Burns Supper 2016

Burns Night truly is an international celebration of all things to do with the National Bard of Scotland and the Scots College in Rome joins in the worldwide celebrations…

The College tradition, at the end of the First Semester, is that the First Year students take on the various tasks during the supper, such as M.C. Toasting the Lassies and Addressing the Haggis. One of the First Years, Joshua Moir from the Archdiocese of St. Andrews & Edinburgh, has found time during preparation for exams, to reflect on this year’s celebration.
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A few days before the Roman exam diet commenced, the students at the Scots College hosted their annual Burns Night celebration with friends and classmates attending from across the city.

Arriving to the College on the Via Cassia, this year, guests were welcomed to the sound of bagpipes and refreshments in the student common room. In due course, dinner was announced by first year Edward Toner, acting as M.C. for the evening. Fr. Dan Fitzpatrick, Rector of the Scots College, addressed a few words of welcome to those present and then, after the Selkirk Grace, the piper re-emerged to play in the haggis, borne by Kevin Rennie of Galloway Diocese. Following a long dance around the hall, I delivered, in my finest Scots, the Toast to the Haggis. Those gathered then settled down to an appetising three course meal prepared by college chef Arsenio and the sisters Stella, Stella Maris and Augustina, who are owed much in the way of thanks after working hard throughout the week in order to prepare the meal.

Once everyone had had their fill, College Decano Matthew Carlin, offered the Immortal Memory, noting that the reception to his last toast must have been so overwhelming that he was invited to speak once more… just six years later. His speech was followed by that of fellow Paisley student Joe McGill, who was charged with toasting the lassies. His challenge was accepted by Maria Kellacher, a friend of the college and an Edinburgh native now living in Rome. Sufficiently cut down to size, lads and lassies alike retreated to the common room for coffee.

It was not long however before the gathered crowd departed for their respective colleges and the students of this house returned to their studies to begin their preparation for exams. The staff and students of the Scots College would like to thank all those who attended and all those who contributed to making the evening such a success. Until next year…

Kevin Rennie from the Diocese of Galloway prepares to Dance the Haggis in, led by piper for the night, Scott Allan from California

Kevin Rennie from the Diocese of Galloway prepares to Dance the Haggis in, led by piper for the night, Scott Allan from California.

Deacon Matthew Carlin delivers the Immortal Memory.

Deacon Matthew Carlin delivers the Immortal Memory.

Joe McGill, from the Diocese of Paisley, steps up to Toast the Lassies.

Joe McGill, from the Diocese of Paisley, steps up to Toast the Lassies.

Maria Kellacher, from Edinburgh, replies for the Lassies.

Maria Kellacher, from Edinburgh, replies for the Lassies.


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