Thanks from Cartron/Eslin reunion

Claire McGovern

Reporter:

Claire McGovern

Thanks from Cartron/Eslin reunion

The committee of the Cartron/Eslin School reunion wish to thank the many people who helped to make the Reunion Weekend such a great success. The festivities started with a brilliant concert in St Mary’s Church Eslin. Special thanks to the artists who performed on the Thursday night. The Leitrim Male Choir got the concert off to a wonderful start. Fionnuala Maxwell who performed some local ballads and some of her own compositions which went down a treat. Gerry Bohan , Noel Carberry and Sean McCabefor some excellent traditional music and our own Gerry Moran who gave wonderful renditions of two well known ballads .The special guest on the night was Eleanor Shanley accompanied by John McCartin on guitar and they entertained the large crowd with a memorable and most enjoyable show. Thanks also to M.C. Joe Reynolds and special thanks to Fr. Pat Murphy for allowing the use of the Church for the concert. Thanks to Thomás Beirne for providing the Marquee for displaying the roll books and memorabilia and to the Ladies Club and Eslin GAA for their help and co-operation. Many events took place in the Community Centre, thanks to the Community Centre Committee for having the centre in such good shape for the events. The Committee really appreciate the support of The Rural Social Scheme and which did a lot of work in the area prior to the concert and in particular Micheal and Michael Reynolds for all their efforts and Leitrim County Council which also helped tidy up locally. Many thanks also to Lena and James Mc Manus ,Eslin Catering, for providing wonderful refreshments over the weekend, Thanks to Therese Foy for all her time taking photos and recording the weekend and to Leitrim Observer and Shannonside Radio for their coverage of the events before and after the weekend. Thanks to David Wynne for videoing the events on Sunday and to John Moffatt of King and Moffatt ,Ck-on –Shannon for providing large screen TV for the Community Centre: Brian Kennedy of Glenview Folk Museum for supplying memorabilia including school desk and maps which were popular items during the weekend:and Brendan Turbett for allowing access to Cartron School . On Friday night a large crowd attended the Book Launch ‘Memories from Cartron and Eslin Schools’in the Bush Hotel . Thanks to Joe Dolan and Staff for a wonderful meal. Thanks to Bishop Emeritus Colm O’Reilly for launching the Book, to Book Editor Fr. John Kilcrann and to Master of Ceremonies Enda Stenson for their presentations on the night. On Sunday a Mass was offered in Cavan Church, Eslin for all past pupils of the schools and all those gone to their Eternal Reward were remembered. Thanks to Mohill Parish Choir , Fr. John Kilcrann , Fr. Kieran O’Flynn and Fr. Pat Murphy and all other participants for contributing and enhancing the ceremonies on Sunday. Finally thanks to our many generous sponsors and Leitrim County Council Funding without whom it wouldn’t have been possible to undertake the Reunion Weekend .. Sponsors listed below:- Liz & Kevin Kelly,Tess O Hara O Niell, Betty Mc Crann O Shea, Sean & Gabrielle Mc Cabe Lily Moffitt Gray,Kevin & Noreen Mc Nabola,Mary & Edmund O Connor,Gerry & Peggy Stenson Catherina & Pat Duffy,Geraldine & Eoin Kane, Enad & Breda Stenson, Leo & Christine Bohan Don Reynolds,Mary Reynolds,Bertie Moran,Michael Moran,Franc,is & Margaret Foley Ann Reynolds Mc Gowan,Joe & Cait Reynolds, Marian Harkin MEP, Ray & Grainne Bohan, Seamus Duignan,Teresa & Brian Gordon,Maura O Flynn Ellison, Miko & Mary Moran Francis & Maureen Mc Nabola, Catherine McGuire McDermott,Liam & Nuala McCrann Stehen & Dolores Reynolds, Mary Reynolds Comiskey,Pauric Duignan, Anna Turbett Crowe Bridie McHugh Armstrong, Liam & Majella Higgins, Mary Demianiuk McGovern Marie Wynne Ward,Mary Moran Cox, John Louis Reynolds,Marian & Peadar Cunningham Doreen & Oliver Honeyman, Josie Stenson,JP O Hagan,Maureen Moran Flynn Joan & Padraig Sweeney, Fr Ciaran O Flynn,Harry & Dolores O Flynn,Phyllis Moran O Niell Eamon Scanlon TD,Sinead Guckian MCC,Geraldine & Aidan Beirne, Marian Cassells Brian & Marie Stenson, Miko Wynne, Michael & Mary Reynolds,Gene & Maura Baxter Seamus Mc Cabe, Frankie Bohan,Cllr Sean & Chrissie Mc Gowan, Mihael & Imelda Mc Manus Padraig & Bridget Higgins,Gerry & Eileen mc Guire,Jimmy & Maura Stenson, Gabriel Duignan John Taylor,Mrs Mary Blake,Michael Francis & Mai Blake Of course the weekend wouldn’t have been such a success without the people who attended all the events. It was great to see so many former pupils from all schools returning from near and far. So many people made a magnificent effort to attend. It truly was a ‘Gathering’ of all the Eslin Community from near and far. ‘Nil aon thinteán mar do thinteán féin.’ The committee sincerely thank everyone who attended and supported all the events. The memories of the weekend will be treasured for many a day.

The book ‘Memories from Cartron and Eslin Schools’ and the DVD boxset of photos and video of Sunday’s activities ,which can be purchased from Ray Bohan or Enda Stenson, are excellent records of this special weekend. Parish News Letter and Mohill /Eslin Notes in Observer Cartron Eslin Schools Reunion The organising committee wish to thank everyone who attended the Reunion Weekend, and all those who helped make the weekend a great success. We hope you all enjoyed the various events and rekindled old friendships and memories. A special DVD of Sunday’s Mass and the many photos from the weekend is now available. The box set can be ordered from Ray Bohan 0863668927 and Enda Stenson 0868228022. Cost €15.