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From ‘Sir’ with love

Five hundred people turned up in Croagh Park on Wednesday 1 April to enjoy an evening with Sir Alex Ferguson and raise funds for the Belvedere Social Integration Scheme. The SIS covers the costs of secondary school education for boys not otherwise in a position to attend.  The Manchester United manager gave his time (and wonderful anecdotes and insights from down the years) ...

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Building homes in Madagascar

Fifth year students from Gonzaga College in Dublin are once again raising money to help build homes in Madagascar, working in conjunction with Habitat For Humanity. They hope to raise €80,000 to cover the cost of their flights to Madagascar as well as building materials, food, clothes, and anything else that will make the trip a success. It is an ...

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Jesuit schools in Leinster rugby

All the Leinster Jesuit schools made it safely through the first round of the Leinster schools senior rugby cup. Belvedere College, Gonzaga College and Clongowes Wood College all qualified for the second stage of the competition. Belvedere, the holders, bet St Gerard’s school, Bray, 19-0. Gonzaga won 20-10 against King’s Hospital. Clongowes staged a tremendous second-half fight-back to defeat close rivals ...

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Short notices

An Inter-Institutional Centre for Spirituality and Social Transformation has been launched in Waterford Institute of Technology, through the participation (pictured here) of Michael O’Sullivan SJ (Milltown Institute), Sister Bernadette Flanagan (All Hallows) and Michael Howlett (Waterford IT). The current Irish Catholic reports how ChurchServices.tv, part of CatholicIreland.net, is broadcasting Masses live to a growing audience, including some beleaguered Christians in ...

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St Declan’s marks 50th birthday

St Declan’s School celebrated its 50th birthday on 27 September, with past and present students and their families filling Haddington Road church for a Mass celebrated by Jesuit Provincial John Dardis. In 1958, Fr Dermot Casey, a Jesuit psychologist, raised £4000 to buy 35 Northumberland Road, in Dublin 4. He needed a place to cater for children of normal intelligence ...

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“They give with nothing to gain”

Northside People West, a suburban Dublin newspaper, featured JUST on 3rd September, around the experience of Jean and Karl, would-be third-level students in Ballymun: Jean had been 29 years out of school when she decided to follow her dream of becoming a primary school teacher. But she almost abandoned her ambition when she faced her first college exam. “It was ...

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Discernment in community course

The Secretariat of Ignatian Spirituality (CIS) will hold a workshop on Communal Apostolic Discernment in the light of GC35, in Rome from January 19 to February 3, 2009. The course objectives are to develop the skills necessary to implement the Congregation’s recommendations concerning communal apostolic discernment and to apply this form of discernment to apostolic needs. The course is aimed ...

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Reflections on Zambia

A group of fifth year students from Gonzaga College SJ travelled to Zambia with Habitat For Humanity over Easter 2008, the third year that the college students have being involved in building houses together with families in need. This year sixteen students travelled along with four teachers for a three week period during their holidays. One of the students, Karl ...

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Belvedere’s Family Fun day

Belvedere College’s second annual Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday, May 25, in the Old Belvedere Rugby Club from 12-6pm. Aimed at all families, friends and past pupils of the College, it consists of sports, activities and games for younger children. There is a free barbeque and soft drinks. For enquiries and application form, contact Belvedere College Development ...

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Promoting JUST cause

The Jesuit University Services Training (JUST) project, based in Ballymun, Dublin, which has seen more than 50 people avail of its services this year, will be spending the summer break concentrating on promoting access to third level education in the area. They plan to reach out to the growing immigrant community and will have the services of a fluent Polish ...

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