At what was a truly wonderful occasion in University Colege Cork, on Saturday last, Coláiste Chríost Rí played a central role at the Famine Memorial Event.
The event itself was a memorable occasion adorned by great ceremonial as well as an inspirational oration from Uachtarán na hEireann , Micheal D O hUigín.
Following this, the teachers and parents accompanied the students as they made their way to attend their excellent presentation on the Famine , which was duly visited by President O hUigín as well as Professor Patrick O Shea , President of University College Cork, (and past pupil of Coláiste Chríost Rí)
Uachtarán Ó hUigín then presented the school with a signed copy of 'The Atlas of the Irish Famine' (edited by another past pupil John Crowley of the Department of Geography UCC.)
We are immensely proud of the students involved , who at all times on Saturday conducted themselves with a maturity beyond their years.
Our sincere congratulations go also to Mr Seamas Ó Leannacháin and to Mr Barra O Ceallaigh.
The students , pictured here with Uachtarán na hEireann Micheál D O hUigín, as Professor O Shea prepares the presentation, were Ben O Conchúir, Marc Ó Conchúir, Sean Meskell, Seosamh Mac Cafraigh, Luke Ó Éaalaithe and Luke O Donnchú.
It was a truly memorable day - one that will live long in the memory.
We are delighted to publish this photograph involving two of Coláiste Chríost Rí's finest past pupils.
Here, Professor Patrick O Shea , President of UCC presents the 'Graduate of the Year 2017' award Kyle Malone.
Both men are past - pupils and, needless to say, we are immensely proud of both.
As always, we take great pride in all our students' achievements and today is another opportunity to celebrate.
Pictured here, with Principal Micheál Ó Ciardha, are the Malone brothers , Kyle and Brandon alongside their mother Catherine , (who has been a Special Needs Assistant in the school for many years and who is an invaluable member of our staff in every way) as well as Ms Sinead Ryan who has taught both boys as well as coordinating our Horticultural programme in Transition Year.
Kyle, on the right, has completed a Masters Degree in Pharmacy and is currently studying for his PhD in Stroke and Pharmacology. Kyle has also received the UCC Graduate of the Year , an award presented to him by Coláiste Chríost Rí alumni Professor Patrick O Shea, President of UCC.
Brandon has completed his degree in Pharmacy and has recently accepted a Biochemistry PhD at Rockerfeller University , New York.
So, all in all a hugely successful year for the lads but beyond their academic achievements, they are great characters and all-round students who contributed fully to the life of the school.
We congratulate them both, their family and teachers and we wish them every success for their future careers.
We are delighted to recognise a special group of people here in the form of our Agricultural Science Unit Committee.
This group, combined with the committment of Ms Susan O Connell, have been instrumental in developing and maintaining the excellent facilities that we have.
Here , pictured are, Ms Julie Purcell, Sean Walsh (Gaisce Participant), Ronan Coughlan and Jamie Meskell. The group have received the Endeavour Award as well as a funding award from the Environment and Recreation Directorate under the Southern ReginWaste Management Plan
W also give a special mention to Ronan Coughlan and Jamie Meskell as Leaving Cert students for their incredible committment over the years.
Congratulations to all
Its the type of scene you could get on a Christmas card but this was the scene in the Chríost Rí school yard and field today. Just one for the archives.
Best to all