St. Brendan’s College Reunion

On Saturday last over 40 past pupils from 1967, 1968 & 1969 classes returned to their alma mater. Addressed by school principal, Sean Coffey, Head Prefect, Fionán O’Donoghue and Deputy Head Prefect, David Finn, the speakers focused on how life at second level has changed since the 1960’s.

Former College student and subsequently Chief Inspector at the DES Eamon Stack also addressed the group reminding them of the unique “sem lexicon” the shared terms and phrases, the columns of student groupings in accordance with their home parishes. He also drew reference from Sean Kelly’s Memoir and his life at St. Brendan’s. He also recalled that the high achiever’s results in photographs were published in the Kerryman following the Leaving Cert. Noting how education has changed since their time in school he highlighted that the 1968 Leaving Certificate involved a cohort of 12,000 students nationally compared with the figure of 62,000 in 2014. Following the formal element of the reunion the group spent the afternoon tracing their adolescent footsteps on the stairs of the Brosnan building, through the dormitories and most especially in reviewing some of the many hundreds of photographs chronicling their times at St. Brendan’s.

After the school visit the reunion continued with dinner at the Castlerosse hotel.

With the College now about to launch its website, www.stbrendanscollege.ie the time is ripe to restructure a Past Pupils Union, providing an ongoing link to St. Brendan’s.

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