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Pat Kiely, past-
Nagle Rice are delighted to hear Pat’s success story to date and wish him all the best for his future!
Tadhg Moakley completed his Leaving Certificate in Nagle Rice Secondary School Doneraile in June 2012. Following this, he chose an integrated pilot studies course in Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) in Cork, “integrated meaning that all the steps it takes to obtain a Commercial Pilots License (CPL) were integrated into an intense 5 days a week course and completed when you obtain your Commercial Pilots License and Multi-
Louise Kehoe did her Leaving Certificate in 2002. She always had a keen interest in art & history which was only heightened once she started in Nagle Rice: “I loved art class, the practical side of a subject like this is what I found most appealing.” Louise toyed between college choices for a while as she had been born and bred into horticulture through the family business, the Early Bird Garden Centre. “However I didn't initially want to go straight into horticulture and instead started a course in interior design in St Johns Central College in Cork.” In her second year an opportunity came up the in the family business and after much deliberation Louise decided to take up this opportunity and continued an interior design course through correspondence. She is now full-
The Morrissey Brothers: John, Edward and Bill
John, Edward and Bill Morrissey from Newtown, Doneraile attended St Joseph’s CBS Doneraile before going on to Nagle Rice Secondary School.
John Morrissey is a full-
Edward Morrissey is an artisan, craftsman and carpenter with a speciality in cabinet making and the fine finishing of custom made furniture. Edward did his Leaving Certificate in Nagle Rice in 2000, where he excelled in Construction Studies and Business Studies. He began his training as an apprentice carpenter with OK Woodcraft on the main street of Doneraile in 2000. He was recognised for his advanced skills and competed in the Cork Apprentice of the Year Competition in 2002. He qualified as a carpenter-
Bill Morrissey is a metal work teacher in Midleton, Co. Cork, a position he started in September of this year. Bill attended Nagle Rice from 1998-
Past Pupil of Nagle Rice Secondary School, Donal Murphy, paid a visit to the school on Friday 15th and spoke to Transition Years, Fifth Years and Sixth years about his chosen career path in Banking, widening their perception of banking and I.T. as a career path, as well as offering them solid advice for their own futures. Donal encouraged the students by sharing his own work ethics and principles; namely, to always make the best decision you can with the information that is available to you at that time and in that way you won't let yourself or anyone else down; to show respect to everyone; to always be honest and try your best at work and this will show your boss and colleagues how reliable you are; to try to get some work experience in an area you think you might like to study; to be aware that the most valuable gift anyone can give you is their time; to be respectful of the wisdom and experience that comes with age. Donal spoke about how his education in Nagle Rice has proved invaluable in life, even outside of his chosen career, mentioning how his A1 in Construction and B1 in Technical Graphics have proved very useful in understanding house drawings and building, and he encouraged the students to work hard at every subject, because they will all prove useful at some stage or other.
Donal started working with AIB as Relationship Manager after his Leaving Certificate. Donal also worked in the AIB Securities Department and as HR Officer in the Department. He then moved to the position of Assistant Manager in charge of Home Mortgage customer accounts, managing a team of 40 staff. Donal also has experience in the Litigation Management Team with AIB Financial Solutions Group. Donal received his Honours Degree in Financial Services with the Institute of Bankers, UCD in 2007, as well as various other qualifications such as Certificate in SME Credit, Diploma in Wealth Management, Certificate in Banking Operations, Financial Services Diploma, Certificate in Investment Advice and also in Mortgage Practice. The school was delighted to welcome Donal back and wishes him well in his future career!
Nagle Rice Secondary School is always delighted to hear from its past pupils, and the latest in the series is Nollaig Hallihan who completed her Leaving Certificate in 1999. Nollaig started first year in Nagle Rice in 1993 and writes "what a first year and introduction to secondary school, mixed classes, fun, a great variety of subjects to choose from and a fabulous beginning to six great years."
"Yes, even with my father being the school principal, this didn't put me off doing Transition Year and looking back now this year was great. I was a year older and more sensible when I finished school, but it also gave me an insight into real life through work experience and some of the life-
One of the things Nollaig remembers most is the encouragement she received from all the teachers, including for progressing with her love of basketball.
"Many an evening after school was spent in the gym training and practicing which led to me being selected to represent Cork for two years at Under 15 level and one year at Under 18."
