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Old Portora Union

Old Portora Union

Calendar of events from October 2017 to September 2018

  1. Dublin Lunch: Saturday, 2 December, 2017 in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. 12.30 for 1.00. Cost: approximately 35 euros to be paid to the hotel on the day. Further information from Robert Northridge or John Graham at OPU.information@gmail.com
  2. Belfast Lunch: Friday, 2 March, 2018. Time: 12.30 for 1.00. In the Reform Club, Royal Avenue, Belfast. Cost £25, by cheque payable to ‘Old Portora Union’ and posted to Roy McMullen, 35 Chestnut Grove, Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh, BT94 2AW, before 24 February 2018. Further information from Robert Northridge at OPU.information@gmail.com
  3. London Dinner: March, 2017; contact Ian Burn at vlsburia@me.com for further details .
  4. Magazine deadline: Saturday 24 March 2018 is the last date for articles for the 2018 Old Portora Magazine. All articles, correspondence, reports, etc. should be sent to the editor Robert Northridge on OPU.information@gmail.com
  5. AGM : Tuesday, 5 June, 2018 at 8pm in the Seale Room in Portora. Further information from Robert Northridge at OPU.information@gmail.com
  6. Annual Dinner: Saturday, 29 September, 2018 in Portora. Time: 7.30 for 8.00. Cost £35.00 by cheque payable to ‘Old Portora Union’ and posted to the Hon. Robert Northridge, OPU, Enniskillen Royal School, Portora, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7HA before 22 September. Partners are welcome and dress is lounge suits. Further information from Robert Northridge on OPU.information@gmail.com


OP 50+ Reunion at Portora


Annual OP Dublin Lunch Photos

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Ivan Vaughan

Joseph and Millicent Jelly, Robert Pocock, David Kingston, and others.jpg 

Sam Poyntz, Robert Wallace, Norman Slack, and others.

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Neill Morton, John Booth and other OPs.

Robert and Hannah Northridge, John Aiken, Tom Molyneux, and others.jpg 

Robert and Hannah Northridge, John Aiken, Tom Molyneux, and others.

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Roland Eadie, Richard Collins, Don Trotter.

Sam Poyntz, Robert Wallace, Norman Slack, and others.jpg 

Sam Poyntz, Robert Wallace, Norman Slack, and others.

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Sam Poyntz, Ronnie Chambers, Henry Jack.

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Stuart Musgrave, Gerry Lowe and others.

Annual OP Dublin Lunch

The Annual OP Dublin Lunch will be held in the Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, on Saturday 10 December 2011 at 12.30 for 1.00.
Members who attend will pay for their own lunch on the day.

If you wish to attend, please inform the Hon. Secretary, Robert Northridge, at opu.information@gmail.com
Also, please phone or email your friends and inform them of the lunch so we can have a large attendance.

Annual Dinner 2011

This will be held at 7.30 for 8.00 on Saturday 24 September in the Dining Hall at Portora. Dress is lounge suits and guests are welcome. The cost is £35 per person. 
Those wishing to attend should send, their name, address and email address, the names of any guests, and a cheque to Mrs. Fiona Johnston, Portora Royal School, Enniskillen BT74 7HA.
Cheques should be made payable to "Old Portora Union".

Old Portora Union: Officers 2011
President: Roy McMullen
Vice-president: James Parttison
Hon Secretary: Robert Northridge, 9 Coole Drive, Enniskillen, BT74 6BS
Hon. Treasurer: David Hassard

OPU (London Branch) Annual Dinner 2011

The Annual Dinner of the Old Portora Union will be held in .For more information, please visit the OPU London Branch's website Dinner page at http://web.me.com/vlsburia/OPULondon/OPU_dinner_2011.html.

For more information about the London OPU in general, please visit http://tempuri.org/tempuri.html

Dublin OPs Lunch 2010

Please click here to read a letter addressed to OP members interested in attending the Dublin Lunch on 4th December 2010

OPU Annual Dinner 2010

The Annual Dinner of the Old Portora Union will be held in the Dining Hall of Portora Royal School at 8.00pm on Saturday 25 September 2010. If you wish to attend, please fill out the form (download it here) and post it to the address at the bottom of the form.

Dublin OPs Lunch 2009

A very successful lunch was held in the Conrad Hotel in Dublin on 5 December 2009 for 30 Old Portorans and wives. The current President of the OPU, Robert Northridge, welcomed everyone and thanked Ian Crawford for organising the event. Unfortunately was unable to attend the lunch due to a family bereavement. Robert went on to express the sadness of all connected with Portora at the recent sad deaths of Bill and Anne Barbour. The pictures below tell their own story of the party. It is hoped to hold a similar function on the first Saturday of December in 2010. If you think that you might like to attend the 2010 function, email Robert Northridge at robhannort@aol.com.


Jean and George Briscoe and M. Graham


TE Milligan and Mrs. Milligan


Mary and David Orr, Tom and Fred Jackson


Nicola Wallace (Stewart), Trevor Hull, Denzil Balfour, Jason McChesney, Richard Bennett


Henry Jack and Bishop Sam Poyntz


Robert Pocock and Tom Molyneux


David Cope and David Judge


David Kingston, David Andrews and his wife


Lunch begins!

