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Congratulations to Dr. Molly Walsh and Dr. Luke O'Donnell who graduated from U.C.C. in Medicine, May 29th 2015.


TY North 2015


Cross-Fit 2015
Prize Day 2015


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S.R.C. 2014-2015

L/R: Aoife O'Shaughnessy, Betty Barlow, Paudie Feehan, Jennifer Yates, Darragh Kelly, Elliot Stone, Robyn Barlow, Cormac O'Flaherty, (seated) Darren Fehilly, Brian McKenna, Meadhbh Quinton.

Prefects 2014-2015

Back Row L/R: Robert Acheson, Tommy Anglim, Jack Tobin, William Purcell, Jack Morrissey, (Front Row) Cheana Lee, Chloe Dougan, Edel Ryan, Elle Drohan, Ellie Morrissey, Alexandra Wagenaar.

17th March S.C.T. 23 Ard Scoil Ris 13

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(Semi Final 4th March 2015)Rockwell SCT 22 V Glenstal 3

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Rock SCT 22 Glenstal 3


Rock JCT 5 Crescent 22
T.Y. in Calcutta


On 13th February 2015 the 23rd Garda Pat Noctor Supreme Young Sports Star Award was held in Ard Scoil na nDeise School Dungarvan. These awards were set up to honour the late Garda Pat Noctor JLO who passed away in 1992 and was himself a keen sportsman. The awards are open to all young people under the age of 18 living in the Dungarvan Garda District and are sponsored by the Dungarvan Garda District Social Club. The young people are nominated by their clubs, parents, schools or any other interested party. The nominations are then whittled down to 12 and the winner announced on the night. This year’s winner was Alan McMahon from Rockwell College who represented Ireland in schoolboys rugby against England in a European Cup Final. The Prize was presented by Judy Noctor, widow of Pat Noctor. Also in attendance were local Superintendent Michael Leacy and Mayor of Dungarvan and Lismore Damien Geoghegan.  

Match Report (M.Doyle)
SCT 14 V St Munchin's 6
JCT 17 V CBC 36


SCT 16 V PBC 14


JCT 36 St. Clement's 7

Equestrian News

Congratulations to the competitors from Rockwell College on their retention of the Munster Inter-schools' Equestrian trophy. In all Rockwell College had eight pupils participating in the event which was held in Ryan's Equestrian Centre, Thurles on January 18th.

Caitlin Buckley also took the cup for Individual Winner on the day. The participants were : Team 1 (Overall Winners of the competition) Caitlin Buckley, Conor Gleeson, Jack Ryan and Darragh Ryan. Team 2 Mathilde Gras, Karina Bergin Maher, Hannah Philips and Gavin Ryan, who also took 6th place in the Individual competition.

County Final Win


Food and Toy Christmas collection for St Vincent de Paul

A joint cross curricular venture between the Religion and LCVP faculties at Christmas brought about an extremely generous response from the Rockwell students which was gratefully accepted by the local conference of Cashel St Vincent de Paul on Thursday 18th December. The teachers involved in this appeal were Mr Niall McGonagle, Mrs June O’Brien and Mr Simon Kenny assisted by the students of 3b. This class are doing their Junior Cert Religion project on a community of faith devoted to taking care of the poor in our society, and it was these students who made daily appeals and collections from the various study halls.

Rockwell’s minibus was loaded up and Br Gerard drove it to the Cashel St Vincent de Paul centre for delivery. Mr Flynn, father of Mr Henry Flynn, our resident mathematician, received the delivery and has sent a kind acknowledgement for the goods, which were dispatched to households that were thrilled to receive such splendid goods.

Joining the teachers who coordinated the appeal in the photo above are Principal Ms Audrey O’Byrne and Vice- Principal Mr Michael Doyle alongside 3b class members Christopher Farrell, Caitlin Buckley, Shane Kophamel, Niamh O’Dwyer, Maurice O’Sullivan and Niamh Walsh. 


Tipp FM broadcast a show on New Year's Day entitled "Echoes of Rockwell", covering insights from former and current staff and pupils, including Dr. Sean O'Donnell, Seamus King, John L. Murray, Maurice Manning and Denis Leamy. The link below is a link to the podcast of the show. The programme was produced by Keith Fahy in Tipp FM and was recorded over the last number of months of the sesquicentenary year.




Christmas Eve Mass is at 8 p.m in the college chapel.

Please Click on the links below to view/hear excerpts from the Carols.

