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Friday 19 October 2018

Boys of '62 50 years on

SPORTING GLORY AND ST. PETER'S VALUES RECALLED AT REUNION

The St. Peter's College class of 1962 at their 50th anniversary reunion in the Ferrycarrig Hotel.
The St. Peter's College class of 1962 at their 50th anniversary reunion in the Ferrycarrig Hotel.

SAOIRSE MCGARRIGLE

IT was a night for nostalgia and reminiscing, and an opportunity to reflect on the values of St. Peter's College.

That's how one member of the St. Peter's class of 1962 described their 50th year reunion in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, 55 years after they first met one another on their first day at the college back in 1957.

The class of 1962 provided the first Wexford team to win the Senior All Ireland College Hurling Championship on May 6, 1962.

Reliving that sporting triumph dominated the conversation on the night. Members of that team included Dan Quigley, Vincent Staples and Michael Kinsella, all of whom went on to become well known names in local G.A.A. circles.

Under the guidance of teacher Ned Power, who also mentored the senior county panel to All Ireland success in 1968, the St. Peter's College team were the first Wexford team to beat St. Kieran's College of Kilkenny, who were Leinster title holders for many years.

Recalling the atmosphere of their school days, Richard Wafer recited to his classmates an amusing poem which he penned especially for the occasion.

In a similar fashion, Pat Quigley made a speech which helped the crowd along their way down memory lane.

Aside from the glory of the class's sporting achievements, the group recalled the contribution which some of its members made to other aspects of 'old college life'.

Phil Cushen was one of the founding members of a musical society in the school. With mentoring from Fr Jonnie O'Brien, the society grew and is still going strong today.

But aside from the impact which the class of 1962 made on the college's history books, St. Peter's also had a profound impact on its students, according to one past pupil.

'It was an inspiration to us and a great preparation for life,' said Brian Doyle from Killinick. 'We have some great memories from our school days.'

A large proportion of the class of 1962 were boarders at the college, a thing of the past now as these days St. Peter's College operates solely as a day school. Back in 1962 ' there were some day students but not as many as there were full time boarders', according to Brian Doyle.

Among the few day students in the college at the time was well known Wexford business man, Paddy Kelly of Cornmarket.

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