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Rockwell Cultural Trip rounds off a very successful Transition Year

It was an end of year to remember for the Rockwell College Transition Year Class with a four day visit to the North of Ireland. On Sunday May 27th 50 students and their teachers departed for Derry, with stops at the Marble Arch Caves and a visit to the Cuilcagh Mountains on their way. Day two began with teacher Niall McGonagle giving a guided tour of the Bogside, the scene of Bloody Sunday. This involved a walk of the Walls of Derry, after which the students visited the famous Free Derry Corner, and got to see the many murals.

Afterwards the students visited the Giants Causeway where they examined the hexagonal columns up to 100 metres deep, formed 90-55 million years ago from successive outpourings of lava as the North American Plate separated from the Eurasian Plate.. They took advantage of the fantastic weather to walk the scenic coastal route to Dunseverik. A great day was rounded off with a barbecue at Whitepark Bay beach.

The penultimate day began with a visit to the Dark Hedges, made famous by Game of Thrones. The students were then given a Black Taxi Tour which brought them to the Falls Road and the Shankill Road, as well as other interface areas. The day was rounded off with a visit to Stormont Assembly.

The final day began with a well-deserved visit to Tayto Park. The students then returned home to begin their summer holidays. The trip was, however, tinged with sadness, with ten of the students who travelled leaving the college to return to their native countries. Francisco Cardeno from Seville was dropped at Dublin Airport as the group made their way home: ‘I am looking forward to meeting my family, but I am very sad to leave. This has been the best year of my life. I will keep in touch with my Irish friends,’ said a tearful Francisco.

TY co-ordinator, Pat Egan, paid tribute to the students, many of whom have visited Germany, France and Spain on exchange programs. Others were fortunate enough to earn scholarships to China, with a further 16 visiting Kolkata with the Hope Foundation.

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Principal welcomes opportunity to offer LC PE to Sth. Tipp girls at the Annual Prizegiving.

Prize Day 2018

Above: Joe Schmidt, Robert Burke, Sean Tobin.

Audrey O'Byrne, Principal of Rockwell College, has welcomed the opportunity that piloting the new Leaving Certificate PE course will offer. Speaking at the annual Prize Day ceremony at the College on Friday, May 18th, the Principal referred to the initiative as an "exciting curriculum development" and said that Ms. Edith Carroll, who will lead the piloting of the programme "will embrace the experience". Rockwell College is one of only three Tipperary schools selected for the pilot phase and is the only school in the south of the county that can offer the subject to girls. The pilot phase will allow Rockwell College to contribute to developing and refining the curriculum before it is rolled out nationally in September 2020.

Elsewhere on Prize Day, Mr. Joe Schmidt, National Team Coach, was the Guest of Honour and brought the Six Nations and Grand Slam trophies with him, and he presented a number of awards on the day. Student of the Year was presented to Robert Burke; overseas Student of the Year went to Mafalda Kraussmueller; Conor Mc. Kenna was presented with the Des Places award for outstanding contribution to school life; Lorcan Ball received the late Detective Garda Gerry McCabe(past student) Memorial Medal, while Jake Flannery was the recipient of Sportsman of the Year, having represented Munster 'A' in recent inter-provincials. Kate Barlow was awarded Sportsperson of the Year. The Late Denis Jones Cup (awarded to the highest points in the Leaving Certificate) was jointly awarded to John Purcell and Roisin Mc.Carthy who both achieved 625 points each.

In his speech Joe Schmidt spoke candidly to students about never giving up and said that success was open to everyone who worked towards the ultimate goal. He acknowledged the contribution made by parents, teachers and others to the success of students in achieving their goal. He also said that what you achieve as a collective is far greater that what you achieve as an individual and he referenced Johnny Sexton’s deflection of acclaim when he scored the drop-goal in the international against France where Johnny praised the numerous previous phases which led to this. He also left the 420 parents, guests and recipients with a motivational thought for the end of each day: "What I have done for others today?"

Sean Tobin (Rockwell Past Pupils' President), Joe Schmidt (National Team Coach), and Audrey O'Byrne (Principal) presented the prizes.


Congratulations to Ben McDonald

Ben McDonald won Silver in the "Young Economist of the Year". Ben is looking forward to studying Economics in University College Dublin.

