Congratulations to both teachers and students on well deserved recognition of their talents as they scooped awards at the Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards at the week end. Aoife Cahill won first place in the senior Short Story section with Anna Garceo taking second place. Congratulations to their teachers Dr Breda Sunderland and Ms Shirley Doyle. Other prize winner for Athy College (not in photo) was Michael McCormack
Congratulations to Jessica Ankers on receiving the Principal's Award at the Endeavour Awards last night. Well done Jessica! More pics
Amazing turnout of over 2000 for the first ever Darkness into Light walk/run at Athy College. An incredible response from a caring community. See the video here
Athy College is delighted to be involved with Crown Packaging, Athy in helping to promote our natural environment. Crown Packaging have dedicated a section of land as natural enviromnment of wildgrasses to promote bird activity adjacent to the canal. Our students had the pleasure of designing and constructing birdhouses under the guidance of Mr McDonagh through a competition sponsored by Crown Packaging. Thanks to Graham Bourne whose brainchild this venture is. All are winners as the winner (Adam Zinn Collis) and the runners up all receive prizes and the remaining birdhouses will find tenants with the support of Athy Tidy Towns. All round a great community project thanks to Crown Packaging.
Athy College's Link with RACE Academy.
Former Athy College student Robbie Smithers continues to make steady progress in the tough World of horse racing and has been getting the occasional race on the all weather track in Dundalk. Robbie, who graduated from RACE Academy (The Jockey Apprentice school) in June 2014 is now based as an apprentice jockey in Michael Halfords's yard. On
Sunday 24th April Robbie got his first race on grass when he rode a horse called 'Bert Leaf' for trainer Seamus Fahey and owner PJ Davis (Robbie's Grandfather) in Gowran Park in the 4:40 race. This was quickly followed by his second race on Monday evening in Naas when he rode a horse called "Lady Ranger' for trainer Peter McCreery.
Also, Conor Casey who is, at present, a student in Race Academy is now only a few weeks away from graduating in June 2016. Conor is currently based in Dermot Weld's yard.