County Limerick Christian Brothers school to close after 122 years

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Pupils and teachers from Schlossgymnasium visit Limerick County Hall 22-4-2013Barbara Magner, english teacher at Schlossgymnasium, Kunzelsau, Germany, presented a framed picture of the school to Cllr Jerome Scanlan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, in the presence of Cllr and teacher Martin Braun, Schlossgymnasium and Justin Daly, german teacher at St Fintan's CBS and /St Joseph's, Doon. The presentation took place during a visit to the County Hall by pupils and teachers from Schlossgymnasium, Kunzelsau, Germany and St Fintan's CBS and St Joseph's, Doon.       Picture by Dave Gaynor
GENERATions of young men have been taught in St Fintan’s CBS, Doon which was founded in 1891.

GENERATions of young men have been taught in St Fintan’s CBS, Doon which was founded in 1891.

After 122 years the closing ceremony of the Monastery, as it is known by many, takes place on Sunday, May 12.

Eddie Bourke will be the last in a long line of principals.

“The day will celebrate the proud contribution of the Christian Brothers. It is a community day of celebration,” said Mr Bourke.

The school flag will be lowered by the student council following Mass concelebrated by the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dermot Clifford.

The last principal who was a Christian Brother, Gerry O’Shea, will be attending as well as up to 20 priests, who are former pupils or chaplains.

While the school’s flag will be lowered the building will remain open.

“St Fintan’s are amalgamating with St Joseph’s in Doon and St Michael’s in Cappamore in a new school called Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa.

The state-of-the-art building won’t be completed until February so the school will begin life on a split site in St Fintan’s CBS and St Joseph’s in September. Students from St Michael’s will transfer over to Doon.

Mr Bourke, who will be continuing on as a teacher, said the rich ethos and tradition of St Fintan’s will live on in Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa.

Just two examples are their immersion programme trip to Kenya, and exchange programme to Germany.

Under the partnership between Limerick County Council and Hohenlohekreis, students from Doon have travelled to Germany and vice versa. The photograph is an example the strength of the links.

Mr Bourke says the whole community is invited to the Mass in Doon on Sunday, May 12 at 2pm followed by refreshments and entertainment.

Country singer and former pupil Jimmy Buckley will be performing.

A commemorative book, From Alpha to Omega - The Story of St Fintan’s CBS in Memory and Photographs, will be launched on the day.

“It will be a chance for current and former pupils to reminisce about their school days and celebrate all that is good about St Fintan’s,” said Mr Bourke.

The village has a strong link to the Christian Brothers as Br James Dormer, principal of the CBS Primary School, is the last one still teaching in County Limerick.