In the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Ruth Fitzmaurice won the best newcomers Award for her book “I found my tribe”.
Another past pupil, Mark McAuley is having great success in show jumping having recently come third at the World Cup Grand Prix Event in Madrid, Spain. As a result he is in contention to clinch a World Cup Final place after his gelding Miebello climbed to fourth place in the Longines FEI World Cup standings. Mark was a vital member of the Irish team at several rounds of the FEI Nations Cup series during the 2017 season.
Conor Halpenny who is chef de partie at Chapter One restaurant in Dublin was named Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year recently. He was mentored for the competition by Chapter One chef-proprietor Ross Lewis. It Conor’s second time to reach the final, having got that far in 2015 when he was working at Brabazon restaurant at Tankardstown House in Slane. Having spent time working locally as a commis chef in Dooleys of Edmonstown, Conor studied professional chef training at Crumlin College. He wins an expenses-paid stage (work experience) at the Mayfair restaurant of Richard Corrigan, one of the judges, and a bronze trophy designed by chef and artist Kevin Thornton.