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Munster Junior Cup semi-final

Rockwell 14 Crescent College 13

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Microsoft Word Success for Philippa!

Congratulations to Philippa Harold Barry on achieving the best Microsoft Word Exam result in Ireland. This was done by beating competition from over 15,000 other Transition Year students throughout Ireland. Philippa’s teacher, Roisin Egan, when commenting on Philippa’s achievement said, "I am delighted that her hard work, dedication and talent have been rewarded. She is a worthy representative of Rockwell and Ireland".

Philippa, along with her teacher, will be flown to London where she will represent Ireland in the Four Nations MOS Word Competition. This will take place in the British Library on June 14th. The prize, should she be successful, is an all expenses paid trip to New York to represent the Four Nations.

Rockwell students raised €35,000 for the Hope Foundation in Calcutta, India, which they visited from the 15th. to the 22nd. of February.

After a long flight of 12 hours plus a 2 hour flight change in Dubai the Rockwell students final arrived in Calcutta early on the 16th. February. This is a synopsis of their visits to the various centres which are run by the Hope Foundation.

On the evening of 16th. the Rockwell group visited The BeKind Boys Home. Here they spent some time with the boys (aged between 6-13). The boys are taken out of dangerous situations (many still have their parents, but others are orphaned). Some are returned to their families when it is safe but a number remain in the orphanage. They receive their education in same schools which they had been attending and they also receive regular health checks, counselling and get the opportunity to attend many events and play sports. One such event was the Arts and Crafts Competition that was run with the boys from the Ashar Alo Home (protection home for boys aged 10+) which the Rockwell group visited that evening. Here some of the boys got the opportunity to meet with older/younger brothers also in protection homes. This helps to integrate the children so that moving from one home to another is not too traumatic when the time comes. The students were also told that some of the boys in this home will attend the Cricket World Cup for street children (for which they were selected on ability) in the UK next month.

At 8:30 on the 21st. the Rockwell students along with the High School visited Calcutta International School (CIS), a private school. They knew this school would be different to what they had seen but they didn’t know quite what to expect. Would it be all or mostly foreign students, would they speak English a first language, and how much different would it be to the schools they’d seen so far? They were greeted by happy children playing in the yard, basketball court and soccer pitch, similar to what they were used to at home. It made them realize that education like this shouldn’t be a privilege and should be available to all children; to the children just over the school’s wall living in a slum where a family exists in a hut the size of a garden shed. They went upstairs to a room where there were eight groups partaking in a quiz, with one Irish student allocated to each of the six groups. Following this, they took a mini tour of the school.. There were mission statements posted all over the walls of the school. These stated that this school was preparing to become a standard setting school, where by 2025 they hoped they would significantly improve the standard of education in India and where every child can have a promising future having been fully educated. It was good to see that the privileged in the community were making an effort to solve inequality in Kolkata. The Rockwell students then took a group picture and went to lunch at the Hope Lifeskills’ Centre, where they had been at a few days earlier. This is where Hope trains people in areas such as technology, beauty, textiles and cooking and is also the site of the Hope Café, a restaurant where the trainees gain experience and hone their skills.. Following lunch they went to a male rehabilitation home, where teenage boys from the street are sent, having being addicted to substances, the majority of these being solvents. When they are clean, most can return to their families and are slowly introduced back to mainstream society as they overcome their addiction. This home was very similar to the boys’ homes.The boys were normal and happy and their dancing skills were very impressive, as always. It makes one wonder what would happen to these boys if it were it not for the Hope foundation. They make such a tremendous impact on each child they help and with the help of all of our donations and fundraising, they’re able to help them and give them a better life. Having spent half an hour there, showing their skills in areas like dancing and singing, the students headed for the jersey market. The first row of about twenty shops was full of jerseys, all selling for about the equivalent of €1.70. They had all kinds of jerseys from English football to Kolkata clubs and Indian cricket teams. That night was Sari night where all the students had to dress up in Indian attire and for girls this involved a process of about an hour getting ready. However, for all the effort, it was worthwhile to have the experience (and the pictures). They went to dinner and the Hope coordinator said a few words on the great work they are doing among the under privileged in Calcutta. The students enjoyed their last night in India.It was enlightening to see that a dramatic improvement is taking place among the homeless in Calcutta with the Bengali State government contributing to social welfare over the past four years. This had not happened prior to that.

