Post-primary students were presented with awards which commemorate the life of a pope and acknowledges their faith and service in their parishes.

Students from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, had engaged in a host of faith-based activities and a range of social awareness activities within the parishes of Barryroe, Timoleague & Clonakilty.

They were presented with their Pope John Paul II  awards by Bishop Fintan Gavin at Mass in Clonakilty on Sunday May 12th 2024.

The recipients were Sinead Walsh (Timoleague Parish), Ciara Collins (Clonakilty Parish), Lauren Eady (Clonakilty Parish), Saoirse Whelton (Barryroe Parish, (Caoimhe Ní Bhuachalla (Barryroe Parish), Sara O’Sullivan (Clonakilty Parish) and Sinead Crowley (Clonakilty Parish).

Students from Coláiste Éamann Rís in Cork were also presented with their Pope John Paul II Awards by Bishop Fintan on Saturday last, May 11th in St. Finbarr’s South Parish, Cork.

The photo includes Ms. Anne Marie Nolan, their Awards Mentor, and Fr. Kevin O'Regan, Co-PP..

The six students in the photograph are: Matthew Keder, Beatriz Amieiro, Laura Pason, Michaela Madankova, Katie O’Leary Luke Aibangbee. Two presentations in adstentia were to Conor Mc Carthy & Antonio Garcia-Cervigon Moreno.


At the presentation of Pope John Paul II Awards in ClonakiltyPhoto shows: (Back Row): Fr Fergus Tuohy CC, Saoirse Whelton, Bishop Fintan Gavin, Ciara Collins, Sara O'Sullivan, Paul Kelly, Co-ordinator of Faith Formation in Post-Primary Schools; (Front Row): Anne Marie Brosnan, Principal; Lauren Eady, Sinead Walsh, Sheila Gilbert.

Pope John Paul II Awards presented at South Parish, Cork.Pope John Paul II Awards presented at South Parish, Cork.

The Pope John Paul II Award is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary.  The Award enables young people to take an active part in the life of their Church, their community and society generally. It enables young people to become more aware of both the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deeper level with discovering the person of Jesus Christ.

The Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and had such belief and confidence in them. It was launched in Ireland by the Papal Nuncio back in 2006, in the Diocese of Derry. It was launched in the Diocese of Cork and Ross shortly before the emergence of the Covid 19 Global Pandemic. The first presentations of the John Paul II Awards in the Diocese occurred in 2023 and will become an annual event from now on.