Everyone, apart from Santa Claus, invited to school Gathering in County Limerick

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Wheres my present? This wonderful photograph of Santa Claus coming to town was taken outside Glenbrohane National School in 1966. It will form part of a photographic display during the festival weekend
THE GATHERING has inspired many reunions including a school project and festival in Glenbrohane.

THE GATHERING has inspired many reunions including a school project and festival in Glenbrohane.

It begins on Friday, August 9 with a special reunion of past pupils who attended the old national school which was closed in 1967.

The organising committee invite all former pupils who are living in the parish, county, country or abroad to return for the event.

Anne Moloney (nee Murphy) is the PRO for the festival which begins at 7.30pm in the hall - formerly the old school in Glenbrohane.

“It was a two room school opened in 1884.

“When we were children it always seemed huge to us but it is so small now,” recalls Mrs Moloney.

Michael O’Reilly, chairman, will give the opening address followed by a short history of the old school by Mike Tobin and a four course meal.

Due to space restrictions the night is confined to former pupils of the old school, who will have shared experiences.

“Times were tough in those days. For many of us perhaps our school days were not as we would have wished but together we can make this reunion a great event and take away fond memories, which we can cherish for the rest of our lives,” said Mrs Moloney.

“It will be lovely to see people again.

“In many case our paths wouldn’t have crossed since then,” added Mrs Moloney, who is pictured in this remarkable photo taken when school broke for Christmas holidays in December 1966.

She is the young girl wearing white knee socks in the front right of the photo.

The rest of the weekend is open to everyone in the locality and from further afield who would like to attend.

On Saturday afternoon at 1pm, Morgan Murphy leads a historical walk from Glenbrohane church. Transport will be available for those unable to walk the full distance. Refreshments in the old school after walk around 4pm.

At 8.45pm, Mike Tobin will give an illustrated talk on the history of the old school in the hall.

On Sunday morning, a past pupil of the school, Fr Edmond Gubbins will say Mass at 10am. This will be followed by a photographic display in the hall where more wonderful photos like this one will be displayed for all to see.

The weekend is rounded off by dancing at the crossroads in Ballinvreena at 8pm.

A specially reduced price of €5 per head includes a cup of tea.

If you are a former pupil and would like to go to the meal or have any queries please contact Michael O’Reilly, chairman, on 087 4148816 or Mike Tobin, honorary secretary, 087 9975851.

Mrs Moloney, who is well known from her involvement in organising the Pride of Tipperary, is hoping for a bumper weekend of fun, song, dance and a trip down memory lane.