A huge crowd attended the Convent of Mercy, Roscommon annual sports presentation night which took place on Monday night last in the Convent assembly hall. The event was attended by parents, teachers, students and a number of well-known special guests.
This was a very special presentation night as the historic double All-Ireland Soccer and Gaelic Football winners received their medals. There were also special presentations made to students who won All-Ireland titles in handball and provincial titles in golf.
Principal of the school Mr. Tom Judge echoed a headline in the Irish Independent earlier this year which posed the question: “Is the Convent of Mercy Secondary School in Roscommon the best sports school in the country?” Mr. Judge said that the answer to that question was probably ‘yes’.
Mr. Judge said that although there was a rich tradition of sport in the Convent going back many decades, the last school year would be remembered as the most successful year in the school’s history.
He paid tribute to everyone who helped to coach the students in a variety of sports. He also paid tribute to the parents and the local sports clubs for their hard work. Mr. Judge paid a special tribute to Frank McManus who had started coaching camogie in the school in the early 1970’s.
Mr. McManus presented the camogie awards on the night. Mr. McManus also presented the award to the school team that won the Connacht ‘C’ senior title and who were beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final. The captain of the team was Catriona Regan.
Mr. Judge also paid tribute to Mrs. Maura Allen who started in the school as a PE teacher in 1975 and who he said was retiring this year. “She has trained thousands of students over the years in a variety of sports and (has) driven hundreds of thousands of miles all over the country with students. She has done so much for the students in this school….it could never be quantified” he said. A special presentation was made to Mrs. Allen at the end of the night.
Mr. Judge also paid tribute to all the teachers who help out in sport in the school – now and in the past. He especially singled out Sean Boland (who trained the winning soccer and gaelic football teams), Aisling McTiernan, Teresa Hession, Mary Seymour, Padraig Harlow and Maura Allen of the present staff.
Other special guests on the night included Mr. Tony Hannon, President of the Irish Handball Council, who presented the handball awards to the All-Ireland title winners – as follows: 60 x 30 senior singles – Leona Doolin and 60 x 30 Junior singles – Lauren O’Riordan – and the 40 x 20 junior singles title winner, Lauren O’Riordan.
FAI area representative for the Roscommon area Mr. Adrian Carberry presented the soccer awards and the medals to the Convent senior team who won the All-Ireland senior A title. They were captained by Anna McCormack.
Roscommon senior football team manager Fergal O’Donnell presented the Gaelic Football awards to the various winners for the year. The victorious All-Ireland winning senior ‘A’ team was captained by Catriona Regan.
The golf awards were presented by Mr. Tom Judge and the award winners included the successful winning senior team of Julie O’Gara and Aisling Hill and the successful junior team of April Timothy, Orla Quinn and Blaithin O’Brien.
The sports personality of the year awards were awarded as follows: 1st year: Orla Quinn; 2nd year: Ciara Brennan; 3rd year: Rochelle Mullanney; 4th year: Aisling McNeill; 5th year: Cliona McHugh; 6th year – 12 award winners shared as follows: Leona Doolin, Siobhan Tully, Edel Menton, Siobhan Ormsby, Amanda McLoone, Cheryl Scally, Catriona Regan, Aisling McHugh, Sarah Staunton, Anna McCormack, Aisling Lannon and Gertie Dowd.
Overall awards as follows:
1st year sports personality of the year: Shauna O’Neill; Junior Sports Personality of the year: Maeve Brennan; Senior Sports Personality of the year: Catriona Regan.
There were awards given in the following sports: Athletics, Basketball, Gymnastics, Judo, Swimming, Volleyball, Badminton, Golf, Camogie, Handball, Soccer and Gaelic Football.