My Fair Lady Clips

Rockwell produces a sensational My Fair Lady

Running for three nights last week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to a packed house this visual and musical extravaganza went down a treat with the audiences. Excellently produced by Suzanne Buttimer, who runs the Music Academy in Rockwell, this production had it all, music, fabulous costumes, humour and acting.

‘My Fair Lady’ is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion', with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The mid-20th century musical transcends not only social class, but also time, to offer real lessons about the interactions between men and women, as well as the educated and the masses. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins, a phonetics expert, so that she may pass as a lady. The original Broadway and London shows starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. In Rockwell’s production Poppy Kane stars as Eliza Doolittle, Sam Rapport as Professor Higgins, and Theo Martin as Colonel Pickering, and each looked as if they were born to the part as they carried the parts with aplomb. The accents were superb and one might be forgiven for feeling that he/she was back in the London of 1913. Great credit must go to Suzanne Buttimer and her team, led by John Mc Hugh, for putting this together in such a short time frame of just under two months, rehearsing largely at night. In all 50 students were involved in this and there were leading lights in some of the lesser roles, too many of them to mention. 


U.L. Concert in Aid of Dyslexia Ireland

The event was held in Rockwell, thanks to Suzanne Buttimer. Click to View.

Five exchange students from Rockwell College were treated to a nice surprise when they recently attended the Pau v Brive match in Pau on Saturday April 14th. After the match they were greeted by Pau No. 8 Paddy Butler (Cashel), who brought them to the post-match party. They met with the Pau team and got to pose for photographs with Conrad Smith and Jamie Mackintosh, All Black and World Cup Winners; Stefan Armitage former England international and Dave Foley (Clonmel) Irish International. ‘I could not believe how sound they were’ commented Daire Murphy from Kilsheelan. The students were well looked after by Dave Foley and Paddy for over an hour. They departed with warm hearts and autographed jerseys.

While the meeting was a surprise to the students it was no co-incidence as Pat Egan, T.Y.Co-ordinator of Rockwell, organised the meeting, unbeknownst to the students. Those who attended the match were part of a group of 8 students from Rockwell College who took part in the annual 3 week French Exchange with St Josephs in Nay. This is the 10th year of the exchange between the two schools. These students have had many day excursions like visits to Lourdes. The students and their 8 exchange partners will return home on Wednesday 25th. The exchange partners will spend a number of weeks in Rockwell sampling Irish culture and ways of life.

Picture: Paddy Butler,Brian O'Dea, Ollie Mc.Lellan, Sean Anglim, Daire Murphy, Dylan Armitage outside the Pau grounds.


‘Mind Your Mental Health’ Art Competition

Poster by Elaine Graves

Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation whose aim is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities in Ireland. They have a network of 92 Mental Health Associations throughout the country, all led by volunteers. Their Mental Health Associations fundraise to organise outings and events for those struggling with mental health in their communities. Mental Health Ireland run annual Photography and Art Competitions. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Mind Your Mental Health’. Over 1,500 Irish students drew and photographed what mental health means to them. There were 12 National and provincial winners who’s work will feature in Mental Health Ireland’s Calendar alongside four additional outstanding entries.

Out of 1,500 entries, 30 entries gained the award of Highly Commended, one of which was our own Elaine Graves (5th yr.) from Rockwell College. Elaine’s outstanding poster was chosen to appear in a National Exhibition which was held 12th – 15th March in Dublin City Council Offices on Wood Quay in Dublin. The standard of art works completed for this competition by Ms. Kilroy’s 5th yr. art class was particularly high this year. Well done to all who completed a poster for this competition and who will receive a certificate of achievement for their work. A special congratulations to Elaine Graves.