Nollaig's first choice of career was to follow in the footsteps of her father and become a teacher, with Home Economics in Sligo being the subject of her choice.
"Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in getting a place on this course, but I did get my second choice, Environmental Health in the Dublin Institute of Technology, the only place to study for this profession. Again this was quite apt, as with "Hallihan's Bakery" I had first-
Nollaig says that Environmental Health was a hard course with long hours of lectures and labs and "the dreaded Technical Drawing but again Nagle Rice prepared me well for a future of hard work and study and challenging myself to do well away from home."
On graduating with an Honours Degree in Environmental Health, Nollaig was successful in getting a job immediately and began her career as a Health Inspector in Limerick before moving back to Cork City in 2004.
In 2005 she decided to broaden her horizons and moved to London to work for Westminster City Council, which is home to a number of famous landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, to mention but a few. Nollaig writes, "Environmental Health is London is very interesting and every day is different. I have been successful here and was promoted to Manager in 2010 and now have responsibility for Food Safety in one of the largest cities in Europe."
Paying tribute to her former school, Nollaig says, "I have a lot to be thankful to Nagle Rice for, including a good grounding and common sense, but mostly the ability to work hard and strive for the best by challenging myself and others around me. The Nagle Rice experience and my education and time there have given me great prospects and opportunities for the future."
Nagle Rice are very proud of Nollaig's achievements to date and wish her all the best for the future
This week’s focus is former pupil, Maria Cuddihy of Richardstown Doneraile, who completed her Leaving Cert at Nagle Rice in 2007 and in her own words, has "many fond memories of her time there". Maria went on to complete a four-
Sisters Hilary and Barbara Ryan, Doneraile were recently in touch with the school. Following her Leaving Certificate, Hilary went to Mary Immaculate Training College, Limerick where she received her Bachelor of Education. Her first job was a mainstream teaching job in Ballyhea National School. She has been teaching there ever since and is now happily married with two children.
Barbara Ryan following her time at Nagle Rice went on to get a BSc in Multimedia from DCU. With that degree she got her first job in Dublin as a Marketing Executive for a Pharmaceutical Technology Company. She then spent some time in Australia, primarily based in Brisbane. Barbara says, “My education definitely stood to me as I instantly got a role as a Media Editor for a publishing company and they sponsored me to stay in the country. I stayed in Australia for two years but decided the distance was a little too great, so I thought London might be a good compromise.” Barbara has worked in London now for three years as a Multimedia Developer. She currently works for NCALT (the National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies) as an E-
Latest to make contact with Nagle Rice as part of the tracing past pupils series is Brendan O’Brien, Hazelwood. Brendan completed his Leaving Cert in the summer of 1997 and after leaving Nagle Rice completed his primary degree, “BSc Computer Science” in UCC. Brendan graduated in 2001 and worked for a US Company Called 'Snap-
In 2006 Brendan completed a Masters in 'Software Development' from CIT and also around this time he started a new job with a company called DeCare Systems Ireland. “I'm a Senior Software Engineer with DeCare, who provide enterprise application software for Healthcare companies in the U.S. My role with DeCare involves the architecture, design and development of entire claims management systems for these companies,” explained Brendan. With many of his clients based abroad, travel is an essential part of the job with destinations including several states and cities in the U.S., along with Germany, Netherlands and the UK. Brendan continues to live close to Hazelwood where he grew up as thankfully there are many opportunities in the software sector for employment in the Cork area.
Kaye Burgess, Baltydaniel was in touch recently with the school, chronicling her successes since leaving Nagle Rice. Kaye left Nagle Rice in 1996 and studied Biological and Chemical Sciences, specialising in Microbiology and she completed her primary degree in 2000. Kaye then decided to undertake a PhD in UCC. She studied the production of vitamins by bacteria used in the production of cheese and yoghurts as part of a European funded project. “During my studies,” Kaye writes, “I spent a number of months working in partner laboratories in the Netherlands. After completing my PhD I got a job in the research division of Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority.” Kaye is now based in Dublin and works in the Food Safety Department within the Teagasc Food Programme. Her main research interest in understanding how food poisoning bacteria move through the food chain and how this may be minimised. “I really enjoy the challenges my job poses each day.” Well done to Kaye, from all at Nagle Rice!
