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Fr. Tony Coote:
It is with sadness we learn of the death of death of past pupil and social justice campaigner Fr. Tony Coote.
Fr. Tony was Leaving Cert Class of 1982. Our sympathies to his family and friends.

Fr. Tony was a well known campaigner for motor neuron disease, with links to many articles about him on Google. Funeral arrangements are on

Michael Fitzpatrick:
It is with sadness we learn of the death of past pupil Michael (Dick) Fitzpatrick. Dick was Leaving Cert Class of 1981. Dick was cremated yesterday in Dardistown cemetery.

Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.


Joe Gantly RIP

I am saddened to report the passing of Joe Gantly, Leaving Cert Class of 1963 and President of the Conference the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Fairview.

Joe was a great supporter of Joeys Alumni and last year arranged for his 1963 class mates to purchase the hand-made wooden model of the original ‘Joeys’ school building and present it to the school (for more details & photo scroll down on this page).

On behalf of all the Joey’s community I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Joe’s family.

Funeral Arrangements:

May he rest in peace.

David Rafferty, President & Hon. Secretary Joeys Alumni 0879178829



Message from family of Don McCann

Thanks again everyone for the incredibly kind donations. And thanks to everyone who came along to the Fundraiser. It was a huge success between the kids day and the band in the evening. We’re all so grateful and very humbled. Love to all – The McCann clann


Appeal to help DONAL MC CANN (Joeys Class of ‘68)

Don McCann is one of three McCann brothers, who attended Joey’s during the 60’s and
early 70’s. They were: Oliver (class 63), Don (class 68) and Mick (class 71), who passed away
3 years ago.
All Don’s friends agree that he epitomizes loyalty, friendship and a great sense of humour.
Nothing was too much for Don and his wife, Aideen, when it came to great get-togethers
especially New Year’s Eve.
Don loves music, photography, video, travel are evident from the video he made for their
year’s 50th anniversary (shown at Joeys Annual Dinner in February 2018) link here.

Don, was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year and has recently been discharged
from hospital having stopped his treatment. The family decided that he would much rather
spend his time at home in Artane instead of in a nursing home.
Don will need significant carer support every day in order to stay at home. Unfortunately,
home nursing care in Dublin is both scarce and expensive. To help meet these extra costs
the family are holding a fundraising party on July 28th in Parnell’s GAA Club, Coolock, Dublin
5, where there will be entertainment for the children during the day followed by live music
and an auction. All funds raised on the day will be used exclusively towards the cost of home
care for Don. A lot of you have kindly asked how you can help and we have set up this page
in order for people who can’t come on the day but who wish to donate. Thank you for your
kindness and generosity.

Parnell GAA Club 28th July 2019
1400 – 1700 – €15 per child
Little Laughs will entertain the kids with Arts and Crafts, Slime, Glitter, Tattoos, Face
Painting, Balloons and Dancing.

1800 – 2300 – €25 per ticket
Live music from “The Firm” full bar open, finger food included, a raffle, auction and a DJ till

facebook link to the event for more info:


And here’s a gofundme page for anyone who cannot make it but wishes to donate:



P-Tech Launch in St. Joseph’s CBS Fairview

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Pat Harnedy RIP

The death has taken place of Pat Harnedy, Leaving cert class of 1967. On behalf of the entire school community I would like to pass on our condolences to Pat’s partner and family.
Funeral Arrangements:

May he rest in peace.

David Rafferty

President & Hon. Secretary Joeys Alumni


Fred Crowe RIP

I am saddened to report the passing of Fred Crowe, Leaving Cert Class of 1968 and President of Joeys Alumni 1993 – 1996.

The committee of Joeys Alumni had decided to present Fred with the Joeys Alumni Community Service & Leadership Award at the Annual St. Joseph’s CBS Reunion Dinner in Clontarf Castle on Friday, 22nd February 2019. Fred was very pleased that we had decided to make this award, when we advised him last November, even though he knew that his illness made it unlikely he would make the event.

The Joeys Alumni Community Service Award is granted as a mark of recognition by past pupils of St. Joseph’s CBS, Fairview to past pupils, friends or staff of the school who have made an outstanding contribution to the betterment of communities at home or abroad through exceptional service, leadership, and accomplishments.

Fred was CEO of Nandri, founded in 1996 to help Dalit children in Tamil Nadu, India. Since then Nandri has helped to educate over 5,000 children. Nandri’s mission is to empower disadvantaged women in rural India through self-help groups, micro finance and child education support.

This is our first year to make such an award, which is initially based on nominations from committee members and in future years will be opened up to nominations from our contactable Alumni base.

On behalf of all the Joey’s community I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Fred’s family.

Funeral Arrangements:

May he rest in peace.

David Rafferty, President & Hon. Secretary Joeys Alumni 0879178829



Gerry Fennell RIP

The death of Gerry Fennell has sadly occurred, on 7th November 2018. Gerry was in the Leaving Cert Class of 1952. On behalf of all the Joey’s community I would like to convey condolences to Gerry’s family.

May he Rest in Peace.



Annual Reunion Dinner 2019

The Annual School Reunion Dinner will take place in Clontarf Castle @ 7.30pm on Friday, 22nd February 2019.

Tables for 10 – 12 people may be booked.

Price is €60. For students, there is a discount of 50%.

Contact any member of committee for more info:

David Rafferty           087 9178829
James Rogan             087 9234368
Brendan McGrath    086 2528258
Derek Moran             086 1701041
Tim Quinlan              087 4170262

Please note in your diary – more details to follow.



Can Joey’s PPU help solve the mystery behind a local work of art?

Joe Gantly (Leaving Cert Class of 1963) is President of the Fairview conference of St. Vincent
de Paul. The conference is especially committed to helping people to remain in school and
then to continue to 3rd level education where possible. As we all know a good education is
an absolutely essential step to breaking the cycle of poverty.
The conference has recently been gifted with a stunning, hand-made wooden model of the
original ‘Joeys’ school building and with a challenging mystery: who is the L. Byrne who
created and signed this work of art in 1967?
The gift comes to SVP from the family of the late H.B. ‘Brian’ Dennis who was a pupil in the
Joeys, class of 1947.
It measures 48cm x 26cm x 16 cm, (19” x 10” x 6.5”) and is made entirely of matchsticks and
ice-pop sticks. It recreates the original Joeys building facing onto Marino Mart. The detailing
of doors, windows, external stairways, even the chimney-pots indicate that this is the work
of a very talented artist, most likely a past-pupil.
Professional estimates say that it took months to build.
The conference plans to auction this beautiful piece of local history to raise funds for its
work in the Fairview-Marino area, and hope that someone from Joeys Alumni may
remember L. Byrne and give us some more information about him and his time in Joeys.
If anyone is interested in making a bid, please advise
If you can help, please contact the conference at or call
conference president Joe Gantly on 087 415 8809.





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