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Old Boys' Annual Dinner 2013

Association help upgrade the Pavilion at Roughfort

Jack Kyle looks down memory lane

 The Old Boys’ Association most recent donation to the school has helped with the upgrade to the inside of the Roughfort Pavilion.

Playing shirts and pictures of former pupils have been framed and placed on the walls withing the hallways of the pavilion.  These include Michael Haslett's 1997 Schools Cup winning 1st XV Jersey.

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Luncheon Club

The November Luncheon Club will take place at The Royal Belfast Golf Club at 12.30 on Tuesday 17th.  Your host will be Roy Connolly


If you are interested or know of anyone who may like to attend please contact Robin Reid on judrobreid@gmail.com or 02890 795228


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The Annual Dinner was held on Saturday, 30th November 2013 in the Wellington Park Hotel.

With 210 people in attendance the evening proved to be a major success and was greatly enjoyed by everyone present. Iain Knox, the Dinner Secretary, deserves much congratulation

and thanks on his excellent organisation of the event and the Table captains are also to be thanked in promoting the Dinner and encouraging people to their respective tables.


Following on from last year there was yet again an increase in the number of people attending. This was largely the result of an idea of the President of the Old Boys' Association, David Haslett, to get representatives from all of the Belfast Royal Academy Schools' Cup Final teams from 1962 to attend. Initially, the idea was directed at the teams of 1962, 1963 and 1964 which are in the midst of 50 year anniversaries of those consecutive Cup Finals.

However, it was decided to expand this to include all Cup Final teams and this proved to be very successful indeed as there was a considerable representation of players from the teams of 1968,1972, 1984, 1997 and 2010.


The main speakers at the Dinner were Dr. Jack Kyle, one of the School's most eminent Old Boys;  the Headmaster, Mr. Moore Dickson; Niall Crozier, rugby correspondent of the Belfast Telegraph; and the President of the Association, David Haslett.

Jack Kyle proposed the toast to the School and did so with his characteristic eloquence. For some of the younger generations of Old Boys this was their first experience of hearing Jack Kyle speak and one which they will surely long remember.

The Headmaster gave a report on the main School activities and achievements of the pupils in the last year. His account left a most favourable impression of the School not only with the Old Boys present but also with the non-Academy guests who were at the Dinner.

The toast to the guests was proposed by David Haslett and replied to on behalf of the guests by Niall Crozier. Often regarded as a potential 'graveyard shift' towards the end of the evening Niall spoke in a most entertaining and amusing manner that was much appreciated by everyone.


After the speeches, and on behalf of the Old Boys' Association, Jack Kyle presented Iain Henderson with a memento in recognition of the occasion of Iain's first international cap. Unfortunately Stuart Olding, who was capped by Ireland in June 2013, was unable to attend having undergone surgery on an injured knee earlier in the week. The mementos were framed action photographs of the

boys playing for Belfast Royal Academy, Ulster and Ireland.

The Association is very grateful to School member of staff Louise Patterson in the giving of her time to produce them.


David Haslett concluded the evening by presenting the President's Medal to last year's President, Geoff Simon, and then announced that a London Dinner would take place on Friday, 28th February 2014.

The venue would be the Oxford and Cambridge Club, Pall Mall, and would be for male and female

former pupils of Belfast Royal Academy.

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