One of the highlights of the celebrations held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Rockwell College was held last Friday when Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited the school.
Mr Kenny was invited to attend the annual prizegiving ceremony at the college, and he encouraged the pupils to be good citizens and go on an play their part in the future of the country.
“You are the people that are going to lead in the future, you are going to make a mark,” he informed the students after presenting the annual awards.
Welcomed to the school by Principal Audrey O’Byrne and Vice Principal Michael Doyle, the Taoiseach said he was very impressed by what he had heard after listening to the citations read out outlining why each student was selected to receive awards.
“The country is in safe hands” he declared after presenting the top students with their awards.
“Whatever you want to be you can be – you can be, because there is nothing going to stop you” he told the students.
The Taoiseach told the puipils that they had opportunities their parents never had and that the education they would receive in Rockwell would enable them to stand on any platform in the world, command respect and have the ability to avail of any opportunities that were presented to them.
He reminded students of the achievements of past pupils who had gone on to play an important role in the development of the country and Irish history, and said there was no reason why the class of 2014 could not follow in their footsteps.
Also on hand to congratulate the prizewinners was Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Tom Hayes.
‘The level of confidence, potential and the diversity of their talent is great to see,” he said.
“When you have students who are excelling in everything from sport, music, acting, academia and even in their day-to-day treatment of their fellow students, you know that the country is in safe hands.’
Minister Hayes thanked Taaoiseach Enda Kenny for attending the event, and congratulated principal Audrey O’Byrne and all the staff at Rockwell for not just this year’s award ceremony but also for creating an environment which encourages students to strive for excellence.
Principal Audrey O’Byrne said the 150th celebrations in the school were very important, and that the visit of Taoiseach was a massive boost for everybody associated with the college.
“It is a very proud day for everybody in the college, to have the Taoiseach here on such a big day for the students was wonderful,” she added.