Dear Fellow Past Pupil,
It is an honour to serve as President of our Union for 2017/2018. I would like to extend my gratitude to last year’s President Con Tiernan (1982) for all his good work, I will be relying on his continued presence on the committee this year and the supply of his usual sage advice.
I would like to welcome Michael Fanagan (1975) to the position of Vice President, Michael of course has already served as St Mary’s RFC President and is just finishing his term as Phoenix Cricket Club President and I have no doubt he will do an excellent job when his time comes to wear the Union Chain of Office.
The Union has thousands of members to which we provide a range of events from the Annual Dinner, Networking Lunch, Table Quiz and Family Day to mention a few. One of the principle purposes of the Union is to enhance the St. Mary’s network amongst the graduates of the College. To that end we will be introducing an on-line database which will be open for use by the members. The Union and The College have great belief in the importance of the Union and we cover the cost of Membership for the first 5 years post-graduation from the School, after that we rely on members signing up for direct debit, which can be done via our website. We need to increase the number of members signing up to direct debit and we will be introducing a number of measures to try and encourage that throughout the year.
I have been lucky enough to have served on the Union Committee for a number of years and in that time I never cease to be impressed with the dedication of committees and I expect that this year will be no different.
Our first event will be the Annual Mass, which will be held in the College on Sunday, the 5th of November. The Union’s flagship event, The Annual Dinner, will be held in Fr. Barry Hall, on Friday the 17th of November. This is always a great night to reconnect with Old School Friends and early booking is advised. Please keep an eye on the Union website for further booking details.
I would also like to thank Michael Foley (1988), Aspire Digital, who has developed the new Union website.
The College continues to go from strength to strength and in Denis Murphy, Senior School Principal and Mary O’Donnell, Junior School Principal, the school is in excellent hands and I would like to wish them both continued success in the forthcoming year.Finally, it is very much your Union and I really believe that there is something for everyone and I look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events this year.
David McCormack (1991)
President St Mary’s College (C.S.S.p) Union