Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to serve as the President of the Clongowes Union in its 125th year. I will do my utmost to make sure that it is a memorable year for the members of the Union, and I hope we will be able to entice many of you to attend a function or an event.
We will keep in touch with you via regular emails and all event information will be posted on our much-improved website.
As well as many regular events, we are planning a celebration of our Senior Irish Rugby Internationals in Clongowes on 22nd September, a mixed event in Royal Thames Yacht Club in London on 29th October and a special gathering in the West of Ireland in December/January for those who left Clongowes in the current millennium. The Clongowes Union Lunch will be on 7th October in Dublin and the Union Dinner is in the Mansion House on 10th February 2023. Next Spring, we have a Munster Dinner (mixed) in Dunraven Arms in Adare on 24th March and the Clongowes Golf Classic on a date to be announced in April/May.
A key part of our plans for the year is to raise €125,000 for the Peter McVerry Trust. The Golf Classic is the key building block in raising this money but, apart from the golf, if you can help in any way, please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or +353 86 2561507. I was greatly heartened in the last few days to receive a single Pledge for €10,000 in support of the Fund-Raising Efforts.
As I take office for the year, I am mindful of the four generations of Lanes and McGilligans who have been educated in Clongowes over the last 120 years. I have great memories and enduring friendships with many who journeyed in Clongowes with me from 1975-1981. Keeping them in mind and conscious of a responsibility to all Clongownians everywhere, I will strive to hand over the stewardship of the Clongowes Union in the best shape possible to Peter O'Meara (OC'88) in May 2023.
I will be very grateful for any support you can give me along the way.
29th May 2022