Mungret Re-Union is a Resounding Success

The 30th anniversary re-union held in Limerick where over 125 past pupils attended was a marvellous occasion.

The week end kicked off with our golf outing in Ballyneety where 27 keen golfers graced the picturesque parkland course. The prize giving was made by our President Paul Malone after which the group retired to Jurys Hotel to
hold a well attended A.G.M.

The result of the golf outing placed Michael Murphy in 1st followed by Ciaran Smyth and our President Paul Malone with the best gross going to Seamus Kelly. The scoring was hot as was the weather and an enjoyable day was had by all. The golf committee would look to continued support for this outing which is held annually. Keep in touch with the Web and we will advise date and venue of next outing.

A.G.M. The President took the chair to a large audience where the group who attended the golf outing was supplemented by past pupils who arrived early for the weekend. The Secretary Paul Kerrigan gave an outline of events over
the past year including the many golf successes the College enjoyed. The Treasurer Stewart Roche advised a very solvent position albeit the weekend would be heavily subsidised. Our esteem U.K. branch in the shape of Cecil
Naughton addressed the meeting on their endeavours and it was heartening to note that they meet regularly and have a very strong bond.

One of the suggestions that came from the floor is to consider trying an annual dinner independent of the golf outing on the eve of a Rugby International and the committee have agreed to discuss this later in the year.

The election of officers for 2004/05 was decided and are as follows:
President: Fr. Joe Brennan

Secretary: Paul Kerrigan

Treasurer: Stewart Roche

Council: Vincent Becker, John Power, Karl Roche, Victor Ryan, Billy Maloney, Peter Curtin, Tom O’Neill, Brian Garland, Brian O’Flynn, Paul
Malone, and our U.K. representatives Cecil Naughton and Mike Carter.

After the A.G.M. the party returned to the bar where the festivities continued well into the night. Indeed we have learnt that Dr. Ray Brennan was the last to bed as the other guests were rising for their breakfast.

Saturday the 22nd May arrived in beautiful glory with the sun splitting the pavements which is something for Limerick. Ignore Frank Court and Angela’s Ashes this was to be the start of something special.

The restaurant had its fair share of absentees as a result of the night before and rumour has it that frail bodies could be seen banging on the
door of room 414 where we understand medication was dispensed in greater
numbers than you get at a Maradona house party. All very legit by the way. There is no doubt that this medicine rejuvenated a lot of sore bodies and as in our motto they rose from the ashes to party further at the Westward Ho Public House to watch the F.A. cup final. Our host and former past pupil Andrew Hickey had us spoilt and the many Man Utd supporters (2 to be precise) baked in further glory.

Back to the hotel to catch the bus to the college to attend mass at 6.30. On the way past the gates the group broke into chant with Hell, Hell, the gates of Hell…. lead by our chief vocalist Vinny Becker, bringing back distant memories which for this moment were not too distant.

Mass was celebrated by Fr. Senan Timoney ably assisted by Fr. Joe Brennan and Enda Flannery on Organ. What an excellent occasion. Congrats to all for a memorable service.

The dinner kicked off at 8.00 with 125 past pupils and some former teachers sitting. The attendance was well spread over the many years in Mungret with the oldest past pupil Bill Kennedy young at 91 yrs down to Brian Lynch old
at 47yrs and the last Captain of the college in 1974. The meal was excellent and an enjoyable night was had by all.

Those who could last the pace returned to Jurys hotel to continue the revelry well into the wee hours. Well done to Charlie McCormack on his fine rendition of “Fiddler on the Roof”
Special thanks to those pupils who travelled long distance to make this the success it was. To David Larkin who came from the States, Anthony Davis. Canada, Pat D. O’Connor. Brussells, Cecil Naughton & Mike Carter. U.K. and to Fr.Senan Timoney, Fr.Pat Davis and Gerry Ward who travelled from the North.

Sunday Morning arrived and homeward bound we set off. The feedback from the re-union has been immense and the atmosphere was better than ever. Well done to the committee who worked hard to achieve this and more importantly to you who attended without whom the week end would never have happened.

Keep watching the site for further updates and photos of the weekend.