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Pic. 1: Rockwell and High School students at one of the Hope run orphanages

Pic 2: One small section of the Bustees in Calcutta which accomodate 400,000 people.

Pic 3: Sari night; Seated: Phillippa Harold Barry, Emma Rochford, Aoife Leahy, Katelyn Drohan, Maeve Murphy.

Back: Michael Doyle, Shane Neville ,Mikey Bergin, Adam Maher, Casey Jay Coleman, David Carroll, Henry Buttimer, Edith Carroll.

First Year FAI Schools Cup Round 4

Rockwell College 3 St Clements, Limerick 1

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French Exchange

French Exchange students from St Joseph's, Nay have arrived in Rockwell. Since their arrival on Friday they have climbed Slievenamon, gone bowling and visited local gym classes. In front with their hosts; Ivan Green, Conor Hogan, Siobhan Whelan, Matthew Burke, Zac Lynch, Edmund Hayes, John Hynes. Rockwell have been running this very successful language exchange program for the past 15 years. This particular group of eight French students will immerse themselves in the Irish education system for the next three weeks. At this stage the Rockwell T.Y. students will return to France to enable them to brush up on their French, ultimately to help them enhance their Leaving Certificate grades.

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Ben McDonald- First Place

Rockwell student, Ben McDonald, obtained First Place in Business Studies in this year’s Leaving Certificate examination.

Ben McDonald received this prestigious award from the Business Studies Teachers' Association of Ireland at a recent ceremony held in the Banking and Payments Federation building in Dublin. Ben, who is from Lurgan, Loughrea in Co. Galway, sat his Leaving Certificate in Rockwell College in June 2018. His teacher, Michael Doyle Jnr., stated that Ben truly deserves this recognition as he is an extremely diligent and dedicated student, and is a credit to his school and his family.

Picture: Principal, Ms. Audrey O’Byrne, Ben McDonald, Michael Doyle at the awards ceremony in Dublin.

Ben McDonald Award

Munster Senior Cup 1st. Round

Rockwell 36 St. Munchin’s 5

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Boarders’ Christmas Trip

Our boarders enjoyed their pre-Christmas trip to Dublin on December 15th. The day started with a very popular ice-skating experience in Dundrum Town Centre - with all the pupils showing off their skating skills for an hour. Afterwards there was time for shopping and a final chance to get some Christmas gifts for family before heading home for the holidays. En route to Rockwell, the group had dinner in the Gandon Inn. Thanks to the staff there for taking such good care of our pupils. Merry Christmas to all our Boarders!

Congratulations to the U16 B. Ball team!

Rockwell Reach All Ireland Finals

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14 Rockwell Students honoured in W.I.T.’s Business Awards Night

A’s in Junior Cert Business Studies

Seated: Siobhan Whelan, Annica O’Connor, Alex Cronin, Eddie Dunphy

Back: Dr.Thomas O’Toole (Head of Business W.I.T.) Michael Doyle (Rockwell), Liam Shine, Shane Neville, Matthew Burke, Akhil Mahesh, Dean Fanning, Phillipa Harold Barry, Nnedinma Eneh, Maeve Murphy, Denis Harrington ( Head of department of Graduate Business). Missing from photo Emma Rochford.

Boarders visit Cahir Castle and Mitchelstown Caves 13/11/18

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On Tuesday 13th of November a group of our Boarders visited two of Tipperary’s Historical attractions, Cahir Castle and the Mitchelstown Caves. Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s best preserved Norman castles. Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the Castle retains its impressive Keep, its tower and much of its defensive structure. The students were given a fascinating insight into life in medieval life in Ireland via a guided tour and an audio visual presentation. After the excellent guided tour, the boys headed straight for Mitchelstown Caves. A lot of the students had never been to underground caves before and really enjoyed exploring and learning about the history of the caves. They travelled 200 feet underground and learned of the limestone formations that have taken place over thousands of years. On the guided tour the students visited the caverns where they were surrounded by awe inspiring cave formations. A big thank you to our Principal Ms Audrey O’Byrne for facilitating a really enjoyable afternoon.

