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Aoife O'Shaughnessy

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.


Claire Bennett

Congratulations to Claire Bennett, who has been selected to be an ambassador for "Cycle Against Suicide".


U20 World Rugby Win


Graduation Night


Prize Day: Principal Awards


Prize Day


Crossfit 2016


Laya 10s Under 15 Girls' Blitz

The Under 15 girls team trained very hard after Easter under the watchful eye of Polly Murphy. On May 11th they competed in the Munster girls blitz and played excellently for their first ever rugby matches. They won the first match by 4 tries to nil against Colaiste Ide Dingle . They were beaten by Munster Champions Abbeyfeale by 4 tries to 1 in the final. Excellent performances on the day from all the girls, in particular Faye Dowling and Lucy Murphy.


Over twenty TY pupils took part in the national Cycle Against Suicide event on its Tipperary leg on Tuesday, May 3rd and Wednesday May 4th. The journeys, from Roscrea to Tipperary and from Tipperary to Waterford, are part of the initiative aimed at promoting the availability of support for people suffering from mental health issues. Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire programme. The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide. Over 1,000 school pupils nationally are taking part this year. Some months ago, the TY group attended the national Leaders’ Congress and secured Ambassador status for Rockwell College. Well done to all involved. The pupils were supported by TY Coordinator Pat Egan, staff member Edith Carroll and former staff member David Power.

Girls' Sevens Finals

Congratulations to the Girls' Sevens team and their Coach, Patrique Kelly, on a magnificent performance in Dublin, where they were narrowly beaten in the "Plate".

Rockwell Girls finished 4th in All-Ireland Senior Girls' 7’s rugby finals at the Aviva Stadium. Rockwell qualified for the last 16 of the All-Ireland finals in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, 27th. April. In the pool stages the won their opening match 6 tries to 2 against Tullamore College with A.O’Shaughnessy (3), K. Barlow, L. Morrissey, M.Faulkner the scorers. In the second match against Kilkeel High School the Rockwell backline opened up with a comprehensive 12-0 victory, L.Morrissey (3), N. Walsh (4), M. Faulkner (2), K.Barlow, R.Finnane, Maebh Rafferty, the scorers. The final match of the group had us as underdogs against Ballina, who boasted a star International player at no.11. However, Aoife O’Shaughnessy was given the task to mark this player, not only negating her influence but scoring 3 tries in the process to secure a 3-2 victory. Rockwell was pitted against Tullamore in the semi-final where we were unfortunately beaten by the overall winners of the cup by 6 tries to 5. Aoife O’ Shaughnessy (3), Maebh Rafferty, Niamh Walsh the scorers. It was a very close match with Tullamore scoring the final try to secure their place in the final with only one minute to go.

This meant that Rockwell were now in the plate final against Monaghan Collegiate. Unfortunately Laura Morrissey, one of Rockwell’s stalwarts, was out due to a broken nose from the previous match, on top of Susie Doyle and Louise O’ Riordan, following head injuries. Rockwell, however, battled on with 9 players remaining. Having played all day, they were really feeling the strain. This resulted in Collegiate Monahan getting over for the 1st try. Rockwell fought back and scored the equaliser through an Aoife O’Shaughnessy, their star player. With only a few minutes gone Niamh Walsh, one of the more influential players, went down with a bad bang to the head. She was stretchered off, which left Rockwell with only 8 players remaining. A ding dong battle ensued and neither side could prevail. At the final whistle it was level at 5-5 with Aoife O’ Shaughnessy (2), Kate Barlow (2), Martha Faulkner having scored.

The match now went to extra time, but again neither side could break the deadlock and the result was determined by first team to score a try at the beginning of the match. This was Monaghan Collegiate. The Rockwell girls were all left extremely disappointed but motivated to win the cup next year.

Great tribute to the coaches, former international, Patrique Kelly and Polly Murphy for their tireless work and technical knowhow. It was a tremendous honour to have played in the Aviva Stadium and met Niamh Briggs the Ireland Ladies'captain, on top of receiving a guided tour of the stadium.

