Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, the well known historian, author and media personality, will be our special guest speaker at the November 30th Reunion.
Much of what he writes about in his excellent publication, Ambiguous Republic Ireland in the 1970s, will be familiar to most of us, as we lived through and helped shaped this seminal decade.
In fact some of the attendees at the Reunion may even be mentioned by Diarmaid in his talk!
Finally, a big bualadh bos for Richard Moore who secured the presence of Diarmaid at our event!
This is an interesting photograph that I recently came across.
I believe that it is of the Faculty of Commerce students that arrived in UCG in September 1977 and graduated in 1980.
It was probably taken in February of 1980.
I based this assumption on the fact that some of the students are wearing what I believe are Student Union Presidential (VOTE FOR ....!) election stickers.
One of the candidates in that election is actually in the front row- Eddie Ward (third from the left).
Can you help identify the individuals in the group? Click here to find out who has already been labelled!
Even for us in the late 1970s, she was very much a throwback to a long vanished and more innocent era when a 'Lady Superintendent' watched over female students to ensure that they behaved properly at all times.
She told me once of her early days as a Dean of Residence in the college when she would be traditionally presented with a bouquet of flowers by female attendees at a college dance before taking her high seat at the top of the hall when she, along with the Catholic chaplain, kept a close eye on the night's proceedings to ensure that no 'inappropriate' close dancing or 'hanky panky' went on! Which was made even more difficult for the youngsters by the fact that, in those far-off days, women had to back at their college-sanctioned lodgings by 10am.
By the mid 1970s, the world had changed beyond recognition with late night discos, house parties, music pubs, feminism and gay rights becoming part of the Galway student scene. But 'Ma', as she was affectionately known, still provided a sympathetic ear and friendly support to generations of students.
She will always be remembered with great fondness by all those that knew her.
May she rest if peace
Richie Cazabon, known by many UCG students of the late 1970s and early 1980s as the lead singer of the band Nightrider, died a few days ago.
At the end of his Leaving Cert year, he and his school friends formed a music group that played cover versions of Thin Lizzy, who were then Ireland's most famous rock band on the international circuit. With his afro hair style, ethnicity and musical tastes, Richie was Galway's answer to Phil Lynott! His band, originally known as White Ivy, got their first gig playing at Caroline Graham and Speedie's joint 21st Birthday Bash in O'Leary's Bar in Salthill.
They later changed their name to Nightrider. Though none of the members were then university students, nevertheless they were very popular on the college circuit. They actually played the famous Unity Variety Concert that became the launch pad for the FUZE.
Richie himself was a personal friend of many students during that era.
May Richie Rest in Peace Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
It was Fun! Fun ! Fun! Its so lovely seeing so many of our classmates well and happy. The disco was great- you’d know that we don’t get out too often!! And was a great way to end the evening. It doesn’t feel like 31 years, does it!?
Linda Gillen Byrne
The Reunion was a triumph yet again, with the delight of Hubert's insights into James Joyce, the surreal entertainment of Lit and Deb, and the terrific evening performances , with the songs of the FUZE sounding as fresh, vibrant and original as the day they were minted.
Getting the Fuze together and to have Gerry Sexton there was amazing!!
I met up with such wonderful people and such great stories. We have all been through the mill so to speak and it is wonderful to meet up at a 'happy occasion' rather than the usual 'funeral' or hear of old friends for sad or tragic reasons. Thanks so much!
The day was brilliantly organised from start to finish, and great fun! It was marvellous to hear Hubert lecture again. I thought it was only in my fond memories that he was so brilliant, witty and incisive. It was good to find out that he was exactly as I'd remembered. And the photo slide show - well, what can I say? What a time we had of it back then! As for the Lit 'n' Deb .... what a performance!
As for the Fuze & Gerry Sexton's disco, what a night! Thoroughly enjoyable…. Joyce was right when she said it was worth the journey - the people were great, the atmosphere was fun! What a joy to see everyone in such great spirits.
So, thanks again!
Ye "pulled it out of the bag" yet again--another great reunion! Thanks again.
Happy times indeed, and well done again,
Mags Amond (posting on her website).
Many apologies came from those that could not attend the Reunion. The comments of one of the 'missing' came from Eugene Quinn, who reminiscing about an single event from his college days, probably best summarises the fondness that many of us still have for the old alma mater.