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Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Drimnagh Opening Morning - Gathering

Thursday the 17th October was a busy but special day for Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School Drimnagh.

The school decided to hold an open morning for the students in the local primary schools followed by their own ‘Gathering’ event in the afternoon in light of the year that is in it. Past principals, teachers and pupils were invited back especially for the event.

CEIST were represented by the school co-ordinator Justin Brown.

The principal Margaret Maher welcomed everybody and outlined the history of the school from when the Mercy sisters first arrived in 1943 up to the present day. She noted 10 sisters arrived in that year followed by 16 more in 1944.

She paid tribute to the massive contribution of the Mercy Sisters to the school over the years and said the Sisters still had a presence in the school through Sr. Claire Mannion who is the chaplain. Two former principals Sr. Agnes Coll and Sr. Nuala Kennedy spoke of their fondness for the school and its students and shared some of their memories of working in Our Lady’s.

The school guidance counsellor Nuala Brady also spoke about the resources the school has to offer students in terms of their progression to further and higher education. She particularly highlighted the Mentoring Programme and its benefit for students.

A representative from Comminicorp who is part of the mentoring initiative spoke about the positive impression the students from Our Lady’s have made on him and those from the company who act as mentors.

Presentations were also made two past pupils Laura Murphy who achieved 510 points in her Leaving Certificate and is currently studying Science in Trinity while Kirsty Byrne who’s Mam is a SNA in Our Lady’s was recognised for graduating with a First Class Honours Science Degree also from TCD.

Sport as a motivator was also a theme for the afternoon. Two Drimnagh natives Eamon Coughlan and Michael Carruth as well as past pupil Philip Sutcliffe shared their life experiences and offered advice to the students present on how to achieve their goals in life.

The day concluded with a remembrance ceremony for those who have died from the school community as well as the realising of balloons.

 

The guests then adjourned for tea and refreshments which were competently prepared by the Leaving Certificate Applied students who put the theory from their Hotel and Catering module into practice.

Well Done to all involved in organising a very enjoyable afternoon.