St Munchin’s to mark 50 years in Limerick city

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

President Eamon de Valera inspecting a Guard of Honour at the official opening of St Munchin's in Corbally
PAST pupils include a who’s who of Irish rugby and those that have excelled in many diverse fields, and all are invited back to mark a special anniversary in St Munchin’s.

PAST pupils include a who’s who of Irish rugby and those that have excelled in many diverse fields, and all are invited back to mark a special anniversary in St Munchin’s.

The school is marking 50 years in its current location the banks of the Shannon in Corbally this August and have extended an invitation to past pupils to join in the celebrations.

Limerick’s Diocesan College St Munchin’s was officially opened on August 28, 1963 by President Eamon de Valera, then Bishop of Limerick Henry Murphy and future president Dr Patrick Hillary.

The College is the oldest secondary school in Limerick, having been founded in 1796 by John Young, Bishop of Limerick. It moved from several locations around the city over the course of its 217 year history before finally settling in Corbally in 1963.

The foundation stone at St Munchin’s is appropriate given its nomadic existence in its early years, moving from Mungret Street to Hartstonge Street to the Crescent to Mungret College and back to Henry Street, reading Hic Tandem, which means here at last.

School principal David Quilter said he was extending a “very warm invitation to all past pupils to join us on August 28 to celebrate our 50th anniversary at Corbally”.

“Given the College’s long history I hope that the occasion will serve to frame the past, present and future as a continuum. The day will remind us of where we once were, are now and where we want to be,” he explained.

Newly installed Bishop of Limerick will celebrate mass in the school’s chapel at 2pm on the day, after which a special monument designed and constructed by current Transition Year students from St Munchin’s, will be unveiled.

President Michael D Higgins and education minister Ruairi Quinn have both been invited to attend the ceremony.

For more email bodonoghue@stmunchinscollege.ie.