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News 2018-2019

Rockwell Junior Hockey girls get off to a blistering start in their first venture into Munster ‘A’ hockey

Having won the Munster 'B' League last year Rockwell were promoted to the A division and were expected to struggle there. In their first match against St. Angela’s of Cork the Rockwell girls came out on top by a single goal following a ding dong battle.Sara Finnane scored the winning goal. The second round of the league was equally intense against the more experienced Laurel Hill of Limerick who have an excellent record in this competition. Again this was a tight affair and Caoimhe O’Connor scored a stunning goal to shock their much vaunted opponents. This is remarkable for a school with fewer girl students than their opponents, and they have now shown their ability to mix it with the best.

Panel: Isabelle Pollard, Shauna Parker, Kate Flannery, Sara Finnane, Abby O'Sullivan, Caoimhe O'Conner, Orla Breen, Sive Kearney, Susan Shanahan, Aisling Carmody, Sara Quirke, Grace Kearney, Lucy Fitzgerald, Beth Buttimer, Aoibhe Gleeson, Jane O'Donnell, Lucy Austin, Caoimhe Grace, Amelia Kearney, Roisin Dunphy, Charlotte Ball, Jessica Stokes, Anna Kearney ,Molly Hall, Kate Ross, Rebecca Coughlan, Jessica Curran, Emma Daly, Phillipa Harold Barry, Miranda H.Barry, Ava Russell ,K. Hewitt, Shauna Wlash.


The State Exams Commission (SEC) has identified Rockwell College student Shane Neville as a high achiever in Maths & Science in the 2018 Junior Certificate Exam. Shane is now invited to participate in the National Olympiad competitions.

These competitions will be held in Dublin City University in October and November and will result in six students being selected to represent Ireland at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) in Gaborone, Botswana from the 2nd to 11th December 2018 and the European Union Science Olympiad (EUSO) in Almada, Portugl from the 4th to 11th May 2019.

Only students identified by the SEC may participate in these Olympiads, this itself being a major honour. Rockwell College wishes Shane the best of luck in the upcoming competitions.

Rockwell pupil receives top scholarship award

Rockwell College is celebrating the success of their top student Jake Flannery. Jake is the Tipperary recipient of the Naughton Foundation award which grants top STEM students €5,000 per annum for 4 years towards their STEM university studies. One only is selected from each county and recipients must meet criteria and performance targets for the duration of their studies.

Jake was selected from thousands of applicants across the county. The awards Ceremony took place on Saturday September 29th in Trinity College Dublin. Jake accepted his award in a ceremony attended by the Minister for Education & Skills Richard Bruton. The founders of the scholarship programme, Carmel and Martin Naughton, presented the award.

In addition to the award, the school attended by the recipient receives €1000 toward their Science faculty equipment.

Jake’s success comes as a result of achieving six H1 grades including the STEM subjects Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Applied Maths. A very successful Rugby player, Jake will continue his passion for Rugby at College. He has chosen to pursue Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at UL.

Staff at Rockwell College congratulated Jake on this remarkable achievement, and Chemistry teacher Ms. Helen Murray travelled to attend the ceremony on behalf of the College.

Jake is pictured here at the ceremony with his Chemistry teacher Helen Murray.

Congratulations to Jack Hunt (Limerick)

Jack represented Munster U19’s this Season.

Munster Ladies Senior D1 football 1st. Round

Rockwell 3-11 Pobalscoil na Trionaide, Youghal 4-4

Played in New Inn on a miserable day Thursday, 20th. September, both teams found it difficult to adapt to the slippery conditions. Rockwell took a firm hold on the game from the get go and with 2 goals and 3 points from Laura Stocksborough went in comfortably ahead at half time on a score line of 2-8 to 0-2.

