Evening of rem­i­nisc­ing and nos­tal­gia for Bal­roth­ery class of ‘77

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Ni­cola DON­NELLY

IT WAS an evening of nos­tal­gia and rem­i­nisc­ing for many of the for­mer pupils of the Class of 1977 of Bal­roth­ery Na­tional School as they got to­gether to cel­e­brate their 40th an­niver­sary re­union.

Or­gan­ised by Wil­liam Brady, the event took place at the school where the 46 for­mer pupils gath­ered to­gether for the first time since they grad­u­ated from their pri­mary school. They took a tour of the build­ing, which has changed a lot in the 40 years since they departed, with new build­ings and class­rooms.

But, this did not take away from the rem­i­nisc­ing of days past.

‘There are a few new build­ings at the school now and the play­ground at the side of the school where we used to play is gone but it was still a great evening,’ said Wil­liam.

He said he didn’t recog­nise many of his for­mer pupils, a lot whom haven’t seen each other since 1977.

‘Some trav­elled from over­seas to be at the re­union and and some trav­elled from Ty­rone, En­field and Car­low,’ he said.

They also re­mem­bered for­mer class­mates Wil­liam Lacey, Orla Fan­ning, Louis Marry and Christo­pher Thomp­son who have passed away.

The re­union then moved to the Bal­roth­ery Inn where they were greeted with a cham­pagne re­cep­tion and a three course meal. The catch­ing up and rem­i­nisc­ing con­tin­ued un­til the wee hours of the morn­ing.

‘We had a fan­tas­tic catch up and there’s talk of or­gan­is­ing an­other one for next year,’ he said, thank­ing all those who turned up and the Bal­roth­ery Inn for the mar­vel­lous spread and hos­pi­tal­ity.

Gerry Mur­phy, Pa­trick Hal­li­gan, David Sweet­man, Alan Cun­ning­ham and James Mooney. Pic: Philip O’neill Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Col­lette May­pot­ter, Marie Richard­son, Martina Far­rell, Marie Hef­fer­nan, Marie Webster. Pic: Philip O’neill Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Ray­mond Do­ran, Joseph Fan­nin, Joe Mol­ly­han, Mark Casey, Mark Cu­misky, Noel Hickey, Paul O’gor­man. Pic: Philip O’neill Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Wil­liam Brady, Alice Sharpe, Kevin Ber­gin, Oliver Richard­son, Michael Mcnamee and An­gela Mooney. Pic: Philip O’neill Pho­tog­ra­phy.

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