Black Tie Gala Dinner

Rockwell U15A Win Munster Development League

Rockwell U 15 A beat St. Munchin's 29-12 in the final of the Munster Development League. Congratulations to the team and their trainer, Michael Doyle Jnr. See Rugby Page for Details

Annual Dinner

Rockwell Past Pupils hold Annual Dinner in Cahir House

For the second year running Rockwell held their very successful annual dinner locally. Responding to demographic changes in the shift to a larger local intake in the college the past pupils acknowledged this fact with their choice of venue. In previous years Dublin had been the preferred location. The dinner celebrates each decade and this year’s went back as far as 1958. Pat Mulcahy , now living in London, was the recipient of ‘Rockwell Person of The Year’, Pat left Rockwell in 1967 and went on to study Agriculture in Shuttleworth College. He initially worked for ICI and then went on to be an Agricultural Advisor until his recent retirement. In the early 1990’s Pat took over the running of the London Dinner from Mike Kirby, who had started the Dinner in 1988. These dinners are held on the eve of the England Ireland Rugby International, every 2nd year. Pat has for the most part managed to run these highly enjoyable and successful events along with some other events, such as last year’s golf outing in Bishop’s Stortford, single-handedly for more than 25 years. He is now ably assisted by his wife Patricia and his daughters, Caroline and Pamela and son James. For outstanding service to the Union over a 25 year period that Pat Mulcahy was presented with the 2018 Union Person of the Year award at this Annual Dinner in Cahir House Hotel on Friday night last. Present and past teachers of the college were there on the night reminiscing and exchanging tales of the past.


Rockwell 17 CBC 28

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Double clear rounds from Wachman brothers help Ireland win Belgian Pony Nations' Cup

Managed by Gary Marshall, Ireland held the lead at the halfway stage with just four faults and took victory after completing the second round with a clear scorecard after brothers Max and Tom Wachman delivered brilliant double clear rounds.

Max Wachman jumped third with Cuffesgrange Cavalidam who didn’t put a foot wrong over two rounds to finish on a zero score. His superb effort was matched by his brother Tom Wachman with Quaprice d’Astree who also jumped double clear.

Seamus Hughes-Kennedy and the Barbara O’Reilly-Hyland-owned Rock Dee Jay had a foot in the water in the first round and produced a vital clear when last to go in the deciding round to leave Ireland one fence ahead of their hosts Belgium who finished on eight faults. Netherlands took third place on the podium ahead of Germany in fourth and Sweden in fifth.

Speaking afterwards, Irish Team Manager Gary Marshall was over the moon with his team’s performance: "The whole team were fantastic and we are really delighted to win. Belgium beat us here last year so to win this year is fantastic. The course designer Frank Rothenberger is well known for not building easy courses and I am really proud of how we jumped. I want to thank everyone involved who played their part in what was a real team effort."


Rockwell victorious in Munster Junior and Senior 11’s rugby blitzes in University Limerick.

In the senior competition Rockwell won their group stage by defeating Abbeyfeale by 4 tries to 0, St. Mary’s Nenagh by 5-0, Salesian College, Pallaskenry 8-0. In the final they accounted for Pres. Thurles on a score line of 4 tries to nil. The Rockwell girls took the match to a much vaunted Pres. team but with Jill Shanahan’s pace, Claire Bennett’s carrying, ably supported by Faye Dowling and Ellie O’Sullivan they denied the Thurles of the possession they needed to take a foothold.

Team and scorers: C. Bennett (capt. 5 tries), E. O’Sullivan(5 tries), A. Stock (2), F. Dowling (2), J. Shanahan (2), L .Dooley (2), E. Brennan (1), D. Achimugu (1), O. Cashman (1), E. Walsh, O. Noonan, N. Carlos, L. Byron, N. Harrington, E. Magan, M. Leahy, S. Henehan.

In the Junior competition Rockwell overcame St. Anne’s, Killaloe by 4 tries to 1, St. Mary’s, Limerick by 3-1 and Abbeyfeale 7-0 to qualify for the final. Colaiste na Sceilige, Dingle were their opponents in the final and with tries from Lucy Murphy, Orlaith Breen, Caoimhe O’Connor, Karen Bennett and Kate Flannery they emerged victorious. This is a great achievement for a very sporting group of committed girls ably coached by Polly Murphy and Patrique Kelly (ex international).

Team: L. Murphy, K .Bennett, S. Finnane, C. O’Connor, A. O’Sullivan, K. Flannery, O. Breen, M. Gonzalez, H. Green, I. Pollard.


