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Please let us know a little about you before the Reunion.. where you are or what you’ve been up to over the past 50 years !! We’ve been successful on the journey so far…simply because we’re here!!

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  • From JP Mulligan on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi All Joe P Mulligan Here at jpmulligan555@gmail.com Retired after 40 years teaching in Shelagh N.S. Dundalk. Living on Castleblayney Road doing as little as possible and enjoying every minute. Looking forward to seeing everyone on June 10th
  • From Rory McArdle on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi Rory McArdle here.
    I retired in 2012 after 41 years with AIB Bank. Working in London Bray and finally in Dublin. I am married for 44 years to Paula.We have 3 children and 5 grand children who keep me busy.

    • From Tom Toner on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

      Rory see you there.
      Tommy

  • From Peter Mc Kevitt on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi Everyone, Peter Mc Kevitt here . I am retired four years having worked for Clark’s Shoemakers,Nike and with Rehab (for 32 years ). Really enjoying being retired although it took me a while to make the transition from work. I am married to Sheila for 43 years and we have two sons, and live in Dundalk. I am a member of Greenore Golf Club and enjoy watching Dundalk FC and I follow the Sean O Mahonys GFC. Really looking forward to meeting everyone at the reunion.

  • From Peter Mc Nulty on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi people, Peter Nulty here, still above ground and still breathing, (It’s sad to see the pics of those who aren’t, maybe we should have that collage framed for the day, bring them with us in memory?). After c16 years with McGahon & O’Neill and most of the rest with Campus Oil I escaped the shackles two years ago. I can now be found wandering aimlessly around the town and over the Coolies with Áine my long suffering wife (43 years married)….If you don’t keep moving they’ll bury you. We live on the Avenue Road and have 3 in line awaiting their inheritance while two more (grandkids) hope there will be some left for them. Looking forward to being reminded of old times. By the way my guess for pic no 1 is captain birdseye (or maybe Brendan Cleary) Pic no2 is obviously Christy Moore (or maybe Rory McArdle)

  • From Seamas Watters on Photos

    Looking forward to June 10th and the challenge of recognizing old class-mates and hoping that some at least will remember O Tuairisc!!!

    • From Peter McKevitt on Photos

      Welcome on board Seamus. Looking forward to meeting you again and hearing more tales of St Malachy’s GFC out in the Hack

  • From Denis murphy on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi, Denis Murphy here. Looking forward to seeing all the old faces and trying to remember everyone’s name in English. Stayed friends with McArdle and McKevitt over the years,and still answer Joe N Milligan on the phone “as gaeilge ” should be a great day on 10th. See ye all soon.

  • From Paul Cahill on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi All
    Paul Cahill here. I just retired last December after a long career journey that took me from Dundalk to Holland, then Belgium and finally to the U.S. I am married (to Debbie) and have a son & daughter (who both are currently living in Colorado). Really looking forward to catching up with everybody after all these years!

  • From Eoin (aka Owen) Keenan on Reunion Details

    Hi all, thanks to those who initiated the reunion and for including me (as an interloper from the class of ’68)! I hope to be with you on 10th June. I trained as a social worker in Dublin & Birmingham, working mainly in the voluntary sector and eventually moved into management. I was CEO of Barnardos for fifteen years to 2005 and since then I’ve been running my own nonprofit business consultancy, which I’m now gradually winding down. Apart from a few years in Birmingham in the 1970s, I’ve mainly lived in Dublin but for the past nine years we’ve been enjoying living in Connemara. I’m married to Cecilia (42yrs) and we have a daughter and a son, each of whom has one child and we have great craic with them. I enjoy gardening, some fishing, and following the fortunes of Dundalk and Liverpool. I’m in touch with Don Gribben who visits us each year with his family. Looking forward to seeing everyone in June. Slán go fóill. Eoin

  • From Brian Lambe on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi all

    Brian Lambe here.
    In semi retirement following 45 years in construction.
    Living in Drogheda for approx 25 years – married with two children and two grand children. Yes – still with her and you’ve guesses it – she’s from Drogheda.
    Play a little bit of golf poorly but enjoy.
    Can recognise some of the old faces but difficult to decipher the names as Gaeilge!
    Yes – sad to note the passing of some of our colleagues but the older we get the faster life seems to pass us on that journey.
    Looking forward to catching up on the 10th.

