The 5th year students were very impressed by their visit last term from past pupil Gavin McLoughlin. Gavin’s talk about writing and journalism was thought-provoking and inspiring. All 5th year students were impressed by his passion and knowledge on many different subjects.
Everyone was particularly impressed by the discussion around Lance Armstrong and the use of drugs within professional sport and so this is the inspiration for April’s book of the month. Gavin said that one of the most inspiring books he had ever read was ‘Rough Ride’ by Paul Kimmage and so that is the book that we are choosing for this month.
This book is powerful and honest, describing Paul’s own heartbreak at the fact that professional cycling was not what it seemed to be. As an amateur Paul represented Ireland and finished sixth in the world championships. But when he turned professional in 1986 he was hit by the reality of defeats, exhaustion, drugs and disillusionment. It is the story of boyhood dreams that are dashed, and according to Gavin, is a must-read!