Teachers, pupils, parents, past and present gathered in Rockwell College on Saturday to launch a book to commemorate its 150th anniversary.
Written by former Rockwell deputy principal and historian Dr Sean O’Donnell it was launched by Professor Maurice Manning Chancellor of the National University of Ireland and a past pupil.
Prof. Manning described the book as “an achievement of fine writing, clear and comprehensive, underlined by his great affection for Rockwell and respect for its traditions,” and as recording the reality and substance of Rockwell’s immense contribution to its core mission of education at its broadest and most fundamental, developing the full potential of its students, providing a happy environment where every pupil counts. “That is why we can say with certainty that Rockwell is both a great school and a good school’.
“As a former pupil I was very struck by its motto ‘Inter Mutanda Constantia’ or ‘Constancy in the Midst of Inevitable Change’ and how the college had adapted to changing times. Be it the introduction of co-ed schooling, new facilities and dealing with a harsh economic climate Rockwell has always managed to remain true to its values but at the same time deal with any challenges.” He told the gathering that his abiding memory of his time in Rockwell were the frequent visits to the College by its former maths teacher and later Taoiseach and President Eamon De Valera. “The school bells would always be turned off when he arrived,” said Prof Manning.
Dr O’Donnell said he was delighted to write the book and thanked the Holy Ghost community and Rockwell College for their help with his research. Other speakers included College principal Ms Audrey O’Byrne, Fr Brendan Hally on behalf of the Holy Ghost Order and Flan Garvey, President of the Past Pupils Union. The book is €25 at Eason’s Clonmel, Bookworm Thurles or from the College 06261444.