‘To see once again old familiar faces…’
‘The Clongowes Union means the desire of Old Clongownians by coming together to be able to renew old memories [and] to see once again old familiar faces’. These words of John Redmond, M.P., (Vice-President) proposing the toast of the Clongowes Union at the second annual dinner, continue to ring true in the ears of Clongownians past and present.
It is now more than 120 years since the inaugural dinner of the Clongowes Union, which was held in the Shelbourne Hotel, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin on Tuesday 16th November, 1897. The 122nd sitting of the dinner will take place in this 205th year of the college, not far from there in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4 on Friday, 8th March at 19.30.(See below for details of tickets.)
The remarks of John Redmond noted above concluded timelessly with the hope that the Clongowes boys will prove ‘worthy of the high traditions, the glorious traditions, they have inherited, by doing honour in the future to Clongowes, alike by the fidelity to their religion, and by devotion to their countryand we think that his hopes have been well realised since then.
If you would like to participate in the continuation of a little piece of history by attending this year’s dinner tickets are available here