The Quatercentenary Year

Old Portoran Weekend and Ball

At Portora 
Will take place on 12th – 13th September 2008 
For More Information Please Click Here

London Dinner 2008

The 55th annual dinner of the OPU London Branch will take place on Friday 7th March 2008 at the Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN. The event will commence at 7pm with dinner at 8pm.

The event attracts between 40 and 75 ex-pupils every year, and is a great way of networking and meeting fellow Old Portorans of all ages at this exclusive London venue. The price for the dinner will be £55.00 per person, and this includes a 3 course meal with wine. A cash bar will be available after the dinner until midnight.

If you would like to reserve your place at the dinner, please contact David Knox on opulondon@btinternet.com for more details. The deadline for booking your place is Friday 22nd February 2008.

If you would like to be kept up to date with further information on OP events in the London region please send a brief email with your name and preferred contact details to the London secretary (David Knox): opulondon@btinternet.com

For some pictures taken at the 2006 dinner please scroll down.

Looking for Old Portorans who first came to Form 1 in 1957

A 50th anniversary reunion is being planned for those who joined Form 1 in 1957.

We do not have contact details for the following Old Portorans whom we would like to invite to this years' reunion: VC Mahon, Dr KR Mayne, JG Menaul, RP Miller, WH Thompson

Please pass on details to the school administration: info@portora.enniskillen.ni.sch.uk

OPU London Branch Dinner 2007

This was held at the Army and Navy Club on 16th March. Attending at the dinner were the Headmaster of Portora accompanied by the Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy. The evening was well attended with 46 being present

Congratulations Ashley on being awarded your PhD

50th Anniversary Reunion

(Friday 15th and Saturday 16th September 2006)

Last week the Portora first form of 1956 gathered to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of their starting at Portora. Three of the 38 day boys are now deceased but Arthur Ovens worked hard to track down the others. Many are still living in Fermanagh but others have scattered, both within Northern Ireland and further a field; one in Sydney and another in Tasmania. 

The reunion was held at the Killyhevlin Hotel and twelve Old Boys met for dinner along with their former teacher Victor Brennan, Ian Crawford from the Board of Govenors and Headmaster Neil Morton.

The following morning the party met at Portora for a tour of the school, to visit their old haunts and reminisce of their school days. Later several paid a short visit to former Maths teacher Rene Benson, presenting her with a bunch of flowers and a card signed by all those who gathered.

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From Left: IR McMullen, KC Strong,  SL Ross,  Dr WE Vaughan,  AG Gilespie,  RH Corrigan,  
V Brennan (Teacher),  CH Blair,  KV Gowan,  WJ Nevin.
Seated: AWD Ovens,  AIA Crawford (Board of Governors)

Old Portora Union (OPU) London Branch Dinner 2006

The annual dinner of the OPU London Branch was held on Friday 17th March 2006 at a venue in Central London. This year the dinner was attended by 43 Old Portorans, this is an increase over last year's attendance.

A flavour of the evening can be gained from the following photographs; perhaps you will recognise an old school pal with whom you have lost contact.


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Old Portorans celebrate after 50 years

It was back in September 1955 that 28 young Femanagh boys became aquainted on their first day at Portora Royal School. This was quite an experience for eleven-year olds from remote areas of Co. Fermanagh who left home at around 7.30am to catch a bus for Enniskillen and then walk the remaining mile to the top of Portora Hill. The journey was repeated on the way home and finished at 5.30pm for some. This is only one of the many experiences reflected on by members of the Class of 1955 when they held their first reunion on Friday 16th September in the Killyhelvin Hotel. Of the original 28 boys, 3 are now deceased (2 as a result of accidents) and a further three were unable to be contacted. A total of 16 "mature men" and some of their wives turned up for a Celebration Dinner and entertained the surviving members of the teaching staff from that era, namely, Mrs R Benson, Mr B Barbour, Mr B Bell, Mr V Brennan, Mr E Rowlette  and Archbishop D Caird. The event was a very enjoyable and quite emotional experience for some, who had not met for up to 45 years. The necessary toasts were very ably proposed and replied to by all concerned and it is hoped that the Class of 1955 have set a precedent for future celebrations. The reunion continued on Saturday with a visit to the School after the Portora v Methody rugby match, when the Headmaster, Mr N Morton provided refreshments and a conducted tour of the school buildings. We are sincerely indebted to the Killyhevlin Hotel for an excellent meal, to Mr N Morton for his hospitality at Portora, to Mr D Henderson for the video and DVD and Gail Magowan for the group photographs.

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Front Left to Right
Mervin Menown, Stanley Dane, Gordon Wilkinson, Harry Thompson,
Brian Brown, Bertie Irwin, Gerry Drennan, Freddie Hughes.

Back Left to Right
Basil Elliott, John Gowan, Robert Northridge, Jim Armstrong,
Michael Johnston, Roy Crawford, Ian Crawford.

Former Teachers of those attending the 50th Anniversary Reunion

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Former Teachers Left to Right
Bill Barbour, Ed Rowlette, Rene Benson, Archbishop Donald Caird,
Bobby Bell, Victor Brennan.