Faye Dowling (left) and James Doyle (right) will fly toShanghai on Thursday March 22nd after winning a two week scholarship to study Chinese Language and Culture in Shanghai University.  They will be joined by 90 other students from around Ireland and their teacher Ying Liu (centre of picture) for what is a very prestigious scholarship.  James and Faye beat 70 other students in Rockwell College to claim their prize in a Chinese Language and Culture exam.  Their days will consist of studying Chinese literature in the morning and taking part in cultural activities, such as Calligraphy and Martial Arts in the afternoon.  There will be plenty of sight seeing in Shanghai; they will get to visit the city of Hang Zsou as part of a day trip, as well as doing a cruise on the Yellow River.  This is a much sought after trip and we wish them well. 

Congratulations to the U15 A rugby team. Well tried, U15 B! See Rugby Page for details.

The U15 A team is through to the South Development League Final, scheduled for Wed. 21st March.

Rockwell College Parents’ Association Committee Fundraising Dinner

Saturday, March 24th

Rockwell College Senior Refectory

Four course Dinner with wine

Reception from 7p.m.

Black Tie

Special Guest Speakers

Aidan O’Brien, Joseph O’Brien, Denis Leamy

Join us at Rockwell College for this unique event on March 24th. All are welcome. Tickets are available by calling to Reception or by phone on 062-61444. All proceeds towards College Development. Payment welcome via cash, debit card, credit card or by cheques payable to Rockwell College.

Tickets €100. Tables of 10 available. Event limited to 200 tickets.

Please note: tickets cannot be reserved and must be paid for in advance of the event. Thank you.



TY HOPE Calcutta Trip
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C.S.P.E. and Focus Ireland


Background info: Focus Ireland was founded by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy. Sr. Stan was involved in researching a project into the lives of homeless women in Dublin. Through this, she realised the importance of involving people, who are, or have been directly affected by homelessness, in the development of homelessness services.

Mission Statement (taken from Focus Ireland website):

“Focus Ireland are driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong. Wrong because it is a failure of society that creates victims out of ordinary people and robs them of their potential. Wrong because it can be prevented, it can be solved but is allowed to continue and in doing so, undermines society. We need to challenge our society to think and act differently. We are committed to challenging everything about homelessness; the causes, systemic failures, people’s perceptions and how it is tackled. And we challenge ourselves in how we allocate resources to maximise our ability to prevent people from falling into homelessness and to help people find and keep a home.”

On Friday December 15th Cathryn O’Leary (who is the South East Area Fundraiser for Focus Ireland) came to talk to 3B and 3C CSPE classes about homelessness and the work that Focus Ireland does for the homeless. She told the students that there were three strands of people that Focus Ireland assist; visible homeless (those on the streets), hidden homeless (those in hotel rooms and other temporary accommodation) and those at risk of becoming homeless (those who can no longer afford to pay their mortgage or rent or those in difficult domestic situations).

Ms. O’Leary gave the students some shocking statistics relating to homelessness in the Midwest region (Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary). In October ’17 there was a total of 677 homeless people, 167 of which are children. Ms. O’Leary spoke about the effects that homelessness can have on people and the long term effects that being without a home can have on children and young people. She also talked about the way in which Focus Ireland can help the homeless and that it is far easier to help those who come to them before they are actually homeless. Focus Ireland can help to mediate with landlords or through financial support to keep people in their homes.

It was clear from her presentation and description of the work that Focus Ireland do, that Cathryn O’Leary is passionate and dedicated to her work in helping the homeless. Her message was very clear; no one in Ireland should be homeless. She challenged our perception that all homeless people were in some way to blame for the position they are in. She explained scenarios through which people become homeless and poignantly asked us: how are the 167 homeless children in our area to blame for not having a home? Ms. Emma Ryan’s 3B CSPE class were involved in arranging Ms. O’Leary’s visit as well as welcoming her and thanking her for her presentation. Ms. Eleanor Kilroy’s 3C CSPE class arranged a collection of warm clothes which was then given to Ms. O’Leary. These clothes will be distributed to various Focus Ireland centres to be given to homeless people who need them.

