End of an era!! Everyone at Ballyhaunis Community School would like to wish Paddy Kelly an enjoyable and relaxing retirement. Paddy is synonymous with BCS and was a stalwart of the school having worked here since the doors opened in 1977 until his retirement in August. He previously worked in the Vocational School in the town and in total has given over 40 years service to the schools of Ballyhaunis. Paddy was always a dedicated worker and much loved by students and colleagues alike. He will always be welcome in the school and we hope he comes to visit soon!
Stella O’Neill & Bernie Greally present a cheque to Mr. McDonagh for €260. This money was kindly donated to the school from the class of 1985 who had their 30th reunion. Thanks to everyone for their support.
Congratulations to 1st Year student Niamh O’Neill who won the Irish Minor Long-Jump final with an exceptional jump of 5m 29cm. She was part of the BCS team who competed in Tullamore in the National Athletics Finals. The full team consisted of Sean Carrick, Niamh Ward, Niamh O’Neill, Amy Greally and Joseph Wagacha. Well done to the team who once again did the school proud.
Mayo GAA legend and 3-time All-Star winner Mr Keith Higgins was in the school this week to present the annual end of year GAA awards. It was another tremendous year across all levels with Connaught success in both Junior Girls Gaelic and Senior Boys Hurling teams. Please click the ‘Read more’ tab to view a collection of images from the event.
29 students travelled to Athlone today for the Connaught Schools Athletics finals. It was an extremely impressive display from the entire Ballyhaunis contingent. We managed to come home with a record 5 Connaught titles with excellent wins from Niamh O’Neill in the 100 meters and Long Jump events. Amy Greally was Long Jump winner in her category. Joseph Wagacha won the Steeplechase event and Patrick Caulfield completed the haul with victory in the High Jump. Patrick Caulfield finished runner-up in the Long Jump and Niamh Foody was runner-up in the High Jump. Third place finishes from Sean Carrick in the Triple Jump and Long Jump, Niamh Ward in the Triple Jump, Piarais Caulfield, Callum Gardiner and Joseph Murphy in their respective Discus events completed a memorable day for BCS Athletics.
In total 10 students qualified individually for the All-Ireland finals today which makes it the most successful Athletics performance in years from Ballyhaunis. Well done to all and best of luck in the All-Irelands finals. Huge credit must go to Mr Woolley and Mr Griffin for their continued great commitment to promoting a variety of Sports for all age groups at BCS.
Congratulations to Mrs O’Brien and her Junior Girls Gaelic team who lifted the Connaught title today!! The girls have played superb football all year and thoroughly deserve their accolade. The final scoreline today read Ballyhaunis Community School 2-13, Santa Maria Louisberg 2-5. The match was played in very blustery and challenging conditions today in Balyheane and the girls were faced with by far their stiffest challenge of the season having blitzed all before them in their previous rounds. Santa Maria started very brightly and were 1-2 to no score ahead in the opening 5 minutes of the match. However the BCS girls soon got in their stride, inspired by their classy captain Cassie Niland who settled their nerves with a quick fire goal and a point. BCS notched a few more scores and went in at half time with the narrowest of a one point lead. With the wind in the second half it was time for BCS to shine and play some great football. Orna Hession came into full flight clocking up 4 fine points, but the ‘woman of the match’ went to Kara Niland, who was awesome at full back, stopping any threatening advances from Santa Maria and feeding in some great ball into the forward line. Also outstanding for BCS was Rachel Lyons, Roisin Hussey and Eimear Forde in the back line and up front Chloe Ryan, Sive Duffy and Niamh Foody were particularly impressive. However it was a terrific team performance and everyone played their part. Special mention must go to Mrs O’Brien and Mr Griffin for all their tireless work throughout the year.