  • From Joe Sharkey (Seosamh Ó Searcaigh) on In Their Memory..

    Joe Sharkey here
    Still above ground.
    Looking forward to the reunion
    Married to Margaret for 41 years
    Seven children
    Seven grandchildren
    Living in Donegal
    Refuse to retire completely
    Sad to see some boys departed

  • From Brendan McCabe on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi All,
    Brendan McCabe here. Looking forward to meeting everybody again. After leaving CBS, I spent 4 very enjoyable years in UCD. I then went to work in the Computer Department in Irish Life and remained there for 36 years until I retired early at the age of 57. Early Retirement was one of the best decisions I ever made. Since I am single, I decided to return to Dundalk when I retired to be closer to the wider family. It is only 1 hour to Dublin on the Matthews bus so I can go up there as often as I want (it would be a shame to let the Free Travel Pass go to waste !!!). Nice food, drink and chat to look forward to in June. Hard to better that. Thanks to Peter/Joe for all their work in setting up the reunion (and Peter incidentally has great ways of tracking people down !!!)

  • From Peter Mc Kevitt on Photos

    Can’t make out no 8. Looks very prosperous, cultured but with a panchant for rear ends. Anyone know who it is

  • From Don Gribben on Photos

    Greetings to all. I am looking forward to June 10th and renewing acquaintances with old(well,we are now are we not?) schoolmates. Although living in England now for a very long time I keep in touch with home regularly and particularly with Eoin Keenan whom I see annually. Is there a list as yet if attendees? I’m not sure re the golf Peter as I’ll be travelling light and without my set of Nike US Masters clubs(ha ha). Is this email sufficient to confirm my attendance or do I need to contact big Joe also?
    Best regards
    Don Gribben.

    • From admin on Photos

      Hi Donal..wee Joe here !! looking forward to seeing you on the 10th all the best J

  • From Joe N Mulligan on Contacts

    Big Joe here. Great job on site wee Joe. Looking forward to meeting up on the 10th. Retired a few years now after many years teaching. Retired but not idle! Slán go fóill.

  • From David Murphy on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi all. Is mise Daithi O’Murchu AKA Daithi Lacha AKA Denis’s brother.

    Retired early in 2013 after 44 years at the grind stone. 16 years with Dundalk Engineering Works otherwise known as S&S during which time I qualified as an accountant and then 28 years at ABP Foods as Group Financial Controller and Director.

    I’m married to Nuala and we have 4 children

    Retirement is great and I enjoy golfing twice a week, a bit of gardening, projects and going on as many holidays as I can fit in each year.

    I am really looking forward to catching up with everybody and hopefully a repeat of the 25th renunion.

    Many thanks to Peter and Joe for all the great work.

  • From Peter Mc Kevitt on Photos

    Wait until you see David Murphy. He hasn’t changed a bit, instant recognition and he also conceals a good golf handicap. A great deal of of thanks must also go to Detective Ciarán Mc Donnell (of CBS Special Branch) for helping to trace some of our schoolmates by using some of his most imaginative research skills which includes checking through RIP.ie,and Facebook , 11850 etc. Thanks Ciarán

  • From Gerry Mc Evoy on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi Everybody, Gerry Mc Evoy here. I didnt realise my name in Gaelic was spelt like that”every day is a learning day”.I left Clarks after 2 years service on £8-10S per week for a £2 rise and went to work with Woolworths,Henry St. Dublin and 4 months later they transferred me to Glasgow with another £2 rise.”I was in the big time now”.Said to my mother “Mammy don’t worry, I’ll go for a spin on the plane and will be back in a few weeks”and I’ll not bring back an English girl. WELL as you may have guessed I got it totally wrong,never came back and married a Church of England girl,you can imagine doing that at that time there were a couple of “focails” in my “cluas. Glad to say we are still married after 42 years and two lovely Daughters. I worked for Woolies for 37 years and worked all over the UK. My poor daughters had 5 different accents in that time. I took early retirement when I was 56 and after crawling up the walls with boredom after a few week I took a job with Greater Manchester police which I only intended to do for a few years. Eleven years on I am still with them and loving every minute of it. I cant wait to get over to see you all on the 10th and have a bit of craic and some. “RIRA RAIC AGUS RUAILLE BUAILLE”. Best wishes to you all.

