Luke O’Brien, Dominic Tynan, Angus Reynolds, Joe Schwager, Conor Mulcahy (left to right above) arrived from the Australian heat to the inviting wind and rain of Ireland just after Christmas and have been quietly making their presence felt ever since. Mr Steven Gray has ensured that the guys have settled well into their new surrounds and have been fully immersed into the world of Clongowes. As with their predecessors, they are working in the dorms alongside the prefects and also helping in tutoring and coaching roles.
The Gap team will help out in a variety of areas in the college; assisting with many aspects of school life including tutoring and coaching. They have a wide variety of skills and experience between them and are looking forward to enjoying life in Clongowes during 2016. The team will also be accompanying students and teachers on trips within Ireland and to other European countries as well as doing their own travel throughout Europe during the school breaks. We wish them the very best as they begin an exciting year.
Luke O’Brien is from Riverview Sydney and a graduate of St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview. As a keen bass guitarist, Luke enjoys a wide variety of music. He is an avid supporter of both Sydney FC and Liverpool FC and is looking forward to attending the Euros in France later this year.
Dominic Tynan comes from Lindfield, Sydney and also graduated from St Ignatius’ College in 2015. During his time there, Dom participated in a variety of activities and sports such as rugby, rowing, basketball, debating, music and drama. He plays the French horn and guitar, and is learning the trumpet. Dom was a house vice captain, loves meeting new people and going to new places and is really looking forward to a great year at Clongowes.
Gus Reynolds hails from Mosman in Sydney, and was a boarder at St. Joseph’s College. As a result, he is looking forward to getting involved in the boarding life at Clongowes. He is a keen musician and hopes to get involved in the music program at Clongowes. His favourite sports are rugby and cricket, and at home he supports the NSW Waratahs. He has had two brothers take part in the Gap programme at Clongowes in the past, Hugo (2007) and Josh (2011), and is glad to be able to continue the family tradition.
Joe Schwager is a country boy from Wee Waa NSW, where he lives on a cotton farm. Joe attended St Joseph’s College, Sydney from year 7 and was heavily involved in the sporting culture featuring on the senior rugby union and cricket teams. He is looking to attend Sydney University next year to study Food and Agribusiness to further his knowledge of agriculture and business practices. Joe’s brother Josh was also was a gap Student at Clongowes in 2013.
Conor Mulcahy attended St Aloysius’ College from years 4 to 12 and participated in football, rugby, basketball and athletics. Growing up in Manly he was a part of surf life-saving from a young age. Conor hopes to attend University in Sydney, studying Business or Commerce, when he returns home. Meantime he looks forward to travelling around Europe and experiencing a slice of life at Clongowes.