Extracurricular Awards

Recently we held our extracurricular award, when we honour your achievements and successes in arenas outside the classroom.

It isn’t just about sports awards its a day to celebrate the achievements of students in all extra-curricular areas of the school. We are very lucky as a school to have so many talented students and this was a chance to recognise them across many curricular and extra-curricular areas.

We had a number of invited guests, who are here to celebrate with us.


A very special welcome to

Elaine Rowe, Garda Youth Liaison Officer

Jack Moreley, Carlow Lions Club

Deirdre Nolan, St Laserian’s School, Carlow

Darragh Foley Carlow GAA and former pupil

Larry Canavan Rugby YDO

Garry Coady FAI

David Kenny, former staff member


Please scroll to the bottom to see all the pictures


Anti- Bullying week class prize winners 2018 certs

Sophie Webb, Dominika Frankowska, Tommy Murphy, Eryn O’ Rourke, Conor Walsh, Carrie Shine, Emma Doyle, Kerry Nolan, Amy Dawson


Art Club

We would like to present the following with certs for participation in the school art club

Nathan Heaton, Kate Murphy, Sandiga Valtere, Ance Perhurova, Darragh Betts Allen, Kirstie Maher, Chloe O’ Brien, Kathelyn Ansbro


There has been considerable success this year in athletics  – in both cross country and track& field – this year. We have several students qualify for Leinster Track and Field finals this week in Santry.


Book Club


Ms Grufferty had a first year book club this year and we would like to present the following with certs for taking part.

Kate Murphy, Leah Barron, Alannagh McCutheon Dawson, Charlie Delahunty, Holly McCann, Katie McCall, Eryn O’Rourke, Jack Cranny, Sandija Valtere, Michaela Jordan.

Enterprise Education:  We have a fantastic record of achievement at the Carlow County Enterprise Competition over the last 5 years

This year Tullow C.S. submitted four Company’s to the Carlow County Enterprise Awards 2018 where the high standard of their Company’s was recognised by receiving two of the top awards.

I call on Mr. Larkin to present these awards

Pops R Us! consisting of Zoe Hynes O’Reilly and Katelyn Bulmer Smithers set up a Company to provide Pop Plugs which go on to the back of your Mobile Phone or Tablet device. They generated a Total Income from Sales of €1350.00 with a Net Profit of over €1000.00.  They represented their Company really well and did the School proud at the Carlow County Enterprise Awards.

Slate Visions consisting of Naomi Stewart Williamson, Kiril Mamosin and Michael Aughney set up a Company to provide people with the opportunity to get some of their favourite images lasered on to slates of different sizes. They have generated a Total Income from Sales of €640.00 with a Net Profit of €265.00. They put a lot of work in to their Company since the start of the year and they did the School really proud at the Carlow County Enterprise Awards.

ZipIt Clothing consisting of Holly Ward, Ava Clarke, David Orbinski and Kieran Orbinski set up a Company to provide Half Zip Sports Tops to both Secondary and Primary School Students. To date they have generated a Total Income from Sales of over €5500.00 with a Net Profit of €1,500.00

ZipIt Clothing won the award for the Best Business Report 2018 at the Carlow County Enterprise Awards.

Let’s Have Fun! consisting of Hannah Doyle, Rachel Broughan, Ben Dowling, Eric Barr and Tomas Aughney set up a Company to provide an Event Management Service that organises Fun! Events for their Customers to go to.! To date they have generated a Total Income from Sales of €5600.00 with a Net Profit of €1700.00! Let’s Have Fun! won the Carlow Finalist Award 2018 and the Overall Carlow County Enterprise Award 2018. This is a huge achievement as it is only the second time in the history of the school that we have won the Carlow county enterprise award. Just this week they represented County Carlow at the National Enterprise Awards in Croke Park where the three judges were very impressed with the standard of their company.


