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New book honours Synge Street’s 150 years

By Sean Ryan - 01 April, 2015

Book contains contributions by prominent retired politicians and past pupils Liam Cosgrave, John Boland and Michael Woods.

gay byrneA book marking CBS Synge Street’s 150 years was launched recently by broadcaster Gay Byrne, an eminent past pupil.

Titled ‘Never A Dull Day: 150 years of Synge Street CBS 1864-2014’, the launch was the last event of the school’s 150th celebrations.

While not a history, the book blends past and present, starting with chapters on the early days, and an essay by Professor Daire Keogh on Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers.

In a chapter titled ‘They Did the State Some Service’, prominent politicians Liam Cosgrave, John Boland, Michael Woods and Cearbhall O Dalaigh feature, as do businessmen Jim Culliton and Kieran McGowan, and top civil servant Dr T A McLaughlin, whose role in the Shannon Scheme, which transformed Ireland in the 1930s, can’t be overstated.

Other chapters deal with sacrifices made for country (‘They Fought For Our Freedom’), and Church (‘Serving the Church’), while the Chapter ‘Voices from the Past’ features accounts of past pupils and teachers from the 1930s to the 2000s.

‘Voices from the Present’ offers the views of the current pupils and teachers.

The book is available in paperback (€15) and hard-back limited edition (€50).

As a result of a generous sponsorship by Brian McElroy, Funeral Directors, all money raised from the sale goes directly to the school.

Copies can be ordered from the school at 01-4783998 or by email at [email protected]

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