-Eleanor Kilroy


Rock SCT 15 Castletroy 7

Munster Senior Schools Rugby

Rockwell survive a late second half scare to advance to the quarter final of the Senior Cup

Rockwell 15 Castletroy 7

Rockwell opened strongly with the wind in their backs and were rewarded with a well taken try by no. 11 Conor Pearson to the right of the posts. Jake Flannery narrowly kicked the conversion to the left of the posts. Conall Kennedy made some terrific tackles in this period to deny Castletroy’s attempted advances, and Jake then added a further three points from a penalty 15 minutes into the game. Three minutes later a brilliant break through by full back, Ryan O’Sullivan, saw him offload to Dylan Farrelly, who neatly weaved through defenders to go over the line and touch down, while Jake Flannery added the extras. Rockwell went for the jugular with their tails up and pummelled the Castletroy backline for the next ten minutes and were rewarded with two penalties. They elected to kick to touch but infringed from both when the kick for posts might have been the wiser choice. Despite their territorial superiority they went in at half time only 15-0 to the good.

Playing the second half with conditions in their favour Castletroy tested the Rockwell resolve but were met with resolute defending and were driven back any time they entered the Rock 22. Sean Madden at 15 Joseph Johnson, in particular, at 13 were moving at speed into the line, creating all sorts of problems for the Rockwell defence and were rewarded 12 minutes into the second half with a beautiful kick through by Michael O’Hallorn and pick up by J. Johnson to score under the Rockwell posts; an excellent individual score which was converted by Sam Burns.

Jack Harney was an outstanding leader making many breaks, Conall Kennedy and Robert Browne at second row, Ryan O'Sullivan cleaned up at full back,while the Ryan brothers, were a proverbial thorn in the Castletroy side with their pace and physique.

Rockwell displayed great guile throughout and were more physically dominant; however, they displayed too many handling errors and will need to improve greatly to get past Crescent in the next round to be played in a fortnight’s time in Thomond Park. Coach, Kevin Leamy, stated that they were happy to get over the line and recognises that there is still work to be done.

Rockwell: Ryan O’Sullivan, Conor Pearson Jack Hunt, Andrew Daly, Dylan Farrelly, Jake Flannery, Oisin Mangan, Darragh Molloy, James O’Meara, Brendan Ryan, Stephen Grogan, Robert Browne, Conall Kennedy, Jack Harney, Ciaran Ryan.

Replacements: Tom Dowling, Tom Russell, Cathal Hayes, Niall O’Hanrahan (58 for S. Grogan), Harry Tobin, John O’Sullivan (65 for O. Mangan) , Maurice O’Sullivan ( 65 for J. Hunt), Sean Cotter (68 for D. Farrelly).

Rockwell 8 Glenstal 10

Rockwell College lose out narrowly in Munster Schools Senior Cup.

Glenstal 10 Rockwell 8

Glenstal Abbey beat Rockwell by 10 points to 8 after a very tense and closely fought contest on the 4G pitch in UL on Wednesday last, 17th Jan.

Rockwell completely dominated the first 5 minutes of the opening half. The Glenstal defence held out dourly and Rockwell managed only 3 points from the boot of Jake Flannery for all their early pressure. Rockwell continued to dominate proceedings but couldn’t get the necessary score to build on this pressure. An almost identical passage of play midway through the first half, saw Rockwell hold Glenstal tryless, having sustained tremendous pressure. Huge credit must go the defensive effort and, particularly, to captain Jack Harney, for making a try saving tackle in corner when he smashed George Downing into touch. Twice in this period, Glenstal managed to get over the Rockwell line, but the committed Rockwell defence held them up. The dominant Rockwell scrum managed to force a knock on to help relieve the pressure. Rockwell finished the stronger team in the first half and coming up to the half time whistle Stephen Grogan managed to block a Glenstal clearance but an unfortunate bounce of the ball,with the line at his mercy, deceived him and this opportunity might have changed the outcome of the game. Both sides were level at 3 – 3 going in at half time.

Both sides shared an equal amount of possession in the second half. However, the more experienced Glenstal side, with 10 of last year’s finalists , showed their composure and better decision making, and started to take control of the game. After a period of good attacking play from Glenstal, Rockwell conceded a penalty and a sin-binning in the process. An excellent try by winger Ronan Quinn was converted by Ben Healy to give Glenstal a 10 – 3 lead. Rockwell managed to stretch the Glenstal defence on numerous occasions but coughed up their chances through handling errors. Rockwell did manage a penalty 10 yards inside the Glenstal half and, with Jake Flannery in the bin, Ryan O’Sullivan stepped up to take the kick. He struck it well but the wind carried the ball narrowly past the post.

