Donard 2 : Abbey Grammar: 1972

Occasionally we feature a school year group from the past and wonder/reflect on what role in life each former pupil plays today. For the latter, we are heavily dependent on our readership. Please fill in the blanks below by emailing the answers to us.

NOT the pupils but Newry Christian Brothers  of 1932!

Abbey Grammar School –     Year 1971 – 72        Form – Donard 2


Bannon, Damian Anthony    – Civil Service

Baxenden, Daniel Theodore   – Civil Service : (Newry Shamrocks Committee)

Bradley, Cormac

Coyle, Joseph Louis  – Teacher

Cunningham, Matthew John

Donnan, Martin Christopher

Doyle, Raymond Hugh

Dunbar, John Gerard

Hourican, Michael Daniel        – Nuclear Research, CERN, Switzerland

Hughes, Gervase John  – Lecturer

Hurl, Francis Joseph *

Larkin, Patrick Gerard

Lennon, Edward

Mc Ardle, Patrick James Anthony

Mc Cann, Kevin Patrick

Mc Caul, John Noel   – Lecturer

Mc Creesh, Pius Gerard

Mc Evoy, Maurice Brendan

Mc Geough, Patrick Kieran    Social Worker

Mc Guigan, Louis John   RIP

Mc Kevitt, Timothy Francis

Mc Parland, James Anthony

Mackin, Kenneth Francis  – N&Mourne D Council

Maguire, Thomas Roger   Media

Malone, Declan Leonard      RIP

Markey, John Plunkett  – Teacher

Morgan, Jonathan

O’Rourke, Francis Eugenio

Sweeney, Edmund Harold  – School Principal

Taylor, William  RIP

Colum White

* On the above page you asked for members of the Donard 2 class 1971-72 to advise where they are now.

I am teaching in Blackrock College in Dublin, not a GAA stronghold like the the Abbey, more a rugby hotbed! After the Abbey, which my three elder brothers also attended, I studied in Maynooth, UUC, St Joseph’s Training College, QUB & NUI.

I taught in St Pat’s in Maghera and then on to Dublin, where I’m married with three adult children. My only claim to fame is that I taught Anthony Tohill in Maghera and Brian O’Driscoll in Blackrock, but not in sports!

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