ROW Person 2018 Visits School

Jim Farrelly, newly elected ROW person of the Year 2018 paid a visit to the school on Friday January 26th when he met many of the present pupils, teachers and past pupils. Jim had an informal chat with current pupils and imparted words of wisdom from which the students will surely benefit in the years ahead. As always, John Murray was present with his trusty camera and he sent us a few snaps to remind us of the occasion. Thanks John.

Deputy Principal Eddie Kelly and Jim consultant the oracle

Jim holds forth with the transition year class

PPU Secretary John Cullen presents Jim with a PPU tie and Cuimhneachan.


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Annual Mass for Deceased Past Pupils

The Annual Mass for deceased Past Pupils of the school was said in St. Andrews Westland Row on Sunday December 3rd 2017. The chief celebrant was the Papal Nuncio, Fr. Jude Thaddeus Okolo and he was assisted by the Administrator Westland Row, Fr. Enda Cunningham, school Chaplain Fr. Eugene McCarthy and Deacon Dermot McCarthy. Past pupils who died during the year were Noel McKenna, John Doran, Thomas Malone, Adrian Ryan, Eamonn Corrigan and Paul Donnelly. May they and all deceased past pupils rest in peace. There was a sizeable attendance of current and past pupils present at he Mass and afterwards at lunch in the Grand Canal Hotel. John Murray had his camera at the ready and below are a few of the photographs taken. Many thanks John.

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland

PPU President Brian Duncan has a word of wisdom for Joe Ryan, not sure if this was before or after the Mass.

Michael O’Sullivan ans his wife Irene with John Costello were at the Mass.

Fr. Okolo with the altar party during the Mass

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President Jerry

Congratulations to Jerry Carroll who has been elected President of the PPU for the two year period commencing March 2018. Outgoing President, Brian Duncan handed over the historic chain of office at the AGM on Thursday March 22nd in the school. Jerry graduated from the ROW in 1962 and enjoyed an outstanding career in the Civil Service in various departments. in 1998 Jerry was appointed Director of the Bar Council of Ireland and he retired from there in the last couple of years. Jerry has been an outstanding worker for the preservation and development of the school having served as Chairman of the Board of Management for many years. He was also highly influential in securing the visit of the Taoiseach for the 150 celebrations in 2015.Jerry was elected ROW Person of the Year in 2012. He is the fourth past pupil of the Class of 1962 to be elected President, surely a record which will not be beaten by any other class group. Many thanks also to outgoing President Brian Duncan for his hard work and efforts on behalf of the PPU over the past couple of years.

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PPU Annual General Meeting

The AGM took place in the school on March 30th. with a very small attendance of only nine past pupils. The President, Brian Duncan, said that he was disappointed with the failure of the committee to attract new members in his first year of office but he welcomed John McKennedy. John is Principal of Knocklyon Community School and is already making a valuable contribution to the PPU. Brian is determined to continue the goal of attracting new members and he deals with that and other matters in his “Message” which you can see on the website under the PPU drop-down box.
New Committee
The committee for 2017/2018 is
President – Brian Duncan
Hon. Sec. – John Cullen
Hon. Treasurer – Position Vacant
Committee –
Jerry Carroll
John Costello
John McKennedy
John Murray
Bryan O’Higgins
Jim Conway
Chaplin – Fr. Eugene McCarthy

President Brian Duncan (right) started his second year at the 2017 AGM on March 30.

Jim Conway has stepped down as Hon. Sec and has been replaced by John Cullen. Michael O’ Sullivan stepped down as Treasurer but there were no nominations for that position. Michael has agreed to “keep the books” pending a new appointment. This matter is dealt with in the President’s message mentioned above.

The President reminded the meeting that May 5th 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of Ken Doherty’s winning the World Snooker Championship and the PPU will mark the occasion during the year.

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Museum Opening

PPU President declared open the refurbished and restocked Museum in the school on Friday January 27th 2017. This project was undertaken by the Transition Year students with their teacher Susanne Lawlor. The quantity of material on display, some dating back many years, is truly amazing. The students did a great job in collating the items and displaying them in a very attractive way. President Brian congratulated Susanne and all the pupils on a job very well done.Below are some photos of the event courtesy of John Murray.


Teacher Susanne Lawlor and Transition Year Students, who worked on the project,, get ready for the ribbon cutting


Deputy Principal, Eddie Kelly, gave a very interesting and witty account of the historical items in the Pearse Museum


President Brian congratulates all concerned and limbers up for the ribbon cutting


President Brian happy that he will be able to tackle the ribbon


One two three cut


job done. we never doubted you Brian


Transition Year student, Robin Delaney, ready to capture the happy event


Eddie Kelly relaxes with Michael Casey and John Cullen.


John Sheridan looks for his place in history


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Yet More Dinner Photos

I am putting up the final raft of photos from the dinner. Many thanks again to Patrick Dowling for such quality and quantity. Remember to give Patrick a shout at Rock Photography if you want to get your mugshot done.


