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Hunt is on to find missing Irish classmate ‘living in London’ to make school reunion complete

Oliver (Ollie) O’Brien is pictured in the front row third from left

AN IRISHMAN in his late 60s is appealing for help in finding a former classmate believed to be in London to make an upcoming school reunion complete. 

Cormac Gordon, 68, studied at St Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon in the 1960s.

He told The Irish Post that in October he and several others obtained all the names of the 66 students in their class from the school and began contacting everyone in the list with the intention of inviting them all to a reunion.

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While some of the class has passed away, Gordon was successful in informing all but one of his living ex-classmates – whom he studied alongside between 1961-66 – to the event on June 4 at the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo.

What we do know about Oliver (Ollie) O’Brien

Here’s what we know about the one man they have not been able to track down: Oliver (Ollie) O’Brien, 68, came from Enniscrone, Co.Sligo.

He used to live and work as a carpenter in Dublin during the 1970s. He lived in the Rathmines area in the south side of the city, and played football for GAA club Portobello during that time.

It is not known where he currently lives, but Mr Gordon believes that he has been based in London for the last 25 years.

It is thought that Ollie lived in the Muswell Hill area in 1985/86 and worked around the Golder’s Green.

As far as his classmates know,  he never married.

He said that it would be “disappointing” if they could not make contact with Mr O’Brien ahead of the reunion.

“I remember him well, he was in the same class as me,” he said. “We’d be disappointed if we can’t contact him as we’ve managed to contact everybody else. Our goal was just to at least make contact with everyone, it’s understandable that not everyone can make it to the reunion.”

Around 40 of the former classmates – most of whom were from Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Galway – are due to attend the reunion in June.

Two members of the class are now living in Australia, four in the US, 12 in England and the rest across Ireland, while 11 have since passed away.

Mr O’Brien was a member of the senior Gaelic Football team at St Nathy’s College, later playing minor and U21 football for his county, Sligo.

If you know Ollie O’Brien or have some information that could help his former classmates contact him please email or leave a comment below


Nemesha Balasundaram

Nemesha Balasundaram is a Reporter with The Irish Post. Follow her on Twitter @nemeshaB

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3 comments on “Hunt is on to find missing Irish classmate ‘living in London’ to make school reunion complete”

  1. Nancy Allen Carr

    Get Shannonside radio based in longford and covering several counties daily to read the request out over the airways. Joe Finnegan formerly from Knock, Co. Mayo would be a good contact at Shannonside Radio.
    Phone number mobile 0818227100

  2. Liam glynn

    In the early 70s my brothers the Glynn boys went to the Shanty town on Tavistock crescent. W11. .Run by the amazing Jim o brIan. And Ronnie Las Lett .Anyone else go there. .

  3. Sheila Costello Mallen

    Try going into Aussie and UK Angels its part of the Face Book group they are the most amazing people it is completely free, they find people like you`d never believe, give them try you will be surprised. Good luck with your search


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