A MESSAGE FROM MONSIGNOR THOMAS MAHER COLLEGE PRESIDENT 1976-1983
The first issue of St. Kieran’s CollegeRecord appeared in the 174th academic year of the College. This issue, coming in the 200th academic year, has by that very fact been a more challenging undertaking than any of its predecessors. It would take an entire volume to do justice to the inspiring celebrations of the Bicentenary which were so generously supported and deeply appreciated by all living alumni of the College. It was the stuff of which memories are made. Hopefully this volume will help perpetuate those memories. The College Record has to chroniele the ordinary as well as the extraordinary even ts. Ideally, every student in whatever capacity he partakes in College life should have his own niche, even if by name only, for today’s reporting is tomorrow’s history. In this matter the present issue has a more difficult task. Whereas the earlier issues appeared bienially, it is now six years since the last issue. In a publication such as this there is a predictable inevitability about events to be recorded. One event, however, not in that category is the death of our late Patron, Bishop Peter Birch – an event which broke on us with shattering suddeness. As Historian of the College he was the most knowledgeable individual on all aspects, current and historical, of College life. His interest was deep and genuine, and he was very generous towards the College Record. It is sad, though true, to say that the College has to report the loss of its greatest friend in this, perhaps the most memorable edition of the Record. I am glad to say that his successor, Bishop Laurence Forristal shows every sign of continuing that deep interest in and care for St. Kieran’s. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to tell you that all editors of past College Records have agreed to act on an editorial board for this issue, putting their cumulative wisdom at the disposal of the Editor-in-chief. Regretfully the editor of the first issue (19 5 5-5 6), James Maher of Mullinahone has long since gone to his eternal reward. More recently Fr. Dan Collier who edited the 1960 issue has been called home by the Lord he served so well. To these and to all who helped in any way, I wish to express the gratitude of the College. To all who laboured with such dedication to make the ideals we all had for the recent celebrations come to a most satisfying and fruitful reality, unqualified credit and gratitude are offered. To all who were part of the simple though significant events of the years recorded here, St. Kieran’s says thanks and wishes you all God’s blessing and success in the years ahead. To our readers goes the kindest wish that you may have moments of happy reading and reminiscing as you tum the pages that follow, in whatever occupation, in whatever country you may be. Finally may I make my own the words used by James Maher in greeting to the readers of the first College Record.
Go gcuiti Dia sibh go leir.