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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Schooldays revisited at St Peter's

The St. Peter’s College class of 1965 who had a get-together in Whitford House Hotel
The St. Peter’s College class of 1965 who had a get-together in Whitford House Hotel

Simon Bourke

Friendships formed in the halls of St Peter's College in generations past were rekindled during a series of class reunions at the school in the past weeks. The classes of '65, '69, '79 and '89 gathered to revisit their old haunts, taking in a tour of the school before heading for a night on the town where stories were swapped and tales of mischief recounted

Seamus Codd was one of those responsible for organising the reunion of the Class of 1965 and he explained why they chose to reconvene on what was their 54th anniversary. 'A few of us had health issues for the 50th anniversary so it didn't suit to do it then. But this year marks 50 years since we started at the college so we just went for it.'

Their fourth reunion since leaving St Peter's, Seamus said there was plenty of reminiscing on times gone by, but that most of the stories recalled would be not be suitable for print.

Paddy Kehoe met up with his old school pals along with 47 others from the Class of 1969, with one person travelling all the way from New York for the event. 'There were a couple of people we didn't recognise at first,' he laughed. 'They'd lost their hair, or gone white, put on weight or lost weight.'

After attending a Mass at the school, the group carried on to Clayton Whites for a meal and drinks, and some stayed longer than others.

'It was a very good night, some were there till five the next morning,' said Paddy. 'It was brilliant to see everyone, we're talking about meeting up again already.'

Among those celebrating the 40th anniversary of St Peter's Class of 1979 was Jim Rossiter. 'We had a nostalgic ramble through the old school buildings where we spent most of the seventies,' he said. 'Then, Fr. Denis Browne, parish priest of Kilaniran and a member of the class, celebrated Mass.' Afterwards the group retired to The Sky and the Ground, which is owned by another classmate, Johnny Barron.

The Class of 1989 came from as far away as Australia for their reunion, and, according to Gary Quinn, many of them had hardly changed at all. 'It was a great success, some of the lads were the exact same as 30 years ago, maybe not in looks but certainly in personality.'

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