Sharing in the St Patrick’s Day spirit together

March 20, 2023

A good-sized crowd relaxed in the St Patrick’s Day spirit at our annual 2023 SPC Old Collegians’ Association St Patrick’s Day Lunch on Friday, March 17.

Guests were able to take advantage of their prime location in the Old Collegians’ Association Pavilion, overlooking the Main Oval, where they were able to watch with interest as our current students took part in various fun St Patrick’s Day activities, including House competitions, comprising tunnel ball races and fiercely-contested Tug of War contests.

We thank Old Collegian Fr Eugene McKinnon (SPC 1965-66) for his entertaining stories as guest speaker, regaling the crowd with hilarious tales of his life as a priest, as well as shocking tales from his experience of working as a priest in the impoverished communities and sometimes dangerous situations of Papua New Guinea.

We also welcomed back the Class of 1963 for their 60-Year Reunion, with about a dozen Old Collegians travelling far and wide to return to catch up and reminisce with their peers.

It was also wonderful to welcome back former College Principal Dr Peter Casey, who enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with many familiar faces, including one of his former students, Chris Saunders (SPC 2011-15), who is working at SPC with the Clontarf Foundation, and who we must thank for presenting the Acknowledgement of Country, while also sharing his insight into the joy of returning to St Pat’s this year as a staff member.

Our St Patrick’s Day Lunch is always a wonderful day of connection and community and we thank all those who joined us this year.


Fr Eugene McKinnon entertains the crowd at the SPC St Patrick’s Day Lunch this year.

College Principal Steven O’Connor with former College Principal Dr Peter Casey and 2014 College Captain Ben Martin.

Old Collegian and longtime former staff member Frank Rice with Ben Martin.

Frank Rice, Brendon Stahl, Kevin Sullivan, Damian Goss and Fr Eugene McKinnon.

Mick Bongiorno, Andrew Seaburgh and Daryl Teschendorf.

Some of the members of the Class of 1963 celebrating their 60-Year Reunion, including Frank Rice, Mick Bongiorno, Daryl Teschendorf, Kevin Sullivan, Peter Logan, Brian Doherty, Marty Malone, 1963 College Captain Bill Joyce, Prosper Labb, Damian Goss, Andrew Seaburgh, Brendon Stahl and Robert Re.

From left, Ted Vaughan, Brian Costigan, Geoff Cahill, Noelene Cahill, Frank Moloney, Terry Cahill and Leon Gleeson.

Howard Clark, former College Principal Dr Peter Casey AM, and Ben Martin.

Fr Eugene McKinnon, College Chaplain Fr Eladio Lizada, Fr Gerard Dowling OAM and Alex Mellins.

Fr Eugene McKinnon chatting with SPC Student Council students Sam Litras and Fred Valpied.

Gabrielle Keating and Cathy Keating.

Jock Lardner, Harry Kennedy, John Lloyd and Peter Wilson.

Michael Kearney, Shane McKinley and Con McKinley.

John Coffey, Gerard Coffey and Jim Quinn.

Kevin Leitch and Michael Hanrahan.

Adrienne and Kevin Leitch.

Jack Keating, Marty Malone, Graeme Keating and Peter Logan.

Prosper and Margaret Labb.

Daryl Teschendorf and Andrew Seaburgh.

Howard Clark, College Principal Steven O’Connor and former College Principal Dr Peter Casey AM.

Old Collegian and current staff member with the SPC Clontarf Foundation, Chris Saunders presents the Acknowledgement of Country.

Peter Logan, Marty Malone and Class of 1963 College Captain Bill Joyce.