Aoise Healy returns to Caherleaheen with a Bronze European Swimming Medal!

Aoise arrived to the hall and the whole school was waiting for her. What a cheer she got! She won and brought home a bronze medal from the European Halliwick Gala in Kracow, Poland. She described her weekly training schedule, not just in swimming, but also athletics with the wonderful Tralee Harriers Athletics Club. (She also continues her gynastics). Then she told us how she progressed to the European’s. Last Saturday, against 80+ competitors, she dived into her heats/our hearts and won her place in two semi-finals: 50m and 25m…..representing her country! This is hugely significant and inspiring for all of us here in Caherleaheen- her pals and friends, her teachers and SNAs. Aoise ultimately won a bronze in the 25m final! How did she do it? Well, she trained consistently, embraced challenges and tapped into some of her greatest strengths, which are: her work ethic, her belief and resilient positivity. We are immensely proud of her. This afternoon, she gave everyone a night off homework. This was welcomed, reluctantly, by all the kids 🙂 (Though she told me, she has homework tonight, as usual). She is a second-year student in Presentation with lots to do. Comhgáirdeas duit, a Aoise! You are a great example to all of us here! The embraces, the congratulations were exuberant and heartfelt, this afternoon. Our triumphant footballers from today’s Cumann na mBunScoil in Blennerville, also greatly appreciated and identified with Aoise’s achievement, as you can see in these photos below. We all felt the glow! Aoise always had character, sincerity, humour, graft and discipline here in Caherleaheen…… and she let it all loose in Poland last Saturday!

— Mary C