Plenty of action at Kilkenny College over Easter break

THERE has been no shortage of action for Kilkenny College pupils - past and present - over the Easter break.

THERE has been no shortage of action for Kilkenny College pupils - past and present - over the Easter break.

On Monday, April 16, the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast announced the new scholars, fellows and honorary fellows. Among these was Kilkenny College past pupil Tom Kelly (2009) who is reading law.

Scholars are students who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge and understanding of their subjects and are elected annually in various subjects as the result of an examination held in the week before the start of Hilary term. It is the highest accolade available to undergraduate students.

Tom is the third Kilkenny College past-pupil to be so honoured in successive years along with three similar scholarship prizes at University College Cork in the same period.

Congratulations to Kilkenny College sixth year student Maeve Keane, who has been awarded a bursary made available by singer and songwriter Paul Brady to attend the 2012 Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance.

Maeve came through a series of auditions and interviews to secure the coveted bursary. Blas is set on the campus of University of Limerick and will run from June 25 until July 6.

It is highly acclaimed international festival hosted annually by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Congratulations are due to Jeremy Duncan on being awarded an Elite Sports Academy place at UCD for next year. Jeremy is just home having been away with the Irish U-18 Hockey team over Easter.

Home too is Shane Delahunt, from playing rugby for Ireland in four matches at the FIRA – Aer European Championships in Madrid. The Irish team were runners-up to England after a great win over a good French team. Other representative players include Ross Bailey-Kearney and Luke Deacon who represented Leinster in a tour to Bordeaux from April 1-4, along with assistant Leinster Coach Jeff Carter.

Emma Duncan was capped in all of the games at a European hockey tournament in Holland over Easter. Emma was also on the College Junior A team which beat Loreto Kilkenny in a cup semi-final last week. In what was a very tight game, Kilkenny College won out after the game went to strokes.

Clodagh Cassin saved the first three Loreto strokes, while the College side scored theirs, ensuring the College advanced to the final. Meanwhile Amanda Haslam and Susan Shirley continue to train with the Irish U-18 team.

The Kilkenny College golf team of Brendan Dowling, Jeremy Duncan, Josh Glass, Ross Steedman and Harry Duggan have had another great season, finishing runners-up in the Leinster Championship and League quarter-finalists.

With the final term over a week old, the focus is now very much on the State Examinations. The Irish orals have finished and currently, the French orals are taking place.

Practical exams are looming too. Having had a busy year so far, Kilkenny College faces in to what is a very busy few months on the academic front.