Glenstal managed to keep Rockwell at bay and threatened to add to their lead through the direction of their outhalf, Ben Healy. With Rockwell back to 15 men and the game appearing to slip away from them, they managed to re-exert pressure back on Glenstal. However, a knock on by Rockwell handed possession back to Glenstal. The resulting clearance kick was superbly gathered by Ryan O’Sullivan who managed to score an excellent solo try from inside his own half. The resulting touchline conversion was too much to ask of Jake Flannery in these very wet and windy conditions. With 8 minutes now to play, Rockwell went seeking the winning score. However, credit must go to Glenstal for excellent pressure which time and again forced Rockwell into errors. The game finished 10 – 8 and Glenstal deservedly booked their place in the quarter-final. Rockwell now take on Castletroy next week, with the winner progressing to the quarter-final.

Rockwell: Dylan Farrelly, Conor Pearson, Jack Hunt, Andrew Daly, Sean Cotter; Jake Flannery, Oisin Mangan; Stephen Grogan, Jack Harney, Conall Kennedy, Robert Browne, Niall O’Hanrahan, Brendan Ryan, Darragh Molloy, Ciaran Ryan.


JCT 24 Glenstal 0

JCT win against Glenstal in Junior Cup Opening Round

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

A joint project was recently undertaken by the S.R.C. and Prefects of Rockwell College to raise much needed funds for the local branch of The Society for the St Vincent de Paul.

A large amount of food parcels as well as a cheque for 475 Euro was presented to Martin Quirke on behalf of the pupils of the College following a recent Non-Uniform Day fundraiser.

A food drive was also coordinated by the pupils to support the annual Christmas Food Appeal for the charity. Rockwell College has a long standing relationship with the Society for St Vincent de Paul and the generous and thoughtful food donations were much appreciated to help many families celebrate Christmas 2017.

Pictured in the photo: Kate Barlow, Robyn Boland- Prefects, and Robert Burke, Chairman of the S.R.C. Martin Quirke+ Dick Hennessy (St Vincent de Paul)


First Round of SCT and JCT 2018 announced

Details of the first round of the JCT and SCT competition for Rockwell College in 2018 have been announced. The draw, which pairs Rockwell College away to Glenstal for both matches, was made some weeks ago but the match details were released today. Both matches will take place on Wednesday, January 17th at the Young Munster grounds in Limerick. Kick off in the JCT match is 1pm, with the SCT taking on the team they beat to claim the Limerick Cup at the end of October at 2:30pm. We wish both teams the very best of luck.

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Two Concert performances for Tipperary Town's High Achieving Boy Soprano.

Twelve year old Rockwell College student Daniel Ryan from Tipperary Town, son of Michael John and Siobhan Ryan (Danny Ryan Music Shop) won the First ever High Achiever Award for sight singing in his music exams in the Limerick School of Music recently. Daniel was awarded his gold medal at an awards ceremony in Limerick City. Daniel is a boy soprano and is pictured above with his voice Teacher Emma English. Daniel has been chosen to sing the solo "Walking in the Air" from "The Snowman" with The University of Limerick Orchestra in their Christmas Celebration Concert in The University Concert Hall on 9th December. He will also sing with The Galway City Orchestra on 16th December.


Munster Schools Philosophical Senior Debating 2017-18

Rockwell Progress to the Quarter-Finals

Rockwell progressed to the quarter-finals of this prestigious competition having got through two rounds. In the first round team 1, consisting of Bill Fitzgerald and Ben O’Sullivan and team 2, Erika Magan and Varvara Artiukh contested the motion that ‘this house would ban all art deemed grossly offensive to the public’, while Cathal Flannery and Ben Mc. Donald debated ‘the privatisation of space exploration’.