Nagle Rice Past-
Lorraine graduated in 2005 with a First Class Honours Degree. “Before applying to jobs, I spent some time travelling the world. On returning I was lucky to be successful in the “milk round” (Graduate Career Opportunities) and secured a training contact with the Big 4 Accounting Firm, PricewaterHouse Coopers in Dublin. During my training contract I studied for my professional exams by night and at weekends. While the hours were long with work and study, it was an enjoyable time and plenty of support was provided from PwC in terms of study leave etc.”
Lorraine sat her final Admitting Exams in 2009 and successfully qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She worked with PwC until August 2010, when she took some time out after all the years of study and spent three months in a Certificate Cookery Course in Ballymaloe. “Cooking was something I always had an interest in but had little time to pursue while working and studying consecutively. I have much more time these days to use the sill as my studies are complete (for now!)”
Lorraine currently works with Hutchinson 3g Ireland, which owns the 3 Mobile network in Ireland. “My role, as a commercial accountant with the finance department, is extremely varied and I find myself learning new things about the telecommunications industry on a daily basis. There was much coverage about the Irish 4g spectrum sale at the end of last year in the media. The outcome was a very important €854.6million in total paid for the spectrum rights t the exchequer including €481.7million in up-
Lorraine feels her career choice has allowed her to pursue many diverse roles and to be presented with great opportunities to even work abroad. “I am lucky that my career choice was relatively recession-
Lorraine is still in touch with many from her class in Nagle Rice and feels she made some great friends during her time at the school.
Nagle Rice are very proud of Lorraine’s achievements and always interested in hearing from past pupils.
Nagle Rice is delighted to hear how well former student Caitriona O'Connor is doing in her chosen field, Medicine. Caitriona in recent correspondance to the school, writes: "Following my vibrant school days in Nagle Rice I went on to study medicine at University College Cork. My primary degree took five dedicated college years, having qualified with an honours degree, I then completed my medical internship in Urban and Rural hospitals in the broad Cork area which was a challenge to say the least. Following this hard but exciting year, I took a year off from my career to fullfill my life long dream of travelling with my fabulous friends from both Nagle Rice and UCC. During my college years between study, hospital placements and part time work I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to American where I spent three months in San Franciso. I worked here for a short while catering at weddings to fund an extended trip prior to returning home. On this trip we went to several iconic places including Arizona where we camped at the Grand Canyon, Los Vegas and Hawaii to name but a few. As part of a medical charity my travels continued, I ventured to Malawi after my fourth year of college. This has been one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had. I worked in a hospital in a rural town called Nkoma, although this was demanding and emotionally though it was an amazing experience. One might say the hospital was not quite what I am used to with each day bringing a new adventure be it a dead dog in the middle of the female ward, a rambling cow on hospital grounds or a patient selling chickens from under her hospital bed. While in Africa I also made some personal achievements including reaching the top of Africa's tallest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro and getting an up and close view of the Serengeti. This year I have spent much of my time backpacking which has brought me to South East Asia including Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. From here I went on to soak up the sun in Australia and pack in as many adventures as possible in New Zealand. As money started to become scarce I have returned home and am now working as a medical Senior House Officer in cork to fund yet some more travelling. I am currently keeping my fingers crossed for upcoming interviews for medical training schemes for next July. If I am successful this will allow me to work in acute hospitals while completing my training. My ultimate long term aim is to become a hospital consultant while continuing to see the world." All at Nagle Rice are very proud of Caitriona's achievements to date and wish her well in her current career path and adventures.
Nagle Rice are delighted to hear of the success of past pupil Alan Cuddihy, who completed his Leaving Cert in 1998. Alan studied Electronic Engineering in UL, and later travelled for 18 months around Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He worked as an engineer with PCH International, which led him to be based in Shenzhen, China for three years. In 2007 he left China to pursue a Masters in Renewable Energy Technology in Germany at the Universitaat Oldenburg. On completion of the masters he returned to China and to PCH International to head up the Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) for the company. For the past few years they have been working to drive his ESG performance within the company and across their partners in the region. Currently he is the Head of Sustainability with PCH. Congratulations to Alan on this fantastic achievement from all at Nagle Rice!
On Thursday 24 January, Nagle Rice celebrated the success of former student, Sarah Breen, who had been conferred with a Doctorate in Biomechanics in the University of Limerick just the day before.
Sarah is currently on a one-
Nagle Rice celebrates its past pupils! If you are a past-