Football                We call on Darragh Foley from Carlow GAA

It was a very mixed year for the GAA TEAMS in the school and we would like to congratulate the senior football team who won the Padraig Cunnane trophy on a cold miserable night in Carlow IT with a great performance. We would like to present the following with medals

Aaron Bolger, Shane Byrne, Stephen Carroll, Ryan Clarke, James Curry, Conor Doyle, Garrett Fitzgerald, Robert Gahan, Diarmuid Gavin, Ross Hanley, Jack Johnson, Thomas Kavanagh, Griffin Kennedy, Cathal Lennon O’Connor, Conor Maxwell, Stephen Metcalfe, Nicholas Mullins, Cathal Murray, Keelan O’Byrne, Mark O Connor, David Orbinski, Kieran Orbinski, Sam Sheppard, Michael Slattery, Craig Staunton, James Tobin, Charlie Ward

Junior school astro football league     

Mr O’ Shea ran the Super Sevens Gaelic Football leagues this year for three weeks after the Easter Break.

The purpose of the Super Sevens is to promote Gaelic Football in the school community and to get students involved in sporting activity at lunchtime.

The Super Sevens had teams of about 10 players with 7 on the field of play during games.

Almost 90 students participated in this activity in 1st and 2nd year. The finals were played last Wednesday 2nd May. Well done to the winners in first and second year.

The winners of the 1st year super sevens are

  1. Dylan Halligan
  2. Conor Walsh
  3. Conor Kelly
  4. Noel Doyle
  5. Kayla Brouder
  6. Chloe Hutton
  7. Eoin Corcoran
  8. Jayden Doyle
  9. Fia Murphy
  10. Sarah Curran

The winners of the 2nd Year Super sevens are

  1. Luke Coleman
  2. John Buckley
  3. Michael Nolan
  4. Adam Johnson
  5. Finian Collins
  6. Kayla Gorman
  7. Rachel Farrell
  8. Jamie Fitzgerald



Mr O’ Shea will be running the Super Sevens leagues again next year.

History   Call upon David Kenny to present these awards

As you are all aware, 1st yrs compete in history and geography competitions.  The geography competition took pace during 1st term and the awards were presented at Christmas.  David Kenny came in and adjudicated the History projects in January. Although he says it every year he could not get over the standard of work that students were presenting. Several students were called up and praised for their efforts. Mr Kenny had a very difficult time deciding. After a long and lengthy deliberation Mr Kenny awarded:

Best Poster:   Stone Age tool Cian Abbey

Best Folder:    Ancient Rome Eva O Toole

Best Model:     Early Ireland Neolithic period Millie Fitzpatrick


Class prizes winners

1 Rowan          Carrie Shine

1 Lilac              Amy Dillion

1 Oak               Faye O’ Reilly

1 Birch             Ella Lynam

1 Hazel                        Alannah McHutcheon Dawson


Hope Foundation


Last year, 6 TY students worked tirelessly in aid of the Hope Foundation and succeeded in raising €16,000. During October Mid-term break, and at their own expense, they travelled to India and spent a week working with the Hope Foundation. They visit and entertained children in care homes around Kolkata and witnessed the impoverished conditions of the city. Their maturity, compasssion, dedication and enthusiasm over the course of the week was exemplary and they served as wonderful ambassadors for the Hope Foundation.



Orna Brophy

Lauren Byrne

Cara Doran

Lauren Doyle

Shane O’Byrne

Ashley Shannon


At this point, I would like to mention and give thanks to current TYs and 5th years who are in the process of raising money the the Hope Foundation. Two TY’s travelling to India next October are

Rachael Broughan

Áine Sinnott


8 students are also in the process of raising money for the Hope Foundation through a  Charity Skydive which will take place on the 22nd May.


I would like to wish them all the very best of luck.



The hurling teams in the school are still playing and have a couple of blitz coming up and Ms Cleere is very hopeful their will be some medals coming their way.

This year the Camogie back in the school for the first time in a decade and under the guidance of Ms Flynn and MS Doyle the girls entered a new league which was for beginner schools and they played several matches improving as they went along so very well done to all the girls.


Irish Dancing

We are very lucky to have some extraordinary Irish dancers amongst us who won 12 medals at this year’s world championship. While we have had many Leinster and All-Ireland winners not many people can claim to have won world medals. I would like to ask the following girls to come forward and collect a certificate to mark your taking part in the world championship and our medal winners.