U19 Regional Basketball Semi Final

Rockwell College 35 Colaiste Dun Iascaigh Cahir 31

Rockwell had home advantage in today’s semi-final. It was a tough match from the tip off with the first basket coming from Cahir. The match continued to be a battle with each team matching each other on both offence and defence. At half time Rockwell were a basket up but Cahir came back and levelled the game going into the final quarter. It was a superb team effort from everyone but Brian O’Connor showed excellent strength under the boards and was top scorer for Rockwell with his teammate Bill Fitzgearld ensuring that they got the defensive rebounds and boxed out under the boards every time. Rockwell showed excellent composure and spirit in the final minutes of the game and after a thrilling match Rockwell came out victorious. Score was 35 – 31 in favour of Rockwell.

Both the U16 and U19 Rockwell boys teams go through to the finals in WIT on Monday 26th November in what will no doubt be two very exciting finals.

Front: Padraig Harrington, Joseph O’Dwyer, Jack Digan, Hichem Biren, Roque Reyero, Ciaran Healy, Ben O’Sullivan

Back: Kate Looney (Coach), Brendan Walsh, Brian O;Connor, Dylan Cusack, Patrick Kawelski, George Mordaunt, Adam Parker, Dylan Grimes Mc.Grath, Bill Fitzgerald, Marcin Malcewitcz, Orla O’Dwyer (Coach)

U16 Boys Regional Basketball Semi Final

Rockwell College 23 Ardscoil na Mara 20

On the 16th of November Rockwell travelled to Tramore to play Ardscoil na Mara. It was the regional semi final and they entered the game as underdogs, having previously been beaten by Tramore. It was a close but thrilling game from start to finish. Roque Reyero and Rory Collins worked well together in the first half putting up the scores for Rockwell but Ardscoil Tramore could not miss a shot. The score was 14-7 at half time in favour of Tramore. The Rockwell boys knew they had to put in a major second half performance to catch up and keep them in the game.

Rockwell came out fighting in the second half and caught up to Tramore, continuously trading baskets with them. Darragh Cronin and Nathan Brockley worked hard on defence, chasing every pass and in return getting some great steals. The game was Rockwell’s to win but Ardscoil were not giving up. With two minutes left on the clock, the score was 21-20 in Rockwell’s favour. It was very tense, but Rockwell kept playing hard with great encouragement coming from the rest of the squad. With 15 seconds left on the clock, Conor Hennessy received the ball right under the basket and scored a perfect shot for Rockwell to come away winners by 3 points.

Final score was 23-20. Next up for this team is the regional final in WIT where they meet CBS Killkenny in what is bound to be another evenly matched game. Picture: Front: Shun Shinsksako, Darragh Cronin, Santi Hamas, Ronan O'Brien, Roque Reyero, Evan Maher, Antonio Reyrey Back: Orla O'Dwyer (Coach), Tom Downey, Nathan Brockley, Rory Collins, Kyungmin Kim, Gonzague Fabry, Conor Hennessy, Baptiste Rabouille, Kate Looney (Coach)

Max Wachman wins European Indoor World Cup

Cashel's Max Wachman added to his impressive Silver Medal at the European Championships last August by going one better and winning the Stuttgart Indoor World Cup last weekend. The competition, which took place on Friday and Saturday saw the best European ponies and riders compete over the two days. Max together with his European silver winning mare, Cuffesgrange Cavalidam, finished second in the opening Speed Class in Friday's competition. The following day Max was one of only eight riders to jump a clear round in the 1.35 Pony World Cup event. This was followed by a jump-off wherein Max was drawn second last. Cuffesgrange Cavalidam left nothing to chance and cleared the round with a lead of just one second to claim the top prize. In his interview following the win, Max paid tribute to the work of his wonderful mare. Max is surely one to note for the future.

Boarders take a trip to Kerry

In September 2018 our Transition Year boarders spent a number of days in Kerry with the pupils from their year group. The annual trip gives new pupils a chance to integrate with their classmates, as well as sample some of Ireland’s coastal life. Surfing, paintballing and Mountain Hiking are just some of the activities enjoyed by the group. The surfing was a huge hit, helped by the warm weather and sunshine - the gentle waves were perfect for beginners. The hiking was described as tough, but enjoyable. There was plenty time to relax and recover too.

