“We were fortunate to be trained by Brother David and were very much a team squad,” Brendan says.
These days he enjoys following Leinster and Ireland rugby and has been to five World Cups including Japan in 2019.
Brendan is a proud member of Greystones Golf Club and was delighted to win the prestigious Scannell Cup as winner of the Past Pupils Annual Golf Outing in 2019.
“I have been involved with the Past Pupils Union since Maurice Mortell Senior invited me on to the committee in the mid-80s. I served as President for the 75th anniversary, attending the beatification of Edmund Rice in Vatican City by Pope John Paul II on October 6, 1996.”
For the day job, Brendan is a Certified Financial Planner, CFP, and this is his second term as President and is very honoured to serve during the Centenary.
His grandfather Eamon O’Brien and his twin brother Malachy were students in the early years. Their brothers, sons and grandsons also attended Pres. Shane’s father Pierce and his brothers are also past pupils.
Shane first served on the PPU in the mid 1990’s and re-joined in 2021 to assist with the Centenary celebrations. Shane is on the Pres rugby fundraising committee.
Shane originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. Shane is Managing Director of EMPOWERMENT, a niche financial and legal recruitment firm, he founded in 2008.
“During my time in the Senior school I was lucky enough to be taught by two future School Principals – Gerry Duffy and Pat Gregory.
“I was also lucky enough to be in the school when we won the Leinster Junior Cup in 1985; witnessing the win from the stands in Donnybrook remains a vivid memory for me.
“These days I am a poet, writer, scientist and educator.”
I have been involved with the Past Pupils Union since 2000 and was President between 2016 and 2019.
Brian has worked in the motor trade since 1996 and currently works for Carroll and Kinsella Blackrock.
“I loved my time in Pres and have many funny memories – too many to mention here but if you were there you would know!”
Brian has also served as President of PPU between 2012-13.
A former Cathaoirleach of Bray Town Council and County Wicklow Councillor, and President of Bray Chamber Of Commerce, Mick is a well-known businessman who runs his own audio visual solutions business, Planet Sound.
“I got involved as a way of reconnecting with a network after more than a decade away from the area – it opened a number of doors for me and was a great way of getting to know people again,” he says.
Graham served as President between 2014-15 and has two sons – one of whom is currently a student in the college, with the other due to start in 2022.