Millie Fitzpatrick 3 medals, Abbie Roche and Holly Ward 2 medals. Aimee Denton, Ciara Kirwan, Michelle Murray, Rachel McCormack, Faye O’ Reilly, Laura Nolan and Eireann Johnson.


JUNKOUTURE…….K. Garnier      details needed

We had three outfits make it to the regional finals and we would like to present them with certificates from the national junkouture to acknowledge this. First we have Eibhlin Bynre for her costume girl who cried wolf. Then we have three students for their costume Kartrashian Niall Roberts Michaela McGowan and Kacey O’ Neill. Finally for their outfit broken pieces Frank Morris, Caitlin Dunne and Kellie Farrell.


We had one very special costume make it to the national Final. The costume was created designed and modelled by just one individual and what amazing work she did. We would like to congratulate Grace Maher and ask her to collect a certificate for been a grand finalist for her stunning outfit Binderella.



One of our first years is a lady not to be messed with. Kathleen Keating took part in the world Karate Championship last ocotober and won not one but two gold medals in the 11-13 age group for fighting and Kata. We would like to congratulate Kathleen and present her with a cert to recognise her achievement.



All first year students were given a booklet of commonly misspelled words as compiled by their teacher. The following students received 100 per cent when tested on them and we call on them to receive certificates.

Mark Canavan, Tommy Murphy, Molly O’ Keefe, Rebecca McGrath, Oisin Lyons, Chloe Hutton, Lochlan O’ Byrne, Tiernan Higginbottom, Alannah Garry, Cian Doran, Jack Cranny and Charlie Delahunty.


Soccer awards

It was an outstanding year for soccer in the school with trophies won and the u19 team having an amazing run in the Leinster Champions league.

The under 19 team won the South Leinster championship having been unbeaten in the league campaign they beat Callen CBS Kilkenny in the final two goals to 1. They then progressed to the Leinster champions league section and became the first team in over 15 years from TCS to reach a Leinster league final and were unlucky to lose two one despite creating the better chances.

The under 17 soccer team were unlucky to lose the South Leinster final after a great campaign they fell at the final hurdle.

I would now like to ask Mr Garry Coady FAI RDO to present runner up medals to the u17 team and ask the boys to come forward and collect their medals.

Brian Byrne, Nathan Byrne, Eoghan Cunnane, Diarmuid Deacon, Dylan Gorman Comerford, Dylan Hanley, Adam Nolan, Mark Sherratt, Tadgh Black, Lochlann McGagh, Kevin Murphy, Lee Nolan, David Orbinski, Kieran Orbinski, Dara Curran, Cillian Fagan.

I would now ask the following players from the  u19 team to come forward and collect two medals from Garry.

Alan Maher Broderick, Nick Mullins, Shane Byrne, Kevin Murphy, Stephen Metcalfe, Ryan Clarke, Dylan Hanley, Conor Doyle, Craig Staunton, Griffin Kennedy, TJ Kavanagh, Shane Smith, Joe Morris, Emmett Moran, Ross Hanley

TY Soccer

Last week the FAI had their annual spar 5 a side primary schools county championships and 7 of our TY students volunterred to be refs and to help run the competitions. As a referee who is fully aware of the difficult nature of the job I know full well how stressful and inteses it can be and would like to recognise the students for their outstanding work. Garry said the students were great and we are going to look at helping out with the full week next year.

Ill ask Garry to present certifictaes to the 7 students

Kieran Orbinski, David Orbinski, Tomas Aughney, Eric Barr, Mark Sheratt, Kellie Farrell, Rachael Broughan




Before we move onto the school rugby rewards we want to acknowledge the fantastic achievement of two of our students Charlie Ward Aoife McGrath. Charlie has played for Ireland u19


Ladies Rugby

This has been an outstanding year for ladies rugby in Tullow Community School. We’ve gone from strength to strength with both our junior and senior ladies rugby team under the management of Ms Kenny and Ms Kealy and of course the wonderful training and support of Larry Canavan.

Our junior ladies rugby team hosted a blitz here in the school in March and were outright winners. The team then travelled to Donnybrook to participate in the Leinster Junior cup where we were beaten by 1 try in the final.

The ladies’ senior rugby team reached the All-Ireland cup semi-final. The girls are to be applauded for their skills, teamwork and commitment.

