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Ex-TCS Student's book nominated


Neil RichardsonNeil Richardson, a past pupil of TCS (1998-2004) has recently written a book about Irishmen in World War I and it has been nominated for a major Irish book award. The book, entitled 'A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall' recounts the true stories of forgotten Irish soldiers who fought in The Great War 1914-18. Neil passionately wants their memory to be honoured and commemorated.

It is one of six books nominated for the Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and the other five authors are all major personalities in Irish media, broadcasting, or politics.  The winner is partly decided by public vote so we would encourage you to go to the website below and cast your vote.

book jacketTo vote, simply go to and click beside the book 'A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall' – the Non-Fiction category is second from the top of the page. Then just scroll down to the end of the page, enter your email address, and then click Vote. You’ll be sent an email with a link in it. You will need to click on this link to confirm your vote, and that’s it.

If you can't access a computer/the internet, you can still vote.  In your local bookshop/library (southern Ireland only), there’s a small white and blue magazine  - the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Review Magazine - that has a voting slip in the back page. Simply cut this out, fill it in, and post it to the address provided.




Farewell Fr Paul

Fr Paul with 5th years

Fr Paul Hampson is departing the school to take up duties as parish priest in Lusk, Co Dublin.  The school chaplain, who took up his post in TCS in 2004 made an indelible impression on the school, and all those who encountered him held him in high regard.  He quickly established an easy rapport with the student body and was very involved in activities across the school, including sport, musicals and trips.  The 5th year group ambushed him on his final day as he prepared to take their roll call for the last time by presenting him with a small token of appreciation for his involvement with them.  Over a cup of tea and bikkies the fifth years had a final 'chat with the chaplain' before he takes up his new calling.  From everyone in TCS - Thank you Fr Paul.  Go n-eirí the bóthar leat.  Pics here



First Year Icebreaker Day

Kayaking in BlessingtonThe 2010 first year group spent a day at Avon Rí, Blessington Lakeshore on Monday 20 September, 2010.  The day is part of a programme of induction that helps new students to settle into TCS. The 109 students were accompanied by the Year Head, Ms MacGabhann, school chaplain, Fr Paul, teacher, Ms Gargan, SNAs Gráinne and Helen, and Home School Completion officer Noelle.

The day was very enjoyable with good weather and plenty of outdoor activities that encouraged team building and group bonding. The students saw action in kayaking, clay pigeon shooting, orienteering, football, zipwire, archery, climbing wall, low ropes and more, all under the excellent guidance of the Avon Rí staff. Great day out! Pics here.