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Launch of The Proof of Love is Deed in St. Leo's Carlow

There was a large turnout in St Leo's College College Carlow recently when the school hosted two joint events.

The first was the launch of the book "The Proof of Love is Deed – Following in the Footsteps of Catherine McAuley” by past pupil and broadcaster Olivia O Leary. The second was the delivery of the Catherine McAuley Lecture by another distinguished past pupil Alison Miller who is on the ladies Irish rugby team.

The book itself was edited by staff member Mairead Redmond and includes a number of personal reflections from a number of high profile contributors including Sheila Carney RSM, Aine Barrins RSM, Mary C. Sullivan RSM, Brenda Dolphin RSM, Ann Looney NCCA, Dr David Tuohy SJ, Fr Peter McVerry SJ, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, Mary Curtis RTE, Teresa McKenna NCAD, Olivia O’Leary Journalist and Broadcaster, Mary Doyle Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, John Lonergan former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, Anne Kelleher, former Chief Executive of CEIST, Professor Hannah McGee, Dean Royal College of Surgeons, Sheila Smyth DES German Inspector, Msgr. Caoimhin O’Neill, President of Carlow College.

In launching the impressive publication Olivia O'Leary recounted her positive experience in St Leo's and how the Mercy Sisters had empowered her and the girls of her generation.

Clare Ryan the present and coincidently the first lay Principal of St Leo's also spoke emotionally and passionately about the contribution of the Mercy Sisters to the school and how their legacy still lived on.

As part of the launch three copies were presented to Justin Cody, Chairman of the Board of Management, Sr Kathleen Kennedy the last Mercy Sister to be Principal and Justin Brown of CEIST.

In her lecture Alison Miller recalled fondly her memories of her time in St Leo's and how her passion for sport had been ignited in the school.

She paid tribute to all her past teachers including members of the PE department. She noted how she and other women could draw inspiration from the legacy of Catherine McCauley.

She particularly highlighted how she set goals and while she encountered many challenges she still strived towards meeting those goals and eventually succeeded.

Afterwards the assembled guests adjourned to the schools new extension Solas for some refreshments and further sharing of memories. A fitting end to a lovely evening.