Student Achievements


Knockbeg College Film Society

3rd place in Fresh Film Festival 2011, Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year Competition.

Festival Selection - REC International Youth Film Festival, Berlin .

1st place in Laois Eco Media Project 2011.

Runner Up for Best Short Film Award at Mullingar Young Filmmaker Festival 2010.

Gearoid Gibbs

Winner of the U18 category of the An Taisce Clean Coast Photography Competition 2010.

Winner of the U18 category of the An Taisce Love Where You Live Photography Competition 2011.

Winner Global Travel and Tourism Partnership International Travel Writing Competition 2010.

November 2010 U.C.D. and N.U.I. Maynooth Entrance Scholarships and High Achiever

Robbie Power in U.C.D. and Brian Muldowney in Maynooth were both awarded entrance scholarships. Michael Sinnott was awarded as a High Achiever in U.C.D.

October 2010

Robbie Power was one of 125 recipients nationwide to be awarded an All Ireland Scholarship at the University of Limerick. These scholarships are awarded to the two top Leaving Cert performers in each county with more awarded for the cities. Fee paying schools are excluded from the scheme

November 2009 Trinity College Entrance Exhibition Award

Emmet Jordan of the 2009 Leaving Cert class will be awarded an Entrance Exhibition by Trinity College on 25th November at a ceremony in the College. This is award is a bursary to purchase textbooks and is given only to those who achieve over 560 points in the Leaving Cert.


November 2009 Leaving Cert German - Ist Place in Ireland

Niall Bergin of the 2009 Leaving Cert class was awarded joint 1st place in Ireland, with one other student, for his 99.25% mark in this year's German exam. The award was presented during the German Teachers of Ireland Annual Conference in Trinity College on Saturday 14th November. Congratulations to Niall and his teacher Ms. Dillon.


November 2009 U.C.D. Sports Scholarship

Donal Kingston, the Knockbeg and Laois Footballer, who completed his Leaving Cert in June, has been awarded a Sports Scholarship by U.C.D. The presentation of the award will take place in O'Reilly Hall, Belfield on Friday 20th November


October 2009 Business Studies Awards.

8 members of the 2009 Junior Cert Business Studies class received awards in Waterford I.T. on 20th October 2009 for excellence in their subject - they all achieved A in the paper. These awards are presented by the Business Studies Teachers' Association of Ireland.


October 2009 N.U.I.Galway Scholarships

Niall Bergin and David Flanagan from the Leaving Cert class of 2009, were awarded scholarships by University College Galway. Niall, who is studying medicine and David,who is studying Science, were presented with their awards in the college on Thursday 15th October


April 2009 Aldo Papone T.Y. National Tourism Award Winners - 3rd Year in a row

Two Knockbeg students, Philip Brennan and C.J.Hartigan, win the Aldo Papone National Tourism Award for the third year in a row. Their winning project, which had to be related to Sports Tourism, was entitled "Special Olympics Ireland". They will present their project before an international audience from other participating countries in Nice, France between the 22nd and 26th of November. Once again they will be accompanied by their co-otrdinating teacher Mr. J. Bolger


April 2009 Austria - Ireland Scholarship winner - 2nd year in a row

Niall Bergin wins the Ireland - Austria German scholarship for the second year in a row. Niall's prize is once again a two week fully paid stay in the University of Salzburg to study German. Niall, who was accompanied by his teacher Ms. L. Dillon, was presented with his prize and the Schwarzkopf Crystal Perpetual Trophy at a ceremony in the Austrian Embassy.


March 2009 All Ireland Scholarship Award

At a ceremony in University of Limerick Paul Gillick from the Leaving Cert class of June 2008 was awarded a scholarship worth €6000 per year for the duration of his third level education.This was awarded under a scheme sponsored by well known racehorse owner and philanthropist J. P. McManus. The award was jointly made by Mr. McManus and Batt O'Keeffe T. D. Minister for Education and Science.


