Date: 6th October
Open Night was held in St Kevin’s College in Ballygall on Thursday 6th October with over 200 families attending the event. Over 600 students packed into the Hall to welcome our special guests which included current Dublin Manager Pat Gilroy, Presidential hopeful Sean Gallagher and a very special guest, Mr Sam Maguire.
St Kevin’s College has currently an enrolment of 467 students and is now the second fastest growing school in Dublin. There was plenty of excitement from all the prospective students and their families with the many displays and demonstrations taking place around the school.
The evening got under way with the introduction of Dublin Manager Pat Gilroy and his friend Sam Maguire. The roof of the hall was nearly lifted up from its foundations as they marched up to the stage. St Kevin’s College has such a proud GAA reputation with current teacher Ger Brennan, a teacher at the school and many more former Dublin greats who were past pupils such as James McCarthy, Ian Robertson, Mick Deegan, Dermot Deasy, Gerry Hargan, Anto McCaul and Barney Rock. We have our own heroes also with Mark 0’Dea & Eoin Archibald on the Dublin Minor Football Team and Conor McHugh on the Dublin Minor Hurling Team.
Pat Gilroy took to the stage and addressed the audience of the importance that sport makes in education. The key elements of his speech concentrated on the values got from sport which can be applicable to all aspects of your life including education. His message was simple; If you can commit to sport through dedication and hard work, you will do the same with your own personal development throughout your time in school.
Sean Gallagher spoke about education being the key to opening doors of opportunity in life. Again he spoke about the importance of focus and a work ethic which will result in dreams being fulfilled.
After the speeches, our first year students led the prospective parents and students for a grand tour of the school where they sampled elements of all the curriculum throughout the school. We would like to welcome all these new faces to St Kevin’s College and wish them every success in the school in the future.