I call upon Ciara Cooney, representing the Irish Ladies Rugby team to present these awards

The Junior Girls Rugby team

Laura Gahan, Niamh Murphy, Shona Gahan, Dannah Kearney O’ Brien, Aisling Tooher, Chanice Doyle, Clare O’ Shea, Orlaith Kealy, Amy O shea, Megan doyle. Sophie Mooney


Player of the year awards

U15 Soccer player of the year    Eoin Dempsey

Eoin played a vital part in the schools youngest team and also was on the u17 squad for a couple of games due to his outstanding performances for the u15 and is a worthy winner of u15 soccer player of the year.

U17 soccer player of the year     Craig Staunton

Our u17 soccer player of the season has had an amazing season not only was he scoring wonderful goals and helping the u17 team reach the south Leinster final he was a very important player on the u19 team. Mr O’ Reilly has sent him forward for the Leinster inter pros next September.

U19 soccer player of the year     Ryan Clarke/Alan Maher Brodrick Joint award

Our senior soccer players of the year is a joint award for two lads who have played a crucial part in schools soccer since they started in first year and this year saw them lead the schools senior team to a Leinster final.

U14 football player of the year Luke Coleman

Luke played at full back, a quality player, always giving his best. A superb reader of the game, taking up excellent positions, tackling hard and winning back possession of the ball.

I’m delighted to choose Luke and I wish him all the best next year

U16 football player of the year Dylan Gorman Comerford

Dylan put in excellent displays at Centre back this season. His effort in both defensive and attacking duty’s was exceptional. He never stopped working in matches especially when things were getting difficult always trying to make the next tackle or play. Dylan also showed excellent leadership qualities on the pitch making him worthy of this award.


U18 football player of the year Conor Doyle

The senior footballer of the year goes to an exceptionally talented player and a fine athlete. His commitment through out the year in training and through wins and loses has been brilliant. A quite man on and off the field who let’s his actions do the talking. We wish him all the best this month as he lines out for the county Under 20’s in the Leinster Championship. Senior Footballer of the Year goes to Conor Doyle



Junior rugby player of the year Tadgh Walsh

The junior rugby player of year showed great leadership on and off the pitch this season. He is a hardworking player with a great read of the game organising backs and forwards to operate cohesively. He was also always in the correct position to make a tackle or to clear the lines with a great kick. The junior rugby player of the year is Tadgh Walsh.


Senior Rugby player of the year                Charlie Ward/Gareth Fitzgerald joint award

This is the first time in 15 years that we have award a joint rugby player of the year award. This was brought about by the fact that we have to exceptional talents in this year’s 6th year group. Both Charlie Ward and Garrett Fitzgerald have played for Leinster and Ireland under age and represented Tullow Seniors in this year’s Towns Cup Final. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the lads all the best with what looks like a very bright rugby future.



Junior Hurler of the year              Diarmuid Deacon

This player has played a significant part in the junior set up the past three years. He was entrusted with the role of captain this year and he stepped up and led by example when needed. For this reason, our Tullow CS Junior Hurler of the year is Diarmaid Deacon



Senior Hurler of the year             Robert Gahan

This player has been a leader both on and off the field and in many codes. Without asking, he gives 100% and shows great pride in the Tullow CS Jersey. Without hesitation, our Tullow CS Senior Hurler of the year is Rob Gahan

Golfer of the year                           Craig O’ Reilly

Since the reintroduction of the school golf team six years ago our next award winner has been on the team. For six years he has played the schools inter league with different partners. Last year he was juvenile captain of Mount wolsely golf club and is a worthy winner of golfer of the year.

Athlete of the year

Girls senior rugby player of the year      Lauren Faulkner

She played junior and senior rugby for the school was involved with the Senior ladies last year as member of the winners of the Plate all Ireland final. This year the ladies made it to the cup all Ireland final we wish her every success in her rugby career . She was dedicated and played a very important role on the school team Well done!!!!!


Girls’ Junior rugby player of the year     Clare O’ Shea

Clare is this years Junior player of the year. Clare was outstanding in every match. She was committed to every tackle, ruck and pass no matter who the opposition was.


