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Why choose St Colman's College, Newry? A testimonial by Deputy Head Prefect Padraig Clancy
I attended St. Patricks PS Ballymaghery in Hilltown, and came to St. Colmans with many other pupils from my primary, a short 20 minute bus journey on a straight road to Newry that flies in every morning alongside your friends. Personally, it was never a choice for me, as I had always wanted to go to St. Colmans for as long as I can remember anyway. From hearing stories about the outstanding sporting tradition, academic achievement and the state of the art facilities, it took one glance of the incredible building to make my deicsion even easier, as it emulates the character and pride that comes with being a St. Colmans College student.
I have many great memories of St. Colmans, as I have built and developed friendships with people that I will be able to call friends for life, developing relationships with students and staff alike, who all show the same respect and kindness you would expect from your own family. My fondest memories came with sports, captaining two ulster winning hurling teams , travelling to kingscourt to play handball, and getting the opportunity to excel at the highest level in football aswell. Winning an Ulster and All Ireland medal, and making a Macrory final will be memories I will always remember, and the lads I got there with are like brothers now, and the memories we made running up mountains, and after our big wins, will most likely never leave me. For any P7 coming to St. Colmans I would recommend to take advanatge of every opportunity this amazing school has to offer, and it has a lot to offer, from sport, to music or drama, these actvities allow you to forge bonds with people that you will never forget.
Something most students wouldn’t tell you is that as long as you show respect and get your work done, most teachers can be great craic and love a laugh as much as the rest of us, and are always there to help you with whatever you need, as long as you are willing to accept it, and use it to your own benefit.
St. Colmans College has done a lot for me, and getting the role as deputy head boy was a genuine honour for my family and I. I will be sad to go in the coming months, and it wont be easy saying goodbye to the people that make this place so special but despite that, I can genuinely say coming to St. Colmans was the best decision I ever made, and would urge any young lad thinking of making the move to St. Colmans to make it, as you definitely won’t regret it.