In the second round Bill Fitzgerald and Ben O’Sullivan, progressed to the quarter-final, having proposed the motion that ‘this house would secularise all primary and secondary schools’. The second team of Erika and Varvara also won their heat, arguing the motion that ‘the aid given to third world countries would depend on their human rights record’. Cathal Flannery also went through as best individual.

They competed against such established and accomplished debating schools like Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal (Blarney), CBC, PBC, CCN Carraignavar, Loreto Fermoy, Bandon Grammar, and Scoil Mhuire Cork.


Army Band 1 Brigade, Cork, visits Rockwell

In Rockwell College we were delighted and honoured to host Band 1 Brigade, Cork, on Thursday 23rd Nov. Students and Staff thoroughly enjoyed a most professional and informative performance. For many of us, it was an eye-opener.

Sincere thanks to Suzanne Buttimer for organising the event.

Thanks also to Soobin Im of Third Year for recording the concert on his Samsung Galaxy.

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Rockwell College Music Academy

Suzanne Buttimer Teaching

Rockwell College Music Academy opened its doors in September 2017. This new facility within Rockwell College provides both an inhouse service and to the surrounding community. At Rockwell College Music Academy, they teach a wide range of instruments such as Piano, Violin, Guitar, Voice, Saxophone, Trumpet, Tuba, Clarinet, Drums and French horn. They also offer Speech&Drama, Public Speaking, Traditional music in an ensemble or individual setting.Their new classes for 2018 are Musical Theatre, Royal Irish Academy of Music Cara Awards programme (suggested for junior – senior infants and 1st – 2nd class) and they are forming a junior choir. This is the brainchild of Suzanne Buttimer and with her team of 10 specialist tutors they endeavour to nurture the talent of each individual student. They have a website www.rockwellcollegemusicacademy.com which contains more information and they are also on social media.


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Sevens' Finals

The Senior girls rugby team reached the All Ireland Finals day in Donnybrook for a third year in a row on the 8th of November. Our day got off to a good start with a convincing win over Tuam Co. Galway with a scoreline of 8 tries to 2. Kate Barlow dazzled the opposition with her side step scoring 3 tries. Our next pool match was a school from Enniskillen in Ulster. The Rockwell girls got off to a slow start falling behind in the first half after falling off some tackles which led to tries. In the second half a determined side led by hardworking captain Claire Bennett pulled back to a scoreline of 3 tries all. Unfortunately a knock on by Rockwell in the last play on the Enniskillen tryline, led to a scrum which resulted in a breakaway try for Enniskillen. Final scoreline 4 tries to 3 against Rockwell. The girls were devastated, and knew they had a hard task for their last pool game against last year's champions Gorey school, Wexford.

The final pool game was a fiercely contested battle against Gorey. Superb footwork by Andrea Stock, Ellie O Sullivan and Faye Dowling opened up the Gorey defense. Orla Cashman put in an amazing 8 tackles in the first seven minute half alone. The Rockwell girls deservedly won by 4 tries to 3.

Next we had to wait an anxious half hour to see if we had qualified for the semi finals. Unfortunately we lost out on overall score difference to Gorey who went through instead. Gorey then went on to win the Final. The girls can take heart from their incredible performances on the day, with the knowledge that they have the ability to beat any opposition going forward. Well done, Girls, on a great performance. Well done also to Polly Murphy!

Patrique Kelly


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Munster Sevens Champions

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Rockwell Junior and Senior girls rugby teams travelled to Cork late October to compete in the Munter Sevens Finals. Both teams had a fantastic day winning all their matches. The Junior team beat teams from Limerick, Kerry and Clare with excellent performances by all the girls. The Seniors beat schools from Killaloe, Abbeyfeale and Limerick in the pool stages to meet local rivals Pres Thurles in the final. This was an important match as we had narrowly lost to them in the opening regional blitz. The girls were outstanding winning the final on a score of 3 tries to one. The first try was a great break by the hardworking Orla Cashman through the centre of the pitch. Laura Stocksborough scored the second with a great steal from the lineout and then ran half the pitch to score in the corner. Kate Barlow dazzled all the opposition with her footwork to score the final try. A great day was had by all girls. These girls now have reached the All Ireland Finals in Dublin for the third year in a row, which is a huge achievement.

Special thanks to Polly Murphy for all her hard work coaching and encouraging the girls.

