It is with great sadness that the PPU announces the passing of Des Stirrat. Des was one of our oldest members when he died on May 19th at the age of 92. Des’s brother, Cyril, was also a long serving member of the PPU when he died at the age of 89 in 2020. Des and Cyril were great sportsmen and played in many a ROW golf outing over the years. Des, a renowned member of Foxrock GC was very good to the ROW Golf society making arrangements to play our annual autumn outing there every October. The Stirrats were stalwarts of Railway Union Sports Club over many years as were other Row men such as Jack Phelan, Frank Whelan, Don Byrne, the Donnelly brothers and Ginger O’Brien. The “Railway Gang” as they became known, added greatly to the enjoyment of many PPU events over a long number of years. God rest you Des.
School Principal, Kate Byrne made an appeal, at the PPU Dinner on April 2nd, for donations to purchase Chromebook computers which are vitally important to the students as they prepare for their exams. One Chromebook costs Euro 450 and most of the students are unable to afford these. There has been a great response from past pupils and already a substantial sum has been donated.
The Class of ’62, following an initiative by Michael O’Sullivan, has donated a number of Chromebooks. One member of that class, Marius Sykes, who has lived in England for many years, purchased one in memory of his brother, Gerald who, tragically, lost his life in a traffic accident on May 26th 1963 as he made his way home from school in the ROW. Gerald was born on Christmas eve 1947, the fifth of eight siblings (six boys and two girls) to the Sykes family in Walkinstown. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Many thanks Marius, for sending us this information and photo of Gerald and for the contribution to the ”62 class appeal. I was talking to Kate Byrne today and she wants everyone to know how important the contributions are and how much appreciated. Incidentally, Kate told me that she has taken in a number of Ukranian refugees, including six that arrived that morning. Good luck to all concerned in our historic old school.
This News Blog was posted by Jim Conway on May 5th 2022. Phone or text 087 2557298