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Eugene O'Loughlin
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Thinking of London (and Berlin)
Just last Saturday I looked across at Westminster as I made my way to Westminster Underground station. Normally such a place is a photo opportunity, but two years ago when I last visited I had "been there, done that". Countless tourists have taken photos li...

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A Weekend in London
So far March has been a very busy month and I have reached the 23rd day of the month and am only writing my third blog post! With no self-induced pressure to write a post every day I have gone from prolific to occasional posting. A break from blogging will ...

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Reading Week
It is 8.30 am on the first day of Reading Week. We have no classes in the College this week (though I am running a rescheduled class) and it is a time for students and Faculty to take a break from classes and catch up. It is not really a full week since St ...

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Saying Thank You Online #thanks
It's nice when people take the time to say "Thank you". It is a polite thing to do and it makes the receiver feel good about something. It doesn't take long to say it, but saying thank you in the anonymous online world takes a little bit longer. Typing out ...

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And even more memories of Roscrea #CCR
For my final trip down the soon-to-close Cistercian College Roscrea memory lane I'm concentrating on what I was there for - education. My Favourite Class No doubt about this - French was my favourite class. John Shanahan was my teacher for all five years of...

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Even More Memories from Roscrea #CCR
Some more thoughts about my time (1972 - 1977) in the soon-to-close Cistercian College Roscrea... Cistercian Abbey and College from the air. Image source: Music Ministry . Nicknames  One day in October 1972, less than two months after I started in Roscrea, ...

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More Memories of Roscrea #CCR
Digging back into memories from over 40 years ago I try to recall some stories and events from my time in Cistercian College Roscrea. It was just five out of the 57 years of my life, but CCR definitely left an impression on me. I have spent my entire career...

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Memories of Roscrea #CCR
I sometimes wish we had camera phones back in the 70s. That way I would remember more of what happened, where I was, what I did, and who I was with (though I'm not sure I would be proud of selfies with long hair, wide shirt lapels, and flared jeans!). From ...

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Four Generations of my family in CCR
Many students who went to Cistercian College Roscrea did so because a father or a family member had gone there in previous generations. The first connection that my family had with the Cistercians was when my grand-uncle James Murphy went to work there on t...

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Announcement of the Closure of Cistercian College Roscrea #CCR
It is with mixed emotions that I learned on Friday that Cistercian College Roscrea is to close in 2017. In a letter to past pupils from the Abbot Dom Richard Purcell, he stated that it was " with great sadness and regret that the monks of Mount St Joseph Ab...
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