Mungret College Golf and Annual Dinner report September 2013

On the invitation of our President Charles Reardon CPM, this years event took place once again in the magnificent surroundings of Adare Manor Golf and Country Club on Friday the 6th September 2013.

The day commenced with the annual golf competition where 36 golfers took to the fairways. The event was won by that auld stalwart and loyal supporter Michael Murphy with a record score of 41 pts. This achievement was all the more remarkable in that Michael is at the very young and tender age of 77 yrs.

In second place some distance behind was John O’Donovan, not yet in his seventies, with Victor Ryan filling third.

Following the golf, approx 40 past pupils sat down at the A.G.M. which was chaired by our President Charles Reardon CPM.

Fr. Senan Timoney who passed away during the year was remembered and a thank you was extended to all those who visited him on a regular basis during his illness in St Vincent’s hospital particularly Brian O’Flynn who read to him each day. It was a very sad passing given Senan’s excellent support of the Union over many years and it is now fitting that the golf trophy played for annually is in memory of him.

The secretary’s report was read and ratified and the treasurer reported that the finances were in good order with a particular mention acknowledging the very good support of the appeal for the new web design. It was noted that there was one very large contribution made and our thanks and gratitude go out to him for his kindness and support.

Some lengthy discussions took place around the new website and Roger Fitzgerald who headed up the web team was congratulated for his efforts and the time spent on getting it over the line. The web appeal will remain and contributions will continue to be accepted with gratitude.

A short presentation was given on the 40th anniversary next year which will be held in early September, hopefully, subject to licence, back in the college grounds. Efforts are underway to get the booking confirmed and we would ask members to visit the web site occasionally where updates will be posted covering the event. It was agreed by all that this may be the last opportunity to re-visit the college in this format and we would expect, as a result, a large turn out.

The election of officers for 2013/2014 was decided and we welcomed our new president Seamus Dennison for what will be an important year for the union.

Following the meeting, 65 diners sat down to dinner and the support continues to beat all our expectations. These functions would not be successful without the continued support of our members and this is very much appreciated by all council members. We would like to extend our thanks to Timmy Geary who kindly provided the wine for all the tables.

The Jesuits were represented by Fr. Joe Brennan (Gonzaga) who hasn’t missed a reunion dinner for many years and he was ably supported also by another Jesuit supporter in Fr. Michael Shiel (Clongowes). The boys are very grateful for their continued support.

The event once again was a tremendous success and we can now look forward with confidence to the big event in 2014.