The Breastplate

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St PatrickThe Breastplate was the official school magazine of St Patrick’s (Boys’) Academy, Dungannon, Co Tyrone; the first issue appeared in 1961 and the title disappeared in 2002 when it graced the cover of a comprehensive history of the school. 

The founding editor of The Breastplate was Owen Quinn, a Dubliner who was appointed to the teaching staff in 1959.  An inspirational teacher, his contacts in the world of the arts included Brendan Behan and Richard Burton.  His successor as editor was Aidan Corrigan, a man of wide interests in the fields of education, literature, sport and politics.  His preoccupations are evident in the pages of the magazine from the mid 1960s onwards.  Following Aidan’s retirement Sean T Hughes assumed the editorial role for a short period before the final volume appeared in 2002. 



Progress Report

Wednesday 27th February, 2013

Welcome to the new-look for "The Breastplate." We hope you like our latest design. Our site is now hosted on more up to date servers which will allow us to migrate to a new CMS (content management system) very soon. This will help us to develop and evolve the site much easier than previously.

You will see two more issues of "The Breastplate" have been added to the Menu structure on the left. These are the 1966 and 1976 issues. The 1966 magazine contained 23  articles and poems while the 1976 edition contains 71 articles and poems. There are also numerous illustrations and photographs to be found throughout both issues; these being produced by some of our more artistic students.

Feed back is always welcome.

We would also really appreciate the assistance of viewers in identifying any unnamed students in photographs.



'The Breastplate'  Editorial Written By Owen Quinn - 1961

The launching of a magazine is somewhat intoxicating. Pioneers, however, we cannot properly claim to be. Sounder-than-rumour has it that the heady stuff of earlier Academy magazines enlivened the times. But if one door is shut by Providence, a massive gate is often opened to make up for it. Thus the same historical fact which deprives this paper of some of the panache associated with innovators, confers on it the romantic mystique of the phoenix - an Irish symbolic bird if ever there was one. The Breastplate, then, is rearing itself up out of the ashes of precursors. We hope it will sing
gan fhuigheall, gan easbhaidh, gan locht fénics eile lan d’éifeacht
and that our bird may never come to nest in death or flames.

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