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College Record 1992

It is always a very pleasant task to write the editorial for a new issue of the St. Kieran’s College Record and through it to greet the alumni of the college at home and abroad.

Once again, it is fitting that we begin by recording the interest and support of the College Patron, Bishop Forristal, who has continued to provide wise counsel and leadership in every area with which the college is concerned.

The current Record follows the pattern of previous issues. Among the articles of general interest is a noteworthy account of the workings of Dail Eireann by a former member of the Oireachtas staff, and a ‘sentimental voyage’that links St. Kieran with the tragic death of a young Ossory priest in a boating accident in 1918.

The special theme of the issue is ‘1990-2000: The Decade ofEvangelisation’. We are fortunate to able to carry both original articles and re­prints of articles from other journals on this theme all by current or former staff members or students of the seminary.

In this and the College Review section, we publish articles with a more specific interest for past pupils reminiscences and portraits of students and teachers from both nineteeth and twentieth centuries.

The Seminary Review will be of particular interest to the priests ordained there. Fr James Cassin chronicles some of the results of a major review of the seminary programme as its recom­mendations are implemented; day-to-day life is covered in diary form. With each succeeding Record the section devoted to the secondary school has increased. This is to be expected given the fact that it now has over 700 pupils and more than 40 teachers; offers 29 subjects for public examination pur­poses; and provides facilities for numerous non­examination subjects and over 30 extra-cur­ricular pursuits. Our recording of the life of the secondary school is dominated by these positive develop­ments, and by the sporting achievement of stu­dents not alone in the established sports (where the college achieved a three-in-a-row success in theAll-IrelandHurlingChampionship) but also in other areas such as athletics, basketball and equestrian sports. But it also contains a note of sadness, since we must record the passing of a beloved teacher, Alfie Sheehy, and the retirement of two others who have long been associated with the college – Peadar Barrett and Art Anglin.

In From the Dioceses we carry news of the ministry, and more often the passing, of priests who received their seminary education at St. Kieran’s. Once again, Bernard Canning, now a Canon of the Diocese of Paisley, has put his remarkable archival and writing skills at our disposal in his Scottish Miscellany. Fittingly, his account includes a report on the episcopal ordination of one St. Kiera n’s man, Bishop Kevin Rafferty, and the retirement of another, Bishop James Monaghan, as auxiliaries in the Archbishopric of St. Andrews and Edinburgh; Fr. Canning’s first by-lined Scottish Log re­ported Bishop Monaghan’s appointment in the 1970 Record. The Unions and Reunions section has been expanded to cover the welcome revival of the St. Kieran’s College Union in Ireland. It is often said that our In the News section is too brief and that we are too modest when it comes to publicising the achievements of our past pupils. We are justifiably proud of the many notable achievements of our alumni. In the opening pages of this Record we greet a senior alumnus, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Most Reverend Kevin Rafferty, who was ordained in St. Kieran’s in 1957; news of achievers in the secular sphere will also be found in other pages.

I am deeply indebted to each and every contributor. In particular may I express par­ticular thanks to my colleagues on the staff for their help with almost every section of the Record. A special word of thanks to Denis Bergin who has made available his invaluable professional skills in the production of College Records over the years. My sincere thanks also to the many friends who have contributed generously to­wards the cost of publication. And finally, to each reader goes the kindest wish that you may have moments of happy reading and reminiscing as you turn the pages that follow.

May this St. Kieran’s College Record 1992 be a further bond between all who have gone through the halls of St. Kieran’s and the staff; seminarians, and students of today.

Michael Ryan

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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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