The chapel at St. Colman's College, Fermoy celebrated a significant milestone on Monday, February 18 with the celebration of its one hundredth 'birthday' in the presence of college students, staff and dignitaries.
College Chaplin Fr. Eamonn Barry held a celebratory Mass concelebrated by former president Canon Sean Cotter D.D., parish priest of Charleville. One hundred years ago to the day the 'new' Chapel was officially opened by the then Bishop Robert Browne and the engraved ceremonial key used in that event featured in the centenary celebrations this week.
The Chapel owes its existence to many people but none more so than famed author and novelist Canon Patrick Sheehan of Doneraile whose one hundredth anniversary also occurs this year.
A prominent past pupil of St. Colman's, Canon Sheehan retained an affection for his alma mater all through his life, donating much of the proceeds of his early literary success to the building and on his passing the Chapel was dedicated to him. The beautiful stained glass windows at the rear of the altar by Watson & Co. of Youghal are also a fitting permanent memorial.
Other events are planned to celebrate the historical, literary and artistic significance of the year to St. Colman's College.