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Old Boys’ Association

The Belfast Royal Academy Old Boys’ Association was established in 1931 and its objectives are to promote fellowship among former pupils, to support the school and to maintain links with the Board of Governors, teachers and pupils.

Life membership is open to Old Boys who attended the Belfast Royal Academy and male members of the teaching staff. Presently, there is no fee to join the Association.

The Association is managed by a Committee under its President, officers and members who are elected annually and meet regularly during the year. See our website at

Important events are held during the year to bring old boys together. The Annual Formal Dinner held in Belfast traditionally on the last Saturday in November is the main social function and this is supported by Dinners in London and Edinburgh in the spring.

Monthly informal lunches are held throughout the year in various golf clubs in the greater Belfast area. These serve as a great vehicle to meet old school friends and acquaintances and enjoy each other's company.

Business breakfasts are held in Belfast in conjunction with the Old Girls’ Association. These provide a platform for networking among young business members who can meet in an informal atmosphere and exchange business experiences and network to develop links for future collaboration. Senior pupils are invited to attend to meet these attendees and gain insight into the business experiences of the attendees.


The annual cricket match against the school is held in June at The Castle Grounds.


The Old Boys' Golf Society goes from strength to strength, holding 2 main competitions during the year. Firstly, the Picken Cup is contested at Malone Golf Club in June and Captain’s Day follows in September at Royal Belfast Golf Club. The Ferguson Trophy is presented for the best aggregate score over the two outings.


The Old Boys’ Association Annual London Dinner is scheduled to be held in the RAF club, London on Friday 11th March 2022. The Edinburgh Dinner is scheduled to be held in the New Club, Edinburgh on Friday 22nd April 2022.

Further details of all events can be found on the Old Boys’ website

Support to the School

The Old Boys’ Association provides financial support for school projects. Recent support includes:

  • The JL Lord Memorial Plinth in the entrance of the Crombie Building.
  • Electron diffraction apparatus for use in the newly named James Stirling laboratory.
    6 Playground benches.
  • A contribution towards the cost of a video tower for hockey at the Roughfort playing fields.

Such financial support has been made possible through the Association’s fundraising efforts, the Annual Dinner, and contributions from individual old boys etc.


Joining the Association

The Membership fee is currently suspended. Membership is for life and new members are always welcome.

Please contact the Alumni Office at to register with the Association, or notification of changes to email address, or contact details. Notifications of reunions are always welcome.

Please inform the Alumni Office at of any items of news for inclusion in The Owl and the Old Boys’ Association website. Any notification of births/ marriages/ deaths or career developments etc. will be very welcome and of considerable interest to other Old Boys.

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Old Boys’ Association Gallery

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Get in touch

Our office is open 8:15am - 4:15pm Monday to Friday.