Sarah Stafford is a 2019 Quercus scholar in her first year in UCC studying Biological and Chemical Sciences. Sarah is from Kellistown County Carlow and attended Kilkenny College at secondary level. She was awarded the Performing Arts scholarship based on her outstanding achievements in the performing arts having performed in a wide variety of roles both locally and nationally. At 16 she was selected to join the Youth Theatre Ireland residential programme under the directorship of Catriona Mclaughlin in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. She has performed in a variety of roles including ‘you can’t feel, what you feel’ under the directorship of visual artist Yvonne McGuinness and performed the lead roles of Cinderella and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow. Sarah achieved a distinction in her Grade Eight Trinity London Speech and Drama exams in 2018. She has attained grade eights in the both the RIAM Musical theatre and Classical singing exams.
Sarah’s love for acting started when she was three and she has developed her skills in drama, singing and dance. She has trained with young screen actors, the Lir and the Gaiety school of acting. She was a senior member of Kilkenny College’s Chamber Choir which featured in Neven Maguires Christmas in Kilkenny this year and has sang with John Spillane, the Celtic tenors and in the O2 with the RTE concert orchestra Lord of the rings as a youth member of Aspiro choir. Sarah is a fluent Irish speaker and is very interested in promoting the Irish culture. She is currently working on achieving the Gold Gaisce award, having completed a silver award in 2018. Sarah loves Biology and likes the challenge and excitement of the broad range of options it offers while at the same time she hopes to pursue her passion for acting in Cork. Sarah is looking forward to bringing her performing arts skills to the highest level possible to be able to reach her full potential in UCC.
Pictured with Sarah are her parents Jill and Mark Stafford
Devenish Nutrition CLG has inaugurated a new scholarship at Kilkenny College to promote Degree level study at an Irish University in Science ,Technology, Engineering and Mechanics (STEM) domains. This bespoke scholarship recognises the range and quality of study in the Sciences and Agribusiness areas which occur in Kilkenny College. The first recipient of the Devenish Scholarship is Sarah Levie (pictured) who has commenced 1st Year studying Engineering at UCD.
Principal at Kilkenny College Mr. Simon Thompson said ‘We are extremely grateful to Mr. Owen Brennan (Chairman, Devenish Nutrition), for his decision to inaugurate this award specifically to a member of the outgoing Leaving certificate class at Kilkenny College on an annual basis. The recognition of the range and quality of teaching and learning in the STEM domain in our school is inspiring. A large number of applications were received for this, the first year of the award. I am certain the applications will continue to rise from our Leaving Certificate students each year.’
The presentation ceremony took place in Douth Hall, Co. Meath, the headquarters of Devenish. Pictured are Mr. Owen Brennan (Chair: Devenish CLG, Sarah Levie, Scholar recipient, Mrs. Vivienne Levie, Mr. Duncan Levie, Mr. Scott Levie).
REPORT COURTESY OF THE IRISH TIMES
Leinster Schools outhalf Charlie Tector held his nerve to kick Kilkenny into the Senior Cup quarter-final in Donnybrook on Thursday. Leinster League semi-finalists Wesley came into this with a degree of confidence which grew when Tector missed a penalty and their Jack Atkinson didn’t for an early edge.
When Kilkenny hooker Darragh O’Reilly was binned for a high tackle, it opened the door to the possibility to build on a solid start. However, Tector, fullback Jonathan Crossley and wing Adam Strong all looked strong on the ball and Kilkenny has plenty of ideas on how to keep Wesley at bay by keeping the ball to themselves.
The swirling wind was a problem which played havoc with the kicking strategies as both schools looked to probe for openings; Wesley opting for a more direct approach and Kilkenny looking to the wide channels. Wesley number eight Oisín Spain was everywhere, flying into the air to claim a high ball, Tector matching that with one of his own takes in a game of good moments without the continuity to make them matter.
