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As I alighted from the car, my mind turned to the various comments which I had heard in the past from lads who had attended the dinner dance in previous years. Some of their comments went as follows: “None of our class was there, all I could see was 'oul fellas'”. Comments like this did not encourage me to attend this regal gathering. But “Ye Gods” the minute I entered the Hall, there I was met by Martin Colfer a very staunch member of the P.P.U., a young man of infinite charm and friendly disposition.
At the time of writing Martin Colfer is secretary of the P.P.U., a job he does extremely well. By all accounts the image he projects of the union, seemingly has the proper effect judging by the numbers who attended this year's annual dance. Another man who contributes probably his whole being to the Union is this year's President, Mr. Raymond Corish, who is a local figure of note and I'm sure that with him as President the Union will progress as it has done for the past twenty one years.
While I was waiting for my partner I decided to wander around the corridors, which brought to mind pleasant memories. As I strolled along I thought I could hear in my mind's ear the cheering of boys, as they prepared for their final departure from the college. How many of those former students ever returned to St. Peter's since they left after their final exams, I would not like to guess. At this point a story concerning a famous past pupil comes to mind, it goes somewhat like this.
After leaving St. Peter's some years ago a young lad from the Ferns district went to study in the “Big Smoke”. Now it came to pass that this young man was rather bright (a rare commodity!) and he was in his second year in College. One day while passing the GPO in Dublin, he accidently knocked down an SPC teacher. The teacher now a bright lad himself immediately recofnised this Ferns protege, asked him if he (the student) was a past pupil of SPC. Well after some brain racking the young lad said “Ah, yes jolly olde Peter's a fine place, how is it getting on?” Then our teacher friend turned on his heels and crossed O'Connell Street almost causing a major traffic accident.
Well I am sure that after hearing that little story one can see that a P.P.U. Would be of no advantage to our protege from Ferns, but for the orginary chap produced by SPC, a body like the union is a vehicle of great stimulus in reliving some of his student days in SPC.
If one ever attended Eton College in England and tried to get a position in an established career after leaving all one would have to do is wear the “olde school tie”. Well if a past pupil of SPC ever tried to get a job on the strength of his school tie, God only knows the results. But getting to the matter on a more serious level, the existence of a union body such as the one we have in SPC gives young men something to their back – so to speak. Although various factors contribute to making young people more self-aware and a politically significant section of society in recent years, the feeling of belonging to an identity or an identified organisation of established men coming from the same Alma Mater is great encouragement for further development.
So far I have spoken about the PPU, as a body, but now I would like to discuss how beneficial it can be for any present student [editor note – the present in this case being 1974] of the College who is doing his leaving certificate this June. Reliable sources (that is through the grapevine) tell me that this year the Union is putting up two very good third level educational scholarships. The first one is for £100 and the second one for £50, well “for all you smart fella's” there is plenty of bread in the kitty. Looking on this cheme from the serious point of view, surely one can see that there is a great chance for any boy who excels himself and who richly deserves the prize. I don't rightly know whent he closing date is but if one proceeds in the manner proscribed to ask Mr. Martin Colfer, I'm quite sure he will tell all.
Like all 21 year old children who have never been kissed, the PPU have never stopped helping the present students of the college in many ways. Yes folks the St. Peter's College Past Pupil's Union is 21 years old this year. Town criers will announce this joyous occasion, but still we have former comrades who are not members of the PPU.
Before I wrap up my typewriter and head out in the sunset, I would like to say that for those of you who are leaving the College this June and would like details of the Union, its various functions etc., should contact Mr. Martin Colfer, secretary. For those of you who left SPC ten, twenty or even thirty years ago, surely you owe it to yourself to contact Martin Colfer and become a member of the PPU. One will always regain that link with the College and “that bit of himself” which rubbed off during his stay in “good oul SPC”.
If you are approaching your Ordination for the Priesthood or the Leaving Certificate please try and remember the good days along with the bad ones, for it is those which made you the man you are today.