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Photograph of Group at foot of Croagh Patrick

Back row: (L to R) Conor Caulfield, James Lee Burke, Jason Hyland, Stephen Molloy, Gearoid Fahy, Leeann Waldron, Louis Burke, Mairead Kelly, Natalie Jordan, Katelyn Duane,

Middle Row (L to R) Martin Kelly (Principal), Daniel Cowman, Aiden Gannon, Tiernan Scully, Thomas Hardiman, Aaron Glancy, Shane Kelly, Liam Jordan, Kevin Madden, Johnny Daly, Niall Quinn, Aoifa Touhy, Rebecca McGreal, Jacqueline Caulfield.

Back Row (L to R) Kieran Kelly, Jack Burke, Cian Talbot, Stephen Jordan, Connor Ruane, Margaret O’Halloran and parents Johnny Gannon & Peter Kelly.

Missing from picture: Fr. Ciaran Blake, Liam Burke, Geraldine Burke, Anne Kelly, Kathleen Duane, Brian Hardiman, Rita Scully, Helena Fahy and Carmel Caulfield.

This year the pupils of the senior classes in Newcastle School replaced the traditional “school tour” with a pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick led by their teacher Martin Kelly, an enthusiastic group of parents and Management Board Chairman Fr. Ciaran Blake. Twenty-nine pupils successfully scaled the 780m mountain, as generations of their families had done before them. At the summit Fr. Blake officiated at an end of school year Mass, surely the highest elevated of its kind celebrated by an Irish School.

No decision has been made about next years “school tour” but Fr. Blake is said to be already in contact with the Abbott of the Monastery of St. Bernard in the Alps!

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About this record

Written by Martin T Kelly

Published here 13 Feb 2024 and originally published Summer 2003

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