Moyle Park College welcomes past pupil Patrick Duffy, Irish Ambassador to Malta

By Maurice Garvey

MOYLE Park College welcomed back past pupil and current Irish Ambassador to Malta Patrick Duffy, where he spoke to students and staff about the government’s Global Ireland Programme.

Patrick Duffy was joined in the Clondalkin school by Lieutenant Brian Kelly of the Irish Defence Forces, who also spoke about Ireland’s 60-year history of involvement with the United Nations as a peacekeeping force.

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Raul Philip, Lt Brian Kelly, Ambassador Duffy, Ms Cahalane, Ms Campbell and Lee Darcy

The programme aims to inform schools about the work done by the 90 diplomatic missions and 2,000 staff of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade around the world, particularly with regard to Irish Aid.

The current initiative sends diplomats and Irish peacekeepers to 80 schools around the country to find out what students think of the global challenges facing the country.

The Irish Government have expended considerable energy and resources in an effort to secure a seat at the UN Security Council this year.

The Ambassador said he was delighted to be back at Moyle Park College and he spoke about his own career path.

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Raul Philip, Brother PJ, Ambassador Duffy, Brother Nicholas, Ms Cahalane (Principal) Ms Campbell (TY Coordinator) Ms Quigley and Lee Darcy

He recommended a career in the civil service to students, saying that it had been exciting and challenging as well as being a privilege to work with the Department.

Mr Duffy presented Moyle Park College Principal, Niamh Cahalane with the flag of the UN.

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Ms Quigley and Ambassador Patrick Duffy

From Monastery Road, he graduated from Moyle Park College in 1995 and was presented with the College Yearbook 2019 and a copy of the Golden Jubilee publication.

See more photos on page 58 of this weeks Echo (16/1/2020)

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