President Éamon de Valera returns to Rockwell College for celebrations to mark the centenary of the school.
Rockwell College in Cashel, County Tipperary was established by two Holy Ghost Fathers in 1864. Sixty years after its foundation, Éamon de Valera was a mathematics teacher at the school. He returns to the Rockwell College centenary celebrations as President of Ireland. The proceedings began with an inspection of a guard of honour drawn from the 12th Battalion of the Southern Command.
For Rockwell and for President de Valera it must have been a moment full of memories.
Since its foundation Rockwell has sent its pupils all over the world as missionaries and in many ways it has contributed to the foundations of modern Ireland.
One of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, the poet Thomas MacDonagh attended Rockwell College in 1894, and he remained there as a trainee priest until he abandoned that path in 1901.
Among distinguished visitors and past pupils welcomed by the President of Rockwell College the Very Reverend James Finucane, were An Taoiseach Seán Lemass, the second President of Ireland Seán T O'Kelly and Minister for Health Seán MacEntee.
Also in attendance was the Papal Nuncio, Most Reverend Dr Giuseppe Sensi and past pupil, his Eminence Cardinal Michael Browne presided at the Pontifical High Mass, which was celebrated by the Most Reverend Dr Thomas Morris, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 July 1964. The reporter is Kevin O'Kelly.