Sad death of two past pupils remembered at Rockwell College class reunion

A group of past pupils attending the 2002 class reunion at Rockwell College.

A group of past pupils attending the 2002 class reunion at Rockwell College.

Members of the Rockwell College Class of 2002 travelled from as far away as Quatar and the Guernsey Islands to attend their 10 year reunion at the College in Cashel.

The reunions take place in the college each year and are organised through the Rockwell College Past Pupils Union.

This year’s reunion was attended by almost forty students from the Year. They attended mass in the College Chapel which was celebrated by Fr Brendan Hally and were given a tour of the new College facilities before attending a meal in the College Refectory.

A special toast was also held for two deceased members of the class of 2002 - Stephen McHugh (Annacarty) who passed away from cancer in 2003 and Stuart Mangan (Fermoy) who died after a serious rugby accident in England in 2009.

Stephen’s mother Maureen who is a teacher of Biology and Chemistry in the school attended the event as did Stuart Mangan’s parents Una and Brian.

A special message for the class from current principal Ms Audrey O’Bryne, who was unavoidably absent due to a prior engagement, was also read out by one of the organisers Barry Scannell. Best wishes were also sent from a number of students who could not make the event.

After dinner concluded the group travelled by bus to Clonmel where they later reminisced about their school days when they attended for a few drinks at Eldons Pub in Clonmel.

Students who attended on the night were Rory Brosnan (Youghal), Niall Keely (Wexford), Evan O’Gorman (Clonmel), Deirdre Hogan (Kilkenny), Jim McGrath (Cappawhite), Clodagh McMorrow (Tipperary), Emma Hefferenan (Tipperary Town), Nicole Shannahan (cahir), Sinead Dowling (Cashel), Sheena Mulchay (Mitchelstown), Kevin O’Connell (Clonmel), Alison Duffy (Cahir), Nicole Thorton (Boharlann), Niamh Durrack (Clogheen), Irma Costello (Bansha), Siobhan Boyle (Clonmel), Maria O’Dwyer (New Inn), Toyin Okinbini (Nigeria), Ray O’Neill (Clonakilty), Tom O’Donoghue (Waterford), Barry Scannell (Listowel), Evan Daly (Clonmel), Deirdre Collins (Clonmel), Daniel Murphy (Dubai), Sheila Daly (Clonmel), Clarke Hewitt (Clonmel), David Darmody (Moycarkey), Ohio (Nigeria), Brian Leahy (Clonmel), missing from photo Gerry Hurley (Middleton), Conor Cooney (Clonmel), Frankie Quinlan (Kilmanaham), Mark Melbourne (Clonmel).

Teachers who attended included Paddy Daly (Science), Padraig O’Mahoney (Irish), Deputy Principal Michael Doyle (Geography), Sean Ryan (Maths), Maureen McHugh (Science), Gemma Walsh Cummins (Irish), Faoil O’Rourke (Irish), James Keating (History) and Fr Pat Downes (Irish).


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