Last weekend Mean Scoil Mhuire commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy establishment of the Longford town school. As part of the weekend, Bishop Colm O’Reilly celebrated mass on Friday last (September 23).
“The Mass was organised by the religion and music classes,” said Una Byrne, Deputy Principal at Mean Scoil Mhuire. “We were delighted to have over 20 Sisters of Mercy in attendance, the majority of whom served in some capacity at the school over the years.”
Following the Mass commemorative medals were presented to the Sisters, parents council, staff members and the current Board of Management. The medal depicted the school crest and the dates 1861 to 2011.
On Saturday, September 24, the school hosted an open day which allowed former pupils to take a trip down memory lane.
“The students gave performances of drama and music,” said Ms Byrne. “Former students travelled from Cork, Kilkenny and throughout Ireland to take part in the day. It was huge success.” On that day also the school presented the Sisters of Mercy with a piece of artwork.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the Sisters,” said Ms Byrne. “We are following in their tradition and we have to celebrate that while continuing to provide exemplary secondary education for girls in Longford.”