Oldest pupil attends opening of new school extension

Matt Britton

Reporter:

Matt Britton

At the opening of the new extension and refurbishment to the Br. Michael O Cléirigh National School in Creevy the school’s most celebrated and oldest past pupil was given a warm reception and was welcomed as the official Guest of Honour.

At the opening of the new extension and refurbishment to the Br. Michael O Cléirigh National School in Creevy the school’s most celebrated and oldest past pupil was given a warm reception and was welcomed as the official Guest of Honour.

Fr. Ambrose O’Gorman, who just last week celebrated his 100th birthday, attended the official opening of Creevy NS.on Tuesday which was attended by Minister of State at Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Deputy Dinny McGinley and the Bishop of Raphoe, Most Rev. Phillip Boyce.

Fr. Ambrose was presented with a birthday cake by the oldest girl in the school Melissa McGuinness and the youngest boy, Darragh McGlone and the 300 strong crowd all joined together in giving a great rendering of ‘Happy Birthday’ in his honour.

Fr. Ambrose told the assembled guests that he was not the only past pupil who had reached the landmark age of 100.

He said, “There is another lady who now lives in Boston who is the same age as myself; we were both educated in the old Creevy school and she has sent me a card wishing everybody well here today.

“When I was going to school in Creevy it was very different than today. It was a long walk from Ballyshannon and many’s a day I would get home with my hands and feet blue with the cold and drenched with the rain. It often brought tears to my eyes.

“Today you all have a great school and you all deserve it. Up Creevy!”

Fr. Cathal O Fearraigh who welcomed all the guests and thanked them for their invaluable contribution to the school’s future said that the newly refurbished building and extension represented an investment of over €1.4 million paid a special tribute to former Táinaiste and Minister of Education, Mary Coughlan who he said did tremendous work and pulled out all the stops to make the school a reality.

“Without her help, this school might not be here today.”