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Awards and Past Pupil Success

Congratulations to past pupil, Fionnuala Barrett who completed her studies in St. Louis High School in 2007. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, November (2011) with a first class honours degree in English literature and was awarded a Gold Medal for her performance at examination. She was the overall winner of the English language and literature category at the Undergraduate Awards for Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2010. In the same year she was also awarded first place in the Emory Elliott Memorial Prize, organised by the Literary Encyclopedia. She pursued a master's degree in Nineteenth-Century English Literature at Oxford University, where she was a Susan Buckee Scholar at Lady Margaret Hall. We wish Fionnuala every success in her studies and future career.

FRANCES BLACK's professional singing debut was in 1986, when she began performing with her three brothers and sister (Shay, Michael, Martin, Mary, Frances) as The Black Family, performing a mix of traditional and contemporary/traditional Irish music. In 1988, after recording the second Black Family album, Time For Touching Home, Frances joined the group Arcady as vocalist. A short time after leaving Arcady in 1992, she began an association with Irish singer/songwriter Kieran Goss. They recorded one album - Frances Black and Kieran Goss, and toured together. Also in 1992, two of her songs were included on the best-selling compilation of Irish women singers, A Woman's Heart. The biggest-selling Irish album ever, this album continued to hold a place on the Irish charts two years after its original release, and was approaching sales of 350,000 in 1995. In Ireland, Frances won a National Entertainments award in the Popular Music category, and in April of 1995 won an I.R.M.A. award for the best album by an Irish Female Artiste.

For the last quarter-century, singer Mary Black, a past pupil of St. Louis High School, has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, tv shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience. The San Francisco Chronicle has described her as "One of the best interpretative singers around". She has been awarded numerous IRMA awards, national entertainment awards  and voted best female folk artist by Irish Music Magazine in 2000, 2001, 2003 & 2005.

Ita Daly's short stories have won the Hennessy Literary Award and the Irish Times short story competition, and are collected in The Lady with the Red Shoes (1980). Oxford University Press published her Irish Myths & Legends in 2000. Novels include Unholy Ghosts (1997), All Fall Down (1992), Dangerous Fictions (1991), A Singular Attraction (1987) and Ellen (1986). She has written two books for children, Candy on the Dart (1989) and Candy and Sharon Olé (1991). Ita is a member of Aosdána.

Anne Enright is a past pupil of St. Louis High School. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She has also won the 1991 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the 2001 Encore Award and the 2008 Irish Novel of the Year.

STACEY FLOOD graduated from St Louis High School in 2014. She is now a member of the Leinster and Irish International Rugby squads. She recently played for Ireland in the Rugby 7s European Championship in Moscow and in France. We wish Stacey every success with her sporting career. Stacey is a member of Railway Union RFC. Railway Union RFC provides immense support to the school in delivering a comprehensive rugby training programme.

Gráinne Gormley is a past pupil of St. Louis High School and holds degrees in music from University College, Dublin and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has held a variety of teaching positions, including Visiting Lecturer in the Humanities at Deep Springs, an all-male college in California, and Modular Teaching Fellow in the Department of Music, UCD. In 1993, Gráinne was appointed conductor of the choir of St. Teresa’s and also became the first female conductor of the University of Dublin Choral Society, a position she held for six years. Other conducting positions held include the UCD College Choir (1994-2001), Dublin Youth Orchestra (1993-1998) and Tallaght Choral Society (1996-2001). She has also worked on various projects for RTE, as music associate on radio and television broadcasts and as choral director on several programmes for Theatre Nights and the Gay Byrne Show. She has taught courses in choral conducting at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, directed workshops for choral groups and adjudicated at music festivals. Grainne has made a career move by qualifying as an accredited FTAI therapist but still continues to direct the choir of St. Teresa's, Clarendon St.

Annemarie Madigan is a NASA Einstein Fellow at UC Berkeley, having finished her PhD at Leiden University in 2012. She researches long-term stellar dynamics near massive black holes. She is especially interested in the Galactic Centre, home to our nearest massive black hole and at least one disc of stars.

Finola O'Mahony, past pupil of St. Louis High School is currently the Head of Europe for Tourism Ireland. Finola has extensive experience in international marketing and was with global wine producer Ernest & Julio Gallo, where she was Senior Director, International Marketing.  Prior to that, Finola held European, developing markets and global marketing roles with Gillette and Kimberly-Clark and also has experience in marketing and export consultancy.

