Dunboyne College had their annual Graduate Association event, in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness week, in the Solstice Arts Centre, in Navan, last night.
During the evening we had excellent speeches from Denis Leonard, Principal of Dunboyne College; from professional cookery graduate Niamh Hartnett and from GAA star Alan O'Mara.
Denis Leonard spoke to everyone about our college, our students, where the college has come from and where it is heading to.
Niamh Hartnett spoke about her time in Dunboyne College and how it prepared her for DIT where she is currently studying a 4 year Culinary Arts degree,
Alan O'Mara spoke to many of our students during the week as a guest speaker and kindly agreed to speak for us again on his struggle with mental health. Alan is a champion goalkeeper with Cavan GAA and wrote a brave and inspiring memoir called: "The Best is Yet to Come: A Memoir about Football and Finding a Way Through the Dark".
After this we were treated to a wonderful, thought provoking and inspiring play from Belfast comic actress, Nuala McKeever, called "In the Window". This one-woman monologue tells the story of Margaret, a lonely woman grappling with her loneliness and her plan to leave this world but one night everything changes.
Dunboyne College would like to thank all our guest speakers for giving up their time and delivering such inspriing speeches.
We would also like to thank Nuala McKeever for her incredible performance.
A big thank you must go to our Graduate Association Committee: Irene Togher, Johanna Dawe, Kathleen Murphy & Patrice Byrne and another thank you must go to the Student Services Committee: Johanna Dawe, Susan Clarke, Maria Gargan, Milica Traljic and Meabh Nimmo. Without all the hard work and dedication they put in this evening would not have been the success it was.
Before and after the event we were all treated to wonderful music performed by our very own Music Performance students under the guidance of their music and sound tutors: Susan Clarke and Rob Kelly. A big thank you to them for all the hard work and effort they put in.
Another thank you has to go to Bob and Rose for providing refreshments for everyone after the event and for supporting all our students, past and present, over the years.
Finally, thank you to the staff of the Solstice Arts Centre and to everyone who supported us on the night.
More photos can be seen on our facebook page here