It is a huge honour for me to serve as President of the Clongowes Union for 2019/20.  I feel privileged to follow in the footsteps of so many distinguished OC’s who have previously held this position. I would like to thank Conor Daly for the excellent job he did last year and I am looking forward to continuing where he left off.

We will have a busy calendar of events during the year which will include our very popular annual Business Lunch in November, the Union Dinner, golf outings, reunions and gatherings abroad.  In particular this year, I am delighted to announce the Clongowes Reunion Dinner in New York on the 28th of September, where it will be great to meet and engage with our North American OC’s.  Please book early to avoid disappointment as we expect this event to be a sell out!

The Union will continue to support the Clongowes Union Benevolent Association (CUBA) for OC’s and their families who have fallen on hard times.  Other initiatives include the Next Step Programme, the introduction of work experience, summer placements and mentorships.  We will of course also continue with our support for the Fr Peter McVerry Cafe in the north inner city.  For further details of all of these programmes, please visit our website.

Finally, I look forward to meeting with as many of you as possible at our events throughout the year.

 

Maelíosa Power (OC ’89)

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