There was great sunshine, delight and excitement at the Killarney School of Music recently when Ray O’Sullivan’s Speech and Drama students received their Irish Board of Speech and Drama Grade Examination Awards. The newly crowned Lily of Killarney, Carmel O’Leary, had the honour of presenting the students with their grade examination certificates at the annual event.

The Irish Board of Speech and Drama awarded two gold medals to students of the school: a gold medal in senior Grade 4 to Rory McDonnell and in senior Grade 4 a gold medal to Saoirse Harkin. Both students had excelled in their dramatic performances as well as their knowledge and understanding of the theory of Speech and Drama.

All students had been individually assessed by an Irish Board of Speech and Drama external examiner. The Board Director Mr David Meredith LISBD paid glowing tribute to the Killarney School of Music Speech and Drama department for the extremely high level of teaching that the students enjoyed. These outstanding results paid testament to this with nine students receiving Honours, 31 students achieving First Class Honours, and 15 students attaining the ultimate accolade of an IBSD Distinction. These grades were amongst the highest achieved in the country in 2018.

Speech and Drama teacher Ray O’Sullivan said that he was extremely proud of all his students and praised their parents for the commitment and dedication shown in supporting their children by giving them the wonderful lifelong gift of speech and drama.

The very high results gained by all the students was a great independent validation of the hard work and fun they have together, underlining the philosophy “Learning through Laughter,” Ray said. “I am truly blessed with wonderful students,” he added.

Ray will begin a new teaching term in September. Children are accepted for enrolment from 6 to 14 years of age. Further details are available from the school at on 064 66 37598.