School celebrates 200 years
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.
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.