Cartron and Eslin schools Reunion Weekend

Cartron and Eslin schools Reunion Weekend

Two small schools which closed in 1973 are coming together to celebrate their reunion from August 4-6.

Cartron and Eslin National Schools were closed in 1973 without any fanfare or farewell.

This year the reunion committee have received some funding from Leitrim County Council to hold a reunion weekend.

Past pupils from both schools will travel from all over the world, Ireland and Leitrim to meet up with old pals and reminisce about school days.

The reunion kicks off on Thursday, August 4 with a concert in St Mary's Church, Eslin at 8pm.

Top of the bill is Eleanor Shanley, with performances also by Fionnuala Maxwell, Leitrim Male Choir as well as an Irish Music Session. Fionnuala Maxwell will sing songs written by Tom Moran from Eslin. Tickets are €10 with proceeds going to the hospice. On Friday, August 5 past pupils will attend a reunion dinner dance in The Bush Hotel. Tickets are limited.

Bishop Colm Reilly will launch the reunion book at the dinner dance which includes memories and photos from both schools.

Everyone who was registered in the schools are named in the book. A huge amount of work went into the book, it was edited by past pupil Fr John Kilcrann. Fr Kilcrann has returned to Ireland after spending years in Brazil.

The book costs €15 and proceeds from it will go back into the community to Eslin Ladies, Eslin GAA and Eslin Community Centre.

On Saturday August 6 the roll books for the school will be on display in Eslin Community Centre, there will a shuttle bus between the schools and tours available.

On Sunday Mass will be concelebrated by Fr John Kilcrann, Fr Ciaran O'Flynn and Parish Priest Patrick Murphy.

Refreshments will be available in the community centre all weekend.