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Alexandra College Past Pupils Guild...................................................................188 News from the Branches......................................................................................189 The Alexandra Way..............................................................................................190 Old Alexandra Golfing Society.............................................................................190 Gaisce Gold 2010...................................................................................................191



THE ALEXANDRA COLLEGE PAST PUPILS GUILD Guild of Alexandra College Past students continues to play an active part in the life of the College despite our difficulties Theeconomically speaking. We are delighted to have for the first time two of last year’s Sixth Year students on the committee, Amy Nix and Jillian Hughes. They are proving invaluable in keeping the link between ourselves and the school. Amy has undertaken to introduce the Past Pupils Guild as a link on Facebook. A sizeable group of Dublin-based members attended our Wine and Music evening in October in the Science Concourse. We then attended the students’ concert in aid of the Hope Foundation. The students really appreciated our efforts and the evening was enjoyed by one and all. Past students also attended the musical “Anything Goes” held in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, in early February and the staff and students involved were very encouraged by letters of congratulations sent in by some individual Guild members after the show.

Northern Ireland Branch News


he Northern Ireland Branch AGM and lunch was held in THE Belmont Towers restaurant in Belfast on October 9th last. After the business was concluded we enjoyed a lovely lunch together. In the afternoon, there was a real treat in store for us. Sandy Smith, an authority on the life and works of C.S. Lewis, gave us an illustrated talk on the author and his life in Belfast. How many readers know for example that the famous lamp post in the Narnia books was inspired by the one that C.S. Lewis used to pass in the grounds of Campbell College, at the point where he was leaving the world of home and entering that of school? Or that the lion’s face symbol was probably inspired by the door knocker on the house where he visited his grandfather regularly as a young boy?

The Reunion lunch is one of the highlights of our year and this year was no exception. A large number of the Class of 2001 and slightly smaller numbers from 1991, 1981, 1971 back to 1941 school leavers all gathered for lunch in the Dining Room and then adjourned to other venues to continue their reminiscing and catch up on where life has been taking them since their Alex days. The Guild of Past Pupils is not merely a social club as many of our readers are already aware. We hope that you will read the accompanying Bursary report. Do not forget that the hampers that you all made at Christmas during your time in Alex go to ladies who also receive a bi-monthly bursary from our Guild. These have been made possible by past students making voluntary collections among their Alex friends or through money that has been left to the College Past Pupils’ Guild in wills and legacies. These days there is a lot of need out there. Please do consider becoming a collector when you can. The money we collect also occasionally helps to fund a present student experiencing financial difficulty. The Past Pupils’ Guild would love to welcome more recent past students to join its ranks. For a small annual fee, you will be kept in touch via e-mail with events in Alex, from invitations to sports fixtures of note and concerts, to the Ardilaun, the Eithne Ryan and Joan Kearney lectures and the Hermione Art Week. Please contact the Guild Secretary (via Alexandra College (01 4977571) if you are interested in joining our past pupils’ union, the Guild. Do remember too that if you ever live or study in Northern Ireland, Munster or London, there are branches of our Guild there to support you in any way they can.



Munster Branch News


he annual meeting for 2010 was held in October at the home of the outgoing President Ruth Daly (née Mitchell), Marysborough House in Glanmire. Lunch was prepared by Ruth, an expert cook, who wonders if she could persuade Rachel Allen at nearby Ballymaloe, (who is also an Alex past pupil), to become a Guild member. In the event, delicious puddings were brought by the other ‘old Alex’ girls who attended the lunch.

London Branch News


e generally hold our AGM in the Parish room at St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, very close to St. Paul’s. We find that our members prefer to come to a lunchtime meeting, as some have long distances to travel: one lady, Frances Evans,(nee Fleming) traveling down from Holyhead. We are planning a summer outing, sometime in late June early July when we will take a boat trip on the Thames, with a stop somewhere for lunch. We hope the weather is warm and dry! We also plan to hold our AGM, once again in London, on a Saturday in November, making sure we don’t clash with the Lord Mayor’s Parade, when transport is severely disrupted, making access to the venue rather difficult. As soon as we have our dates finalised they will be circulated. Last year, London Branch was able to send a donation to the Bursaries for the valuable work carried out by the Bursaries Committee.

It was decided that the money collected to cover the cost of lunch would be sent to the Bursary Fund.



