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'As I Am'

Today we were very fortunate in St. Joseph's to have guest speaker Adam Harris deliver a very informative talk on Autism. Adam set up the Autism organisation 'As I Am' and spoke to a number of students across all year groups. The talk covered a number of topics including how to become more Autism Aware and the strengths and challenges associated with Autism. We would like to thank Adam for travelling to Kerry to speak with us.



The school community are really proud of Miss Costello (third person from left), who was playing for Munster in the inter provincial competition last Sunday 21st May. It was played in Abbott's town, Co.Dublin. She played the entire match and the team were unlucky to be beaten by Ulster 3;11 to 1;18. A spectator  said if there were a few more minutes in the game Ulster would have been pipped at the post. The winners played Leinster in the final and were easy winners. Congratulations to Miss Costello on the great honour. Wishing her the very best for her future games.


The Tinteáin Theatre, Ballybunion was the venue for the 2017 Awards Night, the 12th for St.Joseph's Secondary School, Ballybunion on Thursday night May 11th. Organised by Mrs. Moriarty and her hard working committee, no stone was left unturned to make this night an excellent showcase of the talented students in the school. First awards presented were the Junior Cert Award 2015 to Niamh Stack and 2016 to Sarah O'Connor. The Leaving Cert Award 2015 was awarded to Meadhbh Griffin and 2016 to Milan Hartney. The Student of the Year Awards were presented to Ciara Hennessy (1st yr.), Conor Hennessy (2nd yr.), Scott Godson (3rd yr.), Elaine O'Donoghue (TY), Kieran Nolan (5th yr.) and Marissa Molyneaux (6th yr.). The enterprising students Fionnán Toomey, Jamie Hannon and Philip Byrne proudly accepted the Michael Bunyan Perpetual Trophy. Seven 5th year students were acknowledged for their part in the School Magazine. Junior Craft Student was presented to Diarmuid O'Mahony, while Michael Dee won the Senior Craft Student Award. The School Choir then wowed the audience with their talent direct from work shop with guest Veronica Mc Carron..

Special Achievement Winners were talented students Patrick Kelliher, Alannah Whealan, Ryan Downey, Eoin Mc Donald, Sean Mc Grath and Seán Walsh.Basketball stars Aoife Donegan and Aoife Dillon achieved the Junior and Senior awards respectively.The talented Gaelic Footballers James Donegan and Seamus O'Sullivan  won the Junior and Senior Awards. Katie Joy was announced as the Art Student of the year. An Irish Scholarship was accepted by Ruth Mc Carthy. Noirín Bn Uí Chatháin's trophy was presented to Marissa Molyneaux. The the top accolade of awards were then revealed. Rachel Hanrahan proudly accepted the Jack O'Sullivan Junior Student of the Year Award. Senior Student of the Year for 2017 was leaving Cert Marissa Molyneaux.

Congratulations to all the award winners, Amber Mc Sweeney who designed the lovely Programme, the entertainers and the hard working group of people who made the night such a success. We are eternally grateful to the generous sponsors; St.Joseph's Parents Association, Mr. Dan Aherne - Beale Hill Wind farm,Mr. Liam and Mrs.Angela Bunyan and Noirín Bn Uí Chatháin. Buíochas ó chroí to guests/speakers, Mr. J O'Donovan, Mr. P.Byrne, Mr, J.Kennelly, Ms V.McCarron, Mr. M.O'Shea, Mr.and Mrs. Liam and Angela Bunyan, The O'Sullivan family and N.Bn.Uí Chatháin.

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Congratulations to Miss Costello, Miss Leane, Elaine Ryall and Alannah
Whelan members of the Kerry Junior County team who are now Munster
Champions. They with their team mates played Cork in Killeedy, Co Limerick
on Sunday last May 14th. It was all level on the scoreboard at full time
though they were 3 points ahead at half time. The game then went to extra
time and Kerry came away as winners on the narrowest of margins , one point
separating the teams. Well done to all the players as their hard work rate
and dedication aid off on Limerick soil.

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Pictured is Sean Walsh, first year, St.Joseph's Secondary School,
Ballybunion, being congratulated by Principal Mr.O'Donovan. Last Saturday
April 22nd, during his holidays from school, Sean succeeded in winning
first place in the All Ireland 68kg boxing competition, in the National
Stadium, Dublin. Sean showed unbelievable ability and continued success to
Sean in his future sporting feats from all the staff and students in


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