Sports & Family Day 2019
Sports & Family Day
Sunday, 12th May 2019
A SPARKLING DAY AT BLACKROCK!
The sun shone on a huge crowd of parents, students, past-students and friends of Blackrock who witnessed an extensive range of events and displays at our Annual Sports and Family Day.
The day started with Soloist Harry Keyes (6th Year) singing the National Anthem. From thereon it was non-stop activity across the lawn, as well as the Open Day Displays across St. Patrick’s Hall, the Lecture Hall, Our Lady’s Corridor and the Creative Arts and Digital Learning Centre. The best of Blackrock – Science, Development Education, Green Schools, Art, Sports and Construction Projects – was on display. There was also a special display, provided by Willow Park, celebrating rugby in our Junior school.
Competition of the Day
A highlight of the day is the draw for half a year’s dayboy fee.
|Brendan Murtagh – Father of Ethan (Transition Year) and Aaron (2nd Year)|
|Dermot O’Sullivan – Father of Will (Transition Year)|
|Declan & Miriam Kane – Parents of Matthew (3rd Year) and Jack (5th Year)|
Past Pupils Sports Personality Award
President of the Union, Mr John Rogan (Class of 1989), presented this year’s Past Pupils Sports Personality Award to Garry Ringrose (Class of 2014) who put behind him the disappointment of Saturday’s final to join us. Outstanding!
Sports Personality of the Year Award
In turn, Garry presented Andy Lyons (6th Year) with the Sports Personality of the Year Award for his achievements in Soccer with his Club Bohemians and Ireland U 19s. Andy acknowledged the contribution of the school, his teachers, peers and family to his achievements. In an excellent acceptance speech, he thanked the College Community and acknowledged the calibre of those in his year who were in contention for the award.
It was a fantastic day – the College looked superb. I thank our Grounds, Maintenance and Household teams for their dedication and pride in Blackrock. I thank Mary, Albert and our Sodexo Catering Team for their organisation and sponsorship of the afternoon teas, the proceeds of which also went to Machakos.
I thank the President of the Union John and his wife Nikki for presenting the medals throughout the afternoon.
Finally, I thank my colleagues – the Organising Committee of Mr Barry, Mr Creighton, Mr Evan O’Brien, Mr Toirleac O’Brien, Mr Albert Beattie, Mr Phil Ryan, Mr Herlihy, Mr Fintan O’Connor, Mr Orrock, Mr O’Shea, Mr Alan Sheridan and my colleagues in attendance on the day, as well as our past students who helped with the running of the events.
This is a very important celebration of the Blackrock community. It would not be possible without the effort and goodwill of so many – parents, staff, past and current students, extended families and our Spiritan Community.
Well done and thank you!