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-
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 -
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-
Annemarie Madigan is a NASA Einstein Fellow at UC Berkeley, having finished her PhD at Leiden University in 2012. She researches long-
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-
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-
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 Kateryna Kursenko (2015) who was awarded with an All-
Congratulations to Ellen le Bas (2014) who was awarded with an All-
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-
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.