Friday, 9 May 2008

Brian Cowen la Nenagh Guardian:

Mr Smyth, the current President of the college, revealed that the Offaly man was Captain of the college Irish language debating team and a member of the English debating team.
He was a bright, enthusiastic and great participant in college life as a boy and as a man he does not spare himself in giving public service. The skills of debating he learned here have been of immense help to him in the Dail.'

The Cowen family have firm associations with the college as the new Taoiseach's uncle Fr Andrew, who died earlier this year, was on the teaching staff for many years.

Mr Smyth said Fr Andrew, a teacher of Irish and career guidance, had a great love of the native language which, he said, had rubbed off on his nephew, who also had 'beautiful Irish'.

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