One of the main purposes of the Past Pupils Union (PPU) is to provide past pupils of Terenure College with a connection to the School and to each other. The enjoyment in these connections are particularly obvious at the Annual Dinner, the Business Lunch, the Golf event and the Family day. The PPU is a valued member of the larger Terenure College Carmelite Community and its work is important in the context of this wider community. The PPU has strong relationships with many other schools, the President and committee members have the pleasure of attending many other Past Pupil Annual dinners.
Past and current members of the PPU have been heavily involved in the establishment of the Terenure College Scholarship Programme. The Charity licence has been received and fundraising for the scholarship programme has commenced, I am glad to report it is making good progress. We are working closely with Fr. Eanna of the Carmelite community, the school board, the Vincent de Paul and the Solas Programme (established by past pupils Johnny Bourke and Marty Doyle).
Two boys whose families have met the selection criteria have commenced their education in Terenure College in September 2019. This has been particularly rewarding for the PPU as setting up the Scholarship Programme has long been an ambition of many of my predecessors on the committee of the PPU.
With your financial support, we hope to grow this programme. We are extremely grateful of your contributions and generosity for this very worthwhile cause. I would invite you to visit the PPU website for ways you can contribute to this worthwhile cause.
The PPU is currently updating its database of past pupils. The database is used to notify past pupils of events and activities. We welcome your feedback, new ideas and improvements to existing social and fund-raising events.
The main events run by the PPU this year are;
Annual Dinner event: This is the flagship event each year for the PPU and is normally attended by around 300 Terenure College Alumni. The invitation is for all past pupils to attend the dinner in a Dublin City Hotel (recently at the Radisson Inn @ Golden Lane), – with special emphasis on gathering together, 5, 10 20, 30, 40 and 50-year groups. Some recognition is also given at each year’s dinner for ex-pupils who have excelled in Business, Sports, Politics, Medicine, Law or the Arts. This is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and it is also a significant charity fund raiser for the PPU’s charities.
Business Lunch: This business lunch will take place on Friday, November 22nd at the Westbury Hotel. It has been very well attended in recent years and the centre of town venue has proven very popular. The lunch gives PPU members an outlet to catch up with old friends and invite clients. Each year the event has been enhanced by great guest speakers drawn from several fields including business, the arts, sport and journalism.
Annual Golf Event: Another popular day in the PPU’s calendar is the annual golf outing, at the Grange Golf Club in Rathfarnham. This a friendly competition with the emphasis on providing past pupils with an opportunity to meet up, play some golf and enjoy the BBQ afterwards. This event continues to be well supported at all age levels providing past pupils with an opportunity to socialise.
Brian Weber – Class of 1981
President Past Pupils Union 2019/2020