The half-time break gave the respective coaches the breathing space to make adjustments and Kilkenny went after the territory. This paid a seven-point dividend when Tector powered through a tackle and executed an offload for captain Ryan Strong to claim the tonic of a try, Tector converting for the lead in the 42nd minute.
The adrenalin was coursing at this point and Wesley’s Spain, in his eagerness to make a difference, was red-carded for a tip tackle on Joshua Coyle. Wesley reacted well to this setback, moving upfield to set up two scrums inside the 22, Atkinson taking the ball on from the first and O’Reilly infringing after the second to be sent-off for a second yellow.
The body blows were coming thick and fast for Kilkenny as centre Luke Fitzpatrick muscled over for Atkinson’s conversion to make it 10-7 in the third quarter.
Not long after, they were temporarily reduced to 13, replacement Fiach O’Byrne leaving the field for a fierce tackle that looked legal from the stands. It looked a long way back for Kilkenny. Still, Adam Strong put on the pressure to force a scrum and Tector knocked over a penalty in the 63rd minute. He was back again four minutes later to snatch the lead before Kilkenny held out in a hectic endgame.
KILKENNY: J Crossley; G Edogun, M Hodgins, R Strong (capt), A Strong; C Tector, J Coyle; S Neale, D O’Reilly, C Chamney; N Pim, J Caldbeck; J Treacy, R Jacob, J Akanji-Murphy.
Replacements: H Dawson for Edogun (17 mins, temp); F O’Byrne for Jacob (48); L Foot for Coyle (59).
WESLEY: G Dunne; A Galbraith, L Fitzpatrick, T Elliott, J Matchette; M Collins, J Atkinson; P Costello (capt), C Gilmer, J Fish; K Wallace, S Cronin; T Geoghegan, D Campbell, O Spain.
Replacements: S Verdon for Collins (27 mins); M Collins for Cronin (48); T Durham for Dunne (63).
Referee: P O’Connor (Leinster Branch).
Both our SCT and JCT squads are in the final stages of their preperations for their first round cup games in the next fortnight. Both teams have achieved some promising results over Munster and Leinster schools during December and January. Both teams would welcome your support on the following dates below.
Our Senior Cup Team play Wesley College in the first round of the Bank of Ireland Senior Schools Cup on Thursday the 30th of January at 3pm in Energia Park in Donnybrook.
Our Junior Cup Team play Terenure College in the first round of the Bank of Ireland Junior Schools Cup on Wednesday the 5th of February at 3pm in Naas RFC.
Last Thursday saw the opening of a new additional training facility at Kilkenny College. On hand to cut the ribbon of the new facility were a number of past pupils representing the Hockey and Rugby Departments, the College’s two main sports. Representing girls hockey was Charlotte Cope (Class of 2018) captain of the All Ireland Kate Russell winning side from that year. Charlotte was joined by current Irish hockey international Jeremy Duncan (Class of 2012) who currently plays as a professional in the Belgian League with Royal Oreé in Brussels. Representing the Rugby Department was Shane Delahunt (Class 0f 2012),who has played with Connacht for last six years. As it happens both Shane and Jeremy won a Leinster league title at U18 level as Jeremy was a dual player at the time. All three, like many past pupils are regular visitors back to their Alma Mater. Also attending the opening were captains of a number of boys and girls hockey teams as well as captains of girls and boy’s rugby teams, as well as many coaches.
Speaking at the opening Headmaster Simon Thompson said :”This facility has been provided for our teams to support their health and fitness throughout the course of their seasons play. Our board wishes to ensure our sports teams can be the best they can be, fit ,healthy and supplement free, ready and able to compete against any other school. We are committed to ensuring our teams understand the importance of healthy nutrition and diet while being able to challenge themselves and to perform in competition”
S&C coach Stephen Gray who works with all athletes warmly welcomed the new facility. ”We are incredibly fortunate to have this facility and the support of the College community to develop the potential of all our young athletes whatever their chosen discipline”
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