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 spoke 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.
The Dublin footballer was glowing in his praise of the Transition Year students and the work they had undertaken on the magazine and other initiatives throughout the year.
School principal, Ms. Gallagher, also 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”.