First up on Tuesday night was a trip to the National Concert Hall to see Carmen in all its scantily clad glory. Years ago, Mrs. Kelleher instituted this tradition of treating Sixth Years to the opera and the boys and girls always enjoy the opportunity to get ‘all dickied up’ and expand their cultural horizons. This time, at least for the lads, there was the extra bonus of innovative costume design to arrest their attention, as well as the accompanying impromptu translations by the one and only Peter Gallagher, principal emeritus and renowned renaissance man. Ms. Fay, Mr. Porzadny and Mrs. MacMahon turned up as exquisitely turned out as ever and made sure to keep the boys in their seats despite the passion in the air. Returning to mundane ‘chalk and talk’ sessions the next morning was going to be tough for the students…..until Mr. Seamus Gallagher and Mr. Cummiskey whisked them off to see Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ in Smithfield! In addition to being a helpful dollop of relationship advice (and the need to pull your shades down), the film is actually a text on the Leaving Certificate Comparative Study course!