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WHS Archive News 2014- 2015

WHS Golf Classic.

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The Golf Classic took place, today Friday 12th June in Mullingar Golf Club. It was a beautiful day.

Here are some photos from the morning.

 

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The afternoon got off to a great start before the rain started at about 5.00p.m. It wasn't enough to put off the golfers. Here are some photos of the afternoon's action.

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The Past Pupils' Association held a fund raising raffle and the draw for the prizes of that raffle took place in Mullingar Golf Club after the Golf Classic. Chairman of the School Board, Archdeacon Leslie Stevenson made the draw. Winners of the raffle who were not present will be contacted by the School and included:

Mrs. Mari-Rodriguez, Rory Gee c/o G. Potterton, Dr. K. Finnegan, Mr. Fred Wilkinson, Sandra Jones, David Payne c/o David Moxham, Silvia Shiel, Mr & Mrs Berrini, Ian Dunlop and Echlin Wright.

 

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The presentations of the prizes took place in Mullingar Golf Club when the rounds of golf were finished. Mr Nigel Foley-Fisher thanked everyone for their support, especially all of the sponsors. He explained that, although one or two balls stopped literally within inches of the hole, that the car, sponsored by Colton Cars for a hole-in-one, had not been won.  Ms. Freda Malone, President of the Past Pupils Association thanked all of the people who supported the raffle, selling and buying tickets and especially Olive Butler and Jen Purcell who ran the raffle. The Principal of Wilson's Hospital School, Mrs Rosemary Eager, was introduced by Mr Foley-Fisher.

 

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Mrs Eager thanked Mullingar Golf Club and it's current Captain, Mr Michael Duffy and praised the facilites provided, the condition of the course and the co-operation, help and welcome from the Management and Members. She thanked the many sponsors and the staff from Wilson's involved in organising the day, including the sub-committee and administrative staff who organised it and Mrs Mary O'Brien, school secretary and receptionist. She also acknowledged the work by both the Past Pupils' Association and the Parents' Council in making the raffle such a success. In particular she expressed her thanks to everyone who showed their support for the school by playing in the competition.

 

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Mullingar Club Captain, Mr Michael Duffy congratulated the school on the success of the day, pointing out how much organisation goes in to organsing a day like that, especially in getting over 40 teams to play in the competition. He explained out what a good cause raising money for schools is, since there are always "projects" to be carried out which require funding. He expressed his pleasure that Wilson's Hospital had played the Golf Classic in Mullingar Club and said that he looks forward to welcoming the school back to the Club in the future. The winners were then announced by Ann Bennett. Winners who had already left will be contacted by the school early next week.

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The following is a list of the winners. While the teams are correct, some of the names may be incorrect and will be corrected as soon as possible - apologies until then.

 

Men’s Longest Drive: Gavin McGovern.

Ladies Longest Drive: Mary McCauley.

Nearest the Pin: Ollie Burke.

 

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2nd Place: Cian Geaney; John Ashe; Damien O’Brien, Colm McHugh.

1st Place: Lorcan Mahedy, Matthew Maslin, Geff Griffin, Mikey Mena Ronayne.

 

All Ladies: Mary McCauley, Helen Moorhead, Josephine Purcell, Brenda Butterley.

 

6th Place:

Ita Murtagh, Carmel Maher, Ber Chambers, Ann McHugh.

5th Place:

Anne Naughton, Noirin Abbott, Yvonne Beadle, Aideen Kellaghan.

4th Place:

Kevin Cuniffe, Seamus Shinners, Mick Hannon, Enda Brennan.

3rd Place:

Tommy Lyng, Jimmy Minnock, Eugene Acton, Billy Moore.

2nd Place:

Pat Coughlan, Christopher Bennett, Michael Galvin, Richard Whelehan.

1st Place:

Breege Clancy, Mary Lynch, Kevin Plunkett, Paul Garry.

 

Congratulations to all the players and thanks to everyone involved in all aspects of the day.

 

 

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Henry Shefflin visits WHS.

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Ballyhale and Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin visited the school on May 6th last as part of a national tour organised by the Bank of Ireland to schools with Student Banks. Henry, being one of the most influential and successful sportspersons this country has produced in the past number of decades gave a very inspiring and motivational talk to students and indeed teachers who attended. 

He spoke about his success on the sporting field, while also stressing that accomplishment and victory was not always prevalent, and indeed failure came in the way of success on occasions.  His prime example was as a member of the U-16 team in his home club Ballyhale while 14 ½ years of age, there were 18 players on the panel, and he was one of the subs.  He went on to say that going from not making an underage team to becoming the sports hero he is today is part of the bitter sweetness of sport. 

Henry encouraged the students to always be positive, to motivate one another, to take on life’s burdens as they encounter them.  He highlighted the importance of ‘teammates’ in a sports setting.  Being an athlete who recovered from four very serious injuries during his playing career, and often feeling that he would never regain his potential, it was his teammates he said, who were the inspiration behind each of his comebacks.

 

Henry’s visit to the school together with his hugely interesting and inspiring talk was very much appreciated and greatly significant to the lives of our students.  His diligence and perseverance to become the sports hero he did is certainly prominent in the minds of those who attended Wednesday’s talk.  We were left under no illusion that success stems from hard work, motivation, passion and persistence.  

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Flower arranging in TY.

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Some Transition Year students had a fun evening trying flower arranging recently. This was organised for them by Miss Mulligan. The tutor was Niamh O'Doherty from House of Flowers, Mount Street, Mullingar. She provided all of the flowers and equipment that they would need. Each pupil produced two flower arrangements and a large decorative paper flower, all of which they got to keep. It gave them a flavour of a skill that most had not tried before but that they all really enjoyed.

 

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Congratulations John.

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Congratulations to John who took part in the All Ireland final of the Teenstar Competition. This is a singing competition split into two age groups – 8 -12 and 13-18. As reported earlier, John took part in the initial auditions and some live performances which qualified him for the Leinster Finals. Sixty four performers qualified for the two semi finals, the first of which took place on Sunday, the 22nd of March and the second one on the 29th of March. John and all of his supporters were delighted when his name was called – he qualified for the All Ireland Final of the competition.

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The judges at the competition were using four categories – technical accuracy, personal preference, stage performance and the reaction of the crowd. John had great support from a group of his friends, family, relatives and teachers.

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The final of the competition took place in the The Westgrove Hotel, Clane, Co. Kildare. John performed in the first half of the competition and did really well. All of the audience were joining in and giving him great support. After a nerve wracking wait, the thirty eight performers were called back on stage. The standard of performers was very high and it was a very entertaining event. Everyone who reached this stage of the competition were winners and are to be congratulated on their talent. John did very well finishing ninth overall. The competition was a great experience for him. More details can be found onwww.teenstars.ie

 

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Mr Mooney - new President of COMPASS.

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Congratulations to Mr Paul Mooney who is the new President of the The National Association of COMPASS. Mr Mooney has been involved with the Parents' Council and also the Board of Management in Wilson's Hospital School. We wish him well in his new role.

The National Association of Compass is a Constituent body of the National Parents Council (Post Primary) representing all parents who choose to educate their children in schools or colleges which promote a Protestant or a minority ethos. There are 27 such affiliated schools in the Republic of Ireland. Most schools have elected parent representatives on their Boards of Management.

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