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Celebration of Student Life



St Mary's students with Professor Peter Finn (Principal) at breakfast reception celebrating student life within the college.

At a recent breakfast reception in the College’s Student Centre, the Principal, Professor Peter Finn, and the Coordinator for Student Support and Guidance, Deirdre Cree, congratulated those who had contributed significantly to student life in the College.

The annual reception is designed to be a forum at which the College Community acknowledges the students’ wide range of sporting achievement, volunteer service, charitable work, educational outreach and pastoral activity. The event highlights the rich tapestry of activities, in addition to academic achievement, undertaken by students over the past year.



The students concerned were acknowledged under seven categories of student life activities as set out below.

The Mission Statement for the College asserts: “We work for the development of the whole person in a Christian, values-sensitive environment in preparation for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service”.


The slideshow of photos below showcases their many successful endeavours!



(Nominated or Representative)



Karen McWilliams

Jane McKee

Friends of Africa

Charitable work in the Developing World

Maeve Quinn

Saphara Project/India International Development

Aoife McGirr

Saphara Project/India

Fionnuala Brogan

Tara Bell

College Liturgy Group

Faith Development

Sarah-Jane Maskey

Killian Barrett

Michaela Foundation

Christina Sturgeon

Mary McEvoy Morgan

Beth Donnelly

Student Ambassador Volunteer Group

Educational Outreach

Orla Boyle

Easter School

Olivia McGrath

Beth Donnelly

VRTP/Speedwell Trust

Imelda Ward

Conway Education Centre Adult Learning (Essential Skills)

Nicole McCabe

Blaine Douglas

Conway Education Centre Family Project (Aftershools Programme)

Jake Magill

Amy Russell

Writing Centre: Peer Tutoring Volunteer

Simon Lam

Imagine Ed Event

Sean Paul Gibson

STEM Education in Primary Schools: The Microbot Experience Project

Claire Conlon

Contribution to STEM - SENTINUS Challenge ‘Solar Oven’

Ríoghnach Devine

Caoimhe Lynch

Gary Leonard

Cailin Fox

Fiona McAteer

Amy Russell

An Cumann Gaelach

Irish Language, Music and Culture

Gary Leonard

IME Students: Contribution to IM production/broadcasting on Radio Feirste

Caitriona Mic An tSaoir

Commitment to the promotion of the Irish language/life-long learning and volunteer leader in the Gaeltacht

Tania Ní Dhoibhlin

IME student: Drama Workshop for children in An Culturlann

Caoimhe Ní Loingsigh

Contribution to promoting Irish language in the community: Cairde Teo, Armagh

Sinead Breen

Contribution to Trad Society in the College

Eamon Rooney

Commitment to Traditional music with ‘The Rapparees’

Shauna Tracey Redmond

Volunteer at RVH Hospital School

Arlene McCarroll

Traditional Irish Music Teaching in College

Emma Kelly

College Folk Group

Music and Dance

Dymphna Clenaghan

Eimear Dillon

Lisa McConville

Ellie Nagle

Holywell Hospital (Mental Health) Outreach

Elisha Colton

Beth Cosgrove

Grace Somerville

Bronagh Muldoon

Emily Goss

Community Engagement Events (music volunteers)

Enda Mulholland

Sorcha Martin

Jane McKee

College Musical

Eimear Dynes

Folk band ‘Folk This’

Aileen McAllister

Ranch Riverdance

Seamas McGeough

Youth Volunteer/Professional Development in local community

Enhancing the lives of others

Michael O’Connell

Carla Darragh

SEN Volunteering

Megan McVey

Entrepreneurship: Primary Colours Arts

Niamh McAreavey

Entrepreneurship: Nádúrtha

Francis Murphy

Outstanding contribution to College life by inspiring others’ creativity

Fiona McAteer

Contributions to youth work and volunteering

Damian Ball

MacMillan Cancer charity fundraiser

Neil McNicholl

Community Outreach Officer in the SU

Oliver Jacob

Contribution to International/Erasmus Life

Grace Somerville

Irish Pilgrimage for Motor Neuron Disease NI

Fergal McNicholl

Entrepreneurship Project in St Patrick’s Pennyburn raising money for charity/school funds

Patrick McBride

Gaelic Football


Kieran McGeary

Captain of Sigerson Team

Maeve Mullen

Colleen McVeigh


Ruairi Wilson

Contribution to Hurling development

Ruairi Devlin

Contribution to Gaelic games and culture as Clubs and Societies Officer

Megan Kerr

Mark McGuigan

Gaelic Games Coaching (The Irish News project)

Sean McCullagh

Contribution to soccer management in the College/International Officer in the SU

Carla Darragh

Marathon Teams and Fundraising 2016 (Belfast Relay Marathon)