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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

Joining the Old Boys’ Association

If you wish to join and keep in touch with updates about regular events, please complete the membership form below.

*Fields designated with * are compulsory to complete.
You can unsubscribe from our mailing list at any point by contacting us.
Your information will continue to be held on our database to ensure no further contact is made.

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.

Dates for forthcoming dinners are as follows:

Edinburgh Dinner - Friday 12th April 2024

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.


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

Enquiries about the match may be directed to The School Development Office at 028 9074 0423 or by emailing


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.


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.
  • Commissioning of a new memorial to commemorate the 33 Academy pupils who died in World War II, which was unveiled on 10th November 2023.

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.