  • From Tommy Toner on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi Folks, Tom Toner here formally Tommy. My sisters, my wife of 41 years and the leaving cert year of 1969 are the only ones who still know me as Tommy. Well a bhuachalli 50 years and a lot of water under the bridge. I went to agricultural college in Galway in Sept ’69 and later back there again for 2 years specialising in Pig Husbandry and Co-Op Management. After a brief dalliance in London in the building trade (plastering) and in ECCO in Dundalk as a process checker I returned to the Meat business working in Cavan as a Pig Farm Manager for Mc Cartin Bros and later for Bacon Co of Ireland which eventually ended up being owned by the Food and Dairy Company “Glanbia” with whom I stayed until my retirement in Nov 2016. I am now a beekeeper, angler, gardener, grandfather or whatever comes on the day. I live in Belcarra a village just outside Castlebar Co Mayo and I love it. We have 4 children 3 girls and a boy and 7 grandchildren 4 of whom arrived in 2018 including twins to our eldest Lorraine.I must say I find myself smiling every time I go on this site the memories, the fun etc. so a big thank you to Peter and his little helpers (it takes people with a bit of humanity and just decency to make stuff like this happen). I did ring Tony Clarke skidger and he assured me he would do his best to change his arranged flight and turn up on the day.
    Best Regards to All, Tom

    • From Paul kirk on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

      Tommy Toner it was an absolute pleasure to meet you yesterday after almost 50 years. Apart from that fancy suit you haven,t changed one bit—still that same guy who sat on front of myself and Gerry McEvoy all those years ago. Hopefully it wont be 50 years till we meet again a chara. Slan go foil

  • From Ciarán McDonnell on Photos

    Hello everyone,

    After school I studied physics in UCD. This led me to working with computers and I spent some years in the computer industry, including two years in QELEQ in Ard Easmuinn. Subsequently I worked for 35 years as a lecturer & researcher in computing: 7 years in TCD and 28 years in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). I retired from DIT in 2011.

    I have been married to Alice for 38 years and we have lived in Dalkey for the last 35 years. We have three adult children and three grandchildren. I don’t visit Dundalk often, although I pass through occasionally when going to Carlingford where I still have some family.

    Tá mé ag súil go mór leis an athaontú agus le bualadh libh go léir arís.
    Slán go fóill,
    Ciarán

  • From Peter Mc Kevitt on Reunion Details

    Hi All, I have just been talking to Brendan Connolly and he has just finished composing a couple of satirical verses on his memory of 1969, entitled “Wine of 69”, to be read out on the night. I am sure it’s hilarious like much of his other work. Many Thanks Brendan.

  • From Declan Nelson on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hi All, D.Mac Neill anseo. AKA Declan Nelson. I spent the bulk of my working life in the local government service, retiring in 2010. I married Mary Shields from Carlingford in 1978. We have 2 sons and 2 granddaughters. Mary and I have lived in “Monaghan City” for the past 19 years having previously lived in Dublin, Dundalk Tullamore and Galway. A big Thank You to Peter and Joe for all their efforts in organising this event. Looking forward to meeting everybody on the 10th June.

  • From Mick Ryan on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Hallo one and all,
    Mick Ryan here and looking forward to being with the multitudes at the reunion.
    I tell people I’m just tired not retired . Sorta retired this year but still do a bit as the humor
    takes me. carpentry ,small remodeling etc nothing big anymore tho. I’m still looking for a swing
    if anyone has found it? Been married since 1975 god bless Violet the poor woman!
    Have a son whose gainfully employed and not asking for money only the odd bit of help
    on his house every so often . Male bonding time that is, that and Liverpool. he’s a big fan.
    Can tell u other stuff when we meet if u have a mind.

  • From Peter Mc Kevitt on Photos

    Great to see Mick Ryan coming all the way from Detroit for the reunion. He has also put his name down for the golf . Looking forward to catching up with you then Last time we met was at an O Mhony’s match in Knockbridge in the early seventies.

  • From admin on Photos

    Great to hear that Tony Clarke is joining us to encourage Denis Murphy on the Golf course !

  • From Peter Mc Kevitt on Photos

    GREAT NEWS, We have been in contact with Terry O Hanlon, via Paddy Kirk, (thanks Paddy) and he is looking forward to being at the Reunion. That’s everyone contacted. Looking forward to the 10th June.

