Renew Old Friendships
Awaken Memories! Every village in Ireland that has its school intact now realises that it is very much the focal point of the community where new parents meet and become involved in the life of the school. As we slowly recover from closures, reduction of services, loss of local businesses and emigration we realise the value of our small schools to our rural communities. The Ballycahill Community is no different. Over the past months they have been busy enhancing the village and the environs for the upcoming Jubilee celebrations of the school. Plans began a year ago to organise a day of celebration to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the ‘New School‘ and the 180th anniversary of the establishment of the old school in the village. The committee has been meeting on a regular basis to gather articles, interviews and photos for a book to mark the occasion. This is now nearing completion and the immediate plans for the Evening of Celebration are a priority. The event will begin with Mass in the local Church at 6pm on Saturday 11th June. The chief concelebrant will be Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly. This will be followed by the launch of the book, entertainment and refreshments in the Community Centre. There will be an exhibition of photographs from as early as 1914 to the present in the hall and we hope that this event will renew old friendships and awaken many memories for the past pupils of both schools. Please mark the 11th June in your phone or diary and make this event a memorable occasion. If you have any connection with Ballycahill NS or community please join us for the celebration.