‘Face-to-face reunion better than Facebook and Twitter’

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Past pupils of Martinstown National School Therese Kearney, Mary Heffernan, Maurice Brazill, Jim Ryan and Han Creamer all looking forward to the school reunion
WHILE nowadays, people can become reacquainted with an old school friend at the click of an icon on Facebook and Twitter, nothing beats a face-to-face reunion, according to the organiser of one County Limerick school reunion.

WHILE nowadays, people can become reacquainted with an old school friend at the click of an icon on Facebook and Twitter, nothing beats a face-to-face reunion, according to the organiser of one County Limerick school reunion.

On July 6, past pupils of Martinstown National School - some of whom have not met each other for decades - will be reunited for a night of reacquainting and reminiscing.

“We came up with the idea a few months ago but over the last few weeks we have really started to move it forward,” explained Therese Kearney, one of the organisers of the school reunion.

The organising committee were keen to acknowledge as many people as possible and therefore decided to have Mass offered up for all the deceased past pupils. The Mass will be celebrated at 8pm in Martinstown Church on Saturday, July 6.

Following the Mass, those gathered will then make their way to the Cosy Kitchen Bar in nearby Elton where light refreshments will be served as the past pupils relive old memories and share their stories on life after their primary school days in Martinstown. “We wanted to keep the event quite informal so we didn’t organise any music. We feel that when people come along they should have the chance to chat with each other and make plans to get in touch again,” continued Therese who lives in Martinstown.

Already the reunion has triggered many people’s memories, Therese explained, with stories of schooldays in a very different time beginning to emerge. “When we were at our committee meeting a lot of people my dad’s [John Kearney] age and other people on the committee were recalling old stories and their memories,” said Therese, who attended Martinstown National School from 1984 from 1992.

“One of the gentlemen who would have been in the school around 1956 was apparently the teacher’s pet and he was telling stories about cycling off into Kilmallock to do errands for the master. It’s really, really nice to hear those stories.”

The class sizes at the school were small - there were just eight in Therese’s class – and as result, the pupils got to know each other very well. After primary school, the pupils took different routes and according to Therese, July 6 will be the perfect occasion for the past pupils to fill each other in on the blanks.

“It will be nice to establish a connection again. I know people are friends on Facebook but it is not the same as actually meeting people face-to-face,” Therese explained. “We would like to extend the invitation to people who live abroad and to people all around the country.”

The committee members are organising an exhibition of old school photos which they will display on Facebook and also on the night of the reunion. Those willing to share old photos can contact Catherine Ann Moloney at or on 087 9487606; or contact Catherine Crowley at or on 087 8145788. Martinstown National School will be open from 7pm to 8m on the night of the reunion for past pupils to have a look around. See Martinstown National School Facebook page.