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Welcome from our President

It is a great honour to act as your President of The Clongowes Union for the forthcoming year. I very much look forward to it. I am also delighted that Shane Dowling (OC’83) has been elected as Vice President and Jonathan White (OC’ 86) as Junior Vice President.

Over the last year the functions to celebrate the 125 year anniversary of the formation of our Union were very well attended. Tom Lane, outgoing President, did a magnificent job in what was an incredibly busy year for him and for the Union. He is to be commended, congratulated and thanked for all that he did throughout the year. I feel that the profile of the Union has increased significantly and has become more active and more inclusive.

Our aim is to continue to improve our communication data base and the membership numbers. We have new members on the Committee, Michael Doyle (OC’15), Marcus Nolan (OC’ 16 ) and Rory Morrin (OC’21) who have significantly less grey hair to assist us in that goal! We welcome all support in that regard and would be delighted to see more of you signing up as paid members or as life members.

I look forward to meeting you at one or other of the events during the year, which include:

  • Fr. Peter Kenney Day, CWC, Wednesday, June 14th 2023
  • Ulster Branch AGM, Royal County Down GC, June 23rd, 2023
  • Business Lunch, Friday, November 10th 2023
  • London Dinner, Royal Thames Yacht Club, London, Saturday, November 18th 2023
  • Union Dinner, February 9th 2024
  • Clongowes Ball, The Dunraven Adare, Co. Limerick March 22nd 2024


The Golf Society, in the capable hands of Willie McDonald (OC’86) and Padraig Whelan (OC’89) , is in great health and there will be many golf events throughout the year. The latest is the Sheil Cup due to take place on June 23rd in Royal County Down which sold out in a matter of minutes last week! The full list of all events will be consistently updated on the Union website.


Thank you again, and I look forward to seeing you on the road!


Peter O’Meara (OC’88)


President, Clongowes Union

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