PHOTOS: O’Brennan NS Hosts 150th Birthday Celebrations

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Pupils who took part in a drama at the O’Brennan NS 150th celebrations on Friday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

HUNDREDS of people converged on the O’Brennan NS school gym on Friday as a special celebration was held to mark its 150th anniversary.

Pupils and their families were joined past pupils and teachers for the event which showed how far the school has come since it was founded back in 1868, as Principal, Barry O’Leary told us.

“It’s a celebration of 15o years of education in O’Brennan. There’s lot of changes over that time, spanning three centuries. From its beginnings as a hedge school on Costello’s land to this new state of the art building, it’s been quite a journey,” said Barry, who took over as Principal from Mike Sweeney in January.

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“Past pupils are also enjoying going through old photographs and the roll books, in fact we also have roll books from Renagown and Maugha schools, which amalgamated with O’Brennan decades ago.”

“Today is also an opportunity to showcase all the school can offer. Our doors are open to all to show there’s a warm, welcoming atmosphere here in O’Brennan,” he added.

The ceremony itself included music, prayers from Fr GearĂ³id Walsh, the Principal’s address and students performed a drama in three parts about St Brendan, a ‘Reeling In The Years’ type segment and finally a bit focussing on ‘sport and spirit’.

The pupils also created both a world and Irish news timeline display, featuring news from 1868 to 2018, which lined both sides of the school hall.

Afterwards there were refreshments for all and no doubt much reminiscing about times past at O’Brennan. Scroll down for photos…

Teachers Mary Slattery, Michelle Broderick, Andrea Brosnan and Principal Barry O’Leary with pupils at the O’Brennan NS 150th celebrations on Friday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Teresa McDermott, Liz Sheehan and Michelle Broderick at the O’Brennan NS 150th celebrations on Friday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Joanne Long, Anne Marie Hoare and Catherine McCarthy at the O’Brennan NS 150th celebrations on Friday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Triona Bowler, Mary Bowler, Rory Bowler and Noreen Riordan at the O’Brennan NS 150th celebrations on Friday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Michael, Margaret and Anne Savage at the O’Brennan NS 150th celebrations on Friday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Mary Dreelan and June Fitzgerald at the O’Brennan NS 150th celebrations on Friday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Joanne O’Regan, Emily Fleming and Mikey Fleming at the O’Brennan NS 150th celebrations on Friday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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