The Alexandra Way has been re-laid and re-launched! In 1996 as part of a large fundraising effort it was decided to create a pathway using limestone ‘bricks’ which were sold to Pupils (past and present), Staff, OAHC members and friends. For pupils past and present, each brick was engraved with their name and the dates of their time in College. Friends, Staff and Hockey Club members had their names engraved along with their relevant category e.g. ‘Friend’. A couple of years ago the pathway was lifted and all the bricks stored until the fantastic new sporting facilities were in place. The Alexandra Way has now been re-laid along the edge of the new water based Astroturf pitch. Old Alexandra Hockey Club have offered to continue this fundraising effort on behalf of College and the Alexandra Way appeal has reopened and bricks are available for sale once again. If you already have a brick please spread the word that they are on sale again. There are many past pupils that have slipped through the net in the last 10 years and we also have about 600 new potential brick owners in Alexandra School at the moment. We hope that by word of mouth and through the Hockey Club, Guild and School communications that lots of bricks will be sold! The stones in the path are a permanent reminder to all future generations that you have played a part in the history of the College and in this fundraising project.




Old Alexandra Golfing Society

The Alexandra Way


he 47th outing of the society was held on Monday, September 20th, 2010. Twenty-four players took part, competing for the Lady Captain, Joan McCrum’s, Prize. Gillian Coe was the lucky winner, playing off H’cap 24 with 35pts¸ Jane Jones was 2nd, playing off H’cap 16 with 33pts, Sandra Gray was 3rd, playing off H’cap 21 with 30pts and Jane McCollum 4th, playing off H’cap of 22 with 29pts.


I was first introduced to The President’s Award when I was in Transition Year in Alexandra College. It was a challenge which was particularly appealing to me as it gave me the freedom to choose what activities I wanted to do, allowed me to decide how much I wanted to challenge myself and there were no exams at the end of it!! Almost my whole year, 100 girls, signed up to take part in it, however only 30 or so of us actually completed it in the end.

Barbara Roy won the Past Captain’s Prize (Ethel Whiteside Trophy) playing off H’cap 22 with 32pts. Hilary Cran won the Best Gross playing off H’cap 12 with 18 gross points.

This gave me the determination and drive to go on and apply for and complete the silver award and then to go for gold! After school I decided to take a year off as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. Primary school teaching was a possibility at that time and luckily I was offered a job in my old primary school as a special needs assistant. This I did for two years during which time I became aware that primary teaching was not the right career path for me. It did however give me the perfect opportunity to apply for and start my Gold Gaisce challenges. I had to continue certain sections of the award while in first year of college: finding the time was not always easy.

Two teams were entered in The Union of Schools Annual Outing, one of which finished 4th. The team comprised Caroline Kennedy, Susan Forsyth and Barbara Roy. The Dinner and AGM were held on the 6th of September as originally planned and the Lady Captain of Edmondstown GC, Susan Hamilton Leddin, joined us for dinner. Our Lady Captain Joan McCrum had to rewrite her speech following the cancellation of the golf!! Audrey McNabb gave a report on the Bursaries and Mary McCarthy attended to represent the Guild. embers would like to receive copies of the Guild m Next years outing will be held on Monday 12th September 2011 in Charlesland GC. We would welcome new members. It is always a fun day with all levels of Golf involved. If you are interested please contact our incoming Lady Captain Evelyn Hearns (Staff Member in ACD) or myself Barbara Roy (Hon. Sec.) Old Alexandra Golfing Society - Mob. 087 2549388. having seen the copy sent to Ruth.

am 21 and am at present a student at Waterford Institute of Technology. I have just finished the second year of a four-year degree course in Exercise and Health Studies. This course was ultimately chosen as a result of my participation in Gaisce.

This six-year journey, in total, which has now come to an end, has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life to date. I have met so many different people from various countries and cultures and backgrounds whom I probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t decided to commit to these three challenges. I have achieved more in the last two years than I ever imagined possible. I’ve had to make sacrifices, make difficult choices. I’ve taken on huge responsibilities and pushed myself harder, physically and mentally, than ever before. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and adventure. Having now completed all three awards, I feel a sense of deflation but at the same time all good things must come to an end. It’s what we take from these experiences and pass on to others that keep the same sense of determination, achievement and excitement alive. Lindsay Rankin

Lyndsey Rankin 1. LYNDSEY is THE SECOND PAST STUDENT TO receive THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD. MARY MCALEESE presented it to her last NOVEMBER. 2. OUR FIRST GOLD AWARDEE was JOANNE KELLY from the CLASS OF 2000. We hope that we may hear these two past students tell us more about their adventures and achievements at a futures Guild event. TO EARN HER AWARD LYNDSEY BECAME A REGISTERED LEADER WITH SCOUTING IRELAND, TOOK UP SOLO SINGING AND CYCLING AND COMPLETED THE 800KMS OF THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO ON FOOT BUT MAINLY BY BIKE. 191


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