The Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, Dr Kieran O’Reilly, has told students to always strive to do their best and never accept second best.
Speaking at a special bicentennial Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles, County Tipperary to celebrate the 200th
anniversary of education by Christian Brothers in the town, Dr O’Reilly
told almost 1,000 pupils from the local CBS Primary and Secondary
schools: “We can’t all be full back on the hurling team, or be the
champion of the cross country, but we can all be the best at what we do
in so many different ways. Never accept second best.’’
Dr O’Reilly also encouraged students, in the words of St. Paul heard
in the first reading of the Mass, to “grasp the breadth and the length,
the height and the depth’’ of their time in education.
Dr O’Reilly praised the Christian Brothers Order, and the Cahill
family who donated the site for the schools, for having the foresight to
build two schools in Thurles.
He said: “The vision of Blessed Edmund
Rice and the vision of the Cahill Brothers is witnessed here today when I
look down and see you all here today. It is important that we recognise
that here. We are so fortunate here in this town to have two excellent
schools, schools with wonderful history. Today we need to stop and
acknowledge how lucky we are in Thurles.’’
Archbishop O’Reilly was assisted by local priests, Fr Vincent
Stapleton, Fr Gerry Hennessy and Fr Tomás O’Connell.
Brothers were represented on the day by the former Principal of the CBS
Primary School (Scoil Ailbe) Br Michael Keane, and by Mr Pat Keating of
the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST).
The 200th anniversary
celebrations continue over the coming weeks, and include a special
bicentenary concert, which will take place later this month.