Panel: Louise O’ Riordan (C), Laura Morrissey, Kelley Doyle, Maebh Rafferty, Clodagh McGivern, Aoife O’Shaughnessy, Kate Barlow, Niamh Walsh, Roisin Finanne, Eilish Kennedy, Martha Faulkner, Susie Doyle. 


Congratulations to our U15 football team; yesterday (Friday 22 April) they won the county final against Cahir, 3-9 to 1-6. Report below.

Rockwell College Win U-15 Cusack Shield

Rockwell College won the U-15 Cusack Shield ‘B’ County Gaelic Football Title in Cashel last Friday against a very good Colaiste Dun Iascaigh side. The first half was a close affair withColaiste controlling much of the midfield and half forward line. Midway through the first half Colaiste got a deserving goal. Rockwell managed to claw their way back into the game with points from Sean O’Connor, Alan Flannery, John O’Sullivan and Dylan Farrelly. Still Colaiste Cahir went in at half time leading by 1-3 to 5 points.

The second half was a very different game. Rockwell managed to get to grips with the Cahir midfield and half forward line with fine displays from Joe Dwan, Cathal Hayes, Captain Eddie Daly and Padaric Clarke. Within a minute of the re-start Nicholas Kennedy had the ball in the net for Rockwell. From this point on they dominated. Sean O’ Connor won a huge amount of ball and with the help of wing back Luke Fogarty controlled the left wing. Rockwell added three more goals and a number of well taken points. The Rockwell side ran out comfortable winners in the end by 4-11 to 1-6. 

Girls' Sevens Rugby

Congratulations to Patrique Kelly and the Girls' Sevens Rugby squad, who have reached the all Ireland play-offs. The finals take place in the Aviva on next Wednesday, 27th April. Best of luck to all!

Rockwell College's Connection to the Easter Rising.

Rockwell College, New Inn, Co. Tipperary  shares a very strong link to the 1916 Rising. Two Commandants and a number of insurgents have a place in the annals of Rockwell College.

Thomas MacDonagh, executed on the third of May 1916 was one of the seven that signed the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. MacDonagh was Commandant of the Second Dublin Brigade at Jacob’s Factory. Born in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary in 1878, MacDonagh arrived in Rockwell College in 1892 after the death of his father. He was described as a ‘small, sturdy built boy with curly brown hair and large grey eyes’. He also had a ‘mischievous humour and a love of ghost stories’. He spent nine years at Rockwell, four years studying as a student, and five years showing an inclination to the priesthood, applying to join the Holy Ghost order in 1900.

 While at Rockwell, MacDonagh taught English and Latin, and was inspired to reflect on his poetry and romantic nature. Consequently, he wrote several poems during this time of his life, including ‘In Festo Sancti Spiritus Ad Sanctum Spiritum’ and ‘The Sea’. Despite leaving the College in 1901 to pursue a career in teaching, he continued to write poetry and prose. His volume of work is large and shows a man of great sympathy, Love and Nationalism.

Eamonn De Valera, Commandant at Boland’s Mills during Easter Week 1916, arrived at Rockwell in 1903 as a teacher of Mathematics and Physics. In his single year in Rockwell he was part of the boarding college staff, and in his position got to know the College and the surrounding area very well. He was a part of the college orchestra and was seen locally in and around Cashel. In the aftermath of the Rising, De Valera was initially sentenced to be executed, but for various reasons, the sentence was commuted to life in prison.

De Valera went on to have an extremely illustrious political career and despite being seen as a controversial and divisive figure, no one can deny his impact on Irish history.

