It is 27 years since the Class of ‘86 sat their Leaving Cert at Cnoc Mhuire in Granard, and on May 4 last a very special occasion was held for students from that year, when a reunion was held in the north Longford town.
On the night over 80 former pupils gathered at the school where they were treated to a tour of the building and grounds - that have changed dramatically in the 27 years since many of them last saw it.
“It’s 27 years now since the Class of ‘86 sat the Leaving and down through the years it was often mentioned that we should have a reunion, but nothing ever happened,” Carl Sullivan, organiser told the Leader.
“This time however, a few of us got chatting and we decided to just organise a gathering and it was a fantastic event. It was great to see so many people and to meet up with old friends that we had not seen in a long time.”
Armed with the school register of the 120 names of those who sat the Leaving Cert in 1986, and with access to Facebook, organisers very quickly touched base with their class members and the plans for what turned out to be a successful reunion began to take shape.
“We did make contact with quite a few people on Facebook and then the list from the school of those who sat the exams also proved very helpful,” Mr Sullivan continued. “There were 120 people in that year and around 80 people came on the night, so it was great.”
Proceedings kicked off at 7pm with the walk around the school building and grounds and that was followed by refreshments and music in Fay’s Bar.
A most enjoyable catch-up was had by all.