Sixth year Jennifer Byrne from Ballinahown was surprised by the warmth of the reception she got on arriving to school for the first time this year. The talented soccer player was a key member of the Irish U-17 squad which qualified for the World Cup 2010, making it out of the group stages to the quarter finals. The girls were only eliminated from the competition following their defeat by Japan, losing 2-1 in a very close match.

Jennifer is a fine role model for young girls who want to combine sport and study. She scored eleven As in her junior cert and is on target to perform very well in the Leaving Cert 2011.