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College Record 1974

Editorial

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

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the below times and dates. Please check the school website throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

August
Thursday 24th
6th year students return at 8:50
Friday 25th
3rd year students return 8:50am/ 1st Year Induction at 11am
Monday 28th
2nd year, 5th year and TY students return to school at 8:50am
September
Monday 18th
Open Evening
Friday 22nd
Sports Day
Monday 25th
School Closed
October
Thursday 19th (4:15-6:45pm)
6th Year P/T Meeting
Friday 27th
Mid-Term Break Begins @ 1pm
November
Monday 6th
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursdays 9th (7pm)
6th Year Careers Information Evening
Thursday 16th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
3rd Year P/T Meeting
Thursday 23rd (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
5th Year P/T Meeting
Friday 24th
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Monday 27th
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
December
Friday 14th
Christmas Carol Service @ 7:30pm
Friday 22nd
Christmas Holidays Begin @ 1pm
January
Monday 8th
School Reopens after Christmas Holidays
Thursday 11th (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for 1st Year Parents
Thursday 18th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
1st Year P/T Meeting
Monday 22nd
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Thursday 25th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
2nd Year P/T Meeting
February
Monday 29th (Jan) - Friday 9th (Feb)
Mock Examinations for JC & LC
Monday 5th
St Brigid's Day (School Closed)
Wednesday 7th (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for Transition Year Parents
Friday 9th
Mid -Term Break Begins @ 1pm
Monday 19th
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 22nd (4:15-6:45pm)
TY P/T Meeting
March
Friday 8th
St Kieran's Day Activities
Monday 18th
School Closed
Friday 22nd
Easter Holidays Begin @ 1pm
April
Monday 8th
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Thursday 18th (7pm)
3rd Year Parents Information Evening for TY
May
Monday 6th
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 7th
School Closed
Friday 31st
Summer Holidays Begin
June
Wednesday 5th
Junior & Leaving cert exams start

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