De Valera never forgot Rockwell College and often paid a visit throughout his career, some expected, others unexpected. A surprise visit by De Valera in 1922 raised tensions in the college. On St. Patrick’s Day that year a convoy arrived in the gates of the College containing De Valera, Cathal Brugha, Sean Macbride and Joe MacDonagh, brother of Thomas. They were proceeding to Kilkenny for an anti-Treaty rally and wanted to remain the night. To make matters worse, at the same time, a state of Martial Law had been imposed on the area by the Free State army. Other visits to the College by De Valera were more ceremonial. In 1941 he presented Rockwell with the award in promoting the Irish Language as he was both Taoiseach and Minister for Education at the time. In 1964, De Valera, as President of Ireland, arrived for the Centenary celebrations of the College.

Raising the Flag

Other past members of the College who had a connection with Easter Week 1916 were Eamonn Dore, of Glin Co. Limerick. Dore was a student in Rockwell from 1912 to 1914. He was Sean MacDiarmada’s personal bodyguard during the Rising. In the immediate aftermath of the rebellion, Seamus O’Neill, an Irish teacher at the College, was arrested by the British Army in a round-up of suspects. Initially held in Cork prison he was later sent to Lewes Gaol, eventually to be released on a pardon sometime later.





Congratulations to Brian Toomey 5th Year for winning the title of "Highly Commended" in the "Mind Your Mental Health Art" competition, run by Mental Health Ireland. Brian’s entry (Click Here) along with other winners will feature in the "Mind Your Mental Health Exhibition", which takes place from Monday 25th – Friday 29th April in Dublin County Council offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 1.

Rockwell's Got Talent


Stations of the Cross by Fr. Bangalie


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Munster Equestrian success for Rockwell

Congratulations to the pupils from Rockwell College who enjoyed considerable success at the Munster Inter-schools Hoof-prints Equestrian Competition held on Sunday, February 1st. With 20 teams from across the province taking part, Rockwell took 2nd, 5th and 7th places overall in the team events. Our Individuals were also high achievers on the day, with Rianna Marnane taking 2nd Place and Susie Doyle taking 3rd Place in the Individual competition. Well done to all the girls and boys involved.

Audrey O'Byrne


Rockwell College.

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Catholic Schools Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

Rockwell College

December 7th -14th

The Rockwell College Mental Health Week which took place from December 7th to 14th 2015 was a great success. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining good mental health and to offer advice and support to those experiencing mental health problems.

SPHE coordinator Ms. Eleanor Kilroy worked with Student Leadership (Ms. Gemma Cummins) and the Transition Year group (Mr. P. Egan) to ensure a school-wide approach.

Mental Health issues can affect people at any age. By raising awareness and starting conversations around the issue, we can begin to equip our young people to manage the challenges that they will face in life.

The following events and activities took place for our Mental Health Awareness week:

Posters highlighting the issue of Mental Health were displayed in corridors of school (many done by 5th yr. students). A large, brightly decorated display board was placed in the corridor containing positive messages and informing people that it was Mental Health Awareness Week.

A head sculpture on Mental Health by Claire Bennet (TY) was displayed at the school entrance and will remain there for the rest of the year.

Positive Thinking Notice boards were made by TY and other art students and were hung in each of the study halls. These contain negative thoughts we may often have about our learning or even life in general (e.g. ‘I give up’ )and gives the positive alternative( e.g. ‘I will try harder’). This encourages more positive thinking.

A hand-out was given to all teachers advising them how to support students experiencing mental health difficulties.

An information leaflet on Mental Health was distributed to all students first thing Mon morning in study halls by Prefect students.

Classes were given by Religion (seniors) /SPHE (juniors)/English teachers with a focus on mental health. Useful information and web links were distributed.

Fr. Augustine Bangalie created a video featuring students from Rockwell speaking about mental health. This video was shown on the monitor in the main hall of the school and to some classes. Fr. Augustine also gave meditation classes throughout the week.

On Monday 7th (the start of the awareness week) each class group was brought for a walk around the lake to highlight the connection between exercise and mental health. This connection was further highlighted by the Transition Years’ involvement in the Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders Congress which took place in the RDS on January 14th.

