THE Crescent College Comprehensive Past Pupils Union are to honour journalist and author Simon Carswell at their upcoming annual dinner in the Castletroy Park Hotel.
The Limerick journalist - finance correspondent with the Irish Times - is to receive a roll of honour award from his alma mater for being named national journalist of the year for his work on the banking crisis.
Mr Carswell, Raheen, won the award at the inaugural National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) journalism awards last October and said he was “deeply humbled” by the Crescent PPU’s decision to honour him at their upcoming dinner.
“It is always appreciated to have your hard work acknowledged and I was even more grateful to be honoured by my alma mater,” said Simon.
“I have happy memories of my time at Crescent between 1988 and 1994. I don’t know what it was about Crescent at that time but the school produced a number of newspaper journalists during my time there - Fiona Reddan, David Labanyi and Richard Oakley.
“It has perhaps something to do with the school’s passionate English teachers and Crescent’s ethos, Jesuit or otherwise, to encourage students to have inquisitive and curious minds.
The author of the best selling book Anglo Republic added: “I am really looking forward to the occasion and I hope to share some thoughts on my time at Crescent, which will seem strange as it is not that long ago, and my reporting on the worst ever banking crisis in the modern era”.
The annual dinner is the major event on the union’s calendar and president Brien Morris said he would “appeal to all past pupils” to attend the November 3 event.
“We want to foster a fellowship between the past pupils, that is the important thing - it is too easy to stay in touch between the internet, and we want to get people together and to keep in touch,” he explained.
The union recently held a golf outing in Adare Manor, which was won by Bobby Roche. For details on the dinner and other events, see www.crescentpast.com.