On Saturday September 24 next the doors of Mean Scoil Mhuire will open and welcome present and yesteryear students into its corridors.
From 12 noon to 3.30pm there will be an open day at the historical building to celebrate its 150 year life.
“This is a special year for the school and we wanted to mark it by celebrating this milestone,” said Deputy Principal Una Byrne. “In a personal capacity I was here as a student and so was my mother before me.”
In holding the Open Day, the Deputy Principal hopes that it will be an occasion for teachers, former students and current students to come together and take a trip “down memory lane”.
“An occasion like this reminds us of our history and our heritage,” said Ms Byrne.
On Saturday there will be a selection of performances by the current students of the school starting at 12 noon.
This will be followed by an opportunity for former pupils to visit the school and reminisce as they meander through the corridors and the rooms that once filled their daily lives.
“There will be some light refreshments and a chance to revisit and reacquaint with one another,” said Ms Byrne.
The school is, in particular, looking forward to welcoming back the class of 1961.
“We thought it would be lovely to invite back the Leaving Certificate class of 1961 when the school was celebrating its centenary,” she said.
Today Mean Scoil Mhuire has over 600 students, 100 of whom will sit the Leaving Certificate next year.
“We don’t have a record of the students who did their Leaving Certificate in 1961 but we expect that it may have been 30 or 40 students,” said Ms Byrne. “So much has changed in terms of school numbers and the size of Leaving Certificate classes.”
Among some of the trivia that will undoubtedly be discussed on the day is the fact that in 1882 only three Sisters of Mercy schools in Ireland were dedicated as State Examination Centres – Ennis, Tullamore and Longford.
“Longford has therefore always been considered an important school,” said the Deputy Principal.