STRADBALLY student Sean Conlon was celebrating with his family last week after receiving his Leaving Certificate from Knockbeg College.
Sean who has Down Syndrome, also received a perpetual shield for the most innovative student from school principal Mr Cyril Hughes. Sean told the Leinster Express that he was very happy with the results. Sean completed English and French in the exams, receiving an A in French. He also received high marks in his ECDL, as he completed a number of modules during the year.
Sean said that he was more nervous waiting on his Junior Cert results than his Leaving Cert. “The most important thing is my family and I love them. Sean has one sister and two brothers and lives with his parents Morris and Margaret. His father Morris said that a lot of celebrating took place in the Conlon house over the past few days. “He is the coolest man I ever met, he wasn’t nervous at all before the results. He is absolutely brilliant, a great lad, and a very popular young lad, and I am very proud of him”.
Throughout his six years in school Sean was helped by a number of teachers and he thanked them for their support, including Mrs Haughney, Mr Conway, Philip Cody, John Behan, John Rouse, Mrs Foley, Mrs Nolan, and Cyril Hughes, school principal.
Sean is also a member of the Stradbally GAA club and he is on the junior football team. “I also won community games as a kid with Stradbally. I would like to thank the board in Stradbally Parish Gaels and my brother Eamon Conlon for their support”.