The Torch was a school produced magazine from St Munchin’s College. The following issues of the magazine from 1980 to 1983 are with thanks to John Upton. While 1986 to 1988 are via St Munchin’s College.
The Torch #3 – 1980 – View
The Torch #4 – 1981 – View
The Torch #5 – 1982 – View
The Torch #6 – 1983 – View
Issues #9 to #11 – 1986 to 1988 – View
These magazines highlight student life with in the college, showcasing sporting and academic achievements, poetry and articles by students in both English and Irish as well as a host of photographs of staff and pupils.
For example in the 1980 issue Tom O’Callaghan wrote the following poem titled Rugby
The straining limbs, the pounding blood
The salty sweat, the filthy mud,
The icy wind, the lashing rain,
The last mad dash down the field again
The flashing boot, the sickening thump
The eye is closed with a swelling lump
The aching bones, the jersey torn
The secret wish you’d never been born
The vicious look in the hooker’s eye
The moment of panic when you think you’ll die
The nausea when you’re going up
The long long road to the Munster Cup.
But with the cheering voices in the stand
The pain is gone you’re feeling grand
You drive your body stiff and sore
You’re a Munchin’s player you’ll take some more
Those great supporters would thunder drown
How could you let such a great crowd down
The sweet smelling grass when you score a try
You’re glad to belong and don’t wonder why!