Top journalist’s message of positivity at Macalla launch
The annual Convent of Mercy publication, ‘Macalla’, was officially launched by broadcaster and journalist Justine McCarthy recently.
The Sunday Times journalist was full of praise for the 14 transition year students and their teachers/mentors, Ms. Whyte and Ms. Mulleague.
“If I wanted any more reasons to be happy to be in Roscommon today, I found them in Macalla. It (Roscommon) has apparently got seven golf courses, it has something called Roscommon lamb and Chris O’Dowd!
“Macalla is bursting with information and it is beautifully written. I think if the editorial standards that are exhibited by the magazine were adopted by some of our national newspapers, Ireland’s ‘smartness’ levels would go through the roof. I learned a huge amount from reading the magazine”.
Ms. McCarthy went on to highlight the rise of women in Irish society and urged those students present to go forward with confidence.
“Make yourselves great. Girls are not second class, you’re not second rate. Don’t settle for your second best self; engage in life. Do as much as you can for your country. Whatever your stage in life I hope you have good, fruitful and engaged lives”.
Speaking to the Roscommon People at the launch, Editors Emma Whitney and Niamh Petrie said they were proud of the finished publication.
Emma said it had been a challenge for the transition year students.
“I feel like we had a lot to live up to but I think the Macalla class were really great and they really did help to keep it up to the high standards”.
Niamh said the tight-knit group had worked well together and the finished magazine was something they could all be proud of.
“We all had a part to play in the production of Macalla. Having a smaller group is really beneficial because it means that nobody is left behind or left out and everyone has something to be proud of”.
The girls thanked those who had supported the production including principal Miriam Hunt, Ms. Tiernan and teachers Ms. Whyte and Ms. Mulleague and local businesses who had placed advertisements in this year’s publication.
Former teacher Mary Leyden was the first coordinator of Macalla back in 1973 and so, on a day when Justine McCarthy spoke so eloquently about the increasing presence of women in politics, it was rather fitting that Mary’s daughter and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Orla Leyden, was among those present to congratulate the girls on their wonderful publication.