A college is always proud of its graduates. It is a source of great satisfaction for staff to see those who we were honoured to have as students using their education as a stepping stone to succeed in such a diverse range of achievements.
Austin graduated from Lucan Community College in 1997. He is well remembered in the college for achieving an award for the highest result in Construction Studies in Ireland that year. His project was a truly beautiful rocking horse – a work of art! He studied medicine in Trinity College Dublin and graduated in 2003 with first class honours in medicine and surgery. After training in St. James’ Hospital in Dublin for three years he attained his membership examinations for the Royal College of Physicians in 2006. He has since completed four years further training in general practice in the South Eastern General Practice Training Programme and was awarded the gold medal for general practice in Ireland in 2010. Austin still uses his Woodwork skills around his home. And where is the rocking horse now? Austin tells me that his current screen saver shows his two young daughters playing happily with his fifteen year old construction studies project!
Leanne Evertsen graduated with honours from the Veterinary College at University College Dublin in 2002. Since qualifying Leanne has specialised in small animal practice and has worked at a number of busy practices in both the UK and Ireland. She has also worked in emergency out-of-hours hospitals in Dublin and Leeds, gaining a lot of medical and surgical experience. She was nominated for the Stronghold™ Veterinary Pet Care Awards 2004. Although she loves general small animal practice she has a particular interest in eyes. Leanne set up Barna veterinary clinic in May 2008 and added their Moycullen branch in July 2010. Leanne has a Maine Coon cat called Merlin who thinks he’s a dog rather than a cat. Leanne and her parents attended our 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance and remembered her days in Lucan Community College fondly.
Davin is an Irish designer who is qualified as both a furniture designer and industrial designer. He found design to be his passion at a young age and has engrossed himself in it ever since. This passion for design has taken him to many places, both for recreation and for education. He is currently the head designer at Kooyong Design. Davin is also a keen amateur photographer with an interest in travel.
As a student in Lucan Community College, Katie excelled academically but was also a key performer in the LCC Chamber Choir from 1st to 6th year and well deserved the overall student of the year award when she graduated. She is currently studying medicine in Trinity College Dublin and (surprise, surprise) still finds time for her extra-curricular activities as a member of the Trinity College Singers.
Even as a student Sean showed an aptitude for writing. In 1994/95 as part of his Transition Year he was afforded an opportunity by the late Christina Murphy, Education editor of the Irish Times to gain work experience there. In the summer of 1997 he was appointed by her to write the first features on the experience of being a contemporary Leaving Certificate candidate and, the following autumn, to describe the ‘fresher’ experience of university life. He graduated from NUI Maynooth and undertook further studies up to Masters level. So it is no surprise that he has to date published two humorous memoirs, Sticking Out in Minnesota: A Dubliner’s Journey and American Road, while also working as a civil servant and becoming Assistant General Secretary of the Public Service Executive Union. He is chairperson of the Irish Writers’ Union and founder of the James Plunkett Short Story Award.
As chief economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers for the last eight years, Dermot is charged with getting the firm’s morning comment on the economic outlook out early. He is a frequent contributor to the economic debate in the national and international media.
Lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter with the Riptide Movement – Keep on Keepin’ on, Mal! The Movement had a phenomenal year in 2012 including sell out shows, festivals all over Europe and touring Germany, Russia, France, India and the UK. They have supported Bon Jovi and Bob Dylan and are planning a nationwide tour of Ireland during 2013.
Karl Brabazon (Class of 1994)
Karl will be known to many of you as the founder and manager of Lucan Boxing Club and as a former amateur turned professional boxer. After graduating from Lucan CC he attended the National College of Health and Fitness. Karl’s commitment to promoting boxing locally gives him the opportunity to share his love of the sport with other youngsters in the area and he had built up an open and welcoming club.
Ronan was one of the first students who took part in the Gluais student leadership programme. He went onto become chairperson of Gluais which is still going from strength to strength in many schools in the Lucan area. He is currently director of Eagle Dreams Ltd, a successful digital media company in Waterford.
Dr John Byrne, BCL, LLM, PhD (Class of 1993)
John is currently working as a legal researcher and drafter and is currently working on criminalising vehicle clocking – the practice where the odometer on a motor vehicle misrepresents the true mileage travelled by the motor vehicle to fraudulently affect a higher market value for the vehicle.He also worked on proposals for mandatory sentencing during his time with the Law Reform Commission.
