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Competing against over 250 students from all over Ireland, Rockwell Student, Cahal Murphy, is to be presented with a gold medal for his project ‘Quantative Easing, does it work? in the Galway Bay Hotel on Monday, 24th. April’. This project examines the effects of global recession on unemployment in America, Europe and Japan. Cahal states that large scale asset purchasing by America’s Federal Bank, the E.C.B. of Europe and Japan’s B.O.J. is ineffective and failed to inflate or effect G.D.P. growth in order to stimulate economic growth. Cahal hopes to go on to study Economics and finance in U.C.D. Cahal is pictured with his Economics teacher, June O'Brien.
Exceptionally well directed by Suzanne Buttimer and Eoin O’Keeffe, ably assisted by choreographer Sinead Fitzgerald, this must rate as one of the best shows performed by Rockwell students in recent years. Sam Rapaport as Joseph, Bronwyn Stephens as the Narrator, and Stephen Grogan as Pharaoh stole the show while Nathan Luttrell, Siobhan Hynes and Tommy Bergin endeared the audiences with their portrayal of the parts as Potiphar, Potiphar’s wife and Jacob.
This long running musical features the Old Testament story of Joseph, son of Jacob. Jacob lived happily with his dozen sons, but his favouritism for Joseph, symbolised by the gift of a spectacular multi-coloured coat, makes his brothers so jealous of him that they end up selling him as a slave and staging his death. The story follows the fate of Joseph in Egypt, his encounters with the wealthy Potiphar and his wife, his suffering and his subsequent rise to prominence under the Pharaoh of Egypt. A blight of famine across the region forces Joseph’s brothers to Egypt to seek food and an unexpected encounter with the brother they had abandoned in the past.
The cast of 37 students, combined with the 17 first years in the choir, performed such notables as ‘Any dream will do’, ‘Go,go, go Joseph’, while Sam Rappaport’s rendition of ‘Close every door’ and Stephen Grogan’s ‘Song of the king’ went down extremely well with the audience. This production would not have been possible without the support of Principal, Ms. Audrey O’Byrne who rolled up her sleeves and worked backstage with other staff members.
|Fr. Bangalie: Stations of the Cross|
On March 31st Rockwell College Union will present its Rockwell Person of the Year Award to past pupil Arthur Pierse, Tipperary’s greatest ever golfing ambassador, at the Annual Dinner in Cahir House Hotel. Arthur Pierse was one of five boys, four of whom attended Rockwell College and, in turn, all four of Arthur’s children attended the College over the past fifteen years.
Union President, Donal Higgins, said it was with great honour that he will present the award to Arthur Pierse in recognition of his distinguished golf career and in gratitude for his continued support of Rockwell College since leaving in 1971.
Arthur Pierse’s golfing journey has taken him all over the world and has seen him excel at the very highest levels nationally and internationally in amateur golf from the 1970s right up to the present day.
He tussled with the legendary Joe Carr in the West of Ireland in 1972 where he first burst onto the amateur golf circuit; he met icons such as Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus when competing in the famous ‘Duel In The Sun’ British Open at Turnberry in 1977; he was selected for Walker Cup and Eisenhower Trophy teams; he led the Carroll’s Irish Open at Woodbrook in 1975 when shooting seven birdies, one par and one bogey on the front nine on Day One. Latterly Arthur competed in the USA in both Senior Professional and Amateur championship performing remarkably well, and crowned a remarkable career with perhaps one of the proudest days, amongst a plethora of proud days, by capturing the British Senior Amateur Championship in 2007 at the age of 56 - with his daughter Jill caddying for him.
"Four amateur majors (two Wests, the North and East) plus seven runner-up places, 99 Irish caps, the British Senior Amateur in 2007, a Walker Cup appearance and one of only two Munster men to play on the GB&I Eisenhower Trophy team barely reflect Arthur Pierse's contribution to the game of golf in Ireland. These were just some of his astounding achievements in a phenomenal career" added Donal.
