Top of the class: County Limerick school celebrates 150 years of roll books

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

Martinstown National School principal Brian Fitzgerald and pupils pore over roll books

Martinstown National School principal Brian Fitzgerald and pupils pore over roll books

TWELVE years ago Martinstown NS only had seven children on their roll book.

Fast forward to 2017 and they are welcoming 89 boys and girls every day. They are are also looking forward to next year when they will mark their 150th anniversary. Brian Fitzgerald, principal, said they are organising a weekend of celebrations from June 8 to 10 to mark the historic occasion. Part of the festivities will be the launch of special commemorative book.

A group of parents, grandparents, past pupils and teachers have been busy gathering photos and memories from near and far.

“Quite a number of families have provided us with photographs from years past, however, we want to ensure that as many past pupils as possible are included. To date the school does not have photographs of every class back through the years. We would love to have all pupils, past and present, represented.

“Thus to avoid disappointment we invite all remaining families to please search through photo albums at home, maybe even the attic! Your input and contributions will only further enhance this already fabulous collection. This is the first book of its kind to be compiled by the school and it will be in our homes for many years to come,” said Brian.

People are welcome to drop into the school, email martinstownns@gmail.com or phone 063 88146 with their ideas.

The school has roll books dating back to the 1880s and Brian says they have pupils who can trace back three and four generations, who were taught in the school. Brian says the celebration weekend is going to be a parish event and all are welcome to get involved.