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Centenary Celebrations (1864-1964)

During the school’s Centenary Celebrations in 1964 there were many different events held around the city. These were filmed, and this film has now been edited and can be seen below.

 

 

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Westland Row Past Pupils’ Union – Committee 2015

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Westland Row PPU 2014/15 Sesquicentennial Committee

 

The members of the committee have had a very busy year, and 2016 promises to be just as interesting.

 

 

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MASS FOR DECEASED PAST PUPILS

The annual Mass for deceased past pupils of Westland Row CBS was celebrated by Archbishop Dr. Diarmuid Martin at St. Andrew’s Westland Row today, St. Andrew’s Day, November 29th 2015. All deceased past pupils, especially those who died during the current year; Ray Treacy, Paddy Finn, Michael Fagan and Jimmy O’Brien were prayed for during Mass. the congregation included the President of the PPU John Cullen and a good turnout of past pupils. The school was also well represented on the alter by Monsignor Dan O’Connor and Canon Patsy Fagan. Patsy is one of the oldest living past pupils and elder brother of Michael Fagan who died during the year.

St Andrew's Church

St Andrew’s Church

 

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Golf Society Reports A Great 2015 Season

The 2015 Row Golf Society Season came to a conclusion at Foxrock Golf Club on Friday October 9th.  39  members and visitors graced this lovely old course in great weather conditions. The Pat McGrath Memorial Trophy was won by Alan O’Connor Snr. with a great score of 40 points. He just piped your scribe (Jim Conway) who scored 39 points. The best score of the day, however, was recorded by Frank Whelan who brought in 41 points but he had to settle for a minor place as he had been “docked” 4 points after he won the President’s (Des Donnelly) prize earlier in the year. Frank did, however, win the Des Stirrat Cup for Golfer of the Year for the best total over 2 out of 3 rounds during the season.
The AGM of the Society was held after the golf and the following officers and committee were elected –

President – Des Donnelly

Captain – Alan O’Connor Jnr.

Hon. Sec. – Tony Kenny

Hon. Treasurer – Brian Donnelly

Committee – Denis Kane, Eamonn O’Malley

  • The following are a few of the photographs taken during the year
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Captain, Stephen Kenny, shows that he’s ready for the 12.30 throw in at Foxrock

Committee hard at work at Foxrock

Committee hard at work at Foxrock

Runner Up Jim Conway receives his prize

Runner Up Jim Conway receives his prize

 

 

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Alan O’Connor Snr. receives the Pat McGrath Memorial trophy as the winner at Foxrock

Frank Whelan receives the Golfer of the Year trophy

Frank Whelan receives the Golfer of the Year trophy

President Des Donnelly about to set out for some "course ranging" at Stephen Kenny's Captains Prize at Newlands on September 14tn 2015

President Des Donnelly about to set out for some “course ranging” at Stephen Kenny’s Captains Prize at Newlands on September 14tn 2015

 

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Paddy Finn – RIP

The PPU regrets to announce the death of our former President Paddy Finn RIP. Paddy was a great stalwart of the PPU during difficult times and served as President in 1990 and 1991. PF1

Paddy often recalled his school days at the Row and one significant chapter in particular. The Finn family lived in Fenian Street and, unfortunately, Paddy’s father died when he was very young. Paddy completed his Inter Cert and got a job helping to deliver coal on a horse-drawn cart during the summer. The carter offered Paddy an on-going job when the holidays came to an end and Paddy decided to accept as the family needed the money. Brother Carew got to hear of Paddy’s decision and called to the house to persuade him to go back to do the Leaving Cert with the promise that his mother would not have to find the money for books or fees. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Paddy got a good Leaving Cert and went to work in a solicitor’s office. He subsequently moved into the insurance industry where he rose to become Claims Manager in Irish National and American International Group.

The Brother Carew mentioned above was famous for his ability to teach Applied Maths and also had a great influence on former Row Man of the Year 2007, Alex Monthwiil RIP. Alex came to Ireland from Latvia during the Second World War and went to school in Belvedere College. He moved to the Row to avail of the teaching skills of Brother Carew as he wished to pursue a career in Physics.  Alex subsequently had an outstanding career in Physics. This and other stories of past pupils will be dealt with in more detail as part of our PPU publication to mark the 150th anniversary of the Row.

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Golf Day – Foxrock GC

Hi there,

Just to let you all know that the final golf day of the season will take place in Foxrock GC on Friday 9th October, 2015. Please note that the timesheet will be open from 12:30pm – 2pm. The cost is €60, and as this will be the last outing of the year, please ‘bring a bottle’ for the raffle.

Contact: Tony Kenny  087-262 3700 or Brian Donnelly 087-618 3651 FlagX

 

Tom Morris won the outing in Newlands GC with 37 pts.

 

Play well!

 

 

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History of Westland Row Area

Below is a detailed history of the Westland Row area and the origins of the Parish, Church and School.

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Sports History

Sport was always an important part of school life and over the years many pupils have gone on to achieve success. You can find more in Window On The Past on our website.  Below is a sample of those who made a mark.

All-Ireland Champions 1963

All-Ireland Champions 1963

Johnny Carey

Johnny Carey

Ken Doherty

Ken Doherty

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The Boys in the Band

In December 2014 a focus group was conducted with a view to understanding the origins, achievements and legacy of the Westland Row Concert Band in the nineteen seventies. The group moderator was Des Byrne of the PPU committee.

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Taoiseach’s visit

Presedential welcome for An Taoiseach

Presedential welcome for An Taoiseach

As part of the school’s 150th celebrations we were delighted that the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, visited the school in November 2014. It was a great day and he unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit. It was one of the many high points during the year.

School register showing Padraig Pearse

School register showing Padraig Pearse

 Unveiling the commemorative plaque

Unveiling the commemorative plaque

PPU President, Secretary, An Taoiseach and Bro Garvey

PPU President, Secretary, An Taoiseach and Bro Garvey

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