Mise Éirefilleadh ar an Choláiste
This is more or less the fiftieth anniversary of the first screening of the magnificent film "Mise Éire". Midas Productions are making a TV programme on the event for screening by TG4 later in the year. They had heard that some Coláiste classes went to the first screening and they were looking for people from Rang '63 to discuss our attendance at the film and also maybe to provide a few asides on life in the Coláiste.
I circulated the Rang and the only takers were myself, Alan Dukes and Terry Purcell. So we spent about 4 hours with the crew on 29/8/2011, in a classroom in Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire on the east side of Parnell Square, and our contribution is now in the can. I assume this will only be a short element in the programme and I will be very interested to see how the whole thing turns out.
I'll let people know when I have the transmission dates.
Meanwhile you can see us faoi dhian scrúdú in the Gaelscoil.
Músaem Mí-úsáid Páistímolta ag Ruairí Quinn
I lár 2009 mhol Ruairí Quinn TD go mbainfí úsáid as shean-fhoirgnamh an Choláiste le músaem a bhunú in ómós agus i gcuimhne íospartaigh dhrochíde. Tá sé in am úsáid fónta éigin a bhaint as an bhfoirgneamh seo atá anois i seilbh an Stáit. Agus tá Ruairí féin anois ina Aire Oideachais. Buíochas do Eoin Ó Maoileidigh ar leathanach Facebook an Choláiste as an eolas seo.
[Mar a tharla, níor éirigh liom féin a bheith i láthair agus bhraitheas uaim é. B'shin an chéad uair dom, más buan mo chuimhne.
Ach, mar is gnách, tá cuntas cruinn faighte agam ónár gcomhfhreagróir dílis Seán Ó Faoiáin. Nár laga Dia a lámh. P.]
The night went very smoothly as usual. The room was properly set up and about 10 of us turned up on the night. The food was good and the drinks were kept up to us - no mean feat that! Antoin was in great form organising everything, especially the money!
As always we were regaled with many stories as more and more participants found the courage to speak and there were lots of laughs. The biggest laugh of the evening was for silly me who boldly announced that I had every last penny (cent) of my pension fund invested in National Australia Bank (NAB) shares! Mind you we had been talking at length about Ireland's dilemma and how Government policy on savings filled bank coffers with so much money that they were paying huge bonuses to loan officers to push it out to borrowers. Oh my goodness. That resulted in the 'Mother of all Property Booms' - until the music stopped that is.
I will say, in my defence, that the NAB like the other 3 major banks here did not suffer materially during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Sure there was a few $Billion written off between them as a result of the Collateralised Toxic Loan bundles. But that happened two years ago and is ancient history here. The bigger concern is Europe and the Euro led by the five PIIGS.
Frank Russell couldn't get a word in edgewise this year which surprised everyone including Frank himself. He is looking fantastic though and appears to be returning to reasonable health very well.
O'Bradaigh was in full voice as normal which brings great fun to these gatherings. When the discussion of our 50th Anniversary came up, the question was raised as to whether we should invite the ladies. O'Bradaigh settled that matter in a flash by announcing "How the feck would they know what we were even talking about?" It will therefore be a luncheon affair for boys only - "so we can party on afterwards". Another O'Bradaigh decision which we didn't have the courage to disagree with on the night. We agreed to have that luncheon at Chapter 1 in Parnell Square, not far from the scene of many a scary event at Colaiste Mhuire all those years ago.
All in all another memorable night. Commiserations must go to all of those who couldn't, or otherwise didn't, attend. You all missed another good one.
I hope to be able to advise suggested dates for next year's gathering within a month as I will have to settle next years trip to Europe by then.
Tomás Mac Anna
D'éag Tomás ar 17/5/2011
Scríos píosa faoina sheal sa Choláiste.
LARCC ar RTÉAnseo - 40MB
Thug RTÉ Nationwide thart ar 5 neomat don eagras LARCC ar 19 Deire Fomhair 2011.
Bhí Frank ina chomhbhunathóir LARCC. Tugann an t-eagras iarchúnamh do lucht ailse.
Tuilleadh eolais anseo