Past Pupils of Knockbeg College


The College has the oldest surviving Past Pupils’ Union in the country and it is an invaluable aid to the College, purchasing a new bus for us in the last couple of years and also contributing funds for other resources. The annual Golf Day they organise each June in Carlow raises funds for the school and allows past-pupils to meet socially. A biennial 'Reunion Dinner' is held and attracts close to two hundred people. The President of the Past Pupils’ Union at the moment is former Rector, Fr. Dan Dunne and Carlow Branch Chairman is Mr. John Behan.

A board inside the college’s front entrance hall lists the Presidents of the Past Pupils Union from 1930 to the present day.



Biennial Dinner.

The 2017  P.P.U  Dinner takes place on the 18th of November 2017 in the Seven Oaks Hotel  at 7.30 pm.

As always all past pupils are welcome.However the special guests of this year's Renunion Dinner are those past pupils who left the college in a year ending in a 7 or  8.

The 10 year classes  are those who left in 2007 and 2008.

The 20 year classes are those who left in 1997 and 1998.

The 30 year classes are those who left in  1987 and 1988.

The 40 year classes are those who left in  1977 and 1978.

The 50 year classes are those who left in   1967 and 1968.

Information with regards to the classes and tickets are available from Noeleen in the College Office (059 91 42127-----059 91 43705).

We in the Carlow Branch of the P.P.U urge you all to contact as many of your classmates as possible and to encourage them to attend the Renunion Dinner.

Make the effort ,you will be glad you came and others will be glad to see you.

John Behan.Knockbeg P.P.U Carlow Branch Chairman.


Some Notable Alumni

  • James Fintan Lalor - Founder of The Irish Tenant Rights Association 1846.

  • William Hoey Kearney Redmond - Irish Nationalist and Parliamentary M.P. for 34 years.

  • Lt.Col.Myles Keogh - Killed with General Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

  • Kevin O'Higgins - Pro Treaty T.D. and Minister for Home Affairs in the First Dail ( 1922 ). Founder of An Garda Siochana.

  • Tommy Murphy (The Boy Wonder ) - Laois and Leinster footballer. Midfield on the Team of the Millennium.

  • Paddy Lalor - Fianna Fail T.D. for Laois/Offaly. Minister for Industry and Commerce and M.E.P.

  • Charlie Flanagan Fine Gael T.D. for Laois/Offaly - Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

  • Liam Hayes - Journalist, Editor, All Star and All Ireland winning Meath footballer.

  • Hugh Byrne, Co. Wicklow, GAA President from 1961 to 1964.

  • Liam O'Neill, Trumera, Co. Laois,  GAA President 2012 to 2014.