Months of careful planning, research and fund raising are finally set to bear fruit this weekend, July 27 and 28 as the organising committee behind the Augharan/Meiltron NS Reunion prepare to welcome past pupils, teachers and their families back to the parish of Aughavas.
The weekend of festivities will kick off with an Aughavas Cultural Evening on Friday July 27 at the site of the old Meiltron NS, which is now the home of John and Chrissie Kenny. The Meiltron School was built by John’s Great Grandfather, James Kenny, with the doors opening on July 27, 1874.
The Cultural Evening starts at 5pm and will run until 10.30pm. Everyone is welcome including, past pupils, teachers, their family and local residents. The evening will include performances by local musicians including, the Mc Mamara, Finnegan, and Maguire families. There will also be performances by local Irish dancers and the Aughavas Drama Group will stage their short play ‘The Tailor’s Dummy’. The Augharan Ballad group is also being reformed for a special performance!
There will be storytelling and a short reading from Tommy O’Rourke, who has compiled a comprehensive book on the history of the three schools and the families who attended them. Tommy will perform the official launch of this fabulous publication, together with past pupils of Augharan School Meiltron on the evening. The book is priced at just €20 and makes the perfect gift for anyone with connections to the Augharan or Meiltron schools. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.
On Saturday evening, July 28 there will be a mass in St Joseph’s Church Aughavas at 5pm. followed by a meal and function at 7.30pm and music by Evening Star in the marquee adjacent to Augharan school.
There will also be lots of memorabilia from the schools including old roll books, folklore, photos and paintings from the local artists on display throughout the weekend.
Augharan School will be open between 3pm & 4pm on Saturday the 28th for any past pupils who wish to visit.
The organisers would like to thank everyone for the support they have given over the past few months and also to everyone who sponsored prizes or bought tickets in the recent monster raffle fund raising draw.
The committee is looking forward to meeting up with fellow past pupils and teachers at this very special weekend. It promises to be a gala festival to remember!