Category Archives: Events

Pre-Christmas Luncheon

imageWe  had a  very  enjoyable  lunch  in  the  very  attractive  surroundings  of  Lansdowne Rugby Club.  Some  16  members  attended  with  14  sitting  down  for  lunch.    Two  members  joined  us  for  a  reception  before  lunch  and apologised  for  not  being  able  to  stay on.
Paul  Van Cauwelaert  was  of  great  assistance  in  making  the  arrangements  with  Lansdowne RFC,  and  looked  after  all  financial  matters.
Members  started  arriving  at  noon and by  12.45  all  those  dining  had  arrived  along  with  2  others  who  had  dropped  in  to  say  Hello.   We  sat  down  for  lunch  at  13.30  which  continued  until  around  16.00, when  some  members  had  to  leave  to  keep  other  Christmas  engagements.  All  were  gone  by  17.30.
The  afternoon  was  very  enjoyable  and  made  such  by  the  presence  of  the ” usual  suspects”  and  by  the  addition  of  others  whose  company  we  had not  enjoyed  for  a  number  of  years.  We  did  canvas  support  from  classes  of  other “leaving” years,  with  good  success  and  with  encouragement.
The  attendance  included Denis Bergin, Henry Blake, Dan Binchy, Peter Bruck, John Goor, Anthony Gore-Grimes, Pat Hickey, John Horgan, Fr.Anthony Keane, Harvey Kenny, Billy Lee, Paddy O’Keefe, Philip O’Sullivan, Fr.Philip Tierney, Paul Van Cauwelaert, Stephen Woulfe-Flanagan.
Apologies  from Theo Hoppen, George  Dwyer, Diarmuid MacSweeney, John Carlos, Denis Corboy, Bobbie Cussen, John Cussen, Tony Roche, Bernard Segrave-Daly, Henry O’Cleary, Peter O’Cleary, Joe Lyster, Franz Molloy, Cianan Fennessy, Peter Fletcher, Greg Ashe, Ricky Johnson.
Harvey Kenny

Class of 73 – 40 Year Reunion

The Class of 1973 recently gathered to celebrate their 40 year Reunion. Report to follow…

Class of 73 Reunion

Standing L-R: Bob Quinn, David Nash, Rodney Martin, Peter O’Reilly, Joe O’Callaghan, Jonny O’Brien, David Hickey, Arthur Barton and Patrick Mooney

Seated L-R: Desmond O’Flynn, Peter Crerar, Tony Devane, Br Ciaran Forbes, Alan Keane, Duncan Grehan and David Marshall

Class of 63 – 50 Years On

classof63It was wonderful to see and meet those warriors from the 1963 Class who turned up in Adare on the 19th of October last.  Yes, there were changes and to meet Simon Healy my old adversary on the football field in Glenstal after 50 years was magical.  The golf outing in Adare was marked by a glorious afternoon but a very small turn out which possibly could be attributed to our age profile. This did not prevent Johnny Mullan proving too good for his fellow competitors on the day.

As always we were looked after wonderfully well by all in the Dunraven Arms and had a splendid meal.  It was sad for us all to reflect on our “Brothers” who had departed since we last met ten years ago: – Paul Harvey, Nick Healy and Paul Sandys.

Our Chairperson John Blake Dillon led us all back down memory lane with the only speech of the evening before we dined.  His virtual trips back to Glenstal reflecting on some of our old teachers were fascinating and he dealt with the hecklers in his usual efficient and entertaining way.

We duly retired on Sunday morning to Murroe for a lovely Mass celebrated in the Guest House by our recently elevated Father Anthony (Henry Keane), one of the class of 1963, who had also graced us with his presence in the Company of Tom Seaver and Fr. Philip in Adare the previous evening.

It was felt by all that perhaps a reunion in five years might be more appropriate than the usual ten years!

Photo (L-R): Eddie O’Clery, Gerry Halley, John Blake Dillon, Simon Healy, Rory Egan, David Martin, Vinno Ryan (in wheelchair, permanently alas), Peter Kieran, John Potter-Cogan, Jimmy Tyrrell, Adrian McLynn (almost hidden), Bobby Mooney & James Egan.  Brian Callanan was also there but had gone for an amble around the school when this photo was taken.  The reunion was attended by 21 out of the 34 survivors from the year, which unusually had 2 classes with a total complement of 39.

