' The Christian Brothers Schools '
In the early nineteenth century Edmund Rice , a prosperous Water-ford merchant. contemplated entering a monastery on the Continent. He was persuaded by a friend that his energy and wealth would be better devoted to charitable instruction among poor boys at home. Early in 1802. with episcopal sanction, he opened his first school in temporary premises. That was the beginning of the Christian Brothers Schools of Ireland, and in 1820 the Society received the approval of the Pope. When the founder died in 1844 there were seventy-eight schools with 12,280 pupils. Today there are Christian Brothers Schools not only in Ireland, England, and on the Continent at Gibraltar and in Rome, but also in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.
' Mapping the Way to a Higher
Ian W. Seaton , B.Sc.
Going through Northern Ireland one constantly comes across fields in which the crop is obviously subdivided into different varieties, each conspicuously labelled. These are
. variety tests, the results of which, carefully collected and compared over a period of years, provide the subject of this talk. It has been found that while results vary enormously from one district to another, there is a very marked tendency towards consistency of result within the same district. This means that the varieties are exhibiting distinct environmental preferences. When the results are set out in map form, these preferences show up quite clearly, and recommendations based on such maps have been exceedingly successful.
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