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Brathair Benedict Brunnick taught science in Coláiste Íosagáin. He was also an accomplished pianist.

Brathair Benedict Brunnick taught science in Coláiste Íosagáin. He was also an accomplished pianist.

Brathair Finbar O'Shea, from Lombardstown near Mallow, was Principal for two terms in Coláiste Íosagáin. He also taught Latin in the school.

Brathair Finbar O'Shea, from Lombardstown near Mallow, was Principal for two terms in Coláiste Íosagáin. He also taught Latin in the school.

Brathair (Brother) Raymond Grainger taught maths, applied maths and other science subjects in Coláiste Íosagáin in Baile Mhúirne.

Brathair (Brother) Raymond Grainger taught maths, applied maths and other science subjects in Coláiste Íosagáin in Baile Mhúirne.

Brathair (Brother) Raymond Grainger taught maths, applied maths and other science subjects in Coláiste Íosagáin in Baile Mhúirne. He hailed from Ballinhassig.

Brathair (Brother) Raymond Grainger taught maths, applied maths and other science subjects in Coláiste Íosagáin in Baile Mhúirne. He hailed from Ballinhassig.

Brathair Finbar O'Shea, from Lombardstown near Mallow, was Principal for two terms in Coláiste Íosagáin. He also taught Latin in the school.

Brathair Finbar O'Shea, from Lombardstown near Mallow, was Principal for two terms in Coláiste Íosagáin. He also taught Latin in the school.

Coláiste Íosagáin in Baile Mhúirne (Ballyvourney) was opened by the De La Salle Order in the 1940s and closed in 1989.

Coláiste Íosagáin in Baile Mhúirne (Ballyvourney) was opened by the De La Salle Order in the 1940s and closed in 1989.

Brother Philbert Cronin served as Coláiste Íosagáin Principal.

Brother Philbert Cronin served as Coláiste Íosagáin Principal.

Brother Ben Brunnick was a science teacher and accomplished pianist.

Brother Ben Brunnick was a science teacher and accomplished pianist.

Brother Philbert Cronin served as Coláiste Íosagáin Principal.

Brother Philbert Cronin served as Coláiste Íosagáin Principal.

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Brathair Benedict Brunnick taught science in Coláiste Íosagáin. He was also an accomplished pianist.

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PAST pupils of Cork secondary schools such as the De La Salle in Macroom and the now-shut Coláiste Iosagáin in Baile Mhúirne will have an opportunity to recall and pay their respects to the deceased De La Salle Brothers who taught in those schools at the Order’s first Cemetery Mass to be held since before the pandemic.

The memories of Brother Finbar O’Shea, a two-term Principal at Coláiste Íosagáin in Baile Mhúirne, who hailed from Lombardstown near Mallow originally; Brother Raymond Grainger, who will be remembered as a mathematical genius by students in Baile Mhúirne academy; and Brother Benedict Brunnick, a science teacher and accomplished pianist, among many others who taught in Cork schools or hailed from the county, will be recalled at the occasion in Castletown, County Laois, on Saturday, July 9.

Brother Caoimhin Mac Fhiobhuí told The Corkman this week that the July Mass would be the first such memorial event to be held since 2017 and remarked that many of the Order’s members had origins in Cork.

“Some Cork families contributed more than one member as was the case of Michael (Ignatius) and Jeremiah (Xavier) Twomey from Knockavoreen, Kiskeam; and Colman (Patrick) Angland and his brother, Florian (Florence), from the same place,” he said.

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“So many men and women joined different congregations from Kiskeam that it became known as the Holy Ground in County Cork; other men to join the De La Salle Brothers from there included Edmund (Michael) Murphy, Brendan (William) Herlihy, and Paul (Michael) Moynihan.

“A quick glance at almost 500 crosses in the community cemetery in Castletown, County Laois, suggests that just about every corner of Cork is well-represented in the community cemetery.”

Brother Kevin, who himself served in Coláiste Íosagáin, recounted a list of brothers which included Brothers Finbar, Benedict and Raymond: “There was also Kieran (William) Burke came from the island of Cape Clear; Robert (Timothy) Creedon and Aldric (John) Creedon came from Ballyvourney [Baile Mhúirne]; while Peadar Ó Scanaill came from neighbouring Coolea [Cúil Aodha]...Eugene (Michael) Crowley hailed from Dunmanway while Declan (Daniel) Lane, who spent many years in South Africa, came from Newmarket. Albinus (Daniel) Healy came from Clondrohid, while Elias (Jeremiah) Golden was a neighbour’s child from Kilnamartra [Cill na Martra], and Brother Philbert Cronin, also príomhoide in Coláiste Íosagáin, that’s just a sample of the fine men who joined the De La Salle order from the Rebel County over the years.”

Brother Kevin said that family members, relatives and past pupils of these, who led ‘eventful even heroic lives’, would have an opportunity to remember them at the Day of Remembrance. Mass beginning at 2pm on July 9 in Castletown.


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