Barraduff NS celebrates silver jubilee
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.
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.
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.
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.