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Kevin O’Sullivan (1977) appointed Editor of The Irish Times

Kevin O’Sullivan (1973-77) was appointed as the 13th Editor of The Irish Times, to succeed Geraldine Kennedy.

As well as being a former student of Glenstal, Kevin worked as Inter Housemaster and Science/Biology teacher for the academic year 1981-2.

Read the article that appeared on the front page of The Irish Times on Friday 24th June here

Kevin was interviewed on Pat Kenny’s Morning Ireland programme on RTE 1 radio on Thursday 30th June about his new role and his vision for the paper’s future.

Congratulations and good luck…

William (aka Billy) Ryan (’83) shortlisted for Irish Fiction Award

Extract from Irish Times 23rd April 2011:

This debut novel by London-based Irish author William Ryan is on the shortlist for this year’s Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award where he is pitted against four other contenders who are all high-profile writers: Joseph O’Connor, Emma Donoghue, Neil Jordan and Claire Keegan. The winner will be announced at Listowel Writers’ Week in the first week of June and Ryan’s absorbing page-turner is a worthy contender.

The full article is available at

Winter 2010 Newsletter

The 2010 edition of Ubique has been printed and is in the process of being dispatched along with the Winter 2010 Newsletter to every Old Boy that we have an address for.

For those for whom the Christmas delivery may not have yet arrived you can read/download the Winter 2010 Newsletter.

Wishing you all the best for 2011.

Tanzania 2011

Tanzania 2010Many thanks to the Old Boys who helped realise the school project in Tanzania in 2010 (cf Autumn newletter)! Hanga Abbey School has now been supplied with IT equipment and trained in its use by a team of boys from Fifth Year.

Next summer we move on to Mvimwa Abbey School (Sumbawanga, Lake Tanganika). Our immediate goal is to provide internet through a satellite dish, something we already did for Hanga.

Any contributions would be most gratefully received for this purpose at this time. (Cheques payable to the ‘Bursar; Tanzania project’ and sent to Fr John at Glenstal). Another team of Fifth Year boys will carry forward the project in July 2011.

Class of 1970 – 40 Year Reunion

22 members of the class of 1970 met in Dublin on Friday November 19th 2010.
Glenstal were represented by Abbot Celestine and Fr Andrew.
Some photos are available in the photo gallery in the members secure area of this website.


Padraig Hughes (2000 -2006)

Spring 02 Padraig’s life is characterised by a wonderful “joie de vivre”, a resolution to enjoy life and not to hold anything back, to laugh where others fretted. Padraig succeeded in living a life both carefully balanced, and enviably excessive. This twinned with his personable and witty nature nurtured a wide circle of friends, who valued him for his many gifts, prominent among which was his level headed advice. For his outgoing nature belied a resounding spiritual fortitude from which Padraig drew the courage and strength that sustained not only him but also those close to him through the difficult times which followed the death of his mother Kim in 2004. Padraig will be fondly remembered; the corners of his mouth turning gently upwards into a wry smile and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. (Darragh)

Nicholas Smyth (1932-33: 1942-43)

Spring 08 Nicholas Smyth, the very first boy in the school in September 1932 (aged 8 – he was born in April 1924) died in Naples, Florida on November 29th, 2008. He spent one year in Glenstal, then went to Ampleforth, but returned to Glenstal for a year in the early forties.

He studied first at U.C.D. and completed his medical studies at the University of Michigan in 1954. He remained on the faculty of George Washington University for almost forty years and was also a teacher and surgeon at several hospitals andat the National Institute of Health, He specialised in thoracic surgery. As a clinical researcher he invented and patented pacemakers, including the world’s smallest nuclear pacemaker and was responsible for many innovations in the area of his
specialisation. He found time, too, to write medical mystery novels, ‘Heartbreak’ (2002) and ‘Phoenix’ (to be published).

We extend to his wife Elizabeth and his family (including Abbot Christopher, who was a first cousin) our deepest sympathy.

50th Anniversary Celebrations for the Class of 59

Class of 59

The Class of 1959 planting their Oak Tree

It was an enjoyable task contacting the class of “59” to see what interest there might be for a 50th Anniversary dinner. The response was encouraging and many letters later the arrangements fell into place. All the living were tracked down and contacted – except Barry Timmons – who was last sighted, late at night, by Henry Blake close to Heathrow, cooking sausages on a brazier, and chatting away to the night watchman.

The Dinner was held at the Dunraven Arms Hotel on the 25th June 2009. It was a merry affair. 33 old boys attended. Our guests included Fr. Philip, Fr. Andrew, Anne O’Reilly, Brigid O’Loughlin and Tom and Mary Seaver.

On the 26th June 2009 we attended mass at Glenstal Abbey followed by a most pleasant lunch in the school refectory. Fr. Abbot Patrick greeted us and it was great to meet with many members of the community after so many years.

Patrick Hickey’s daughter had grown an oak tree from a Glenstal acorn and it is planted on the Monastery lawn. Brother Anthony supervised proceedings ably assisted by the gardeners among us. Later we walked around the school and the grounds where every corner turned produced some new memory and none more vivid then the time when Fr. Matthew (‘the Bear’) caught Eddie Dunlop and myself burdened with fire extinguishers as we struggled back up the hill from the Clare Glens.

“Well Brothers! Where are you taking the fire extinguishers?” “We are taking them back to the library Father”, we replied. “Blithering idiots, report to my study this evening” As we fled we called out: “And by the way Father we tested them and they don’t work.” We heard a growl as we ran by. The rest is too sad to relate!

Now that all the fun is over the class of 59 have one objective: that is to keep going until 2034 when, what is left of us, will
celebrate the 75th. We remember in our prayers: Peter Cahill, John Coffey, John DeBromhead, Frank Fletcher, Richard Gallagher, John Hederman, Nicholas Keane, Donal McCarthy, Michael McCarthy, Barney Nagle, Patrick Nugent, Frances Neerman, Dan Quinn, Alan Russell, John Gore Grimes