April 17th was a lovely sunny day in beautiful Limerick. The prefect weather for a game off football, a BBQ and a meeting of old friends of 20 years past.
Our day started at 3pm with a 5-a-side game of soccer in the Comp. Ten merry men clearly in denial of the aging process togged out with bald spots and bellies to beat the band. While most players tried gamely it was, in reality, a case of the mind being unwilling and the flesh being weak. Great fun though!
Mass (arranged by John Le Gear) was next with Fr Murray and Fr Maher celebrating Mass in the new library for the thirty or so in attendance. Prominent were Mark Kelletts family with Marks mother Marie doing a reading. David Hickey and Elaine Walsh sang angelically with a CD cut later that same evening and dispatched directly to Simon Cowell. Fr Murray based his message on loving one another and left all of us lucky to be there to hear him feeling spiritually enriched.
With football and Mass behind us the party started at 7:30 with a BBQ in Old Crescent. Some 70 people attended. Those who made it were first greeted with large pictures, produced magically by Dermot Long, of our class of 1990 at various stages throughout our school years together. Messages from those who couldn’t make it were pinned up for all to read as well.
The night seemed to disappear quickly with so many people to meet and remember with. A subtly magic atmosphere. Some highly questionable dancing followed ill advised quantities of drink! I won’t comment on the time the stragglers finally headed for home for fear of getting the Old C bar in trouble but suffice to say the early morning sun was unwelcomingly bright!
Huge thanks to the many organisers namely – Aoise Carroll, Shane DressSense Leahy, Peter Keogh, Tommy Kelly, Orla Mulcahy, John Le Gear, Alan Ward, David Geary and Willy Wodka Dundon. Over €300 was left in the kitty which will be donated to the IMNDA who do unbelievably fantastic work for sufferers of Motor Neuron Disease in Ireland.
For some old photos visit Flickr
Video Memories onÂ You Tube
Class of 90 in print ..
Here is a link to Niamh Shaws two published books -Â http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=niamh+shaw&x=0&y=0
Report by: Jerry Twomey