2012 Past Pupils’ Annual Dinner report

14/9/2012; Olivia Tracey, with, Ann Marie Healy, Marion Shaw and Rosemary Smith pictured at the Loreto Beaufort past pupils reunion. Photo: Damien Eagers

On Friday 14th September last, over 120 past pupils / "Beaufort Girls" from the classes of between 1942 to 2008, travelled from as far as Barbados, Los Angeles, London and Limerick (!) for the 4th Annual Beaufort Past Pupils Dinner in the Grange Golf Club, Rathfarnham.

The President of the 2012 Beaufort Past Pupils Annual Reunion, Marion Shaw (nee Whelan) extended a very warm welcome to all (with particular mention of the group from the class of 1962, who were celebrating 50 years out of school!) and a special welcome to our Guests:

  • Sr Noelle Corscadden, Provincial Leader Loreto Order, Ireland
  • Margaret O’Donoghue Principal, Loreto Beaufort
  • Hugh McGauran – our Main Sponsor
  • Olivia Tracey, Guest speaker and past pupil (’78)

The Dinner (and golf outing) are non profit-making. It’s all about Beaufort Girls getting together, renewing friendships and sharing memories. It’s also a great opportunity to hear about Beaufort today and support the great work that the Loreto Sisters continue to do in educating young girls.

Before Dinner there were some thanks...

  • So many local businesses sponsored prizes for our charity raffle in aid of Loreto Rumbek and have committed to sponsoring for a number of years (mind you if you were faced with the formidable Bronwyn, you’d probably agree to anything too!! ). They are featured on our Website.
  • Our Main Sponsor, Hugh McGauran of Home Instead Senior Care said a few words about his associations with Beaufort! Hugh was also rightfully there as a Beaufort past pupil having attended the kindergarten – so food for thought – this could become a mixed event!
  • Last year we said our aim was to expand our network through the development of a Beaufort PP website and social media. The Beaufort PP website is up and running and looking great. Susan Ryan of Doghouse Media (ex Loreto girl) was thanked for developing the site. Everyone was asked to "spread the word" and get more past pupils registered on our database for future events.
  • A very special thanks was extended to the "small Committee" who are an amazing engine of organization and have made this annual event go from strength to strength. We owe them a huge gratitude for all the work they have done
    • Bronwyn O’Donnell (nee Byrne) who hussles for prizes and hassles people to get things done
    • Judy Byrne Murray, Master of Organisation – table plans, golf timesheet and of course collecting the money
    • Mary O’Gorman (D’Arcy) who did huge work in building and maintaining the database and looking after all the communications.
    • Doug Murray (husband of Judy!) was our resident photographer, capturing all the ladies on the red carpet as they arrived. Pictures are posted on the website. Our sincere thanks to Doug.

A few weeks ago Beaufort and the Loreto Community lost one of it’s finest Sr. Augusta. Many of us will remember her as Principal in the Junior School. Suzanne Graham spoke eloquently and fondly of her memories of Sr. Augusta, followed by a minute’s reflection on this very special person.

Before saying grace, Sr. Noelle Corscadden, Provincial of the Loreto Order told us about the great work they have done and continue to do in Loreto Rumbek in Sudan. We were all inspired by the stories of the students, who against all the odds have excelled in their academic achievements.

A pre-dinner drinks reception compliments of the Grange Golf Club, was then followed by a delicious three course dinner.
Our "Guest Speaker" on the night was Olivia Tracey (class of 1978) who planned her annual trip home from LA (where she has lived for nearly 20 years) to ensure she could be with us. Olivia spoke in her own inimitable way about some of her earliest Beaufort memories, her gratitude to her parents for sending her to Beaufort and how the Loreto Sisters, her teachers and school friends all made it such a positive and happy experience for her that has stood her well in life and career. She also regaled us with some of her "famous" encounters in Hollywood!

Next up to speak was Margaret O’Donoghue, Principal of Beaufort. We were all captured by her enthusiasm and pride in her students and Beaufort today. Margaret shared some of the progressive initiatives that the girls themselves have taken as well as their stunning academic achievements.

After dinner we had prize-giving for the Golf Outing that took place during the day with special thanks to Stephanie Graham, Joan Merrigan and Ann Murray for doing the timesheet and cards. Bronagh O’Flanagan (Class of ’83) won the Beaufort Cup with a great score (see results here).

There then followed a Raffle, held to raise much needed funds for Loreto Rumbek in Southern Sudan. Sr. Noelle’s few words inspired everyone and we were delighted to raise over €1500 for this very worthy cause.

AND THEN… the craic began...and as in previous years the chatting, reminiscing, catching-up and laughing went into the wee hours for some! (Yes, of course it was the usual suspects!)

The 2012 Annual Beaufort Past Pupils’ Dinner was yet another great success!

Beaufort Past Pupils’ Committee 2012