Thursday night 18th May was a star-studded occasion in Killarney Community College.  Teachers, students, parents and distinguished guests assembled for the annual awards ceremony to honour and recognise students in the college.

John Herlihy who is a past pupil from Killarney Community College and is from Radio Kerry was the special guest presenter on the night. John Herlihy is Manager of Radio Kerry Training where he oversees the National Diploma in Radio Production delivered between the National Digital Skills Centre in Tralee and Radio Kerry Training. It’s the only radio skills course in Ireland to be run at a live radio station. He’s worked as a music presenter, producer and voice over artist too.  In addition to his radio work and training work, John lectures at the Institute of Technology Tralee where he works across the Hotel, Culinary and Tourism, Business and Creative Media Departments. 

He gave a wonderful heartfelt speech to the assembled engaged audience and provided food for thought to the award recipients with his tips for life after school. Killarney Community College students received awards for areas such as Contribution to the life the school, Academic Achievement, Sports, Arts and Design and Technology.

Ann O’ Dwyer, Director of Schools at Kerry ETB praised the college on its work ethic and complimented all involved on the high standard of work. On presenting the Awards the Acting school Principal Stella Loughnane commended all award recipients and the wonderful teamwork of the teachers and staff for the awards night. 

Mutaz Almusawi was voted by the teachers as the student of the year as during his 6 years in the school, he has endeared himself to everyone through his commitment, pleasant manner, works ethos and involvement with all areas of school life.

The Principal’s Award went to Adam Hurley for his overall contribution to the school.  Nelu O’ Doherty received the Senior Sports Awards as recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport in the college and in his respective clubs. Orlaith Murphy won an award in the Junior Sports category in recognition of her sporting prowess.

Sarah O’ Riordan Clifford and Saoirse Freisinger won the Arts Awards, while Sarah Finnan received the Senior Music Award. The Design and Technology award was presented to Broghan Edmonds.  All students were credited for their amazing talents in these areas.

Contribution to the life of the school Award was presented to Brian Kelliher. Ross Brennan and Rory O’ Carroll were presented with the award for Living the Ethos. Ross and Rory have been constantly involved in promoting the school ethos of “Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion”. 

Awards were presented to last year’s Best Junior and Leaving Certificate Exam. Students Natalia Aleksejenko received best Leaving Certificate, Best Junior Certificate went to Grace O’ Sullivan and Leaving Certificate Applied to Filip Bruzgiewicsz.

The night was a great success with entertainment being provided by various musical acts, under the direction of music teacher Ms Joanna Hughes. A wonderful sense of occasion was felt in Killarney Community College on this most important night for all involved. 

Acting Principal Stella Loughnane concluded the night with a sincere speech when she referenced the famous quote from Maya Angelou ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel and tonight we want you to feel both valued and celebrated as you move forward in life’. It was a memorable night for all students and their parents in the college. Please click on our facebook page for more pictures of the night and award winners.


Principal's Award 2017 - Ms. Stella Loughnane & Adam Hurley

Student of the Year 2017 Award - Ms. Stella Loughnane & Mutaz Almusawi