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Coláiste Éanna, Ballyroan, welcomes Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick back to his Alma Mater

Wednesday 6thy November 2013 was a very special day for Coláiste Éanna as we welcomed an Éanna boy, Bishop Brendan Leahy as our special guest, back to his Alma Mater.  We were very pleased to hear, earlier this year, of his appointment as Bishop of Limerick. So we were delighted to that Bishop Brendan met with many of our classes, joined with us in our annual November Service to remember our deceased family members and friends in our parish church and later had lunch with many past and present members of our school community.

Brother Dooley, past principal and Brother Donlon past teacher, our Board Chairperson, Chairperson of our Parents Association, members of our student council and former teachers who taught Bishop Brendan and current staff members attended a special lunch in his honour.

The phrase Alma Mater, referring to one’s school or college has become a part of our vernacular but the direct translation from the Latin reads as the ‘nourishing mother’ and Coláiste Éanna fits in very well with this image as a place which nourishes and helps one to grow. Nourishment was central to Edmund Rice’s vision of a school when he included a bakery in his first school in Mount Sion in Waterford. There was great hunger among the poor children at the time. Coláiste Éanna attempted to and  hopefully  still does seek to alleviate the great hunger of our time. A hunger for knowledge, spiritual growth and a thirst for truth, justice and fair play.

The Principal, Brendan Mc Cauley, in his comments at the lunch concluded “Bishop Brendan on behalf of the Bothers and teachers who taught you and I hope nourished and guided your growth during your days here and on behalf of those of us who are the current stewards of the tradition of Edmund Rice I am very proud to welcome you to your alma mater and wish you many graces and blessing in the years ahead”.

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