- Feb 3, 2011
No love for Gary Halpin, an Olympian no less! Or was he Rockwell College?I'm surprised and a saddened to read that Cistercian College Roscrea (MSJ) is calling it a day. True they lost to Gonzaga in the Schools Rugby Cup on Wednesday but this is a bit of an extreme reaction!
Some interesting names among the school's alumni:-
Brian Cowen – Former Taoiseach
Conor Brady – Former Editor of The Irish Times
Cormac Bourke - Editor of the Sunday Independent
Dick Spring – Former international rugby player and Tánaiste
David Andrews – Former Minister for Foreign Affairs
Jim Glennon – Former international rugby player and former TD.
Barry Cowen - Fianna Fáil TD
Mr Justice Vivian Lavan (RIP) – former High Court judge
Willie Mullins – Racehorse trainer and former jockey
Séamus Hennessy – All-Ireland medallist with Tipperary (Hurling)
Gavin Duffy – International rugby player
Well-known boarding school closes its doors after 112 years - Independent.ie
I used to hate the away trips to play against Roscrea. And the trips to Rockwell too. Hours on a school coach just to play 80 minutes of rugby.
On a more serious note it is sad to see a school as old as that having to close.