News from Nenagh College 23/05/2016

May 24, 2016

Munster Athletics Success

On Saturday 21st May five students from Nenagh College travelled to Waterford to compete in the GloHealth Munster Schools Athletics Competition with their teachers, Ms. O’Brien and Ms. Murphy. Brian Naughton, Calvin O’Rourke, Oscar Ottman, Jake Murphy and Joshua Delaney had qualified after placing in their events at East Munster level.

Brian Naughton came 3rd in the intermediate boys hammer and Joshua Delaney came 1st in the junior boys discus.  These two students now qualify for the All-Ireland Schools Competition in Tullamore on Saturday 4th June.

All athletes gave a fantastic performance. Well done to these five students for reaching this stage – a great achievement.

Best of luck to Brian and Joshua i  the All-Ireland competition.

Joshua Delaney on the podium in 1st Place
Brian Naughton on the podium in 3rd place

Ambassador School Status- Cycle Against Suicide

Nenagh College has been awarded Ambassador School Status for Cycle Against Suicide and will attend an awards ceremony in Dublin in September.

The Ambassador School Programme established in 2013 aims to encourage schools to become actively involved in mental health promotion. The programme provides a framework for schools to integrate mental health activities into the school plan and rewards schools who go the extra mile. The programme also aims to recognise innovative and effective initiatives and facilitates schools to share and showcase good practice.

Nenagh College really enjoyed engaging with this programme and found it to be a worthwhile experience. Through the school’s work on mental health education, Amber Flag committee, guidance services, project work, physical activities, artwork, a positive mental health week, the Darkness into Light Walk, and much more, the school’s application impressed the programme’s co-ordinator Diane Charleton.

Thanks to both staff and students for their involvement and hard work throughout the year to achieve this status.


PLC Graduation

Congratulations to our QQI Level 5 students who graduated on Friday 13th May.  The graduation day involved a final careers workshop with Ross Munnelly, Career Advisor with DCU where students concentrated on updating CVs and interview skills.  The final ceremony included a presentation of certificates to individual students from each group together with presentations to a Student of the Year from each course who were as follows:

Applied Social Studies: Natasha Maher
Early Childhood Care and Education with Special Needs Assistant: Ann Carroll
Engineering Technology with Renewable Energy: Wayne Cawley
Office Administration: Sean Horrigan
Sports, Recreation and Exercise: Miklos Heveli
Applied Social Studies Class 2015/16 with tutor Noreen Devitt, Course Co-ordinator, Teresa O’Gorman and PLC Co-ordinator, Lucinda Dillon.
Early Childhood Care and Education with Special Needs Assistant Class 2015/16 with Course Co-ordinator, Susan Howard and PLC Co-ordinator, Lucinda Dillon.
Some members of the QQI Office Administration Class 2015/16 with tutors Noreen Devitt, Catherine O’Keeffe and Course Co-ordinator, Kate O’Brien.
Sports, Recreation & Exercise Class 2015/16 with Course Co-ordinator, Padraig Shrahan

The Overall Student of the Year Award went to Paddy Ryan, a student of the QQI Applied Social Studies programme. Paddy was a highly-motivated student who combined attending college with full-time work in the social and caring sector and the daily demands of family life with young children.  He had excellent attendance and was a huge support to fellow students, particularly the younger members of the group.  Paddy always had a fun-loving, positive attitude and approach to life bringing his many life experiences to enhance the learning experience of everyone, students and tutors alike.

In acceptance of his award Paddy spoke about the importance and value of education.  He advised the senior students of Nenagh College who were present at the awards ceremony to make the most of their opportunities in Nenagh College and to always consider returning to education at any stage in life, it was the best thing he did.

We would like to wish Paddy and all of our PLC students the very best for the future.  Go n-éirí an bóthar libh go léir!

Paddy Ryan – Recipient of the Overall Student of the Year Award 2016, Paddy Ryan, with Teresa O’Gorman (Course Co-ordinator Applied Social Studies) and Ross Munnelly (Guest Speaker and Careers Advisor DCU)

Nenagh College of Further Education is currently accepting applications for courses starting in September 2016.  Applications can be made on-line at  For further information please visit the College website at or contact Lucinda Dillon, PLC Co-ordinator at 067-31525 or email:

Croke Park

Nenagh College junior camogie and hurling teams enjoyed a trip to Croke Park on May 16th where they took part in the Skywalk and stadium tours with Mr. Heffernan, Mr. Quinn and Mr. Byrne.  A great day out was had by all.


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