Bar­raduff NS cel­e­brates sil­ver ju­bilee

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

Pho­tos by Michelle Cooper Galvin

THE life cy­cle of any school is one laden with sem­i­nal events and mem­o­rable mo­ments. Bar­raduff Na­tional School en­joyed one of those spe­cial days on Sun­day last when staff mem­bers and the com­mu­nity cel­e­brated the cur­rent school build­ing’s sil­ver ju­bilee.

A mea­sure of the school’s stand­ing within the com­mu­nity was re­flected in the large crowd in at­ten­dance. The day com­menced with Mass at the lo­cal Church of the Sa­cred Heart, which was con­cel­e­brated by Fr Bill Radley, Bar­raduff PP Fr Ge­orge Hayes and Fr Michael Ó Dochar­taigh.

First opened in 1993, the school’s story was told on the day us­ing a col­lec­tion of old and new pho­tos span­ning the school’s 25-year his­tory.

The day was also punc­tu­ated by a series of spe­cial events re­mem­ber­ing past pupils and staff. Den Joe Crow­ley was given the hon­our of rais­ing the school’s sec­ond Green Flag, much to the de­light of the school com­mu­nity. Den’s

daugh­ter, Denise, was a past pupil of the school and she died trag­i­cally in De­cem­ber 2017.

The Bar­raduff Tidy Vil­lage Com­mit­tee also played its part in re­mem­ber­ing a past mem­ber of staff. The late Bri­die O’Donoghue was the traf­fic war­den in both the old and new school for over 30 years. Bri­die will be re­mem­bered with a gar­den bench ded­i­cated to her in what the chil­dren now call ‘Bri­die’s Gar­den’. Bri­die’s chil­dren and grand­chil­dren were also there on the day and her daugh­ter, Kay, planted a rose bush in her mem­ory. The day con­cluded with a bless­ing of the new school ex­ten­sion. Re­fresh­ments were served af­ter­wards in the school.

“We are de­lighted with how the day went. It was well sup­ported by the com­mu­nity, which is some­thing the school is very proud of as we have a won­der­ful re­la­tion­ship with it. For­mer pupils, prin­ci­pals and teach­ers also at­tended and it was a day that had a lovely feel to it from start to fin­ish,” said Claire O’Hal­lo­ran, Prin­ci­pal of Bar­raduff Na­tional School.

Den Joe Crow­ley rais­ing the Green Flag at Bar­raduff Na­tional School with Prin­ci­pal Claire O’Hal­lo­ran and some of the pupils dur­ing the 25th cel­e­bra­tions in Bar­raduff Na­tional School.

CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: Pho­tos by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Joan Des­mond and Anne McCarthy;Oliver Daly, Derry Healy, Niall Crow­ley and Micheal O’Donoghue; Pa­trick, Sheila and Noreen Na­gle with Peter and Julie Tan­cred;TJ and Mary Cronin, all pic­tured at the 25th cel­e­bra­tions in Bar­raduff NS on Sun­day.

Prin­ci­pal Claire O’Hal­lo­ran and Kay O’Ke­effe plant­ing some shrubs in mem­ory of the late Bri­die O’Donoghue, School War­den.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Shane Crow­ley, Fr Ge­orge Nash, Ciara, Ella, Brian, Ava and Jamie Lowe and Dy­lan Bowler at the 25th cel­e­bra­tions in Bar­raduff Na­tional School on Sun­day.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Me­abh and Siob­han d’Arcy and Bernie Bartlett at the 25th cel­e­bra­tions in Bar­raduff Na­tional School on Sun­day.

Mary, Dana and Tara Mur­phy with Con­nie Wil­liams at the 25th cel­e­bra­tions in Bar­raduff Na­tional School on Sun­day.

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