“Do you remember the long walks to school with the school bags on our backs on wet mornings?” - reminiscences of former school friends as they met for the first time in decades at the Lagganstown National School Reunion.
Archdeacon Mattie McGrath, a former pupil, sparked many memories when he spoke to the gathering: “Do you remember that it was the first break with the security of home- an adventure out into the big world. Do you remember how the worries and the frets of the first day were ministered to as we were led by the hand of an older brother or sister to the school; and then to be introduced to the wonders of the basics of education that was taught by the competent master or mistress. By comparison it seems a completely different world now far away from that mixture of innocence and acceptance that seemed to run through all of Irish life so long ago! Television, newspapers--forget it, non-existent! The only magazine then was the Far East , and if the old wet battery held the charge you could listen to the match on Sunday and the news on Monday!”