Today was a very emotional and indeed a happy day too . We attended the end of year mass in Bride St. church and the prize giving ceremony for the students and for their achievements .
The church was packed to capacity with parents and students and faculty and an air of happiness could be felt. This did happen when I went to St.Peters but it was always held in the beautiful church on school grounds and if I am not wrong it was held without parents/guardians etc present, I am open to correction.
We knew Jordan was receiving an award for academic excellence , his second in two years , but our focus today was on Aaron. This was his and his classmates day , the leaving cert class of 2015 , the future leaders of government, business , world and whatever they can grab. Bishop Brennan quoted a school principal from the USA ....."go into the world and do well but most of all go into the world and do good" I have no doubt that Aaron will do good , he is a good lad and is compassionate and always thinks of others first.
I will be honest I did well up today while vice principal John Banville called out the many awards for students and spoke so well of them all , I pictured all my children in my mind with every word he spoke and that , I think makes me a proud father and Liz a proud mother.
I am typing here and I can hear Aaron talking to Liz in the kitchen about college in Cork where he hopes to go and I am so overwhelmed with pride that we have children so educated and with passion to make something of themselves.
The St.Peters College I and my friends went to has changed a lot and if I was there now I know I would enjoy it. My memories of St.Peters are clouded , not by the schools fault which at the time were many but by what happened within my family in my final year.
On Friday 13th November 1987 my parents business entered bankruptcy ,6 months before I took my leaving cert exams, this had a huge effect on me and I gave up on school and any dreams I had. One man , Emmet Cullen I still need to thank and I will.I have never spoke of this before , why I don't know doing it now gives me some peace.
We wish the entire class of 2015 all the very best and no matter what results you get , be yourself and carve your own track in life as only you know what you want.