Fencing has a long and strong tradition at St. Conleth’s which got back to its earliest days, with several Olympians amongst our alumni and recent grad Philip Cripwell near the top of the national senior rankings. And judging by the talent in our Junior School, whence the Moriarity-Smith and Sherlock brothers regularly carved up Europe last year, this tradition is only getting stronger. Maître David Couper of Salle Dublin holds classes every Friday for both the Junior and Senior students and he recently held a few exhibitions to encourage even more participation. The First Formers, of course, were thrilled to be able to put on costumes and pick up weapons but we were pleasantly surprised to see how enthusiastically our First Years, especially the girls, took to David’s lively introduction to the ancient sport. It surely could not be the popularity of Game of Thrones, as they are much too young to watch such a series, but there certainly seemed to be a willingness to embrace the idea of strong female characters wielding a blade. A big thank you to David and his eager assistants, Michael Li and James Moriarty-Smyth, for demonstrating the cuts and thrusts of it!