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Past Pupil Andrew Quinlan’s Visit to Knockbeg College

Mr Carew & Monsignor Byrne welcomed past pupil Andrew (Andy) Quinlan back to Knockbeg yesterday. A boarder from 1958-1963, Andy was educated at Knockbeg under the “Quinlan Burse”. He later went on to set up the first “Mobile Phone”System(088) in Ireland in 1983 on behalf of Ericsson for Eircell.

Andy’s career in Ericsson involved working on prototypes of leading edge Telecommunications & IT technology. It was thanks to the late Fr James Kaye, his science teacher in Knockbeg, that gave him the interest in Technology. After a tour of the new and re-developed buildings by Mr Carew & Monsignor Byrne, Andy was interviewed by 2nd year student Luke Doogue, for our College annual which will be published later in the year.

Andy has kindly offered to donate some folders and instruments, such as the “Ericsson Review” documents, which may inspire some of our students to pursue a career in technology!

Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country Race

A very successful day was had for Knockbeg College at the Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships at Emo Court, Laois on Wednesday. In fresh and sunny conditions, over 20 medals were won overall with the Minor team placing 2nd, the Junior team 3rd and the Inter team 1st.

The minor boys set the bar over 1k with Jack Milton, in what was a nail biting finish, being pipped for first place and finishing 2nd. He left everything on the course and deserved his medal. Daniel Walsh also ran a very strong race and finished 3rd almost on Jack’s heals. Cillian Whearty and Harry Gordon ensured that the Knockbeg minor team received their well earned second place team medals.

With a slightly longer run of 2k the junior boys didn’t disappoint. Mackenzie McIvor broke away from the leading group in the second lap and came in a clear first place. Sean O’Sullivan stayed close to the leading group for the whole race and finished a strong 6th. With solid performances by Tom Hughes and Ben O’Gorman a bronze medal was guaranteed for the team. Well done also to Daniel Picovici, Darragh Loughman, Ray Glynn and Pierce O’Dwyer who performed well for the junior team.

As the distance increased to 3k the Inter boys stepped up to the mark. Darragh Kealy, Rory Gruffarty, Eoin Cawley, Lee Murray and Matthew Buggy all ran very well with notable performances by Darragh finishing 4th and Rory 8th . The whole team fought hard for places which resulted in gold medals for all.

T.J Burke, Patrick Kelly and Finn Cummins ran in the senior race over 3k. T.J was neck in neck with the leading group for the entire race and barely missed out on the gold medal. He finished a fantastic second place overall. Patrick, who was well in contention for most of the race finished in 5th and Finn also put in a solid performance. Well done to all our athletes on a very successful day out at the Laois Schools Cross Country Championships.

Patrick Kelly and TJ Burke who finished 5th and 2nd respectively in the Senior event over 3km.

Our Inter team of Rory Grufferty, Eoin Cawley, Lee Murray, Ronan Creery, Patrick Marnane and Darragh Kealy who came 1st overall over 3km.

Seán O’Sullivan, Luke Buggy, MacKenzie McIvor and Tom Hughes who scored for the Junior team to come 3rd overall over 2km.

Mackenzie McIvor and Seán O’Sullivan who came 1st and 6th, respectively, in the Junior race over 2km.

Our Minor team of Harry Gordon, Daniel Walsh, Jack Milton and Cillian Whearty who came 2nd overall over 1km.

PPU present Junior Basketballers with sports tops on reaching All Ireland Playoffs

Our Junior Basketball team and their coaches, Ms Dowling and Mr Maxwell, were presented with sports tops by Mr Bolger and Mr Conway, on behalf of the Past Pupils’ Union . Having Defeated Castleknock CC (65-36) and Rockwell College (52-42) in the All Ireland Playoffs, they now progress to the All Ireland Quarter Finals in two weeks time.

Junior Basketballers march on to All Ireland Quarter Finals

Well done to our Basketballers on their wins over Castleknock CC (65-36) and Rockwell College (52-42) in the All Ireland Playoffs which were held in Knockbeg over the weekend. They are one of six teams which will now enter a draw to determine the quarter and semi-final fixtures in two weeks time.

Back row – Fionn Anthony, Pablo Byrne , Lewis Gannon, Jamie Conway, Jack Doyle, Aodhán Lowry. Front row – Conall Bergin, Matthew Farrell, Jack Byrne, David Cox, Conor Bowe.

Entrance Scholarships

Congatulations to our former students Donal Kaye and Oisín Chelmiah who received academic scholarships to the Institute of Technology, Carlow at a presentation ceremony this week. Both have entered the Faculty of Science. Donal is studying for a Bacholer of Science in Biosciences and Oisín is undertaking an Honours Bachelor of Science in Cybercrime and IT Security. Both had the highest points total of all entrants in their chosen area of study.

Donal Kaye and Oisin Chelmiah, with Mr Carew (Principal), and Mr Hoyne (Careers & Guidance Counsellor) at the IT Carlow Entrance Scholarship Presentation Ceremony recently.

Retirement of Ms. Louise Dillon Reeves

Ms. Louise Dillon, a Meath native, joined the staff of Knockbeg College in 1989. Louise was the first female on staff in this era. She taught modern foreign languages (French and German), but is most noted for introducing the German language to the Knockbeg students. Her deep appreciation and love of the language was clear to see by all, but most especially by her students who walked through the door of room five daily. The numbers opting to study German began to grow enormously – all credit to Ms. Dillon’s dedication and commitment. Students excelled in this subject in written, aural and oral communication and indeed, were often even heard singing in German by passerby’s of her room!! Ms. Dillon coached teams for German debating competitions and enjoyed national success with her students.

Ms. Dillon was involved in many extra-curricular activities during her years in Knockbeg. She introduced horse-riding to students and brought them to Carrigbeg riding school on their traditional leath-lá on a Wednesday afternoon. They participated in many competitions in the Greenhills riding school and the Spring Show at the RDS. Gaisce – the president’s awards, were also organised by Ms. Dillon in the college. Many long walks along the riverbanks and an overnight stay was enjoyed by participating students. The school tours were regularly organised by Ms. Dillon, especially those to Germany or France where her language skills were required. If not organised by her, she always travelled on these trips in a supervisory role!

She will be missed by all her students and colleagues and we wish her all the very best of good health and enjoyment in her well-deserved retirement. Thank you, Louise!

Fundraising for St. Claire’s Hospitality Kitchen in Graiguecullen

Our students will be having a Raffle and Singing Carols in order to raise much needed funds for St. Claire’s Hospitality Kitchen in Graiguecullen in the lead up to Christmas. Please support them in their efforts.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their generous prizes for our Christmas Raffle;

  • Mythen Construction
  • Seven Oaks Hotel
  • Talbot Hotel Carlow
  • Ivy Rooms
  • The Dome Carlow
  • McCauley’s Pharmacy
  • Doyles of the Shamrock.

Raffle tickets are available to purchase (€2 for one strip, €5 for three strips) from our school, at the Fairgreen Shopping Centre on Monday 16th December, and at our Carol Service on Wednesday 18th December.