Meánscoil Mhuire, Newtownsmith, Galway Celebrate 75th Anniversary

Meán Scoil Mhuire, Newtownsmith, Galway celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding with a 2 day celebration.

The celebration took place on September 28 and 29th 2012 and was opened by President Michael D Higgins.

President Higgins was accompanied by the Army Band of the 4th Western Brigade, which was followed by a variety of entertainment. Light refreshments were also served.

Mass was celebrated at the Abbey Church, St Francis Street, at 5pm.

This was followed by a gala dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel at 7.30pm for past students, teachers, and friends of the Mercy.

The following is an account of the celebrations from the school.

Meánscoil Mhuire, Newtownsmith, Galway proudly celebrated the 75th Anniversary of its founding the weekend of 28th & 29th September 2012.

In our celebrations we are joined by hundreds of past students and of course current students, together with past and present teachers, to celebrate the achievements and the high quality of educational provision at Meánscoil Mhuire for generations of Galway girls.

The school was founded in 1937 to provide Secondary Education for girls of Galway city and its hinterland, in the Mercy tradition, as inspired by the Congregation’s foundress, Catherine McAuley.

Catherine McAuley was a Dublin woman whose life was dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and the empowerment of women and children. At the age of fifty-three she took religious vows and established the Mercy Order to better pursue her mission of altruism and service to the poor and disadvantaged.

She was a nun for a mere ten years but in that time she developed a powerful vision which to this day is inspiring, noble, laudable, pertinent and thoroughly Christian.

She stood for the ideal of improving the life chances of others and we continue to carry the torch for her. We are dedicated to the service and enrichment of others.

Her timeless ideal still underpins our work.

We educate and influence young ladies to realise their full potential and to develop their noblest human qualities of compassion, care, tolerance and civic responsibility.

It would be pertinent for me to borrow and adapt the words of the late Senator Edward Kennedy “The cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die”.

As the inheritors of Catherine McAuley’s vision, we recommit ourselves for its pursuit on this 75th Anniversary of our school. We celebrate past successes and we rededicate ourselves, with renewed vigour, to the ideals of our foundress.

It is a great honour for us that our special occasion is enhanced by the formal, affirming visit, of our esteemed President, Michael D. Higgins.

We rejoice in the recognition and acknowledgement inherent in the Presidential visit. We thank him sincerely for his affirmation and we can face the future with uplifted spirit.

The aspirations of Mercy Sisters and teachers at Meánscoil Mhuire have always been to follow the vision and to adhere to the highest ideals of Catherine McAuley.

May God bless our work.

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