PRESENTATION secondary school launched its Energise night with special guests Micheál Ó’Muircheartaigh and ex-president of the GAA Nicky Brennan and Mayor of Kilkenny City David Fitzgerald. Kilkenny’s star Olympians, Conor Ryan and Ciara O’Brien were honoured guests.
Micheál Ó’Muircheartaigh encouraged the students to make the most of their time in school and praised the presentation for their Energise initiative. He felt that the theme for Energise week ‘It’s your call,’ was fitting.
Micheál Ó’Muircheartaigh built his speech to students and parents around the sean focal “Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine,” This literally means that we live in each others shadows but can also be translated to mean that we all need one and other. Drawing on his wealth of experience with people and the Gaelic games Ó’Muircheartaigh gave examples of Kilkenny hurling. He said that in his commentating career he’d seen Kilkenny captains raise the Liam McCarthy cup 20 times. “It is hard to win it even once,” he added but thanks to Kilkenny’s team work and the unsung heroes at junior and club level who hone and train the players, Kilkenny have triumphed.
This was one example of the positive change of getting involved with community organisations that Micheál Ó’Muircheartaigh highlighted. He also urged Presentation students to use their youthful energy to help the elderly in the community. He said he hoped that the transition year students cold help record some of the oral history that was in danger of dying out with the elderly.
In an entertaining speech that covered 40 years of commentating and his own life, Micheál Ó’Muircheartaigh told of complaints he’d received, A man in Sligo accused RTE of running down the west because the weather forecasters always said rain would be spreading from the west, to his own education from the Presentation sisters.
Nicky Brennan spoke of the importance of the growth of the GAA abroad. Mr Brennan said that the GAA abroad was helping many people who sadly had to emigrate to integrate into other societies.
The principal of Presentation Shane Hallahan thanked the ‘Ri an Radio’ for taking the time to come and launch Energise week. Micheál Ó’Muircheartaigh was awarded the Energise Week Award, becoming the third recipient after Olympic silver medallist John Treacy and Chernobyl campaigner Adi Roach,