The Annual Dinner is being held for the first time outside of Dublin this year and the Union hopes to encourage the many past pupils of the College from County Tipperary to attend on the night and proudly acknowledge the remarkable achievements of this remarkable sportsman. Tickets are available on the Union website www.rockwellcollegeunion.com
On Wednesday the 8th Munster and Ireland rugby star Denis Leamy visited Rockwell for the presentation of a €42000 cheque to the Hope foundation charity from students in Rockwell travelling to Kolkata in India with the charity this year. Sixteen Transition Year students from Rockwell will be travelling to Kolkata with the charity as part of an immersion programme in which they will visit the slums and all the schools, children’s homes and hospitals run by Hope in Kolkata, India. The students began fundraising for Hope during the summer of 2016. Some of the students ran table quizzes, sold chocolate bars, busked on the street, organised a sponsored sea swim, held greyhound racing nights, held coffee mornings and went bag packing for a week in Tesco Clonmel for the week before Christmas to raise the money. They will leave for Kolkata on Thursday the 16th of February with two supervisors from Rockwell and stay for a week in Kolkata with Hope, visiting slum and street children given a better life by Hope.
Pic 1: 16 Rockwell students who have raised €42,000 for the Hope Foundation with their supervisors, Joan Kennedy and Roisin Egan.
Pic 2: Former international rugby star, Denis Leamy, with the Hope students from Rockwell.
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|Munster Girls' Final Win|
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|JCT 22 V St Munchin's 10|
Rockwell qualified for the Munster senior D final for the second year in a row when disposing of Meanscoil Ring with a workmanlike performance. Playing against the wind in the first half, Rockwell won a lot of possession around midfield through Kate Barlow, and worked nice ball through to the full forward line. A dour Ring defence prevented the Rockwell forwards from capitalising. In the 7th minute a speculative kick from Eilish Kennedy went through the keeper’s hands to open the scoring. Rockwell had a second goal 3 minutes later through Laura Stocksborough who blasted to the top corner of the net, giving the keeper no chance. Rockwell then scored a further 3 points through E. Kennedy, Roisin Finnane and K. Barlow before Meanscoil raised a flag with a goal and point just before half time to leave the score 2-3 to 1-1 in favour of Rockwell.
Playing against the breeze Ring slotted over the first point of the second half. Rockwell responded well with a dominant period of possession scoring 2 points before Ring replied. Rockwell was to squander a number of chances and it was not until the 24 th. minute that they scored again. Ring played some intricate football out the field and were able to cut gaps through the Rockwell half backline before meeting a stout defence of goalkeeper, Orla Cashman, Faye Dowling and Niamh Walsh. The testing conditions told on the Ring players with a number going down with cramps. Rockwell closed out the match scoring a further 3 points. Others to stand out for the winners were Aoife O’Shaughnessy at centre back, Laura Morrissey, Roisin Finnane, Eilish Kennedy and Ellie O’Sullivan
Rockwell: Orla Cashman, Olivia Noonan, Niamh Walsh, Faye Dowling, Moya Whelan, Aoife O’Shaughnessy, Martha Faulkner, Kate Barlow, Laura Morrissey, Ellie O’Sullivan, Roisin Finnane, Eilish Kennedy, Lucy Holohan, Laura Stocksborough, Norma Kennedy. Subs: Siobhan Whelan for R. Finnane(58), Lucy Murphy, Claire Hickey, Caitlin Buckley, Annica O’Connor, Emma Walsh
Pic 1: Kate Barlow about to take on the opposition.
Pic 2: Ellie O'Sullivan in attack.
|St Vincent De Paul|
The Rockwell S.R.C. spent the past two weeks co-coordinating a food collection where students brought in parcels of food each morning. They also ran a movie night for 1st. years which yielded €584. Martin Quirke spoke to the student representative body about the importance of sharing with others and to be mindful, when we sit down to our Christmas dinner, that others are not so fortunate. He also spoke about the important work being done by S.V.D.P. and the ever increasing pressure which is placed on them. Pic: S.R.C. with Martin Quirke (S.V.D.P.), Business teachers Simon Kenny and June O'Brien. Click image to enlarge.
