Fellow Past Pupils,
I am delighted and honoured to take up the role as Union President for 2020/21 and would especially like to thank members for placing their trust in me.
I would like to thank all my predecessors for their excellent stewardship of the Union since its incorporation in 1984, particularly those I have worked with –Alastair Mac Donald, Gavin Lee, Rob Brennan, Sean O’Farrell, Keith Hughes, Alan Gough and especially our outgoing president, my classmate and good friend, Maurice Murphy who has had a very successful year.
I would also like pay tribute to the late Fr. Seamus Galvin who sadly passed away in April of this year. Fr. Seamus was instrumental in developing St.Michael’s, laying the foundations of a school that we are all so proud to be part of. He was the founder of this Union and continued to be a great supporter of our events. His wisdom, dedication and kindness will be missed by us all.
In these uncertain times the Union is more important than ever. The importance of staying connected, helping each other and remembering shared experiences cannot be underestimated. The wonderful Tom McCormack (Class of 1979) continues to keep us connected through the social media channels. We have been working with Stephen Quinn (Class of 1990) on our LinkedIn platform and we will continue to work to grow our network.
Furthermore, I would like to thank my fellow committee members in advance, with a special welcome back to Stephen Diskin (Class of 1993) and our newest member on the committee, Jonathan Dunphy (Class of 1993). I’d also like to pay tribute to Paul Mc Nally (Class of 2005) who has stepped down as Treasurer whilst remaining on the committee. His outstanding work is hugely appreciated by all of us. A huge thank you also to Brian Brereton (Class of 2000) who has been a valued Committee Member for the last number of years. I would also like to acknowledge the work of Irene Scott, who has stepped down from her role as overall director of operations. Irene kept the show on the road for us all and her patience and good humour will be sorely missed.
As we look to the year ahead the only certainty is the uncertainty however my aim is to continue to deliver positive and well attended events where possible, to foster and fuel the strong relationship with the current staff and pupils and to champion our benevolent fund, The Flaming Sword, who tirelessly work to help past pupils faced with all kinds of difficulties, in the true spirit of St. Michaels.
I would be delighted to hear from you with any suggestions on how we can improve the Union, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, I am pleased that Philip Smith (Class of 1997) has agreed to accept the position of Vice President of the Union. Philip has worked on the committee in the past and we are delighted to welcome him back. I very much look forward to Philip’s good humour and support and indeed the support of the committee and the wider past pupil community for the exciting and challenging year ahead.
(Class of 1992)