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Mark Ryan 1978

The Union is saddened to learn of the loss of Mark Ryan (1978)
23 Sep 2023
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On behalf of the Blackrock College Union I would like to express our sadness at the sudden passing of our Mark Ryan (Class of 1978).

Mark, and his brother David, demonstrated significant and unwavering courage in highlighting the serious abuse both they and other past pupils suffered in Willow Park School and in Blackrock College.

Mark’s courage and advocacy on behalf of victims of childhood abuse in these, and other, schools has been commended by all, including the Union. It was focused on achieving recognition, justice and a restorative process to address the grievous damage caused by this abuse.

On behalf of the Union, I acknowledge Mark’s constructive input to our efforts to reach out to and support past pupils who suffered abuse. Mark’s significant contribution to highlighting and resolving this dark period in the history of the College will not be forgotten. The Union extends its condolences to Mark’s family on his passing.

David Gillett

President Blackrock College Union


Everybody in this Group please read on regarding Marks Cremation in South London.

The Ryan family thanks you for your patience in asking for details, dates, times and to meet after to celebrate Mark’s life.

We would love to see everyone that would like to attend and Mark will be cremated at Beckenham Crematorium at 2.35 pm on 20th October 2024. See link attached.

Elmers End Road, Beckenham,Kent BR3 4TD
Telephone: 02086 589495 / 02086 500322
Nearest train station to crematorium (5 mins away walk):

Elmers End Rd, Birkbeck BR3 4TA

After the cremation,  we have organised meeting for a buffet at Bridge House Tavern.  See link attached.

Really hope all can attend the London part to this. If you cannot attend, there will be a further celebration on 27th October @3pm at Radisson Blue, St. Hellens in Stillorgan, Ireland. Mark Quinlan +353 83 051 7771 will be the main contact point if you would like to attend.

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