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|Cycle Against Suicide|
Just a reminder that Rockwell College will be a "Stage" on the Cycle Against Suicide event in 2017. Congratulations to Claire Bennett, Denis Leamy, Conor Sweeney, Edith Carroll, Pat Egan and all who have helped to make this possible.
|Rockwell & Castletroy|
The Rockwell under 15 girls' rugby team made history on Thursday by playing their first full pitch match against Castletroy College in Limerick. While many girls teams have played in the past 10 years, matches have been 7 or 10 a side; this was a big day. Rockwell ran out 50 points to 20 winners in a great match on a cold and wet winter's day in Limerick. Karen Bennett opened the scoring in the first minute, breaking through three tackles to score out wide. Third Years Lucy Murphy, Faye Dowling and Jessie O'Riordan were outstanding, getting early tries in the first half. The First Year girls showed huge talent, with Kate Flannery, Emma Daly, Sarah Finnane and Shauna Parker all dangerous in attack. Abbie O'Sullivan, one of the smallest on the pitch, put in some huge tackles.
A great fun day was had by all. Many thanks to our coach Polly Murphy for all her hard work this year.
|Bowen Shield Presentation|
Rockwell 26 Bandon Grammar 8
Bandon, having defeated C.B.C. and Crescent in the earlier round of this competition, came into the final with high expectations of claiming their first Munster title. Rockwell, who hadn’t won this competition since 2009, kicked off with the aid of a nice breeze. Bandon set out their stall by playing a number of phases which put Rockwell on the back foot. The Bandon no. 8, Colin Deane, made some great carries but Bandon elected to take the ball through the centre when it might have been wiser to spread the ball wide. On Rockwell’s first foray into Bandon’s territory they were awarded a penalty as a Bandon player failed to release in the tackle. Jake Flannery converted the resultant penalty neatly through the posts from a difficult angle on the thirty metre line. Rockwell continued to defend for the next ten minutes. From a Bandon lineout the no. 2, Travis Coomey, used his physique to bustle through on the wing and score an unconverted try near the sideline. Rockwell responded well and closed out the half growing in confidence. This was further enhanced by a Jake Flannery penalty conversion from 40 metres out. Rockwell led 6-5 at half time but were about to face into a stiff breeze.
From the Bandon kick off Conall Kennedy towered above all to catch. Rockwell set up a ruck and proceeded to attack wide. A handling error, however, led to a turnover. This play was a sign of Rockwell’s resurgence and a growing belief in their own ability, despite being dwarfed physically by their opponents. Shortly afterwards Jack Harney reacted quickly to a bouncing ball to sprint clear from the half way line and touch down in the corner. Ryan O’Sullivan failed to convert the conversion. 5 minutes later Bandon kicked a penalty to leave Rockwell 11-8 ahead. This was to be Bandon’s last score as Rockwell now moved the ball fluently from side to side and Sean Cotter was next to score a try on his line. Ryan O’Sullivan added the extras from a very difficult position and into the breeze. As Bandon tried desperately to counter attack they were mat by a resolute defence which caused them to knock on on a number of occasions. From one of these Conall Kennedy deftly danced through to score under the post which was converted by Ryan O’Sullivan. Conall Kennedy disrupted the Bandon line out on a number of occasions, Ciaran Ryan at 8 made some great carries, James O’Meara and Darragh Molloy defended well in the second half. Jack Harney showed a maturity beyond his years, both in ther tackle and carries made. In the Back line Jake Flannery was masterful in marshalling his backline, ably abetted by Oisin Mangan and Andrew Daly. This is a well drilled and disciplined Rockwell outfit who will acquit themselves well in this year’s Senior Cup. The only worry is the lack of physical presence. Coach, Kevin Leamy, said that "he was very proud of the way the team showed composure and discipline top grind out this win."
