We are delighted to congratulate two of our fifth year students Hannah Mullen and Jessica Woodlock for taking part in the John Paul II awards for this year. Both girls were presented with their awards at a ceremony held in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Monday 12th March. This event, celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin, took place to rejoice in the gifts and talents of over 250 young people, who were there to receive awards for volunteering in their respective parishes, communities and schools. Young people from all over the Archdiocese received awards, namely the Muiredach Cross Award and the Pope John Paul II Award.

The girls were the only representatives from Dundalk schools to achieve these awards.

The Muiredach Cross Award and the Pope John Paul II Award are prestigious awards focusing on the area of faith development. To receive one is undoubtedly a thing of great achievement for those who were being celebrated on this occasion. There was a great sense of enthusiasm in the Cathedral. Guest speaker at the event was Ms. Katie Ascough, the impeached UCD Student President and pro-life activist. She spoke passionately on the challenges faced by young people in today’s society, as well as standing up for one’s faith in this day and age.