Monaghan C.B.S. Reunion – 2011

13 May 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The reunion of past pupils of the Christian Brothers School, Monaghan took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday last.
The Brothers arrived in Monaghan in July 1867 and provided an unbroken period of education in the town for 117 years before departing from St Mary’s Hill on the Clones Road in 1984.
The weekend began in the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday evening with an exhibition of old photographs and other memorabilia which captured the history and the names and faces of earlier generations who attended the school.
 Saturday’s programme of activities included a golf competition at Rossmore Golf Club and a visit to the old primary and secondary school buildings on The Hill where everyone had a chance to meet and walk through their old ‘Alma Mater’ once more. A tree was planted as a permanent reminder of the event.
 A large crowd was in attendance in the Four Season’s Hotel on Saturday night for the reunion dinner. The Master of Ceremonies was Sean Moyna and the speakers included Kevin Cullen and Mackie Moyna who regaled the crowd with an anecdotal recollection of his days as a C.B.S. pupil.
 Music was provided and local actor and comedian Pat Deery entertained the gathering.
 One of the highlights of the weekend was the Mass for deceased brothers, lay teachers, ancillary staff and past pupils in St. Macartan’s Cathedral on Sunday morning. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr John Chester and Fr Paddy McEntee, PP, Dromore, a former CBS pupil . An apology was received from Bishop Noel Treanor who was unable to attend the reunion due to prior commitments but who sent his good wishes to all concerned. Former pupils participated in the mass, sang in the choir and provided music.
 Following the Mass wreaths were laid on the graves of Brother A.L. Caulfield and Master David Gray in Latlurcan Cemetery. Brother Caulfield, who died on 20th June 1919 aged 22 years, was the only member of the Christian Brothers to be buried in Monaghan. Master Gray, who was fondly remembered by many of those who attended the reunion, passed away on 23rd January 1975.
 Members of the Reunion Steering Group who were commended for their dedication and hard work in organising the event were: Eamon Keelaghan, Joe McElvaney, Gerry Connolly, Frank McKenna, Enda Galligan, Sean Moyna, Mackie Moyna, Patrick Smyth and Kevin Cullen.
The weekend was hailed a huge success with good crowds attending all functions to take a stroll down memory lane and rekindle old friendships.

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