- By St. Patricks Classical School
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On May 22nd there was a very nice informal gathering in the school canteen where invited guests helped to officially launch the school’s new website and focus attention on the archiving and digitizing of the old school records dating back to 1932/33 when the school operated in Academy St in the town. There were some past staff present who worked in the old school before it moved to Moatlands. These included Mr Dick Horton, Mr Niall Darcy and of course teacher and later Principal Mr Liam Murphy. To mark the occasion special guests were a number of families that have had three generations attend the school with a student currently enrolled in the school. A special guest who was present was Fr Peter Finnegan who was a student in the old school who later became a missionary priest with the Kiltegan Fathers and who is currently working in a slum parish in Kenya. The gathering was addressed by Mr Liam Murphy who had some very fond reminiscences to share of his time as teacher and Principal. Current Principal Mr Colm O Rourke referred to the differences apparent from the records between the school then and now particularly the length of the school week (school on Saturday mornings) and the length of the school year being typically over 200 days per year. Parents and grandparents and guests were treated to light refreshments and many availed of the invitation to tour the current school facilities which no doubt vary considerably in scale to when they were in school. It was a very relaxed enjoyable occasion for all concerned.