Maynooth Union

Maynooth Union

The Maynooth Union was founded on the 27th of June, 1895, at a meeting held during the Centenary Celebration of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The object of the Union is to foster a spirit of mutual sympathy between the College and its past students and friends. For this purpose there will be an annual reunion at Maynooth. Old friends will thus be brought together and memories of College days revived and questions of interest will be discussed”
Constitution of Maynooth Union, June 23rd 1896.

Maynooth Union Invitation

Maynooth Union 2018

The Annual Meeting of the Maynooth Union

will be held in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth

on Tuesday 12th June 2018

A special invitation is extended to members of the following classes:

1958 – Diamond Jubilee Class

1968 – Golden Jubilee Class

 (Members of classes between 1948 and 1967 are also welcome)

1993 – Silver Jubilee Class

Classes of 1948, 1953, 1963, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

For further enquiries and details on the 2018 Maynooth Union Day, or you are a guest of the Jubilee Classes, please contact the Maynooth Union Office on 01 474 7250

Union Keynote Speaker

Fr. Peter McVerry SJ

Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth at 16.30

Fr McVerry grew up in Newry, Co. Down and was educated at the Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Newry and at the Jesuit school at Clongowes Wood College in Co. Kildare.

In 1962, he entered the Jesuit Order and was ordained in 1975. From 1974 to 1980, Peter worked in the Inner City in Dublin and there he came into contact with young people who were sleeping on the streets because of their home situation.  He opened a hostel for homeless boys, aged 12-16, in 1979 and this subsequently became his life-time work.   He saw through the work of this hostel that when the boys reached 16 and needed to leave, they had few options open to them and most ended up back living on the streets. This realisation led him to set about providing services and accommodation for these older youths.

In 1980 Peter moved to Ballymun and by the end of 1983 he had founded the Arrupe Society, a charity to tackle homelessness. This charity, subsequently renamed as the Peter McVerry Trust, has progressed from a three bedroom flat in Ballymun to eleven homeless hostels, over 100 apartments, a residential drug detox centre and two drug stabilisation services. His vision for the charity is to support all those living on the margins and to uphold their rights to full inclusion in society.  In 2016 the charity worked with over 4,500 vulnerable youths.

As a social activist Peter is a strong advocate for those who have no voice in society.  He has written widely on issues relating to young homeless people such as accommodation, drugs, juvenile justice, the Gardaí, prisons and education. He has a regular article in the monthly Redemptorist magazine, Reality, and speaks on issues of homelessness, justice and faith to groups around the country.  He is a critic of government policy on issues such as homelessness, drugs and criminal justice.

Now based at Peter McVerry Trust’s Open Access Centre in Upper Sherrard Street, Peter’s ongoing work with and campaigning on behalf of troubled young people has made him one of the most prophetic voices in Ireland today.

For further enquiries and details on the 2018 Maynooth Union Day, or you are a guest of the Jubilee Classes, please contact the Maynooth Union Office on 01 474 7250