Noel Purcell, educated in Belvedere and Clongowes, was the only Irish international rugby player to win an Olympic gold medal – as part of Britain’s water polo team in 1920. In 1924 he represented the Irish Free State in the Paris Olympics, the first man in the history of the Olympic games to represent two countries. Last month his daughter Rosemary and son Noel (pictured here) presented Belvedere with their father’s Olympic Gold Medal along with participation medals for the 1920 and 1924 Olympics, along with pictures, medals and caps relating to the Olympics, Irish Rugby Football Union, Leinster Rugby, the Irish Amateur Swimming Association, Irish and Leinster Polo and the Tailteann games. It is envisaged that this collection will be put on display at Belvedere College during the academic year 2012/13.
Two Belvedere students, Saoirse Grogan Neilan and Ciaran Breslin, qualified for the Finals Day of the International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD) in Mace debating in Oxford, coming 3rd out of 40 teams in the Irish qualifying round.
Conall O Cuinn was interviewed as gaeilge on T na G (Nuacht) about the silencing of Father Brian D’Arcy, and the tension between a priest’s need to listen to the concerns of other Christians and the very different concerns of Vatican bodies. Peter McVerry SJ spoke about the issue on RTE and Brian Lennon SJ gave an interview to BBC's Sunday Sequence which you can listen to here.