Saturday 10 December 2016

School celebrates 200 years

Tom Shiel

Published 07/08/2010 | 05:00

Four days of celebrations to mark the bicentenary of one of the country's oldest diocesan colleges, St Nathy's College in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, got under way yesterday.

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Past pupils of the school, which is now co-educational, include Tom Mitchell, the former provost of Trinity College, Dublin, Noel Dorr, a former Irish ambassador to the UK and former secretary general of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and journalist and social commentator, the late John Healy.

A commemorative book to mark the occasion has been compiled and edited by Fr Leo Henry, a teacher at the school.

It includes articles by the late Dermot Earley, former chief of staff of the Defence Forces, who died recently.

Lieutenant General Earley, who enjoyed a long inter-county football career with Roscommon, first made his mark as a footballer with St Nathy's.

Later this week, GAA president Christy Cooney will attend a handball exhibition in the school and Cardinal Sean Brady, will officiate at a Mass and tree-planting ceremony.

Irish Independent

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