Dublin football legend, motivational speaker and author, Philly McMahon spoke to TY students and their families last week at the launch of the school’s magazine Rosc Chomáin 2018 – written and edited by this year’s Transition Year classes.
Philly McMahon spoke directly and honestly to the students about his own experiences, in particular the loss of his older brother to drug addiction in 2012. He recounted how this event motivated his decision to make choices everyday which would positively influence both his own life and the lives of others. He told them that playing and excelling at football provided him with confidence and a sense of purpose. Students heard how his life experiences spurred him on to excel both in sport and in business, and helping him to secure three All-Ireland medals and his own successful businesses. In a very open and witty address, he urged all students in attendance to make a conscious decision to be positive, help others and do their best in whatever path they choose.
Philly was hugely complimentary about the efforts of the TY class, and congratulated them on publishing such a professional-looking and entertaining magazine. He also praised them for the work they had undertaken over the year in areas such as Gaisce Awards, Young Whistlers refereeing course, and the School Bank.
Deputy Principal, Gerry McGarry and TY Co-ordinator presented students with their various awards of achievement throughout the year, including the Junior Certificate Profile of Achievement. Ms Fiona Gallagher also presented four TY students with the award ‘TY Student of the Year’ for their contribution towards the life of the school and enhancement of the TY experience. The four winners were Lokesh Satish, Kevin Fannon, Adam Hegarty and Ryan Costello. A number of students also spoke at the event, welcoming guests and outlining the activities that they carried out throughout the year. Speakers included James McLoughlin, Lokesh Satish, John McDermott, Eric Doherty and Adam Hegarty.
Ms Gallagher praised the Transition Years for their efforts throughout the year: ‘The magazine offers the opportunity to chronicle some of the developments within the school throughout the year, and allows us to relive some of the successes we have achieved in that time such as engagement in sports, the arts, school trips and out of class activities – all of the extra-curricular activities which allow us to build the qualities of determination, commitment, courage, compassion and enterprise that we value as a school are contained within its page.’
A huge word of thanks to Mr. Casey and to all teachers who have both contributed in making the Rosc Chomáin 2018 such an original and eclectic publication that has been produced. A special word of thanks also to local businesses for their advertisement and sponsorship. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir!