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Joey’s connection with Siege of Jadotville, 1961

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Citation: Brendan McGrath, Joey’s Hall of Fame Award, 24/02/2017

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Photos from School Reunion Dinner, February 2017

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Annual Dinner 2017

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St. Joseph’s CBS PPU Committee 2016/7 (Key Issues from Oct, Nov & Dec 2016 Meetings)

Committee Members (contact through

Sean O’Connell (President), Paddy Walsh (Ex Officio), James Rogan (Hon Treasurer), David Rafferty (Hon Secretary), Conor O’Reilly (IT Officer)


  • High level organisation of the annual school re-union / dinner and other events.
  • Fundraising.
  • Creating a central database of contacts. So far, we have approx. 1,200 partially complete records out of an estimated 5,000 going back to the late 1950s. A sub-committee has been set up to assess what is involved in sizing, funding and implementing this project.

Committee would benefit from a few more members and supporters – if you think you can help in any way, please contact any committee member or email:

School Re-union Dinner:

  • Friday 24th February 2017, Clontarf Castle, Price €50 – to book please click here.
  • Featured Anniversary Leaving Cert Classes are 1967 (50yr), 1992 (25yr) and 2007 (10yr).
  • Year organisers for 1967 have started contacting former class mates (link here).
  • Contact details for the 25 and 10 year guys are extremely sketchy – if you can help in any way, please contact any committee member.
  • For photos from Annual Reunion Dinner in February 2016, click here.


The school has separate funds for Building, College Scholarship and Evening Tuition, from which students have benefited greatly over the years:

Building Fund:

The balance available in the Building Fund stands at €57,716 (19th December 2016).  The school has been granted Department of Education and Skills funding of €302,000 to build a Technology / Construction Studies room.  The estimated cost of completing the technology room, extra classroom and two resource rooms (including relocation of science lab) is €460,000.  This leaves €158,000 to be found from our own resources or a net shortfall of €100,284, when the balance available of €57,716 is taken into account.

This amount has to be raised through the voluntary efforts of the school community – students, parents, staff and past pupils. Any help you can provide would be most welcome.

In November 2016 the Technology / Construction Room project received approval from the Department to proceed to planning stage and this will begin early in 2017.

Evening Tuition / College Scholarship Funds:

The balance available in these 2 funds stands at approx. €4,500. The PPU Committee is considering how these funds can be kept going and would welcome any assistance in this regard.



Know anyone from Leaving Cert Class of 1967?

Joey’s Past Pupil Reunions are held at the end of February every year.  With just months to go before our 50th anniversary of doing the Leaving, the “1967 group” below have started to work on contacting as many of our old class mates as we can to ask them if they would like to come to next year’s reunion dinner.

The problem is getting contact details – hence this post to enlist the help of anyone who knows guys who did the leaving in 1967 – whichever of the 3 classes they were in 6A (E), 6B (L) or 6C (S).

To see class photos, please click on following link (then scroll to year and click): . This should bring back a few memories and, if you can help with providing contact details for any of our former classmates, please contact one of the guys named below.

We already have a small number of contact details from the 3 classes and a few other guys from each class are working on contacting their old classmates.  What we want to do is to contact as many as possible to renew old acquaintances and reminisce about the old days.  This would add continuity to our very successful and enjoyable 25th anniversary in the Hollybrook back in 1992 (next year’s re-union dinner is already booked for Friday, 24th February 2017 in Clontarf Castle).

So, what to do – if you can assist in any way, it would be great if you could contact any of the following “1967ers”:

Dave McPherson: mobile 086 0808078, landline: 01 8333967, email

Larry Walsh: mobile 086 2547918, email

Denis McDermott: phone 00322 647 0043, email


100th Birthday Celebrations

Congratulations and many happy returns to past pupil James Shortall on his 100th birthday today.


Anniversary Books

Please note that the 1888 Centenary Book, the 125 Anniversary Book and the 1916 50th Anniversary Book are available to view, click here.
We intend to put other Joey’s Anniversary Books here in the coming months.

Year photos are also available, click here.


Annual Dinner 2016

The annual PPU dinner will be held in Clontarf Castle on Friday 26th February, 2015 at 8pm. Sean O’Connell, our new President, will host the dinner. Ticket costs €50 and is payable on the night.

As always ring or drop me an email if you can or can’t attend.


James Rogan (Hon Sec)

Death of Vincent Kenny

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Vincent Kenny. I first met Vincent when he was appointed President of the PPU in 2010, serving for two years and his verve, positivity and enthusiasm was compelling from the off and it was clear that he had never lost his great “grá” for Joeys despite leaving in 1968 following completion of his Leaving Certificate.

It was my great pleasure to have known him albeit for such a short period and I will always fondly remember my time working with Vincent. On behalf of the PPU and the wider Joey’s family I extend my sincere condolences to his wife Claire, daughters Lesley and Niamh and his extended family and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

James Rogan (Hon Sec)

Know anyone from the Class of 1966?

Joey’s Past Pupil reunion dinners are held annually in Clontarf Castle on the last Friday in February.  With almost a year to go before our 50th anniversary of doing the Leaving, the “1966 group” below have started to work on contacting as many of our old class mates as we can to ask them if they would like to come to next year’s reunion, 26th February,2016.

The problem is getting contact details – hence this post to enlist the help of anyone who knows guys who did the leaving in 1966 – whichever of the 3 classes they were in (6E, 6L or 6S).

