Home Board/Day News
T.Y. Contact Applying
Index Sports Parents.


Annuals Page Click Here
News Archive (2008-09 to the present)

Outstanding Leaving Cert. Results

The dull and dreary weather was a sharp contrast to the sunny mood at Rockwell College last Wednesday as 89 Leaving Certificate pupils who sat the examinations in June finally received their results. The achievements reflected the high abilities of the pupil cohort of 2017, who performed exceptionally well. In all, over 30% of the Rockwell College pupils achieved 500 points or higher, in comparison to around 9% nationally, and all candidates were delighted with their results. Three of the candidates achieved over 600 points – Roisin McCarthy (Cahir). John Purcell (Cashel) and Cahal Murphy (Clonmel) and in total 12 % of candidates exceeded 550 points.

There were strong grades achieved across all subjects, with grades in Maths, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Accounting and Geography well in excess of the national average. The Principal, Audrey O’Byrne and Deputy Principal Michael Doyle praised the success of all the pupils, commenting that the results were evidence of the commitment of the teachers of Rockwell College and strong work ethic demonstrated by the Leaving Certificate pupils across all ranges of ability.

Pic 1 (Left): Student of the year, John Purcell, and his mother, Joan, from Ballinree, Cashel ,celebrating his outstanding results at Rockwell.

Pic 2 (Left): Roisin Mc.Carthy and her father Karl delighted with her exceptional results at Rockwell.


Pic 3 (Above): Conor Murphy, Cathal Murphy and mothers Ruth and Deirdre celebrating their Leaving Cert results at Rockwell

Repeat Leaving Certificate Programme

Our specialised Repeat Leaving Certificate Programme is aimed at pupils who wish to improve their Leaving Certificate results significantly. We offer a comprehensive programme involving specialised classes, study facilities and career guidance and support. Our highly experienced teaching staff members offer candidates an excellent opportunity to build on their previous work and achieve the results that reflect their true potential. Over the past five years, our Repeat Programme pupils have improved their Leaving Certificate results by an average of 90 points and some well in excess of 100 points. Small class groups present the ideal opportunity for maximising students’ potential. On contacting the College, prospective candidates will be given an appointment with the Deputy Principal of the College, Michael Doyle. At this meeting the previous examination results, subject choices and study plan of the candidate will be discussed. The potential improvement of the student will also be gauged. Candidates must bring their Leaving Certificate 2017 results to this meeting.

The year will commence on Tuesday, September 5th 2017. The Full Day Fee for the year is €5,950. This Fee includes tuition, lunch, tea, study, access to all sport and recreational facilities.

Please contact 062-61444 to arrange an appointment.


Rockwell College Welcomes IGGNITE 2017

The international Girl Guide camp IGGNITE is taking place at Rockwell College, Cashel in the first week of August this year. The event, hosted by the Irish Girl Guides, will see 1,800 Girl Guides and their leaders from around the world camping on the extensive grounds of the College. IGGNITE 2017 is set to be the biggest Girl Guide camp ever to take place in Ireland. As well as national participation from all corners of Ireland, girls from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Philippines, Georgia and the UK will all be visiting for the event.

During the course of the week the Girl Guides will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities including rafting, rocket building, yoga, music and coding workshops. They will also attend training on climate justice, advocating for gender equality and sustainability. Commenting of the event, the Principal of Rockwell College stated “The work of Girl Guides around the world in invaluable in promoting confidence and responsibility in girls and young women. We are delighted that IGGNITE 2017 has chosen Rockwell College as the host venue for what will be a remarkable experience for all involved.” She also thanked those who are supporting the event. “The Spiritan Congregation at Rockwell have been fantastic in their support and enthusiasm for the event, which will see the grounds being taken over completely for ten days. Local people will not be able to access the College either during the event and we are grateful for their understanding on this. It’s an opportunity to showcase not only Rockwell College but the whole area of South Tipperary to people from all over the world”.

The event commences with a formal Opening Ceremony on July 30th and runs until August 6th.


Rockwell College Music Academy

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am delighted to announce the opening of Rockwell College Music Academy in September 2017. One-to-one and group tuition will be available for various instruments and across several genres. Classes will be facilitated in rooms within the main building of Rockwell College. Examinations accredited by such boards as the Royal Irish Academy of Music, The Irish Board of Speech and Drama and Associated Board of the Royal School of Music will be encouraged and implemented. The curriculum, devised by professional musicians, seeks to create competent and confident young performers. Please note that spaces are limited and the deadline for booking is the 31st July 2017. You can register with RCMA online today by completing the expression of interest form on our website (www.rockwellcollegemusicacademy.com) or call directly on 087-231-01-36.

Yours on a high note,
Suzanne Buttimer.

Music Academy: Click Here


Some Clips from the Musical

Additional Pictures of Prize Day

Rockwell College celebrates Prize Day.

