Principal Donal ODulaing and School Captain Tomas Clancy led the first Senior School assembly of the year, but there was plenty of support, especially regarding musical accompaniment. We always have an assembly at the end of September: a sort of ‘taking stock’ and ‘looking forward’ moment. Mr. ODulaing once again combined timely tidbits of wisdom from Irish popular culture and the sporting world to inspire us all to even greater things this year. Leading the way to these ‘great things’ will be School Captain Tomas Clancy and the other officers and captains who make up the Student Council. The rhetoric was skilful and significant but so were the musical interludes: First Year Giacomo Donlon and Sixth Year Matthew Rockett delighted the crowd with their piano pieces and Eva Stylianides sang a memorable version of ‘A Thousand Years’ (see and hear below!), backed by Rory Clarke and Sam Lynch. And Joe Gallagher, our resident crooner, smoothly delivered ‘Streetcar’, accompanied by Matthew on piano.
Some of the promised great things are already happening! Our golf team was saluted for their recent efforts in the Leinster tournament and we heard the news that Oisin McGinley has joined the European elites! Oisín has been selected to represent Ireland at the European Youth Parliament this year. His selection was based on his performance at the National event, in Cork, when he was in Transition Year. The event takes place in Rotterdam, from Oct 13th to 21st. Oisin is one of only six students from Ireland!