Ross, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, is a qualified New York Attorney and Barrister. Ross was called to the Irish Bar in 2007 having been awarded the James Murnaghan Memorial Prize. He is a recognised expert in matters of family and child law. He has published a number of legal texts including Prenuptial Agreements. He was appointed by the Minister for Justice in 2007 to a special study group to report on the status of prenuptial agreements in Ireland which published its report in April 2007 to widespread acclaim. Ross lectures at Griffith College Dublin in the Law of Trusts and Family Law.
Leanne Caulfield (Class of 2008)
Voted 6th year student of the year in 2008, Leanne very quickly went on to make waves in the area of social justice and was appointed as President of the Irish Second-level students’ union which launched the ISSU Scholar Card. She presented at the Claiming Our Future launch for a Plan B for economic recovery in 2012. Leanne was chairperson of the student council during her time in Lucan CC. She is currently Hononary President of the National Student Executive.
Anthony Malone left LCC in 1990, only to return five years later as a member of the teaching staff! His Leaving Cert results won him the inaugural Smurfit University Scholarship, where he studied English and History, gaining the top place for that combination in his Degree exam. Another scholarship took him to the University of Copenhagen for a Master’s Degree (with the added complication that all classes were taught in Danish!), and he returned with a First Class Honours M.A. a year later. The H. Dip. in Education followed, and so Anthony returned to LCC for many years teaching English, History and CSPE. He was subsequently employed as Deputy Principal in Ratoath College and has been working in the Education Department in NUI Maynooth since October 2007. He teaches across a range of programmes including the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, the Masters in Education, the Masters in Education (School Leadership), the Postgraduate Diploma (Educational Leadership) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management. Anthony works actively with second level schools across Ireland presenting staff days and engaging in follow up sessions. He is currently very actively involved with Dr. Padráig Hogan, in leading the TL21 Transfer Initiative a continuing professional development strategy for teachers.
Aisling is a commissioned officer in the Irish Defence Forces, currently holding the rank of Captain and is employed in the Personnel Section of the Headquarters in the Defense Forces Training Centre. Aisling Regan graduated from NUI Maynooth with a First Class Honors Degree in Social Science in 2008, attaining the Professor Liam Ryan Prize for Best Student in Sociology.
She has special responsibility for the administration and processing of applications for redress of wrongs and grievance procedures and for recruitment and discharges within her territorial formation. She has previous overseas experience working with the NATO Mission in Kosovo. She is currently pursuing a Masters in International Relations.
Almost three years ago, Irish band The Gandhis released their debut album, You Are My Friend. The album’s upbeat music has a reflective lyrical content that referenced tragedies of various kinds (a legacy of all the band members having studied history in college). “I think we all felt that if everything went awry,” says Aidan, “then the first album was something we would always have. It was like having a childhood ambition totally filled – and it was exactly what we were at, and where we were at.” With their most recent album, After Autumn, The Gandhis sing about growing up, maturing, dealing with getting older, and how you face the challenges that occur because of certain experiences. A change is gonna come!
When I finished my LC in 2004 I knew I wanted to play golf for a living so I set about doing so by practicing full time and working a few jobs to fund myself. I made steady progress and by 2007 I had represented Leinster at U21 and men’s level numerous times. That year I won my first Irish cap at the men’s Home Internationals and over the next few seasons went on to play for Ireland in 3 Home Internationals and 2 European Championships. Obviously to be chosen to play in these great international events for Ireland I had to have some good individual results in amateur championships throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. My highlight result came in 2010 when I won the East of Ireland Amateur Championship. The same year I was also invited to play in the Irish Open in Killarney GC.
After getting a taste of professional golf I turned pro at the end of 2010 and I have spent the past 2 seasons on the Europro Tour which is mainly based in the UK but also has some events in Ireland. I have won some pro-am events on the tour and have had some good results in big tournaments. I came close to moving up onto the main European Tour in 2012 but now feel I’m finally good enough to make the step up and play against the world’s best in 2013.
I have a lot of good memories of Lucan CC and I’m still best of friends with the same group of guys I met back then. My fondest memories have to be competing for the school in football, golf and especially hockey where we were very successful. It’s true what people say – that your school days are some of the best in your life.