Sports and Family Day 2016
SUNDAY 15 MAY 2016
A GLORIOUS DAY AT BLACKROCK!
The sun shone on a massive crowd of parents, students, past students and friends of Blackrock who enjoyed a programme of inter-house sports and novelty events as well as championship finals.
The day started with Soloist Hugh Egleston (6th Year) singing the National Anthem. From thereon it was non-stop activity across the lawn, as well as at the Open Day Displays in St. Paul’s Wing, in St Patrick’s Hall and the Lecture Hall. The best of Blackrock – Science, History, Environmental, Art and Construction Projects – was on display.
We were delighted to welcome Golfer Paul Dunne (Class of 2011) who was presented with the Past Pupils Sports Personality Award for 2016 by the President of the Union, Mr David Coen (Class of 1986). Paul, spoke warmly of his time at Blackrock, thanked both his parents and the College for the start he had in life and wished the 6th Years well in their exams. Paul, in turn, presented the Sports Personality Of The Year Award to Tommy O’Brien (6th Year) who represented Blackrock with distinction in both Rugby and Athletics over his 5 years at the College. Paul also drew the first ticket in the Draw for half a year’s school fees with David Coen making the Draw for the other 2 Prizes.
The Winners were:
- Tom McAleese – father of Joe (6th Year)
- Mary Stewart – mother of Colm Cooney (4th Year)
- Robert Johnston – father of Robert (5th Year)
It was a brilliant day – the College looked superb. I thank our Grounds, Maintenance and Household teams for their dedication and pride in Blackrock. I thank Mary, Albert and our Sodexo Catering Team for their organisation and sponsorship of the afternoon teas, the proceeds of which go to Machakos.
I thank the President of the Union and especially his wife Lucinda (and her daughters Danielle, Juliet, Charlotte) for presenting the medals throughout the afternoon.
Finally, I thank my colleagues – the Organising Committee of Mr Rowsome, Ms Farrell,
Mr Evan O’Brien, Mr Aylward, Mr Albert Beattie, Mr Phil Ryan, Mr Herlihy, Mr Fintan O’Connor, Mr Smyth, Mr Murray and my colleagues in attendance on the day, as well as our past students who helped with the running of the events.
This is a very important Blackrock occasion and it would not be possible without the effort and goodwill of so many – parents, staff, students, extended families and Spiritan Community. Fides et Robur!