Prize Giving 20 September 2012 address By Guest Speaker Mr Paddy Clerkin
Reverent Fathers, Principal Brady, distinguished guests, teachers, proud parents and gifted students,
The last time I stood on this stage I was dressed up as a Japanese maid in the Mikado opera, so if I start dancing you will know why!
“Could you have done any better?” That was the question that changed my life.
Tonight I will give you a few tales about my experiences since I first walked through the gates of this great school 31 years ago. I’ve had some success and many failures. Thankfully the most valuable lessons I have learnt are not from my success, but from my failures.
Mr Brady opened the evening by welcoming all to St Killian’s College to celebrate the achievements that students have attained in the last year. He congratulated each and every prize winner present and stated that they are a representative body for many others in the college community who also deserve recognition for their admirable achievements throughout the last year. As Principal, he added that he could not:
…. ‘ask for a nicer group of young people to ensure that all that is great about this college will be and is characterised by the achievements of these year groups.’