Mungret College Past Pupils Union Annual Golf & Dinner 2008

This year’s annual event took place in the glorious and splendid surroundings of Adare Manor, thanks to the help of our outgoing President Tim Geary. They say that a good wine gets better with age as appears does our annual re-union because this year was very well supported.

The event kicked off with the golf competition where 36 golfers took to the fairways in good conditions. The competition was won by Eddie Cogan just ahead of Ciaran Smyth and Brian Nash. The long drive was won by Billy Maloney and the nearest the pin by Victor Ryan.

The course was in magnificent condition just ahead of The Irish Open which was held there in mid May. The fact we got to use the facilities is down to our 2007 President Tim Geary and a good competition was enjoyed by one and all.

Our Annual Dinner and A.G.M. was held after the golf in the clubhouse where we welcomed our new President for 2008 Cecil Naughton from London. It was fitting that we honored our colleagues in the U.K. who have been excellent supporters to us over the years.

The Jesuits were represented by Fr. Joe Brennan with apologies received from Fr. Senan Timoney and Fr Michael Shiels. The A.G.M. went smoothly with existing council members re-elected as were the officers. The finances of the Union are also in good shape.

Over 55 past pupils attended the dinner and the group retreated to the Dunraven Arms for late night craic. The group were entertained in song by Charlie McCormack and Vinny Becker assisted by our President Cecil Naughton and accompanied on guitar by Russell Orpen. The music and conversation went on into the early hours and it was noticed that some were retiring to bed when others were rising to breakfast.

It was a marvelous occasion and the best turnout since the last visit to the college some years ago. The event is in good shape and we look forward to similar support in May 2009 when the venue will be advised at a later date.

Congratulations to all the organisers and more importantly to the past pupils who turned out in numbers to support the event.