There were tears, yes, that was inevitable, but there was also plenty of laughter as two of the counties schools closed their doors for the final time last week.
Shutting the door on over 200 years of teaching history, students, teachers, parents, past pupils and local residents came together to celebrate the achievements of Rossan and Drumnamore National school staff and students in recent days.
Last Wednesday marking the final day for Drumnamore students, they raised their fourth Green Flag and celebrated being awarded their 6th Discover Science Award. In Rossan on June 21, staff, students and past pupils marked the loss of their school with a Thanksgiving mass.
The two schools both boasted enrolments in double figures, Rossan with 12 while Drumnamore had 14, both were two teacher schools, but both had to face the terrible reality that declining numbers were, ultimately, going to lead to closure.
In June the news broke that both schools, located in the parish of Aughavas, had been earmarked for closure at the end of the current school year.
While the loss of Rossan had been somewhat expected due to falling numbers in recent years, the loss of Drumnamore came as a shock to staff and students. It had been hoped that the school would continue for at least another year, but a change in enrolment for the coming year meant that it would have to drop to a single teacher school. The decision was made to close both schools.
Students are now being catered for in Aughavas NS as well as schools in Dromard, Co Longford and Gortletteragh, Co Leitrim.