Castleisland Community College Day of Celebration

Castleisland Community College Principal, Carmel Kelly is guiding the college past its first 30 years and into a new era. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Castleisland Community College Principal, Carmel Kelly is guiding the college past its first 30 years and into a new era. ©Photograph: John Reidy

After a raft of preparations which began at the turn of the year, Castleisland Community College has finally reached the highpoint of its Tríocha Blian as Fás celebration day.

This Friday evening, May 19th 2017 between 6pm and 9pm the college will draw on the considerable talent pool of its student and teacher base to welcome and entertain those on its invitation list.

Welcome for All

The organisers will be delighted to welcome anyone with any connection to the college down through the years.

It was decided earlier this year to mark the occasion of the establishment of the college in its present location in 1987 by holding three events to celebrate the three decades at Tonbwee.

A huge Tractor Run was organised for Sunday, March 5th. And the Breaking a World Record Sports Quiz was held at the local community centre on Wednesday, April 5th.

By no means least in that list is the final point in the triangle, the celebration evening itself.

Invited to Attend

Principal Carmel Kelly is anxious to point that all past teachers, staff, parents and pupils and interested members of the public are being invited to attend tonight’s celebrations.

This event marks the first 30 years of Castleisland Community College since its location to Tonbwee in 1987. The college was officially opened two years later in May 1989.

“We propose to host past teachers and students here tonight. We also intend on having video links of past students from around the globe to help us celebrate,” said Ms. Kelly.

“There will be a Wall of Remembrance full of photographs over the last 30 years. We also propose to exhibit old school roll books on the night.

“We will celebrate the achievements in the school in Academia, Sport, Music, Entrepreneurship and Extra-Curricular success.

“Entertainment from students and teachers past and present will also be centre stage this evening.

“We will have a collection of photographs in booklet form, as a souvenir of the Celebration Evening,” said Ms. Kelly.

The following is the running order for the eventful evening :

Master of Ceremonies: Mrs. Teresa Lonergan.

Time to explore the school.

6pm -7pm. : Uilleann pipes at entrance to school with Micháel O’Shea, past student.

Pastoral Area 1: School Music Group.

Thirty years of School Photographs.

Pastoral Area 2: School Music Group (2) O’Connor family and 30 years of class photographs. Memory Lane Wall. Roll Books on display. Visit classrooms.

7pm Official Welcome: School Choir with conductor, Ms. Marion O’Sullivan.

Fáilte by Principal Ms. Kelly.

Blessing by Fr. Dan O’Riordan Parish Priest.

President of the Student Council, Padraig O’Connell.

First year students ‘Let us entertain you’

Kerry Education and Training Board Director of Schools, Ms Ann O’Dwyer.

Video clips of those students that are dispersed worldwide.

Mr. Pat Tarrant, Principal from 1972 to 2003.

Slideshow of photographs over the 30 years.

Ms. Anne O’Sullivan, Principal from 2003 to 2014.

Special Guest Ms. Christina Fleming. Christina is a past student of Castleisland Community College.

Singer: Grace McCarthy.

Ms Carmel Kelly: Principal, 2014-

Book: Tríocha Bliain ag Fás – Reflection of the Past, Vision for the Future.

Time Capsule.

8pm-9pm Music and Light refreshments.

Choir and music groups in Pastoral areas.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh agus slán abhaile.

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