Author and past pupil Valerie Cox launched her new book last week. It's titled "Growing up with Ireland" and tells the stories of the 'Independence' babies born in the 1920s as the Irish Free State became a reality. Valerie with Denis Callaghan at RTE
Muckross PPU 17th annual golf society outing took place in the beautiful grounds of Edmondstown golf club on Friday 20th September. A great day was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Lady Captain Mary Whooley and her committee for organising a fabulous day.
Overall winner Claire Glennane (29), 35 points
2nd place - Aoife Cousins (12), 33 points
3rd place - Lesley Williams (27), 30 points
4th place - Orla Byrne Kelly (27), 29 points
Front 9 - Moya Williams (29), 14 points
Back 9 - Helena O’Dowd (34), 17 points
Nearest the Pin - Mary Lucherini
Longest Drive - Helena O’Dowd
Very well done to all the girls who participated in the annual past pupils v current pupils hockey match on Wednesday night. Some really great hockey played on both sides and a close match! 🔥 Congratulations to the current pupils Hockey team who won the match and the cup 🏆 Looking forward to another match this time next year!! 💚🏑 #COYGIG #MuckrossHockey #GreenArmy #WomenInSport @ Muckross Park College
The Muckross Alumni Choir resumes practice after the summer break on Monday 9th September at 8pm.
As the convent closed in July, we will now be meeting in Muckross School. We would like to thank Principal Anne Marie Mee for providing us with a new 'home'.
So if you like Singing and having Fun come along any Monday and try it out.
No Auditions! Popular Songs! All Past Pupils Welcome!
For details contact: email@example.com or 087 638 3683
Some videos of our summer performances.
Fourteen members of the class of 1959, held their 60 year reunion in Elm Park Golf Club, Dublin 4 on Saturday 16 June, 2019.
Attending on the day were - Margot Doyle, Enda O’Leary, Sheila Forde, Lorna Madigan, Anne O’Sullivan, Katherine Duffy, Marie O’Reilly, Madeline O’Sullivan, Beatrice Doran, Barbara Doyle, Maureen Nagle, Kathleen Perry, Muriel Hunt, and Patricia Dain.. They are delighted to share memories of this special day.
Drinks first outside as the sun shone from a blameless sky, and the class of 1959 gathered for lunch. The wide glass doors of the clubhouse dining room looked across the grounds, as we took our places along the crisply clothed rectangular table and made our choices: starters of smoked salmon and prawns or non soup, mains: hake or beef and dessert of apple pie or meringue with strawberries.
But the serious business of the day was catching up with each other, relating the latest news. Not everyone was in regular contact so the opening chat was desultory - who had done what? how was who now? Until someone came up with the idea of everyone giving a precis of their life. Along both sides of the table memories of past and present doings were recounted - with a nod from many to the formative foundation we'd received doing our years in Muckross. There were funny and happy memories, sad too - some of our classmates died too early, more had lost partners, but resilience shone through.
We talked of the blue uniforms of Junior school and our parents' penchant for buying roomy ones; we remembered a trip to Knock Shrine when it never stopped raining; the Tostal Festival when someone was a butterfly, someone else a bird and others under the baton of Sr Cecelia, sung in the choir; 'Vin' caught someone playing hockey with a few inches of leg showing; another took a creative surname, consequences not amusing; another recalled the support she received from Sr Patrick while studying for her degree; we remembered the beauty of 'Barny'; the kindness of Sr Francis.
The careers we pursued escalated and changed with the rising tide of technology and life circumstances - academic, commercial, creative, caring. The places we travelled to and lived in reflected our interests; some of us married, had children who now have children of their own.
It was agreed that these reunions and memories are precious, and hope was in the air to, perhaps, make it a frequent occasion.
Over 35 past pupils from Dominican schools - Eccles Street, Cabra, Griffith Avenue, Sion Hill, Portstewart, Scoil Caitriona and Muckross Park participated in the annual Combined Dominican Unions Golf Society outing, which took place on Monday 8 July, at Naas Golf Club.
Lady Captain Maura Hunter Sinnott, Eccles Street, and her committee organised a fantastic day, the sun, super winning scores and a lovely meal in the clubhouse.
Muckross Park Past Pupils won the schools trophy, with a combined score of 105 points after a 25 year wait. Well done to past pupils Claire Glennane, Helena O’Dowd and Aoife Cousins.
Well done to Muckross Park Past Pupils, Claire Glennane who won the overall prize scoring 39 points and Jackie Horan who won the Front 9 prize.
Date for your diary : The 2020 outing will take place on Monday 6 July, in Naas Golf Club.
The 2020 committee are Lady Captain Patricia McGrath, Eccles Street, Treasurer Orla McGuinness, Eccles Street and Secretary Helena O’Dowd, Muckross Park.
The overall winners are:
School Prize won by Muckross Park - Claire Glennane (29) 39 points, Helena O’Dowd (35) 36 points, and Aoife Cousins (12) 30 points
Overall winner - Claire Glennane (29) 39 points Muckross Park
Gross - Margaret McConville (12) 21 points Sion Hill
Past Captain’s Bell - Ann Quinlan (22) 33 points
Class 1 (0-29)
1st - Miriam McGuinness (24) 36 points
2nd - Mary Breen (26) 34 points
3rd - Bernie Murray (28) 34 points
Class 2 (30-36)
1st - Madeline Hillman (30) 36 points
2nd - Helena O’Dowd (35) 36 points
3rd - Margaret Schutte (24) 27 points
Longest Drive - Bernie Murray
Nearest the Pin - Margaret McConville
Front 9 - Jackie Horan (12) 19 points
Back 9 - Finola Quinn (27) 20 points
Saturday 8th June the PPU committee hosted afternoon tea for the Sisters in the convent, in advance of their move to new accommodations over the coming weeks.
The occasion was to thank the sisters for their support and guidance to all past pupils through out the generations and their invaluable influence on many of our lives.
Past Presidents, committee members and friends, joined the sisters for a wonderful afternoon sharing lots of memories.
Many of us will miss our visits to the convent for mass, lunch and chats with the Sisters. They will be missed but we look forward to seeing them all soon.
Back row - Sr Alicia, Sr Mary Daly, Sr Claire, Sr Norah, Sheila and Carmel.
Front row - Sr Brenda Mary, Sr Teresita, Sr Carmel and Sr Carina.
The Muckross Alumni Choir gave an end of year recital to family and friends on 27th May in the chapel in Muckross.
We are now taking a break for the summer and will restart choir practice in September. We are looking for new members, so if you enjoy singing for fun why not join us then. The good news is there are NO auditions.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to some of their songs below.
PPU President Helena O'Dowd, and committee members Anna Whitaker and Edana Maher were thrilled to join the school assembly on Thursday 16th May, to present Rachael Ortiz with the 2019 Spirit of Muckross Award.
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