Past Pupils- Where are they now?

Past Pupils- Where are they now?

The Rockwell College Union takes great pride in the exploits and achievements of its past pupils, who participate at the highest level across many fields and professions. In light of this, we would like to take the opportunity to note some of the more recent accomplishments of our alumni, who continue to exemplify the Rockwell traditions of excellence and perseverance.

Joseph O’Brien (2009) :

With his career going from strength to strength, it would appear that we are far from seeing the zenith of Joseph O’Brien’s calling in the equestrian world. Already a champion jockey at the age of 23, his work as a trainer has continued to produce top-standard competitors. Indeed, one of his latest stars, Landofhopeandglory, is by all accounts a strong contender for next March’s Triumph Hurdle.

Most recently, Joseph’s Piltown yards hosted the Leopardstown Christmas Festival launch, in what was widely reported to have been a great event. The site of his father Aidan’s earlier successes, we are delighted to note that Joseph seems intent on maintaining, and innovating upon, its great reputation.

Joseph has been very generous with his time since his departure from Rockwell, meeting with our equestrian club members on occasion, and we wish him the best of luck in what will no doubt continue to be a bright and successful career.

Andrea Roche: (1995)

No stranger to successful business ventures, Ms. Roche has been on an upward tangent since leaving Rockwell, having multiple roles as a model, editor and media personality. Lately, she has set her sights on the potential of digital media, adding yet another feather to her well-adorned cap.

Moving into the burgeoning world of social-media, Ms. Roche has been making waves in her expert use of new techniques and platforms to develop a thriving new corner of the fashion world. Not merely content to work within the confines of the industry as she found it, she has put her high-profile associates to good use by channelling their branding and social media presences into a booming business for her agency.

We wish Andrea all the best in her career, and look forward to hearing more of her exploits in the business world.

Kevin Blake (2004) :

We are very pleased to note that Kevin, a well-known veteran of the racing news industry, has been shortlisted for the Clive Graham Trophy for Racing Writer of the Year. It is a testament to his writing ability and keen knowledge of the industry that he has made the list for such a demanding and prestigious award.

Kevin, writer of a popular racing blog on Attheraces, is the first solely digital writer to be acknowledged by the awards, reflecting the excellent use Kevin has made of modern media in his career, and the exceptionally high quality of Kevin’s work. We would hope that any of our racing-inclined members are familiar with his work, and would strongly encourage anyone not yet acquainted to visit his blog via the link below.

We eagerly await the announcement of the winner, and would once again wish to congratulate Kevin on his great successes to date.

We at the union appreciate any opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our past pupils, and we hope to publish more notices such as this in future. If you have any recommendations or suggestions, please let us know.