchmaker possesses knowledge of this secret and therefore represents a threat to Nancy’s secure lifestyle. With excellent performances from Cormac O Donoghue, Aodhagan Watters, Stephen Ronan, David Maguire, Conor O Shea, Aaron van Haaster, Kelly Cartwright, Anita Armstrong and Stephen Smith an intricate tale of manipulation, match-making, miscommunication, true love and heartbreak is revealed coupled with many comical moments.
Musically the drama was a masterpiece with such tunes as Wild Rover, Phil The Fluter, Beautiful affair and Red Rose Cafe bringing the crowd to their feet in a sea of swaying and clapping. Recitals, poetry and dancing further provided a celebration of elements of Irish culture. The set, designed and constructed by Mr Leon Lynch and Declan Burns along with fifth year and TY students was perfect in creating the world where land, security and the few shillings were crucial.
Staged by St Patrick’s College and The Royal School each individual excelled in their part bringing life, enthusiasm and great professionalism to the stage. With a cast of twenty and orchestra of forty students, production managers Dónal Monahan and Jermaine O Rourke at the helm along many student stage managers behind the scenes, the musical drama has been ultimately one of the most successful student-run drama productions to be staged in St Pat’s which constantly engaged the audience and proved to be a wonderful and captivating night’s entertainment. Both schools wish to thank everyone for their support.
The Bitter Truth, presented by the students of St Patrick’s College with students from the Royal School, Cavan.
Members of the cast of “A Bitter Truth”.
St Patrick’s College School Notes
By Adam Hammel
Congratulations to 1st year students Oisin Conolly, Oisin Finnegan, Emmet Boylan and Cian Boylan who won their way into the Ulster one-wall handball final against St Mc Carten’s College Monaghan, on Wed the 26th of Match 2014. This is a great achievement for the young Saint Pat’s men. Well done!
Inclusion of People with a Disability
Wheelchair Basketball in association with the Irish Wheelchair Association-Sport came to St. Patrick’s College Cavan on the 6th of Feb to help TY students become more aware of the various types of disabilities that exist today. Wheelchair Basketball is an increasingly popular sport in Ireland.Inclusion of People with a Disability
PE teacher, Mr J. Brady arranged a one hour classroom session about what it means to have a disability and how it impacts on day to day life. Following that the students had a two hour wheelchair basketball competition in the sports hall. This experience helped them become more aware of people with disabilities and how they cope..
Brock Cup Quarter Final
On Tuesday 1/4/14 in Smithboro Monaghan the Brock panel faced St Pat’s of Dungannon in the Brock Cup Quarter final. Conditions for the game were perfect and in the first few mins St. Pats Cavan took a 3 point lead with scores coming from Ryan O’Neill and Darragh Kennedy. Midway through the 1st half, the first of Cavan’s two goals came when Ryan O’ Neill cut in from a tight angle to sidefoot it into the net. From then on Cavan dominated, with scores coming from Paul Smith and Paddy O Reilly. A perfect through ball put wing back Jack McKenna in for the second of Cavan’s goals.
The half time score was St. Pats Cavan 2-9, Dungannon 0-3. The second half was similar to the first with St. Pats Cavan dominating at the middle of the field and playing nice attacking football. Ryan O’ Neill was on target again to increase the margin. The Cavan team pushed on with points coming from Paul Smith and Shane McVeety. Then Pauric O’ Reilly and Cian McGovern got on the scoreboard with two further points. Around 10 minutes from the end Dungannon clawed back the deficit by grabbing a goal and two points but the Cavan outfit were much stronger for the Tyrone side. Evan Fortune, Steven McDonald, Jack McKenna and Paddy O Reilly were rock solid in defence. Seb Darriaba and Kennedy worked hard at midfield. Upfront Cian McGovern, Pauric O Reilly and Tiarnan Reilly were a constant threat along with Ryan O Neill who finished with a personal tally of 1-6. The game finished with St. Pats Cavan 2-15 , St.Pats Dungannon 1-8. Well done lads, what a great match! The panel on the day was made up of Gary O Rourke, Evaan Fortune, Steven McDonald, Anselm Lovett, Jack McKenna, Paddy O Reilly, Paul Smith, Seb Darriaba, Darragh Kennedy, Shane McVeety, Ryan O Neill, Pauric O Reilly, Lee Reilly, Tiarnan Reilly, Cian McGovern.
The St. Pat’s Dalton team had a comprehensive victory over St. Pat’s of Armagh, winning by 25 points on a score line of 6-12 to 0-5. Players who impressed on the day were Aodghán Halton, Cian Boylan. Kyle Tyler, James Murphy and Daire Connolly. Well done to all involved.
Seachtain naGaeilge Rith 2014
Rith 2014 is a national festival aimed at encouraging the use and the speaking of the Irish language. A charity run spanning 1000k was run through 15 counties from the 7 – 15 March. The run started in Baile Bhuirne, Cork and finishing nine days later in Belfast. St Pat’s students took part in the run during seachtain na gaeilge, running 1km of the journey. Thanks to the Irish department for organising the event. It was a great success.
EYP (European Youth Parliament)
Aaron Van Haster, Tomas McPhillips and Ciaran Schutten went to the latest EYP event in Portlaoise from the 13th to 15th of March. Both Aaron and Tomas were representatives for Ulster and Connaught and on the committees for Agriculture and development. While Ciaran was the journalist for the committee on employment. Well done to all involved in such a great initiative.
The European Youth Parliament (EYP) Ireland is one of 36 National Committees of the European Youth Parliament International. The EYP is a non-partisan, independent educational project which is tailored specifically to the needs of the young European citizen. Today the EYP is one of the largest European platforms for political debate, intercultural encounters, political educational work and the exchange of ideas among young people in Europe. Thousands of young volunteers organise over 200 events across Europe each year. The aim of the EYP is to encourage independent thinking and socio-political initiative in young people and facilitates discussion on issues affecting them.