Gerry Halley

2013 Golf Day Results & Report

Here are the results of the Glenstal Old Boys Golf that took place at Lahinch Golf Club on Wednesday 9th October. The event was a great success and we will run it again next year but will try to get a Friday or Saturday date.
%%wppa%% %%slide=24%%

We had 6 fourballs in all and the first tee time got under way at 12.20. and were out in 10 minutes intervals from there on. The weather was cold and windy but the held up for a day of wind and sunshine. We had 22 people playing golf and one dinner guest.

Fr. Simon represented Glenstal Abbey and by the way did not win the Longest Drive despite being favourite to do so. Players were playing for the Fergus O’Toole Memorial Trophy, which was a lovely claret jug and this was presented to us by Fr. Simon and the Glenstal Community.

We presented the prizes before sitting down to a 3 course meal and wine which had been prepared by the Club. We felt this was a better option as people were anxious to get on the road some having travelled long distances.


1st – Eddie O’Toole (Fergus’ brother) with  36pts

2nd – Mark Hutch                            with   34pts

3rd – Paul O’Brien                           with  32pts

4th – Basil Corballis                        with  31pts

Nearest the pin – David McMahon Jnr.

Longest Drive – Luke Barry

Many thanks to Billy Gabbett and Paul O’Brien who helped with the organisation event and Fr. Simon who sponsored the Trophy as well as all those who travelled and participated in the event.

The winner Eddie O’Toole had to rush away as he was off to England that night hence no pic!


Class of 1983 – Thirty Years On

classof83The Class of 1983 met at University College Church on St Stephen’s Green at 5.30 for a pre-dinner mass celebrated by Fr Abbot Christopher Dillon. The sermon was about Ascension and was most enlightening. Our surprise acolyte was Gavin Early in full dress and Donough O’Donovan read both readings and the responsorial psalm so both deserved their dinner and drinks later.

Charlie Cunningham delighted everyone by bringing his wife and 4 young children to mass, which reminded us all of how the next generation will carry on long after we are gone.

Our little group then crossed St Stephen’s Green to the Residence where we had our own private room and bar where the Leinster vs Osprey’s match was being shown. Of interest, most forewent the match to chat to old mates and especially Fr Christopher around the bar – it seems that catching up with friends is one of the few things that keeps us from sport!

The stragglers arrived (you know who you are) and soon we were being ushered to our seats for dinner. 26 Old Boys (from a class of 33) and Fr Abbott Christopher stood for Grace after which we all enjoyed a good meal, fine wine and great friends. At 11.30, we were mobilised back to the bar and next I recall it was  4am and we were being asked to leave!  In the intervening 4 hours, faces were familiar, friendly and everyone had fun. However, a special cheers has to go to Richard Hutch (Canberra, Australia), Patrick Hyland (Bermuda, USA), John Ball (UAE) and even our European travellers like David Lind from Italy not to mention all the UK travellers. Those of us fortunate enough to be surviving here in Ireland still left family to join old schoolmates to recall a brief period in our lives that will stay with us for ever – when we were boys, Glenstal Boys!

See you all in 2023 in Limerick for the 40th – volunteers apply within. Dermot McCaffrey


The Glenstal Abbey Autumn Ball

autumn-ball-13-212x300The Glenstal Abbey Autumn Ball (Black Tie) will take place at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, on Friday 18th October, 2013. Funds raised will be used to fit out Social Spaces in our new school building, to be named in memory of the late Anne O’Reilly, Matron 1953 – 1992 and to honour Abbot President, Celestine Cullen OSB – Headmaster 1961 – 1979.

• Individual Ticket – €150.00

• Standard Table of 10 – €1,500

• Premium Table of 12 will be located in a first tier seating position plus advertising and recognition opportunities.

• Advertising Opportunities are also available.



Please contact Noelle to reserve your place or to get further information

Noelle O’Brien, Development Officer
T: 061-621084
M: 087-2910100

Red Wine, Tequila & Target Practice!

The quaint seaside village of Dunmore east, on Ireland’s sunny south east coast, provided the location for the first reunion of the class of 2003.    The festivities took place during the weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July, 2013, amidst the glorious sunshine provided by Ireland’s warmest summer in living memory (at least in my living memory).    Our base for the weekend was the very lively and picturesque Strand Hotel situated in the centre of the village.    An outside terrace, overlooking the sea, with the sun blazing down and waves crashing against the terrace walls gave a rather spectacular feel to the Friday afternoon.

