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  • On the occasion of the Anzac Day national day of remembrance, as we honor those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations and the contributions and suffering of all those who served, it is fitting that the Old Paradians’ Association should acknowledge those within its own ranks, amongst them Thomas Tighe.

    Thomas’s short life story has its origins in Knockmoynah, a townland in Drumfin, County Sligo in the north-west of Ireland where he was born almost 100 years ago on February 18, 1919. Thomas was one of nine children born to John and Mary Frances (nee O’Connor) Tighe, but little is known about his early years in the Emerald Isle, or indeed when he joined his own ones on the long and arduous voyage to Australia.

    But it is recorded that the Tighe family settled in inner city Melbourne, within close proximity of CBC Parade – and it was at the “Old Bluestone Pile” that Thomas was schooled for three years from February 1934 before he furthered his education at St. Kevin’s.
  • The following is a tribute to Br Peter Cole cfc by Frank Fitzgerald, a final year student of Parade College in 1968.



    Br Peter Cole died peacefully on the afternoon of Friday April 13 after a long battle with poor health. His passing will no doubt cause many to remember Peter for the generous and caring person he was, and I add these thoughts to the shared memory of this great man.

    It was very early in the school year of 1967 that I first met Br Peter “Alfie” Cole. As a student I was visiting the other Year 12 classes to pass on a message to my fellow students. We were aware that there had been some staff changes but these staff had not been introduced formally. One of the classes I visited was being conducted by one of those Brothers who were new to the school. I was absolutely flabbergasted when he greeted me with the words “hello Frank FitzGerald, what can I help you with…”.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • The Final Quarter - a men's well-being weekend June 22-24

    Richard Rohr, in his book Falling Upward, speaks of the final quarter of a man’s life as critical – that while one’s physical ability and drive for work are in decline there is a need to grow a healthy sense of self-acceptance and letting go.

    The final quarter is about becoming the wise elder. This is a path to freedom and peace.

    Accordingly, the Old Paradians’ Association is inviting men who are entering the significant final quarter of life, to participate in a weekend away.

    To be held at Edmund Rice Centre Amberley on June 22–24, the weekend commences with Dinner at 6.00pm on Friday and concludes after lunch on Sunday.

    Cost for the weekend is $290.00 and includes accommodation and catering.

    For further information please contact either:
    Lewis Derrico 0401 525 502
    Andy Walsh 0419 222 388
    John Dinan 0438 014 304
    Peter Hay 0409 008 319
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  • OPA Monthy Luncheon (Mothers' Day)

    On what doubles as the Old Paradians’ Association’s annual Mother’s Day Luncheon at the RACV City Club, the Old Paradians’ Association also honours a long and loyal servant to the community with its Woman of Distinction Award.
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  • 1968 Reunion

    Whether you’re a final-year student of the Class of 1968, a veteran of the Vietnam War and subsequent conflicts, or an Old Paradian with an interest in the leather conveyance, join the Old Paradians’ Association as it hosts a Luncheon prior to an ACC game involving Parade’s 1st XVIII team, in the newly-refurbished Frank Mount Social Rooms.
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ABOUT

The Old Paradians' Association seeks to foster links with all past students, whose formative years were shaped by the Christian Brothers of Parade College.

Formally established in 1914, the Association’s inaugural 13-man committee included the President James Kennedy (who completed his Matriculation class at Parade in 1890), Reverend Brother JM Dwyer and the Rush brothers Robert and William, all of whom maintained a continuing interest in the Association for the rest of their lives.

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