Whatever words were spoken during the interval the Youghal side turned around with a different attitude in the second half and blitzed Rockwell, scoring 3-2 without reply in the first 11 minutes. However, the Rockwell girls fought back, with Kate Barlow alongside Sara Finnane beginning to dominate mid field. This created the platform for a Rockwell resurgence with F. Dowling, Kate Flannery scoring two quick points, and Kate Barlow finishing to the net. Youghal scored a further goal in the 23rd. minute to set up a nail biting finish. This was to be their final score and Rockwell, through a Corinna Farrell point, ran out deserving winners by 3-11 to 4-4 at the final whistle. Best for Rockwell were Siobhan Whelan, Abby O’Sullivan and Emma Daly in the backline; Sara Finnane and Kate Barlow dominated mid-field for most of the game while Corinna Farrell, Kate Flannery and Laura Stocksborough tormented the opposition defence on many occassions.

Team: Caoimhe O’Connor, Siobhan Whelan, Shauna Parker, Abby O’Sullivan, Emma Walsh, Emma Daly, Moya Whelan, Sara Finnane, Kate Barlow, Ellie O’Sullivan, Phillipa Harold Barry, Corinna Farrell, Cathy Ryan, Laura Stocksborough, Kate Flannery.Subs: Faye Dowling (E. Daly), Lucy Murphy( P. H.Barry), Sophie O’Sullivan (S. Whelan)

Rockwell win 7, draw 1 and lose 1 in Midleton U 14 rugby blitz

Rockwell College travelled with 45 boys to Midleton College for their first blitz of the season. This was a very enjoyable day out for the First Years, and it was the first game of rugby for 20 of this group. This augurs well for the coming season.

Frank Fitzgerald, Head of Boarding, at the Ploughing Championships with Second Year students Rory Flanagan (Kilkenny), Clement McAuliffe (Limerick), Tadhg McInerney (Clare) and Will Bermingham (Waterford).

Frank described the event as a great experience, and said he was delighted to meet so many past pupils and potential new pupils.

Max Wachman wins silver at European Championships

Fourteen year old Max Wachman, son of David and Katie Wachman, riding Cuffesgrange Cavalidam (ISH), claimed the individual silver medal at the European pony showjumping championships in Bishop Burton, Britain recently. With 50 competitors starting out in the competition Max made it through to the last 11 in the jump off . Here he jumped spectacularly, and went clear. He was slightly unfortunate to have had one fence down in the third round. However, with the last competitor to go Max was still in a leading position but was pipped at the post by Ingemar Hammarstrom of Switzerland who jumped clear in a time of 63.32. This augurs well for the future of showjumping in Ireland.


A record number of pupils at Rockwell College achieved over 500 points when the Leaving Certificate results were issued last Wednesday. Over 32% of the candidates reached this level in comparison to around 13% nationally, with 15% achieving over 550 points. All the candidates were delighted with their results, in particular the pupils who repeated their Leaving Certificate at the College. More than half of this group achieved over 500 points. The Principal of Rockwell College, Audrey O’Byrne congratulated all the pupils: "I am delighted to see that the hard work and dedication of our pupils has been rewarded. Those pupils who took the difficult decision to repeat their Leaving Certificate can now see that decision vindicated. On average, these pupils earned 90 extra points each, which opens up a significant range of Third Level options for them that they did not have previously". The Principal further noted that some of the repeat candidates had raised their tally by up to 156 points.

There were strong grades achieved across all subjects, with grades in Maths, Applied Maths, Biology, Accounting and Chemistry well in excess of the national averages. Of particular note this year was the success of Jake Flannery, Bansha, who earned the maximum of 625 points. Jake intends to pursue his studies in Finance in UCD. Student of the Year, Robert Burke, also scored in excess of 600 points.

Claire Bennett and Jake Flannery. Claire and Jake were also exceptional on the sports' field.

Rowan Wagner, Conor McKenna, Hamza Aziz and Tom Russell

Lottie Byron, Lauren Dooley, Norma Kennedy, Orla Cashman and Siobhan Hynes