Exactly 138 years to the date, former students and teachers from the Meiltron and Augharan National Schools in Aughavas, Co Leitrim, will be joined by their family and friends for a Gala Reunion Weekend.
The weekend of festivities will kick off with an Aughavas Cultural Evening on July 27 at the site of the old Meiltron NS, now the site of John and Chrissie Kenny’s home. The Meiltron school was financed and built by John’s Great Great Grandfather, James Kenny, with the doors opening on July 27, 1874.
The Cultural Evening will begin at 5pm and will run until 10.30pm. Everyone is welcome from past pupils and teachers to their family and local residents. The even will include music by local musicians, storytelling and a short reading from Tommy O’Rourke, who has compiled a comprehensive history of the three schools and the families who attended. The Augharan/Meiltron National School’s Reunion Book will be officially launched on the night and includes numerous photos, stories from past pupils and historical research by Tommy. It is priced at just €10 and would make an ideal gift for a former pupil or their family.
There will also be performances by local Irish dancers and the Aughavas Drama Group, comprising Anthony Brennan, Ray McBrien, Martin Kenny, Caroline Beirne, Peter Casey and Gerry Gallogly, will perform the short play ‘The Tailor’s Dummy’. The Augharan Ballad group is also being reformed for a special performance! Refreshments will be served and all musicians, storytellers etc are also invited to come along and join the fun.
This is also the final call for anyone wishing to send in stories or photos for inclusion in the memorial book being compiled by Tommy O’Rourke. All material must be sent in by May 27 at the very latest to www.safetycheck.ie
On Saturday evening, July 28 there will be a mass at the marquee just across the road from the old Augharan School for past pupils and teachers and their families. The Aughavas Church Choir will also be performing on the night. This will be followed by a meet and greet and Tommy O’Rourke will be providing a short history of the schools as well as reading from the Reunion Book, which will also be on sale on the night. There will also be lots of memorabilia from the schools including old roll books, folklore and photos on display on the night. The meal will follow at 7.30pm with an evening of music and dancing led by Evening Star. Organisers have also secured a bar licence for the occasion.
A number of former pupils, teachers and their families have already booked their seats for this evening so if you’d like to come along please contact Anthony on (087) 9815530 or John on (087) 2555 229. A special appeal has been made to locate former Augharan NS pupil, Eamon McLoughlin, who attended the school in the 1960s.
To help raise money to hold the reunion weekend, the Committee has organised a massive fund raising raffle with a Charolais Weanling Heifer as the top prize.
As well as this other prizes include €300 sponsored by McCaffrey’s Bar; A weekend in Mitchell’s Hotel sponsored by Pat Mitchell; a freezer ready lamb courtesy of John O’Malley, House of Bacon and €100 courtesy of McHugh Furniture, Meiltron to name but a few. There are lots of other fabulous prizes on offer and all are included on the promotional posters on display in the locality. Tickets are selling for just €5 each or €10 for a book of three from Committee members.
The grand draw will take at 10pm in McCaffrey’s Bar, Aughavas on June 30 and there will also be lots of spot prizes on the night.
This is a very important reunion and it will probably be the last opportunity for many of the students and teachers to meet up once again so please come along and help celebrate this wonderful weekend.
Check out our website www.augharannsreunion.com for further details.
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