Limerick City Cup Final

Rockwell College 28 St Munchins 10

The Limerick Cup final proved to be a strong physical game between Rockwell and St Munchins, in Limerick on the back pitch at Thomond Park on Wednesday, November 7th. Rockwell made it through to the final by disposing of Glenstal, Castletroy, Ard Scoil Ris, and Crescent along the way. Rockwell opened the scoring with a Rory Collins penalty early in the first half which was followed by a period of dominance and possession by the Tipperary team. The possession was rewarded when Liam Shine pushed through for a well-deserved try after 20 minutes which was duly converted by Collins. St Munchins fought back strongly after this and for the remainder of the first half Rockwell had to defend well, at times on the line. A Munchin’s attack broke through the Rockwell defence for a try just before the half time whistle. Failure to convert meant that Rockwell led 10-5 at the break.

There was no let up from either side into the second half. A high tackle on Conor Hogan resulted in a further penalty and Collins’ accuracy brought the score to 13-5. A fumbled clearance a few minutes later by Munchin’s gave Peter McGarry his opportunity and he kicked it downfield to the corner before taking the try. Again the Limerick side fought back and the Rockwell defence was tested but a further penalty widened the gap.

The physicality of the game was high and Munchin’s ran in a second try to bring the score to 18-10 with ten minutes to go. The work rate of players like Liam Shine, Shane Neville, Captain Henry Buttimer and Darius Achimugu paid off however, and Rory Collins took his chance when it arose late into the game. His try, duly converted, brought the score to 28-10 at the final whistle. Coach Danny Lambe praised the work rate of his team in the match and in the training sessions, which paid off with the first win in the competition for Rockwell College.

Team: Lorcan Cummins, Cian Meaney, Dean Moroney, Edmond Dunphy, Remi Ediale, Tom Downey, Shane Neville, Liam Shine, Tom Ross, Rory Collins, Peter Mc.Garry, Henry Buttimer (Capt.), Robert Wall, Darius Achimugu, Conor Hogan.

Subs: Jamie Browne, Ruben Carlos DeClerk, Niall Maher, Toby Collier, Ben Farrelly, David Clarke, Hugh Fitzgerald.

Pic 1 Rockwell victorious team; Pic 2: Liam Shine on the break; Pic 3: Darius Achimugu prevents the Munchin's winger from advancing; Pic 4: Peter McGarry on the move.

Junior Golf Win

The Rockwell Junior Golf team, consisting of Luke Healy (capt.), Kian O'Reilly and James Kilmartin won the East Munster qualifying section of the Irish Schools competition. They now go through to the Munster finals. The format was stableford with the best two scores to count. Luke and Kian returned 76 points to leave them 4 clear of Tramore in second place. The photo shows Luke Healy presenting the principal, Ms. Audrey O'Byrne with the East Munster trophy.

Pic.: James Kilmartin, Kian O'Reilly, Luke Healy (Capt.), Ms. Audrey O'Byrne, Dylan Crowley.

Rockwell Senior students march on to Munster debating Quarter-finals

On Wednesday 17th of October, Rockwell College travelled to UCC for the first round of the Munster Schools’ Debating Competition 2018. Erika Magan, Varvara Artiukh, Bill Fitzgerald and Ciarán Healy competed in two debates in their designated pairs. Varvara and Erika proposed the motion that ‘This house believes that university education should be free’ while Bill and Ciarán opposed the motion ‘This house believes science is a threat to humanity’.

Bill and Ciarán’s debate was very broad and touched on many diverse aspects of science and all of its advantages and disadvantages. They were also faced with old rivals, Glenstal Abbey. Bill and Ciarán succeeded in going on to the second round to compete for a place in the quarter finals of the Munster Competition.

Varvara and Erika argued the social impact of university fees and how they affect society long term, mentioning the poverty gap, problems of unemployment and unsuitable standards of work that result from the majority of people picking jobs they do not enjoy. Erika went on to mention the burden that student loans are in their entirety and how the free tuition scheme could potentially increase economic growth, create a larger educated workforce and eventually increase the tax income of the government. Competition was stiff between all teams including St. Anne’s, Tipperary and Nenagh. However, Erika and Varvara were victorious and automatically progress to the quarter-finals.

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