by Peg Prendeville

Congratulations to those students from Tarbert Comprehensive School who were nominated for awards last Thursday night. It was a great night for the school with a great buzz of energy around. Those from the area who were nominated included Christopher McSweeney, Knocknaclugga for Senior Boys Soccer; Laura Enright, Drumreask for Junior Musician of the Year; Sarah Prendeville, Glenbawn for the School Magazine; Liam Mullane, Athea for the Gaisce Silver Award and Patsie-Ann Cusack for the Enterprise Award. Lots of trophies and certificates and crystal vases were presented during the night. Principal Mrs McGillicuddy praised all the teachers who organize this annual event outside of their school time and who are so generous in giving of their time to the pupils. She congratulated all the students and thanked the Parents’ Association for their sponsorship towards the evening and for providing a lovely tea for everybody afterwards. As well as launching the School Mag, a DVD of music called The Rhythm of Life was also launched and both are for sale at the school. The DVD is a collection of music and song by the pupils and some teachers of the school and both are worth buying.

As we know many people from the area have gone abroad in recent times to find work and thankfully all are doing well and have found suitable employment. Many of the cities in Australia are celebrating the fact that they now have no bother in putting a football team together so our loss is their gain. Canberra, the state capital of Australia has, for the first time, its own Gaelic football team called the Canberra Gaels which was launched last Saturday at the Irish Embassy. Seán Prendeville is on the team. They were delighted to win their first match against Sydney. You can befriend the Canberra Gaels on Facebook.

Congratulations to Micheál Long, Turraree, who has opened up a business in Ashe St. Tralee called “The Funky Cow”, in which he sells all kinds of milk shakes and smoothies etc. We wish him the very best for having the courage and enthusiasm in these harsh economic times. It is great to hear that it is going very well.