  • From Ambrose MAC Diarmada. Mc Dermott on Leaving Cert Class of 1969

    Looking forward to the day
    Just over hip op will be aim contender in Rory’s Zimmer
    Frame race. Retired and enjoying life. Two books to credit.
    “Tir gan teanga tir gan anam “
    Slainte

  • From Pat Cavanagh on Photos

    Hi All,
    Well done Peter & Joe.
    Very happily married for 43 years – 2 beautiful daughters -2 darling grandsons (to even the balance!!)
    Went to Dublin, did surveying and back to the “town”.
    Had my own successful construction company and now retired 15 years – did everything from a needle to an anchor.
    Interestingly went back to our old “alma mater” 25 years ago – Frank Cooney invited us to extend it & also design and build the new Sports Hall in the only tight corner available (sadly not to ‘Peter Rice’ standards but to a tight budget!)
    A wonderful man is Frank and not the Latin tyrant we might have thought when we first met him.
    I thoroughly enjoy the simple things in life, enjoy travel and divide our time between home – Dublin – Spain.
    Lovely seeing the photos & comments – enjoy the craic and sorry I cannot make it – keep well.
    Special Hi to Brian, Paul Cahill & Aidan McCarron.

    Pat Kavanagh

    • From admin on Photos

      Sorry you cant make it Pat, would have loved to catch up with you, Hopefully well meet for a chat soon.
      Regards
      Joe Mulligan

  • From Gerry Murphy on Photos

    Bhuel, a chairde,
    Gerry Murphy/Gearóid Ó Murchú here 50 years later. I was one of those who didn’t complete in ’69 and went back for the extra year. Spent 2 years training as a primary teacher and subsequently 7 years in Ballyfermot, where I learned more about life than I had done in the previous 20+ years. Returned to Dundalk in 1979 and served as principal teacher in St Joseph’s NS, Muirtheimhne Mór for 32 years. Helped to establish, what is now, Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan. Completed BA and MSc during that time and hope also to have made a difference to some along the way. Finished off my working life as President of IPPN (Principals’ Professional Support Body) for 2 years and retired in 2013.
    My real life began when I married Marian (Sligo) in 1975 and together we had 2 boys and now 4 grandchildren. Since our retirement we are lucky to spend a good deal of time in Portugal – blue skies forever. My son Ruairí was returned to Louth Co Co in May and thank you to those of you who gave him a scratch on the ballot paper in Dundalk South.
    I will miss out on the reunion as we had made arrangements to attend friends’ wedding in PT. Many of those on our Memory List were good friends. Remember Paddy Quigley’s unplanned haircut in the science lab. Boyler and I shared a flat for a year in 1972-73, those memories are unique. Donal Lenihan and I kept up contact until his untimely accident. Tommy McBride’s nephew is a best friend to one of my sons – same humour. Aidan, Jim and Ken also influenced us in those early days. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a nanamacha uaisle.
    My earliest encounter with class mates of ’69 was Delivery Room in Drogheda April 1952 – Mac Néill, Mac Carthaine and I arrived within hours of each other. Peter McKevitt and I are family now – my niece and Peter Óg. The 2 Mulligans have been good friends to me for a long time. Paddy Kirk taught me to play snooker … but never taught me how to win. “An Searcach Soinneanta” is a tag I remember, see you in Tír Chonaill later in summer, Joe – you were never soinneanta. Tuairisc, have not seen you for years, keep well ‘til we meet again. Peter Nulty (‘half past two Peeteer’) thanks for being a good friend, The ‘terrible twins’ D&D (Murphys stick together), Tom(my) Toner good to read your comment … and all the rest.
    Finally, I’d like to thank my classmates (4th year, I think) … I had just handed my mother’s note to ‘School Team Coach’ asking to be excused from Football Match on …day as I was dancing in the Ulster Championships – afterwards the class was asked what you would think of a boy who would prefer put on a skirt and go dancing rather than play with the school team … to your combined credit there was no ‘wished for’ laughter and the moment passed.
    Go raibh maith agaibh uilig, ádh mór oraibh san am atá le teacht, until we meet again.
    Le bród agus buíochas ó chroí
    Gerry Murphy – class of ‘69

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