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St Conleth's CEO Ann Sheppard and headmaster Kevin Kelleher

St Conleth's CEO Ann Sheppard and headmaster Kevin Kelleher

St Conleth's CEO Ann Sheppard and headmaster Kevin Kelleher

ST CONLETH'S College Dublin celebrated its 75th birthday in style with a special banquet for distinguished guests last night.

The former Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, delivered the keynote address at an anniversary dinner at St Conleth's College, a fee paying school on Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, where his son was educated.

Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney also sent his son to the school, as did publisher and Dragon's Den star Norah Casey.

Other famous past pupils include Maeve Binchy's brother, Professor William Binchy, the late investigative journalist Mary Raftery and musician Conor O'Brien of indie folk band Villagers.

Speaking at the anniversary dinner, CEO Ann Sheppard, daughter of late founder Bernard Sheppard, said: "We are extremely proud of the school's achievements and contribution to education in Ireland over the past 75 years."

"We have produced academics and sporting greats. We have always prided ourselves on being responsible for the total development of the young adult. It is this vision that my father founded the school on - and it is this vision that the school remains dedicated to today."

Founded in September 1939 on the day after World War II was declared, the secondary school is currently run by former international rugby referee Kevin Kelleher, 93, and was historically described as a school for "sons of Catholic gentlemen."

Sunday Independent