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A special message – three decades on

As the Ballarat community prepares to celebrate all the colour and excitement of this weekend’s Head of the Lake Rowing Regatta, it presents an opportunity to look back at one of the most celebrated moments in our College’s history and relive some glory. It has now been exactly 30 years since the famous St Patrick’s…

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2019 SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 13

We made the most of our last day in London. Walking through the gates of Lord’s, we were ready for an extensive tour of the home of cricket. The view of the pitch from the Long Room, the Players’ Change Rooms with their detailed honour boards and the actual Ashes were of great interest to…

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Day 12 – London sightseeing

After a cracking breakfast in the beautiful Radisson Blu Vanderbilt, we all set off for Palm Sunday Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Funnily enough we bumped into the Loreto girls after Mass and exchanged travel stories. The boys then divided into groups and armed with maps and underground passes became serious sightseers in London. The Changing…

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2019 SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 11 Belfast – London – Craven Cottage

A very early breakfast set us up for a busy day. We were on the bus at 6.00 heading for the airport to fly out of Belfast. We farewelled our talented bus driver, Peter Byrne, who has enlightened us with local history, entertained us with Irish humour and got us safely 1000 kms around the…

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2019 SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 10 Giant’s Causeway & Belfast

After an early breakfast, where the highlight on the menu was fried soda bread, we set off for the Giant’s Causeway. The boys were in awe of this magnificent, natural wonder. Armed with audio tours, they had the opportunity to listen to a blend of well-informed history, geology and fable surrounding the battle of the…

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Day 9 – Maghera

Day 9 -“ Maghera We awoke to a frosty but sunny morning and the day only got better. We were told that it snowed this time last week but the day was still and mild. After a huge breakfast the boys prepared their kit for the match against St Patrick’s College, Maghera. The first game…

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2019 SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 8 Derry and Maghera

On the bus early, we travelled for an hour before we descended on a roadside inn for breakfast. The proprietors had never served so much breakfast to so many in such a short time. They did a marvellous job and congratulated themselves by clapping and cheering after the final service. Hunger sated, we drove north…

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2019 SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 7 – Cork to Galway Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Following breakfast at the Imperial Hotel we reluctantly checked out of Cork and commenced a full day of sightseeing and bus travel. Our first stop being the picturesque village of Adare. Thatch cottages, manicured gardens and a group of singing nursery students made our visit unique. Whilst at the Heritage Centre many of the boys…

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SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 6 – Cobh & Blarney

A breakfast fit for kings – after three days of cereal and toast, to be availed of a buffet where they were spoilt for choice left many boys thinking they had died and gone to heaven! Our first destination was the Port of Cobh where we visited the Cobh Heritage Centre. Students were each provided…

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Blue skies and sunshine streamed over the city this morning. The River Liffey glistened and light bounced off the grey buildings of Dublin as we left the city on our way to Waterford. Hometown of our school’s founding father, Blessed Edmund, the trip to Waterford gave us a chance to see some of Ireland’s beautiful…

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