Spe­cial day as CBS The Green marks 90 years

HUN­DREDS OF PAST STU­DENTS GATH­ERED AT TRALEE SCHOOL TO CEL­E­BRATE THE LAND­MARK AN­NIVER­SARY

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SI­MON BROUDER

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 lands the cel­e­brants into the school hall ahead spe­cial 90th an­niver­sary Mass at CBS The Green on Fri­day.

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