U14 Girls footballer of the year Fia Murphy

Fia is this years u-14 player of the year.  Fia impressed from the start of the year with her love of scoring goals and she notched up quite a few by the end of the year.


U16 Girls footballer of the year Dannah O’ Brien

Dannah is this years Junior footballer of the year. Dannah’s commitment and skill payed off in matches, like all great players making it look easy

U18 Girl’s footballer of the year               Roisin Bailey

Roisin is this years winner of the Senior football award. Roisin has shown great commitment throughout her year. She was a leader on the pitch by leading by example and persevering in every training and match.


Camoige Player of the year         Karolina Jedruszko

“Well done to all the girls who participated in camogie this year. Out of a squad of 18 players, 11 had never played before and their effort was outstanding! This years  camogie player of the year is Karolina Jedruszko for her constant dedication and improvement in a sport she just started this year! Well done!”


Basketball player of the year      Natasha Doyle

Badminton player of the year     Kerrie Frazier







Eimear to introduce…Don’t Name the Award…… Exemplary Youth Citizenship Award

For our next award, I would like to call Garda Elaine Rowe, Juvenile Liasion Officer for Co. Carlow, to say a few words….

Eimear to talk a little about Darren’s experience with the Lion’s Club Young Ambassador Competition…

Presentation of Cheque to St Laserians


Pope John Paul the Second Awards

The Pope John Paul II Award is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary. The Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church – in the life of their community and society. It enables young people become more aware of the teaching and role of the Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with their faith. The Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them. Tullow Community School is in its 8th year of offering the award, with the numbers growing steadily every year. 27 of our students were honoured at a ceremony in Portlaoise in November. Some students were unable to attend on the night. We call them forward now to receive their Certificates

Gold Awards: Leah Curren, Kaylah Stower, Ciara O’Neill, Chloe O’Brien, Chloe McCann, Matthew Kamassa, Teegan Joyce, Ava Fitzgerald, Shanise Cosgrove, Marshall Condren, Ryan Clarke

Papal Cross Awards

Áine Kennedy, Lauryn Faulkner, Alice Carroll, Hazel Baird, Niamh Bailey, Mikie Slattery


The Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards

Each October, Tullow Community School, along with schools all over the country, are asked to recognise students who have spent a significant amount of time volunteering in their community. This award, is the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind. The following sixth year awardees, have both, in different ways, volunteered in many aspects of school and community life during their time in school and have given countless hours for the benefit of others…. Congratulations go to Alice Carroll and Chloe O’Brien


Faith Contribution to the School Community

In Tullow Community School, ethos is very important. A school’s ethos is the personality and values that a school holds. Founded 40 years ago next year, TCS was founded with many faith bases values in mind…. Respect, valuing the dignity of all, tolerance and recognising the gifts and talents of the individuals the work and study in this community. The following students are being recognised today for their contribution to promoting the ethos of Tullow Community School.

Eleana Byrne, Ryan Clarke, Caoimhe Deering, Alan Maher Broderick, Alannah Quinn Somers, Mikie Slattery, Ambriell, Niamh Bailey, Alice Carroll, Leah Curren, Robert Gahan, Chloe O’Brien, Ava Fitzgerald, Megan Hughes Akerman, Matthew Kamassa, Aine Kennedy, Laura Murphy, Kaylah Stower, James Tobin, Marshall Condren, Shanise Cosgrove, Lauryn Faulkner, Tara Fitzpatrick, Teegan Joyce, Ciara Kirwan, Darren McDonald, Ciara O’Neill and Shane Smith


GAISCE – The Presidents Award

Our next group of students, have worked incredibly hard over the past 26 weeks (for the Bronze Award) 52 weeks (for the Silver Award) to achieve the highly recognised Gaisce  Award. This award, whose patron is the president of Ireland, requires participants to complete one hour per week in three separate areas (fitness, community volunteering and in learning a new skill).  Each of these students have contributed greatly to the life of the school and to the larger Tullow Community

Bronze Award: Alannah Quinn Somers, Matthew Kamassa

Silver Gaisce Award: Teegan Joyce, Alice Carroll, Aoife Gahan, Ryan Clarke, Rob Gahan, Leah Curran, Mikie Slattery