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Ned got deeply involved in games in the College from the early days after his appointment. His first whiff of competition success came in 1959 when the senior hurling team won the Leinster B hurling championship against Belcamp. In the following year, 1960, the College won its first major championship when defeating St. Kieran’s in the Leinster decider. All-Ireland success came two years later after a replay against Ennis C.B.S.. All Ireland victory came again in 1967 and 1968 when replays were necessary to decide the issue with Limerick C.B.S. and Colaiste Chriost Ri, Cork. In 1973 Ned guided another senior hurling team to victory in another replay against St. Mary’s, Gort. In 1982 the College failed in a replay against St. Flannan’s, Ennis.
Since 1961-62 Ned produced the Annual College Opera. It has been a period of consistent success, year after year. The productions of Ruddigore, Oklahoma and Joseph’s Technicolor Dream Coat stand out in a series of first class presentations. Successive generations of students and audiences owe a tremendous debt to Ned for energy, time and skill devoted to the operas and drama during his time as secondary teacher.
In June Ned retired from secondary teaching but continues to live in the College. He took on a new position in September as teacher of English, Elocution , and Classical Studies in the Seminary.
Ned has been ill recently but all readers will be delighted to hear that he has made a good recovery and is up and going again.
As a person Ned is a gentle and kind friend, beloved by all students and all Past Pupils. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude for his contribution to St. Peter’s for nearly 40 years. May God continue to bless him with good health and many years of happy retirement.