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College Record 1974


This is an apologetic foreward to an issue of the College Record that is making a delayed appearance, and a rather under-nourished one at that. The delay was due in part to a change in editorship, following the retiral of Mr. Frank McEvoy, and the difficulty of finding a willing successor, ending in the present stop-gap operation., This is an appropriate place to pay tribute to Frank McEvoy’s work as Editor from 1962 to 1972- diligent, meticulous, expert. Even from his ‘retirement’ (due to pressure of work in his own department) he has helped to see this edition through the final stages, as its present Editor gratefully acknowledges. The production of this Record owes much to the help of others, especially our hard­working secretaries who did so much of the typing – Miss Margaret Meany (since, happily become Mrs. Thomas Joyce) and her successor, Miss Mary Meany. It would obviously be a bigger and better issue if it had more contributions. Ideally, we should be getting articles or reports from all the continents where our priests are working: from America, North and South, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa, Great Britain. A college with such a world-wide spread should not want for material of this kind, Nor should some of its many lay past pupils be lacking in ideas or in the urge to write. An open invitation is hereby issued to all these for our next number in 1976: all contributions will be gratefully received.

Meanwhile, thanks to those who have contributed to this one. If the present issue seems to be almost a special Scottish one, this is due to the zeal and the industry of Father Bernard Canning, of the diocese of Paisley, whose work as a recorder may serve as a model and a stimulus to others. In the division of such material as came to hand, the larger portion shows a strong clerical bias – out of proportion to numbers, it is true, but in keeping with the ecclesial significance and world-wide character of our seminary department. On a more personal note, and looking back over the period since the last issue (to be dealt with more extensively in the first article), I might mention that 1973 saw the departure of Canon Holohan to a parish, while 1974 saw the retirement of Mr. Patrick McSweeney and the untimely death of Mr. Eamonn Costello – three links with a past which stretches back to the early 1930s when these three entered the College, two as students and one as teacher.

The year 1974 was remarkable also for the ordination to the priesthood of a septuagenarian, who is now serving in the diocese of Ossory – Rev. Edward Burke, who came to the priesthood after his retirement from a long and successful business career to make history as the oldest man to be ordained in this country. These are some of the personalities and the events which will be featured in this Record; its Editor hopes that you will overlook its defects and enjoy its contents.

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Key Dates Academic Year 2024-2025

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Wednesday 21st
Staff Day (No school for students)
Thursday 22nd
6th Years return at 8:50
Friday 23rd
3rd Year students return 8:50am / 1st Year Induction at 11am
Monday 26th
2nd / 5th Years and TY students return to school at 8:50am
Monday 16th
Open Evening
Friday 20th
Sports Day
Monday 23rd
Free Day (No school for students)
Monday 7th - Friday 11th
October Exams (Provisional)
Monday 14th - Friday 25th
TY Work Experience (TBC)
Thursday 17th (4:15-6:45pm)
6th Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Friday 25th (1pm)
Midterm Break Begins
Monday 4th (8.50 am)
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 7th
Dept of Education Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Thursday 14th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
3rd Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Thursday 21st (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
5th Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Friday 22nd
Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Monday 2nd - Friday 6th
Christmas Exams (6th Years / 3rd Years - provisional)
Monday 16th - Friday 20th
Christmas Exams (1st / 2nd & 5th Years)
Friday 20th (1pm)
Christmas Holidays Begin
Monday 6th (8:50am)
School Reopens after Christmas Holidays
Monday 20th
Oide Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Thursday 23rd (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
1st Year P/T Meeting
Thursday 30th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
2nd Year P/T Meeting
Monday 3rd
St Brigid’s Day Bank Holiday - No School
Tuesday 4th - Friday 14th
TY Work Experience (TBC)
Tuesday 4th - Friday 14th
Mock Examinations for JC & LC
Friday 14th February (1pm)
Midterm Break Begins
Monday 24th (8.50 am)
School Reopens after Midterm Break
Thursday 27th (4:15-6:45pm)
TY P/T Meeting
Saturday 1st
Entrance Assessment Test
Friday 7th
St Kieran’s Day Activities
Monday 17th
School Closed (St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 18th
Free Day (No school for students)
Monday 31st (March) - Friday 4th
Easter Exams (1st & 5th Years)
Friday 11th (1pm)
Easter Holidays Begin
Monday 28th
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Monday 5th
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Monday 26th
Summer Examinations Begin (Provisional)
Friday 30th (1pm)
Summer Holidays Begin
Wednesday 4th
Junior & Leaving cert exams start

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