Rathkeale Old Boys' Decade Reunions
The reconnecting power house of ROBA!
Planning for 2024 King's Birthday Weekend Reunion is underway!
2024 Decade Reunion
Those who left in a '4' year are invited to attend; 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004, 2014. We will also extend a warm welcome to The Originals - our foundation pupils - should they wish to attend.
2024 Reunion Weekend
King's Birthday Weekend
The Reunions take place at King's Birthday Weekend, and annually follow roughly the same format:
||6:30 PM; Combined Year Group Social gathering at Rathkeale Dining Hall.
||9:00 AM Remembrance Chapel Service (St Martin's Chapel); 10:00 AM Morning tea (Dining Hall); 10:40 AM Photographs (School House); 11:30 AM College tours; 1:00 PM Lunch (Dining Hall); 2:00 PM Finish.
|Saturday Afternoon / Evening
||Individual year group activities
||No official activity
Each year group will have a Facilitator who will coordinate the reunion and seek to contact as many Old Boys and Old Girls as possible. Their task is made easier by the co-opting of others to assist with contacting members of the cohort. The role of Facilitator is vital to the success of the Reunion Weekend.
Wives and partners are most welcome to attend the reunion activities.
St Matthew's Old Girls' Association (SMOGA) organise a similar weekend in tandem with ROBA. Saturday evening will become a combined function for some Year Groups.
ROBA is grateful to the College for generously hosting the Saturday morning tea and luncheon.
Past Decade Reunion's
In 2023 we held our most successful event to date. The combination of the Friday night with SMOGA proved to be extremely popular, with over 140 people attending. Deferred groups from 1981 and 1982 resulted in the early 1980s being very well represented. Tours of the school and the separate Saturday night events also proved to be a hit.
In 2022 we held combined events with the St. Matthew's Old Girls' Association (SMOGA) which were exceptionally well received.
In 2021 we doubled up with the cancelled - due to Covid - 2020 reunions and welcomed back cohorts who left in 1970, 1971, 1980, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011. Combined with a Choir reunion of the past 20 years of singers the weekend was a great success. A number of St. Matthew's Old Girls also joined us for the Friday night.
In 2018 it was all the '8' years whilst in 2019 it was all the '9' years.
In 2017 the format of the Decade Reunions was established and implemented. It brought back to the College Old Boys and Staff who had been part of the cohorts who left school in 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007 (i.e. all the '7' years).