"I know I'm somebody 'cause God don’t make no Junk"
by Darragh O' Reilly
The above caption encapsulates my whole belief system and therefore my approach as Principal of Tallaght Community School. I believe in treating everyone fairly and am acutely aware that each and everyone of us has good qualities. I worked hard to ensure that these qualities emerged. Self esteem alongside self-belief is the characteristics I tried to instil in my students. I was hugely complimented when Paul Fahy, a 1st Year student, presented me with a picture that he had drawn with the above caption. This picture has a special place in our kitchen, and holds a special place in my heart. God bless you Paul Fahy.
Sport has played a pivotal role in the development of self esteem. On my arrival in Tallaght I discovered that many of my students lacked self belief. The honing of sporting skills developed their self confidence and gave me a chance to praise them and tell them how good they were. I am convinced that this in turn enabled them to maximise their academic prowess. In my early years in the school we had great success in Gaelic, Hurling and Football. A wider catchment area that embraced St Anne's Bohernabreena, St Mary's Saggart and Ballyboden St Endas proved a fertile breeding ground for raw natural talent. But unfortunately the opening of Firhouse C.C. and Rathcoole C.S. reduced player supply. Gerry O' Leary was a tower of strength in organising the Gaelic which produced three All Ireland medal winners, Joe McNally St Annes, Ciaran Maher Ballyboden St Endas, and of course the great Paul Curran Thomas Davis, son of a great Meath man. I wish to thank Paul Kelly, Thomas Davis, for all his work for the school and the club during his time in school. Thanks Paul.
Our Success in hurling was limited but enjoyable. I am deeply grateful to David Kinsella, David "Crocker " Kinsella, Johnny Benton, Barry Holbrook and Colm " Sparrow" Barrett.
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