London Dinner Report and Gallery

London Dinner Report and Gallery

We would like to extend our thanks and congratulations to Pat Mulcahy on the great success of this year's London Dinner. The Dinner, hosted on the eve of the Ireland-Engand rugby international every second year, has been hosted by Pat since the early 1990s, to much acclaim.

Below, you can find Pat's report of the event, and links to two photo galleries from the event. In addition, as Pat is this year's Rockwell Person of the Year, we have attached a link to our recent bio.


Galleries:

Gallery 1: https://www.rockwellcollegeunion.com/galleries/london-dinner-2018-part-1

Gallery 2: https://www.rockwellcollegeunion.com/galleries/london-dinner-2018-part-2

Pat's Report:

The 15th London Rockwell Reunion dinner was held on March 16th at the Radisson Hampshire Hotel, in Leicester Square. This new venue, in the Penthouse Suite secured with the help of Mike O'Connor, proved a great success, with panoramic views over London by night. Attendance was down on previous years, mainly due to alternative Patrick’s Day celebrations and the Cheltenham Festival, but a good time was had by all 48 attendees. A minute's silence was held in memory of those who died since the last event. 

Guests of honour were the Principal of Rockwell College, Audrey O'Byrne and the President of the Union, Brian Kavanagh, accompanied by his wife Angela. Also present were Past presidents Dearbhail Gildea and Jim Holmes with his wife, Bernie.

The toast to Rockwell was proposed by Brian Kavanagh and Audrey O'Byrne responded. At the end of Brian's speech, he announced that the Rockwell Person of the Year would be Pat Mulcahy. This came as a big surprise to the assembled audience and an even bigger one to the astonished recipient!

In a brief thank you speech, prior to introducing the Principal, Pat thanked Brian in particular and the Union in general for this great honour. He observed that in his acceptance speech, at the Annual dinner in Cahir on April 13th, his first job would be to explain to everyone who he was, unlike many of his extremely well known predecessors, such as Arthur Pierse, Willy Duggan and Walter Swinburn.

Pat singled out two of those attending for special mention. Mike Kirby, who left Rockwell in 1959, and who started the London Dinner about 30 years ago, and Peter Linehan who left in 1957. 

Apart from those who travelled from Ireland, the furthest to come was from Guernsey. The age range was from leaving year 1957 to 2009. Dearbhail Gildea was the only female former student to attend.

The evening drew to an end with an updated version of “Rock Boys Are We” - introduced by Audrey in conjunction with Dearbhail - in deference to all female students, now to be known as “Rockwell Are We”. It was sung with gusto and set a precedent for future years.

The final act was a vigorous rendition of “It's a long Way to Tipperary”.

The grand finale of the weekend was the outstanding performance of Ireland in beating England, comprehensively, at Twickenham, to claim the Triple Crown as well as the Six Nations Championship!


Bio and Annual Dinner information:

https://www.rockwellcollegeunion.com/blog/news/annual-dinner-2018-details-and-person-of-the-year


Congratulations again to Pat on his excellent organisation, and we look forward to more great events in the future!