Patrique Kelly

Tom Wachman member of Irish team to win the Ponies Nations Cup in Chevenez, Switzerland.

In the first of six Nations cups to be run off this year the Irish team were victors in the Pony Grand Prix. Selected to represent Ireland in his first international as one of the four man team in the CSI Grand Prix pony competition, Tom Wachman jumped his horse Flintstone B with a calm assurance to help his team win first prize; in the process defeating five other nations. At the tender age of 12 Tom Wachman displays a resilience belying his years and is one to watch for the future. On Sunday his older brother, Max, finished 4th. on his horse, Diamond, in the CSI Grand Prix Challenge.

In the Prix Es Perrieres Tom finished 3rd. while his brother Max finished 4th. out of 25 competitors, both having gone clear. Tom Wachman is pictured here, with the Irish team, on the right.


Rockwell hosts Third Level Career Choices Night

Each October Rockwell College hosts the Third Level Career Choices Night. This event is open to our Senior Cycle students, but especially our 6th year and 7th year groups. The aim of the Third Level Career Choices Night is to provide a valuable insight into areas that interest them as they will be making their CAO choices from November 6th 2017. The careers fair provides students with expert advice on university courses, scholarships available as well as valuable face-to-face time with representatives of the third level institutions. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about the institutions and their culture and the possible direction the students might want their own career to take. This year we had representatives from UCD, TCD, DCU, CIT, LIT, UCC and UL. The students were very enthusiastic and engaged with all speakers, and feedback from the third level institutions was very positive. The next careers event will be the Rockwell Union Careers' evening in a couple of months time where students will have the opportunity to speak with past pupils of Rockwell College to gain a further insight into possible career choices and to glean inside information on particular courses. The Students and Guidance Counsellor of Rockwell, Orla Cremin, very much appreciated all the Third level institutions who participated in the evening.

Two Rockwell students selected on the panel for the International Junior Science Olympiad.

The State Examinations Commission have identified Luke Fogarty and Nina Carlos de Clerk as high achievers in Maths and Science in this year’s Junior Certificate and as a result have been selected on the panel for the International Junior Science Olympiad this year. From this pool six students will be selected to represent Ireland. The International Junior Science Olympiad is to be held in Arnhem-Nijmegen in the Netherlands from 3rd.-12th. December and the European Union Science Olympiad will be held next April in Ljubljiana, Slovenia. We wish them the best of luck.

Pic: The two students with their teachers Sean Ryan and Henry Flynn


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Rockwell student Padraig Harrington wins National Eventing C’ship.

Held in Tattersalls, Co. Meath last weekend Padraig competed in the Premier U 18 class and was up against twenty five riders, some of whom had competed in the European Junior championships. As it turned out Padraig was one of only four to go clear in both the show jumping and cross country. Padraig showed great grit to lead from day one and held on in the cross country on the final day. He is now the National Junior champion.

Rockwell College celebrates Tipperary All-Ireland win

Rockwell College proudly congratulates the winning Ladies’ Intermediate All Ireland Football team on its victory over Tyrone last Sunday. The College was represented widely within the cohort, with players Aisling McCarthy (2014) and Laura Morrissey (2017) both past pupils, Tony Smith, former SCT coach and current Gaelic Football coach in the Tipp back-room team and Ronan Crosse, former pupil and SCT player as the Tipp team physiotherapist.

Ladies’ Gaelic football has grown in popularity in Rockwell College over the last number of years under the careful nurturing of Tony Smith, Michael Doyle Snr and Edith Carroll. The strong representation of Rockwell College players across the county teams only raises the profile of the game in the College.

Aisling McCarthy, a physiotherapy student from the Class of 2014 was named Player of the Match, a well-deserved accolade to mark an outstanding performance and a person tally of 1-04 for the day.

Outstanding Leaving Cert. Results

John and Joan

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.


Karl and Roisin

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

Pic Right : Roisin McCarthy and her father Karl delighted with her exceptional results at Rockwell.

Pic Bottom Left : Conor Murphy, Cahal Murphy and mothers Ruth and Deirdre celebrating their Leaving Cert results at Rockwell

Conor, Cahal, Ruth, Deirdre


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.