The Loreto Past Pupils’ Union held their Annual Christmas Lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel on Saturday 5 December. In excess of 150 attended, many of whom had travelled long distances to meet again with friends. It was a joyful occcasion, evidenced by the buzz of greetings and chat.
Sr Ríonach represented our Provincial, Sr Teresa Mac Paul, who could not be with us. Another Loreto Sister, Mary Elizabeth Kirk, past pupil of Loreto Letterkenny, who works in the Loreto Mission in Peru, was home for a short break, and we were happy to invite her as our Guest of Honour. We were moved and enthused by her account of her work with the poorest of people in that vast country. She acknowledged with gratitude the financial support she has received from the Loreto Past Pupils’ Union and the Loreto Carol Singers, and told us what this had enabled her to do for the women she is endeavouring to lift from dire poverty.
From Loreto Bray, we had the class of 1959. This was a wonderful reunion of classmates, some of whom had travelled from overseas to be with old friends, and they were each presented with a rose and small gift by Oisine Hemeryck, Union President. Quite a few Green Past Pupils attended the function, and gathered for a ‘Green’ photo at the end.
The Annual Lunch is the biggest LPPU social event at which acquaintances are renewed and strengthened. If any group of Green Past Pupils would like us to organise a class reunion at the Christmas Lunch, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org