October 2008 Third Level Scholarship and Award winners

Five students from the Leaving Cert class of June 2008 received various awards from their Third Level Colleges for their outstanding marks in this year's Leaving Cert. Cian Logan and Eanna Ryan were presented with High Achieever Awards at a ceremony in O'Reilly Hall, U.C.D. James Byrne received an Entrance Exhibition Award from Trinity College. Stephen Millar was awarded a scholarship and campus accommodation by N.U.I. Maynooth. Cole Delaney won a scholarship from G.M.I.T. achieved the highest Leaving Cert marks among all those in his First Year class


April 2008 Another TY win in Aldo Papone.

Robbie Power and Henry Roberts have won 1st place in this year’s Aldo Papone Tourism competition. Their project is on Oak Park, Carlow. They will go ahead to represent Ireland at the international gathering in November. Mr. J. Bolger is, once again, the co-ordinating teacher. Well done.


May 2008 2 All Ireland Winners in Schools Atheltics Finals

Barry Pender and Brian Kelly took gold in the Senior High Jump and Intermediate 800mtrs respectively at the National Finals in Tullamore today. Against the best in Ireland both students had excellent performaces and merited their 1st place achievement.


May 2008 All Ireland German Debate Winners

Knockbeg defeated Our Lady's College, Drogheda in the Seimens sponsored final held in the Goethe Institute in Dublin. Having defeated a number of teams from around the country the Knockbeg team had to pull out all the stops to overcome Our Lady's in a hotly argued final. The motion, which Knockbeg opposed translated as "The Irish are losing their identity". Congratulations to the Knockbeg team : F. Egan, D. O' Connor, A. Buckley and N. Bergin. A special word of thanks to Ms. L. Dillon, the German teacher, who spent many evenings after school preparing the team and helping the boys to hone their arguments


April 2008 Austria - Ireland German Scholarship Winner

Niall Bergin wins the Austria - Ireland scholarship to the University of Salzburg for a 2 week all expenses paid series of German classes during the summer. This competition was open to all Leaving Cert students studying German and at a ceremony in the Austrian Embassy Niall was presented with his prize and the Schwarzkopf Crystal Perpetual Trophy. Congratulations to Niall and his teacher Ms. L. Dillon


March 2008 All Ireland Winners Eco Unesco Young Environmentalists Award

The Kockbeg team of S. Breheny, P. O' Connor, S. Butler, F. Egan and N. Bergin won both the Senior category and the Overall prize for their project on Bio Diversity. Congratulations to all and to their teacher Ms. Buckley


May 2007 T.C.H. All Ireland Quiz Winners

T.C.H. All Ireland Schools' Quiz winners with the following team : P. Moloney, Captain, R. Manning, A. Buckley, H. Roberts and subs D. Flanagan and K. Lambe. The team won €12000 worth of computer equipment for the school and themselves. The final was broadcast live from R.T.E's studios in Donnybrook. Congratulations to all concerned including Mr. D Phelan and Mr. M. Lyons who helped to prepare them for the various rounds and accompanied them to all venues


Nov 2007 Aldo Papone T.Y. National Tourism Award Winners

Knockbeg College students, David Flanagan and Emmet Jordan, along with their teacher Mr. Jarlath Bolger,recently represented Ireland at an international tourism project seminar in Nice, France. Presently in fifth year David and Emmet, who did the first part of their project while in Transition Year last year, won the national ‘Aldo Papone’ award for their case study on Duckett’s Grove Castle.
In wishing them well principal Mr. Hughes said “The Knockbeg Community takes great pride in the achievement of Emmet and David. They epitomise what our Transition Year is about; initiative, endeavour, personal responsibility and teamwork.”

Their co-ordinating teacher Jarlath Bolger said “it’s great for us to be involved at an international level with this kind of work. We’re very grateful for all the support we’ve got from inside and outside the College. The two lads have given huge commitment to the work and I hope Nice goes well for them”.


Dec. 2006 At a ceremony in O'Reilly Hall U.C.D. David Shortall from the class of 2005/2006 was awarded a €20,000

A scholarship based on his Leaving Cert results particularly in the Business area. David is studying for a degree in Agri. Sc. and Agribusiness Management. This will mean a very welcome €5,000 per year for the 4 years of his course. Congratulations to David and his Business teacher, Mr.Leahy