Brendan, who was a 2012 Hurling All-Star recipient, attended a ceremony at the school on Tuesday evening last which was attended by staff and pupils, Councillor Pat Hayes chairman of the Board of Management.
Mr Brian Crossan, acting principal and Ms Darina Sheridan, acting deputy principal, led the tribute at a general school assembly. Mr Sean McNamara teacher and hurling mentor addressed the gathering and said Brendan is a “fantastic role model” for the pupils to look up to. He explained how the Whitegate Club member is very much “one of our own”.
Mr Crossan spoke about how just a few years ago Brendan was sitting in a Scariff Community College classroom and how his hard work in his academic and sporting life brought him to where he is today.
Speaking at the event, Brendan, who is a secondary school teacher himself, said he was honoured and overwhelmed with the welcome he was given.
He said the school had a special place in his heart and spoke of the teachers who had shaped him as a person and had inspired him in his own teaching career.
Two first-year pupils Anna Burke and Morgan Fitzgerald then presented Brendan with a watercolour portrait of Brendan painted by Ms Mary Rouine.
Brendan then launched the new Scariff Community College Website, scariffcommunitycollege.ie.
The website will keep the community informed on school activities, as well as being used as a resource tool for pupils. Curriculum options as well as school policy and enrolment documents will feature on the website.
The site will be updated on a weekly basis, where the latest news, events, information about the school, practical information and photographs will be uploaded. It will also include contributions from pupils.