Leaving Cert students meet up after 50 years

Claire McGovern

Reporter:

Claire McGovern

Moyne school reunion

Moyne Leaving Cert Class of 1967 with some friends from First Year

The lads who took their Leaving Cert in Moyne Latin School in 1967 met at their old Alma Mater on Friday evening last.

Sixteen of the seventeen who sat the exam were there plus their one teacher surviving teacher, Seán Reilly. Seán actually started teaching the same day as the lads became pupils and cycled the same road from Arva with them, until he acquired a car.

While all seventeen who finished in 1967 are still alive, the lads were saddened to hear that at least six of those who were with them in first year in 1962, have passed on, including two who died this year.

By sad coincidence the one other teacher who was still alive, Hugh McDonnell from Roscrea, Co Tipperary, died on the previous Sunday.

Much of the evening’s discussion centred around their former teachers; Fr James Faughnan from Annaduff who was subsequently President of St Mel’s College, Longford; Fr James Bland from Fenagh who also became President of St Mel’s; Fr Phil McGee who was subsequently Principal of Moyne Community School, and Frank Heslin.