Rockwell College; James O Meara, Darragh Molloy, Brendan Ryan, Christopher Farrell , Conall Kennedy, Tom Russell, Jack Harney (c) , Ciaran Ryan , Oisin Mangan , Jake Flannery, Sean Cotter, Andrew Daly, Fionn kiely, Christopher Egan, Ryan O Sullivan, Subs: Conor Forrest, Niall O’Halloran, Harry Tobin, Michael Mc.Mahon (C. Farrell,65), Paddy Murchan, Joseph O’Connor (J.O’Meara 67), Cian Mullane, Alex Ryan. Coaches: Kevin Leamy, Cody Baker, Physio: Thomas Ryan S C : Padraig O Connor.
Played in PBC’s home grounds in Wilton in perfect conditions for rugby, Rockwell College started this Munster U18 semi-final with a promising attack when Conall Kennedy gathered Jake Flannery’s drop off to put Rockwell straight on the front foot. The play broke down 10 metres from the Pres. goal-line when the referee deemed Rockwell to have not released the ball fast enough. The first score of the game came shortly after. With play just inside the Rockwell half Pres put the ball in behind Rockwell’s front line defenders but Rockwell’s scum-half, Oisin Mangan, gathered the bouncing ball and fed Jake Flannery who in turn passed to Andrew Daly. Showing great pace and power, Daly managed to shake off two defenders before beating the PBC fullback and score with a 70 metres burst. Jake Flannery added the conversion.
Following this opening period of dominance Rockwell let Pres back into the game when a cross field kick was not dealt with and the Pres no. 11 reacted quickest to score and also added the extras. From the restart, Rockwell managed to force Pres into an handling error on their own 22 and, winning possession from the scrum, Ciaran Ryan made a good carry, offloading to Jake Flannery who squeezed through two defenders to touch down. Flannery slotted over the conversion. The 1st. half ended with Rockwell defending their own goal line and James O’Meara, Chris Farrell and captain, Jack Harney in particular putting in a huge defensive shift.
The second half began with Rockwell failing to clear their line properly, which led to Pres gaining a foothold in the game that they were to make the most of. They scored a try in the corner from a defensive mishap. The conversion rebounded back off the post to leave Rockwell still leading by 2 points. This would shortly evaporate as Ciaran Ryan was harshly adjudged to have made a high tackle. The Pres kicker showed good composure slotting over from 35m. Rockwell had two kicks that narrowly failed to hit the mark, with Flannery striking one from 40 metres out just dropping short. Rockwell full back, Ryan O’Sullivan, attempted another on the far right hand touchline that went narrowly to the right and wide.
With the game into injury time Brendan Ryan and Paddy Murchan managed to hold up a Pres attacker. From the resultant attack James O’ Meara made a huge carry well into Pres territory; Conall Kennedy was on hand to get Rockwell into Pres’s 22 with some superb footwork, and, with Pres’s defence in slight disarray Flannery switched the play to hooker, Darragh Molloy, who drew the Pres winger. This allowed Fionn Kiely to finish superbly in the left hand corner. Rockwell failed to add the extras. Pres laid siege to the Rockwell line for the next 4 minutes 4 minutes and were awarded a penalty which they kicked to touch. Connall Kennedy and Jack Harney managed to disrupt the Pres line out, laying off the ball to Oisin Mangan who kicked the ball dead to end the game. Rockwell will now now face Bandon Grammar on Wednesday 7th of December in Clanwilliam at 2.30pm. The game will be preceded by the McCarthy Shield final where Rockwell’s U15’s meet Crescent Comprehensive with a 1pm kick-off.
The 2016 Gwenda Hurst Memorial Medal has been awarded to Áine Heffernan, who sat her leaving Certificate last June. Each year, the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland selects the most meritorious paper in the Leaving Certificate Geography examination for the award. Áine and her teacher, Mr. Michael Doyle, along with Áine's parents, Noel and Olive from Kilcommon Cross in Cahir, attended the ceremony in Trinity College Dublin where the medal was presented on Wednesday November 23rd. Áine's exam script was selected from over 19,000 other candidates who sat Geography at Higher Level in the Leaving Certificate.
