The Kilbride Suite of Kilkenny’s Ormonde Hotel was full to capacity on Friday night as Ormonde College of Further Education staged its annual awards conferring ceremony. Staff, award recipients and their relatives gathered to enjoy the occasion as over 250 individual awards were conferred on successful learners. The role of Master of Ceremonies was fulfilled by staff member Margie Wall and there was a palpable atmosphere of celebration as former students were conferred with the fruit of their labours and became reacquainted with classmates and tutors.
Guests of Honour included chairperson of Co. Kilkenny VEC Cllr. Mary Hilda Cavanagh and Chairperson of the Board of Management Cllr. Marie Fitzpatrick, Kilkenny Senior Hurling team captain and current all-star holder Brian Hogan who brought Liam McCarthy along with him when presenting the awards to the Sport and Recreation award recipients. The standing of the college in the community was also reflected by the fact that awards were presented by Mr. Tony Coy of the Kilkenny branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association and Mr. P.J. Carter from C & C Security who made the official presentation to the students of the Security Studies programme.