Tooting his horn for Mary
Blackrock College student Conor Crowley practises on his French horn yesterday ahead of a performance with the school orchestra for President Mary McAleese.
The President was the guest of honour at the Dublin school's sports and family day yesterday as part of the ongoing celebrations to mark its 150th anniversary. The school -- originally known as the French College, Blackrock -- was founded in 1860 by Pere Jules Leman. It was originally established to provide a Catholic education for boys while training them for missionary service in the Third World.
The school has since achieved acclaim as a first-rate academic institution with a proud sporting tradition.
Famous alumni include former president Eamon de Valera, designer Paul Costelloe, singer and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, comedian Ardal O'Hanlon, broadcasters Ryan Tubridy and Craig Doyle and Ireland rugby stars Leo Cullen and Brian O'Driscoll.