Teachers were provided with a sticker (provided by Headstrong- headstrong.ie) which contained a positive message (e.g. ‘Your smile is like a sprinkle of magic’). They wore this sticker to remind people to use positive language and that compliments can brighten someone’s day. Teachers wearing these stickers created a great ‘buzz’ around the school and definitely heightened everyone’s awareness of the mental health initiative.


Munster 2-7 V Connacht 0-5

Congratulations to Laura Morrissey (Front Row, far right) who was a member of the Munster Team that defeated Connacht in Kinnegad on Sat. 23rd January.


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T.Y. Cycle for Health

Rockwell College participates in 4th Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders’ Congress at the RDS

Stars of Irish broadcasting, sport, music, member of the Garda Siochana and PSNI came together with Minister Jimmy Deenihan to support this unique student event themed ‘Together we can’.

Pupils of Rockwell College were afforded a unique opportunity to attend a special daylong event hosted by Cycle Against Suicide, on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 at the RDS Dublin, to promote positive mental health in schools and communities across the island of Ireland. The Student Leaders’ Congress, which saw 4,000 students from over 100 schools, was aptly themed ‘Together we can’ (a theme selected by Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders) and sought to remind students, that it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.

Students of Rockwell College, not only participated in a carefully choreographed, high energy experience, but also showcased their own project work which they designed and created around the event’s theme. The Congress demonstrates, in a very special way, the value to students of appreciating their own mental wellbeing. Link teacher for Rockwell College said: ”Our school was privileged to participate in this unique student experience hosted by Cycle Against Suicide and we were honoured to showcase our school’s work at this national event. The impact of this type of activity is far reaching, not just in our schools, but also in the community at large. The atmosphere in the RDS today has been phenomenal .“

The Student Leaders’ Congress seeks to highlight the importance of promoting positive mental health practices in schools and communities. There is also an opportunity for students to interact with mental health organisations exhibiting on the day thereby informing the students of all the different help and support available to them, if and when it is needed. MC’d by former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, 2FMs Louise Mc Sharry and Colm Hayes , the event featured interviews and discussions with high profile Cycle Against Suicide ambassadors, including Cork camogie player Ashling Thompson, adventure athlete and professional speaker Mark Pollock, Irish Rugby star Niamh Briggs, and Joanne O'Riordan?(No limbs, No Limits). Walking on Cars, Heathers, Jerry Fish, and The High Hopes Choir all provided entertainment for the 4,000 students?present.

Cycle Against Suicide founder Jim Breen said: “We held our first ever Student event in March 2013 at RTE’s studios. There were 40 student leaders in attendance that day. This year we have just filled the RDS with 4,000 students from more than 100 schools. This is now the biggest youth mental health event of its kind in the world. Each year over the two weeks of our annual Cycle, we give presentations in schools, colleges and universities all around the island of Ireland and we witness how hugely responsive students are to the message that it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help. Today is a very special event as it is tailored exclusively to young people and we are delighted to have such high profile guests in attendance to encourage our students to appreciate their mental wellbeing.”

Jonathan Gehring played the organ at Christmas Carols. Click Here.

Carol Service: Click Here

This is Mental Health Week in Rockwell College. Click Here (Eleanor Kilroy and Fr Augustine Bangalie)


Third Level Entry Tables Published

The release today of the school league tables indicating entry into Third Level showed Rockwell College to have more pupils entering Third Level than any other co-educational school in the county. Of the 108 pupils who took the Leaving Certificate examinations last June, 94 have entered Third Level in Ireland. The tables do not reflect the pupils who have taken up places in England and Scotland in courses such as Pharmacy and Physiotherapy. Our past pupils from Europe and beyond, who have returned to their home countries to study, are also not considered in tables as the information on their school of origin is not available to those compiling the tables.


Rockwell Past Pupils

Rockwell past pupils Tom McHale, Bill Johnston, Lee Molloy and Alan McMahon who featured in the U-20 IRFU Interprovincial Final held at the Showgrounds in Galway on 18th September. Munster won the title for the first time in many years.

