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RCSI MATTERS
M
ore than 250 RCSI alumni were
welcomed back to the College from
September 11 to 13 for the Alumni
Gathering Weekend 2014 with alumni
from the classes of 1954, 1964, 1969,
1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 2004 attending
the event to celebrate their class reunions. The
College welcomed graduates from across the globe
including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, United States,
Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia,
Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, United
Kingdom and Ireland.
CELEBRATING LIFE-LONG LINKS
Speaking at the opening of the weekend, Professor Cathal
Kelly, RCSI CEO/Registrar, said: "It is a privilege to welcome
our graduates back to RCSI. The Alumni Gathering affords
our graduates the opportunity to rekindle relationships and
affiliations as well as network amongst peers. RCSI has an
alumni network of more than 20,000 graduates from over
70 countries worldwide and it is wonderful to see so many
graduates here this weekend from all corners of the globe."
A weekend of activity took place including a scientific
meeting, reunion class dinners, sightseeing tours, Golden
and Diamond Jubilee Lunch, tours of the College and a
black tie gala dinner.
SCIENTIFIC MEETING
The Scientific Meeting included an update from Professor
Kelly on the activities of the College. His talk gave alumni an
overview of the research, education, diversity, international
activity and overall development of their alma mater.
Professor Arnold Hill, Head of the School of Medicine, gave
a speech on "Innovations in the RCSI Curriculum". Dr Garry
Duffy and Professor Fergal O'Brien outlined some exciting
regenerative medicine research they are involved in and Ms
Fionnuala Rahilly presented on the RCSI Mentor Programme.
In the afternoon, there were talks and poster presentations
from leading medical professionals and RCSI Alumni.
JUBILEE LUNCH AND CLASS DINNERS
The Classes of 1964 and 1954 attended a special luncheon
of celebration in honour of their Golden and Diamond
Reunions and each jubilarian was presented with a certificate
in recognition of this special occasion. On Friday evening,
reunion class dinners were held in the RDS.
The celebrations concluded on Saturday night when the
alumni gathered in RCSI for a black tie gala dinner to close
the weekend's festivities.
A trip down memory
lane for Alumni from
across the globe
The Annual Alumni Gathering provides
an exciting opportunity for alumni to
celebrate their lifelong connection with
RCSI and to reconnect with old friends
and colleagues
JUBILEE LUNCHEON
The Classes of 1964 and 1954 at a special luncheon of
celebration in honour of their Golden and Diamond Reunions.
Cora Stinton, Class of 1964 (centre), with Professor John Hyland,
RCSI Vice President and Professor Hannah McGee, Dean, Faculty
of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Charles Dupont, Class of 1954 (centre), with Professor John
Hyland, RCSI Vice President and Professor Hannah McGee,
Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.