2014 is a big year for my old school as it is celebrating its sesquicentennial – 150 years – and the programme of events was started by, none other than, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
The school initially catered for pupils from the local, inner city, area but over time attracted many from the burgeoning suburbs due to its high academic achievements. And although the number of students is down on what it was at its peak in 1960s-1980s, it is now a co-educational school and also catering for a new ethnic mix – a symbol of Ireland’s current and future generations.
On the day of his visit the Taoiseach viewed old registers showing the school’s most famous pupils, brothers Padraig and Willie Pearse. A number of other pupils, including Michael Malone who was killed in the fighting for Mount Street Bridge during the Easter Rising 1916, are also recorded. On the other side, many former students joined the army and fought against Germany during the Great War. One family, the Brennocks who lived close by, lost three of their sons in that sad conflict.
The celebrations have begun well and we now look forward to the other interesting and enjoyable events to come.
Check out the Past Pupils’ Union website for more details.
Credit: Final photo by rockphotography