Áine's teacher, Mr. Doyle, described Áine as "a wonderful student to teach, highly motivated and dedicated. I am delighted to see her abilities recognised with this award." Áine is currently studying Science at Trinity College Dublin, where she has also been recognised with an Entrance Scholarship for her overall academic performance in the Leaving Certificate. Aine hopes to go on to specialise in Neuro-Science in the future.
Left: Michael Doyle with Aine Heffernan at the steps in the Geography Dept. in Trinity College for the Gwenda Hurst Memorial Medal award.
Top: Michael Doyle (Geog. teacher), Peter Lydon (President of A.G.T.I.) , Aine Heffernan (recipient)
The Rockwell Senior Girls' Sevens rugby team competed at the All Ireland Finals, the Gx7s, in Donnybrook on the 18th of November, after qualifying out of Munster. They won their pool, beating teams from Cavan, Wicklow and Ballinasloe, to top their group and qualify for the cup final.
In the semi we faced Gorey school, and the girls put up a brave performance against a strong, more experienced side, with many Leinster players on the field. At full time the score was 2 tries each; so the match went to extra time, with whoever scored first qualifying for the final. We were unfortunate not to score, with Aoife O Shaughnessy, Laura Morrissey and Kate Barlow all making great ground. Eilis Kennedy and Claire Bennett were superb in defence, turning over rucks and stealing balls. Niamh Walsh made a great 25 metre break down the wing to almost score but unfortunately was tackled into touch. After pressure on our own tryline, Gorey scored the golden try. Gorey went on to win the final. We were so close.
The girls were devastated but should take heart in how much they have achieved in their nine months of playing. They have a bright future in the game and hopefully will continue to play in college next year, and many may yet wear the Irish jersey.
|Well Done, Max!|
Ten Rockwell students were awarded with certificates by W.I.T. for obtaining A's in Business Studies in the Junior Cert. Congratulations to the students and their teachers.
There were scenes of great delight in Rockwell College on Thursday October 20th last as the McCarthy Cup and Irish Press Cups arrived in the College. The McCarthy Cup was accompanied by Tipperary corner back, Cathal Barrett from the Holycross-Ballycahill club, while Mark Kehoe from Kilsheelan Kilcash, a Seventh Year pupil at the College, accompanied the minor trophy.
Speaking at a special event in front of 450 pupils in the Concert Hall, Deputy principal, Mr Michael Doyle, said that Rockwell College was very privileged to have the two Cups in the school. He said “While the College has always been known for its rugby prowess, it also has a strong GAA history to be proud of. Rockwell College have won five Harty Cups, and five players who played on this year’s Tipperary Senior football team are also past pupils of the College, namely, captain Peter Acheson, Colm O’Shaugnessy , Josh Keane, Jimmy Feehan and Conor Sweeney. |Conor is also teaching in the college. We also had six players on this year’s Tipperary Minor football team. We are also delighted that one among us this year, Mark Kehoe, was part of the Tipperary Minor hurling team’’.
Mr. Doyle congratulated Cathal Barrett on his recent All-Star nomination, and added that he had no doubt whatsoever that he would be named amongst the hurling All-Star recipients on November 4th next.
Speaking to the students, Cathal Barrett said that he was delighted to bring the Cup to Rockwell College. He encouraged students to continue with whatever sport they had taken on, no matter what it is. He encouraged them to “always try to do your best’’. He added that he always had a strong interest in rugby and played underage rugby with a number of former students from the school at Thurles RFC’’. Afterwards Cathal and Mark were kept busy with a large number of students posing for photographs with them.
Rockwell Student Representative Council raised €740 for Special Olympics Ireland through a non-uniform day, and three students from Transition Year also raised €330 for Aware.
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The Rockwell Senior Girls' Rugby Sevens team have qualified for the All Ireland Finals in Dublin on November the 10th. They topped their pool at the Munster finals, beating schools from Abbeyfeale ( 4-1), Bandon (3-2) and Killaloe ( 7- 0) . Excellent performances on the day from all the girls in a full squad effort. Top try scorers were Kate Barlow (4), Niamh Walsh (2), Susie Doyle (2), Moya Whelan (2).