Des Donnelly claps home yet another winner


In the bag – Mattie Wallace puts Robin to work


Fr. Myles and Jerry Carroll agree to share a raffle prize


Fr. Myles with Sean McCaughey and Fr. Eugene


Juan De Vivero tells it like it is


President Brian with Fr. Myles and the P V Doyle Trophy


Robin Delaney has them eating out of her hand

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More Dinner Photos

In my last News Blog I mentioned the very generous donation made by the Flax Trust America to the school. I must correct a small typo; I mentioned that the cheque was for €10K but that should have been $10K. There is little difference nowadays. Below are some more photos taken by Patrick Dowling, Rock Photography.


Fr> Myles with John Sheridan and Frank Whelan


John Sheridan busy studying form


Denis Kane watches the birdie whilst his friends worry about their dinner


Class of 76 and 77 get anxiously await their dinner


John Cullen and his mates from 64 raise a toast to the school


Denis Kane won the cock and Mattie Wallace explains how it works!!


Fr. Eugene says Grace

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Inspirational Row Man

PPU President, Brian Duncan, presented the P V Doyle Trophy to Row Person of the Year 2017 Fr. Myles Kavanagh CP (see NEWS BLOG December 15th 2016) at the PPU annual dinner on Saturday January 28th. at the Westbury hotel. In his acceptance speech Fr. Myles started by quoting the words of James Connolly “the weakest link is ignorance” and he proceeded, in a riveting address, to remind his audience of the important contributions made by people like Nano Nagle, Catherine McAuley, Mother Mary Aikenhead and Blessed Edmund Rice in breaking the chain of ignorance, which made slaves of the people of Ireland, in their times and later. Fr. Myles said that attending a Christian Brothers School like Westland Row inspired him to become a priest.

Fr. Myles concluded by presenting a cheque for €10,000 from the Flax Trust America to school Principal Kate Byrne. President ,Brian Duncan, congratulated Fr. Myles thanked him for his extremely generous contribution.

Many thanks to Patrick Dowling of Rock Photography who, as usual, took many excellent photos on the night. A few are included below and more will follow in later News Blogs.


All smiles – Fr. Myles presents cheque to Principal Kate.

Fr. Myles wows the audience

Fr. Myles wows the audience


Jack Phelan, Ney Kindlon, Tony Ryan, Alan O’Connor Snr and Alan Jnr listen to the President


Paddy Coyle, O’Connells, Sean O’Connell,St. Josephs and Damian Byrne line up with Row President Brian Duncan.


Director of Finance, Michael O’Sullivan, Merchandising Director, John Cullen work their magic on Brian Whelan


Mary O’Callaghan (sister of Fr. Myles) watches admiringly as President Brian Duncan presents the P V Doyle Trophy)


Brothers in arms John and Brenard Murray sample the local brew.


President and Robin Delaney, Transition Year student. Robin and Juan De Vivero told of their experiences in Transition Year and we all wished we could go back and enrol in the Row again.


Fr. Myles, President Brian and veteran MC Frank Whelan look happy with their lot.


Maurice Culhane and PPU Chaplain, Fr. Eugene McCarthy. Fr. Eugene is a colleague of Fr. Myles in the Cross and Passion order and also works in Belfast. we are indebted to Fr. Eugene for nominating Fr. Myles for Row Person 2017.

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Museum Opening Friday January 27th.

I attach below an Invitation from the 5th. Class Applied to all past pupils for Friday January 27th. I suggest that we try to be in the school for 11.30am when we will have the opening ceremony performed by PPU President, Brian Duncan. We will then avail of the kind offer of light refreshments and introduce Fr. Myles Kavanagh CP, Row Person of the Year 2017. Looking forward to seeing you there.

PS. As you know, our Annual Dinner is scheduled for Saturday January 28th in the Westbury Hotel. We very much depend on a successful raffle after the dinner to cover our overheads and we ask to bring something for the raffle. Past pupils have been very generous in the past and we have received many prizes of “bottles” and other valuable items. We are appealing for the same again this year. If you can’t make the dinner but will be in the school on January 27th this would be an opportunity to bring a donation. Alternatively, prizes can be left in the Westbury at any time with the Westland Row PPU name and date of dinner on them. Many thanks


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PPU News January 2017

Happy New Year to all. I hope everybody had a good Christmas.
Sad News
Sorry to kick off 2017 with sad news but I recently learned of the passing of two ROW stalwarts, Noel McKenna and John Doran. Noel graduated back around 1948. Happily we still have a few of that vintage with us. I’m thinking of Gerry Dolan, Cyril Stirrat, Martin Conway and Joe Quinn. I attended John Doran’s funeral this morning. John was 93. He and his brother Bill RIP, were great ROW supporters in their day. John was a great sportsman being one of 4 brothers to play soccer with Rathfarnham Utd. He was a keen golfer and was Captain of Slade Valley of which club he was a founder member. John’s father founded Doran Printers and the family continue to work in it to this day. The company, now called Typecraft, printed our 150 yearbook Cuimhneachan and sponsored tickets etc. for many years. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anamnacha dhilis.
Upcoming Events
Annual Dinner – Booking is now open for the Dinner which will be held in the Westbury on Saturday January 28th. Tickets are priced at E60 each. You can book with any committee member or with me on 087 2557298.
Row Person of the Year 2017 – Our new Row Person, Fr. Myles Kavanagh, will pay a short visit to the school on Friday January 27th. at 12 noon. All past pupils are invited. Light refreshments will be provided. This is also an opportunity to have a look around the school and to view the additions to the Pearse Museum as well as other mementos of 1916.

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