We were delighted to welcome past teachers and past Board of Management members to our school on Friday last to a performance of our 6th class 1916 play followed by a short podcast of the history of our school. Vincent O’ Donnell a past teacher of 3rd and 4th class from 1965-1967 in St. Joseph’s Boys’ N.S. raised the tricolour at the front of our school in 1966 for the 50th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. Vincent kindly accepted the invitation to return to our school for the centenary celebrations along with his wife Annette and son Colm. We were honoured with the presence of so many other past members of teaching staff and past board members including Monsignor Seán Heaney who travelled up from Tullamore. It was an opportunity to commemorate their work and commitment to our school. It was an opportunity for the present both staff and pupils to meet with the past and to get an insight into the history of our school. It was also a time for reflection to measure if we are presently true to the high ideals of the 1916 proclamation in our school, to reflect on our national pride and reflect on our commitment for social justice for all our school community. Our guests enjoyed meeting up and remembering times gone by over lunch.
Vincent O’ Donnell brought a leather ammunition bandolier worn by Larry Carolan in Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising. Larry Carolan is a great grand father to Ben ,Charlie,Harry and Jonni Weldon all pupils in our school.
Our short history podcast of our school was narrated by Shanice Meegan and Adam O Mahony from 6th class.