Principal, Ms. Audrey O'Byrne expressed her delight for all 62 students who sat their Junior Certificate exams this year and received their results on Wednesday, September 14th .She paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of the pupils and thanked, on their behalf, the teaching and ancillary staff who support the pupils in achieving their potential.
The pupils of Rockwell College celebrated exceptional results in most subjects, with 50 % of all History pupils achieving A grades at Honours Level, 48% of all Religion pupils receiving A grades at Higher Level, and 32% of all Higher Maths pupils receiving A grades at Higher Level. In Geography , Irish, Business, Science and English the pupils were awarded A grades at three times the national average.
This is the final year of the Junior Certificate examination, which will be replaced by the Junior Cycle Student Awards from 2017. The first subject to see change is English, followed by Business and Science in 2019.
Pic 1: Anmol Mahesh who achieved a maximum of 11 A grades at Higher Level.
Pic 2: A group of students who achieved 9,10 and 11 A grades each.
Front: Ciaran Healy, Moya Whelan, Anmol Mahesh
Back: Bill Fitzgerald, Harry Drohan, Ben O'Sullivan, Michael Doyle (Deputy Principal)
Pic 3: Kirsty Keating, Harry Tobin, Savannah Harris, Elaine Graves.
Pic 4: Laura Stocksborough, Moya Whelan, Cian Mullane, Stephen Grogan.
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Rockwell College was recognised and awarded for its involvement in the Cycle Against Suicide initiative in a ceremony at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin last Friday, September 23rd. The College was represented by Fifth Year pupils Claire Bennett and Orla Cashman, who received the award from Dr. Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children. The award recognises the attaining of Ambassador status by Rockwell College last year, thanks to a number of positive mental health initiatives developed and promted by the Transition Year group. The event was a particularly important day for Claire Bennett, who was one of just 15 young people selected last year from across 84 participating schools to form the Leadership cohort for 2016-17. The Leadership group met during the summer to devise the theme for this year’s programme and the theme “Sharing the Journey” was announced at the Kilmainham event. In addition to receiving Ambassador status, Rockwell College will also take the role of Anchor School this year, supporting the cyclists taking part in the national cycling event in early May 2017.
Congratulations to Conall Fox, (LC 2016) who has been awarded a scholarship from NUIG under their Excellence Scholarships scheme. He is one of only 61 recipients across NUIG this year to receive the award and will be presented with his scroll at a special ceremony in NUIG on October 12th. The Excellence Scholarships recognise extraordinary achievement in the Leaving Certificate, and all at Rockwell College congratulate Conall on his success.
Congratulations to Aoife O'Shaughnessy and the U18 Girls' International team on winning Bronze in the U.K. last week.
The achievements were worth celebrating by the pupil cohort of 2016, who performed exceptionally well. Notable among the successes were Aine Heffernan (Cahir) and Lochlin English (Ballyporeen) who both achieved 600 points. In all, 27% of the Rockwell College pupils achieved 500 points or higher, in comparison to just 9.9% nationally, and all candidates were delighted with their results. There were strong grades achieved across all subjects, with high grades in English, Irish, Geography and History in particular. For the pupils who were repeating their exams, the year proved enormously successful, with results improving by an by an average of 100 points each. The Principal, Audrey O’Byrne and Deputy Principal, Michael Doyle praised the success, commenting that the results were evidence of the commitment of the teachers of the College and strong work ethic demonstrated by the Leaving Certificate pupils across all ranges of ability.
|Congratulations to All!|
Congratulations to Aoife O'Shaughnessy on being selected for the Irish Girls' Under 18's Rugby Sevens Final squad. Aoife will be competing in Loughborough on 24th of August at the U.K. School Games. The Squad are also preparing for the Rugby Europe competition in Vichy, France, Sept 10th, 11th.
Congratulations to Claire Bennett, who has been selected to be an ambassador for "Cycle Against Suicide".