GAA star Tohill to return to St Pat’s

St. Patrick's ambassador Anthony Tohill is looking forward to the college hosting it's first black tie dinner to mark it's 50th year.
St. Patrick's ambassador Anthony Tohill is looking forward to the college hosting it's first black tie dinner to mark it's 50th year.

DERRY GAA star Anthony Tohill is set to return to his former school St Patrick’s College Maghera to help the school celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for St. Patrick’s College Maghera, the school has planned a unique evening of entertainment, reunion and reminiscing.

To mark this historic jubilee year the prestigious College will host its first ‘Black Tie’ dinner in the Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena on November 1st, providing an opportunity for former staff and pupils to reunite for an exclusive evening’s craic and entertainment.

Ambassador for the College, former All Star and All Ireland winner Anthony Tohill will be leading the scramble for tickets:

Principal of St. Patrick’s Mrs. Anne Scott last night said: “It is a wonderful opportunity for the St. Patrick’s family to come together again. There will be entertainment throughout the evening, speakers will recall yarns, tales and ‘folklore’ of the College’s history, and we have a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Thousands of pupils have passed trough the College over the past fifty years, so this being the first ever ‘reunion’ we hope that former pupils and staff will be able to join us for what promises to be a fabulous evening.

“Accomplished past pupils from the entertainment world have agreed to provide a unique routine, created just for this special evening. The evening will be rounded off with music by ‘The Boogie Men’ when old friends can dance the night away,” added the Principal.

It is anticipated that former team mates from hurling, football and camogie will come out to show their support for the prestigious College in such an important year in it’s history. Former managers from teams through the past of the school will have an opportunity to re-unite with their past fellow pupils and no doubt there will be many tales to tell.

A full photographic display of years gone by will be on display providing an opportunity to see if people recognise themselves or indeed their classmates from their school days.

With many families now having had their own children pass through the College in the last 50 years, it will also provide an opportunity for families to come together and recall shared experiences of their time at St. Patrick’s.

Alongside an illustrious sporting past St. Patrick’s has an established tradition of Musicals and stage performances where pupils gifted in other ways could display their talent, many of these former pupils have taken up acting and singing as a profession. It is hoped many of those former stars of the stage will come together again to help celebrate this wonderful occasion.

‘The Saint Patrick’s 50th Anniversary Reunion presents a wonderful opportunity for past pupils and teachers to meet once again and re-establish friendships. It is a unique chance to build personal and business connections.’

This unique evening promises to be a wonderful opportunity to take people back to the times of their youth, and relive some of the wonderful historic occasions in the history of the South Derry College.

Demand for tickets is sure to be high, don’t miss this great chance to see old friends and colleagues. Tickets cost £50 per head and can be purchased individually or by table of ten. Anyone interested in booking their tickets for the night can do so by contacting the College on 02879642451 or by emailing