22 November 2013 One Comment by The Northern Standard

As the year of the Gathering draws to a close St Louis Monaghan Past Pupils(Clann Lughaidh) revisited their old and beloved Alma Mater on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November, to reminisce, revisit old classrooms and corridors, but mostly to catch up with old school friends.
The week-end was a truly festive and celebratory one; even the weather favoured our event! The Arcade was aglow and abuzz with greetings and warm embraces. Hundreds of ‘Louis Girls’ travelled from all over the world on Friday evening to attend the book launch, ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’, a snapshot of the Louis experience throughout the ages. Dr .Mary Flanagan, President of Clann Lughaidh, presented the first copy to the Principal, Vera O’ Brien and then fondly recollected the years she spent as a boarder in ‘Clochar Lughaidh’. As she spoke of her experiences it was interesting to note the nods of agreement and the shared recollections as stories of a different era came flooding back.
After the reception in’ Halla Ceoil’ the guests proceeded to ‘Halla San Lughaidh’ where they were entertained by the Transition year students and their production of’ Annie’, the musical. We may have moved on from the era of the ‘Opera’ but without a shadow of a doubt our Louis talent remains as powerful and unrivalled as ever.
On Sat morning still more of our Past Pupils returned and once the tour of the familiar haunts was complete Bishop Liam Mac Daid celebrated the Mass of Faith and Remembrance in the Convent Chapel where once again our guests were left spellbound by the choir and instrumental group under the direction of our music teacher Marie Fortune-Henry and in particular the soloists Meghan Mc Kenna, Ella Mc Kenny, Ciara Hackett, Corina Mc Cormick, Robeyn Lambe, Caroline Moran, Hannah Grogan and Helen Keenan.
Following mass the congregation proceeded to ‘Halla San Lughaidh’ where the key note speaker Ana Leddy, RTE Producer, regaled the assembled crowd with tales of the seven Leddy sisters who left an all Irish speaking family in Sheffield, England, to be educated, in the broadest sense of the word, in Louis Monaghan. Ana concluded by singing in harmony with two of her sisters, much to the delight of her enthralled audience, before proceeding to lunch in the Westenra Hotel.
How fitting that our Gathering took place in Mid-November, the month of remembrance. It brought together many friends who had lost contact and enabled them to share their memories of their time in St. Louis, precious recollections indelibly etched in hearts and minds, a piece of history to treasure ag dul siar ar bhóithrín na smaointe.
We give thanks to all our ‘Clann Lughaidh’ for making our Gathering such a successful and memorable event. We also remember all our Past Pupils who are ‘ar shlí na firinne’-go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a n-anamacha. The Louis legacy, tradition and rich heritage of learning lives on in Meánscoil Lughaidh and will continue to produce cailíní den scoth, who uphold the ethos ‘Ut Sint Unum’

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  • Brendan White said:

    “St Lious..”??? Spell checker is a wonderful invention. 🙂