Dermot Cowhey presenting the Crescent Roll of Honour award to Brian Leonard on behalf of his late brother Denis Leonard

Celebration Dinner a huge success

Dermot Cowhey presenting the Crescent Roll of Honour award to Brian Leonard on behalf of his late brother Denis LeonardCrescent Past Pupils Union held a celebration dinner in the college on Saturday 6th March, 2010. It was an evening of celebration and thanksgiving for the sesquicentenary year has now finished. The evening included the launch of the Union website (, an address by Fr. Todd Morrissey and the induction of the late Denis Leonard into the Roll of Honour of the Union.

The occasion, hosted by past pupil and Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Lorcan Murray, marked the launch of the Union website ( by the acting President, Ms. Helen Kelly-Holmes. The Headmaster, Mr. Nicky Cuddihy followed the launch by toasting the Jesuit community, where he acknowledged the huge debt owed by both colleges to the order in general and the community in particular. Mr. Cuddihy reiterated Fr. Nicholas’ statement that ‘we believe in education because we believe in young people’ and it is in that tradition that Crescent continues to educate. The first Headmaster of the Comprehensive, Fr. Todd Morrissey S.J. toasted the staff and students of Crescent and recalled many of the struggles that the college faced over its many years. The evening continued with the late Denis Leonard being entered into the Roll of Honour of the Union and a presentation made to Mr. Tony White who was editor of the recent commemorative book on Crescent. The final event of the evening was a toast to the Crescent community by Ms. Niamh (Hickey) O’Connor, the first female student to graduate from Crescent.

Crescent Past Pupils Union is open to all past pupils and staff from the Sacred Heart College S.J. and Crescent College Comprehensive S.J. and has been reactivated after many years. The union wants to put the great memories everyone has of the old and new Crescent to good use for a number of purposes: providing a network of support and social activities for past pupils and staff; helping to maintain the Jesuit culture of C.C.C. and its links with the national and international Jesuit community; establishing a benevolent fund for past pupils and staff; and honouring the achievements of past pupils and staff.

The evening was a resounding success for the fledgling union which hopes that the website will enable many alumni to keep in closer contact with Crescent. The A.G.M. will take place at the college on 21st April at 8.00. All are welcome.

Special thanks to Liam Kenihan who stepped in as Official Event Photographer for the evening and provided the excellent photographs below.