Mental Health Week

The Rockwell College Mental Health Week takes place from December 7th to 11th 2015. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining good mental health and to offer advice and support to those experiencing mental health problems. The focus of the week will be around a series of visuals in school, designed to advise, remind and encourage pupils. The focus in the classroom will be on the language around mental health and mental illness, with the aim of equipping pupils to talk about their own mental health using language that communicates their situation effectively. Tips for maintaining mental health will be displayed on the Main Hall as will the address of useful websites. In addition, staff will be given information on recognising pupils with mental health problems and supporting them through their difficulties.

SPHE coordinator Ms. Eleanor Kilroy is working with Student Leadership (Ms. Gemma Cummins) and the Transition Year group (Mr. P. Egan) to ensure a school-wide approach.

Mental Health issues can affect people at any age. By raising awareness and starting conversations around the issue, we can begin to equip our young people to manage the challenges that they will face in life.

Fr. Augustine Bangalie welcomes you to Advent. (Click Here)

Girls' Relay Team

Congratulations to the Rockwell school swimmers and also their coach, Polly Murphy, who competed in UL in the Munster School Swimming Championships on the 22nd. November. 

They all swam remarkably.   Special recognition must go to the girls' team for winning Munster Schools Silver Medals in the Inter Girls Relay: Siobhan Whelan, Zoe Stokes, Lucy Murphy and Moya Whelan.  The boys had great swims also and were commendable in their performances. These were Brendan Cantwell and Carlos Seade.

In University of Limerick, Betty Barlow, the 2015 Student of the Year in Rockwell College, has been recognised for her high Leaving Certificate results by being awarded a UL40 scholarship, worth €2,000. Betty will be presented with her award at a ceremony in UL on December 2nd.


U.C.D Awards

Congratulations to David Heffernan, Edel Ryan and Jack Morrissey pictured here at the Entrance Scholars ceremony in O'Reilly Hall, Belfield on November 18th. David, Edel and Jack were recognised for their outstanding Leaving Certificate results at the ceremony, which recognises high academic achievers.


Rockwell College is delighted to congratulate David Heffernan, Edel Ryan and Jack Morrissey on being awarded Entrance Scholarships to UCD. The ceremony will take place in UCD O'Reilly Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 18th. UCD Entrance Scholars are First Year students recognised for their academic achievements in their Leaving Certificate. David, Edel and Jack join a long list of recipients from Rockwell College in recent years, underpinning the strong academic reputation of the College. Congratulations to the recipients and their families.

David Heffernan
Edel Ryan
Jack Morrissey
The above photographs are from Prize Day 2015, which can be viewed here.

Fifth Year pupil Matthew Parker is raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society under the 'Shave or Dye' banner. Matthew, from Clonmel, has seen family members affected by cancer and is working to raise donations and awareness inside and outside the College. Donations can be made via www.mycharity.ie/event/matthew_parkers_event/ until November 29th. To date, Matthew has raised €1,500 and hopes to add to this tally. Congratulations Matthew!




CIMA/BSTAI Business Tables Quiz Team



Mayhem Sept. 2015


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Rockwell College Leaving Certificate pupils, who sat the examinations in June, proudly celebrated their examination results. The achievements were worth celebrating by the pupil cohort of 2015, who performed exceptionally well. Congratulations in particular to Ellie Drohan, Clonmel for achieving 600 points. In all, 27% of the Rockwell College pupils achieved over 500 points, in comparison to just 9% nationally, and all candidates were delighted with their results.  

There were strong grades achieved across all subjects, with high grades in Accounting, Applied Maths, Biology and Physics and many subjects surpassing significantly the national average grades.  For the pupils who were repeating their exams, the year proved very worthwhile. The group improved their results by an average of 80 points each, with some registering an improvement of 100 points. The Principal, Audrey O’Byrne and Deputy Principal Michael Doyle praised the success, commenting that the results were evidence of the commitment and strong work ethic demonstrated by pupils across all ranges of ability.