School to open memorial garden today

Rachel DolanTY stude

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Rachel DolanTY stude

School to open memorial garden today
A very special event takes place this afternoon at Magh Éne College in Bundoran.

A very special event takes place this afternoon at Magh Éne College in Bundoran.

At 2.30pm, the school will open a Memorial Garden in remembrance of students and teachers that have passed away since the school opened ned its doors 21 years ago. During that time, seven students and one teacher have sadly passed away.

For many years, former teachers wanted to put up plaques in memory of the students and teacher in the school.

About three years ago Mr Raymond McGough, the former Deputy Principal, came up with a fantastic idea of building a memorial garden which would be simple, cost effective and would involve students that are in the College now, especially the Transition Year Students of the school.

Over the past twelve months anyone visiting the College may have seen Transition Year students busying themselves inside the college’s front gates building, planting and preparing the garden for its opening. The College wants this garden to be a pleasant place where the seven students and one teacher will be rememebered for being such a large part of the Magh Éne Community in the old school and in the wider commuinty also. This Memorial Garden will be a permanent reminder of those who once were part of Magh Éne College and who are now no longer with us.

All the hard work has paid off and the garden is now a place that everyone associated with the school and indeed everyone in the local community can be proud of. It’s an ideal place for prayer and solace.

The school would like to thank all those who helped with and supported the project.

Local designer Susan Deacon assisted Raymond McGough with the beautiful design, Jerry Dolan also gave his time to put down the paths and helped the school choose low maintenance shrubs that are suitable for the school.

Joe Roper generously donated headstones, engraved with the names of the late past students and teacher.

Teacher Patrick Dorrian, currently a teacher at Magh Éne College volunteered his time to work with the Transition Year students planting and building the sundial.

Principal, Ms Jacqueline O’Reilly generously helped sponsor the project and gave her permission for the TY students to work on it.

Once again, thanks to all involved in any way in creating this important memorial to those who have gone before us.

Please join us this afternoon for this very significant milestone in the life of our school and wider community.