Row Person of the Year 2020 - Mr. Pat Neill

The President Jerry Carroll and Committee of the Westland Row Past Pupils Union are delighted to announce that the Row Person of the year is Mr. Pat Neill, Head of Security at the Dundrum Shopping Centre.
 Pat will be presented with the PV Doyle trophy at our Annual Dinner on Saturday January 25th

Mr. Pat Neill MBA

Pat completed his Leaving Cert in 1973 and joined an Garda Siochana in September 1974. He was appointed to the rank of Detective in 1978, involved in the newly formed Anti-Terrorist Unit. Pat reached the rank of Inspector and trained with most of the Anti-Terrorist Units in Europe and in New Jersey USA.

1993 to 2000, Pat managed the Specialist training school, Phoenix Park, Garda Headquarters.

1994 - Awarded the Toast Masters of the Year Award - Hellfire Toast Masters Club.

1994 - Received Garda National Award for developing a Drugs Awareness Information Strategy Programme for all Garda Districts, in order to deliver a a single message when lecturing to schools throughout the country.

1997 - Developed and co-ordinated the first course for the Criminal Asset Bureau (CAB) on Money Laundering and Asset seizing. (Garda, Customs and Revenue)

1998 - Developed the Batchelor of Arts Degree Programme “BA Degree in Police Management” for Senior Garda Officers (in association with Limerick University).

1997 - Conferred with the International Executive Master in Business Administration (IE.MBA), Smurfit Business School.

Pat acted as an advisor on the 2016 to 2022 DLR County Development Plan on matters relating to County Transportation. He ensures that the DLR Chamber is represented on the (SPC’s) advisory committees, Public and Social Housing Committees.

Pat represents Dundrum Town Centre Retailers on two of IBEC’s advisory committees relating to H&S in Retail and the Transportation Committee.

Member, Board of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) Chamber of Commerce since 2008. From May 2016 to May 2018 Pat served as President of the DLR Chamber of Commerce. Pat remains a Director of the DLR Chamber to this day.

Annual Dinner. Westbury Hotel, Saturday, January 25, 2020

This takes place, as usual in the Westbury Hotel, on Saturday, January 25th 2020. The ticket price is €60. Contact John Cullen at or 087 2312728 to reserve a place.

Message from Jerry Carroll, President, Westland Row Past Pupils Union.

As we approach Christmas, I welcome this opportunity to address members of the Westland Row Past Pupils Union (PPU) and all past pupils of the ‘Row’.

It is many years since I was a pupil in the ‘Row’. Yet, throughout my life I have been very proud of having attended the alma mater of Patrick and Willie Pearse and all those pupils, too many to name individually, who have made major contributions to the social, economic, sporting and artistic development of our country.

As the Officers and Members of the Union’s Committee are not getting any younger, I have made the focus of my term of office to endeavour to recruit new members and particularly younger members to the Committee.

I direct my call to those who have left the school in the last twenty years. In particular, I would be most pleased to see the level of female representation and involvement in the PPU grow in the period ahead.

I am, therefore, asking past pupils to consider joining the PPU and taking part in its activities. The next big event will be the Annual Dinner, which will be held in the Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, on Saturday 25 January 2020. All are welcome. Tickets are available from the Hon. Secretary of the PPU, John Cullen (

I will keep you updated on events during the course of 2020.

Finally, Happy Christmas to everyone and wishing you every success in 2020.

Jerry Carroll,


Message ends.

Passing of Mr. Des Byrne, former PPU Committee Member

The Westland Row Past Pupils Union committee is saddened to announce the death of former committee member Des Byrne. Des passed away on July 15th. He founded (along with Phelim O’Leary and Graham Wilkinson) the well known market research company Behaviour and Attitudes in 1985. The company thrived and is now amongst the most respected nationally and internationally.

Along with John Cullen and Jim Conway, Des led a series of projects marking the sesquicentennial of the School, in particular most of the historical documents available under the 'Window on the Past' tab for which he did a great deal of deep and scholarly research. Des, John and Jim completed a very significant amount of collaborative work over a short period of time culminating in the very Cuimhneachain text which can be downloaded from the same tab. Des also organised a hugely successful concert in 2015. He was both a colleague and a friend to all committee members.

Des will be hugely missed by all of us who had the honour to make his acquaintance or to know him. Des was awarded the honour of Row Person of the year 2014. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

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Row Person of the Year 2019 - Prof. Patrick Felle

The President Jerry Carroll and Committee of the Westland Row Past Pupils Union are delighted to announce that the Row Person of the year is Prof. Patrick Felle from the School of Medicine in UCD.

Professor Patrick Felle MB BCh BAO BSc(Anat) MSc(HealthInf) Grad Dip(Dermat)

Assoc. Dean Medicine (International)
, Assoc. Professor and Head of Medical Informatics

School of Medicine, University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.


Pat Felle sat the Leaving Cert in Westland Row in 1973. He spent some years in banking and IT in London and in Ireland, before studying medicine and qualifying as a doctor in 1983.

He initially trained as an anatomist in UCD and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and in this role travelled extensively in the Middle East, teaching and examining surgical anatomy. In the mid-1990’s, recognising the impact of digital data and the emerging internet technologies on medicine, he established the Centre for Healthcare Informatics in UCD, one of the first of such centres in the world. He is now Associate Dean of Medicine (International) at UCD. He manages international recruitment for the UCD School of Medicine, mainly in North America and Asia. He is a board member of the Irish- owned and run RUMC Medical School in Penang, Malaysia.

Pat also continues to practice clinical Medicine. He was parttime Assistant in Emergency Medicine in Beaumont Hospital for 20 years, and in more recent times is a parttime family practitioner. He has been involved in sports medicine for many years, as a voluntary medical officer with the FAI and with Cuala GAA.

Pat’s father, Paddy, was primary school teacher in the Row from 1960 until his retirement in 1981. Pat has two sons, Conor and Naoise.

Notifications from the WR CBS PPU

Annual Dinner. Westbury Hotel, January 26, 2019

This takes place, as usual in the Westbury Hotel, on Saturday 26 January 2019. The ticket price is €60. Contact John Cullen at or 087 2312728 to reserve a place.

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