Nessa O'Mahony has published two collections of poems, Bar Talk (iTaLicS Press, 1999) and Trapping a Ghost (Bluechrome, 2005). Her verse novel In Sight of Home was published by Salmon in 2009. She was winner of the National Woman’s Poetry Competition in 1997 and short-listed for the Hennessy and Kavanagh Awards in 1998. She was a recipient of an Arts Council of Ireland literature bursary in 2005 and an artists’ bursary from South Dublin County Council in 2007. She was artist in residence at the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies in University College Dublin in 2008-2009. She teaches creative writing with the Open University and is a regular facilitator of creative writing workshops in Ireland and the UK.

Marian Richardson has had a long, distinguished and very varied RTE career, moving from TV to radio, through presenting and producing. Her career at RTE has taken her from Bosco, and Drivetime, through the news room and producing Pat Kenny's radio show, to Playback.

Jessica Traynor is a writer and dramaturge is another past pupil of St. Louis High School. She is the 2013 Hennessy New Writer of the Year and the recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014. Her first collection of poems is forthcoming in 2014 from Dedalus Press. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in If Ever You Go (the Dublin One City One Book for 2014), New Planet Cabaret from New Island and Peloton from Templar Poetry. She won the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize and has been shortlisted and/ or commended at various poetry competitions including Strokestown (2012) and the Patrick Kavanagh Award (2013). She is currently Literary Reader at the Abbey Theatre, and over the past four years has read over 800 plays for the theatre and has written detailed response letters to hundreds of playwrights. She has also read for Scotland's new writing theatre, the Traverse Theatre and taught playwriting courses for aspiring writers in Edinburgh. Her own plays have been produced by Anu Productions, and in her past role as Literary Assistant at the Abbey Theatre, she has run workshops of plays by Ireland and the world's most famous playwrights.

Other Student Success:

Congratulations to Chloe O'Byrne and Ruth Hutton who received entrance scholarships to UCD in 2017.
Congratulations to Emma O'Doherty who received the highest mark in Art History Leaving Certificate exam 2017.

Congratulations to Marlena Morgiewicz, Mariya Stepanova and Rajju Sakopta    
who were awarded with All-Ireland Scholarships in 2016. Mariya was also a recipient of an Entrance Scholarship to UCD. Both Marlena and Rajju received entrance scholarships to TCD. Congratulations to all the girls and wishing them every success in their future lives.

Congratulations to Kateryna Kursenko (2015) who was awarded with an All-Ireland Scholarship. She is also a recipient of an Entrance Exhibition Scholarship to TCD along with Mirela Conica and Mahreen Khosa. Congratulations to all the girls concerned.

Congratulations to Ellen le Bas (2014) who was awarded with an All-Ireland Scholarship. She was presented with the award at a ceremony in University of Limerick on November 8th 2014. We wish Ellen every success with her future studies in Engineering and her career.  

CONGRATULATIONS to Bonnie Shortall (2012) (on the left of John Hume)
who was awarded joint first place in the 2012 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards programme. She was presented with her award at a gala awards dinner in Derry. Bonnie received an engraved gold medallion, €1000 for her charity of choice and an all-expenses paid trip to the US where she joined other top youth volunteers from several countries at the Prudential Spirit of Community Award ceremony in Washington DC. We wish Bonnie every success in the future and congratulate her on the wonderful volunteer work she has done to date.

The Irish Junior Science Olympiad 2011
Congratulations to Ellen LeBas who was awarded a silver medal at the Irish Junior Science Olympiad. 160 students who received the highest marks in the Junior Certificate Science exam were invited to participate in the competition. Ellen, along with five other students travelled to Durban in South Africa to represent Ireland in the International Junior Science Olympiad and enjoyed the whole experience immensely. Comhghairdeachas, a Ellen.

Leaving Certificate Classical Studies Award 2010
Congratulations to Liath Gleeson (Leaving Certificate 2010) on being presented with an award in UCD for achieving the highest mark in the Leaving Certificate Classical Studies exam of 2010. Liath Gleeson also achieved 600 points in the Leaving Certificate and is now studying in Trinity College, Dublin. Comhghairdeachas a Liath!

Junior Certificate Business Award 2010
Haritha Jacob received an award in DCU for one of the best Junior Certificate Business results in the Dublin region. She was presented with her award at a ceremony in DCU. Congratulations to Haritha and her teacher Ms Burrell.

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