FIDES ET ROBUR - PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS
Blackrock College will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of its foundation in 2010. With this in mind, we are embarking on a major development programme to provide a range of new facilities throughout the campus. We believe that bringing these plans to fruition over the next few years will mark a new era in the history of Blackrock College and Willow Park - a landmark in our long and proud tradition. It will offer enormous benefits to our students for generations to come, where excellence is the norm, and where discipleship of Jesus Christ pervades all that we decide and do. We ask you to share in making this vision for Blackrock College and Willow Park a reality by supporting our appeal.
Blackrock College, known originally as the French College, was founded in 1860 by Pere Jules Leman CSSp and his French companions. They had a dual aim, namely to train personnel for missionary service in the Third World and to provide a first class education for Irish boys.
The motto 'Fides et Robur' - Faith and Strength - is very much alive at Blackrock and Willow Park.
Constant in our distinguished history is the selfless dedication shown by generations of Holy Ghost fathers and lay staff who steadfastly uphold the principles of Excellence through Determination, of Ambition with Compassion, of Faith and Fortitude. These principles continue today through new management structures and through the work of the patron body, the Des Places Educational Association (DEA).
Throughout the history of Blackrock College and Willow Park, the Holy Ghost Fathers developed a unique learning environment. With your help, we will maintain this tradition and develop the facilities at Blackrock to meet the demands of the 21st century.
The completion of the Blackrock College and Willow Park Development Programme will provide a modern campus, equipped to the highest standards.
Fr Cormac O'Brolcháin CSSp
Blackrock College Development Pledge Form