Dear Fellow Past Pupils
Little did I know in August / September 1972 when I first came to Synge Street CBS as a second class pupil that some 45 years later I would succeed Fergus Flanagan as President of the Past Pupils Union.
I am looking forward to working with Greg Magrane Deputy President and the executive committee in continuing the vision and work undertaken by Fergus over the past 2 years as President of the Union.
My message for my presidency is for the past pupils of Synge Street to renew old friendship with classmates from their times at Synge Street and to re-engage with the PPU in attending one of the events we hold during the year like the business lunch, golf outings and the annual dinner.
The annual reunion dinner on Saturday 8th of April 2017 I will be celebrating 35 year anniversary with my class year 1982 and I am looking forward to meet as many of my class year at the event. I will be announcing the identity of the annual dinner guest speaker shortly.
I would like to welcome the “London Syngers” event to the PPU event calendar and the London lunch has been confirmed for Friday 29th of September next. The event has created a buzz and many Dublin Syngers are talking about going over and attending the lunch in the Reform Club, Pall Mall.
The fourth business lunch will be held on Friday 20th of October in Fitzwilliam LTC and I hope to announce our guest speaker for the 2017 lunch shortly. I would like to express my gratitude to Philip Maguire CEO IT Alliance (1981) for an excellent talk at the recent business lunch and the discussion continued on till the late hours in O’Briens.
I would like to welcome Ray Martin as captain of the PPU Golf Society and we have 2 excellent golf events that are held in the Grange (Captain’s Prize) and Castle (President Prize). The dates for the 2017 golf season will be announced in Ray’s welcome message so please a keep an eye on the website for details.
The school is facing many challenges but under the watchful eye of Clare Catterson – principal and Derek Lynch –vice principal they are steering the present pupils of Synge Street in the right direction. If any past pupil can offer the school any help and assistance Clare and Derek would greatly appreciate it.
I hope you will consider filling out the membership form from the website and join the PPU.
For the PPU to be successful we need to grow the membership numbers in order to maintain the ethos of “Synger” in having an active and fruitful PPU to assist in growing our events over the next number of years.
Until the next time
Damien Byrne (1982)
BUSINESS LUNCH 2017
Friday 20th October 2017
Fitzwilliam LTC, Appian Way, Dublin 6
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NEVER A DULL DAY – SYNGE STREET 1864 TO 2014
The book is finally out and available. It was launched at a special reception in the Mansion House, Dublin, hosted by the Lord Mayor, Christy Burke, and officially launched by Gay Byrne, himself a Past Pupil from 1952.
The book, edited by school principal Michael Minnock and past pupil and sports journalist Sean Ryan. It has taken most of the year to research and compile, and is a fantastic document of over 260 pages. It has taken much longer than expected but the end product is superb, and was worth the extra time and effort which it took to get the whole project together.
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