BLESSING OF THE NEW ART ROOM
The College President, Fr. Cormac O’Brolchain, CSSp. blessed, and formally opened, the new College Art Room on Wednesday morning, November 16th.
The liturgy was attended by the Art pupils of the College, College Chaplain Fr. Casey, Bursar Fr. Healy, Manager Mr John Murphy, College Archivist Fr Sean Farragher and many colleagues of Mr Wyer and Ms Coyle.
The new Art Room, formerly the ‘Sacred Heart’ dormitory which, for generations, was night quarters for 5th Year boarders, is the product of 18 months planning and preparation by Fintan O’Connor, his team, and the Art Department. They, rightfully, are very proud of the end product and I thank them.
Fr. O’Brolchain spoke of the College’s long association with the Arts as a print of Fr. Ebenrecht, (the College’s first Bursar and Art teacher, presiding over Art class in the earliest Art Room - now the Home Economics Room) - formed a backdrop.
I have no doubt that Fr. Ebenrecht would have approved of the new Art Studio, tastefully designed with an ambience that can only inspire our current and future art pupils.
Mr Wyer, Head of the Art Department, spoke passionately about the contribution of art to society – “art is everywhere be it the buildings we live in, the clothes we wear, or the cars we drive; someone, somewhere, sat down, thought about it, and drew it”.
Fr. O’Brolchain saw art as an opportunity to be in touch with your inner self and give expression to that self.
The Art room is another stage in the refurbishment and development of College facilities. Added to the new Music Room, Latin Room, Study Halls and Music Cells, the old house boarding school has been gradually transformed into the cultural centre of the school.
It is our intention, that both the teaching staff and student body will have the best possible environment for personal and professional development and fulfilment. This is certainly another step along the way.
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