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Book to mark St Mel’s 150th celebration

St Mels College Student Body Representatives from First Year to Leaving Cert pictured with Bishop Francis Duffy along with Principal Declan Rowley and teacher Jimmy Gacquin after the school mass.

St Mels College Student Body Representatives from First Year to Leaving Cert pictured with Bishop Francis Duffy along with Principal Declan Rowley and teacher Jimmy Gacquin after the school mass.

As part of their 150th celebration in 2015, St Mel’s College intend to publish a book and they are inviting submissions from past teachers, pupils and friends.

St Mel’s College opened in September 1865 with 48 boarders and 25 dayboys. Fr James Reynolds was the first President. Today there are almost 500 students and past pupil Mr Declan Rowley is Principal. Since 1865 St Mel’s has been synonymous with providing quality education and in 2014 the present teaching staff and management work hard to continue this.

Teacher Sive McGuinness explained, “We have a proud tradition and we will celebrate this tradition in 2015. As part of the celebrations we are compiling a pictorial history of the College; we hope that it will be full of memories, stories and photographs spanning the 150 years. The people of Longford town and county are part of that tradition and we invite their ideas for this book.

“We are looking for photographs, memorabilia or stories relating to St Mel’s history. Please send them to St Mel’s College before Monday, April 21. All material sent to us will be returned prior to the book’s publication if they are sent in with a return name and address.”

Further plans for the 150th celebration will be unveiled over the coming weeks.

The St Mel’s website www.stmelscollege.ie and twitter @StMels are updated weekly and have current news and photographs.

 

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