Monard celebrates official opening of new school extension

Present pupils: Front row: Thomas O'Shea, Jude Myers, Patricia Ryan, Katie RyanBack: Thomas O'Mahony, Tristan Stokes, Eoin Kelly, Mathew Burke
Monard N.S. celebrated the official opening of the new school building extension recently with the Board of Management inviting the local community and all those associated with the school down through the years to attend a welcoming party.

Monard N.S. celebrated the official opening of the new school building extension recently with the Board of Management inviting the local community and all those associated with the school down through the years to attend a welcoming party.

Many past and present pupils joined in the celebration and of particular interest were the photographs of pupils dating back to the early 1900’s. Monard N.S., on its present site was built in 1866.

The longest surviving pupils Pat Ryan and Jack Fitzpatrick who started at Monard in 1933 unveiled the new plaque.

“The school was just one big room with 106 boys and there were about 96 girls although we never saw the girls as we were separated,” said Pat.

To mark the occasion of the impressive new extension, Minister of State T.D. Tom Hayes made a speech followed by the blessing by parish priest Fr. John Morris. Also in attendance were T.D. Mattie McGrath and Cllr. John Crosse.

The event was part of The Gathering celebration and the occasion was enjoyed by the whole community