On Wednesday February 15, St. Ciaran’s College continued to celebrate its Golden Jubilee with a very special Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by The Most Reverend Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio in Ireland.
The Mass was co-celebrated by The Reverend Emlyn McGinn, a past Head Boy of St. Ciaran’s and Errigal Parish Priest, The Very Reverend Michael O’Dwyer.
When St. Ciaran’s was opened by Cardinal Conway in 1966, with 18 teaching staff, it brought to fruition the vision of Reverend Fr. Caraher, PP of Errigal Ciaran, for a school which would cater for the educational needs of young boys and girls in the Clogher Valley.
That it has grown from a population of 350 to almost 800 students is a vindication of that vision and testament to the quality of its educational and pastoral provision.
The changes over the years have been many; however, what has never changed is the school’s commitment to the core values of Catholic education and all that entails.
The Papal Nuncio spoke of his great joy and privilege to celebrate this special occasion in St. Ciaran’s College.
In its 50th year, the College has had a number of celebratory activities such as the setting up of ‘St. Ciaran’s Connected’, a group of staff, past- staff and parents dedicated to coming together to further enhance pupils’ experiences in the school.
A 50th Anniversary Pin was designed and is now proudly worn by staff, past and present students and parents.
A Service of Remembrance was held last October for past staff to come together and remember those in the St. Ciaran’s community who are no longer with us and crucifixes donated by staff were blessed and distributed throughout the school.
A 50th booklet/magazine is being produced and will soon be available for purchase for students and parents;