You might recognise either yourself or someone you know from one of the class photos from that year. (Available here)

We’ve already contacted about 25% of the year and have had a great response so far. A few other guys from each class are working on contacting the rest of their classmates.

What we want to do is to contact as many as possible to renew old acquaintances and reminisce about the old days.  This would add continuity to our very successful and enjoyable 25thanniversary in the Hollybrook back in 1991.

So, what to do – if you can assist in any way, it would be great if you could contact any of the following “1966ers”:

David Rafferty: 0879178829, or via Facebook / LinkedIn

Terry Roche:      0879831428, or via Facebook

Fergal MacAlister: 0860459571, or via Facebook / LinkedIn


PPU Golf Outing 2015

Golf Outing Banner, 2015

Golf Outing Banner, 2015

School Reunion Banner, 2015

School Reunion Banner, 2015



St. Joseph’s CBS Fairview (Joey’s) Past Pupils Union (PPU) was established in 1955 to maintain and develop links between Joey’s and past pupils of the school.

The purpose of the new PPU website is to keep all past pupils informed about PPU activities, events and notices and to provide you with a means by which you can interact with Joey’s past pupils online.

We encourage all past pupils to become members of this community and to log onto the website where items are regularly updated with the latest news and events.

If anyone would like to join the PPU or if you have any questions regarding future events feel free to give me a ring or send me an email.

James Rogan

Hon. Sec.

087 923 4368


Annual Dinner 2015

The annual PPU dinner was held in Clontarf Castle on Friday, 28th February 2015. Shane Conroy was awarded Student of the Year and Fr. Finbarr Neylon was awarded the Hall of Fame. Two trusts were announced on the night: the Christy Oonan Scholarship Fund and the Jim Teeling Tuition Fund.  Click here to read more.


PPU Golf Outing 2014

When: Friday 12th September 2014
Where: Hollywood Lakes Golf Club

The event has proved to be a most enjoyable social gathering of past pupils, teaching staff and friends. With your continued support, and even through these lean years, the PPU have managed to keep the event going

The cost is € 60 per person (includes dinner and prizes) or € 35 for Hollywood Lake members.

The format for the day is for teams of 4 Players, with tee times as follows;

Afternoon 14:30 to 15:33

  1. Eight slots with four players per slot have been booked (32 Players)
  2. Places on booking sheet will be allocated on a first come basis.
  3. If you wish to play at a certain time we will try to facilitate you as best we can.
  4. A player may book a single, double, treble or one slot of four.


To Book or for more info, contact James 087 9234368


125 Commemoration Year Book

The 125 Commemoration Year Book contains a full history of St Joseph’s from its foundation in 1888 to 2013, and that history is presented through the use of an easily consulted timeline and through an extensive use of original pictures, many of which have never been seen publicly before.

There are articles by many past pupils plus interviews with present and past teachers, supplemented by interviews with pupils from every era.  As sports is a highlight of any good school the 125 Year Book contains a substantial history of Joey’s exploits on the field of play which is lavishly illustrated with pictures of our sporting heroes down through the years.

This special 125 Commemorative Year Book is a “must buy” for all Past Pupils and is available from the school or via the PPU, cost € 10 plus Postage & Package (where applicable).

To buy the book click here.

Annual Dinner 2014

The annual PPU dinner is being held in Clontarf Castle on Friday, 28th February 2014. The annual dinner is a unique gathering of past pupils in a relaxed and friendly setting. It is anticipated early next year we will be in a position to offer an automated booking and payment system.

The PPU It is looking for coordinators from each year group to work in publicising the dinner with their fellow past pupils to generate support and ensure a successful dinner for that year group attending. Anyone that is working on a group I would ask them to contact the PPU and inform them what year they are working on.


Building Project 2014

Joey’s is embarking on an ambitious building project in 2014 and for the first time ever the two school buildings will be connected. Three new classrooms, toilets and dressing rooms are to be built that will provide students with state-of-the-art learning facilities to explore and develop their creative talents, see attached drawings (the areas marked in red on the Architects drawings are the new buildings). Your support of this project will leave a lasting legacy for current and future generations of Joey’s students.

The Past Pupils Union along with the Parents Council, current students and the School Board have come together to drive the fund raising forward. The slogan for the project is “building on tradition – buy a brick for Joey’s.

The price of a brick is € 100 with the names of each contributor being displayed in the new reception area. Brothers, families or friends can come together to buy a brick.

For those still unsure where the new classrooms will be located, they are being built where the bike and smoking sheds once were (a long time ago). The changing rooms are being built onto the side of the physics lab.


Donations can be made as follows;

1. Cheque made payable to the “St. Joseph’s CBS (Secondary) Building Fund” and sent to the school.

2. Credit transfer or by a standing order/direct debit either in full or payable  over 5 months.
Account Name:    St. Joseph’s CBS (Secondary) Building Fund
Sort Code:             90-05-43
Account No:          96105498

3. By simply dropping into the school and making a cash donation.

Donations by (PAYE) individuals in excess of € 250 affords the  school the opportunity to claim tax back, e.g. a donation of € 250 by an individual (PAYE) paying tax at 41% will result in the school being able to claim back from Revenue a further € 174, resulting in a total donation of € 424.

Further information on the tax treatments of donations please consult the revenue website or alternatively give me a ring and I will happily go through them with you.


For PAYE Donors who contribute to School’s Building Fund, download the Tax Relief CHY2 Cert here  and returned to the to the school in order for the school to claim back tax.