Special day as CBS The Green marks 90 years
HUNDREDS OF PAST STUDENTS GATHERED AT TRALEE SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE THE LANDMARK ANNIVERSARY
FORMER students, parents, friends and staff, descended on CBS The Green in their droves on Friday as the school hosted a day long celebration to mark the 90th anniversary of its foundation.
As one would expect at such an event the day was all about history.
Guests had the opportunity to browse old school roll books and look through an extensive exhibition of old photos, media articles and stories – many provided by past staff and students – about day to day life in one of Kerry’s most renowned schools.
Months of hard work went into compiling the exhibition, which also included a huge number of class photos that dated back to the school’s foundation in 1927.
Many of the guests were making their first visit to the school for many years and they also enjoyed exploring the impressive and extensive modern extension to the school campus that opened in 2012.
Friday’s proceedings got underway with twin addresses from current Principal Anne O’Callaghan and former principal Brother James Whelan.
Principal O’Callaghan gave a fascinating history of the school and it and its students many cultural and sporting achievements down the decades.
Brother Whelan provided an entertaining speech on his time as Principal in the 1990s and early 200s. He was called into action again later in the day to officially open the school’s new astroturf playing pitch.
The main event of the day was a special Mass celebrated by Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne; Bishop of Cloyne William Crean – who hails from Tralee – and nine other clergymen many of whom are graduates of The green.
Following the Mass there were a number of other events, including the opening of the Astroturf pitch.
Mayor of Tralee Norma Foley was on hand to unveil an imposing stone sculpture outside the school’s main gate.
The eye-catching monolith – created by well known local stone mason Billy Leen – is to be lit up at night and will make a fine addition to the Dan Spring Road.
After the sculpture was unveiled a tree was planted on the school grounds in memory of Tom O’Halloran whose wife Phyl was there to witness the moment.
The day’s events came to close with refreshments in the main Hall where the hundreds of guests had the chance to mingle and catch up with old friends, classmates and teachers.
Looking over some of the many photos of CBS The Green at the school’s 90th Anniversary Celebration on Friday were former teachers Declan Hourigan, Rory Costello and Pat McKenna.
Thomas Quinlan looks over one of the many roll books that were on display at CBS The Geen’s 90th anniversary celebrations on Friday.
A student colour party leads the celebrants into the school hall ahead of the special 90th anniversary Mass at CBS The Green on Friday.