There is an air of excitement and anticipation in Coláiste na Carraige and surrounding areas as momentum grows for this weekend’s Reunion Celebrations.
Central to these celebrations is the launch of Coláiste na Carraige’s first book, Scéal Scoile 1950 – 2013, in Coláiste na Carraige tomorrow night (Friday, July 12) at 8pm.
This book, which records the history of the school, features contributions from students and staff past and present. The history of the school has its origins in the early years of the Irish State. The first Gaeltacht Commission Report was produced in 1926 and among the many proposals was the identification of Carrick as the location for a second level school to serve the Slieve League peninsula.
However, it would be nearly 19 years later before any further progress would be made with this idea. On August 6,1944, at a meeting of the Carrick Parish Council, John Maloney, who was then the owner of Ostan Shliabh a’ Liag, proposed that the “attention of the Minister for Education be drawn to the Gaeltacht Commission Report of 19 years ago, where it was recommended that a Technical School be established in Carrick.”
It took until 1950 before the first pupils - twelve boys - were enrolled but the story has grown into one that our founders would be very proud of.
So, in the year of the Gathering it is indeed appropriate to mark the achievements of Coláiste na Carraige with a publication that gives past, present and future pupils a sense of perspective on the 63 years of excellence and the many achievements to date.
Scéal Scoile 1950 - 2013 charts the progress of the school down through the generations. It contains many interesting and wonderful stories from many pupils, staff and members of the school community, past and present, who have contributed to the school. The book is a celebration of what makes Coláiste na Carraige a most unique school.
Copies will be available at the launch night and over the weekend. This book is a one off publication with a limited print run, so be sure to get your copy early by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other events over the weekend include: a display of photographs and memorabilia in the school Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-2pm; a reunion dinner dance in the Blue Haven on Saturday night (Tickets from the school on 973 9071, from Barry Mc Shane, Colette Mc Devitt, James Byrne or Patricia Murrin, or from Carrick Tourist office); and a reunion Mass on Sunday 14th at 11am in Carrick.
There are many other events planned for the weekend, which promises to be one to remember for all past and present, students and staff of Coláiste na Carraige.
We extend a warm welcome to everyone for these special events.
All proceeds from the weekend will go towards school funds.