A wonderful and emotional reunion for Lagganstown School which closed in 1971 took place last weekend with almost 200 former pupils attending events over three days.
The meet and greet in New Inn Community Hall on Friday was full of happy memories and attended by class mates who had not met for over 50 and 60 years and who travelled from the UK and all over Ireland.
On Saturday evening mass was celebrated in the Church Of Our Lady Queen by an alumnus the academy Archdeacon Mattie McGrath, the choir was led by another Jimmy O’Farrell. The congregation enjoyed Fr. Mattie’s humorous homily on their schooldays.
In his homily Archdeacon McGrath’s said: ”Over this weekend, I have no doubt, memories will come flowing back, mine will centre over the 1940s and 50s: we recall sitting on the ball alley wall out near the road and watching a pair of horses pulling a plough on a crisp spring day; we can remember women passing bye on their way home from a shopping trip to town- with two bags hanging precariously on the handlebars of their bicycles; we don’t forget the pupils bringing buckets of water from the pump across the road from the school, or others bringing in buckets of coal to keep the two fires topped up. We couldn’t forget the rush at the sos to the playground with its rough stone surface; and it is less likely that we would forget the teacher at the blackboard in our old national school- challenging us with basic and elementary Irish, English or maths, and of course the catechism which we had to learn off by heart.”
He also recalled Pat Walsh the first teacher in Lagganstown, Edward Maher, Mr Teehan, Eugene and Mai McCarthy, Kitty Hourigan, Mrs Ryan, Noreen Burke, Ann Lonergan and Mary Moloney, who with Eugene McCarthy were the last teachers when the school closed in 1971