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Dean of Residence

SVC 1835-2006

Sep 1, 2009
Dean of Residence - KnockUnion.ie

Denis O'Donovan, CM

Dean 1970-73, 1974-80, 1981-87

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SVC opened for business in 1835 with a management troika of President, Vice-President and Dean. Of these the Dean was responsible for pupil discipline twenty-four-seven, and initially his mandate also included the classroom precincts, but in 1869 academia related matters were spun out to the newly created position of Prefect of Studies.

The first Dean was James Lynch, CM and of the next fifty to serve, all were Vincentians and all bar four were pastmen. It was a remarkable system of self renewal - past pupils joined the Vins and returned to the College as Dean and so the circle continued for 150 years.

The Junior School for its short 1968-1993 shelf life also had its own Dean and nine of those twenty-five years were accounted for by Fr. Denis O'Donovan, CM. Denis then proceeded to serve a further six years in the senior house, and so by a long shot was our longest serving Dean.

Denis was also the last of the line for after his 1981-87 term, the next nineteen years were covered by lay teachers. The first of these, Gerard Byrne, ended up serving the longest continuous term at ten years and the last three remain teachers within the College to this day - Trevor McDonnell, Tom McGauley and Kieran Gallagher.

In 2006 as the last Boarders left the College, the role became redundant and 171 years of the SVC Dean came to an end.


TERM SENIOR HOUSE DEAN past pupil note
   
2002-06 Kieran Gallagher, BSc, HDE    
2001-02 Tom McGauley, BA, HDE    
2000-01 Trevor McDonnell, BSc, HDE    
1998-00 Anton Forde Esq.    
1997-98 Kevin Clarke Esq.,    
1987-97 Gerard Byrne, BA, DCC    
   
1981-87 Denis O'Donovan, CM class '59  
1977-81 Peter J. Slevin, CM   3
1970-77 Kevin O'Shea, CM   5
1968-70 Donal Sullivan, CM class '56  
1964-68 Matthew Barry, CM class '55 3
1963-64 Seamus O'Flynn, CM class '51 1
1962-63 Patrick O'Donoghue, CM class '44 5
1959-62 Thomas Davitt, CM class '46  
1953-59 Patrick O'Donoghue, CM class '44 5
1951-53 Brendan Steen, CM class '40 1
1946-51 Kevin O'Kane, CM class '39  
1941-46 Michael J. Walsh, CM class '30 3
1938-41 William Sullivan, CM class '23 4
1935-38 Killian Kehoe, CM class '25 1
1931-35 William Sullivan, CM class '23 4
1929-31 John Carroll, CM class '18  
1926-29 William Meagher, CM class '17 4
1925-26 John Murphy, CM class '15  
1922-25 Thomas K. Donovan, CM class '13 4
1917-22 Thomas Hickey, CM class '06 8
1915-17 Henry O'Connor, CM class '05 4
1911-15 James Bennett, CM class '98  
1908-11 Edward P. Meehan, CM class '98 5
1902-08 Nicholas Comerford, CM class '94  
1901-02 Michael Gorman, CM class '92 8
1899-01 John Conran, CM class '79  
1899-99 Timothy Donovan, CM    
1898-99 Patrick Kilty,CM    
1896-98 Thomas McCarthy, CM class '91  
1895-96 Joseph Brady, CM class '87  
1892-95 Patrick Hullen, CM class '86  
1890-92 John Lavery, CM class '82  
1889-90 Paul Cullen, CM class '84 4
1885-89 John Conran, CM class '79  
1884-85 Robert Jones, CM class '79  
1879-84 Louis Bean, CM class '68  
1878-79 Joseph Cussen, CM class '74 8
1869-78 Eugene O'Rorke, CM class '64  
1869-69 George Campbell, CM class '63  
1867-69 Michael Cribbin, CM class '63  
1867-67 Robert Ryan, CM class '63  
1866-67 Peter Byrne, CM class '58 2
1864-66 Michael Roche, CM class '59  
1864-64 Peter Byrne, CM class '58 2
1862-64 Michael Mullen, CM class '56  
1858-62 Malachy O'Callaghan, CM class '46 7
1856-58 Nicholas Barlow, CM class '46  
1849-56 Malachy O'Callaghan, CM class '46 7
1843-49 Matthew Kavanagh, CM class '41  
1842-43 John Lynch, CM class '39  
1835-42 James Lynch, CM   6
       
  JUNIOR HOUSE DEAN    
       
1992-93 Paschal Scallon, CM class '80  
1988-92 Eamon Devlin, CM    
1980-88 Donal Sullivan, CM class '56  
1974-80 Denis O'Donovan, CM class '59  
1973-74 Patrick McCrohan, CM    
1970-73 Denis O'Donovan, CM class '59  
1968-70 Kevin O'Shea, CM   5
   

NOTE ALSO SERVED AS:    
1 Prefect of Studies
2 Prefect of Studies and Vice-President
3 Prefect of Studies, VP and President
4 Prefect of Studies and President
5 President
6 Vice President
7 Vice President and President
8 Bursar