Leaving results and leaving three Limerick schools for the last time

End of an era: Principal of St Fintan's CBS in Doon, Eddie Bourke with Luke Ryan, whose class were the last ones ever to get their results in the secondary school. Picture: Michael Cowhey
LEAVING Cert results day is an emotional one for all students but especially for those in three Limerick schools who will be the last sixth year pupils ever.

LEAVING Cert results day is an emotional one for all students but especially for those in three Limerick schools who will be the last sixth year pupils ever.

St Fintan’s CBS, St Joseph’s Secondary School in Doon and St Michael’s in Cappamore will be amalgamating from September 1 as Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa.

So next August teenagers will be receiving their results in the state of the art school currently under construction.

The new school won’t be open until February so students will still be taught in St Fintan’s and St Joseph’s in September under the new name. St Michael’s is focusing on adult education.

Principal of St Fintan’s, Eddie Bourke, said it is an end of an era.

“It is the last Leaving Cert results in St Fintan’s after 121 years of the secondary school. The first Leaving Cert would have been in 1926/27.

“For the students that got their results it will be the biggest day of their lives so far - if they got a college place, moving on with their career and see where they can go next. It is their Leaving Cert results and it is the day they have been waiting for all summer. We had a good group of boys in sixth year,” said Mr Bourke.

The last ever sixth years certainly went out with a bang as they had an incredible four of the Limerick minor panel – Richie English, Darragh O’Donovan, Dean Coleman and Pat Ryan “Simon” – and Brian O’Dea got an amazing six A1s and 2 A2s.

Success on the sporting field and in the classroom - all the Christian Brothers who have taught in St Fintan’s would have been proud.

And the same is true for the Sisters of Mercy who founded and taught in St Joseph’s.

“When the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Doon in 1865 and began their work by giving classes in Religion to the Catholic population in Doon and the surrounding parishes, I’m sure they could not have envisaged how their small project would have grown into what it has today almost 150 years later,” said principal, John Kinsella at the official closing ceremony in May.

The names - St Fintan’s and St Joseph’s – may be gone soon but they will never be forgotten.

Organisers of the Doon Vintage Gathering Festival invite past pupils to an “almighty all classes reunion” from Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22.

“If even a modest percentage of the overall past pupil numbers celebrated their own class reunions, it would be huge,” said Tom Richardson. They hope people from different years will get in touch, with a view to attending or helping to organise their own class reunion. Email doongathering@hotmail.com for more information.

“There’s already a big selection of diverse events in place with more being confirmed for what should be one of the best weekends in Doon ever!” said Tom.