Rockwell College recognised the achievements of its pupils at the annual Prize Day ceremony, held on Friday, May 19th. The event celebrates academic and sporting success and was attended by staff, recipients and their families. Guest of Honour was Brian Kavanagh, President of the Rockwell College Union and also Michael Ryan, manager of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team. Addressing the attendees, Principal Audrey O’Byrne noted the attention and care given to pupils in the College inside and outside the classroom. She thanked all the staff for their work over the year and congratulated the winners and nominees. Referring to the on-going developments in the Junior Cycle, the Principal commented that change was an inevitable part of any education system, but that she hoped no reform would ever “place paperwork ahead of pupils”. Brian Kavanagh paid tribute to the efforts of pupils in upholding the values of the school, through extensive charity fundraising and a fostering of a community of support within the pupil body. Michael Ryan reminded those present of the need to always aim high, to endeavour to do better and to acknowledge and value the education they are receiving. He noted the talent and confidence of young people in the schools he had visited across the county and the optimism we can have for the future. Prize winners included Cahir’s Roisín McCarthy (Irish Award) , Clonmel’s Caren Binchy (Wall Medal for Historyand Thomas McDonagh Award) and John Purcell from Cashel who was the winner of the Student of the Year Award.

Click here for Pictures

Pic 1: Student of the Year John Purcell flanked by his parents, John and Joan, and Deputy-Principal Michael Doyle.

Pic 2:County Hurling Manager, Michael Ryan, presents Sportsperson of the Year to Aoife O'Shaughnessy.

Pic3: Michael Ryan presents Sportsman of the Year to Ryan Lambe.

Rockwell win County Post-Primary Schools U 14 ‘A’ football c’ship

This annual competition was played on Wed., 17th. in Rockwell. In the first match following a very close contest Rockwell emerged victorious over a much fancied High School team by 2-3 to 1-4. In the second match Abbey, Tipperary defeated Rockwell on a score line of 3-6 to 3-4, having been down 2 points at half time. The top two teams to emerge from the group contested the final where Rockwell again went to battle with the High School, Clonmel. After a ding dong first half Rockwell went in at half time one point ahead. Goals were to prove crucial in the final and Rockwell ran out winners on a score line of 4-4 to 2-4. Scorers: Rory Collins 3-5, Casey Coleman 3-3, Peter Mc.Garry 1-3, Jake French Davis 1-0, Robert Wall 1-0.

Panel: L. Cummins, Casey Coleman, R. Collins(capt.), E. Dunphy, T. Downey, C. Hogan, T. Ross, S. Neville, P. Mc.Garry, J. Fogarty, B. Gleeson, J. Kennedy, R. Wall, D. Clarke, B. Farrelly, J. Cronin, J. F. Davis.

Poppy Kane and Sadhbh McGrath achieve second place in the J15X2 race at the Schools Regatta at O'Brien's Bridge, Co Clare, on 23rd April.

These two girls representing Rockwell College qualified for the All Ireland finals to be held in July this year. They have been in training since last September with Clonmel Rowing club twice a week, and during school holidays were on the water twice a day every day. They have competed in events like 'Cork head of the River', 'Castleconnell Head', Skibbereen Regatta', 'Limerick Regatta' and the Irish Schools' Regatta.on the weekend of April 22nd. and 23rd. The girls competed in a two day event in O'Briensbridge, Limerick, representing Clonmel Rowing Club on Saturday, and Rockwell on Sunday. On both occasions they were runners-up in the Junior I5 singles and doubles. This was an outstanding achievement as they had never competed in singles prior to this and to do so against more experienced rowers from across the country was truly remarkable. The girls will continue to train in preparation for the All-Ireland finals.

Rockwell Student wins gold medal in PDST ‘Young Economist of the Year’

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.


New Pavilion Development Fund tops 700,000. We're nearly there! Click to see.


Rockwell’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat sold out to packed houses last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

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.

Rockwell College Presents

March 13th, 14th & 15th 2017

Crosbie Hall, Rockwell College @ 8pm

Tickets €10 from Reception 062-61444

Staged with the kind permission of The Really Useful Group


Fr. Bangalie: Stations of the Cross


Rockwell College Past Pupils Union honours local man Arthur Pierse

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



Rockwell Kolkata Trip 2017

Kolkata 2017

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.


Rockwell JCT 5 Crescent 21


Rockwell SCT 0 Glenstal 18


Munster Girls' Final Win


SCT 25 V St Munchin's 18


JCT 22 V St Munchin's 10


Munster Schools Girls' Senior Semi-Final

Rockwell 2-9 Meanscoil Ring 1-4

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

Student Representative Council raise € 584 for 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.


Brief Excerpt from Carol Service



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.

Patrique Kelly


A belated congratulations to Brendan Cantwell for his Silver medal in Munster Schools' Swimming. Brendan is pictured here with Deputy Principal Michael Doyle.


Bowen Shield Final, Munster U18 A.

Bowen Shield Presentation

Rockwell’s storming finish sees them over the line.

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.

Rockwell College advance into their first Bowen Shield final since 2010. Rockwell 19 PBC 15.

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.


Rockwell pupil wins top Geography Award in Ireland


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)


Girls' Sevens

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!


Business Awards

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.

McCarthy Cup

McCarthy and Irish Press Cups arrive in Rockwell College

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. 

Special Olympics/ Aware


Sevens' Qualification


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).

Outstanding Junior Certificate Results

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.

Click to View

Rockwell College receives Cycle Against Suicide Awards

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.

Four Interprovincials


Sevens' Bronze

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!


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".