St Aloysius College Carrigtwohill Celebrating 75 years of excellence in Education

Sunday March 1st brought St Aloysius College Carrigtwohill to the City Hall Cork to celebrate their 75th anniversary with a magnificent Gala Concert showcasing the very best of musical talent, song and dance by both our past and present pupils. RTE Presenter Dyane Connor, a past pupil, was an excellent MC for the occasion and close to one thousand people attended and enjoying a spectacular evenings' entertainment. 

Saturday March 14th brought past pupils from many different years to a Past Pupils Open Day which began with Mass in the Parish Church with past pupils, staff, parents, congregation and the current school community participating. The whole ceremony was enhanced by the beautiful musical accompaniment of our students and teachers.  This was followed by a reception in the college and past pupils and teachers had a pleasant gathering recalling their shared past experiences with loads of smiles and stories shared over the very welcome refreshments. Presentations were made to all the past Principals who had gathered along with our present Principal Tony Lee and Deputy Principal Margot Hartnett. A new three classroom extension to the college was opened by Sr. Maria St. Joseph from the first class 1939 with Lydia Ken-Imasogie youngest pupil in first year. As part of our celebrations The Frances Taylor Memorial Library, in honour of Venerable Mother Magdalen Taylor was also opened during the year.

The Le Chéile Trust was represented at the Gala Concert by Eilis Humphreys and at the Past Pupils Day by Therese Davey who made a presentation to the College to mark the 75th celebrations. A big thank you to everyone who participated and helped organise these memorable events to mark a very special anniversary.

Sr Maria St. Joseph from the first class 1939 with Lydia Ken-Imasogie youngest pupil in first year pictured opening the new school extension.

Sr Maria St. Joseph from the first class 1939 with Lydia
Ken-Imasogie youngest pupil in first year pictured opening the new school

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Liam Walsh, Kenneth O’ Flynn Deputy Mayor of Cork, Sr. Mgt Herlihy

Youth Volunteer from Monaghan is recognised in Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards Programme

Roisin Dick from Monaghan has been recognised for the motivation, service and impact she has demonstrated for her local community as a 2015 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards top 20 finalist.

Roisin Dick who is a sixth year student from St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan volunteers with Irish Water Safety, the local Arch Club and the youth committee of her local Credit Union. Her interest in helping others has extended to Tanzania where she faced many challenges working on a renovation project in a local school and orphanage.

World Day of Consecrated Life 2015

We wish all the sisters and brothers in Le Chéile
best wishes and blessings on World Day of Consecrated Life 2015


Keeping traditions alive in St Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester

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IMG 3726Students from St Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester played their part in Catholic School’s week by getting involved in a St. Brigid’s cross making initiative.  In the days leading up to St Brigid’s day, February 1st, the students of St. Mary’s were busy, during religion class, making these traditional crosses and mounting them onto specially designed cards.

The crosses were available at Sunday morning masses and 500 were given as a memento of this special feast to the religious congregations of the Dublin Archdiocese at their annual mass celebrating consecrated life in St Brigid’s Church, Killester.                                    

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin blessed the crosses and thanked the students for making them. Sr. Elizabeth Cotter IBVM, Vicar of the Religious in the Archdioceses said that as a former Principal herself she was in awe of the teachers and students producing so many crosses, which were distributed and brought back to the Religious Houses of those present. Some travelling as far away as South Sudan and Australia

The school prefects were complimented on the day and on days following for their work, their pleasant friendly manner and interaction with the members of the congregation.

St Mary’s Holy Faith can only be proud. Well done, girls!

“I Was a Boy in Belsen” – Author Visits St. Dominic’s

An historical and memorable occasion took place in local School (St. Dominic’s Secondary School Ballyfermot)

When holocaust survivor Tomi Rechentenal visited the school. He was welcomed and introduced by 3rd year student Aleksandra, in Tomi’s native language and then by 5th year History Student Eirn Dempsey in English – It was a touching moment to see Alexsandra Medzihradska welcome someone from her native village in Slovakia.

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Alexsandra Medzinhradska welcome Tomi in his native language

Students, staff and visitors sat in respectful silence for two hours  as they were reminded of the horrors of the concentration camps, as seen through the eyes of a child survivor.

At the age of nine, Tomi Rechental, with his mother, brother, grandmother, aunt and cousin, was incarcerated in the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Their crime: being Jews in Slovakia under Tiso’s regime which collaborated in the deportation of over 80% of its Jewish population.

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Tomi recalled the daily brutality, starvation and dehumanization of the inmates; the latrine ‘dolls’ that were actually discarded babies, and the constant undercurrent of fear as parents tried to keep rumours of gas ‘showers’ and crematoria from their children.

Tomi told his audience that he did not speak about his experiences of his wartime experiences not because he did not want to, but because he could not. But in recent years he believed it was important that the memories be shared.


“It was a story I will carry with me for the rest of my life” – Chloe Moran

‘It was the most intense and heart-breaking story I’ve ever heard. It was an honour to meet such an inspiring and influential man with a big heart despite his past ‘- Leanne Cuff

‘ I admired how forgiving Tommy was towards Germany as a Nation, and the courage he had to speak about his journey and all that he has been through’ – Sophie Kelly

Mary Daly, (Principal) in her thank you speech, told Tomi that this was an event that had touched the lives of all students and staff as they prepared for his visit. She said she had no doubt that the day would go down in the annuals of the school as a very special day.  Mary then invited Tomi to return to the school in 2016, when the school will be celebrating 60 years of Educational Services in the Ballyfermot Community.

2009-07-03 23.47.47Sarah Cleary, Tomi Rechentenal and Shannon White
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