Carol Singing Clip 1

Carol Singing Clip 2

Carol Singing Clip 3

Carol Singing Clip 4


Gallery trip report 2014

Every year the 5th and 6th yr. art students, accompanied by their art teacher, Ms. Eleanor Kilroy, travel to visit an art gallery and/or museum. On November 18th the groups travelled to Cork to visit the Cork Printmakers studios, The Lavit Gallery and the Crawford Gallery. They were also accompanied by another art teacher, Ms. Jeanienne McCarthy, who previously worked in the Lavit Gallery.

The Printmakers studios are located at Wandesford Quay in Cork. There, the students were given a demonstration on screen printing and each student participated in the making of a screen print. A tour of their gallery was also given by Frances O’Connor, assistant director of the studios. Following their visit to the Printmakers studios, the students visited the Lavit Gallery on Fr. Mathew St. The Lavit Gallery, Cork's longest established gallery, is dedicated to promoting the work of artists who have achieved the highest artistic levels. The gallery is a commercial gallery with a wide variety of work on display. The students enjoyed the diversity of the work there, which included (amongst others) disciplines such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, glassware and woodwork. Ms. Jeanienne McCarthy gave the students a talk about the gallery and the work therein.

In the afternoon both groups of art students visited The Crawford Gallery. The students were given an hour long tour of the gallery. The tour encompassed the sculpture, painting and stained glass from the permanent collection and a temporary exhibition entitled “Motivational Deficit...”. This exhibition features the work of eight contemporary Irish artists, whom “within their art-making practice have marked the pervasive nature of how recession and austerity has crept, and sometimes smashed, into our lives”.

The art students thoroughly enjoyed their exhibition visits. To give an account of a visit to a gallery or museum is a requirement every year on the Leaving Cert paper. Therefore, not only do the yearly art trips contribute greatly to the students’ awareness of the visual arts but they are also of great benefit to them when it comes to sitting their History of Art paper.

-E. Kilroy

Colm Cooper Visit


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Rockwell College celebrates Darren's magnificent achievement. Darren's mother and his coach, Pat Coady, are present on stage.


Congratulations to Darren Fehilly and Paul Mclaren who will return from Moldova as World Powerlifting Champions. Darren hit a 170 squat, 90 bench and 205 deadlift giving him winning score of 465 in the K2 class.
This must surely be the greatest individual sporting honour bestowed upon any Rockwell student over the last 150 years of the College.
Congratulations also to his coaches Pat Coady, Dan Connolly and Mary McGrath from Phoenix. 
It was great to see so many of the TYC class visiting the gym (many travelling large distances) during the holidays, building upon the great work being done on Thursday afternoons in Phoenix and with their teachers Wini Ryan and Patrique Kelly. Let's hope that Darren will inspire them to achieve their potential.
Pat Egan Transition Year Coordinator


Anti-bullying Week 3RD -10TH November. “Bullying is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against others.”- Dept. of Education Several events will take place in the school to increase awareness of the issue of bullying. Among these events will be talks given by Sergeant Carol O’Leary about bullying, internet safety/cyber bullying on Friday Nov. 7th. Rockwell College has a strong anti-bullying policy and is vigilant in protecting the safety and well-being of all its students.

Rockwell congratulates the recipients of U.C.D. Academic High Achiever Awards : Charlotte Ashmore, Ciaran Barron, Cormac English, Ciara McNulty, Charlie Stevens. Liam Casey has also been awarded a Sports Scholarship by U.C.D.

Congratulations to Donnacha O'Brien of Sixth Year. On Sunday, 12th. October, he rode El Salvador to win the Irish Cesarewitch at odds of 25/1 for his mother, Ann-Marie, and his father (Trainer), Aidan. Donnacha's brother Joseph spent five years at Rockwell where he performed with distinction. Joseph's racing success and Donnacha's can be glimpsed here.

Congratulations to past pupil Ross Mullane (LC 2010) , winner of "The Advocate 2014 : All-Ireland Business Law Challenge". Ross is a student at University of Limerick and, along with his teammate, won a coveted summer apprenticeship with top law firm McCann Fitzgerald and a cash prize of €3,000.

Congratulations to Tim Brophy (LC 2014) who has been awarded an Excellence Scholarship by NUI Galway in recognition of his Leaving Certificate results. Tim will be awarded his scholarship at a formal ceremony at NUI Galway on Thursday, 16th October.

Congratulations to Darren Fehilly. Darren(17) won two European Championship titles, backsquatting 165kg to beat the world record of 156Kg and deadlifting 201kg to break the world record of 200Kg in his age category. Darren was competing in the WDFPF European Single Lift Championships.


Leaving Cert. Success