St. Patrick’s College
History Week 10th – 14th March 2014
The History Department of St. Patrick’s College decided to hold its first History week from the 10th – 14th March. Transition Year, group A were an invaluable source of help and were mainly responsible for putting together this enjoyable and educational event.
A poster competition was devised by Cian Hughes and Cormac O’Donoghue. The winning entry was beautifully designed by First Year student, Angelo Eluvathingal and his work became the official History week poster.
Ivan Yaremko, James Bentley, Aaron Van Haaster, Oisin Quinn and Neil Hayden were responsible for the History quiz. The junior classes took part in this throughout the week and the final took place on Friday morning. The overall winners, from Third Year, were Shane McVeety, Johnathon McPhillips, Dermot Langtry and Shane Maguire. The History Department is very grateful to the Parents’ Association for sponsoring the prizes for this event.
Another event that took place was the History Treasure Hunt. Conor Smith, Niall McGaughran, Conor Mulvaney and Conor McCabe organised this event and the First Year team of Emmanuel Aiyegbusi, Finan Delaney, Liam Fannon and Donal Finnegan were the first back to claim first place.
A wonderful addition to the school last week was the museum. Lorcan Clarke and Enda Goodrich asked students to bring in artefacts that could be put on display in the school’s library. A whole treasure trove of primary sources were brought in, including binoculars from WWI, a bayonet and soldiers’ helmets from WWII, coins, medals and books. Each of the history classes had the opportunity to look at this highly interesting collection and many students commented that they had learned much from the experience.
Overall, our first History Week was very enjoyable and it was fantastic to see the students of St. Patrick’s College taking such an interest in the past.
Transition Year German students have created videos using Photo Story, showing off the school. The two winning videos have been chosen, and were created by Oisin Quinn and Niall van der Spek. These two videos will be sent to a school in Germany.
ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards 2014
ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards 2014
Five Transition Year Students, Oisin Quinn, Conor McCabe, Neil Hayden, Shane Dolan and Killian McCahill travelled to the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre in Portadown to represent their school at the Ulster round of the ECO-Dens of ECO-Unesco’s Young Environmentalist Awards. ‘ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment be it in their school, community or even further afield!’
The boys have been working on their project since September. They decided to focus on the issue of Climate Change and wanted to persuade more students in St. Patrick’s College to consider walking or cycling to school instead of getting lifts in cars. The ‘Walk to School’ event was one of their actions and the boys are concentrating now on getting a bike rack installed on the school grounds.
At the ECO-dens at Lough Neagh, the judges remarked that they were very impressed by the boys’ initiatives and by their presentation which was expertly put together on Prezi. We look forward to finding out in a few weeks if their initiatives receive an award from ECO-Unesco.
St Pat’s make McRory semi-final.
St Pat’s claim a very close victory in the McRory quarter final against St Michael’s Enniskillen. St Patrick’s Cavan 1-10 St Michael’s Enniskillen 0-10
A goal in the last few minutes of injury time in this MacRory Cup quarter final saw St Pat’s claim the first of the semi-final places in this years competition.
Cian McManus’s high ball into the Enniskillen area was saved by Colin Copeland but thankfully Thomas Galligan took the rebound to score the first and only goal in the game and claim victory for the St Pat’s McRory squad. St Pat’s claim victory in the McRory quarter final
TY Walk to School Initiative.
Transition Year students organised a ‘Walk to School’ day, which took place on Friday, 14th February. Students who attended the event, walked from Cavan Bus Station and Drumalee Petrol Station to school. The event was organised by Transition Year students, Oisin Quinn, Conor Mc Cabe, Neil Hayden, Shane Dolan and Killian McCahill, as part of their Young Environmentalist Awards project. The walkers were accompanied by Ms McMahon on the morning walk.
Students who walked to school.
As part of Engineering Week, Mr Duignan’s 1st Year Metalwork students had a Balloon Powered Car Race. Each student had to build their own Balloon Powered Car at home using household materials. These included cardboard boxes, food trays, toothpicks, skewers, bottles, bottle caps, old cd’s, literally anything the imagination could think of… The Bench in the Metalwork room was set up as the race track and the time taken to cover the distance was recorded. The fastest time won the race.
1st place went to Thomas Crowe and 2nd went to Conor Courtney.
The competition was successful in bringing out several very innovative car designs, which prove that, with imagination and skill we are looking at “Tomorrows World” inventors and entrepreneurs.
St Patrick’s College wins 2014 Community and Council Awards.
Pictured at Best Educational Building Award are, Leon Lynch, Cllr. Irene Winters, Dr Liam McNiffe,Christopher Rowley and Cllr. Hugh McElvaney
St Patrick’s College wins 2014 Community and Council Awards.
St Patrick’s College were the proud recipients of two awards last Saturday night February 1st from LAMA (The Local Authority Members Association) 2014 Community and Council Awards. These awards commends individuals, groups and private companies for their outstanding contributions and projects that benefit local communities.
St Patrick’s College were represented on the night by Mr Christopher Rowley (principal), Dr Liam McNiffe (retired principal) and Mr Leon Lynch (staff member). St Pat’s won their category “Best Educational Building”, a building which realises the managements and staffs vision of a 21st century educational facility. It enhances existing facilities from its striking entrance through to the two storey triangular layout which allows for ease of navigation, an abundance of natural light and a stimulating environment that compliments the educational ethos of St Pat’s. Later on in the awards ceremony St Pat’s went on to win the Grand Prix category. This is a special commendation for outstanding excellence.