A small group gathered early, taking a able with a sea view, and started ordering pint bottles of Bulmers by the dozen.    Within minutes the table was black; the ever helpful drinks waiters struggling to cope with the exponential growth of dark bottles.    Our number grew slowly as the afternoon wore on, with arrivals from all over Ireland, London, Italy and Australia until eventually we had twenty sit down to a later than planned dinner on the terrace.

The conversation flowed at the dinner table; the clock turned back to younger years passed.    Tales of rugby games (usually lost), huts being built, night-time excursions, smoking in towers, pupils in; then out; headmasters coming and going (3), suspensions galore and various other forms of teenage devilment were brandished about to recall what can only be considered a happy time.     General merriment continued to the early hours, though, not surprisingly there would be consequences.    A mishap centered around red wine and stomach acid, the unexpected arrival of a squad car and tequila infused tirades at 4.00 in the morning: proof that Friday night was nothing short of fantastic.

Saturday morning saw a tide fully in and a rather small group of swimmers jumping from the slipway into the fresh Atlantic waters.    It wasn’t warm, but with an Irish breakfast to follow the day was off to a flying start.    Stories from the night before reverberated around the dining room in reckless disregard for our fellow diners, but no matter, they can only have been suitably entertained, though the younger ones may have been doing some head scratching!    When breakfast was over, there was a quick run round to all the rooms to raise the stragglers from their peaceful slumber: shouting at, jumping on top of, punching and dead legs all required!

Next it was off to the serene surroundings of WaterfordCastle via the car ferry for a spot of Clay Pigeon shooting.    When one considers the tender nature of all participants the standard was, I would say adequate, and thankfully all survived unscathed to retire to the clubhouse for a pub lunch and a well deserved rest.    Then back to Dunmore; where some swam, some slept, some drank and all looked forward to meeting the late arrivals.

We were delighted to welcome Leo McGrath; former teacher, rugby coach and friend along with Br. Denis Hooper OSB; former teacher, housemaster, headmaster, rugby coach and spiritual advisor (?) to join us for the evening.    When combined with the other later arrivals we had twenty five sit down for dinner in the Azurro Restaurant for an Italian meal washed down with oceans of red wine: careful Westy!    Speeches were provided by Gordon Doyle, School Captain; Br. Denis, Leo and Simon O’Doherty who wowed us all with his very special surprise!    After dinner it was back to the Strand where all remained till the early hours.

All in all, it was a great weekend; the only negative being absent friends.    However, when Gordon and I began organising way back in January we were ever so slightly pessimistic about the numbers the weekend would attract.    A year group which, in all honesty, didn’t mix well; combined with high levels of emigration meant our expectations were low.    To have twenty five sit down for dinner on the Saturday night was absolutely fantastic and I for one thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend.    It was suggested at dinner on Saturday that we reconvene in five years time as opposed to waiting the traditional ten.    I’m fully in favour of this idea; ten years just seems like such a long time.

Neil Shee – 20th September, 2013 – Follow my blog:

Annual Golf Outing Lahinch GC – Wed 9th Oct ’13

Lahinch 2

This years  Annual Golf Outing, will include the inaugural Fergus O’Toole (’73) Memorial Golf Outing in Lahinch GC.

Wednesday October 9th 11.40 – 13.30

Coffee / tea will be served on arrival, followed by early dinner around 18.30

Golf & Dinner €85 – Dinner only €40.

If you are unable to play the golf, why not make the effort to join us for the dinner afterwards.

Greatly appreciate any sponsorship and prizes for this first Annual GOBS Golf Outing West of the Shannon, and in memory of a very popular colleague who was a great supporter of the Annual Golf Outings in the past.

This event is expected to be well supported and we would appreciate if you could confirm your attendance as early as possible and forward relevant cheque amount to Billy Gabbett made out to his name.

The main contact for the event is Billy Gabbett, 087-7025531,061 700861 ::
Home address :: 5 Orchard Wood, Dromoland, Newmarket on Fergus, Co.Clare

Link to some local hotels and B&Bs .

Attendees so far ( 10.9.13 )

Gearoid Bradley
Shane Connors
Basil Corballis
PJ Crerar
Billy Gabbet
Ed Grant
Emmet Halley
Bryan Hanly
Mark Hutch
Ed Leahy
David Leahy
David McMahon ( + 3 )
John McMahon
Ivor McMahon
Walter McMahon
Paul O’Brien
Peter F O’Reilly
John O’Shaughnessy
Ed O’Toole
Fr. Simon Sleeman
David Thompson ( + 3)