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De La Salle Annual Re-Union 2015

Memorable De La Salle Past-Pupils Reunion

One of the biggest ever reunions of Past Pupils of De La Salle schools in Waterford took place on the weekend of 16th and 17th May. School pals from many decades, going back as far as 1949 when De La Salle College had its first intake of students, celebrated at a social evening in the Woodlands Hotel.

The past pupils traveled from many parts of Ireland, and from abroad including the US and UK. The largest group represented the Leaving Cert class of 1965, who were celebrating their 50th anniversary. Included in that group were local men John McLoughlin, Joe Delahunty, David Carroll, John Joe Murphy, John Stokes, Eddie O’Keeffe and Mooncoin man, Ned Quinn (Chairman of Kilkenny GAA). Others, many of whom were boarders in the College, included Roger Barrett (Cork), Joe Flanagan (Kildare), John Moriarty (Wicklow) and Brendan O’Sullivan (Kilkenny).

Another well represented group were the ‘Forty Niners’, the first intake of students, and included John Hartley, Chairman of the Past Pupils Fraternity, Paddy Quinn, Mossy Fitzgerald, Sean Burtchaell, George Murphy, Ronnie Falconer, Fraternity Secretary Daithi Nevins and Tommy McLoughlin. Another man to span the decades, and enjoy the celebrations, was Brother Timothy O’Shea, who has been ever present in the College since the 1960’s.

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Alphonsus Cullinan, attended also, and reminded the gathering that his father, Criostoir O’Cuilleanain, did his teacher training at the College. The Bishop explained that he recently visited the College for the first time. He said “Walking up the steps, I was amazed at the beautiful facade, one of the finest in the city. I was met by the acting school principal, Frank O’Callaghan, who showed me around the beautiful building. It was very emotional for me to walk down the corridors which my dad frequented. Bro Tim showed me my dad’s exam results. 
Usually it’s the father who gets to see his son’s results, but this time it was the other way round. I am looking forward to seeing some photos of his class soon.”The Bishop concluded by saying “It was great to see so many past students with 
affection for their Alma Mater, and wanting to keep alive friendships forged in the De La Salle schools. Obviously the Brothers and teachers did a great job and were and are dedicated to their profession following in the steps of the founder, St Jean Baptiste De La Salle.”    

Waterford Hurling Manager, Derek McGrath, was a special guest and spoke about his own admiration for De La Salle and how it has been a great part of his life for many years, first as a pupil, and now as a teacher, He was especially proud to have led the College team to Harty Cup and All-Ireland titles in 2007 and 2008, and to have 14 De La Salle lads in the current Waterford team, who are National Hurling League Champions. He also spoke of the pride which can be taken by De La Salle in the expert manner in which they prepare their students for the challenges of life.

The Reunion concluded on Sunday morning with Mass celebrated in the College 
Chapel.